A Note From Our Principal
February was a great month at our school! In anticipation of spring, our teachers are busy planning meaningful learning activities that will help students gain an appreciation for the changing seasons. In order to make the most of the next few months we will be spending extra time outdoors so our students can interact with nature. Please make sure your child has weather appropriate outerwear for school each day.
This year, we are excited to be having our Cultural Fair in March. Cultural Fair will be presented in the form of a video sent to you from your child’s teacher at the end of the month. Your child will be immersed in the study of a new country through projects, books, songs, food, art, language and much more.
Spring Break Camp
CDS has Spring Break March 8th – 12th. We offer a Spring Break Camp and would love to have your child register. Please use the attached form to register your child. Registration is due by March 3rd!
We’re designing the perfect summer camp for your child complete with all the fun, enriching activities they love, and the important safety measures you expect. Save the Date: Registration Opens March 15th!
Parent Referral Bonus
Do you know a colleague who has recently had a baby, a friend in need of care who just relocated to the area, or a family member who is seeking a new preschool for their child? We are scheduling tour appointments for our next Open House on Saturday, March 20 to meet with the friends of our currently enrolled families. When you refer a friend and they enroll, you’re eligible for a free week of tuition. Ask us for details!
March 1st – PO Meeting, via Google Meet at 9:30
March 2nd – Spirit Day – Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! – Fox in Socks – Wear your favorite socks!
March 5th – Newsletter Emailed
March 8th-12th – Spring Break – Spring Break Camp Available – Registration Required
March 15th – Summer Camp registration opens
March 17th – Spirit Day – Wear Green! – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
March 19th – Newsletter Emailed
March 20th – Open House at 10 a.m., by appointment only
March 24th – Spirit Day – Spring Break is Here! – Wear your favorite baseball gear
March 25th – Parent/Teacher Conferences, via Zoom – Sign-up will come from your classroom teacher
March 29th – Spirit Day – What you love day! – Wear something you LOVE
March 31st– Virtual Cultural Fair Videos sent home / Parent folders go home
New On Our Education Blog
5 Fun Ways to Practice Letter Recognition With Your Child
March is National Reading Month! Although we explore language and literacy all year, we have many special activities planned for our students this month. In our schools, children will reenact their favorite books, discover new characters, sing songs, practice vocabulary and much more.
Letter recognition is a core part of foundational literacy. It’s a skill that helps children figure out how printed text is associated with spoken language. Below are a few simple, easy to prepare activities you can do at home to help build a successful, confident reader.
- Bean Bag Toss
Label a few buckets or bins each with a different letter. Provide your child with bean bags or small balls. Call out a letter and encourage them to toss the bean bag or ball into the correct bucket. This activity builds letter recognition, coordination and endurance.
- Book Letter Race
Hand your child a favorite book and set a timer for one minute. Say a letter aloud and encourage them to search through the book for that letter. See how many letters they can find before the timer goes off. Make the activity more difficult for older children by asking them to find a word or phrase.
- Play Dough Alphabet Mats
Write a letter on a large piece of paper. Give your child play dough and ask them to mold the dough to create the letter. They’ll have so much fun rolling and shaping the dough during this hands-on sensory activity.
- Shaving Cream Sensory Tray
Sensory trays are a fun way to practice writing skills while also exploring scents and textures. Fill a large tray or cookie sheet with shaving cream and ask your child to use their finger to write letters in the cream. Some ideas include writing letters they know, writing letters in their name, copying a letter you show them and writing the alphabet in order.
- Letter Scavenger Hunt
Place magnetic letters or DIY letter flash cards into an empty box. Ask your child to pull out a letter, name it and search for items around your home that begin with that letter.