Dear Panda One Families,
We hope everyone had a safe and fun Labor Day weekend! With the fall season already upon us, and winter fast approaching, we are gearing up for shorter daylight hours, and cooler outdoor temperatures. With that in mind, we ask that you please take inventory of your child’s belongings and replace any apparel that is too small or not season-appropriate.
Last month we welcomed a new assistant teacher, Miss Erendira, to the Panda Room. Erendira (aka “Ere” or “E”) graduated from Longmont High in 2014, and is currently pursing a degree in Early Childhood Education at Front Range Community College. She will be working the 8:30am to 5:30pm shift Monday throughFriday in the Panda One classroom.
Your invited… Sunset Academy’s Annual Fall Festival will take place on Friday, October 30th at 6:15pm. Don your costume and join us for tricks, treats, games, and fun!
In an effort to offset some of the cost involved in putting on this year’s Fall Festival, we will be hosting a bake sale and a Parent’s Night Out. The bake sale will be held on Thursday, October 15th and Friday, October 16th. Show your support by purchasing a treat or two for yourself, your child, a family member, or a friend. Parents Night Out is scheduled for the evening of Friday, October 16th; the cost for participating in the Parent’s Night Out event is two bags of treats.
The fall sessions of Stretch-n-Grow, Musicare, and Soccer Shots are in full swing, and the children are having a blast! If you think your child would enjoy participating in one or more of these programs, please see Miss Becka for registration information.
Curriculum themes for the month of October will include: The Five Senses; Dental Health and Hand Washing; Fire Safety; and Spiders and Bats. For our five senses theme we will do a rock-scrubbing sensory activity; the children will feel the water on their skin, see the bubbles forming and popping, and smell the scent of the soap (no taste-testing allowed). During week two we will learn about the importance of dental health and hand washing. We will be adding toothbrushes to our art supplies and allowing the children to paint freely with them instead of paintbrushes. We will practice scrubbing with our toothbrushes, and we will learn a new song, “Tops and Bottoms”, to sing when we wash our hands. Week three is all about fire safety. The children will engage in a role-playing activity and practice ‘putting out a fire’ (see below). The final week of the month will focus on a spiders and bats theme. The children will spend the week learning all about spiders and bats. We will also be creating some decor for our Annual Fall Festival.
“Tops and Bottoms” (to the tune of Frere Jacques)
Tops and bottoms,
Tops and bottoms,
Rub your hands together,
Rub your hands together,
Now they’re clean,
Now they’re, clean.
Be A Firefighter (Vinegar and Baking Soda Experiment)
This experiment teaches science: observation, and chemical reaction; math: measuring, and counting; and aids in the development of hand-eye coordination and motor development. It’s also a wonderful sensory experience.
You will need:
Several clear, plastic cups; paper flame cut-outs; enough baking soda to fill each cup 1/3 full; white vinegar, a miniature spray bottle, and a firefighter costume (optional).
Fill spray bottle with vinegar*
Fill each cup 1/3 full with baking soda
Place one paper flame cut-out into each cup
Child can ‘put the fire out’ by spraying vinegar onto the flames
*You may need a different vessel for the vinegar if the spray bottle isn’t capable of delivering enough vinegar to cause a reaction with the baking soda.
We would like to wish our new friend Kevin a belated Happy Birthday; Kevin turned two on September 27th. Happy Birthday to Mia, Greyson, and Wendy as well; they will be turning two on October 26th, October 28th and October 31st, respectively.
Miss Becka is going on vacation! Beginning on Friday, October 1st, we will have a substitute teacher, Miss Ashley, assisting in the Panda One classroom. Miss Ashley will be working the 7:30am-3:00pm shift. Miss Becka will return on Tuesday, October 13th.
October 02: Musicare
October 06: Stretch-n-Grow
October 09: Musicare
October 13: Stretch-n-Grow
October 15: Bake Sale
October 16: Musicare/Bake Sale/Parents’s Night Out
October 20: Stretch-n-Grow
October 23: Musicare
October 26: Mia’s Birthday
October 27: Stretch-n-Grow
October 28: Greyson’s Birthday
October 30: Musicare/Fall Festival
October 31: Wendy’s Birthday
Looking ahead… Mark your calendars for our Winter Holiday Program, which is scheduled to take place the evening of Wednesday, December 16th at the LifeBridge Church in Longmont. More details will be provided as the holiday season nears.
In closing, we would like to thank all of the families for helping us make Sunset Academy what it is today – we couldn’t do it without you! Should you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak with one of us.
Until next time…take care!
Miss Becka, Miss MaryJane, and Miss Erendira
The Panda One Teachers