December Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Happy Holidays. I can’t believe it’s already December. The weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter. I’m ready for Spring already…. or a good dusting of snow. Sunset has many exciting adventures scheduled for this month.

Saturday, December 12 we will be in the Parade of Lights: Light Up the Night . We will be decorating the van here at Sunset at 12:00 pm if anyone is interested in helping. The parade starts at 5:00pm and should be completed around 6:30 PM with fireworks after the parade. We will be arriving with the van decorated by 3:30pm. All cars can be parked along Coffman and Roosevelt Park.  The van will be lined up along Longs Peak and Bross Street.   I’m excited to see what our van will look like 10,000 lights on it.

We are in need of donated clear holiday lights to be used on the Van. We will return once the parade is over.

Our annual Christmas program is going to take place at Lifebridge Christian Church. It will be held on Tuesday, December 15th at 6:30pm. Please have your children arrive at 6:10pm. Our Little Koalas will being our program promptly at 6:30pm. There will be cookies and drinks available afterwards. Please feel free to invite  friends and family members.   A special guest  from the North Pole will be available for pictures around 7:00pm. 

Usborne will be at the center next week for another book fair. The fair will be open from 3-6pm. Teacher and children love books.

On a billing note, please make sure to let Bryan know if any changes need to be made on your statements as tax season is fast approaching. This includes billing errors or address changes. Also a big reminder that payments are due on Mondays. If your payment will be late please let me or Bryan know. A 50 late fee will be asset on Wednesday for non payments. 

This Holiday Season we are reminded of all the blessing in our lives. Thank you for sharing your most precious blessing with us. Your children.

I wish you a wonderful and Happy Holiday.

Happy Holidays,

Miss Kristy

Cub Bears
Happy Holidays Cub Families! 

December is finally upon us and there’s no better time of year to appreciate family and togetherness. We love and appreciate all of you for being here with us throughout the year and giving us a chance to be a part of your family.

There are a few important events coming up this month, 

Firstly, we will be participating in the Parade of Lights this year on Saturday, December 12th

Also, Sunset Academy will be holding our Holiday Program at Lifebridge Church, December 15th.

Even though our cubs are too little to sing songs, we would still love it if you came out to cheer on the other 

Sunset Academy classes as they perform. It is guaranteed to be a fun and adorable evening as always.

Please make sure you to either sign your child out for Christmas week so that we can staff accordingly. 

You can find the Sign Up sheet on the white board next to the Cub Room door. 

We will be putting up a similar sign for New Years Week. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know!

We hope you all have a lovely and safe December!!!

Miss Krista, Miss Amanda and Miss Chantell

The Cub Teachers  


Teddy Bears
Ms. Lorraine, Ms. Tina and Ms. Chantell 

Brrrrr. Winter is here with all of the festive events and cold weather.

Just a few reminders, our Holiday Program is December 14th at 6:30PM at Lifebridge Church.

We will be participating in the Parade of Lights on the December 12th at 6:00PM.

If you are walking or riding on the bus you are asked to be there by 3:30PM.
The Holiday Schedules are posted so please indicate the days your Teddy will be In or Out in order for us to make up our work schedule.

Happy Birthday to Weston whose birthday is December 10th!!

Your little Teddies are busy making their Holiday gifts and projects.

Please remember to dress your little ones warm.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to ask.

Teddy Teachers


Koala One’s

December Already??

They say that time flies when you are having fun and the Koalas are having lots of fun!!

Important days to remember –

Please have your child’s Holiday Schedule filled out by Friday the 11th, sheets are on the white board before entering the Koala Room.

Saturday, December 12, is the Parade of Lights. We will have a very “light” covered van in the parade this year.

Tuesday, December 15, is our Holiday Program at Lifebridge Church. The Koalas are the first ones to perform. Please have your child there by 6:20 if they are going to participate. The Koala teachers will keep them busy until it is time to go on stage.

Please ask if you have any questions.

We say a sad goodbye to Jaxon this month, as he is off on new adventures.

We will miss you!

We welcomed Mawuta to the Koala Room – happy to have her as one of our Koalas.

Friendly reminder, please! make sure your child has gloves, hat, boots for outside.

The Koalas love to go outside even if it’s just for a quick walk on the sidewalk.

Whichever you celebrate, may all of our families have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Hope it’s filled with Lots of Love and Fun.

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Kwanza!

Merry Christmas!

and a Very Happy New Year!!!

Miss Brenda and Miss Brittany

Koala I Teachers


Koala Two’s
Ms. Jamie and Ms. Patty 

WOW! December is here!!

As a reminder, it’s getting cold so please make sure your child has hats, gloves and a coat.

We do try to go out at least to get fresh air. Also make sure that your child has extra clothes in their cubby.

We will be posting up a sign up sheet to mark your child either in or out for Christmas week. Our Christmas program is on December 15 and the Koala class does participate. As the date gets closer we will give out more information.

Our themes for this month are:

Holidays Around the World

Gingerbread Men


and New Years Fun!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

As always if you have any questions feel free to ask

The Koala II Teachers


Panda One’s

Dear Panda One Families,

Season’s Greetings!  We hope everyone had a fun and safe Thanksgiving holiday! Can you believe there are only 25 days left until Christmas, and only 31 days left of 2015? Let the countdown begin…

With the winter season upon us, and steadily decreasing temperatures outdoors, we ask that you please provide season appropriate apparel for your child. This includes: hats, gloves, a coat, snow pants, and snow boots. Weather permitting, we will continue to take every opportunity to bring the classroom outdoors. Thank you for helping us to keep your children warm and dry during this cold-weather season.

December Curriculum Themes:

Curriculum themes for the month of December will include: Holidays Around the World, Gingerbread Men, Christmas, and New Year’s fun. We will learn about holidays around the world through discussion and hands-on exploration of the holiday customs of different cultures; use our math skills, as well as our fine and gross motor skills, to measure, pour, mix, and blend the ingredients for

Upcoming Events:

One of the Sunset Academy vans will be making an appearance in this year’s Lights Parade, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 12th. We would like to thank all of the families who donated a strand of lights for this event – thank you for helping us shine!

Our Annual Holiday Program will take place on Tuesday, December 15th at 6:30PM at the LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont. We hope to see you all there! The address is as follows:

LifeBridge Christian Church
10345 Ute Highway
Longmont, CO 80504

The Panda classrooms will be singing “Once There Was A Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”.

“Once There Was A Snowman”

Once there was a snowman,

Growing, growing, growing.

Once there was a snowman,

Growing, growing tall.

Once there was a snowman,

Melting, melting, melting.

Once there was a snowman,

Melting, melting small.


“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen,

Comet, and Cupid, and Donner, and Blitzen.

But do you recall, the most famous reindeer of all?

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,

Had a very shiny nose.

And if you ever saw it,

You might even say it glows.

All of the other reindeer,

Used to laugh and call him names.

They never let poor Rudolph

Join in any reindeer games.

Then one foggy Christmas Eve,

Santa came to say, (“Ho-ho-ho!”)

Rudolph with your nose so bright,

Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?

Then all the reindeer loved him,

As they shouted out with glee, (“Yip-ee!”)

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,

You’ll go down in history!

A friendly reminder: Sunset Academy will be closing early, at 4:00PM, on Thursday, December 24th (Christmas Eve) and Thursday, December 31st (New Year’s Eve); and we will also be closed on Friday, December 25th (Christmas Day) and Friday, January 1st (New Year’s Day). Happy Holidays!

Speaking of the holidays, the sign-up sheets for the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s are posted on the white board just outside of the Panda classroom door. Please sign your child in or out for those weeks. If you are uncertain of your childcare needs, we recommend that you sign your child “IN” to reserve a place. The last day to sign up is Friday, December 11th.

Thank you!

Important Dates:

December 1: Stretch-n-Grow / Alec’s Birthday

December 4: Musicare

December 8: Stretch-n-Grow

December 11: Musicare / Last day to sign up for holiday childcare

December 12: Lights Parade

December 15: Stretch-n-Grow / Sunset Academy’s Annual Holiday Program

December 18: Musicare

December 22: Stretch-n-Grow

December 24: Closing early (at 4:00PM) in observance of Christmas Eve

December 25: Closed in observance of Christmas Day

December 29: Stretch-n-Grow

December 31: Closing early (at 4:00PM) in observance of New Year’s Eve

January 1: Closed in observance of New Year’s Day

As always, should you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak with one of us.

Until next year…take care.


Miss Becka, Miss Ere, and Miss MaryJane

The Panda One Teachers


Panda Two’s

We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Please keep a look out for the Christmas/New Year sign-up sheet. If you are not sure if your child will be here or not one of those days, still mark them to save your spot.

Potty training is going well. Most of the kids are starting to get a feel for understanding their bodies. If you have any questions about your child starting to wear underwear, please see Miss Delora.

This month our themes are: Holidays Around the World, Gingerbread Men, Christmas and New Years Fun.

We hope you all have a safe, fun holiday month!

Happy Holidays!

Panda Teachers

Ms.Delora, Ms. Jen and Ms. Rachel


Polar Bears 

December News

Ms. Toni, Ms. Bridgett & Ms. Becca

Wow December already! We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break with their families and friends.

Make sure you are taking your child’s cup and blanket home every Friday to be washed over the weekend.

Christmas & New Year’s break is right around the corner so please make sure to sign your child in or out for the week of Christmas and New Year so we can staff accordingly! Thursday December 24th & 31st we will be closing at 4:00!!!!

Our annual Christmas program will be Tuesday December 15th at 6:30 located in Longmont at Life Bridge Church on Hwy 66.

Themes and activities for the month:

Auto Repair

Holidays around the world

Gingerbread men & Christmas

New years

Letters this month: Q, R, S, T & U



Brown Bears 

Happy Hopping December, this month will be busy for everyone! Your child may react to this hurried exciting month, so try hard to keep them well rested and eating healthy foods. We wouldn’t want them to miss out on any festivities. It will be nice to enjoy the extra family time at the end of the month, as we were able to do for Thanksgiving.

The children are working hard on their Holiday Program songs ad are looking forward to performing on December 15, 6:00 P.M. at Lifebridge Church. We hope you can make it, the evening is always so fun and entertaining!

Our next STEM activity will focus on magnet and rubber band powered vehicles and the importance of Auto Repair shops. We will also be busy creating holiday items to decorate the classroom and your homes.

We will continue to go outside twice daily, so it is much appreciated that they have all their warm gear. Thank you for that!

We are looking forward to a fun-filled month with much learning to be had.

Any questions or concerns please don’t ever hesitate. We appreciate all that you do.

Hug em, Love em, and keep the Humor flowing!

The Brown Bear Teachers,

Ms. Diane, Ms. Vanessa, Ms. Julie and Ms. Leslie


Black Bears

The snow has come! We ask that the kids have snow pants, snow boots, gloves, hats and a heavy coat to ensure they are warm outside please. This month we will talk a lot about Christmas and how they celebrate it in different ways around the World.

We’ll talk about Australia, India, Holland and Iceland. Our Christmas Program falls on December 15th this year, we sent home copies of our songs and ask that if you have time at home to please practice them. If you need a copy don’t hesitate to ask .

Also we do have sign-up sheets for the week of December and New Years if you wouldn’t mind signing them in or out so that we can staff accordingly. Thank you and have a good holiday.

Ms. Maddy, Ms. Pam, Ms. Romina and Ms. Melissa

The Black Bear Teachers  



Grizzly Bears
Ms. Leewitt, Ms. Kim and Ms. Kennedy

Greetings Grizzly Parents and Families,

November flew past and the cold-weather has settled in. Please encourage your kids to bring warmer clothes and winter gear to protect them from the colder weather.

December has one “Late Start” and “Early Release” day early in the month. We also have one “No School” day before Winter Break, which is the last 2 weeks of December. We will post reminders on the white board outside Grizzly Room of the following dates as they get closer:

12/2 – Late Start: Flagstaff & SVVSD
12/2 – Early Release: TPCA
12/12 – Sunset Academy in Longmont Parade of Lights
12/15 – Winter Festival, LifeBridge Church performance starts at 6:30
12/18- No School: Flagstaff
12/21 -1/1/16 Winter Break

Sign-up sheets for Winter Break are now posted outside the Grizzly room. Please be sure to sign your kid(s) IN or OUT for each day on the sign-up sheet before December 11th so we can staff accordingly.
Please make sure you have snacks and lunches packed for your kiddo on “No School” and “Early Release” days. We do have a nut allergy in the classroom so please no peanuts or other nuts in the lunches or snacks.

Last month our students learned how much work it is to clean up after a rush on the Grocery Store. They also learned to make ink from beets; how difficult it is to build a house out of scrap “boat” material and why we need worms on a farm. Now, we enter the holiday season.

The themes during December in the Grizzly before and after school classroom include:

Holidays Around the World
Gingerbread Men
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
The children will also be learning songs for the Holiday performance on December 15th.
Winter Break will then begin, with field trips and themes of:
New Year’s Fun

Calendars are available upon request. Please ask a Grizzly teacher for details.

We wish you glad tidings during this busy holiday season and thank you for being part of our Sunset Academy family.



*Please Note: We have a peanut and berry allergy in our room, so please pack food items without peanuts for lunches and snacks.