Natureplay News

September 2015


Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! We are so excited to have you as a part of our program this year. September is a month of getting to know new friends, new teachers, and new routines. We've got great activities planned for the month. Read ahead to learn more about events happening at Natureplay this month.

Meet the Teachers

Labor Day - September 7th

Just a reminder that we will be closed on Monday, September 7th for Labor Day. If Monday is a day you normally attend class, you may schedule a make-up day or we will prorate the holiday. Make-up days for Labor Day must be used by October 7th.

Orientation - September 8th

Please join us for a family orientation night on Tuesday, September 8th at 5:30 pm. Weather permitting, we'll meet at the shelter at Mill Creek Streamway Park - Barker Road access, 5946 Barker Road (if weather is hot or rainy, we'll meet at school instead). Miss Katherine will hang out with the preschoolers on the playground while Rosanna reviews the parent handbook with you. If you'd like to stay for a picnic dinner afterwards, please do. This is a great time to meet other Natureplay families while acquainting yourself with the program. If you cannot attend the orientation, and have never been through the handbook with Rosanna, please set a time to meet with her later in the month.

Nature Club - September 12th

Nature Club is a time for all Natureplay families to come together outside of school and enjoy the outdoors. This month, please join us on Saturday, September 12th at 11:00 am at Cider Hill Family Orchard, located at 3341 N. 139th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. We'll take a hayride out to the orchard, where you can pick apples. Apple prices are based on how many you pick. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a picnic. Please RSVP to Rosanna by September 9th.

Storytime with Johnson County Library - September 14th

Happy birthday 6 by 6! On Monday, September 14th, Natureplay preschoolers will head upstairs for a special event with the Johnson County Library. We'll sing along with musician Kevin Roth and hear him read from his book, Wabby Wabbit: The Garden. We'll learn about instruments and enjoy folk and children's favorites. Story time is open to the public, so feel free to join us from 10:15-10:45 for this special event.

Scholastic Book Orders Due - September 15th

When you order books from Scholastic Reading Club, not only do you receive books at very discounted prices, our preschool receives points to order books for free! Order and pay online using the activation code GNM7Q (using this code ensures books arrive at Natureplay). Once all orders are received, Rosanna submits the order and the books ship to school. We distribute them to you. Easy peasy!

Rosanna Presents at NRPA September 15-16th

Rosanna will be headed to Las Vegas on September 15th to present at the National Recreation and Park Association's annual conference. The topic? Nature-based preschools, of course! Rosanna will be sharing information with professionals from around the country about the importance of nature for preschool-aged children. Wish her luck!

JCPRD's 60th Anniversary Celebration - September 20th

Come out to Theatre in the Park on Sunday, September 20th to celebrate our 60th Anniversary! The party starts at 11:00, with musical guests, children's entertainment, and food and drink. Visit for more information!

New Families

In August, we welcomed several new families to Natureplay:

Alex Puhr and family

Joshua and Clara Leach and family

Livia Crouch-Almeida and family

Benji Chisholm and family

Callum Davenport and family

Blake Garley and family

Meyers Cannon and family - welcome back

Evan Keeler and family - welcome back

In September, we'll welcome new families:

Karson Ketter and family

Nolan Bittner and family

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