Turtle Times

December 2018

Dear Turtle Parents,

Hope you all had a wonderful break and holiday! November was a great month, hard to believe 2018 is almost over. Last month we worked on Manners, Creation, and Thankfulness. We had a blast making the Stone Soup. Thank you for helping with all the ingredients that go in the soup. We can't wait for December and all the fun things we have in store!

December in the Turtle Class

    Themes:

    • The Christmas Story
    • Angels
    • Baby Jesus


    December Bible Verses:

    • 1 John 4:19
    • Matthew 1:21


    Working On:

    • Letters: I,J,K
    • Numbers: Review 1-5
    • Shape: Star


    December Goals:

    • Gross Motor: Balancing, Games, Jumping
    • Problem Solving: Sensory Activities, Color Sorting, Puzzles
    • Impulse Control: Taking Turns, Play Games, Freeze Dance Music
    • Symbolic Play: Sensory Activities, Cooking with Play food
    • Interaction with Peers: Games, Group Activities, songs/dancing with peers


    Special Events:

    • Christmas Program Monday, December 17th at 12pm

    School Wide News

    Christmas Program
    The Waterstone Preschool children are thrilled to present our annual Christmas Program. Please join us for the best birthday party of the year to honor Baby Jesus! Join us at 12pm on Monday, December 17th. A reception will follow the performance. Invitations will be coming home soon. If you’d like to invite friends and family, there will be extra invitations available at the Preschool counter. Watch for an email next week with more information.

    **Please note: the week of December 17th is a full week of school. Our first day of winter break is 12/24/18. We will return to school on 1/9/19.


    Waterstone Church Christmas Eve Services

    Do you know where you will celebrate Christmas Eve this year? Waterstone Community Church invites you to one of our four candlelight services at 1, 3, 5 and 7pm. Childcare will be provided for children 5 years old and under. We hope to see you!

    School Portraits
    School Portraits are still available for viewing/purchasing. Click here to view your photos: http://laurasmithphotography.pixieset.com. Once you find your child, you can access their gallery by using your child’s first name as the password with the first letter of their name capitalized. If you have more than one child in the program, their photos will be together in the same gallery, and the password will be your youngest child’s first name. If you have any questions, please email Laura at: laurasmithphotography@hotmail.com.

    Christmas Gifts
    Are you having a hard time figuring out what to get your child’s teacher for a gift this time of the year? We have complied a “Teacher’s Favorites” notebook. Stop by the Preschool Counter and take a look.

    Illness Policy

    As is common during the cough and cold season, we are experiencing children coming down with some illnesses. The preschool’s duties and responsibilities to help reduce illness are: sending children home should they become ill while at school, frequent hand washing, disinfecting and sanitizing the classrooms regularly, and notifying parents when there is an outbreak of certain illnesses. Working together we can decrease the amount of sickness that affects the children, staff, and families of the school. Please do not bring your child to school if he/she has any of the following symptoms:

    • Signs of infection
    • Runny nose that is not clear
    • Contagious cough
    • Unexplained rash
    • Fever, vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours
    • Illness requiring an antibiotic that has not been administered long enough to render the illness no longer contagious.


    Please notify the Preschool Director at 303.972.2200 x119 if your child is going to be absent. Per Health Department rules and regulations, we are required to track, and in some cases, report illnesses. Please be sure to indicate if your child is sick and what their symptoms are. There are no makeup days or refunds for absences.

    Parent Enrichment

    Happy Holiday season Waterstone parents and families! In addition to sharing December’s monthly parent enrichment topic of “Safe Toys and Gifts" (see links below), we’ve included an update on the classrooms Giving Goodness outreach in November. If you would like any additional information or resources regarding the monthly parent enrichment topics, please contact Courtney (Outreach/Event Coordinator).


    From all of us here at Waterstone Preschool, have a safe and joyous holiday season!

    Giving Goodness

    Giving Goodness outreach was created as an extension of November's fruit of the spirit, Goodness. During this time, our Pre-K/Jr. K classes “neighbored” the younger 1’s, 2’s, and 3’s classrooms. Each classroom participated in a shared goodness activity such as, a giving thanks tree, turkey puppets, and turkey scavenger hunts!

    December Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

    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!

    December 17

    Christmas Program at 12pm

    December 21-January 8

    No School – Winter Break

    December 24

    Christmas Eve Services at 1, 3, 5 and 7pm

    January 31 – 6-7:30pm
    5th Annual Night of the Arts