Welcome to the Holidays...
      The holiday season is upon us.  We have had the pleasure of caring for your children for almost 4 months now -- it's hard to believe it is going so fast!!!  We have covered many things in that time and have seen the children grow so much in this short time.  Can you believe we went from holding on to a rope to walk in the hallways to holding hands and now walking in a straight line like the big kids do?!?!  They are doing great!! They have also been doing a great job with morning drop off.  They get signed in and hands washed in record time -- that gives us more time to play! :)


2018-2019 School Year 
     Registration for our current families for next school year has begun. This is for preschool only.  If you are planning on waiting a year to send your child to Kindergarten or you need a registration form for a sibling, please let us know as soon as possible. 
    On December 18th, we will open the registration up to new families. All open spots will be filled on a first come first served basis and no priority will be given to current families after this date.
  
Kindergarten
    The Kindergarten Round-up parents meeting is Monday, January 8th at 6:00. Please sign up Here: Van Meter Kindergarten Round-up. Contact Kris Koster at kris.koster@vmbulldogs.com  
with any 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/23dc4

How Safe Is Your Child At Preschool?
    When choosing a place to care for your children, there are many things to take into consideration.  We appreciate you putting your trust in us!   Here is some information regarding the safety of your child here at school: 
Background Checks
     Our Pre-Kindergarten program is licensed by the Department of Human Services (DHS).  We are required to go through a full evaluation every 2 years to keep our license current.  We had our licensing visit on December 6th and were told it was an "excellent visit" -- yeah!  Our license was renewed for 2 years.  The kids did a great job of answering his questions about what they do while at school.  Our licensing agent will also pay us a visit on our "off" year. 
     We are required to perform criminal and child abuse record checks for each person (including volunteers) who have direct responsibility for children or with access to a child when the child is alone. We are also required to perform Federal Record Checks done through means of fingerprinting. Therefore, if we've committed a felony -- you're going to know about it! :) Rest assured, there are no crimes in our backgrounds or we wouldn't be here!


Illness
If your child is ill, please be sure to call the preschool at 996-2030 to report their absence.  We appreciate your calls!


Going to the Movies?
    We continue to look for fun things to add to our centers for the kids to play with.  The kids love to wear glasses while in our dramatic play area.  If you are going to any 3D  movies in the future, we'd love to use the 3D glasses in our center after you are done with them!
Holiday
Celebration
    On Friday, December 22nd, the Rainbow Class will be having a Holiday Celebration! We have tried parties with lots of games, etc. and when they got done with all of that, the kids just wanted to know...."when do we get to play?"  Therefore, our celebration will include activities based around the Holiday theme and also opening our book exchange gifts. Besides...every day in preschool is a party, right?!?! :)
      You have previously received in your child's folder, a note regarding the book exchange.  Each child is asked to bring one book that costs $5.00 or less.  Your child was assigned a name of someone in their class.  Please wrap the book and write who it is to and from. Don't forget to let your child help! We do have a list at preschool if you forget whose name your child has.
    If you are unable to participate, please let us know so no one gets left out.  
    To help us celebrate during our holiday festivities, we are in need of a few families to bring a special snack, drink and napkins.  Please let me know if you are willing to help.

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.  Feel free to leave a pair of Crocs or slip on shoes in their bag for this purpose!

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.


Upcoming Events
December 1  Registration for next year
                      opens                 
                18  Registration for all new
                       families open - all spots
                       filled first come, first served
                22   Holiday Celebration
                 25    NO SCHOOL
                      Winter Break Begins

January   3    School Resumes