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Patti's Preschool Newsletter, March 2017

Our theme this month is Animals – Zoo, Circus, Jungle, Farm, and Pets. The children will be learning about the characteristics and habitats of animals. Some of our projects will include animal masks, puppets, animal collages, and zoo animal cages. We will also celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday during the first week of March. We will make green eggs and ham and Dr. Seuss hats. Our favorite Dr. Seuss books will be read throughout the week.

Sign-up forms for summer enrollment will be sent home on Monday, March 6. Please pick your desired schedule and return to the front office. In order to reserve a space for your child, the deadline for turning in the form is Friday, March 10.

We’re looking forward to our Playful Puppy Program on Wednesday, March 8, from 10:00 to 12:00. A little pen will be set up where the children get to sit down to hold Maltese, Mini Doxies, Westies, Toy Poodles, and Pugs. These purebred puppies are sweet, playful, and perfectly harmless!

Book orders are due Friday morning, March 10. Please make your check payable to Patti’s Preschool. You may also order books online. Please see Amy or Caroline to find out the procedure.

Reminder: Have your child wear something green on Friday, March 17, for St. Patrick’s Day!

Parent/teacher conferences will continue through the month of April. Evaluations will be sent home prior to conference dates. Conferences are not mandatory but you may sign up if you would like to meet with your child’s teacher. Sign-up sheets will be posted in the classrooms. Since conferences are for parents only, we would appreciate it if you made childcare arrangements.

Ms. Rowana is celebrating her third anniversary at Patti’s! She is an important addition to our staff. Congratulations, Rowana!

We’re having a petting zoo at school on Thursday, March 16, from 10:00-12:00. Happy Hooves will set up a little pen on our playground and the children will have an opportunity to interact with a mini sheep, a mini pig, pygmy goats, rabbits, hens, and a mini rooster. All the animals are very friendly and used to being around kids. If your child normally doesn’t attend school on Wednesdays, please feel free to bring him/her to experience the zoo. (We will need you to stay with your child.) Please check with your child’s teacher to find out what time to come to school.

Celebrating birthdays this month are Dylan, Stephen, Kirra, Tessa, Bree, Maia, Brianna, and Jiana. Also celebrating this month is Ms. Cathy. Happy Birthday to everyone!

Our Valentine’s Day party was a big success thanks to all the parents who donated items and came to help. We appreciate our thoughtful parents!

Thank you to Kelly Schmidt and Rex Lehman who donated iPhones for us to use in a classroom. Betty Yang brought in craft supplies that our students are getting much use out of. The notepads donated by Erica Zuniga are much appreciated. The kids are enjoying the puzzles and books donated by the Smith family. Many thanks to Katherine Won who donated a CD player for Room 3. A special thank you to Rochelle Farley for hosting the Lularoe valentine legging fundraiser! We loved seeing the festive prints on teachers and parents around the school. Thank you, one and all!

March is National Nutrition Month! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to start small – one forkful at a time, and "Put Your Best Fork Forward." Food, nutrition and eating skills are among the most important things you can share with children — food to fuel busy, successful lives, nutrition to nourish strong bodies and smart brains, and eating skills to enjoy the social aspect of meals with family and friends. Look for more helpful information at about raising healthy eaters. Many thanks to our parents, Christine Johnson and Millie Leatham, for bringing this important topic to our attention!

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