March is finally here, which means Spring will soon be here!
We have some very busy months ahead of us, so please READ on!
Friday, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. We will celebrate this by doing a special project and making a special treat. This day also happens to be National Reading Day. We will do a lot of reading today as well as letting the children bring a book home!
Saturday, March 17th, is St. Patrick’s Day! Will we find the Lucky Leprechaun???? We will set our traps on Friday, March16th.
We will celebrate Spring on Tuesday, March 20th! The bears will be coming out of hibernation, and out of their cave (see the website)! We will have a “Teddy Bear Picnic” on this day. The menu will be posted.
We will also celebrate Spring by having a “Week of Fun” from March 12th through March 16th.” On Monday, March 12th we will have Mix and Match Day. Please dress your child accordingly. On Tuesday, March 13th we will have a Sports Day. A great chance for your child to show their favorite teams colors. On Wednesday, March 14th we will have a Pajama Day. You know what to do. On Thursday, March 15th we will have Princess and Superhero Day. This should please our little princesses and superheroes. On Friday, March 16th we will have our crazy hat and headband day. We hope to have a fun week!!!
On Thursday March 29th, Small Wonders will celebrate Easter by having an Easter Bonnet Parade, an Easter Brunch, and an Easter Egg Hunt.
Any child that does not regularly attend on Thursdays can use it as a make-up day for Good Friday, which is March 30th, because we are closed on that day. You may add or switch your child’s day if you need to. If you add a day, it is $30.00 for a half day and $40.00 for a full day. Please let your child’s teacher know what you are planning on doing.
Small Wonders will start the day off with an Easter Bonnet Parade. We are asking parents to help their child or children to make their Easter Bonnets at home. For example, you can decorate any hat, cap, or paper plate with bunny ears, plastic eggs, Easter grass, etc. Imagination and creativity are all that is needed. Every year we have some great bonnets to parade with!
The parade will begin at approximately 9:30am, and our brunch will be from 10:00 to 11:00am. We will provide the “special snack time” brunch. This will include mini pancakes, syrup, butter, juice, milk, sliced apples, and berries. If parents would like to donate or help, we will have a sign up poster in the hallway. We will need Easter or Spring cups, napkins, syrup, juice, milk, and butter. Thank you in advance! At 11:30am, Small Wonders will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt. This will be held indoors. 1/2 day children will need to be picked up by 12 noon on this day, we will not serve them lunch. Full day children will eat regular lunch.
There is no school on Monday, April 16th in observation of Patriots’ Day.
Earth Day is on Sunday, April 22nd. The children will celebrate Earth Week from Tuesday, April 17th through Friday, April 20th. The teachers will do many lessons and projects related to the following topics: “Going Green,” “Don’t Be a Litterbug,” and “Recycle.” This is the time of year we have the children help us rake our play area, plant flowers, and pick up litter in our play yard. If your child has a small rake or gardening gloves, you may let him or her bring them to school for the week. Please make sure that these items are labeled!
During the month of April, Small Wonders will participate in a Bicycle Safety Program that is sponsored by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This is a wonderful program concerning bicycle safety. The children will be told a story daily about a character called Bikewell Bear. Each story is accompanied by a color worksheet. In the middle of the week, the children will bring their bikes or trikes to school for a Trike-A-Thon. They will receive a special “license” and sticker. A permission slip/pledge form will be sent home prior to the Trike-A-Thon, which the date of the Trike-A-Thon will be announced, it will be held on a Thursday. The Trike-A-Thon takes place upstairs in our Music Room. The children will do five laps, if you intend to pledge; otherwise, any donations will be appreciated. All donations should be made by check payable to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and they are tax deductible. Small Wonders in contacted by many needy organizations and we usually take turns with different ones. However, this event is so much fun and the children really enjoy it. In the past. Parents have been very supportive and we hope this year is the same. If you would like your child to participate in the Trike-A-Thon, which will be held in the Music Room at Small Wonders Nursery and Daycare, please sign the permission slip that it at the top of the pledge form when it is sent home. Your child will not be able to participate without a signed permission slip and a helmet. Please know that your child may participate even if you do not make a donation.
Don’t forget to label your child’s new spring coats and hats. It is very helpful for the teachers when we have to dress them for outdoor play-time. Also, please remember to dress your child according to the weather. We will be going outdoors and our play area is usually chilly in the morning. Also please label water bottles!!!
Please refer to the school policy/handbook for the health/illness information. Please call us if your child is absent and let us know why. We all want to try to control the illnesses and viruses that are around us. We can air out and disinfect the center, but we all need to use common sense. If your child is ill or is not acting him or herself, please be aware.
Please provide napkins and spoons for your child’s snack and lunch time. Any donations would also be appreciated.
We also need beans for the bean box- the bigger the better if you would like to donate!
Any questions or concerns please speak with Marilyn. The May newsletter will have fall registration information in it. Please let your friends know that we do have openings for September of 2018.
Please do not allow your child/children to bring any of their toys from home into the center. We cannot keep track of and be responsible for toys from home. Please only bring nap related items and put them directly in your child’s cubby.
Thank you to all of the children and their families who have donated items to make their preschool more fun!!! Also we thank you for all of the Valentine’s Day gifts!!
Happy Spring, Easter, and Passover
to all of Our Small Wonders
and Their Families!
Marilyn E. Bonner