Panda 1 August 2017 Newsletter

We hope everyone had a fun and safe Fourth of July, and that you all are enjoying your summer. It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner, and the children will be back in school by the end of the month! Looking ahead into next month, we would like to remind you that Sunset Academy will be closed on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day.


Classroom Update

Miss Ere has accepted the lead teacher position in the Teddy classroom and will be transferring to her new room on Tuesday, August 2nd. While we are sad to see her go, we are equally excited for her and this new opportunity. In her place we will be welcoming Miss Becca, the former lead in Teddy, to the Panda One classroom; she will be working the 8:30AM-5:30PM shift. Miss Becca is the mother of a one-year-old boy, and she has five years of experience in professional childcare as well. Over the past two years, she has worked as both an assistant and a lead teacher at Sunset Academy in the Polar and Teddy classrooms, respectively. Please join us in congratulating Miss Ere on her new position, and welcoming Miss Becca to Panda One!


Despite the sweltering heat, the children have been enjoying their time outdoors in the summer sunshine.  We’ve been observing birds and airplanes as they fly overhead, and watching rabbits as they hop through the field. The children were especially thrilled by the discovery of a toad on the playground last month – they observed and examined the toad as it tried to squirm its way out of a small space between the turf and the fence, and then they shrieked in excitement as it hopped across the ground!  Some of the children hopped along with it, while others ran, screaming, in the opposite direction. Many of the children exclaimed, “Froggy!” when they saw it, so we took the opportunity to discuss the similarities and differences between frogs and toads. We are looking forward to what surprises the month of August has in store for us.


August Curriculum

Week 1: Colors and Shapes

Week 2: Zoo

Week 3: Back to School

Week 4: All About Me*

Week 5: Apples


STEM Theme

Automotive Repair Shop


*We will be sending “All About Me” posters home with the children for them to complete at home and bring back to school to share with their friends during Circle Time. Posters will be handed out on Friday, August 18th, so please keep an eye out for them.


Dates to Remember

Tuesdays: Stretch-n-Grow with Miss Michelle

Wednesdays: Little Belly Breaths Yoga with Miss Pam

08/25-09/05: Miss Becka on vacation

09/04: Labor Day (closed)

Please note: The Musicare program with Miss Amy is on hiatus for the remainder of the summer; a new session will begin at the end of the month.



Miss Becka will be on vacation beginning Friday, August 25th, and will be returning on Wednesday, September 6th.


There have been a lot of changes here at Sunset Academy over the past few months, and we would like to thank all of the families for their understanding and continued support. As always, should you ever have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns, we encourage you to please speak with one of us.


We hope you all enjoy the remainder of the summer! Until next month, take care.



Miss Becka, Miss Ere, and Miss Becca

The Panda One Teachers