April Newsletter

Welcome Spring

Thank you to all parents who joined the classrooms for their Easter Egg Hunts this year. The kids had a lot of fun seeing who could find the most eggs.

I’m glad we decided on an indoor egg hunt event as the weather didn’t accommodate us this year.

In normal Colorado fashion the state can’t decide which season it wants to be. With the drastic temperature changes, illnesses are on the rise at the center.

Hand washing is our number one defense in keeping germs at bay.  If you notice your child coughing or showing other symptoms of an oncoming illness please take every precaution you can to stop the spread. Sharing is not always caring. This new cold virus is lasting weeks at a time and keeping both children and staff out of school and work for days on end.

On a happier note, Spring is a time for new beginnings! Ms. Rachel will be back this year to help the children with our sunset garden. We will be planting veggies that the children will be able to eat for snacks and lunches. And although fresh veggies might taste a little different at first, vegetables straight from the garden will always taste and smell best.  We would also like to name our garden this year so if you have any suggestions please let us know.

Just a quick reminder that we still have openings for our 2016-2017 Private Kindergarten. Please sign up with Ms. Maddy or Ms. Nina as spaces are filling up fast.  There are also three openings left for our Summer Camp (cost of $195 per week. This includes field trips and 1 snack). Kids spend days exploring nature and learning about the world around them through S.T.E.M activities. Kids will have 2 field trips a week and have a splash day on Fridays at the center. Please see Leewitt for more Summer Camp information.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for all you do for us.

Ms. Kristy

Cub Bears
Please welcome our new friend, Brienne Thayer to cubs!
I would like to remind all parents to make sure that they are labeling their child’s bottles with both their first and last names. All breast milk must also have your child’s first and last names along with the date of when milk was pumped.
A new state regulation has gone into effect and requires that we no longer keep thawed breast milk over night, it must be taken home at the end of each day. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your continued patience as these new rules and regulations keep coming in.
As we are going into Spring we will be venturing outside more to our playground and around in our stroller.
Thank you again for trusting us with your precious babies.
The Cub Teachers,
Ms. Krista, Ms. Anjana and Ms. Amanda 

Teddy Bears
Spring is finally here…maybe! With all the snow it’s hard to tell, so please continue to dress your little teddy for cold weather.
Just a quicker reminder for parents to please check to see if there is any unused breast milk in the refrigerator at the end of each day. If any thawed milk is left, it must be taken home with you for the night.
Happy Birthday to Dylan on April 15th! It’s the ‘Big One’!
We might be small but we are engineers, mathematicians, scientists and involved in technology.  The S.T.E.M program begins in Cubs and Teddies.
And as always, if you have any questions and concerns please don’t hesitate to ask us.
Ms. Lorraine, Ms. Tina and Ms. Amanda
Teddy Teachers

The Koala One Classroom
Happy Spring! In Colorado that means 70 degree weather one day and a blizzard the next. Please make sure your child is prepared for our crazy weather, we still do our best to go outside and explore.
There have been some different viruses going around the center, please help us keep the spread of germs down by washing your hands when you enter our room. The Koala teachers disinfect the room daily – washing toys and sanitizing anything we play with.
Also, just as a reminder, if your child is running a fever, vomiting or has diarrhea please keep them home.
Themes this month are:
– Dinosaurs
– Weather and Clouds
– Earth Day/Planting
– Outer Space
Our S.T.E.M theme for April is Flower Shop
Thank you
Miss Brenda and Miss Brittany
Koala I Teachers

Koala Two’s
Ms. Jamie and Ms. Patty
Time is flying, it’s April already.  It’s still cold in the morning so make sure your child has a coat.  We try to go outside twice a day depending on the weather.  Also make sure your child has extra clothes in their cubby.
On another note, we try to do our best to clean our class at all times but there are times when a child is going to get sick.  If you feel your child is not feeling well or has a fever please keep them home. And if your child is diagnosed with anything, let the staff know.
We are also having a couple transitions this month; we are moving Hunter and Morgan to Panda Ones. Have fun on your new adventure.  We would also like to welcome Olive and Mawuta to Koala Twos.
Our themes for the month:
* 4th-8th: Dinosaurs
* 11th-15th: Weather Clouds
*18th-22nd: Earth Day/Planting and Gardening
*25th-29th: Outer Space
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
The Koala II Teachers

Dear Panda One Families,

Blizzards, 40mph winds, and a foot of snow one day; then sunshine, blue skies, and 70 degree temperatures the next…  Despite the unpredictable conditions outdoors, one thing is for certain: It’s springtime in Colorado!  We hope everyone had a happy St. Patrick’s Day, and that the most recent snowstorm didn’t put too much of a damper on anyone’s Easter festivities.

Recent Developments:
Last month we welcomed a new teacher, Miss Laura, to the Panda One classroom. Miss Laura will be working the 9:00AM to 6:00PM shift, Monday through Friday.
This month we will bid a fond farewell to our dear friend, Alec. We would like to wish Alec and his family all the best in their future endeavors. We will miss you!

A transition is scheduled for the week beginning Monday, April 4th. Clara will be movin’ on up to Panda Two, and we will be welcoming Morgan and Hunter from the Koala Two classroom. Congratulations on your graduation friends, we are very proud of you!

We are tentatively planning our next transition for the month of May. Stay tuned for more details.

Curriculum themes for the month of April:
Week 1: Dinosaurs
Week 2: Weather/Clouds
Week 3: Earth Day
Week 4: Outer Space

Ice Melting Activity
Baking Soda and Vinegar Reaction
Tornado Tube
Weather Sensory Bottles
Color Mixing

Classroom Happenings:
In addition to our daily curriculum and weekly STEM activities, the children are learning valuable social skills as well.  We have been talking a lot about biting, hitting, kicking, pushing, pulling, pinching, shoving, spitting, and other not-so-desirable behaviors, as well as what happens to our friends when we hurt them. Through the personal experiences and daily social interactions that manifest in our classroom, the children are learning empathy, compassion, helpfulness, cooperation, patience, self-control, how to use their words to communicate, how to have good “listening ears”, and the importance of respecting personal space.  Whew! That’s a lot of learning!  And, needless to say, these things take time.  We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we continue to facilitate the development of these basic life skills in our little ones.  We care very deeply for all of the children in our classroom, and we are committed to maintaining a safe and friendly learning environment for all.

Special Requests:
We are in need of the following supplies for our classroom.

*    2 two-liter plastic bottles
*    plastic grocery bags

Thank you in advance. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!

Important Dates:
04/01: April Fool’s Day
04/05: Stretch-n-Grow
04/08: Musicare
04/12: Stretch-n-Grow
04/15: Musicare
04/19: Stretch-n-Grow
04/22: Musicare/Earth Day
04/26: Stretch-n-Grow
04/29: Musicare/Arbor Day

We value 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!


Miss Becka, Miss Ere, and Miss Laura
The Panda One Teachers

Panda Two’s

Spring is here! Colorado is beautiful but the weather always changes. Please have your child dressed appropriately, we do go outside even when it’s snowing.
Potty training is moving right along! Most of our class is potty trained!! The children are doing amazing, we are so proud of them.
Our small Easter activities went great! The kids were surprised and excited to see that the Easter Bunny arrived and hid some eggs.  We also made nests out of rice crispy treats.  The children really enjoyed that!
 A few of our friends will be moving over to Polars; Simon, April and Nicholas. We hope you have a great time, we will miss you!
In April we will be learning about; Dinosaurs, Weather Clouds, Earth Day/Planting and Gardening, Outer Space and Flower Shop.
We will be making our own garden baggies over the month of April, so please feel free to check them out. We hope you have a great month!
Thank you!
Panda Teachers
Ms.Delora, Ms. Jen and Ms. Rachel

Brown Bears

Welcome Spring! We hope everyone enjoyed some Easter Festivities. Your children had fun here searching for 10 eggs, during our egg hunt. It was tricky counting, but the best part was opening them. We so enjoyed watching their reactions and happy faces.

A huge Thank You to everyone that contributed to our healthy green fruits and veggies St Patrick’s Day. Your generosity enabled us to feast during both a.m. & p.m. snack times and lunch! The gold coin hunt was an added bonus.

April will be another busy month while we learn about Dinosaurs, Weather, Planting/Gardening, Outer Space, and celebrating Earth Day. STEM this month will revolve around The Flower Shop.

Feel free to take home our weekly sheet to read what your child works on daily.

Some of our favorite themes this month, which will help your children learn about our world in a hands on way. We can’t wait to get planting and watching our seeds grow.
Our grand total of books read for the month of March is posted. Be sure to acknowledge how amazing your young book lover is! We will celebrate this accomplishment as a class.

There is always so much to look forward to, when working with small children. They are all wonderful , thank you for sharing them with us.

Please never hesitate to ask questions or if you have a concern, we are here to help!

The Brown Bear Teachers,

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

Black Bears
Hello and happy Spring!
This month we should all be done with naps.  To help the kids adjust we will be adding another snack time and be doing some more academic work.  The themes we will talk about this month are: Dinosaurs, Weather Clouds, Earth Day/Planting and Gardening and Outer Space.
In April the new sight words we will be learning include: “And”, “Me”, “Is”, and “Not”. If you would like a copy of our sight words we are learning for the next few weeks please don’t hesitate to ask a teacher, we would be happy to provide you with one.
Our S.T.E.M theme this month is “Flower Shop”. We will create flower arrangements, have a flower shop and label different parts of flowers. This project will also include an exploration of the use money by letting the children price their flowers.
We also have a “Germinator” project planned. This involves growing a plant in a CD case.
Also, State has required that we have children’s first and last names on water bottles, so if you bring new ones in we ask that you have them labeled appropriately.  If you do not wish to write directly on a bottle you may place a strip of masking tape on it and write your child’s name in on that.
Thank you so much!
Ms. Maddy, Ms. Pam, Ms. Romina, Ms. Liz and Ms. Melissa
The Black Bear Teachers  

Grizzly Bears

Ms. Leewitt, Ms. Kim, Ms. Nikki and Ms. Kennedy

Welcome to April Grizzly Parents and Families,
March was indeed a busy month and flew by quickly. The kids really enjoyed all of the St. Patrick’s Day, Circus and Easter Activities.  We would like to send a special thank you to all the parents who joined in on the egg spoon races.  It really made the kids cheer.
Our Grocery Store STEM activity engrossed the kids.  They cut up the “freshly minted” money, arranged a check out area and made an in store restaurant as part of the store.
We look forward to seeing all the kiddoes who signed up for Spring Break and wish those who will be out a safe vacation. We also love seeing that the Summer Camp registration is almost at maximum capacity.  If you haven’t signed up for Summer Camp the deadline is April 22. That is also the deadline to get the payment in or you will loose the spot.
April has several important dates to remember. There is one “Late Start” and one “Early Release” day.  It also has Spring Break with field trips and a focus on Robots. These days will be posted outside the Grizzly room on the Theme Board.
They are as Follows:
  • 4/1 Early Release TPCA
  • 4/4-8 SPRING BREAK No School
  • 4/13 Late Start Flagstaff and SVVSD
  • 4/22 Summer Camp Registration Due
Please remember to have packed for your kiddo on “No School” & “Early Release” days. Please follow the Grizzly Lunch and Snack Guidelines.  If you need a copy of the Guidelines please ask a grizzly teacher.
Our themes this month are:
  • Easter
  • Spring Break – ROBOTS
  • Weather/ Clouds
  • Earth Day / Planting & Gardening
  • Outer Space
Calendars of our activities for this month are available upon request.  Please ask a Grizzly teacher for a copy.
As the weather continues to improve, we see the  kids energy levels increase along with their desire to be outside.  Expect to see the kids doing activities outside as daylight lasts longer and weather continues to permit.
Thank you again for being part of the Sunset Academy Family.
 Private Kindergarten
 Wow! It’s hard to believe it’s already April. We only have two more months of Kindergarten.  This year has gone by so quickly!  We begin the month of April with Spring Break (April 4th – 8th).  Please make sure to send your child with a lunch and snack each day.
In April we will take a walking field trip to The Flower Bin as part of our study of plants.  The date and time of our field trip will depend, in part, on weather and will be announced when it gets closer.  The kids will be allowed to pick out some flowers that we will plant at school.
The kids have been working hard and are learning a lot.  We are practicing our math facts and been learning about measurement.  We have measured pictures, animals and friends with unifix cubes, paper clips and rulers.  This month we will continue with measurement practice while strengthening our addition and subtraction skills.  We have a great month ahead of us!
Ms. Kim