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February News

Dear Chesterbook Families,

The year is off to a great start and we’re enjoying spending the winter season with you and your children. Throughout the month of February our students will be celebrating and learning about the importance of Black History Month, children’s dental hygiene, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day.  As a reminder, we will be closed on Monday, February 19th for President’s Day/Professional Development Day.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Our students will learn about local and influential African Americans through books, learning experiences, and classroom discussions.

We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14th. Children are invited to bring in valentines to share with their classmates and will participate in Valentine-themed activities throughout the day.  Please see your child’s teacher for more information.

Priority re-enrollment starts February 5th for all current eligible families! Take advantage of our registration discount and secure your child’s spot for next school year. More information will be sent via Links 2 Home soon.  Also, as a reminder, if 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 we do offer a Family Referral Bonus.  When you refer a friend and they enroll, you’re eligible for a free week of tuition. Ask us for details!

As a reminder, please check your child’s cubbies and daily reports each day for important information.  If you do not have our app, please reach out to the administrative team so that we can help you get it set up.  As always, we look forward to another month of love, laughter, and learning together!



Kristie Salmon

Lindsey DeLair


From the Education Department:

Exploring Valentine’s Day at School and at Home

Valentine’s Day is a favorite holiday among our students. They love exchanging cards and treats with their classmates and participating in all the themed activities we plan throughout the month.


Activities include learning about different types of flowers typically given for the holiday, how to care for them, and where they are grown. Students also learn about the postal service and practice their writing skills by making and mailing cards. We also integrate conversations and books about kindness, friendship, and family throughout our day.


Below are four activities to continue the learning and fun at home with your little one.


Sink the Candy Heart Boat

For this fun sink vs. float experiment, you’ll need a bucket or tray filled with water, candy conversation hearts, and lightweight plastic containers. Place the containers in the water and ask your child to guess how many candy conversation hearts will sink the container. Encourage your child to count as they fill the container one candy heart at a time. They may find that the container sinks faster depending on where the candy hearts are placed!


Sponge Painting

Create colorful heart prints using sponges and paint. Cut heart shapes out of sponges and provide them to your child along with pink, white, and red paint. Ask them to pick up the sponge, dip it into the paint, and press it onto paper to create festive prints. This is a great project to foster creativity and to practice fine motor skills. Encourage older children to use the prints to create Valentine’s Day cards for family or friends.


Indoor Heart Hopscotch

Put your child’s balance and gross motor skills to the test by playing a fun game of hopscotch. Gather markers, 10 pieces of construction paper, and painter’s tape. Draw a large heart on each piece of paper, add a number from 1-10 inside each heart, and tape it to the floor to create a hopscotch board. You can make the game as easy or difficult as you’d like. Some ideas include asking your child to say the numbers aloud as they hop, jumping over specific numbers, or encouraging them to create their own game.


Valentine’s Day Books

Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to reinforce themes of love, kindness, friendship, and acceptance through books. Some of our favorites include, Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney, The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond, The Night Before Valentine’s Day by Natasha Wing, and Little Blue Truck’s Valentine by Alice Schertle.

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