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February 2018

February at a Glance

America: Presidents, Mount Rushmore and the Flag

We will study the Presidents in general and Abraham Lincoln and George Washington in more detail. As part of our study we do an overview of the United States and names of states. Each student will get the chance to decide how they want to make a difference as we study how to best help others.


Toward the end of the month we will begin a unit on Nursery Rhymes

  • Hickory Dickory Dock = clock skills (hour hand)
  • Humpty Dumpty = egg science
  • Mary had a Little Lamb = alphabet sequencing
  • Jack and Jill = rhyming


Science

We will be doing two egg experiments. Rubberizing an egg and an egg drop experiment.


Writing

Each student will have an opportunity to write their own poem as we practice rhyming skills.

Math

  • We will begin Unit 4 of our Kinder Math and focus on Comparing Numbers
  • Focus on the numbers 1 through 45 as we count Presidents

Valentine Party

Our Valentine Party is going to be on Valentine’s Day from 1:00 to 1:30pm. I will also be sending home large Valentine hearts so you can write a “love” note to your kiddo. Please bring these back to school as we will use them as our Valentine decorations and a reminder of our Fruit of the Spirit for February which is Love.

School Wide News

Registration for 2018/2019

Registration is in full swing! We are so excited to see so many of you returning for the next school year. Open enrollment begins on Monday February 5th, when a new family registers and lists you as their referrer, you will receive a gift card to show our appreciation. Stop by the Preschool counter and pick-up an information card to share with friends and family.


Night of the Arts

Night of the Arts was a huge success! The children’s art pieces were beautiful. We raised $380 to benefit Night Lights. It was well attended with approximately 200 people stopping in to enjoy the sights, sounds and activities. Thank you to everyone who participated in the event!


Kindergarten Readiness

Can you believe it is the time of year that we start registering our children for Kindergarten? Some of you may be wondering, “Is my child ready for Kindergarten?” The Get Ready to Read website (by the National Center for Learning Disabilities and recommended by the Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines website) has several lists of indicators that you can use to see if your child has the skills necessary to be successful in Kindergarten. You know your child best so use this as a guide to make the decision that is best for your child. You can access the Kindergarten Readiness Indicators here.


Health Status/Immunization Forms

Don’t forget that many of your children will have Health Status and Immunizations forms that expire during the school year. When they expire we are required by the State of Colorado to replace them with updated ones. When your child has a well check during the school year please have a new form filled out and signed by your doctor, and return it to the preschool office as soon as possible. You can access the health status and immunization forms on our preschool website, we can email you one, click here, or you can get a paper copy from us anytime. If it is easier, you can have your doctor fax the forms back to us at 303.593.4561, Attn: Lisa. If you have already been notified about expired forms, please submit current forms as soon as possible so we can be compliant with licensing. If you have any questions about your child’s Health Status and Immunization forms please feel free to stop by and ask or email Anne at anney@waterstonechurch.org. Thanks for your help with this!

Sweetheart Ball 2018- A Night to Remember - Friday, February 23, 6-8:30pm
Waterstone Community Church is hosting their 8th annual Sweetheart Ball. Every young lady 4 years and older is invited to dress up and bring her favorite gentleman (daddy, grandpa, uncle or significant father figure). Join us for dessert and dancing. RSVP and pay in advance. The cost is $6 per person. Feel free to pay at the Preschool counter or click here to pay online. Contact Kylie with any questions.

Soccer Shots

Waterstone Preschool is partnering with Soccer Shots to offer an after-school enrichment activity for our students ages 3-5. Soccer shots utilizes creative and imaginative games to focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting. They also highlight a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork and appreciation. Click here to watch a video about Soccer Shots.

Time: Mondays from 1:45-2:30pm

Dates: March 5th – May 7th (No class on March 26th)

Where: Waterstone Preschool (no equipment or cleats needed)

Cost: $108 for a 9 week winter session (season prize included)

How: Register online at: den.ssreg.org and search Waterstone

If you choose to enroll your child in the program, you will need to authorize Soccer Shots to pick-up your child from the preschool at 1:30pm. The Soccer Shots coaches will be responsible for your child during the soccer practice and you will then pick up your child from Soccer Shots at 2:30pm.

Scholastic Books

The Preschool is changing the way we place Scholastic Book orders. All orders will now be placed online. Follow the instructions below to view an online catalog and order. There will be a few hard copies of flyers at the Preschool counter for you to take home or look at. Reading is fundamental to success in school and Scholastic Books are a wonderful way to boost your home library. Ordering books helps our program be able to purchase more books to use at school. To order:


  • SIGN UP at scholastic.com/readingclub
  • ENTER the Class Activation Code N2HJR
  • CHOOSE from thousands of print titles, value packs and Storia eBooks
  • SUBMIT the order by the due date listed on the website. Your order will be sent to the church and we will deliver them to your child's classroom.


If you need an order placed earlier then the due date listed, please let us know.

February Fruit of the Spirit: Love

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
-Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

Mark your Calendars!

February 5
Open Enrollment for the 2018/2019 School Year
February 19
NO SCHOOL-Presidents' Day
February 20
NO SCHOOL-Teacher In-Service Day

February 23
Sweetheart Ball at Waterstone
March 6
Soccer Shots begins