Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful break with lots of good family time.
After such a nice long break, it can be hard for all of us to get back into the routine. Don’t be surprised if you have had a brief setback in your morning drop-off routine. You might see more tears, more clinging to legs, more reluctance to let you leave. Your children loved all the extra time they get to spend with you, and they might wish they could have even more. You probably feel a little sad, too. Don’t let your feelings interfere with the things we know to make the transition to school easier:
- Get here before the breakfast transition starts so your child’s teacher is better able to help you say goodbye.
- Prepare your child on the way to school for what is to come.
- STICK WITH THE ROUTINE! If you don’t have one, make one. Keep it simple: e.g. one book, one hug, and a push out the door.
- When it is time, walk out the door with confidence. If you hesitate, your child will sense your reluctance to leave, and that can make things even harder.
- Remember that it will get easier again. For all of us.
Thank you for trusting us with your children,
Mark Your calendars:
- Monday, January 15th: Closed for MLK Jr. Day
- Monday, February 19th: Closed for Staff Training Day
- Thursday-Friday, March 15-16th: Closed Center Holiday & Staff Work Day
- Friday, March 30th: Center Holiday
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 Monday, January 8th. Sign up at https://opusonekids.com/register/austin/
Soccer (Stars, Rainbows, Explorers) starts on Friday, January 12th: Sign up at https://austin.ssreg.org/?sitename=first+english&input_address=
Tumbling (Rainbows, Explorers) starts Tuesday, January 16th: Sign up in the office.
***Please let us know if there are any changes to whether your child does/does not attend these classes. There is always a lot of confusion at the beginning of the sessions about whether people have just forgotten to pay or have actually decided not to have their children attend anymore.
Winter Weather: We may face some additional days this winter when the school will need to be closed due to ice and snow. For those of you who are new, we follow the calls made by AISD on whether to close the school for the safety of our staff and families. If AISD closes, we close. If AISD has a 2-hour delay, we will open at 9:30. If you know there is a chance of wintry precipitation in the morning, check your email before heading out. I’m always up at the crack of dawn emailing on those days!
Warm Weather Clothes: Please remember to check that your child has extra cold weather clothes in his/her cubby in case a change is needed in the middle of the day. Also, we venture outside unless there is rain, so please make sure to send your child in coats, hats, gloves that allow them to get outside and run off some energy!
Out and About
Ice Skating on the Rooftop Every year Whole Foods offers ice skating on the rooftop. More information at https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/service/ice-skating-plaza-0
Second Saturdays Are For the Families: Hit The Road Create a cardboard car and then enjoy a movie at Laguna Gloria. Ages 2 - 11. More information at https://www.thecontemporaryaustin.org/event/second-saturdays-are-for-families-hit-the-road/
Theater: Go, Dog, Go by P.D. Eastman is brought to life in a musical dog party at the Paramount Theater on Sunday, January 14. More information at https://tickets.austintheatre.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=2921
MLK Celebrations We will be closed on the 15th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., so if you are looking for ways to both entertain and educate your kiddo, why not participate in some of the great events surrounding the day? Parades, festivals and a day of volunteering are just some of the ways in which you can help honor MLK. Find out more information at www.mlkcelebration.com.
Snow Day Throw snowballs and make snow angels at the Science Mill’s third annual snow day on Saturday, January 20. Their backyard is transformed into a winter wonderland with 20 tons of snow. More information at https://www.sciencemill.org/snow-day
Texas Wildlife Day Enjoy a day of celebrating animals at the Texas Memorial Museum on the UT campus on Saturday, January 27. Free admission and family activities. More information at https://tmm.utexas.edu/events/5