A Note From Our Principal
We hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones and we enjoyed celebrating with you all last month. As the winter holidays approach we have many special events planned for our students and families and look forward to spending time with you all. We’ve also enclosed important winter and holiday procedure reminders in this newsletter. Please read through it carefully and reach out if you have any questions, concerns. Happy Holidays!
Inclement Weather Reminders
We do not always follow the closure schedule of the local public schools because we don’t have to contend with the same transportation issues as public schools. Our goal is to be open as many days as possible to support our working parents. If we must close because our teachers cannot safely get to work, you will receive a notification via Links 2 Home as soon as the closure is announced. We also post notifications on our website and Facebook page.
Winter Clothing Reminder
If you’ve not already done so, please check your child’s cubby to ensure they have an extra set of weather appropriate clothes. Students also need to come to school each day with a jacket and dressed warm enough to play outside for part of the day. If the weather is brisk we still go outside for active games and SPARK activities and want everyone to be able to participate!
Our school is closed on December 24, 25, 26 for Christmas and December 31 & January 1 for New Year’s Day.
Winter Break Camp
We will be holding Winter Break Camp for our School-Age students from December 21st-January 7. In addition to several field trips we will have community service activities, STEAM learning opportunities and holiday themed projects planned. Students may attend all or part of Winter Break Camp, please let us know by December 14th if your child will be attending.
Classroom Holiday Celebrations—Friday, December 21st
Through the month of December our classes will be learning about different winter holidays and customs. On Friday, December 21 our students will showcase their learning and the holiday décor they’ve created with a holiday celebration. Parents are welcome to attend and we will share extra photos on Links 2 Home for those who cannot come. Some classes are collecting small extras for their celebratory snack, please check with your child’s teacher for more information.
Holiday Giving Project
This year our school is once again participating in the Star Tree. Please feel free to stop by our tree in the lobby and pick a start. We need all gifts unwrapped by Friday, December 7. Thank you to everyone for making a child’s Christmas wishes come true!
In our infant program, we start using baby sign language from the earliest months. Baby signs are common terms that have been modified and simplified from American Sign Language. The sign for this month is “daddy”. To sign the word “daddy”, tap your thumb on your forehead repeatedly.
As toddlers continue to grow their vocabulary, it is important to read to them. Reading with your toddler builds stronger relationships, aids in language and listening skills, and enhances concentration and discipline.
This month, your child will continue to use descriptive words, understand the concept of three, and share family holiday traditions. Some suggested activities could include going on a color hunt around your home and giving your child three items to practice counting to three.
This month, your child will learn to use sequence vocabulary (i.e. first, second), recognize the meaning of holidays, and identify how families’ customs and traditions are similar or different.
This month, your child will giver verbal clues to describe objects, count from 1 to 100, and order the days of the week and months of the years sequentially.
Read Together, Talk Together
–The Day the Goose Got Loose by: Reeve Lindbergh
–Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore by: David M. McPhail
–Bear Snores On by: Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
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