A Note From Our Principal
We hope that you all had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving with loved ones. As the winter holidays approach, we have many special activities planned for our students and look forward to spending the season with them. We’ve also enclosed several important winter and holiday reminders in this newsletter. Please read through it carefully and reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Happy holidays!
School Closure Reminders
As a reminder, we do not always follow the closure schedule of the local public schools. Our goal is to be open as many days as possible to support our working parents, which is why we offer Break Camps. If we must close for any reason, you will receive a notification via Links 2 Home as soon as the closure is announced. We also post notifications on our website.
Winter Clothing Reminder
If you’ve not already done so, you may want to send in an extra set of weather appropriate clothes for your child’s cubby. Students also need to come to school each day with a jacket and dressed warmly enough to play outside for part of the day. We want everyone to be able to participate!
Our school is closed on December 24th & 25th for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day and January 1st for New Year’s Day.
Winter Break Camp
We will be holding Winter Break Camp for students from December 21st – 31st . Students will participate in community service activities, STEAM learning opportunities, holiday themed projects and virtual activities. Students may attend all or part of Winter Break Camp, please return a registration form by December 18th if your child will be attending.
Classroom Holiday Celebrations
Through the month of December, our classes will be learning about different winter holidays and customs. Please be on the lookout for communication from your classroom teacher and/or room parents for specific information about how your child’s class will celebrate the holidays. We will miss having parents attend this year’s holiday celebrations and know that you all will enjoy the holiday crafts that your student brings home!
Holiday Giving Project
This year we are excited to partner with Child Crisis Arizona. Child Crisis Arizona’s mission is to provide children and youth in Arizona a safe environment, free from abuse and neglect, by creating strong and successful families. They do this through prevention, intervention and education programs designed to support the thousands of children and families who may be at risk. All of their work centers on their vision of safe kids…strong families.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Child Crisis Arizona is asking for gift cards this holiday season in support of our families. A donation of a gift card allows Child Crisis Arizona to prioritize the safety of our staff, children in our care and YOU this holiday season.
Please consider purchasing gift cards in $25 increments from the following places:
Target, Walmart, Kohls, Old Navy, Grocery Stores, Restaurants & VISA/MasterCard/AmEx
We will begin our giving project on December 1st. Your gift card donations will be placed on a “giving tree” in our front lobby and then delivered to Child Crisis Arizona on December 18th.
Love Our School? Review Us!
In today’s connected world, many families turn to online reviews to learn more about the reputation of schools. Just a reminder that you can find our school on Facebook, Google, Yelp and other online directories. We’d love more families like yours, so please consider spreading the word about our school.
December 2nd —Spirit Day: Candy Cane Day! Wear red & white!
December 9th—Spirit Day: Scarf Day!
December 16th—Spirit Day: Holiday Gear! (socks, hats, headbands, t-shirts, pants, etc)
December 18th—Deadline for our gift card drive to Child Crisis Arizona
December 18th—Deadline to sign-up for Winter Break Camp
December 21 – 23 & 29-31 – Winter Break Camp
December 24th—CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS EVE
December 25th—CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
January 1st–CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR’S DAY
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How We’re Keeping Our School Safe
The health and safety of our children and families is always our highest priority. That is why we have been working diligently to continue creating a safe and fun learning environment for our students.
A recent study by Yale University confirmed that childcare centers practicing safety protocols do not pose an increased risk of spreading COVID-19 in their communities. As a reminder, below are the health and safety measures we’ve implemented based on CDC guidelines, state and local regulations, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. We will continue to update as necessary.
We screen temperatures of all staff and children. Anyone with a temperature of at least 100.4 degrees or showing other signs of illness is not permitted to enter the facility. If a child becomes ill during the day, they will stay in a separate area while awaiting pickup.
Staff are the only adults permitted to enter the building. Pick up and drop off take place outside the facility. Seating areas are spaced a minimum of six feet apart and swimming and field trips are currently suspended.
All staff members wear facial coverings while caring for children. Children wear facial coverings where required.
We continue our focus on handwashing and disinfecting throughout the day. Staff wear disposable gloves for serving food, changing diapers/toileting, etc.
Meal safety guidelines vary by state and may involve serving individual portions instead of family style or requiring that food be brought from home.
Teachers place nap mats head to toe, not face to face. Each child’s bedding is stored separately and sent home for washing frequently.