MARCH 2018 NEWSLETTER

A NEW DAY CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

5014 BEE CREEK RD SPICEWOOD, TX 78669

512.264.7373

www.anewdaycdc.com

MARCH 2018 NEWSLETTER

 

SCHOOL CURRICULUM:

MARCH BIRTHDAYS:

BOOK LIST:

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:

LATE PICK UP PROCEDURES & PENALTIES:

UPDATED SHOT RECORDS:

CHANGE OF CLOTHES:

EASTER EGG HUNT 03/29/18

CLOSED ON GOOD FRIDAY 03/30/18

Preschool-tuition

MARCH TUITION IS FOR 5 WEEKS 

Tuition must be paid in one of the following ways:

  • Paid in full on the first of each month by check
  • Set up a Quick Pay option through your bank to be on the first of each month. Payments will need to be sent to: Irma@anewdaycdc.com
  • Payments may also be made through Venmo

THIS MONTH’S THEMES

Dr. Seuss

DR. SEUSS WACKY WEEK 

Monday March 5th through Friday, March 9th

Things will be a little topsy-turvy during this theme! The days will be full of silly, slimy, jiggly, wiggly, fizzy, foamy fun! The children will be encouraged to be their wackiest selves ever!

Monday, March 5th: Children are asked to wear Crazy Socks!
We will be reading “Fox in Socks!”
 
Tuesday, March 6th: Children are asked to wear all green!  
We will be reading “Green Eggs and Ham!”
 
Wednesday, March 7th: Children are asked to wear a hat!  
We will be reading “Cat in the Hat!”
 
Thursday, March 8th: Children are asked to wear a shirt from a vacation (a shirt with the name of a place)
We will be reading “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
 
Friday, March 9th: Children are asked to wear and bring your own wocket (stuffed animal).
We will be reading “There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!”

SUNNY SAVANNAH

Elephants, zebras, rhinos, and giraffes are just some of the amazing animals that roam the vast plains, hills, and grasslands of the sunny savannah landscape. The children will learn about the climate and the animals that live there.

 

SPRINGTIME SPARKLES

March may bring rainy days, but all those showers make the world sparkle with the colors of spring. Flowers, baby birds, the Easter holiday, and gardening will be explored as the children welcome spring.

ACTIVITIES FOR HOME:

•Read a book about spring with your child. Look carefully at the pictures. What symbols of spring are portrayed in the book – rain, flowers, birds, bugs? Talk about the springtime weather in your area. Ask, “What signs can you search for that show spring is coming? How can you tell the wind is blowing?” Point out waving flags or swaying trees. Does the air feel warm or cold?

•Spring is usually a rainy season. Grab an umbrella and make some wet discoveries with your child on a rainy day. While you walk in the rain together, ask, “Why do you think it rains? Why do we need rain? What do you like about the rain?” Be sure to wear waterproof shoes so you both can stomp in a few puddles!

•Create some savannah paintings with your child. Bring out some earthtone watercolor paints or tint a small amount of water with food coloring. Use paintbrushes to paint pictures and designs on white paper. Encourage your child to paint his or her favorite savannah animal. Is it an elephant, zebra, or giraffe? Let the pictures dry and display the artwork on your refrigerator or another special place.

Sonny with books

LOOK FOR BOOKS

Hippos Are Huge! by Jonathan London

Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton

One Day on Our Blue Planet … in the Savannah by Ella Bailey

Little Tails & In the Savannah by Frédéric Brrémaud

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na

When Spring Comes Egg both by Kevin Henkes

Let It Rain by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

It’s Spring! by Linda Glaser

Easter

EATER EGG HUNT

The children will be having an Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday,  March 29th.  Please be sure to send your child 6 plastic filled eggs along with their Easter Egg basket on or before Thursday, March 29th.   We will be having the Easter Egg hunt starting in the morning for each class separately.  Due to the number of children enrolled, we must limit this for students only.

Easter

CLOSED FOR GOOD FRIDAY:

A New Day CDC will be closed on Friday 03/30/18 in observance of Good Friday.

BALLOONS

MARCH BIRTHDAYS

Jocelyn C. 4 years on 03/04

Joshua M. 5 years on 03/07

Ms. Dorothy’s birthday is on 03/05

Kade Sturgis 3 years on 03/29

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Children enjoy celebrating their birthdays with friends at school. You may celebrate your child’s birthday during the afternoon snack time on a day that is prearranged with the school. Parents are asked to send the invitations at least one week in advance so that the other parents have a whole week to shop for a gift.  This will also give parents who have children on a special diet time to bring their child an alternative snack on that day!

We ask that you keep it simple by bringing  a large cookie-cake & drinks.  You may send special treat bags for the class to take home as well.  If you are planning a party for your child outside of school and do not intend to invite the whole class, invitations must be mailed to the individual student’s home.

SPRING BREAK ATTENDANCE March 12-March 16, 2018

If your child will not be attending the week of Spring Break, (March 12-March 16) please be sure to let us know ahead of time.

safety_first

SAFETY REMINDER

For safety reasons, please do not allow your child to open the door when you are leaving for the day.  We have a strict policy and always remind the students that only teachers, Mommies or Daddies are allowed to open the door.  This prevents a child from running out to the parking lot unattended.  Parents are asked to please refrain from cell phone use while dropping off or picking up your child.

Immunizations

IMMUNIZATION UPDATES

Please be sure to give us a copy of your child’s updated shot records.  All files need to be updated when your child receives any new immunizations.

Preschool-backpacks

BACKPACKS

Each child will need to bring a backpack to school each day so that they will be able to take any belongings home each day. Please pick one that is suitable enough to hold their lunch box, and any schoolwork along with any other belongings that will be sent home.  EACH CHILD MUST ALSO HAVE A SMALL TRAVEL SIZE PILLOW AND A SMALL BLANKET TO USE DURING NAP.  PLEASE BE SURE TO SEND THESE BACK TO SCHOOL AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN SENT HOME TO BE WASHED.

PRESCHOOL ATTENDANCE

COURTESY PHONE CALL:

If your child will not be attending for the day, please be sure to call the school at 512-264-7373 to let the staff know before 8:30 am..

ARRIVALS

The cut-off time to drop off  your child at school for the day is 9:45 am.  If your child is not at school by 9:45 am, please be sure to keep them at home for the day. Bringing them in any later is disruptive to the class.

Teachers only have time for quick conversations with parents during arrival and dismissal, as all of their energy must be focused on the safety and well being of the children. You may find it helpful to write a note to your child’s teacher to provide any information regarding your child’s particular needs. Further communication is welcomed and encouraged outside of class time. Please feel free to schedule a conference if needed. You may also discuss any immediate needs or concerns with  Irma.

It is important for your child to attend regularly in order to fulfill your child’s need for consistency and order. This also enables your child to participate fully in class lessons and other learning experiences.

Each parent/guardian will be required to clock in each child upon arrival. In order for us to fully prepare your child for the transition into kindergarten all children must arrive at A New Day CDC before 8:30 a.m. and before the educational portion of school readiness program begins. Children who miss these lessons are deprived of this time and routine. In addition, when children enter the classroom after 8:30 a.m., it is disruptive to students and teachers who are already engaged in the day’s lessons.

After your child is greeted by the classroom teacher and welcomed into the classroom, please give your child a good-bye kiss and hug, then depart. It is our experience that children transition easier when the good-bye is kept brief. Although some children become very upset the first few times that their parent leaves them at school, they usually settle down shortly after their parent leaves. Please feel free to call or text Irma to see how your child is doing.

Parents must contact the school when a child is absent. On the occasion that your child may be absent from School/Daycare due to an illness or otherwise, please give us a courtesy call and contact us no later than 8:00 a.m. (512-264-7373)

PART TIME ENROLLMENT: 

Due to the limited amount of students in each class, you are not allowed to bring your child to school on another day to make up for a holiday or sick day.  If you would like to add an extra drop-in day, please be sure to call Irma and see if there is availability in their classroom.

DISMISSALS

In order to facilitate better communication between parents and teachers it is best if the parents are not distracted by the use of electronic devices while at the center. Please be sure to not be on the phone when picking up your child for the day.

Every child must be clocked out at the end of the day. Please understand that NO child will be released without proper authorization.

A New Day CDC will need in writing the names of anyone other than you the parent, or guardian who may be picking up the child. When this is necessary, please call in advance to inform us. We will always ask for proper I.D. from anyone we do not know. Without meeting these requirements, no one other than the parents/guardian will be able to pick up a child from the preschool facilities. Because we care about our children, A New Day CDC will not release a child to any person that we suspect is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

LATE PICK UP PROCEDURES & PENALTIES:

Just an FYI: All of our staff have families of their own and most do not live in the area which means a 30-45 minute commute for them to get to and from work.  Please be respectful of their time and call the school at 512-264-7373 if you know you will be running late.

We also realize that situations that are out of your control may happen which cause you to run late every once in a while.  If your being late to pick up your child is not traffic related that has affected other families in the preschool and becomes a common occurrence our late charge policies go into effect.

If a child is left at A New Day Child Development Center after normal business hours, staff will attempt to contact the child’s parent first.  If we are unable to contact the parent, we will proceed to the listed emergency contacts to pick up the child.

When a child is left at school for an unreasonable length of time and A New Day CDC is unable to locate any authorized adult to care for the child, we are required to contact the appropriate regulatory agency including but not limited to, The Department of Family and Children Services.

Parents who pick up their child after the designated closing time of 6:00 pm will be charged a late fee of $2.00 per minute.  This fee is due and payable immediately to the staff member that had to stay the extra time with your child.   If the fee is not collected at the end of the day, your account will be charged the appropriate fees.

The children get very anxious when they know their parents are late, so please make every effort to pick up your child on time.  Thank you for your understanding.

Preschool-homeworkschool 

Mrs. Gayle has requested that your child’s homework folder PLEASE BE RETURNED when she sends them home with all homework completed.

kids summer clothing

CHANGE OF CLOTHES

Please be sure to that all your child’s belongings are clearly marked and labeled.   This includes clothing, jackets, pillows, blankets, cups and all food containers-tops and bottoms.  Many of the kids have the exact same items and it can be difficult for the teachers to know what belongs to what child.

With weather changing we also need a change of clothes in your child’s cubby to make sure that they have the correct change of clothes for this season.  Simple clothing that is washable will allow your child to participate comfortably in playground activities, and messy art activities. Each child must wear tennis shoes. Velcro ties are  preferred.  For safety reasons, no sandals, Crocs or open toed shoes please.

 

hat

SUNSCREEN / INSECT REPELLANT & OUTDOOR HAT

Please be sure to send your child a bottle of sunscreen along with a bottle of insect repellant.We encourage parents to apply sunscreen to children prior to arriving at school, as this can be a lengthy process.

Teachers will reapply sunscreen before the outside afternoon playtime.Also since the sun can be really hot, we are asking that you send your child some type of hat to protect them from the sun while we are outdoors.

Your child’s sunscreen must be labeled with child’s name and date, when brought to the school. 

YOUR CHILD’S LUNCH & SNACKS

When packing your child’s lunch and snacks for the day, please be sure to send a lunch you know they will eat. Make sure that all meat, vegetables and fruit are cut to a child’s bite size portion and that cold items are separate from anything that needs to be warmed up. Please also peel or cut each child’s fruit for them when preparing lunch and snacks for the day.  Please DO NOT send soda pop, popcorn, candy (or any item with greater than 13 grams of sugar) ANY CANDY OR POPCORN WILL BE SENT BACK HOME AS LICENSING WILL NOT ALLOW US TO SERVE THOSE TO THE KIDS FOR A SNACK.

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