Happy Valentine's Day!

     We have been having a great time growing and learning all year!   We are continuing to becoming more independent at school and hopefully at home too.   The kids are getting pretty good at getting ready to go outside by themselves.  We are working on zipping our coats and putting on our mittens by ourselves.  WOW! 
      I would also encourage you to think about what learning experiences you can give them at home as well.  This might include putting away their own clothes, setting the table, sorting the socks....Although it probably won't be the same way you would do it, I bet their excitement for completing the task would be worth it -- well, at least until they figure out that you are really putting them to work! :)

   As always, please be sure to send mittens, hats, etc. with your child so they are comfortable playing outdoors.  We have had several kids without mittens.  Although we have a few to share, we don't have enough for everyone.  Bringing some every day is appreciated! :)  If there is snow on the ground, the kids will need snow pants and snow boots in order to play on the playground area.  (This is a similar rule to the Elementary) 
     In case of delays or cancellations, we will follow the Van Meter Schools.  If they cancel or delay 2 hours, we will not meet.  If, however, they delay 1 hour, we will hold classes.
     In case of early dismissal due to weather, we will contact you as needed.

Library Books
We will be sending home library books soon!   Your child will need to return it each Wednesday to pick out a new one.  (The kids are always excited to look for their next one!:) 

Please be sure to return the book in the ziploc bag with the paper inside.   The ziploc helps to protect our books and the paper has a number on it that we keep track of for our records. We hope you enjoy having some different books to look through! :)

Blank Park Zoo visit
On Friday, February 2nd the Blank Park Zoo will visit our classroom.  They will be bringing some animals to our classroom to teach us about.  We are able to provide this great opportunity to the children through all your hard work in fundraising!  Thank you!!

Movies Anyone?
Just a reminder that if you happen to be going to a 3D movie soon, we would love for you to "recycle" your 3D glasses here at our preschool.  We take the lenses out and the kids LOVE to wear them in our dramatic play area!

Junk Mail Anyone?
Is your mailbox filled with junk mail like mine is?  If you find that you are receiving some of these unwanted items, we've got a deal for you! :)  We are looking for the self-addressed return envelopes that many companies send.  We will be opening our Post Office in our dramatic play area soon and thought those would be fun for the kids to play with!  Please send them in whenever you get them. (If we don't use them this year, we can next year!) Thanks for your help!

Just a reminder that there will be no
school on Monday, February 19th.  

Valentine's Party
      We will be celebrating Valentine's Day at school on Wednesday, February 14th.  Please help your child create a box or bag for others to deliver their special valentine's in.  Because of our limited space and large number of children in both classes, please do not bring in your box until the 10th.
     As with all holidays in preschool, we do make the day special for the kids with seasonal treats and activities. However, we do not do a big party.  We have done so in the past and the kids were upset because they did not have time to play.  Therefore, we figure every day in preschool must be a party! :)

    To make it easier for the children while delivering, please do not address the
valentine's to a specific child. Don't forget to have your child join in the process of getting these ready -- what fun they will have!  (We have 18 children in our class.)
    We are in need of a few parents who would be willing to come in around 10:15 a.m. to help the kids pass out their valentine's.  If you are able to help out, please let us know.
     We are also in need of a family to bring some special napkins or a drink for our snack.  If you are willing to do this, please email Mrs. Schlueter.  Thanks for considering!

Let us know if you would like to set up a time to come in and read to the kids!

Spring Conferences
Be sure to check your email for spring conference sign ups!  We will hold them March 1 and 6th.  We look forward to sharing the wonderful things your child is learning!

Child Development

Don't you wish that children came with an instruction manual?  I know it would make my life easier! :) Parentivity is a free online resource with information tailed to the age of your children.  It send helpful tips and relevant information based on the your child's age.  You can find this resource at

Upcoming Events

February 1 - Tuition Due 
                 2 - Blank Park Zoo visits
14 - Valentine's Celebration
                        Please send in Valentine

                        HAPPY BIRTHDAY
                19 - NO SCHOOL

March      1 - Tuition Due
                  1,6  - Parent/Teacher conferences
                 12-16  - NO SCHOOL
                      Spring Break Begins
                 19  - School Resumes