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March Newsletter

Welcome March and hopefully continued nice weather. I’m excited for spring and new beginnings.
Thank you to all who have given their comments and suggestions in regards to changing up school activities.  Teachers will  let you know what  their Easter schedule will be for their classroom Easter egg hunt.

Please let Crystal or me know of any changes in your schedule or vacation time off requests.

If you haven’t picked up a tax form please stop by the front desk.

It’s about that time that we start looking into our school garden. If you are willing to volunteer and help please let me know. Miss Rachel will be helping with the garden. This year we need to name the garden. Please help your child come up with a name and let us know.

Summer will be here before we know it.
There is a sign-up sheet already for summer camp. Summer camp is full time only at a price of $195 per week. The children will go on 2 field trips a week. One being a park and one being something fun and educational around Longmont/Denver area.
Summer camp is filling up quite fast. Please stop by the front desk to fill out the necessary paperwork and drop off your first week’s tuition to hold your spot.

Just a reminder we do offer private kindergarten. Miss Kim has done an excellent job with our private kindergarten this year and we are excited to offer it next year. Please stop by the front desk and see Nina to sign your child up for our 2016-2017 school year.

March 7th  Our tuition rates will change. If you need another tuition rate sheet or have any questions please feel free to stop by the office.

Thank you for all that you do for Sunset!

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

Miss Kristy.

Cub Bears
 
Hello again Cub families!
I would like to welcome Anjana to our Cub room as one of my new assistant teachers, shes’s doing wonderful.
I can’t believe it’s March already.  As the warmer weather approaches please remember to dress your children accordingly. We will be heading out to our new playgroun, so hats will be helpful. We will enjoy sometime in the stroller out in the fresh air.
Hopefully we will recieve our new music and movement CDs so we can do some scarf dancing singing.
We will be focusing more on tummy time and floor play as my friends are quickly growing, getting stronger and more independent.
Thank you again for trusting in us to take care of your precious babies.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ms. Krista or Kristy.
Have a wonderful month!
  
The Cub teachers, Ms. Krista, Ms. Chantel,  Ms. Amanda and Ms. Anjana
 

Teddy Bears
Ms. Lorraine, Ms. Tina and Ms. Amanda
Spring seems like it is fast approaching and we in the Teddy class are looking forward to it.  With Spring here, this means more outside time for us, so dress your little Teddies for the weather.
We would like to welcome Lilliana to our Teddy class, where learning is always fun.
Our Teddies enjoy reading time so please look at our weekly board and familiarize yourself with our books.
Also, on Friday, March 25th, we will be having an Easter Egg Hunt after lunch in the classroom.  You are invited to come and share in the fun.
If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to ask.
Teddy Teachers

The Koala One Classroom
Happy March!
Hopefully the luck of the Irish is with us all.
The Koala Teachers place notes in your child’s cubby when they are running low on diapers, diaper cream or any other things they may need. Please check your child’s cubby on daily!  We only have a small supply of extra clothes and diapers.
We welcomed Treston to our classroom this month – Glad to have him as our new friend.
The Koala 1’s are working hard with their sign language, we practice everyday. We have also been working a lot with our shape toys and matching which shape will fit into the correct bucket.
Our themes for this month are:
Dr. Seuss – We will be having lots of fun with Dr. Seuss books, maybe eating some green eggs and ham and making some Cat in the Hat hats.

Under the Big Top – Explaining with circus animals, clowns and other aspects of the circus.

St. Patrick’s Day and the color green – We will be finding rainbows, leprechauns and hopefully a pot of gold, plus trying some yummy green foods.

Easter –  Hopping like little, fluffy bunnies, little chicks chirping, finding Easter eggs and taking them apart and fitting them back together.

Spring – Having fun on the field, taking a walk to the flower bin in the bye-bye buggy to see what’s blooming for spring.

We have a fun filled month!

Miss Brenda and Miss Brittany
Koala I Teachers

       Koala Two’s
Ms. Jamie and Ms. Patty
Time is flying!  It’s March already.  I hope everyone had a great Valentines.
We want to thank the parents that brought goodies for the Valentine’s Day party for the kids.  We really appreciate the help for our class.
On another note, we still try to go outside twice a day, so please make sure your child is wearing clothes that are warm, it’s still a little cold in the morning. Also, can you make sure your child has extra clothes in their cubby?
March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, don’t forget to wear green. March is also reading month, if your child has a favorite book they would like to share with the class they’re more than welcome to bring it.  Reading is a great way to teach the kids to love books and eventually start to read.
Our themes for March are:
  • 29th – 4th: Story book
  • 7th – 11th: Under The Big Top
  • 14th – 18th: St. Patrick’s Day
  • 21st – 25th: Spring

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

The Koala II Teachers

Dear Panda One Families,

We hope everyone had a happy Valentine’s Day! We would like to thank all of the families who participated in our Valentine’s party – your contributions are greatly appreciated.  Spring is in the air, but I’m afraid we haven’t seen the last of Old Man Winter just yet.  Please help us to keep your child safe and warm during outdoor play by providing season appropriate clothing and footwear.  We also ask that you please provide at least one full change of clothing, including socks, for your child to keep in their cubby; we do our best to ensure that the children stay clean and dry throughout the day, but accidents do happen.

Don’t forget to “spring forward” for daylight saving time on Sunday, March 13th!

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ 112th Birthday on March 2nd, we will be celebrating each day of the week with a different theme.  Daily themes will include:
Monday: Silly Sock Day
Tuesday: Crazy Hair Day
Wednesday: Backwards/Inside-Out Day
Thursday: Hat Day
Friday: Pajama Day

Curriculum themes for the month of March are as follows:
Week 1 – Dr. Seuss
Week 2 – St. Patrick’s Day
Week 3 – Spring
Week 4 – Easter

STEM:
Stacking Cups – “Stack the Cat’s Hat”
Cat In The Hat Sensory Bin
Oobleck
Color Mixing
Sink or Float?

The spring session of Musicare will begin on Friday, March 17th; the cost is $80 for a four-week session.  Please check your child’s cubby for a registration form.  For questions, or additional information, please see Miss Becka.

Important Dates:
Tuesdays at 9:00AM: Stretch-n-Grow
Thursdays at 10:30AM: Little Belly Breaths Yoga
Fridays at 9:30AM: Musicare
03/13: Daylight Saving Begins
03/17: St. Patrick’s Day
03/27: Easter

We welcome your feedback!  Should you ever have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak with one of us.

Until next time…take care!

Sincerely,
Miss Becka and Miss Ere
The Panda One Teachers

 Panda Two’s
Wow! The Panda room has been busy with all the potty training going on.  We have almost everyone in underwear!!  Please remember to stock your child’s cubby with the appropriate clothing and enough changes of clothes for accidents.
With the crazy weather we have been having, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.
We have a busy month coming up, we will be learning about:
Under The Big Top (Circus)
Saint Patrick’s Day
Spring
Easter
The Grocery Store
Please keep you eyes posted for when we have our egg hunt.
We hope you have a great month.  If you have any questions please see Miss. Delora.
Panda Teachers
Ms.Delora, Ms. Jen and Ms. Rachel

Polar Bear Room

Ms. Toni, Ms. Bridgett, Ms. Becca & Ms. Kristen

Happy March to all of our families! Spring can’t get here soon enough! I’m sure we are all

ready for the nicer weather and longer sun filled days! Please help us in welcoming our new

friend Mya. We are so excited to have you join our class. We would also like to wish Ms.

Becca the best of Luck with baby Dylan as he is supposed to arrive at the end of March. We will miss you!

Please make sure you are taking home your child’s blanket every Friday to be washed over

the weekend.

Themes & activities this month:

Dr. Seuss (Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2nd)

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Grocery Store

http://www.prekinders.com/grocery-store-dramatic-play/

St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th don’t forget to wear your green)

http://www.marinmommies.com/craft-idea-easy-st-patricks-day-friendship-bracelets

Spring (1st day of spring is March 20th)

http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/crafts/spring/

Easter (Easter is March 27th)

http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/more-holidays/dye-easter-eggs

Letters: A, B & C

We will cover one letter for two weeks starting February 29th.

Brown Bears
Hello March! Looking forward to spring weather and new beginnings. Nature is waking up already, something we  always enjoy observing with the children. This month we will  continue to bring excitement to our classroom…

Dr Seuss’s birthday is March 2nd, so the 1st week will center  on all things Seussical. Rhyming is a great gateway to  reading and we all love Dr. Seuss for his witty rhymes and  creative characters.
The Kindergarteners, Black Bears, and  Brown Bears will combine for 3 days; Tuesday, Thursday,  and Friday, to participate in Seuss centers. The centers will  involve reading, math, engineering, and science and loads of fun! Each day our class will also be extra Seussical by wearing silly hats Monday, backwards day Tuesday, pjs and “The Lorax” movie day Wednesday, wacky hair Thursday, and mismatched socks and shoes Friday.
Dr. Seuss’s books are so much fun they will be useful in  creating a love of reading as we enter “March is Reading  Month”. We have challenged the children to see how many books we can read this month, during our circle times. It will be interesting to see if we can surpass our goal of 150! Your
child is always welcome to bring in a book to share with the class. They have eagerly and proudly already started bringing in Dr. Seuss books.
March 17th is St. Patty’s Day and we are hoping a sneaky Leprechaun might leave a surprise in our classroom. Easter and Spring time are about new beginnings, stay tuned for a date to be posted for our classroom egg hunt.

We will do activities geared toward spring and getting ready to plant. This month’s STEM “Grocery Store,” will remind the children about healthy option choices and introduce them to money and will tie into gardening and the environment. “The Lorax” will also play into this.

Here are a few ideas to do with your child at the grocery store:

iSpy Grocery Store. This is a simple way to engage your preschooler when you don’t have time to plan ahead. And the variety of questions are limitless. I spy…something yellow, a dairy product, an item that starts with “p”, something that costs $0.99, a person putting items in a bag, etc.

Grocery Store Tales. Work together to tell a “grocery store” tale or story. Either you or your child can start the story, setting the scene. Each person builds on the story, taking turns back and forth. The only rule is that each
new addition to the story has to include something the person sees at the
grocery store.

Grocery Store Math. The grocery store is a good place to practice early math skills with your preschooler. Ask him to compare the length, height, or weight of different items in your cart. “Is this zucchini or this cucumber longer? Which is heavier – this bag of apples or this bag of broccoli?”

Have a wonderful month and remember to hug ’em, love ’em, and read, read, read! Never hesitate with questions or concerns.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

– Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
The Brown Bear Teachers,

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

Hello everybody! Thankfully spring time is coming and that means less snow.  This month would be a good time to start bringing home winter gear and start getting ready for warmer weather.  When warm weather becomes a constant then we will start talking about splash days and when we would like to have them.
This month we will start shortening naps.  For the first week this month we will stick to normal nap times then the weeks of March 7-18 we will start nap time 20 minutes later and wake up 10 minutes earlier.  We will then shorten nap time again by another 30 minutes and this will last for 2 weeks.  We will repeat this process for another 2 weeks and after that we will cut it all together.  During the times when we would normally be napping we will start off by getting some extra outside time and when we have even more allotted time we will do some quiet academic centers.  There will also be another snack time added in when we cut naps completely.
For our themes this month we will be talking about: our favorite storybooks, under the big top, Saint Patrick’s Day, Spring and Easter.  Each month we will also start having specific S.T.E.M activities, this month our S.T.E.M activities involve the Grocery Store.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
Ms. Maddy, Ms. Pam, Ms. Romina, Ms. Liz and Ms. Melissa
The Black Bear Teachers  

Grizzly Bears
Ms. Leewitt, Ms. Kim and Ms. Kennedy
Welcome to March Grizzly Parents and Families,
February was a fun filled month. We would like to thank those parents and families who helped with refreshments for the Valentine’s Day party for their generosity. Through your contributions the children really got to enjoy a variety of items to eat. We are also grateful the weather has been warner and allowed longer daylight so the kids have been able to enjoy more outdoor time.
Our large STEM project of “Ice Fishing” was a huge hit.  The students created a list of what they would need to make a fake ice fishing pond.  Then they broke into 4 groups: labeling stations, fishing poles, the pond and ice, and finally the fish.  Each team worked quickly then got ready to actively fish.  All of them were eager to go first.  Teachers had them break up into groups again, and then let the first 6 kids start fishing for the 20 available fish.  The real life situation came up that all the fish were taken by the first couple of students.  The class reviewed this situation and came to the conclusion that they needed a specific number allowed per student. They quickly calculated 6 students with 20 fish meant 3 fish per student, with 2 fish left over. Finally they voted on a name for the pond and wrote the fishing limit on the “Broncos Pond” sign. They had so much fun they asked the teacher to save the ice fishing stuff for the next week.
March is going to be quite busy for all of us.   It has a”Late Start” and an “Early Release” day early in the month.   It also has an “Early Release” and “No School” day mid-month.  As these days get closer we will post them outside the Grizzly room on the Theme Board. Grizzly Teachers will be approaching parents and families to ask about attending these days. They are as Follows:

3/2 Late Start Flagstaff & SVVSD

3/2 Early Release TPCA

3/17 Early Release Flagstaff

3/18 No School Flagstaff

Please remember to have snacks and lunches packed for your kiddo on “No School” & “Early Release” days.
On top of the odd school days Grizzly Teachers will be asking you to fill in the Spring Break sign-up sheet byMarch 18th.  For Spring Break we schedule staff according to the number of children signed IN. We have also begun Summer Camp Sign Up at the front desk, our registration forms are due by April 22th which can be turned in to Grizzly teachers or the front desk.  Our Summer Camp has limited spaces that fill up fast (half the spots filled up in the first week), so please sign-up and register early.
Our themes this month are:

*   Story book (we will be creating a story book as a class)

*   Under the Big Top

*   St. Patrick’s Day

*   Spring

*   and Easter

Our large STEM project theme:

Grocery Store

Calendars of our activities for this month are available upon request.  Please ask a Grizzly teacher for a copy.
Thank you for the opportunity to learn and grow with your kids.
____________________________
 Private Kindergarten 
Happy March!
This month we will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and National Read Across America Day (March 2nd).  We will celebrate by joining the Black Bears and Brown Bears for three days of fun activities.  We will make Thing 1 and Thing 2 hats, play a rhyming game, play “Ring the Gak” and engineer towers to hold apples.  These fun games will allow us to bring different Dr. Seuss books to life while providing the children an opportunity to collaborate with children of different ages.
This month we will continue building our reading fluency by reading word families, words with long vowels and words with digraphs (i.e. “CH”, “SH”, “TH”, etc.).  We will continue learning geometry and how to identify and describe 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes.  We sill also practice the skills we have learned to add  and subtract numbers.  The kids will practice using math language to discuss their work.  Finally, we will learn about plant life cycles.
We have a very exciting month ahead of us!
Thank you for the opportunity to care for your child.
Miss Kim
 

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