The Smalls Tot Spot Times

October 2018

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Remind Me App.

It's a free app that we're using for simple reminders, like show and share, friend of the week, physical due dates, etc. Our class code is 26kh9g

The Tot Spot Early Education Academy

Mr. Mike's Email:

Ms. Alisha's Email:

Ms. Danielle's Email:

Ms. Katie Email:

Ms. Le Andra's Email:

Teacher's Email:

Follow us on Instagram: thetotspotschool

We also now have a Youtube Channel: The Tot Spot Early Learning Academy and Pinterest: The Tot Spot Early Education sure and follow us!!

Important Dates and Birthdays

Current Events:

October 1st-2nd - Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 15th- Tuttle's Orchard

October 25-29 No Ms. Alisha

October 16-Happy 1 yr. Anniversary Ms. Danielle

October 29- Ms. Stacey's Birthday

October 31st- Costume Day

Future Events:

November 3rd - Parent's Night Out

November 19th-20th - PJ Days!!!

November 21st-23rd - Closed for Thanksgiving Break

November 24- Ms. Hailey's due date

Facts About October

October 2

The five-day work week was officially sanctioned by the American Federation of Labor, 1933

October 3

George Washington proclaimed the first National Thanksgiving, 1789

President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day,


October 5

The first radio broadcast of the World Series occurred, 1921

October 9

The Washington Monument opened to the public, 1888

October 15

"I Love Lucy" premiered on CBS-TV, 1951

October 17

A bill creating the Department of Education was signed by President James Carter, 1978

October 21

Thomas Edison invented the working electric light,1879

October 23

The first horseshoe pitching contest was held, 1915

October 27

Dupont developed Nylon, 1938

October 28

Harvard College was founded, 1636

October 29

"Hair" opened on Broadway, 1967

October 31

Magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit, Michigan, 1926

PTO and Vacations

Did you know we have a PTO? Interested in helping out? Please see Ms. LeAndra or Ms. Alisha.

Who do you contact concerning vacation credit? Asking a teacher will get you no where. Please email Mr. Mike at

Picture Day!

Picture Day will be October 30th. The theme will be with a present and Christmas tree, and they will be in the week before Thanksgiving. If your kiddo isn't normally here that day you can still bring them to get their picture taken if you would like. We will start pictures at 8:30am. We are going with Lifetouch again but getting a different photographer so hopefully pictures will be much better this time! We will be sending out flyers soon with more info. We will also need a parent helper. Parent helpers receive a discount off pictures. If your interested let us know!


Welcome Madelyn!!!!!

"You will also see quite a few new people and we've started training some new teachers. Ms. Hailey plans on working till her due date so hopefully I'll like them and they'll be a wonderful addition to our Tot Spot Family. " Ms. Alisha

Sensory, Art, Science:

With our classroom at full capacity, we try to have different sensory experiences based on age appropriate lessons so that all babies can experience fun activities. Sensory is any activity that stimulates your young child's senses: touch, smell, taste, movement, balance, sight and hearing. Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.

We will continue to let our babies play with their food!

Math: shapes. One of the infant math games you can do with infants is the identification of naturally occurring shapes in their environment. ...

More. One of the first math concepts children understand is more. ...

Zero. ...

Sequencing. ...

Sorting and Classifying. ...

Spatial Relationships. ...

Patterns and Matching. ...Measurement.

Dramatic Play:

As the big kids anticipate meal times, we use this opportunity to talk about preparing our food. We mix, pour and pretend to taste and feed others. We will talk about sharing and taking turns. Patience is a tough one, but we try to emphasize this concept. We are using interjections such as, wow. hurray, ouch, shhh, yummy. They are experimenting with how to behave and make good decisions. They play with finger puppets and are learning about pretend, and abstract.


Remember we continue to learn from repetition. Lesson plans may seem repetitive, but this is how babies learn best. It takes a couple of tries before we remember. No, no, no. The babies ability to understand this is an important reminder, and the consequences are unfavorable comes with consistent use. We will us yucky, no mouth to help the older kids learn there is other ways to explore their world.

Gross Motor: Pushing physically abilities is challenging and rewarding. We will use our muscles and energy to stay active. In a Preschool environment, children seem to learn to pull up, sit up at an advanced rate. Walking however is always at an individual pass, and just because your child did all those other things early, walking may not come as fast.


We use the tone of our voice to emphasize the letter sounds. There are links attached below where you can check out more about Zoophonics.

Operation Tot Spot Gives Back!

Hey guys!!

Thank you so much for all your donations to VIPS!! You guys ROCK and we appreciate everything you do!! We are going to continue to collect for a couple more weeks so there's still time to bring in more items!!

Tax Time is Approaching...

Dear Tot Spot Families,

I am sending this email because we are getting close to the end of the year and therefore close to tax season. Because of our changes from Rapid Tuition to Tuition Express there will be two-year end summaries (a mid year summary for Rapid Tuition and a year-end summary). I emailed all our families when we transferred from Rapid Tuition at the time of the change, so please check your email history for that email. As far as Tuition Express, every family has direct access to your billing receipts through . If you have already signed up with you are ahead of the game. However, if you have not, you can register from this link You will use the email you received this message from to login. If you have any problems, please let me know.

Thanks again,

Michael Ramsey

Tuttle's Field Trip!!!

Monday, Oct. 15th, 9am

5717 North 300 West

Greenfield, IN

Woo hoo!!! We are going to Tuttle's October 15th this year! If you are riding the bus you need to be at TTS by 8:20am. If you are meeting us at Tuttle's be there by 9am. We will try to meet in front of the apple orchard by the picnic tables. You will need to bring a disposable sack lunch because we don't have room to bring anything back with us besides our pumpkins and apples. Please turn in your permission slips and cash by October 5th. If you have any questions let us know.

Goodbye summer...hello sickness :(

As you all know cold season is approaching. Please help us prevent the spread of sickness by making sure to wash your kiddos hands in the morning before leaving. Talk to them about pretending to be an elephant and covering their mouth with their elbow (Use your sleeve, don't spread disease) Please encourage singing their hand washing song and most importantly....using the paper towel to turn the faucet off. Thank you for all your support in keeping TTS as healthy as we possibly can!!


I'm super excited for some Halloween books this month...are you?? Check out all the deals for this month!! Scholastic will be sent out October 9th and will orders will be due October 18th. Our online code is HQ686

Healthy Wisdom

22 Foods Dermatologists Say to Eat for Better Skin

They say you are what you eat—so why not nosh on these expert-recommended foods to improve your skin?

Avocado and Tuna Tapas

  • 1 (12 ounce) can solid white tuna packed in water, drained
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced, plus additional for garnish
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 dash balsamic vinegar
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch garlic salt, or to taste
  • 2 ripe avocados, halved and pitted

    Add all ingredients to list


  • Prep

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  • Ready In

    20 m
  1. Stir together tuna, mayonnaise, green onions, red pepper, and balsamic vinegar in a bowl. Season with pepper and garlic salt, then pack the avocado halves with the tuna mixture. Garnish with reserved green onions and a dash of black pepper before serving.

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Tuna Stuffed Avocado

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Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 294 calories; 18.2 g fat; 11 g carbohydrates; 23.9 g protein; 27 mg cholesterol; 154 mg sodium. Full nutrition


With a plush finger puppet permanently attached to the book and peek-a-boo holes in every page, this charming board book is a fun way for parents and children to play and read together. Google Books
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The Parent's Spotlight

    • We so appreciate you supporting our fundraising efforts such as parent's night out! Next one is Nov. 3rd

    • Thank you so much for the parents who brought in supplies for our outdoor classroom! Because of that, we are able to start working on our outdoor music wall for both playgrounds!

    • Remember there is a suggestion box in the lobby, and we love to hear about ideas to enhance the learning environment for your children.

    • Thank you for all the special teacher treats that really touch our hearts (doughnuts, cookies, the supplies for VIPS, and various donations you've made) We can't express enough how much we truly appreciate anything and everything you do for us.

Would you like to donate?

  • Contact Paper
  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Baby/Vegetable Oil
  • Food Coloring
  • Corn Starch
  • Scrap Paper
  • Is there ever a time when you say to yourself, " I wonder if The Tot Spot would want this"? We could use it in so many ways. You may have babies, but the whole school is yours. Everything can turn into a sensory activity or learning experience. So, before you throw out your junk, ask your teacher if it could be used

Teacher Spotlight!

Question: What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives and why?

  • Ms. Stacey: Go to church. Once is enough for some people, but you never know
  • Ms. Hailey: travel the world & get away from reality for a bit
  • Ms. Alisha: Jump off a cliff or at least a pirate ship. It’s fun!
  • Mr. Mike: Watch a sunrise over a ocean, it’s so peaceful
  • Ms. Le Andra: I think that everyone should be a server once in their life. Maybe then people would tip better and realize how much a server does for you and wouldn't be so rude sometimes.
  • Ms. Danielle: No clue on this one
  • Ms. Katie: I think everyone should travel outside their home country at least once in their lives. There is a whole great, big, fascinating world out there that needs to be explored.
  • Ms. Erin: Work in customer service for a short period of time so that people will maybe think twice about who they talk to those in customer service
  • Ms. Rachel: I think that everyone should dance in a downpour at least once! It’s very freeing!
  • Ms. Ericka: Something I think everyone should do once in their life is conquer their biggest fears & answer their "what if" questions by just doing it! Like nike (: #YOLO

  • Ms. Mikayla: Work in customer service. I think it really helps people see that everyone thinks very differently about everything. It also helps you practice holding your tongue and keeping calm in stressful situations.

  • Ms. Maggie: I think that everyone should go to Disney World once in their lives. I think that everyone should go to Disney World once in their lives because it is the Most Magical place on earth

  • Ms. Crystal: Do something you never thought you’d do. Step outside of your comfort zone. If that means, you go out of your way to talk to someone you don’t know or bungee jump, do what challenges you.

Totspotter's Spotlight!