The Redwoods are having a Valentine’s Party on Tuesday 2/14. If your child does not attend school on Tuesdays they’re welcome to join us. Our party will begin at 9:00am. Children who do not attend on Tuesdays must be picked up by 11:00am. We’ll be sharing Valentine Cards with our friends. Please bring enough cards for 20 children. You do not need to address each card, just write your child’s name in the “from” area.

Its time to start thinking about your childs summer schedule. Registration information will be sent out with next months newsletter. It’s important that you specify any schedule changes, exit dates and vacation dates if possible.

Our current families have priority for summer registration but please understand that we have a full list of students waiting to start and we must maintain our enrollment. Therefore it*s essential that you respond in a timely manner and adhere to your chosen schedule. As a reminder the last day of the school year is June 9th.

If you need a monthly receipt for future tuition payments, please leave a note for Shalimar in the tuition box. W-10 forms have been completed for your convenience and can be picked up at the parent information board. Our Tax I.D. # 82-4676859

Wear the color Pink (Or Red) to school on Friday 2/24 in honor of Pinkalicious Day. We’ll read the story “Pinkalicious” by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, and make yummy Pinkalicious cupcakes for snack. This is only for children who attend school on Fridays.

Please be aware of recent staffing changes. Miss Ashlee (Redwood Class) has left Growing Years. Miss Roxann will assist Miss Elli in the Pre-K class.

Miss Dorene will return to Growing Years to assist where needed. Miss Dorene has been a part of the Growing Years Family for many years. She originally joined our team in 1999 and over the years she’s been our cook, meal planner, inventory manager and classroom teacher. We are very pleased to have her back with us!

Please be aware the sidewalk project on Anita Avenue is set to begin this month. If you drop off after 8am you may want to give yourself extra time to account for any street closures, parking lot closures, and overall traffic. Our staff will do our best to assist with drop offs when we can.

Please use caution when entering and exiting the parking lot. NEVER let your child walk/run through the parking lot unattended. Drivers should drive slowly and use caution when backing out of spaces. Whether you’re walking or driving, please be aware of your surroundings and be safe in the parking lot.


Last month we created lots of art with winter colors (blue, purple, silver). We made snowflakes, painted with salad spinners and Koosh balls and painted with water colors.

We continue to introduce the letter of the week and we’re always so excited to find our missing caterpillar letter. Don’t forget to bring items from home for our letter box!

We’ve enjoyed playing group games which helps us develop our listening skills and helps us to focus. We’ve also been practicing writing and spelling our names.

We learned about Chinese New Year and had fun decorating dragon masks, reading stories about Lunar New Year and playing with the lucky dragon puppet.

Building has become popular with many of our friends. We’ve been spending lots of time playing with the crystal climbers and magnet tiles. We’ve enjoyed exploring our classroom ramp with different textures and comparing what objects go the fastest.

This month we’ll celebrate Valentine’s Day. We’ll continue to talk about kindness and friendship and what it means to be a good friend.

Songs We’ve Been Singing
You Are My Sunshine
Skinna Marink
The Ice Cream song
Apples and Bananas

Books We Enjoyed Last Month
Olaf and The Three Polar Bears by Calliope Class
Mingo The Flamingo by Pete Oswalt & Justin Thompson
My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz
Sneezy The Snowman by Maureen Wright

Miss Elli & Miss Roxann