Thompson Integrated Early Childhood

December 2021 Program Newsletter

Children and Families Empowered for a Lifetime of Learning

A Note From Our Administrator

Happy December! I hope that you had a wonderful month of November and a great Thanksgiving!

Choice Enrollment. The choice enrollment window opened on November 29. The first round will close on January 7, 2022. Please note that if your child is going to kindergarten, the preschool you are attending may not be your neighborhood school. If you would like to continue at the school you are at that is not your neighborhood school, you will need to fill out a choice enrollment application. For more information, please click on the link for more information about Choice Enrollment for 2022-2023.

School Closure Information. The weather has been terrific this year; however, it always helps to know where you can find information. Your best resource for school closure information will be on the Thompson School District website. On the TSD school website, you’ll be able to find the most up-to-date information about school closures and delays.

We know that there are times when you need someone other than yourself to pick up your child. Please make sure that the person picking up your child is listed on the card for the teacher and has appropriate identification, such as a driver’s license. If the person picking up does not have proper identification, we cannot release the child to her/him.

Our Head Start program will be going through our first audit of this grant cycle very soon. During the week of December 6, 2021, this weeklong visit will be taking a comprehensive look at our program where we will have an opportunity to share what we do and receive feedback about what we can do better. We're looking forward to improving what we do!

Our Family Partnering in Education (PIE) has begun our Self-Assessment for the 2020-2021 school year. This Self-Assessment is an annual opportunity for us to reflect on last year’s goals and focus on the program’s needs in the 2022-2023 school year. The next meeting is on Monday, January 10, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center at Stansberry. If you have any questions about this, please contact us at 970-613-5031.

As we head into December, I hope you have the opportunity to create warm memories with your family and friends and enjoy the time together. I wish you and your family a very safe and happy holiday season.


Lamb Caro

Early Childhood Administrator

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Education Corner

The Holiday season is such a busy time of year for everyone! Preschooler’s love to help! Here are some ways to work on literacy, math, language and fine motor skills with your preschooler this month….
  • Have them help you wrap gifts and sign any cards or tags by practicing writing their own name. Teach them how to tear tape by using their pincher fingers.
  • They can help you write grocery lists by brainstorming letter sounds for items on your list. For instance, you might say “MMMMilk”.
  • Talk about measurement and have them help you count cups, teaspoons, etc.
  • Talk about your family traditions and why you do certain things.
  • Introduce unfamiliar family members and explain their relationship to you. “This is daddy’s sister, she is your aunt.”
  • Don't forget to visit our YouTube site for story time...see link below! Your child can see their favorite teacher/staff member read a bedtime story.
Most of all, enjoy your time together as your preschooler experiences the wonder of the season!

Amy Gerhard

Education Coordinator

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Click on the link below to see a scripted story about how to teach your child the Turtle Technique for managing strong emotions.
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Health & Safety

Early Childhood Annual Vision and Hearing Screening

You may notice your child coming home from school with a sticker that says, “I Had My Eyes Checked” or “I Had my Ears Checked”. The Early Childhood Hearing and Vision Screening program is a program of early detection and referral for hearing and vision problems. Studies have shown that children will struggle academically, socially and psychologically if vision or hearing issues are undetected and untreated early in childhood. Let us all be advocates for better vision and hearing health for our children. Vision is screened by Lions KidSight Program using a photo vision screener. Hearing is screened using OAE or Otoacoustic Emissions. We would like to stress that hearing and vision screening, while a valuable public health procedure, is not a substitute for a comprehensive examination by an Eye or Ear Health Care Professional. If your child receives a referral from vision or hearing screening, it is very important to follow up with a Care Provider. Referrals will be mailed home directly to families. If you do not receive a referral letter, your child passed the screening.

Signs of eye/vision trouble:

  • Closing or covering one eye
  • Squinting
  • Frequent rubbing or blinking of eyes
  • Watering of eyes or red-rimmed, crusted/swollen eyelids
  • Constant head tilt or face turn; any unusual head position
  • Holding working material excessively close or far from the eyes

Signs of ear/hearing trouble:

· fails to respond to conversation-level speech or answers inappropriately to speech

· fails to respond to his/her name or easily frustrated when there's a lot of background noise

  • Your child seems to hear fine some of the time and then not respond at other times
  • Your child seems to need the TV volume louder than other members of the family
  • Your child says "What?" more often
  • Your child moves one ear forward when listening, or he complains that he can only hear out of his "good ear".
  • Your child says that they didn't hear you. It seems as though your child is just not paying attention.
  • Your child starts to speak more loudly than previously.

If you have any questions about vision or hearing screening, please call:

Christiana Shorten ND, NP, RN, CCHC

Early Childhood Health Coordinator


Language Development

During the winter holidays we celebrate many traditions with family. Oral storytelling is one way to develop language and celebrate your culture. Research has shown that sharing stories with young children can aid in their social and emotional development, their cognitive growth and their language skills (Escamilla et al., 2014). Children who listen to stories are activating both their auditory and language processing systems. They are hearing grammar, syntax and new vocabulary which they will begin to use in their own expressive language skills.

Oral storytelling is much more personal than telling a story using a book. Using physical movement and changing your tone of voice is a great way to engage young learners, help young children visualize the story you are telling. Use rich and descriptive language. This skill is essential for a child when they begin to read novels that do not have picture support. Enjoy the winter break with your families and remember to tell some stories.

Please call or email if you have any questions for me. You can also use TSD’s translation service anytime you need translation for school business. Their number is (970) 613-6167.

-Julie Sullivan, ELD teacher

(970) 613-6885


Escamilla, K., Hopewell, S., Butvilofsky, S., Sparrow, W., Soltero-González, L., Ruiz-Figueroa, O., & Escamilla, M. (2014). Biliteracy from the start: Literacy squared in action (pp. 25-26). Philadelphia, PA: Caslon Publishing.

Family Engagement

Free or Low Cost Holiday Fun


Christmas on the Corner

Dec. 12

4:30 - 7 pm

LifeSpring Church

743 S. Dotsero

Holiday portraits, carriage rides, hot drinks and Grinch "roast beast', marshmallow roasting, kettle corn and more!

Santa's Workshop

Dec. 4, 11, and 18

Noon - 4 pm

Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra

Holiday crafts for kids, cookie decorating and photos with Santa

Free, but must register:

Ice Rink at Centerra

Open Skate Hours

November 12th, 2021 - January 2rd, 2022

Monday-Friday: 3pm-9pm

Saturday: 10am-9pm

Sunday: 11am-6pm

*ADA Skate: Dec. 13th, 1-3 PM: This time frame is only for those with sensory, social, physical and learning disabilities and their families.

$8.50 - Children 12 & Under
$10.50 - Ages 13 & Up

Skate with Santa at Centerra

Thursdays Dec 9 & 16 4pm-5pm

Online advance tickets highly recommended

Photos with Santa at Centerra Mall

Saturdays and Sundays: Nov 27-Dec 19 11AM-4PM

Thursday, December 23rd 11AM-4PM, Friday, December 24 11AM-3PM

FREE! Bring your OWN camera!

Disney Frozen Jr. Musical

Dec. 3-4, 7 PM

Bill Reed Middle School Auditorium

Tickets: $8 children & seniors/$10 ages 18+, tickets sold at the door, cash or check only

Breakfast with Santa

On The Border Restaurant

Saturdays, December 4th, 11th, 18th, 8:30-10:00AM


Must purchase advance tickets at the Centerra Mall management office

Winter Wonderlights

Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra

November 13-January 2

Light show from 5-9 nightly

Lights, live performances, vendors

Please check the website for full schedule and information

FREE- bring a canned food item to donate if you are able

Christmas Movies at the Rialto:

228 E $4th Street

Advanced Tickets required $9

Dec 20: It’s a Wonderful Life

Dec 21: White Christmas

Dec 22: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Herbie and the Holiday Gnomes Gnome Hunt!

Will begin Nov 26

Search Loveland for Herbie and his Gnome friends!


Ft. Collins

Foothills Mall Ice Rink

215 E Foothills Parkway

Regular Ice Skating:

Ages 4 and up: $7 (does not include skates)

4 and under: free

Foothills Mall Photos with Santa

Santa will be available at various times between Nov 20th and December 24th

Please check the website for days and times

Ft Collins Downtown Lights

Old Town Ft Collins is already decorated for the season! The lights will be up until February.

College Avenue. LaPorte to Magnolia Streets

Santa Quest

November 19-December 19

Families are encouraged to explore downtown Ft Collins on a quest to find the names of Santa Claus figurines hidden in storefront windows. This family-friendly scavenger hunt is free, easy, and safe!

Nativities and Festivals of Light

Global Museum of Arts and Cultures

200 West Mountain Ave

December 3-January 22

"Nativities and Festivals of Light" opens Friday, Dec. 3, at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. The Main Gallery exhibit showcases crèche scenes from around the world as well as art and artifacts relating to Festivals of Light (such as Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, and the Chinese Lantern Festival).


Free during Ft Collins Art Walk

Garden of Lights

Gardens at Spring Creek-2145 Centre Avenue

December 10-December 26

NOT included in our FCMOD/Gardens at Spring Creek membership but members DO get a 20% discount.

Advance ticket purchase required

12+: $10

5-11: $5

4 & under: FREE

Garden of Lights features a half-mile loop of perennial flower beds, huge sculptural flowers, grapevines, butterflies, a holiday village, and other favorite garden creatures—all constructed entirely from holiday lights. Additionally, the Color Blossom Show will be returning to the Great Lawn, with 700 lighted blossoms adding vibrant colors and movement to your holiday experience.

Julie Lindsay (970) 613-5053

Family & Community Engagement Coordinator

Community Partnership Highlight: Sunrise Thompson Health Clinic

Sunrise Thompson Health Clinic is a partnership between Sunrise Community health and the Thompson School District. The school-based wellness center serves all children in the community and can provide physical exams, immunizations, lab services, basic vision and hearing screenings, and behavioral health services.

They are located between Mary Blair Elementary and Conrad Ball Middle School at 2880 N. Monroe Avenue. Click on the link below to learn more about this amazing health resources!

Winter Break December 20th - January 5th: No Preschool

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