The Sherlock's Tot Spot Times

January 2019

The Tot Spot Early Education Academy

Mr. Mike's Email: michael@ilovethetotspot.com

Ms. Alisha's Email: alisha@ilovethetotspot.com

Ms. Katie's Email: katie@ilovethetotspot.com

Ms. Le Andra's Email: leandra@ilovethetotspot.com

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Special Events and Birthdays!!

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Welcome Hannah, Lauren, and Preston!!!



Birthdays:

January 5th - Mr. Mike

January 7th - Tristan

January 10th - Ryan

January 12th - Ms. Kayla

January 15th - Angus

January 16th- Ms. Constance

January 24th - Ms. Maggie


Current Events:

January - We will receive our award for being a level 3 Paths to Quality - be sure to congratulate your teachers on a job well done!

December 31- January 1st - Closed for New Year's

January 21st - 25th - No Ramsey's



Future Events:

February 14th - Family Valentine's Day Party ( 3-4:30)

March 15th - Closed for Teacher Conference

Upcoming Zoo-phonics Friends

Week of December 31st- Review all letter friends from the year (L, F, E, H, T, I, U, C, O, Q, G, S, J, D)

Week of January 7th: Peewee Penguin

Week of January 14th: Bubba Bear

Week of January 21st: Robby Rabbit

Week of January 28th: Review week for P, B, & R




New to our school? Check out links at the end of the newsletter to learn the sounds and Zoophonics song.

Let's Be Prepared!

We love Snow!! Well I don't, but all the kiddos love it and I love providing snow during the day so you don't have to worry about it at night. I'm hoping we get enough for a snowman at least once this season. So on days that we are in the clear to go outside, we will be out for at least 5-10 minutes. Please make sure to bring in hats, gloves, coats, and boots if you have them. Also make sure there is always a backup outfit in case we make snow angels or get our clothes too wet. Thank you :)

Vacations and PTO

Did you know we have a PTO? Interested in helping out? Please see Ms. LeAndra or Ms. Alisha.


Who do you contact concerning vacation credit? Asking a teacher will get you no where. Please email Mr. Mike at michael@ilovethetotspot.com

In the Classroom!

Remind Me App: It's a free app that we're using to for simple reminders like show and share, friend of the week, physical due dates, etc. Our class code is 26kh9g


We have 4 Friends turning 3 this month and I think the Sherlock's class with have 3 of them. So I new class number will be 16. We will welcome Preston, Gianna, and Hannah starting the 28th /when we get back from vacation.


Sensory, Art, Science:

We're going to enjoy making play dough again and various experiments with peppermints, popcorn, painting with pipettes and balloons. Other experiments also include a ton of rainbow activities. We have disappearing rainbows, fizzy rainbows, rainbow ice, rainbow salt, rainbow crystals, rainbow milk, rainbow skittles compared to rainbow m/m, rainbow density, and a few more. I only have rockets, and rain in a jar without rainbows so I think I might be obsessed. Oh and B week has painting with balls and balloons and we have some bubble and balloon experiments. I'm pretty sure February will be a repeat because there's just so many and they're all so awesome!


Math:

Did you know we have snack math every day? Ask you kiddo what they learned at snack. This month we're going to be adding and subtracting with every art and fine motor activity. Before they rotate from an activity they will add up all their parts, tell the teacher, and then subtract all their parts.



Gross Motor: Some days we only get out for 10 min so we've slowed down a bit on the structured game time. When they do have the opportunity to go outside I just want them to run around as much as possible.


Fine Motor: We'll continue or sign language and using our fingers to add and subtract. We will also string pipe cleaners, create play-doh robots, and connect paperclips. We will also be using pipe cleaners, rocks, and blocks to create letters. And of course lots of squeezing of pipettes and removing rubber bands.

Operation Tot Spot Gives Back!!

Congrats to the.......Us!!!!!!!! We are the winners of our Pajama Drive! :) TTS raised 72 pairs of pajamas. Scholastic will match our pajama donations and donate 72 books as well. We managed to beat last year by 9 pajamas and I hope next year we can collect even more! Thank you to all who contributed. Some kiddos are going to be super thankful to have nice warm pjs to wear. TTS Parents are the BEST!!!!

Reminders


  • Please don't forget show and share items for Thursday. You can bring them in anytime before Thursday if you'd like to make sure your kiddo has an item.
  • Don't forget to tell your kiddos to wash their hand in the morning at drop off.

Tax Time is Approaching....

Dear Tot Spot Families,

I am sending this email because we are getting close to the end of the year and therefore close to tax season. Because of our changes from Rapid Tuition to Tuition Express there will be two-year end summaries (a mid year summary for Rapid Tuition and a year-end summary). I emailed all our families when we transferred from Rapid Tuition at the time of the change, so please check your email history for that email. As far as Tuition Express, every family has direct access to your billing receipts through www.myprocare.com . If you have already signed up with www.myprocare.com you are ahead of the game. However, if you have not, you can register from this link www.myprocare.com. You will use the email you received this message from to login. If you have any problems, please let me know.

Thanks again,


Michael Ramsey

Winter is here!

As you all know cold season is here. Please help us prevent the spread of sickness by making sure to wash your kiddos hands in the morning before leaving. Talk to them about pretending to be an elephant and covering their mouth with their elbow (Use your sleeve, don't spread disease) Please encourage singing their hand washing song and most importantly....using the paper towel to turn the faucet off. Thank you for all your support in keeping TTS as healthy as we possibly can!!

Looking for some new books to curl up with on wintry days? Check out all the great books from Scholastic!! Scholastic will be sent out January 8th and will orders will be due January 17th. Our online code is HQ686

https://clubs.scholastic.com/newparents

Healthy Start Wisdom From Ms. Alisha

Apple "Cookies"

After all the sugary cookies of the holidays, have your kids help you decorate these apple “cookies” for a refreshing snack! This recipe calls for chocolate chips, but you could also decorate with raisins, coconut, or yogurt chips!

The Book Nook

The Day the Crayon's Quit

One of the Sawyer got this book in our book exchange, and it was just too cute! When A little boy arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, listing reasons why they each quit. The letters are funny and the pictures from each of the crayons goes perfectly with them!

The Parent's Spotlight

Thank you!!!


  • Remember there is a suggestion box in the lobby, and we love to hear about ideas to enhance the learning environment for your children.

  • Thank you to the LoGreco's for Dramatic Play donations

  • Thank you to the Bohde's for your toys and book donations

  • Thank you to the Blough's for the mittens and toys

  • Thank you to the Holland's and Henry's for the toy donations

  • Thank you to everyone for donating to the PTO. They raised enough money to be able to give everyone a nice gift card.

  • Thank you to all who brought in treats and gifts for the teachers and even Admin team. We appreciate it more than you know and it definitely made the holidays special for all of us so thank you!! TTS truly has amazing parents!

Would you like to donate?

We could use


· Corn Starch

· Food Coloring

· Musical Instruments

· Play-doh

· Empty Clean Plastic Jars (Mayo, PB, etc. Jar)

· EXPO Dry Erase Marker Cleaning Spray

· Scrap Paper

· Salt - Regular and Rock Salt


Is there ever a time when you say to yourself, " I wonder if The Tot Spot would want this"? We could use it in so many ways. You may have babies, but the whole school is yours. Everything can turn into a sensory activity or learning experience. So, before you throw out your junk, ask your teacher if it could be used

The Teacher's Spotlight

Question: Would you rather be able to be invisible for a day or fly for a day and why?



  • Ms. Alisha: Neither. I’d rather be able to read people’s minds. But if I have to choose invisible so I can move things around and prank people. (Nothing important of course)
  • Ms. Maggie: I would want to fly. I would want to fly because i could get more done in a day if I could fly
  • Mr. Mike: Fly so I could see from a different prospective
  • Ms. Le Andra: I would rather be invisible. I'm a nosy person so I could gets lot of information if nobody knew I was there!
  • Ms. Katie: I would rather be able to fly for a day. I'd spend my day traveling as far and wide as I could to see new things.
  • Ms. Erin: I'd rather be invisible because then you could find out what your friends and coworkers really think of you

Good Bye Ms. Danielle

Tot Spot Parents,

I want to first off thank you for all that you do. You have all been so amazing to me while I have been here. Thank you for letting me get to know and love your kiddos like they are my own. It has truly been a pleasure getting to know each and every one of them and watching them grow and become who they are.

My last day will be January 4th.

Again, I have been extremely blessed while working here and from the bottom of my heart thank you for all being so kind in opening your arms and being such a great second family for me.

I will never forget you or your children. I hope you all the best

Danielle

The Tot Spotter's Spotlight!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBUcf6Mzd3Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7BHWf-8Vn8