It's hard to believe that the school year is coming to an end!  We have watched your children grow and learn and feel blessed that you shared them with us this year!  Although there is only a couple weeks left, we are staying very busy completing tasks, working on writing our names, and playing nicely with our friends. 



Last Day of School
     The last day of school for the Bumblebees is Thursday, May 18th.  Please continue to send backpacks through the end of the year as we will have many things to send home!

Fun Day
   A BIG THANKS to our Mom's who helped to plan our Outdoor Fun Day this year!! We appreciate your help Amber and Rona!  It was a great time!

Journals

     We will be sending our journals home soon for you to enjoy.
     Although we only "write" in them a few times in the Bumblebee year, it is amazing to look back and see how their drawings have changed!  While doing journals, we would give the children the start of their sentence and then let them draw.  We would then write the words they told us. 
Those words all came from your child and we cannot be held responsible! :)
      If your child will be joining us again next year, feel free to keep it handy and send it back next year so we can continue in the same notebook.
      I hope you enjoy them as much as we did throughout the year!

THANK YOU!!
A BIG thank you to all of our parents who dedicated their time and talents to serve on our Board of Directors for this year! Our preschool would not exist without you!!  These parents attended board meetings each month, as well as working the Pasta Dinners, recording tuition and paying teachers....the list is endless!  We appreciate all of the hours they spend away from their families volunteering to help ours!! :)

Abbey Duncan
 Jen Bruins
Dawn Stodola
Kari Strong
Jenny Curran
Amber Prickett
Greg Schieffer
Abby Patterson
Stacey Peterson


Pasta Night
Thank you to all of our Board Members and Parents who volunteered to help during our Pasta Night Fundraiser -- we couldn't have done it without you!!

Thank you to the Barilla company for the donation of all of our noodles and Marinara Sauce!

Thank you to Waukee Hy-Vee for the donation of 300 Bakery Cookies, to West Lakes Hy-Vee for the donation of our bread and to Casey's for the donation of more cookies! We appreciate their help in making this a great fundraiser for our program!




Summer Activities
     Even though your child will not be "in school", they will be learning all summer long!  One thing you can do to foster their development, is as simple as carrying on a conversation with them.  Research says that the longer children stay in conversation, the more practice, feedback and information they get.  This in turns builds their language skills.  As your child converses with you, be sure to make comments that show you are interested and ask questions that build on what they have said.  By simply waiting for their response, you show your child that you are interested and that they are important.
    As I read books to the kids, one of my favorite things to do is ask them why something in the story happened.  I am always amazed at the answers.  I have heard crazy off the wall answers that don't make sense (but make me laugh) to answers that make me go "Wow, they've really got it!" 
     Other things you can do include having them "write" your grocery list, use new vocabulary to describe what you see, point out letters, practice writing their name, count, count and then...count! :)  There are so many things that you already do everyday that your child learns from.  Most importantly -- HAVE FUN!!



T-Shirts
Do you want to be a sponsor on our T-shirts for next year?  Please fill out the form below and return it to school on/before May 15th so we can begin planning.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!!

Kleenex
As the year comes to a close, we have found that we are running out of tissues in our classroom.  As allergy season hits us, this is a very important item in our room! :)  If you have a spare box you could send our way, we would appreciate it.  Thanks!!

Upcoming Events

M
ay   18 -  Last day of preschool 
           22 -  HAPPY BIRTHDAY
                    HADLEY!!

July   5 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY
                 GUTHRIE!!
           6 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY
                 CHRISTOPHER!!
          26 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY
                   TAYLOR!!
          30 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY
                   CHARLOTTE!!     

August 25 -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY
                      JADE!!


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Van Meter Pre-Kindergarten, Inc.,
May 4, 2017, 6:04 AM