Friday, January 4, 2013

January 2013 Newsletter

Welcome to January!  We are excited to see our returning children and welcome those new children starting with us this term.  There are some new changes to the classroom this term.  Charlene Rodegher will be co-teaching with Mrs. Stone now because of Mrs. Paris’ retirement.  Charlene is a graduate of the Early Childhood program at U of M-Dearborn and has worked as a staff member and teacher substitute in our classroom.  She will be with us through the end of the Spring term.
 We also have four Early Childhood interns this term.  They will be leading investigations with the children and eventually take over many of the responsibilities of the classroom.  Allyssa will be with us all day on Mondays and Wednesdays, Nancy will be with us on Thursdays, Brandy will be with us on Wednesdays, and Lauren will be with us in the mornings Monday-Thursday.  They all seem very excited to be a part of the classroom and look forward to meeting the children.

In the winter months, even in snow, we will be going outside to explore if the wind chill is above 20 degrees.  We might not be outside for very long, but it is good for the children to explore outdoors when the weather permits.  Please bring shoes or boots that can withstand walking through snow.  You are also welcome to bring snowpants, hats, mittens, and any other outdoor gear appropriate for the playground.  It is important to make sure items are labeled with your child’s name.  It would be helpful if hats and mittens are placed in the sleeve of your child’s coat so we don’t have to search through each backpack.
On Monday, January 21st, the center will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day.  No school.

We are very excited for a new semester.  We have a neat group of children and can’t wait to see where their interests are when the term begins.  As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please ask!