December 2017 Newsletter

Westhampton Day School

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Parents Morning Out: Christmas Edition [Saturday, 12/9]

Finish up your Christmas shopping while your child has a fun time with WDS Staff! Students will have a yummy pancake breakfast and then will get to participate in fun Christmas crafts and activities! Submit your form + payment to the office by Wednesday, 12/6!

2's & 3's Christmas Chapel [Tuesday, 12/12 at 8:45 AM]

Calling all 2's & 3's Families: Make sure you are planning to attend the 2's & 3's Christmas Chapel on Tuesday, December 12th starting at 8:45 AM! The students will sing and dance to Christmas songs. After chapel, you are invited up to your child's classroom for light refreshments! Please keep your eyes open for your class refreshment sign-up sheet!

Pre-K & K Christmas Play [Thursday, 12/14 at 5:00 PM]

Our Pre-K & Kindergarten students will put on a play acting out the nativity scene! Cookies & milk will be served following the play. Nut-free cookie sign-ups are posted by each class!

Sounds of The Season [Monday, 12/18 at 9:30 AM]

Our Pre-K & Kindergarten classes will dress up in their Christmas best and walk over to St. Mary's Hospital to sing Christmas carols! St. Mary's records the students singing so holiday cheer can be heard throughout patient's rooms. Parents are more than welcome to come! We will be starting our walk to St. Mary's at 9:30 AM, and students will start singing at 10:00 AM! We hope to see some of our Pre-K & K parents there!

Christmas Break [12/25 - 1/1]

WDS will be closed for Christmas Break from Friday, 12/22 (Noon Dismissal) - Monday, 1/1; we will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018!


Just a reminder that WDS families are still responsible for paying tuition for the week that we are closed (12/25 - 12/29). Make sure that payment is submitted to the office prior to the last day before the Christmas break.

The Two's Classroom Bathroom Upgrades will be done over break - we can't wait to come back and see the great new restrooms. A BIG thank you to Anne Hunter Hunter from H2 Design for being our project manager!

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Resource Update

Creative Movement: Happy Holidays from Creative Movement! This month Pre-K and K will be busy learning their dances for the Christmas Play. The 2's & 3's will have fun playing winter and holiday games. One of my favorites is "Stuff the Sleigh." The students will be elves and will race to get all of Santa's presents into his sleigh. I hope you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Music: For the month of December, we will be practicing our Christmas songs and rehearsing for the Christmas Chapel & Play! I can't wait to enjoy this magical season with our WDS students!

Mindful Parent Training [Thursday, January 11th from 4:45 - 5:45 PM]

We are so excited to welcome Kris Day (WDS Parent) and Roger Mancastroppa from University of Richmond to present this parent training on Mindful Parenting!

Would you like to be less stressed when parenting? Would you like to learn more about how you can help your kids stay focused, manage stress, regulate their emotions and develop a positive outlook? If you answered yes, please consider coming to learn about Mindful Parenting.

Mindful parenting has been described as a fundamental parenting skill or practice, and it has been proposed that fostering everyday mindfulness in the context of parenting can help you reduce your parenting stress and improve your relationships with your child. Come learn about quick and practical tips for practicing mindful parenting.

Director's Blurb

While all of our Christmas happenings are no doubt exciting, the business of this season can be quite overwhelming! There are so many Christmas celebrations that go on that it's very easy to get caught up in the food preparations, the wrapping, the decorating, the late hours and more. As an Early Childhood Educator, I find myself turning to the advice of Theodor Geisel this busy season. Known better as Dr. Seuss, his Christmas character, The Grinch, perhaps sums it up the best...

"It came without ribbons. It came without tags.

It came without packages, boxes, or bags.

And he puzzled and puzzled 'til his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.

'What if Christmas,' he thought, 'doesn't come from a store?'

What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?"

This Christmas, make time for more.

Danielle Todd,

WDS Director