Happy October!
On Friday, October 13th, the Van Meter Fire Department will be bringing the Fire Trucks to school!!  Since they will be giving presentations to the whole Elementary that day, they will be using the parking lot.  On this day (Friday, October 13th) we will have after school pick up on the Secondary side of the building.  Please wait outside the main entrance, we will bring the children down as usual. 

Our school year is off and running!  The Rainbows have been busy reading stories, cutting, creating, building and imagining!  Although much of what we do may be seen as "play time," this is what preschool is all about!  Through play, we learn how to share, make friends, negotiate, be patient, count, cut, ask questions ..... the list goes on!  Play is how children begin to understand their world. They develop socialization skills by playing with other children. Play helps children learn to solve problems in an environment that is supportive to this process. Children also develop the critical thinking skills necessary to ask questions and figure out how things work. Through these activities children continue to strengthen their language development.


Field Trip

On Friday, October 20th, the  Rainbows  will be taking a field trip to Howell's Pumpkin Patch in Cumming.  We have hired a bus from the Van Meter Schools to take us and will leave shortly after school begins that Friday.  If you are attending with us, you are welcome to ride the bus as well.  
     We plan to be back to school by 11:45 a.m. for regular pickup for those who do not have a family member attending with us. (Please tell your drivers if that is not you!!) We hope you will be able to join us, as we will be needing some parent volunteers!  
    There is a $5.00 charge for children and adults attending.  You may send the entrance fee to school at any time before our trip.  (If this causes a financial hardship for your family, please let us know.)
    Because this is a special day for your child, please make other arrangements for younger siblings if you are able to come along. We look forward to having you join us!


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ISmile Dental Screenings
Please be sure to turn in your form for the Dental Screenings which will be provided free of charge to our children. The form gives you several choices on how much screening you want done.  Please fill out the form, mark the correct spot (even if you do not want your child screened) and return it as soon as possible. This will take place on Tuesday, October 17th.

The iSmile screenings are provided to us through Early Childhood Iowa funding.

Scholarships still Available
Did you know that families making as much as $82,000 may be eligible for tuition assistance through the 4RKids Scholarship?  Attached at the bottom of our page is the form to fill out to be considered. Scholarships are based on financial need.  (There is a chart on the form to see if you qualify.)  All paperwork is handled by Val Cameron, Preschool Enrichment Coordinator for 4RKids.  Please check it out to see if you qualify!


Costumes
On Friday, October 28th, we will give our Halloween costumes a trial run! :)  Please have your child wear their costumes to school on this morning.  Because they tend to just wear them for a little while and then want to take them off, it is important to have them wear regular clothes underneath.



Cleaning the closet?
We are in need of some more extra clothes in case of accidents.  Our clothing bin is getting pretty slim.  If are cleaning closets and find you have some extra girls and boys clothes that need a new home, we'd love to take them off your hands!  We are especially in need of Girls 4T-5T pants, Boys 5/6 pants and also socks. Thank you!!




Morning Routine
Each day your child comes to school, they become more and more confident in completing our morning routine.  You are not required to stay with your child in the morning until they finish signing in and washing hands.  If your child has it under control, please make contact with a teacher so we know they have been brought safely in and then you can be on your way to enjoy your morning.

   Weather
Fall weather is starting to move in. Please remember to send your child with clothing suitable for the weather.  Even if it is warm in the afternoons, mornings outside can be a little chilly.  If your child has trouble putting on their jacket by themselves, or zipping, now is a great time to practice!  They get SO excited when they can do it themselves!  

We do work on becoming more independent in preschool and ask them to try.  If needed we will coach them through how to put their jackets/sweatshirts on themselves.   With zippers, we help the children get started if needed and then allow them to finish it themselves. 

As a Mom I know how rushed it can be to get everyone ready and out the door.  Although teaching them to put their coat on by themselves may take a little extra time in the beginning, just imagine with those winter coats and accessories how much easier it will be if they learn now! :)

Substitutes Needed
We are currently in need of both certified and non-certified substitutes for our program in case one of our teachers need to be absent for the day.  If you or any of your friends are interested, please let us know!!

We are fortunate to have 2 licensed teachers in our program! If you are willing to substitute for us, we want to make sure you feel comfortable. We usually have our substitutes do the "behind the scene" tasks that help our day run smoothly.  Mrs. Schlueter and Mrs. Schreck (whichever one is not absent that day) typically takes charge of the class and are willing to help you along the way.  We hope you will consider joining us in
this role!

To keep our children safe, we ask that our substitutes LOVE kids and pass both background and fingerprinting checks.  Ask Mrs. Schlueter for details and paperwork!

Don't forget to sign up for the Remind App
Check your email for details.  If you need more information, please contact Mrs. Schlueter.


Illness
Please notify us
 if your child is unable to attend 
due to illness. You may reach the 
preschool at 996-2030.  

If you child has strep throat, lice, pink eye 
or other conditions that can be contagious, please be sure to let us know so that we
 can make other parents aware in case their child exhibits similar symptoms.  We 
keep all children's names confidential
 during notifications.


Upcoming Events

October   2  Tuition Due
              6  NO SCHOOL
              10  HAPPY BIRTHDAY
                   HUDSON!! 
              18 Dental Screenings
              20 Field Trip to Howell's 
                       Pumpkin Patch
              24  HAPPY BIRTHDAY
                    GRAHAM P.!!
              26  HAPPY BIRTHDAY 
                    OWEN!!
              27  Wear costumes
              30  HAPPY BIRTHDAY
                    GAGE!