December 2017/January 2018 Newsletter

Growing Tree’s Newsletter

  • Director’s Message

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Dates to Remember:

December 18– January 1, 2018 Winter Break – no school (return Tues, Jan 2nd)
January 15 Martin Luther King Day – no school
February 10 Valentine Party 10:00-11:00
February 16 and 19 Presidents’ Days – no school
March 5-9 Registration for all currently enrolled families
March 19-23 Registration for all new families
March 29 Summer Camp info/reg forms emailed out
April 2-6 Spring Break – no school

The holidays are upon us and the magic they bring is felt no where greater than here at Growing Tree. We love hearing about all the different traditions that get played out year after year – your children’s excited anticipation of these events is contagious! Whatever the tradition or holiday may be, your children are always most excited to tell us about the grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins that they will get to see and celebrate with. Your children have already learned that it’s spending time with the people you love that make any holiday extra special. So please share a little bit of your family holiday by sending in your holiday cards – we love “showing off” our families in the office windows!

Besides family, we are always thankful for our friends and celebrated with our annual “Friendsgiving Week”. Your children created beautiful table decorations on Monday, followed by “Friendsgiving Soup” on Tuesday and a friendship gift exchange on Wednesday. We at Growing Tree enjoy our own family traditions!

Now that the school year is well underway, we love to see how friendships evolve over the preschool years…

Our littlest guys are frequently more interested in snuggling up with a beloved teacher than hanging out with friends. While they enjoy playing side by side with a buddy, what they’re doing is far more important than with whom they’re doing it.

Our three year olds are discovering that any activity, whether it be coloring, playing house, or tearing around in the yard is really much more fun when doing it with a friend; At this age, you hear more excited laughter and enthusiastic voices as friends share a fun experience.

Our four and five year olds still enjoy interacting with their teachers, but we can’t compete with a good buddy. At this age, the children watch the door in anticipation of their friends walking in and quickly engage them in a morning activity. Who the children are playing with is becoming as important if not more so than the activity being played and so these children quickly become aware of the value of compromise and cooperation…They’re learning how to be a good friend!

We wish everyone in our Growing Tree family a wonderful holiday season filled with fun and loving memories!

Terri