Family Picture
Bring in a picture of your family by Friday 9/18. Please bring a picture that we can keep at school all year long. These pictures will be laminated and placed in your child’s portfolio at the end of the year. Make sure your child is in the picture along with the family. Pictures should be no larger than 4″ X 6″.

Star Of The Week
Star of the week is a great way for everyone to get to know your child. It builds self-esteem and shows our class that everyone is special and unique. Every week we will have a new Star Of The Week. The week before your child is the Star we’ll send home instructions and ideas on how to decorate your child’s special Star Of The Week Board. Return your decorated board the start of their special week. During your child’s week, feel free to come in and share stories about your child with the class. You may also bring a special treat for the class if you so choose. Your child’s Star Of The Week board will be displayed in our classrooms for the entire week.

Book Orders
When ordering books from our book clubs, please be sure to make checks payable to Scholastic Book Clubs. NO CASH will be accepted. Drop off your order form and payment in the tuition box. Orders can also be placed online (preferred).

If you have any questions regarding tuition please speak to Miss Shalimar. If you need a monthly receipt for your tuition payments please attach a request to your tuition check. You only need to submit one request and after, a monthly receipt will be provided for you. Receipts are sent out at the end of the month or when tuition is paid in full. Receipts should be picked up at the entrance of the main building.

It is suggested that you request a monthly receipt if you need a record for tax purposes or employment reimbursement programs.

Tuition may be paid weekly, bi-weekly or monthly and must always be paid in advance. Tuition checks should be placed in our tuition box located at the front desk. All cash payments should be clearly labeled with the child’s name and placed in the tuition box. A receipt for our cash payment will be provided by the end of the day. Dependent care forms should be dropped off in the tuition box and picked up at the main entrance.

Website–Facebook–Smug Mug
Newsletters, calendars and menus can be accessed on our website ~

Want to see current pics and video clips of activities happening in our classrooms? Visit our Facebook page~

Be sure to check out our PRIVATE photo sharing site at SMUGMUG.COM. Invitations to join our group on smug mug were sent to the email address you provided on your child’s photo/media permission form. If you did not receive an invitation to join Growing Years Preschool on, be sure to check your spam folder.

If you did not receive an email or would like to add an additional parent email address, please send us an email to with your request to join. Be sure to check regularly to see updated photos and videos of our fun and exciting classroom activities!

Your child’s portfolio is a compilation of photographs, art work, stories and observations that document their growth and development throughout the course of the year. Each family is required to contribute $35.00 for the cost of picture developing and portfolio materials. We prefer the portfolio fee to be paid in CASH (a receipt will be provided). The portfolio / supply fee goes directly to your child’s portfolio therefore we ask for cash payments. Please submit payment for your child’s portfolio by Friday 9/18. The portfolio fee was referred to as the supply fee in your admission agreement.

Safety Drills
Throughout the year we will regularly conduct Earthquake and Fire Drills. We’ll teach the children when and where to use “Duck And Cover” and practice evacuating our classrooms in the event of a fire. Occasionally during these drills we will activate the alarm to familiarize the children with the sound. Conducting drills and educating the children on the proper way to react during an emergency is essential. Discussions of earthquakes and the sound of the alarm can trigger feelings of anxiety and nervousness in children. You may notice a change in your child’s behavior around the time of our practice drills. We recommend creating a safety plan and practicing drills at home as well.

Emergency Comfort Kit
If you haven’t already done so, please compile / update your child’s Comfort Kit and bring it to school A.S.A.P.

Emergency and Identification Information
If you need to update information on your Emergency and Identification form, please request to review your on-file copy and make any necessary changes.

Last Month In The Maple Class…

We are so happy to be back to school. Last month we spent time getting to know our friends, our teachers and our classroom. We practiced washing our hands and now it has become part of our regular routine.

We’ve been playing name games and singing name songs to help us learn and remember the names of everyone in our class. We’ve been exploring all the fun toys in our class. Building with our large wood blocks is currently our class favorite.

Painting is a very regular art activity we enjoy and we have experienced painting with potato mashers, plungers, strawberry baskets, cars and we’ll continue exploring more ways to paint as the year continues.

We enjoy Dancing! We have been moving and grooving to Michael Jackson, Bob Marley and of course, Frozen. The Freeze Dance, Animal Action and The Body Rock are a few other gross motor activities that have kept us moving.

We are looking forward to September and watching for changes in the weather. We are planning to continue getting to know each other, becoming more familiar with our classroom routine and most importantly, having fun!

Books We Enjoyed Last Month
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
Stuck In The Mud by Jane Clarke
Julian Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love
What Riley Wore by Elana Arnold
Eat Pete by Michael Rex


Miss Ashley & Miss Roxann


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