October 2018 Newsletter

Growing Tree’s Newsletter


Director’s Message


October 27                         Halloween Party 10:00 am-11:00 am
November 12                    Veteran’s Day – no school
November 19-21                Friendsgiving  Week
November 22 & 23            Thanksgiving – no school
December 24 – Jan 4          Winter Break – no school (School resumes Monday, Jan 7)
Growing Tree’s annual Halloween Party is Saturday, October 27 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.
The monthly newsletter  (what you are reading now!) 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 with an occasional article that addresses a pertinent parenting topic,  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!  However, now that September has come and gone, they have already settled into their routine and look forward to hugs from a favorite teacher, playing with a favorite friend and singing a favorite song! On the other hand, our oldest kids and their parents were so ready to be back at school and back into their familiar routines.  It just amazes us how much they grow over the summer…  in size and personality!
 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 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 class.
Welcome back to school and to a new fall season here at Growing Tree!

Cheerful goodbyes: It’s normal for your little one (and you!) to have some separation anxiety.  Set a positive tone for his day with an upbeat goodbye routine.  For instance, invent a secret handshake that ends with a hug.  Or give him a high five, and say, “See you later, alligator.” He responds, “After awhile, crocodile.”
After-school chats: Your attitude about school is contagious. If you’re excited to hear about your child’s day, he’ll view school as an adventure to share with you.  In the car or during dinner, prompt him with questions that need more than a yes or no answer.    Examples:  “What was the best part of school today?” or “What story did your teacher read?”