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December News

Hello CBA Families!                                                                December 1, 2015

Happy Holidays to everyone. I just wanted to say thank you to all of the amazing families here that have been very supportive of our “Giving Tree”. We truly appreciate it! Please remember that all the gifts need to be returned UNWRAPPED with the gift tag tapped to the item. All items are due back by Monday, December 7th by 6:00pm.

We are now using two organizations, they are:

  1. Our Neighbor’s Child
  2. Care Connection for Children

**December 24, 2015 —Christmas Eve we will have Very Limited hours 8-3. And New Year’s Eve we will have Very Limited hours 8-3. A book will be on the front desk again to let us know if you will be here that day. (If we have less than 15 kids we will most likely be closed)

December is going to be a busy month for our students and for you, please keep track of all important dates! Some of our literary themes for the month is “Celebrations and Cultures” where we talk about *Multi-Cultural Awareness; Family Appreciation; Holiday Traditions; the Gift of Giving; and Celebrate the New Year

It is my commitment to support the needs of your children, your families, and the school. It is my passion to see your children succeed and thrive in their educational environment. If you have any questions or concerns, my door is always open and you can email me at adrienne.nwude@nlcinc.com. Again, thank you for the continued support.

Important Dates:

  • ** December 18th: Parent’s Night Out from 630pm-10pm!
  • ** December 25th: Closed for Christmas
  • **January 1, 2016: Closed for New Year’s

Parent Reminders:

Date night/ Shopping night- Dec.18, 6:30pm-10:00pm

  • We will have pizza, cookies and a movie(G rated)
  • $40.00 for the first child, and $70.00 for two kids
  • Kids can wear PJ’s all day
  • Please sign up at the front Desk by Dec. 14th

All ancillary fees will be billed the first week of Dec 1, 2015.

**The cold weather is here; please make sure you have spare clothes that are weather appropriate-(I would like for all children to wear a coat, gloves, and hat to school)

**Sick Policy: To ensure the health and safety of all of our children and staff, please remember to adhere to our sick policy which states: “a child must be free of all symptoms without medication for at least 24 hours before he/she can be returned to school. Following an illness, a child may return to school once he/she has either been seen by a doctor or it has been determined that the illness is not contagious. (A doctor’s clearance may be requested).” All of us truly appreciate your support with this matter!

**If you are planning to take a vacation this holiday season and would like to use your one week vacation credit, (only if you have been here for 6 months or more) please make sure to fill out a form in the front lobby. Just a reminder, we ask for a two week notice if you are planning to use your vacation credit.


Starting Jan 1, 2016 *A gentle reminder that payment is due the Friday before the following week! If payment is received after noon Monday, a late payment fee of $25 will be assessed. Thank you!

We will be doing transitions starting Jan 4, 2016. We will be letting you know if your child will be moving.

Remember school starts at 9am everyday, please be on time. Thank you

**Parent Referral Program: Refer a family and after 90 days of enrollment, receive a free week of tuition just for spreading the word! Thank you to all the families who have already referred families to us!

Thank you!


Mrs. Adrienne Nwude, Principal

Mrs. Dana LeHew, Assistant Principal.

A Note From Our Education Department:

Exploring Holiday Traditions from Around the World

The holiday season is here, providing a wealth of opportunities to enrich the children’s understanding of diverse cultures and traditions around the world. In addition, our students will share their own traditions with others.

Below are age appropriate activities that we use in the classroom, as well as activities for you and your child to do at home.

BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):

In the classroom: As they near the age of two, children begin to recognize the sights and sounds of holidays celebrated by their family. Parents visit our classrooms to share holiday traditions, including unique books, songs and activities.

At home: Gather family photos and point out traditions, such as unwrapping presents, eating holiday dinner at grandma’s house, and making a snowman. Encourage your child to talk about what he sees in the photos.

Recommended reading: Children Around the World Celebrate Christmas by Christine Tangvald, Happy Hanukkah, Corduroy by Don Freeman, My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz


In the classroom: Children sing holiday songs from around the world and are introduced to holiday symbols that they may see in their communities, such as Christmas trees or Hanukkah menorahs.

At home: Take a drive with your child or bring him to various holiday festivals in your community. Encourage him to look for and identify holiday decorations.

Recommended reading: Christmas Around the World by Calliope Glass, Hanukkah Hop by Erica Silverman, Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa by Donna Washington

PRE-K/PRE-K2 (ages 4-5)

In the classroom: After learning about holiday traditions around the world, our older preschoolers identify countries on a globe. For example, they might learn about Diwali, the festival of lights, and then find India on the globe. They might make tamales, a dish often served on Christmas, and then find Mexico on the globe.

At home: Ask your child to help you prepare your family’s favorite holiday foods. Talk about the long-standing traditions in which these foods are rooted. For instance, you might explain, “I used to bake cookies for the holidays with my mom. Now we can start baking cookies together!”

Recommended reading: Children Just Like Me: Celebrations by Anabel Kindersley, Light the Lights: A Story about Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas by Margaret Moorman, The Story of Kwanzaa by Mary Washington

Exposing children to various holiday traditions helps them build strong social skills, establish a sense of self, and respect the differences of others as they transition into elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education



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