Chipmunk Chatter

February 2018

Hello Parents,

February is upon us! We’re excited for everything that this month has in store. We will be learning about “Love” which is the Fruit if the Spirit focus this month. Love will come to life as we explore and experience all that is Valentine’s Day! On February 13th and 14th we will have a Valentine’s exchange and small party at the end of our day. Please send valentines for your children to pass out to their friends. Please fill out the “from” portion of the card only with your child’s name. This will make for a simple and smooth exchange. We have 14 children in our M/W class and 14 children in our T/TH class.


During the last 2 weeks of February we will be learning about Polar Animals and Hibernating Bears. We will explore their characteristics, habitats, physical attributes and needs. During the hibernation part of the study the children will enjoy a “Bear Hunt” based on the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, as well as investigate a “bear cave” learning about positional words and spatial awareness.


In preparation for Parent/Teacher Conferences we will be finishing our assessment of the children’s progress by participating in some non-theme related games and activities such as bingo, hunting for names, colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. We will also play a variety of gross motor games. Additionally we will begin more formal name writing practice with our special Zoo Phonics templates. This is going to be a very busy fun filled month of learning and review. We look forward to spending some time with you a conferences on March. More details about conferences will be coming soon.


Ms. Gabby & Ms. Kirstin

February at a Glance

Themes:

  • Love/Valentine’s Day
  • Polar Animals
  • Hibernation


Concepts:

  • Red
  • #7
  • Shape ~ Heart
  • Letters R, V, Z & U
  • Rhyming Words
  • 1 to 1 correspondence – with

Science:

  • “Planting” Candy Hearts – making predictions, “what will grow”?
  • Fizzing Hearts – combining baking soda and vinegar to observe the chemical reaction that occurs and how the chemicals dissolve conversation hearts

Stories:

  • “The Shape of My Heart” by Mark Sperring
  • “Have you Filled a Bucket Today” by Carol McCloud
  • “The Night before Valentine’s Day” by Natasha Wing
  • “There Was An Old Lady That Swallowed a Rose” by Lucille Colandro
  • “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

School Wide News

Registration for 2018/2019

Registration is in full swing! We are so excited to see so many of you returning for the next school year. Open enrollment begins on Monday February 5th, when a new family registers and lists you as their referrer, you will receive a gift card to show our appreciation. Stop by the Preschool counter and pick-up an information card to share with friends and family.


Night of the Arts

Night of the Arts was a huge success! The children’s art pieces were beautiful. We raised $380 to benefit Night Lights. It was well attended with approximately 200 people stopping in to enjoy the sights, sounds and activities. Thank you to everyone who participated in the event!


Health Status/Immunization Forms

Don’t forget that many of your children will have Health Status and Immunizations forms that expire during the school year. When they expire we are required by the State of Colorado to replace them with updated ones. When your child has a well check during the school year please have a new form filled out and signed by your doctor, and return it to the preschool office as soon as possible. You can access the health status and immunization forms on our preschool website, we can email you one, click here, or you can get a paper copy from us anytime. If it is easier, you can have your doctor fax the forms back to us at 303.593.4561, Attn: Lisa. If you have already been notified about expired forms, please submit current forms as soon as possible so we can be compliant with licensing. If you have any questions about your child’s Health Status and Immunization forms please feel free to stop by and ask or email Anne at anney@waterstonechurch.org. Thanks for your help with this!


Soccer Shots

Waterstone Preschool is partnering with Soccer Shots to offer an after-school enrichment activity for our students ages 3-5. Soccer shots utilizes creative and imaginative games to focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting. They also highlight a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork and appreciation. Click here to watch a video about Soccer Shots.

Time: Mondays from 1:45-2:30pm

Dates: March 5th – May 7th (No class on March 26th)

Where: Waterstone Preschool (no equipment or cleats needed)

Cost: $108 for a 9 week winter session (season prize included)

How: Register online at: den.ssreg.org and search Waterstone

If you choose to enroll your child in the program, you will need to authorize Soccer Shots to pick-up your child from the preschool at 1:30pm. The Soccer Shots coaches will be responsible for your child during the soccer practice and you will then pick up your child from Soccer Shots at 2:30pm.

Scholastic Books

The Preschool is changing the way we place Scholastic Book orders. All orders will now be placed online. Follow the instructions below to view an online catalog and order. There will be a few hard copies of flyers at the Preschool counter for you to take home or look at. Reading is fundamental to success in school and Scholastic Books are a wonderful way to boost your home library. Ordering books helps our program be able to purchase more books to use at school. To order:


  • SIGN UP at scholastic.com/readingclub
  • ENTER the Class Activation Code N2HJR
  • CHOOSE from thousands of print titles, value packs and Storia eBooks
  • SUBMIT the order by the due date listed on the website. Your order will be sent to the church and we will deliver them to your child's classroom.


If you need an order placed earlier then the due date listed, please let us know.

February Fruit of the Spirit: Love

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
-Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)

Mark your Calendars!

February 5
Open Enrollment for the 2018/2019 School Year
February 19
NO SCHOOL-Presidents' Day
February 20
NO SCHOOL-Teacher In-Service Day
March 6
Soccer Shots begins