Happy Valentine's Day!

   As always, please be sure to send mittens, hats, etc. with your child so they are comfortable playing outdoors.  We have had several kids without mittens.  Although we have a few to share, we don't have enough for everyone.  Bringing some every day is appreciated! :)  If there is snow on the ground, the kids will need snow pants and snow boots in order to play on the playground area.  (This is a similar rule to the Elementary) 
     In case of delays or cancellations, we will follow the Van Meter Schools.  If they cancel or delay 2 hours, we will not meet.  If, however, they delay 1 hour, we will hold classes.
     In case of early dismissal due to weather, we will contact you as needed.

Library Books
We will be sending home library books this week!   Your child will need to return it each Thursday to pick out a new one.   
Please be sure to return the book in the plastic bag with the paper inside.   The bag helps to protect our books! Thank you for supporting your child's literacy development.

Dramatic Play Post Office
 We will be opening our Post Office in our dramatic play area soon and will be encouraging literacy development as children write and "mail" letters. We are looking for the self-addressed return envelopes that many companies send or any old stationary you might have.

       Ramps and Pathways
We have checked out a STEM kit on ramps and pathways for this month from the Drake STEM hub.  Ask your child if they have tried out the ramps in the classroom yet? What rolled down the best? What didn't move? How do we have to build the ramp to make something slide down? Photos will be coming in our monthly slideshow soon!

Valentine's Party
      We will be celebrating Valentine's Day at school on Thursday, February 13th. We will decorate Valentine bags at school to collect our Valentines.
Please  just write your child's name in the "from" section, and do not fill out the "to" section on the card, in order to help our delivery process. (We have 8 children in our class.) 
    We are in need of a few parents who would be willing to come in around 9:15 a.m. to help the kids pass out their valentine's.  If you are able to help out, please let us know.  Thanks for your help!

Thank You!
We have been using some of our gift cards from the holidays for supplies. We were able to purchase consumables for Valentine's Day, a new printer cartridge, and a new dollhouse that is being assembled. We greatly appreciate your generous donations.

Spring Conferences
A sign up has been sent out for parent teacher conferences on March 10th-12th.   We look forward to sharing your child's learning with you! 
Please sign up for VMPK Spring Parent Teacher Conferences!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/login/entry/61591101002
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Upcoming Events

February 1 - Tuition Due 
                13 - Valentine's Celebration 
                17 - NO SCHOOL

March      1 - Tuition Due
                  10-12 - Parent/Teacher conferences
                 16-20 - NO SCHOOL
                      Spring Break
                 23  - School Resumes