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July 2023 Newsletter and Preschool Blog

A Note from Our Principal 
We’re fully embracing the summer season, enjoying our time teaching and bringing fun to our students in these warm months! Our teachers have added activities into their lesson plans that our students can enjoy outside. We can’t wait to share photos with you soon via Links 2 Home. We hope this month is filled with health and happiness for you and your families.


Miss Emma


Family Referral Bonus & Open House 

Do you know a colleague who has recently had a baby, a friend in need of care who just relocated to the area, or a family member who is seeking a new preschool for their child? Invite them to our Open House on August 5. When you refer a friend and they enroll, you’re eligible for a free week of tuition. Ask us for details!


Independence Day Activities 

Our classrooms will be working on festive activities to celebrate July 4th on July 3rd. This will include firework artwork and red, white and blue themed projects. All staff and children are encouraged to wear red, white and blue on July 3rd. The teachers will also be enjoying a red, white and blue potluck on July 7th as part of our weeklong celebrations.


Kids Helping Communities 

As we do every summer, we will be participating in our Kids Helping Communities initiative to give back to communities in need. This year, we will be partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia by collecting Welcome Basket items for families moving into their new homes across Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. The drive will begin July 3rd and continue through July 14th. We will also have a bake sale on July 14th. Keep an eye out for more information via Links 2 Home.


Splash Days
We have several water play days planned for our students this summer and can’t wait for your child to participate! Children should come to school in their swimsuit (with swim diaper when applicable) and with a towel and a change of dry clothes. Please remember to apply sunscreen to your child before you drop them off. Our scheduled splash days for July are:

  • July 12, 2023
  • July 26, 2023

Did You Know?
When children learn about other cultures, everyone benefits. So, we encourage students to share their family traditions. In circle time, we engage in lively group discussions, and together we build a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Important Dates (All activities can be found on the Summer Camp calendar)
Fridays in July-Soccer Shots

July 3-10 Habitat for Humanity Welcome Basket Donation Drive

July 3-Wear Red, White and Blue

July 4 – CLOSED for holiday.

July 10-Bring white shirt for Tie Dye

July 11-Tie Dye Day-wear old clothes
July 12-Splash Day

July 14-Bake Sale

July 21-Women’s World Cup Kick Off Celebration-Wear soccer jerseys or items related to a specific country.

July 26-Splash Day

New On Our Preschool Blog

Math on the Move: Vacation Activities to Sharpen Early Math Skills


Summer is a wonderful time for children to discover the hidden mathematical wonders that surround them. In our classrooms, teachers aid in cultivating math skills by incorporating them into daily routines and engaging activities. They encourage students to observe and discuss patterns found on the playground, graph their favorite vacation spots, and participate in math scavenger hunts.

This summer, as you embark on vacations or road trips, you can continue supporting your child’s math skills by turning these experiences into fun and educational opportunities. Below are some ideas. Get ready to go on a mathematical adventure together!

Infants (0-1 year)

Engage your baby in an activity that combines sensory exploration and counting. While at the beach, encourage them to feel the texture of the sand by saying, “Let’s feel the sand. It’s so soft and grainy.” Incorporate counting by finding seashells. Count them aloud by saying, “Let’s see how many seashells we found. One, two, three!”

Toddlers (1-2 years)

Roll or throw a ball back and forth with your toddler. Count each time the ball leaves their hands. Begin with counting from one to three, and gradually increase the count as your child becomes more comfortable. Encourage them to actively say the numbers aloud as they catch and throw the ball.

Beginners (2-3 years)

Play a game of “I Spy” on your next road trip to help your child observe patterns and practice their observation skills. Encourage them to point out objects found during the drive. For example, ask them to find a red and black car, a tall green tree, and a yellow sign.

Intermediates (3-4 years)

Take your child on a nature walk to collect materials such as leaves, sticks, and rocks. Encourage your child to sort the materials into different categories and then count each item in each category. Record the findings in a bar graph to determine which material was the most and least collected.

Pre-K/Pre-K 2 (4-5 years)

While shopping for your vacation essentials, give your child coupons and ask them to help you find the pictured items in the store. It’s a fun scavenger hunt, as well as a great opportunity for you to talk about money. Say the price of the items as you place them into your cart, for example, “Goggles are usually $10 each, but we save $2 by using a coupon.”


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