December has arrived and the school is a flurry of activity as we prepare for the holidays and learn about our various family and cultural traditions from around the world! We will also be getting ready for our annual Snowflake Festival on Friday, December18th at 5:00pm. Please be sure to complete and return your family’s RSVP. We will be “caroling” outside on our gazebo (weather permitting). Children will need to be dressed appropriately with: Winter Coat, Hat, Mittens/Gloves, Scarf. The concert will begin at 5:00pm and should last approximately 30 minutes with our Family Dinner to follow after. Dinner will be served buffet-style and rooms will be open for families to eat and mingle. We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with our families!
In this season of giving, we would like to give back to those less fortunate. This year we have partnered with Scholastic for the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive benefitting the Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need – especially in group homes, shelters, foster care, and orphanages. Help us reach our goal of collecting 100 pairs of pajamas! We will conclude our Pajama Drive on Friday, December 18th by having a pajama day! We would like the children to wear their warm, winter/holiday themed jammies for the day (and our concert)! Oh, what fun it will be! Thank you for helping us share the gift of a good night’s sleep and a sweet bedtime story!
In addition, our “upperclassmen” will be visiting our grandfriends at New Seasons for a Holiday Sing-A-Long on Thursday,December 17th , followed by our classroom celebrations on Monday, December 21st. Stay tuned for future details from your child’s teachers. We will then settle in for our Pajama and Polar Express Day on Wednesday, December 23rd before the holiday break beginning Thursday, December 24th through New Year’s.
As a reminder, our school will be closed for the holidays on Friday, December 25th and Friday, January 1st. We will also be closing early on Thursday, December 24th by 3pm or earlier pending attendance on that day. The week of December 23rd-January 1st are non-academic days due to decreased enrollments over the holiday break. Please note that we will be posting attendance sign-ups for this week so that we may adjust our staffing needs accordingly. Our classes will be in combination to accomodate the attendance shifts during this period. We appreciate your understanding.
Now that the cooler months are upon us, please be sure to update your child’s extra change of clothing in their cubby, and dress your child for the weather conditions (ex: hat, gloves, scarf). We continue to go outdoors year-round unless there are hazardous conditions, even if for a few minutes. Also a reminder, because the safety of our children is of paramount concern to us, we require that vehicle ignitions MUST be turned off and the keys removed while parked on school grounds.
Please be sure to post our School Closing/Delay information in a visible location for your reference in the event of inclement weather or other circumstances that may impact our regular school operations. We broadcast this information on channel 6 ABC. Parents are able to sign-up for text messaging and email alerts through www.6ABC.com when our school reports a delay or closing. We will also do our best to send out an e-notify to all of our families, and add a message to our school website homepage banner, if we have power and technology capabilities. In the event of an Early Dismissal during our hours of operation, we will utilize these resources in addition to contacting parents of children in our care at that time.
With the rush of the holidays here, I would like to remind everyone to take time to enjoy this special and magical time with your children and families. These times pass all too quickly.
Happy Holidays to you and yours, and Best Wishes for the New Year ahead!