February 2019 Newsletter
Westhampton Day School
Scholastic Book Fair [Week of 2/18]
Additional Child Rate (Effective 6/17/2019)
The additional child rate that was noted on the mailed letter and the intent letter was incorrect; effective 6/17/19, the additional child rate is $195/week (not $200/week as noted). I apologize for the error!
Books & Bingo
Thursday, Feb. 21st, 5:30-7pm
6100 Patterson Avenue
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Donuts with Dad [Friday, 2/22]
Two's Classes: 8:15 - 8:45 AM
Three's Classes: 9:00 - 9:30 AM
PreK Classes: 9:00 - 9:30 AM
K Classes: 8:30 - 9:00 AM
Fundraiser: Let's Light Up WDS!
Let's 'Light Up WDS!'
5th Annual WDS Golf Touranment Fundraiser
MARCH 2019: Upcoming Book Drive!
March into Literacy Month is THIS MONTH, and to celebrate this important initiative, WDS is partnering for the 3rd year in a row with the Children's Museum of Richmond to support the Central Virginia Book Bank. We will be collecting new or gently used books!
The Central Virginia Book Bank donates books directly to children ages 0 - 13 and organizations who serve at-risk children throughout Central Virginia.
Drop any book donations off in the bins located in the 2nd & 3rd floor hallways! Last year, we collected an impressive 528 books. Let's strive for 600 or MORE this year!
1. Tell them you love them and praise them often.
This sounds obvious. But you can never tell someone you love them too often. All people love to hear that they are important, and that they are doing things that make you happy. Think about the last time you praised your child for doing something right instead of scolded them for doing something wrong. That praise reinforces to your child that they are loved.
2. Really listen to your children.
When you're having a conversation, make eye contact and listen to what your child is telling you. You will make them feel important and loved by focusing on her completely while she is telling you a story or asking for advice.
3. Be physically and mentally there for your kids as much as possible.
When you're watching your son play soccer, watch the game and cheer him on. When you're playing Go Fish with your daughter, put your cell phone away and just focus on the game. Kids intuitively know when you attention is elsewhere and that makes them feel less important to you. Put the focus on your kids and watch them soak it up!
4. Create habits and traditions that encourage family togetherness.
We're getting busier and busier, which translates into less and less family time. Even with less time to spend together, you can still create a strong family bond that will extend through childhood into your kids' adult years. Establish routines that will make up the culture of your family. Some of ours include our nightly snuggle chats -- exactly what it sounds like: a little bit of snuggling and a little bit of chatting -- and our family dance parties in the kitchen. Family traditions are also great for strengthening the bond. We take our kids apple-picking every fall, we have a huge Halloween party, and we make a summer bucket list. All of these things help create memorable family experiences. And any time your kids are remembering a fun time you had together, it reinforces the idea that you love and adore them.
5. Encourage their dreams.
It's really easy to get caught up in our own ideas of how our kids should live their lives. I know because I'm guilty of it. Instead of pushing your kids to do things you want them to do, give them the space and the encouragement to pursue their own passions and dreams. Talk to them about things they are interested in, and find ways to help them learn more about whatever makes their hearts sing. You'll instill self-confidence as well as an overwhelming feeling of love.