MWF December 2018

December News
      The holiday season is upon us.  We have had the joy of caring for your children for almost 4 months now -- it's hard to believe it is going so fast!!!  We've enjoyed getting to know your child and watching them grow! It is fun to see how they are learning preschool morning routines. I've been so impressed with how they are able to walk in the hallway without our rope just like the big kids!   We can't wait to see what the rest of the school year brings!

2019-2020 School Year 

     Registration for our current families for next school year is now open from Monday, December 3rd - Friday December 14th. No priority will be given to current families after this date. This is for preschool registration only. See below for information about kindergarten.   If you would like to register a sibling or are not sure if you will be sending your child to kindergarten next year, please let me know.
    On Monday, December 17th at 7:45 AM, we will open the registration up to NEW families. All open spots will be filled on a first come first served basis.

    Kindergarten Round Up
If you will be sending your child to kindergarten next school year  (2019-2020), mark your calendar for the kindergarten parent information meeting on Monday, January 14th, from 6:00-7:00. In addition, please complete this google form if you haven’t already: Kindergarten Round-up. We ask that incoming kindergarten parents attend this meeting without their child. The incoming kindergarteners will have a couple of days in May to experience kindergarten orientation. Contact Kris Koster or Cody Tibbetts at  cody.tibbetts@vmbulldogs.com with questions.
  

Remind
Don't forget to sign up for the Remind App!  This will allow you to send and receive messages, class announcements, etc.  Please follow this link if you still need to sign up https://www.remind.com/join/vmpk.





Illness/Absence 
If your child is ill or going to be absent from preschool, please be sure to call the preschool at 996-2030 to report their absence.  We appreciate your call.



   Delays and Cancellations
     In the event of delays or cancellations, we will follow the Van Meter Schools.  They will post this information on Channels 5, 8 and 13, as well as their website www.vmbulldogs.com.  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. 
Holiday
Celebration
    On Friday, December 21st,  we will be having a Holiday Celebration! We are going to "snuggle up and read" for our holiday party. Children may wear their pajamas to school and bring a blanket and stuffed animal. We will be having hot cocoa and enjoy some hands-on holiday activities. 
    To help us celebrate during our holiday festivities, we are in need of a few families to bring holiday themed plates and napkins.  We would also love to have some "guest readers" join us for our cozy reading time.  Please let me know if you are willing to help read stories to groups of children for about 20 minutes that day.

Weather
     We will continue to hold outdoor large motor activity time as long as the weather cooperates.  We use the Child Care WeatherWatch guidelines produced by the Healthy Child Care Iowa to determine if the Wind Chill Factor is safe for outdoor play.  We will continue to go outside until the temperature and/or wind chill is at or below 15 degrees Fahrenheit.  Certain temperatures allow us to go outside, but for only a short time.
     Please be sure to send all the clothing 
(warm coats, hats, mittens, snowpants) needed to keep your child warm and comfortable!  Because they are learning to become more independent, we do ask them to at least try to get dressed themselves. This means putting on their own coat, hat, mittens, zipping, etc.  
(Mittens are much easier for them to become successful on their own.) If needed, we will assist them.  Their reactions are priceless though when they figure out they really can do it!!  
      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 is needed to wear inside. 




Upcoming Events 
December 3  Registration for next year 
                      opens                  
                17  Registration for all new 
                       families open - all spots 
                       filled first come, first served
                21   Holiday Celebration
                 24    NO SCHOOL 
                      Winter Break Begins

January   3    School Resumes
                   



Thanks to all of the families who attended our Project Night to celebrate our Insect Project! We had a record turnout of 31 families present! Due to the preparation of  Documentation Panels that were shared at our Project Night Celebration, there will be no photo slideshow for this month. 
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