July 2016

From your Director:  What is it about kids and water?  Whether it be a trip to the beach, an afternoon at the lake, a walk in the green belt, or just a hose and a bucket in the back yard, there are few things that make children as happy as water.  And it’s a good thing, too, the way our summers heat up.  Without water, our summers would be unbearable.

 

Water provides opportunities for learning, too.  There is early science in water play: It allows children to learn about how water changes to take the shape of its container and about the different forms water takes at different temperatures.  There are opportunities for practicing early literacy and social skills when children make up stories as they play in the water:  “I’ll be a mermaid, and you be the shark.”  They can work on early math concepts and fine motor skills by measuring water into measuring cups and spoons.  Running through sprinklers allows them to work on their large motor skills.

 

Water play, like other forms of play, allows us to combine joyful experiences with learning experiences.

 

Thank you for trusting us with your children.

Shannon

 

Mark Your Calendars:

August 1-5:  New Parent Meetings

August 18th and 19th:  CDC closed for training and work days

August 22nd:  New school year officially begins!


 

Moving children in August:  While we usually only move children to new classrooms at the beginning of the summer and the end of the summer, we are going to try something a little different this year.  In order to keep summer enrollment up (which is always a challenge!) we will soon be contacting some of you about moving your children at the beginning of August.  In addition to allowing us to bring in some new children, moving a couple of kids from each class will allow those kids the chance to adjust to their new classrooms with a group who are already very comfortable with the routine.  It makes the big transition on August 22nd, when everyone officially moves into their classrooms for the school year, a little bit easier.


 

Work Day Thank You’s:  A big thank you to the folks who gave up their Saturday morning to take care of some much-needed work on the playground.  Our awesome volunteers redistributed playground gravel, trimmed back weeds along the fenceline, sealed the playscape and ramp, and put down new non-skid strips.  The playground looks much better.  Thank you all so much!
 

Tram in the Kitchen:  Jennifer has been on a well-deserved vacation for the past week and a half, but we have been fortunate enough to have Tram Dominguez--former Sunbeam teacher and fabulous cook--stepping into the kitchen for her.  We’ve been able to carry on serving the kind of wonderful food that Jennifer normally serves.  So a big thanks to Tram and we look forward to having Jennifer back next week.