Thank you! Thank you!
Thank you!

  We would like to send a special thank you for all the wonderful Christmas presents that were given to the preschool and to the teachers!!  The kids always get SO excited when they get new things for our classroom, especially when they come from our friends!

   Did you know that the EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month?  You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it is a natural radioactive gas that can be present in your home.  According to the EPA, the entire state of Iowa is considered high risk for radon gas in homes.   
     For more information, please visit the Iowa Dept. of Public Health's website at:

DHS Visit
 At the end of December, we had our annual visit from our licensing representative for DHS and we're proud to report that we passed all of our regulations and are in compliance! The kids were able to tell him all about hand washing and the emergency drills that we do at preschool.  

Gross Motor Play
 Our featured center this newsletter is Gross Motor Play.  Physical play helps develop gross motor skills. Gross motor play involves large movements and the skills that are needed to perform those movements. Some examples might include: hopping, climbing steps, jumping, and skipping. This skills are critical for development.  More and more often, children are leading sedentary lifestyles where they are "plugged in" rather than exploring their world actively with first hand research.  
Over the last two years, we have placed an added emphasis on improving our gross motor options and have purchased several new items for the preschool to use in the gym during inclement weather. These include our squeaking jumpers, obstacle course supplies, balance materials, and stepping stones. We look forward to using these during the long winter months ahead when we can't get outside. 

     Please be sure to send all the clothing (hats, mittens, snow pants) needed to keep your child warm and comfortable!  We will not go outside if the wind chill is at or below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. If your child is unable to independently get their fingers in gloves, it might be best to send mittens.
          Also, when there is snow on the ground, please be sure to send boots!  The children will not be able to wear them in the classroom however, so an additional pair of footwear for inside is needed. 

In the event of bad weather, please continue to watch Channels 8 and 13, as well as the VM Schools website and their twitter feed.  If they delay school 1 hour, we will hold our school day beginning one hour later than usual, or 9:30 a.m. If the Van Meter Schools cancel or delay for 2 hours, our Pre-Kindergarten will not meet that day.

Library Books

* Around the end of January, we will begin sending home books from our preschool collection.  Please look for more details about this soon!

*  We would love to have a parent (or a set of parents) who would be willing to spend approximately 30 minutes at the beginning of the week to help with the check out and return of library books.  If you would be willing to help, please let us know.

Late Fees

We have had several late tuition payments lately. Tuition is due on the first of the month. If the first of the month falls on a weekend, or holiday, tuition will be due the first preschool day after the weekend or holiday. If tuition is more than a week late, late fees will be enforced, according to our handbook policy. Thank you for helping things run smoothly for our preschool program.

Kindergarten, here we come!

Hopefully you are able to attend the Kindergarten Parent Meeting on January 13th.  If not, please be sure to check in with Kris Koster in the Elementary office.  We want to make sure everyone gets signed up.  If you are out of district and want to open enroll, you will need to fill out special paperwork to do so.

Upcoming Events:

January 6- School Resumes 
                13- Kindergarten Round Up                                        Meeting                
                17 - Book Order Due
                20 - NO PRESCHOOL  

February - 14 Valentine's Day Celebration
                    17 NO PRESCHOOL