PRESCHOOL NEWSLETTER

Greetings and Announcements 

 REMINDERS FROM BISCUIT.

It's already May, and summer is getting here fast.  Time to dress for warmer weather,  but until then we still need light weight jackets or sweaters.   Everyone needs to wear socks with shoes.  And no backless or open toed shoes. No flip flops or crocks.    No shoe strings.  This is a safety factor shoe strings come untied and kids trip.  Be sure that their sandals (with backs and closed toes) and other shoes fit properly and don't fly off the fee.  Check your child's cubby box and update the spare clothes.  If we send your child home in different clothes and dirty clothes in a bag,  please replace those clothes in the cubby box. 

UPCOMING:

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Class pictures will be Thursday May 25th.  Be sure your child is in attendance that day.  We cannot do make ups.  We will be doing this in the morning, so kids need to be here by 9 am that day. 

Dress cute.  Please no tee shirts with characters, figures, writing, logo's.  Just a plain shirt. 

Don't have to dress up fancy, just clean, neat, and cute. 

 

 

Be sure to go to the side bar on the right and see the new edition

of the Nutrition newsletter from our food program.  There is always things of interest on their newsletter. 

 

 

 

Friday May 12th is Provider Appreciation Day

 

 

 

 

 

AGES AND STAGES -  THE PRESCHOOLER

The preschool years are such a fun age.  This is a time when your child’s personality will really start to shine. Preschoolers are naturally curious and interested in the world, and the people, around them.  This is the age of imagination and pretend play, making friends, and new discoveries.

It is pretty wonderful to see your child’s individuality come out and to see them grow and change during these years.  It seems I say this with every stage, but the preschool years are some of the most enjoyable, in my opinion.

While all of the potential turbulence of the toddler years isn’t quite behind them, this age is generally a more mellow age as children begin to understand and employ a bit more patience, kindness, and empathy with others.

All of the bumps aren’t out of the road, and some kids do seem to have a more challenging time than their peers.  However, while there are still strong emotions, most parents note less escalation into the temper tantrums or the physical lashing out of the toddler years.

Preschoolers are very expressive, one of my favorite things about this age, to be honest.  Not much beats the enthusiasm of a preschooler when they are happy or excited about something.

Social Butterflies

While shyness is still fairly common, many children become more social at this age and will strike up a conversation with ease.  Kids usually begin to actively interact and engage in play with friends instead of beside them, as toddlers tend to do.

Sharing, while not easy for all kids to learn, becomes an important social skill. Contributor Amanda Morgan, of Not Just Cute, wrote a terrific post about teaching the art of sharing that is definitely worth a read if you have a preschooler in your life.  In fact, you should probably have Not Just Cute bookmarked if you’re the parent or caregiver of a preschool aged child.

Interests and Collections

This is an age when your child will develop individual interests and perhaps begin collections.  One of my kids was really into all things princess at this age, another is currently fixated on horses, and another started his interest in insects during the preschool years.  I know a preschooler who can’t pass an interesting rock without inspecting it.

It can be really neat to see what interests emerge in our kids at this age.  Sometimes these interests run parallel to something mom or dad or an older sibling is interested in, and sometimes they seem to come solely from within the preschooler without any outside influence.

Copycats and Sidekicks

It is important to remember that the preschool child is still very young and to keep your expectations of them adjusted accordingly to their age, but most parents find that at this age they suddenly have a fairly capable sidekick.  Kids at this age can take on a few age-appropriate responsibilities and chores and, unlike older siblings, they even enjoy them and love to be asked to help.

Preschool children are generally very interested in doing whatever it is that their parents are doing, whether that is helping in the garden or helping in the kitchen or with other household tasks.  Playing house becomes a big focus of play, as they model the family life they see – both the tasks and the social interactions and relationships.

The important thing here, and I believe one of our more important tasks as parents, is to make sure that the behavior we are showing is worthy of modeling.

Some Suggestions for the Preschooler

As I mentioned earlier, this is an age when kids have personal preferences and each child’s individual interests will vary, so a universal list isn’t going to cater to each child.

Still, I believe that some good things and practices for the preschooler include:

  • real tools to use such as a shovel and pail for gardening or a whisk broom and dust pan
  • places to dig, to pour, and to scoop such as a sandbox or a sand and water table
  • room to run and places where they can be loud and make messes
  • lots of time outdoors, no matter the season
  • a doll to nurture and love (for girls and for boys)
  • crayons, paper, clay and other simple art supplies
  • books and time spent being read to, every day if possible
  • a few simple games that encourage cooperation and sharing
  • rhythms and household routines that they can count on
  • preschoolers are curious about how things work, so museum experiences and objects that they can explore and even take apart are wonderful for this age

PARENT HOOKY DAY -  Mark your calendar

Friday June 23rd.

Each child needs at least one parent to play hooky that day to attend their child's annual Parent  Hooky Day field trip.

This year we are going to Micke Grove Park near Stockton off the 99 hwy.

http://www.mgzoo.com/zoo/micke-grove/default.htm

 

11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi, CA 95240
(Off Hwy 99, west of Armstrong Rd. exit and follow the signs).

 

Admission Prices

$5 adults (ages 14 and up); $3 for children (ages 3-13)

and free for children 2 years and under.

The day care is closed that day,   Children are chaperoned and transported by Parent(s)

This is also a picnic day so bring a picnic lunch along.  We will be visiting the Micke Grove park Zoo

We will also go see the Japanese gardens across the way from the zoo.  Afterwards is picnic time by the playground.

Later you can explore further and even go to the little amusement park right next to the zoo.

Fun day for the kids....Great time to get together with the other parents and enjoy the day. 

If by chance a parent cannot attend, you can send a grandparent, or other family adult along for your child.  However, after the field trip,  the day is finished.  They will need to keep your child the rest of the day. 

State laws mandate that a parent has the right to take up to 40 hrs a year or 8 hrs. a month  off from work to attend their child's school or preschool events without repercussions from employers. (take it as a PTO day)   Let your employer know now, so there is plenty of time to put in for this day off.  Don't forget,  it's crucial that employers have advance notice.  Show him this newsletter on the computer.

 

 

Preschool Graduation  SAVE THE DATE.

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You are Cordially invited

to attend the 46th Annual

Alexander Preschool Graduation and Promotions

Saturday June 24th

10:00 am

Miwok Park in Elk Grove

Family Picnic pot luck

Bring two dishes to share for the pot luck.  

One main dish and one side dish

Guest that tag along should do the same so there is enough

to go around.

Guest Welcome.

This is family time, so bring extended family along

Bring a camp chair so you have somewhere to sit and be comfortable.

ALL CHILDREN PARTICIPATE

This is for the whole class.

The younger children will also promote to

the next level

and the children all participate in a little presentation.

 

  

Kid Snack

 

Granola Energy Balls

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 2 cups coconut flakes
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup honey (I use raw, unfiltered.)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Steps:

  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Roll into bite-size balls.  (The size you roll them will determine how many the recipe yields. I rolled mine a little bigger and the recipe made about 18 balls.)
  3. Store in fridge.

Parents night out

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FRIDAY May 19th  LAST PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Take advantage now,   We won't be doing it

again till December. 

 Fee is $35 per child enrolled here.  Siblings are extra.  $10  (no babies under age 2)

If you have a friend that wants to join you as a couples night out,  their child is $45 for first child, $15 for second child (siblings)  no babies.

Per family,  we don't mix kids into a group fee from various families.

This will be our last Parents night out until December

Friday May 19th (paid night)

Friday Dec.  15th  (free)

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Our Curriculum

JUNE     CURRICULUM

Letters:   I-L-B-C

Colors:   Purple, black, Blue, red  

Numbers:    3, 8, 1, 2

Shape:   square, oval,  circle, triangle  

Themes: 

Creepy Crawlers

Mother's day

Caterpillars to Butterflies.

 

Book list for May    

 

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2017  updated Schedule for closures, and events

This is our 2017 schedule.  It includes closures/holidays special events, things to remember, in order to help you remember our schedule.  Everyone was given copies to keep at home.  And we have one under the sign in sheets as well.   

January

 

CLOSED   Mon.  Jan.  2nd 

 

Music Man Mon. Jan  16th 

 

February

Valentine Party Tues   2/14

Bring goody bags to share 

Parent night out.  2/14   $35

Music man   Mon.  2/ 27

 

CLOSED   Mon.  Feb. 20th Presidents day

March

Wear Green March 17th

 

Music man Mon.  3/20

 Parent night out.  3/17   $35

 

April

Annual Egg hunt Fri.  4/ 14

Bring goody bags to share. 

 

Music Man   Mon.  4/ 17

 Parent night out.  4/21    $35

 

May

Fri May 12th Provider appreciation day

 Sunday May 14th Mother’s Day

 Parent night -last one out.  5/19      $35

Music Man   Mon.  5/15

CLOSED Fri May 26th 

CLOSED Mon.  May 29th Memorial day

June

Fathers day  Sun  6/18

 

Music man Mon.  6/19

Friday   6/23 Parent hooky day- Micke Grove Park & Zoo

Saturday 6/24 Preschool graduation and family picnic 10 a.m. 

Miwok Park 

July

Closed July 3rd and 4th

4 day weekend.

 

Summer fun program begins

 

Music man   7/17

 

SUMMER BREAK CLOSURE

7/24 to  7/28   1 week

August

 

Music man Mon.  8/21

 

Summer fun program continues

 

 

                     

September

 

CLOSED   Mon. 9/4 LABOR DAY 

 

Back to Preschool

 

Music Man   Mon  9/ 18

 

 

 

 

October

CLOSED Mon.  10/9 Columbus Day

 

Music man Mon  10/16

 

PUMPKIN PATCH field trip  10/20

 

Parents back to school night

10/30

 

Halloween party  Tues.  10/31  bring goody bags,  and costumes. 

November

 

Music man Mon.  11/20

 

CLOSE early Wed.  11/22 Harvest luncheon at 12:30   bring pot luck dishes. 

 

CLOSED Thru/Fri 11/23,  11/24  Thanksgiving

December

Parents night out.  Friday 12/ 15

Free…..5:30-10 p.m.   

Music man on night out.

 

Close early Friday 12/22   5:00 p.m.

 

Christmas Party   Friday 12/22    6 pm.   Round Table Pizza

 

CLOSE winter break  12/25/2017 – 1/1/2018    1 week  plus New Years

 

Provider reserves the right to change dates if necessary, take a personal day off when necessary for Personal reasons, illness,  work related trainings etc.  Provider will give as much notice as possible. 

 All fees are due and payable on Friday in advance.   ALL FEES are due and payable before Closures and must include the week of closure. 

 All fees are payable 52 weeks a year.  There are no deductions for absences of any kind, and no deductions for closures and Preschool breaks.

 

Birthday's

May Birthday's

May 23rd  Olivia age 4  


 

Dates to Remember

Music Man fee due at the beginning of each month:   $5.00 per child. 

NOTE:  Music man is now coming third Monday of the month unless a Holiday falls on that Monday and then we will move it to the next week.

Music man Monday May 15th    

PARENTS NIGHT OUT.  Friday May 19th    $35 for enrolled child,  $10 for each sibling

 

CLASS PICTURES.  Thursday May 25th.   Dress cute. 

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 29 All Day
Friday, Jun 16 at 9:30 PM - Saturday, Jun 17 2:00 AM
Sunday, Jun 18 at 4:00 AM - Monday, Jun 19 3:59 AM
Monday, Jun 19 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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