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January Newsletter

A Note From Our Principal

Happy New Year! We can’t wait to spend 2021 with you and your children. Thank you to all who participated in our holiday giving initiative last month. As you know, we partnered with Child Crisis Arizona in helping give the families in their community the “Gift of Choice” this holiday season. Our wonderful CDS family donated over $1,500 worth of department store, restaurant and grocery store gift cards.  Thank you for your generosity!!

Please take a moment to read through the news and reminders below and let myself or anyone else on our administrative team know if you have questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Ms. Vici

Winter Clothing Reminder

If you’ve not already done so, please send in an extra set of weather appropriate clothes for your child. 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!

Links 2 Home

If you’re not currently receiving photos and daily reports for your child you can easily change this by downloading the Links 2 Home app on your phone. Just type ‘Links 2 Home’ in the search bar for the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. After downloading Links 2 Home you can register with the same email address that you used to enroll your child in our school.

Online Parent Communication 

In addition to our newsletter the ‘For Parents’ section of our website also includes links to our menu, monthly calendar and school year calendar. We update these items frequently to ensure you’re always in the know. Though we send information through Links 2 Home, our calendar can be printed or even downloaded directly to your device. Our menu and school year calendar can be printed or saved for easy reference as well.

Updating your Information in Alma

Do you have a different email address or phone number? Need to add or remove an emergency contact? You can do this at any time in Alma. If you need help logging in or accessing the system please let us know.

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.

Important Dates

January 1st —CLOSED for NEW YEAR’S DAY

January 6th – Spirit Day! – Winter Animal Day!

January 6th-8th – Virtual Penguin Experience

January 11th – PO Meeting via Google Meet – 9:30am

January 15th – Spirit Day! – “I Have a Dream” Pajama Day!

January 18th – CLOSED for Martin Luther King Jr Day

January 22nd – 100th Day of School

January 22nd – Spirit Day! – Dress Like You’re 100!

January 23rd – Open House – By Appt. Only

January 27th – Spirit Day! – Winter White Out Day!

January 29th —Parent folders go home

New On Our Education Blog

4 Indoor Wintery Activities to Do with Your Preschooler

Are you stuck inside trying to figure out how to keep your little one busy this winter? Let him burn off some energy, while still actively learning, with these four fun indoor activities.

Cotton Ball Snowman

Draw a few large snowmen on paper, cut them out, and write a number in the middle of each. Provide your child with cotton balls, a glue stick, and the snowmen cut-outs. Encourage him to read the number and count as he glues on the appropriate amount of cotton balls. For older children, write simple addition or subtraction problems on the snowmen instead.

Ice Melting Experiment

Conduct a fun experiment to see where ice would melt the fastest inside your house. Place ice cubes in bowls in different rooms throughout your house (i.e. bedroom, kitchen, garage). Ask your child to predict which bowl of ice would melt the fastest.

Winter-Themed Books

Books are a great resource to teach your child about animals who live in cold climates and hibernation.
Some of our favorites include Never Touch a Polar Bear by Stuart Lynch (0-2 years), Gregory’s Shadow by Don Freeman (3-5 years), Sleep Big Bear Sleep by Maureen Wright (3-5 years), How Do Birds Find Their Way by Roma Gans (4-5 years), and Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner (4-6 years).

Snowflake Garland

Provide your child with cupcake liners or coffee filters, safety scissors, markers, stickers, glitter glue, and ribbon. Fold the liners in triangles and make small cuts. Unfold the liners to see the unique snowflake design. Encourage your child to decorate the snowflakes and help him thread ribbon through each to make garland. Let your child decide where he’d like to hang his fun artwork.

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