Patti's Preschool Newsletter, March 2020
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.
We’re looking forward to our Playful Puppy Program on Thursday, March 12 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 13. Please make your check payable to Patti’s Preschool. You may also order books online. Please see the front office to find out the procedure.
We’re excited for a visit from the Environmental Nature Center on Wednesday, March 4.During the presentation, your child will be transformed into a butterfly and go on its life journey and participate in a Habitat Hike!
Parent/teacher conferences will continue through the month of April and into May. 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.
We’re having a petting zoo at school on Wednesday, March 18th, 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 lambs, pigs, goats, rabbits, hens, and a rooster. All the animals are very friendly and are 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 would like advance notice if you’re joining us. (We will need you to stay with your child.) Watch for cute photos on our Facebook page!
Ms. Rowana is celebrating her 6 year anniversary at Patti’s! She is an important addition to our staff. Congratulations, Rowana!
Celebrating birthdays this month are, Luke, Anais, Soleil, Dylan, Hunter J., Kingston, Eve, Quinn, Jack, Charlotte Hynes, and Sophia. Ms. Cathy and Ms. Daisy are also celebrating birthdays this month. Happy Birthday to everyone!
Our Valentine’s Day party was a big success thanks to all the parentswho donated items and came to help. We appreciate our thoughtful parents!
We’d like to thank the Hoover and Bowe families for their donations of newspaper. The Bennett family brought in stickers for the front desk to give out and that always gives our students a thrill! The Cianciarulo family brought in books and an alphabet puzzle and we are so appreciative! Many thanks to Suzanne and Richard Truong for the beautiful sign they printed for Patti. Thank you to all of our thoughtful families!
March is National Nutrition Month! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to start small – one forkful at a time, and "Go Further with Food." 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 choosemyplate.gov to start encouraging healthy eating habits!
NOTE FROM PATTI
Parents, please watch for my email introducing my former preschool student who now has 2 children of her own. Megan Carmichael is writing a weekly newsletter on the topic of “Death, Dying, and Loss.” Parents frequently ask how to bring up the topic with their child and Megan offers helpful advice. As she says, “Not everyone has the time and energy to research these topics, but every family will encounter loss at some point. I'm sharing what I've learned with other parents, teachers and mentors.” She’s an incredible writer and I know you’ll appreciate her invaluable insights. I’m sure Megan’s recommendations for movies, children’s books, and podcasts will be helpful for all parents. I’ll include a link so you can subscribe to her newsletter if you are interested.
Reminder: Have your child wear something green on Tuesday, March 17th, for St. Patrick’s Day!