Director’s Letter January 2017

By | January 2, 2017
Windham Coop Director's Letter

Dear Families,

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a relaxing and family filled vacation.  January will be busy with winter activities and registration for the 2017-2018 school year.  All the teachers would like to thank our parents for all of the classroom gifts and gift certificates that were given from our mitten tree.  We appreciate all that you do for the Co-op and these additions to the classrooms will help with the education of the children.

2017-2018 Registration:

Registration packets have been distributed in December.  Please return the registration form with the $90.00 fee to hold your child’s spot for the following school year.  On Jan 9, registration will be open to alumni and then to the public on January 11. Tell your friends and neighbors about our wonderful school and have them come by for a tour. If you have any questions or want a packet, please drop by the office and Patti or myself can help you.

Winter is upon us:

Please dress you child for the winter weather.  We do go outside, when it is not too cold or stormy out.  Have your child come in with snow pants, winter coat, hat, mittens, and boots. Waterproof mittens will help keep your child’s hands warm, when they play in the snow.  The thin ones, tend to get wet.  Label everything, so the teachers know what items belong to what child.  Thank you!


Conferences, for Nursery and Pre-K, will be the week of January 16.  Please sign up through sign up genius that your child’s teacher will be setting up.  If you have any questions, just ask your child’s teacher.

January Fun Days:

Our fun day week will be January 23-27.  Have your child wear something associated with each special day.

Monday, Jan 23 – PJ Day

Tuesday, Jan 24- Super Hero Day

Wednesday, Jan 25 Crazy Hat/Hair Day

Thursday, Jan 26- Pirate Day

Friday, Jan 27 – White Out Day (wear something white)

General Membership Meeting:

January 12 at 6:30 is the next general membership meeting.  Our topic will be healthy eating habits for our children.  I will be discussing how America and the food industry have influenced our children’s eating habits.  I will be showing clips from the documentary “Fed Up”.  Obesity is a problem for our children in America and being informed about what influences our choices, will help us all to keep our children healthy.   The meeting will follow at 7:30.  All are welcome to attend.  Babysitting will be provided.

 January Activities to do with your child:

Paint the Snow – Take a spray bottle and fill it with water and food coloring.  Have your child spray the snow to make it colorful.  Build a snowman and spray clothes onto it.  Winter Fun!

Feed the Birds- String cheerios on a piece of yarn and hang on a tree in your yard.  This is a great fine motor activity and the birds will thank you for it.

Alphabet Activities- Pour some salt onto a tray.  Have your child trace letters with their finger. Write the uppercase letters on a piece of paper and have your child match letters to them. (you can use magnetic letters or paper ones that you make)

Nursery Rhymes – Teach your child some of your favorite Nursery Rhymes from childhood.  Studies say that learning Nursery Rhymes, before 1st grade can facilitate with learning how to read.

Great Educational Website –

This website has games, stories, and Seuss characters to interact with.

 Maintenance Opportunity:

In the near future we will be purchasing a new dishwasher for the kitchen. We need someone to install it for us.  If this is something that you can do, please see Patti, in the office.  Thank you!

January Estimation:

Come into the office to estimate how many candy pieces are in the bear container.  Last month’s winner was Grace Corbett with a guess of 66 mittens and hats on the blanket.  There were 54 in all. Congratulations!!!


Debbie Bois

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