January Newsletter

Little Friends' Children's Center

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

WINTER NEWS


We will be enjoying many of the wonders that this season of snow brings! We plan special learning, cooking, literature and other winter activities around this fun season. We will make snow ice cream, snow pancakes, and snowman soup! We will be outdoors snowshoeing, hiking, sledding and much more! We love to make winter fun!


THANK YOU


Thank you for the many sweet treats and Christmas gifts. It was nice of your family to think of us during the holidays.


We appreciate the many donations of gently used toys, supplies and clothing. Because we are a nonprofit organization your donation qualifies for a tax deduction.


The Humane Society has thanked us for the gifts that the children bought in for the animals.



NEWS AROUND THE CENTER


The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts hold their monthly meetings here. As a nonprofit organization we like to share our building with other nonprofits.


During the past summer I was in Lansing as part of the license review team. We now have new Michigan license standards, which are directed at the safety and development of the children. We are in the process of reviewing and implementing these new standards at Little Friends by January 14th


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PROGRAM NEWS


The children have been busy mastering new skills and developmental goals. This month the science lessons will be centered on solid and liquid states using ice and snow. It looks like we will be bringing snow inside this month! The toddlers will especially love this!


Our literature will focus on winter environments, especially how the an



imals and people work and play during the winter. We will go h


iking into the woods on snowshoes looking for animal tracks! (We have 13 pair of Tubbs children’s snowshoes!)


Peak Gymnastic classes will be on Tuesdays at 1p.m. for all preschool children who sign up each week.


Depending on the weather our field trips will include visiting the Eastwood Nursing Center, Al Quall snowshoeing, Negaunee Library, Children’s Museum and Thursdays at the Iron Industry Museum day.



SURVEY RESULTS


Thank you so much for returning the forms! It helps us to know how you feel about our service. The most comments were concerning breakfast. We will be changing our breakfast menu to include toast, cinnamon bread, and oatmeal. More fresh fruits will be added too. The menu will be posted in the lobby and not at the parent desk. Several parents requested an easier access to the menu.



END OF YEAR TAX STATEMENTS


If you will need an end of the year childcare tax statement please put your request in writing by the end of the month. We will close the books for the 2012 tax year at the end of February. childcare tax statements will be posted on the office window.


If you have a new cell, work or home phone number, address change or other new information please put it in writing. I need to change the information on your child’s information card. Recently, I had tried to contact several parents only to find out the numbers were outdated.


PRESCHOOL NEWS


Christmas break was great! The teachers and children are now ready to be back in class! The teachers have prepared an exciting learning program for this month. Please post the attached program calendar.



Preschool classes are held M-F mornings. We do not hold preschool classes when the public schools are closed.




Thank you for sharing your children and your family with us. Our sole purpose is to provide a quality childcare experience for your family. We look forward to a Happy New Year with your family!



*****NO PUBLIC SCHOOL _ JANUARY 31st! Please schedule early.