December 2018/January 2019 Newsletter

Growing Tree’s Newsletter


Director’s Message

Dates to Remember:

December 24, 2018 – January 4, 2019     Winter Break – no school
January 21                   Martin Luther King Day – no school
February 9                   Valentine Party  10:00 – 11:00
February 15 and 18    Presidents Days – no school
March 4 –  8                 Registration for all currently enrolled families
March 18                     Open registration for new families begins
March 29                     Summer Camp registration info emailed out
April 1 – 5                     Spring Break – no school
May 3                            Last day to register for guaranteed
                                       Summer Camp spaces
May 22 (Wednesday)    School picnic 5:00 – 7:00
May 27                         Memorial Day – no school
June 13                         Redwoods & Sequoias graduations
June 14                         Cedars Celebration & last day of 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 family traditions that get played out year after year – your children’s excited anticipation of these events is contagious!   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!

We are also thankful that the devastating fires are finally out.  We have been practicing our fire drills in the event that we needed to evacuate the premises.  We will also be working with the Orinda Moraga Fire Dept. on updating our disaster preparedness measures.

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!

December Article:  Random Acts of Kindness

Take on the kindness challenge!  Encourage everyone in your family to do something nice for someone else every day.  Explain to your youngster that kindness can be as simple as lending a crayon to a classmate or smiling at someone who looks sad.

At dinner, share your kind acts with each other. Maybe you got lunch for a busy coworker, or your child told the bus driver that he’s a good driver.  Ask your youngster how she felt when she was being kind-and how she thinks the other person felt.  Have a calendar where your child can draw or dictate to you the kind act she does each day.