From Your Director:
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful break with lots of good family time. My family and I did a little road trip to New Orleans over the break. We had a blast. We went to the zoo and the aquarium, explored some cemeteries, walked around a sculpture garden, rode the streetcar, ate seafood in the French Quarter, and much more.
On the way back to Austin, we stopped in Houston and did a tour of NASA. That was super-cool! And considering that our oldest is way into outer space right now, it was pretty much perfect.
The next day after our return home, I observed my children re-enacting some of the things they learned about at NASA. My younger son was cocooned in a tiny nest under the coffee table, pretending that he was an astronaut about to be launched into outer space. (We had all been amazed by how tiny the capsules were for the astronauts in the early rockets.) My older son was pretending to be mission control. He was talking to his brother through facetime on an ipad. (We had seen Mission Control up close on our tour.) Once he was in orbit, our little astronaut talked about how he was doing his exercise in space. (We learned about the importance of exercise for astronauts in a film we watched.)
If you’ve read my newsletters or done a tour with me, you know that I am a great believer in the power of play. I wish I could show anyone who doubts play-based learning this wonderful moment with my children and how play reinforced the new concepts they had just learned.
Hope you all got lots of time to play over the break.
Thank you for trusting us with your children.
Mark Your Calendars:
Monday, January 16th: CDC closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Saturday, February 11th: tentative date for Parent Work Day (more info to come)
Monday, February 20th: CDC closed for staff training day
Friday, April 14th: Staff Work Day
Floors: So the good news is...the floors were finished in plenty of time for us to get the rooms set up and welcome the kids back on Wednesday! The bad news is...the contractor used the wrong tile. That dark gray was not part of our plan. We’ve been doing a lot of debating about whether we can learn to live with the color and are realizing that we are going to have to replace some, if not all, of the gray. We’re still working out the details, but don’t be surprised to see something different when you walk in after the weekend.
Special classes: It’s time to sign up for Music, Tumbling, and Soccer! If you are signing up for the first time or discontinuing when your child normally attends, please let us know.
Music (all ages) starts Wednesday, January 11th. Sign up at https://opusonekids.com/register/austin/
Soccer (Stars, Rainbows, Explorers) starts this Friday, January 6th: Sign up at https://austin.ssreg.org/?sitename=first+english&input_address=
Tumbling (Stars, Rainbows, Explorers) starts Tuesday, January 17th: Sign up in the office.
Weather: Earlier in the week, I looked at my phone and saw a slight chance of snow in the forecast for Friday. Even though it’s no longer showing in the forecast, I realized that I should give a reminder of our procedures for ice and snow days, JUST IN CASE. We follow AISD, so if AISD closes, we close. If AISD opens 2 hours late, we open at 9:30. On a day when there is a chance of wintry weather, please check your email before heading out.