The Sawyer's Tot Spot Times

February 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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We also now have a Youtube Channel: The Tot Spot Early Learning Academy and Pinterest: The Tot Spot Early Education Academy...be sure and follow us!!

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Special Events and Birthdays!!

Birthdays:

February 4th- Khadija

February 14th- Quinn


Current Events:

February 14th - Family Valentine's Day Party (3-4:30pm)Please let your teacher know if you will be attending

February 22nd - Ms. Le Andra's 3rd Anniversary with TTS


Future Events:

March 15th - Closed for Teacher Conference

June 7 - Closed for Family Fun Day!

Upcoming Zoo-phonics Friends

Week of February 4th: Kayo Kangaroo

Week of February 11th: Allie Alligator

Week of February 18th: Vincent Vampire

Week of February 25th: Review of K,A,V

Valentine's Day Party!

  • When: February 14th from 3:00-4:30pm
  • Please let your teacher know if you will be attending or not
  • If bringing in Valentine's cards The Sawyer's have 20 kiddos. Please have your child write "To My Friend From (their name)"

PTO and Vacations


  • 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!

The Sawyers class is finally full! This past month, we added two new friends to our class, Lauren and Cynthia, and we can't be more excited to get to know them!

This Februrary, in science, we will be talking about kinetic energy and why birds fly in a V. We will also be making a volcano. In art this month, we will be making apple stamps, painting with Kool-Aid, doing k and v cookie cutter art, and making veggie prints! Finally, taste Tuesday will be exciting as always as we taste artichokes, kielbasa, vermicelli noodles, and V-8 splash!

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

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

Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it Snow

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 :)

Goodbye Summer....Hello Sickness! :(

As you all know cold season is approaching. 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!!

Official Weather Closer Policy

When bad weather or other emergency situations occur, it may be necessary for TTS to cancel, delay, or close school early. Parents should have a well-communicated plan in place in the event of these emergency situations.


The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority any time a decision must be made regarding school closures and delays during a weather situation. We review information from emergency management and state highway administrators about road conditions, and look to HSE schools for guidance.


Due to the speed of updating, the official @TotSpotSchool Twitter account is generally the first and fastest mode of communication. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including app, email, and other social media, and news stations. The app lags behind for some so Twitter is first.


Weather alert example

TTS tries to make decisions in the evening, taking into account that parents need time to make proper arrangements. But when there is a lot of uncertainty, we wait to get the latest morning forecast. The decision is typically made around 5:30.


TTS provides information about closings and delays in many ways including:


Posted to the TTS Twitter and Facebook pages.

Posted to Daily Connect App

Email and text messages sent to parents (using Procare).

Group Me sent to employees

Email sent to employees

Notifications sent to WTHR, RTV6, and WISH TV News


Scholastic

I'm super excited for some Valentine books this month...are you?? Check out all the deals for this month!! Scholastic will be sent out February 5th and will orders will be due February 14th. Our online code is HQ686


https://clubs.scholastic.com/newparents

Healthy Start Wisdom

Valentine Fruit Wands

These cute and healthy kabobs are a great yummy snack for every day or a valentines day party! All you need is watermelon, strawberries, skewers, and a heart shaped cookie cutter!

The Book Nook

Here Comes Valentine Cat

Cat does NOT like Valentine's Day. It's much too mushy, and no way is he making anyone a valentine—especially not his new neighbor, Dog. Dog refuses to respect the fence. He keeps tossing over old bones and hitting Cat in the head! But just as Cat’s about to send Dog an angry "valentine" telling him exactly what he can do with his bones, Dog throws a ball over the fence. What is Dog playing at?

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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 several parents who donated clothes, diapers, toys, and books

Would you like to donate?

  • Baby puzzles
  • Food Coloring
  • Musical Instruments
  • Play-doh
  • Empty Clean Jar (Mayo Jar)
  • Vegetable/Baby Oil
  • EXPO Dry Erase Marker Cleaning Spray
  • Scrap Paper
  • Corn Starch
  • 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: If you could master one instrument what would it be and why?

  • Ms. Crystal: Violin, I played before but other interests and hobbies took over and I want to re-learn the instrument.
  • Ms. Rachel: The piano, I’ve always thought it was a beautiful instrument.
  • Ms. Alisha: Guitar so I can be cool like Drew (Emmett and Asher's Dad).
  • Mr. Mike: Piano, because it’s soothing.
  • Ms. Le Andra: I would learn Guitar! I've always wanted to learn how to play
  • Ms. Katie: I would master the guitar. I played a little bit in high school, but then gave up and I would love to be able to sit outside around a fire and play/create music.
  • Ms. Erin: Drums because I like the double kick pedal, it's a challenge
  • Ms. Maggie: If I could master one instrument it would be the piano.I would want it to be the piano because it would help with my poor hand eye coordination, and posture.

The Tot Spotter's Spotlight!!

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