Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Trinity Preschool November Newsletter 2013

Trinity Preschool                       www.trinitypreschoolmp.org
November 2013 Newsletter                                                                           
Thank you- We appreciate no cell phone usage while in the building.
Tuition reminder: Tuition is due the beginning of each month.
Important dates:
Monday, Nov. 25- Parent Conferences for Pre-K class and MWF morning classes.  (No regular class this day)
Tuesday, Nov. 26- Friday, Nov. 29: No Classes- Thanksgiving Break
Conferences for our T/Th Terrific 2’s and 3’s will be in the spring.

Planning ahead:  HOLIDAY PROGRAMS- Kids come at 9:15
Thur., Dec. 19: Terrific 2’s and 3’s (parents come at 11:00 a.m.)
Fri., Dec. 20: Pre-K and MWF classes (parents come at 10:45 a.m.)

Winter Break: Monday, Dec. 23- Friday, January 3, 2014
Classes resume: Monday, January 6, 2014

Trinity Preschool Silent Auction fundraiser: Sunday, February 23, 2014

Parent Conferences:  MWF and 5 day morning classes only: On Monday, the 25th- You may bring your child with you to your conference; we do have assistant teachers available to watch them while you are meeting with your child’s teacher. I know many families travel this week and if you will not be in town to do your conference, the teachers will arrange a different date to meet with you.

We have been buying snack for the classes and it is working out well.  We give the children a good variety and hopefully expose them to some new foods they can try.  As I worked to keep the snack fee as low as possible, we are asking each family to bring in a package of napkins (or if you prefer, you can bring in one bottle of 100% juice instead of napkins). Thank you.  (If you already brought in napkins, thank you, this is just a reminder to anyone who has not yet done so.)

Holiday Programs:

Our Holiday Programs will be during class time this year. Dec. 19 for T/TH Terrific 2’s and 3’s class; and Dec. 20 for MWF and 5 day classes.  Please plan to join us as the children will sing some songs and we will enjoy some refreshments together. You are welcome to include/invite whomever you think might enjoy coming.  More information will come home soon, but mark your calendar and plan to join us for this special time.  The Terrific 2’s and 3’s class will have their own holiday party in the classroom on the 19th, but all of the other classes will join together on the 20th.

Donation request :

During the holiday season, I like to help be a conduit for donations for various worthwhile organizations.   Bring them in any time before Dec. 13. Choose any of the following that you would like.  (Obviously, this is just an opportunity for those who are looking for something, not required by any means.)We will be collecting the following items.

  1. “Stocking stuffers” for Salvation Army kids gift bags. Small toys or personal care items that can be given to needy children in the area.
  2. Packages of men’s white socks (like white tall sport socks, not decorative) for the local homeless shelter. Held here at Trinity church every Friday night.
  3. Scarves, mittens, gloves, hats for kids or adults.
  4. Socks for kids.

Sick Kids:
We are entering the big cold and flu season, so thank you for keeping sick children home; it will help keep everyone healthier this school year. Teach your child to cough or sneeze into their elbow instead of their hand, this helps cut down on the spread of germs from hand to surface. It is a good practice to always wash hands when you and your child enter your home.
Remember to call 847-357-1513 or email me at TrinityPreschool@aol.com and let me know if your child will be absent.

We play outside if the weather is dry and above 40 degrees.  Please remember to send in jackets, hats, etc. as needed.

Stay & Play:
Stay & Play is going great and we are having fun.  The children are enjoying a healthy snack, many times helping to make it themselves. We play small group games, do more art, music, story time, choice time and either gym or outside time.  If you don’t want to commit to Stay & Play all the time, that is OK too; you can do one, two, three days a week.  You can also choose to join stay & play on occasion; especially helpful as we go into the Holiday season and you need a little extra time to get things done. Please give me advance notice so we can plan accordingly.

Early Drop off: 
We are open for early drop off at 8:30 a.m. or later for $3.00 per day.

Preschool lending library:
Please remember to return the books to the bookcase by our door so other children can borrow them as well. 

School closing for Bad Weather
We follow School District 59 for school closings due to weather. 
If they are closed, we are for sure closed. We have a link on our website to their closing information. 
You can always call our school too-847-357-1513….. if we are closed it will be on our answering machine message.

It seems the holiday season gets more drawn out each year, and we start to feel stressed by the media and stores making us feel like we are already running late.  At school we try to keep routines at a normal pace and give the children a sense of calmness.  We do some holiday activities, but it is not our focus all the time.  I believe the hype can get children too worked up and over stimulated.  We create a “baking” theme and incorporate Christmas activities into that theme.

Right now, we are learning about Thanksgiving and being thankful.  We do talk to the children about the first Thanksgiving and why it was held and we have our own version of a Thanksgiving feast at school. We make our own butter, muffins and some of the classes make a friendship mix to share.  

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thank you for being part of our Trinity Preschool family.

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