Director’s Letter December 2016

By | November 29, 2016

Dear Families,

December is upon us and it is going to go by so fast with all of the holiday activities. Thanks to everyone who donated to the food drive for Shepherd’s Pantry.  They were so appreciative and the food will help many local families during the holiday season.  Our mitten tree is now up, so please take a look and help out your child’s classroom.

 2016-2018 Registration:

Registration packets will be distributed the week of December 5.  Please return the registration form with the $90.00 fee to hold your child’s spot for the following school year. After Jan 9, registration will be open to alumni and then to the public. Tell your friends and neighbors about our wonderful school and have them come by for a tour. If you have any questions, please drop by the office and Patti or myself can answer them.

Mitten Tree:

Our mitten tree is a way to help out your child’s classroom with items that each teacher wants for their classroom.  This is done in lieu of teacher gifts, so come by and see how you can help out your child’s classroom.  The key for each class is listed on the wall.

Mitten Tree Key                                                       

Gingerbread – Bois

Stars – Desrosiers

Snowmen – Hankus

Trees – Storie

Literacy in Action:

Our next 8 week session will begin on Thursday, January 12.  This is open to any pre-k student.  If interested, please stop into the office and talk to Patti.  The first session was a huge success and the children loved learning about literature, enjoyed the cooking fun, and participated in alphabet review.

Parent Conferences:

Our parent conferences for Nursery and Pre-K will be the week of January 16.  Your child’s teacher will be having sign-ups on sign up genius come January.  This is a great time to hear about how your child is doing and see how they have progressed throughout the first of the school year.

Estimation Cup:

Our November winner was Wes Bedrick.  He guessed a 103 and there were 131 candy corns in the container.  Our next month’s estimation is how many pairs of mittens and hats are on the blanket.  The winner will be announced on December 21.

December Activities to do with your child:

Gingerbread Cookies This is a great, healthy gingerbread cookie to make with your family.

Mix together: 1 cup shortening, ¾ cup honey, 1 egg, and 1 cup molasses

Sift together: 1 ½ teas baking soda, ½ teas salt, 2 teas ginger, 1 teas cinnamon, 1 teas cloves, and 5 cups flour.

Mix the wet and dry ingredients together.

Roll out to ¼ inch thick and cut with cookie cutters.

Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.  Cool and enjoy!

Stained Glass Window Catchers- Supplies needed: clear contact paper and tissue paper.  Have your child put tissue paper on one side of the sticky contact paper.  Fold over the other half onto the tissue paper.  Cut out a holiday shape and hang in your window.

 Great Educational Website – www.sheppardsoftware.com

This is a website that has math, science, and social studies games for all ages.

Healthy Snacks:

Healthy habits are so important to the young child and snack time is a great opportunity for them to try different healthy foods.  We find that the children try the foods brought from the co-oping parents and it is a great way to introduce healthy ways to eat.

Suggestions are below:

Cheese, cut up fruit, applesauce, yogurt with granola, cut up vegetables with hummus or yogurt dip, dried fruit, etc.   Also bringing in milk or water is a great alternative to juice.

Be creative and imaginative!!!

REMINDER:

Please dress your child for the weather.  The classes do go outside in the colder weather, so send them in with hats, mittens, and winter coats.  When the snow begins, send in their snowsuits also. Label all of your child’s items, so the teacher’s can easily see what items belong to who.

 

Dates for December:

Parents Night Out

Dec. 9 from 6-9 (see Patti to sign up)

Bertucci’s Dining for Dollars

Dec. 15 (dine in or take out, 15% will go back to the Co-op)

Winter Vacation:

Dec. 23 – Jan. 2

School reopens on Jan. 3

Happy Holidays,

Debbie Bois

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