Director’s Letter December 2017

By | November 29, 2017

Dear Families,

As we close out November, a huge thanks to everyone who donated to the food drive for the Shepherd’s Pantry.  They were so appreciative and the food will help many local families during the holiday season.  December is just around the corner and it is full of holiday activities here at WCK.  Be on the look out for holiday party schedules and individual classroom events via your classroom website calendar or coming home in backpacks.  In lieu of teacher gifts we are happy to bring back our annual mitten tree.  Each class has their own ornament style, or key, hanging from the tree as a form of a wish list.   This may be a great way to help out your child’s classroom during the holiday season.


Mitten Tree key:

Gingerbread – Bois

Stars – Desrosiers

Snowmen – Hankus

Trees – Storie


2017-2018 Registration:

Registration packets will be distributed the week of December 4.  Please return the registration form with the $90.00 fee to hold your child’s spot for the following school year. After Jan 8, registration will be open to alumni and then to the public. If  your friends and neighbors are researching preschools let them know 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 will be happy to help.


Parent Conferences:

Our parent conferences for Nursery and Pre-K will be the week of January 15.  Your child’s teacher will be having sign-ups on sign up genius starting in January.  This is a great time to hear about how your child is doing and see how they have progressed throughout the first half of the school year.


Literacy in Action:

Our next 8 week session of Literacy in Action will begin on Thursday, January 18.  This program is open to any pre-k student and is held every Thursday from 8:45-11:30.  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 some cooking fun, and participated in alphabet review.


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 –

This website offers lots of games and your child will be able to see the Grinch.


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 often try the foods for the first time when brought from co-oping parents, making school snack 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, we look forward to healthy surprises!!!



Please dress your child for the weather.  The classes do go outside throughout the winter months, so send them in with hats, mittens, and winter coats.  When the snow begins, please send in their snowsuits and boots as well. Label all of your child’s items, so the teachers can easily identify students’ misplaced apparel.


Dates for December:

Parents Night Out

Dec. 8 from 6-9 (see Patti to sign up)

ParentsNightOut-flyer December 2017

Bertucci’s Dining for Dollars

Stop by Bertucci’s in the Salem Mall on Dec. 7

Dine in or take out and 15% will go back to the Co-op!

Winter Vacation:

Dec. 25 – Jan. 2

School reopens on Jan. 3


Happy Holidays,

Debbie Bois


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