Stuart's and Scouts Tot Spot Times

January 2019

The Tot Spot Early Education Academy

Mr. Mike's Email: michael@ilovethetotspot.com

Ms. Alisha's Email: alisha@ilovethetotspot.com

Ms. Katie's Email: katie@ilovethetotspot.com

Ms. Le Andra's Email: leandra@ilovethetotspot.com

Teacher's Email: totspot.teachers@gmail.com

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 Academy...be sure and follow us!!

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Special Events and Birthdays!!

Birthdays:

February 17th- Alora's Birthday


Current Events:

February 14th- Family Valentine's Day Party (3-4:30) Please let your teacher know if you will be attending

February 22nd - Ms. Le Andra's 3rd Anniversary with TTS


Future Events:

March 15th- Closed for Teacher's Conference

June 7- Closed for Family Fun Day

Upcoming Zoophonics Friends

Week of February 4th- Kayo Kangaroo

Week of February 11th- Allie Alligator

Week of February 18th- Vincent Vampire Bat

Week of February 25th- Review for K, A, and V


New to our school? Check out links at the end of the newsletter to learn the sounds and Zoophonics song.

Valentine's Day Party!

  • When: February 14th from 3:00-4:30pm
  • Please let your teacher know if you will be attending or not
  • If bringing in Valentine's cards The Scouts/Stuart's have 17 kiddos. Please have your child write "To My Friend From (their name)"

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? Please email Mr. Mike at michael@ilovethetotspot.com

In the Classroom!

We are happy to welcome Alora into the 2's class! We are excited to have her play and explore with us.

Hannah, Lauren, Preston and Gianna are moving to the Preschool side! We are very excited for them. We know that they'll enjoy seeing their old friends and making new ones and teachers.


In Feburary, we are going to be working hard on lots of art projects. So be sure to watch our cubbies for any finished projects. During K week we are going to make our own Kangaroo pouches to hold all our treasure as we jump from place to place. For A week we'll make apples explode with vinegar and baking soda. Then we will be making more sensory bottles for Vincent Vampire Bat. We are also going to focus on asking our friend's permission before we give hugs. we know that it is lots of fun to show our friends we like them with hugs but they are not always ready to get one.

We look forward to seeing everybody at the Valentine's Day party on the 14th after naptime!


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

Goodbye to Ms. Erica! Thanks for all the love you provided our kiddos!

From Ms. Erica

Hey guys, I'm very sad to inform you all that I have left The Tot Spot. I have grown so much here and have met some amazing people. I've also had a chance to get to know and love every single child that I have come across. Thank you parents and Ms. Alisha for trusting me to take care of your children. That really means the world to me considering I was fairly new to teaching when I started. Now I feel like I've earned my title as a teacher and hope to add more to that title soon! I hope that I have been nothing less than a positive role model for our kiddos and that they always remember that there's always time to be silly & laugh. Thank you all again for all that you've done. Ill miss my babies dearly.


PS Save me a ticket for EVERY graduation, I will be there rain, sleet, bad hair day, or snow!

Official Weather Closure Policy:


When bad weather or other emergency situations occur, it may be necessary for TTS to cancel, delay, or close school early. Parents should have a well-communicated plan in place in the event of these emergency situations.


The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority any time a decision must be made regarding school closures and delays during a weather situation. We review information from emergency management and state highway administrators about road conditions, and look to HSE schools for guidance.


Due to the speed of updating, the official @TotSpotSchool Twitter account is generally the first and fastest mode of communication. Other communication channels will be updated as quickly as possible including app, email, and other social media, and news stations. The app lags behind for some so Twitter is first.


Weather alert example

TTS tries to make decisions in the evening, taking into account that parents need time to make proper arrangements. But when there is a lot of uncertainty, we wait to get the latest morning forecast. The decision is typically made around 5:30.


TTS provides information about closings and delays in many ways including:


Posted to the TTS Twitter and Facebook pages.

Posted to Daily Connect App

Email and text messages sent to parents (using Procare).

Group Me sent to employees

Email sent to employees

Notifications sent to WTHR, RTV6, and WISH TV News


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 www.myprocare.com . If you have already signed up with www.myprocare.com you are ahead of the game. However, if you have not, you can register from this link www.myprocare.com. 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

Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it Snow

We love Snow!! So on days that we are in the clear to go outside, we will be out for at least 5-10 minutes. Please make sure to bring in hats, gloves, coats, and boots if you have them. Also make sure there is always a backup outfit in case we make snow angels or get our clothes too wet. Thank you :)

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!!

Scholastic

This Valentine's Day break out the chocolate and snuggle up with some new books! Scholastic will be sent home February 5th and will be due back February 14th . Our online code is HQ686

https://clubs.scholastic.com/newparents

Healthy Start Wisdom

Wild Bird Feeding Month

It's getting colder and colder outside and the birds think so too! Have lots of inside fun making bird feeders and watching all the local birds enjoy it. This month start up a new bird watching hobby and help our feathery friends get through the cold winter.

The Book Nook

How To Be by Lisa Brown

In this colorful book, kids learn new ways to be a spider, a dog, a snake, a monkey, a bear, and a turtle. Perhaps learning how to be a good animal can help us be a good person too.

The Parent's Spotlight

Thank you!!!

    • 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 to Mrs. Held for coming in and volunteering!

    • Thank you to several parents for clothes, diaper, and book donations

    • TTS truly has amazing parents!

Would you like to donate?

We could use

  • Food Coloring
  • Alka-Seltzer tablets
  • Play-doh
  • Scrap Paper
  • Storage Boxes
  • Shoe Boxes with lids

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. 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!

The Teacher's Spotlight

Question: If you could master one instrument what would it be and why?

  • Ms. Mikayla: The violin. I took lessons when I was very young but we moved and I couldn't continue. I always wanted to pick it back up and try it again
  • Ms. Kit: I'd master the saxophone because every golden oldie song sounds amazing on a saxophone
  • Ms. Alisha: Guitar so I can be cool like Drew (Emmett and Asher's Dad).
  • Mr. Mike: Piano, because it’s soothing.
  • Ms. Le Andra: I would learn Guitar! I've always wanted to learn how to play
  • Ms. Katie: I would master the guitar. I played a little bit in high school, but then gave up and I would love to be able to sit outside around a fire and play/create music.
  • Ms. Erin: Drums because I like the double kick pedal, it's a challenge
  • Ms. Maggie: If I could master one instrument it would be the piano.I would want it to be the piano because it would help with my poor hand eye coordination, and posture.

The Tot Spotter's Spotlight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBUcf6Mzd3Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7BHWf-8Vn8