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Patti's Preschool Newsletter, January 2021

Our January theme is Health, Safety, and Nutrition. We will focus on school rules, nutritious foods, and ways to stay healthy. Lesson plans will include cooking projects, safety sign pictures, and nutritious food collages. Our teachers have also incorporated movement games and activities to keep our students moving each day. Besides enhancing brain development, promoting active play is a good way to keep our kids healthy. Your child may come home and tell you all about participating in Alphabet Yoga or playing Mark the Spot! We will also learn about the winter season so watch for some fun winter projects to come home!

Book orders are due Friday morning, January 8. Please make your check payable to Patti’s Preschool. We also accept credit cards and cash. To find out how to order online, please see Megan or Alexa! Our school receives free books with each parent order so thank you for participating.

Celebrating birthdays this month are Curren, Cruz, Kataleiah, Ella, Valentina, Haven, Isla G., Tye, Brooklynne, Leo, and Hudson P. We hope our students have a fun day celebrating their birthdays!

Two of our incredible staff members, Celeste Plummer and Catherine Garay are also celebrating their birthdays. Happy birthday to all our friends!

Your tuition statement for the 2020 school year will be emailed during the week of January 25th. Please save this form for your income taxes.

Our administrative assistant, Ms. Megan, will be celebrating her one-year work anniversary on January 2, 2021. We won’t be at school to celebrate her special day so we hope you thank her for her hard work before we close for our holiday break.

We will be closed on Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We would like to thank all the parents who brought in items for special classroom projects and festivities in December. The children had so much fun celebrating the holidays with their classmates. Thank you to Krista and Steve Richardson for their generous donation of art supplies. We can’t wait to make some special art projects. Diana and Michael LaFontaine brought in a variety of classroom toys that are being shared throughout the school. Ms. Pam was grateful for the book, puzzle, and chocolate coins from Tatyana and Alex Bukrinsky. Celebrating Hanukkah in Room 3 was memorable! We appreciate your donations!


Parent/teacher conferences for Ms. Tanya’s class will be held during the week of February 8. Conferences for Ms. Cathy’s class will take place starting on February 22. Ms. Annie will meet with her children’s parents during the week of March 8. Conferences for all classes will continue through April 23. Please check with the front office if you want to know the scheduled week for your child’s conferences. We will send home your child’s evaluation prior to the scheduled conference week. If you have any questions regarding the evaluation, you may sign up for a phone conference. Sign-up sheets will be posted in the classrooms. Conferences are optional, not mandatory.


Two of my favorite authors, Daniel Siegel, M.D., and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D have written another excellent parenting book, The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child. This book is filled with practical, helpful tips. I especially like the idea of strengthening empathy and resilience in our children during these difficult times. I was especially fascinated by the neuroscience behind children’s behavior as the authors explain what is happening in their brains when they are under stress. Very interesting!


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