October 2017 Newsletter

Growing Tree’s Newsletter


  • Director’s Message



October 28                         Halloween Party

November 10                     Veteran’s Day – no school

November 20-22                Friendsgiving  Week

November 23 & 24             Thanksgiving – no school

December 18 – January 1   Winter Break – no school (School resumes Tuesday, January 2nd)

Growing Tree’s annual Halloween Party is Saturday, October 28 from 10:00-11:00. Children can come in costume and the entire family is invited to join us for some tricks and treats around the school!  Flyers will be posted as the date draws near.  Each class’s individual Halloween party schedules will be sent separately to you in an email sent by your child’s teachers.

Beginning this year, the monthly newsletter posted on our website will consist only of the Director’s Message. Each class will be emailing its families their own individual newsletters along with the P.M. Extended Day Happenings that your child participates in if they stay past 12:30.  The Director’s Message will focus on school wide events and IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER while the class newsletters emailed directly to you consist only of the happenings  in your child’s classroom.  Therefore, it is important that you read BOTH!

September went quite well – depending on the classroom you were in! Of course, for our youngest, this is their first preschool experience and it can be rather traumatic for them…and their parents!  On the other hand, our oldest kids and their parents are so ready to be back at school and back into their familiar routines.

Our oldest kids, the Sequoias, haven’t missed a beat. Learning new routines and taking on new challenges isn’t a problem for these guys and they’re jumping into all their new experiences with confidence and enthusiasm.

Our Cedars and Redwoods just think it’s so cool to go to a different building where “the big kids” go to school! Many are even using the morning “drop off” and walking up the ramp into their classrooms “all by themselves”! These kids LOVE their growing independence!

Our Maples and Mulberries are being introduced to big kid stuff like getting a morning “job” and having activity “rotations” – They’re being kept so busy, they don’t have time for tears!

Our littlest guys, the Seedlings and Sprouts, have pretty much all decided which one of their teachers is their new surrogate mom and quickly hop in their arms whenever feeling a little sad. Thank goodness for our loving and experience teachers who know how to comfort and distract their new babies as well as reassure their parents!  Now that we’ve made it through September, it’s pretty much smooth sailing from here on out!

Helpful reminders:

While the days are still warm, don’t forget to apply sunscreen before coming to school.

Please drive slowly and carefully and follow the arrows through the parking lot. Always hold your child’s hand when walking through the parking lot.  We have started the portables (Cedars/Redwoods) drop off, so that will help ease parking lot congestion in the morning.  At this drop off, make sure your child exits from the left side of the car – closest to building – for their safety.

We will have our first emergency / fire drill in October. We will let you know the actual date as soon as we decide!

Hopefully, if your child has allergies, you have filled out and returned your allergy forms along with any necessary medications. We have posted all known allergies in the classrooms, activity center and kitchen.  We have a NO NUT POLICY at Growing Tree.  This applies to school provided snacks,  parent provided lunches, and ANY SPECIAL CELEBRATION TREATS.  Special Celebration treats to be given to the whole class must not only be nut free, they must be store bought, as we can’t guarantee homemade treats aren’t contaminated by nut products.  Before bringing in a special classroom treat, discuss it with your child’s teachers to make sure it meets our “nut free” and store bought criteria.  We have an extensive list of “safe” treats posted in all classrooms and the office as well.

Please refer to our Parent Handbook available online for other Growing Tree policies and information.

Enrichment classes begin the first week in October and run through last week of school. If you have signed up for any of these classes, a flyer outlining the curriculum planned for your child will be in your child’s cubby on their first day of class!  Let us know if you are unclear on the days, times or classroom of your child’s enrichment course.

Welcome back to school and to a new fall season here at Growing Tree!