Grace Early Childhood Care and Education Center
Greetings Grace Families,
We also recently hosted another first time experience for our Grace families, called READ from the START. This is a reading program that teaches parents and caregivers the joy and benefits of reading to children from birth to five years old. There were two-part sessions which were facilitated by certified Discussion Leaders and filled with learning opportunities for the parents and caregivers. Parents who attended took home SEVEN children's books! This was FREE to all participants! We had such an amazing response from families and hope to offer this to Grace families again in spring.
We have no doubt December will promise to be another eventful month at Grace as we are busily preparing for Winter Wonderland this upcoming weekend. We hope to see many of our wonderful Grace families there to share in the festivities!
A FEW REMINDERS
- As the weather changes please remember to send your child dressed warmly. Students go outside for play as long as the weather permits. Sending hats and gloves is always a good idea and helps us to keep your little one warm.
- Visitors- We welcome all visitors to Grace, and have many join us daily. Remember, make sure to have a valid ID or your green badge with you upon arrival. Please stop by the front desk to sign in and you will receive a visitor's badge to wear during your visit with us.
- If someone other than parents are picking up the student, they must check in with the front office. Their name must be on the authorized pick-up list and identification will be required. If you'd like to add someone to the authorized pick-up list, you can do so by stopping by the front office; and we will quickly get them added.
- Any type of transportation changes MUST be in written form. Please submit an email or note to your child's teacher indicating the needed changes. Transportation changes must be made no later than thirty minutes prior to dismissal.
- Bus Changes-All bus changes need to be made through Grace. We will then contact Crabtree Transportation with the updated information. There are no "same day" bus changes and 24 hours are needed from the time of the request. If a parent would like to change buses due to a change of address or change of babysitter, new proof of residency will need to be completed at Central Office. Central Office will then inform Grace and Crabtree Transportation once this has been completed.
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Location: Grace Early Childhood Center
Donuts, Milk & SANTA!
Stop by, visit Santa and have some donuts and milk!
Shop at the Book Fair
Don't forget to stop by the Book Fair. There are some great deals on wonderful literature for your young learner.
Visit Themed Classrooms
Each classroom will be an exciting holiday theme where you will find many crafts and games for your family to enjoy together.
Shop at the Book Fair
It is that time of year again! Cold and flu season is upon us. Please help us prevent the spread of the cold and flu among our Grace family. You can follow these simple guidelines and “WHACK” the flu.
W- Wash your hands often
H-Home is where you stay when you are sick
A- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
C- Cover your coughs and sneezes
K- Keep your distance from people who are coughing or sneezing
Please remember our health policy states that children must be free from vomiting, diarrhea and/or fever (100.4 or above) without the aid of medication prior to returning to school.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO VOLUNTEER
WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS
ALL volunteers must submit a volunteer application before being able to assist with field trips, parties, fun day, etc. The application must be filled out in advance to the day you plan to volunteer.
The on-line application can be found at:
Another option is you can fill out a paper application at Central Office. If you do not fill out an application, you will not be able to help with these events, so please do this as soon as you can. If you have any questions about this new procedure, please feel free to contact us.
Instill a Sense of Gratitude in Your Child
Parents have been reminding kids to say thank you for ages. Now research links gratitude to many benefits, including better grades, better relationships, and even better health.
Experts advise parents to:
Be role models. When someone does something kind, show appreciation. If your child takes out the trash without being told, take note. “You helped the family without being asked. Thank you!” This demonstrates how to be thankful.
Make gratitude lists. Help your child focus on what they have in their lives. They may not have the new sneakers or the toys they want, but there is always something for which to be thankful. Many of people’s most treasured “things” aren’t things at all. They are people, friendships, abilities and accomplishments.
Shift your focus. This winter, turn your attention to family time and helping others. What do you have that others might need or want? How can you share? Your family might donate items, volunteer their time, or find small ways to be kind to others.
Good Luck to Grace’s Super Plunger Paula Glaser!
Paula will be plunging at Longview Lake, beginning January 30th and will plunge every
hour on the hour through the 31st,
concluding with the Belton School District Polar Bear Plunge
All proceeds will benefit Special OlympicsDonations will be accepted at the front desk if you are interested in supporting this great cause!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
- December 6- Winter Wonderland, 9am-11am
- December 11 - Early Release - No PM Classes
- December 22- January 2 - CCC Closed
- December 22, 23, 29, 30 & January 2 - PAC Care Open
- January 5 - PAC & CCC Care Open
- January 19 - No School - PAC Care Open, CCC Care Closed