Funkstown School

For Early Childhood Education

DECEMBER NEWSLETTER 2015

This online newsletter will be available as an alternative to a printed version for all families who provide us with an email address.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Valerie Kaufmann

Principal

kaufmval@wcboe.k12.md.us

Phone 301-766-8164



Nancy Kirkpatrick

Secretary

kirkpnan@wcboe.k12.md.us

Phone 301-766-8162

fax 301-791-4113

A Message from Mrs. Kaufmann

The holiday season is upon us! In the midst of the hustle and bustle, try to spend as much memory-making, quality time with your child(ren) as possible. You will build holiday memories around family traditions by doing things like baking cookies, shopping for others, decorating, wrapping, sending holiday cards, watching traditional holiday shows, singing holiday songs, or finding ways to do acts of kindness for others. These activities are also wonderful learning opportunities. Children can help to measure ingredients for baking, write notes or draw pictures in greeting cards, and cut and tape while wrapping packages. Enjoy your children during this season, they grow up quickly!

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Our behavior motto at school is “I take care of myself, my friends, my school, and my community.” Talk about this motto at home with your child and try using this language at home to “catch your child doing something good!” Positive reinforcement for the behaviors we want children to adopt is more helpful than only pointing out what we don’t want them to do.

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Regular school attendance is important for young learners. It is also required by WCPS Board Education policy and Maryland State law. Every child in Maryland who is five years old (by September 1) must attend school daily unless the child is lawfully absent. During the winter months illness can occur more often and we do not want your child to attend school when he/she is sick. However, when the combined absences, lawful and unlawful, reach twelve (12) days, only official documentation (i.e. doctor note and/or legal summons) will be accepted for an excused absence. If your child misses the bus it is your responsible to arrange for transportation to school. Please let us know how we can help you get your child to school on time every day. The benefits of doing so will be great!


The Funkstown School staff would like to wish you and yours a joyous holiday season, and a happy, healthy New Year!

Mrs. Kaufmann

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR AT FUNKSTOWN

Reading for pleasure in and out of school has real and lasting benefits.

It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Here’s what you can do to help children develop stronger reading skills and a love for reading:


Set the example. Let children see you read.


Have a collection of books in your home. Update this collection routinely to keep pace with changing tastes and reading skills.


Support our school’s Book Fair. Allow your children to choose their own books to read.

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings to school the books kids want to read. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.


Book Fair dates: December 7th through 11th


Shopping hours: Before and After school hours. Watch for more information in your child’s folder.


Special activities: Book Fair Family Night, and Pre-K Program.

Tuesday, December 8th, 6:00 to 7:30

Funkstown Scholastic Book Fair

Monday, Dec. 7th, 8am

Funkstown Multipurpose Room

Weather Related School Delays & Closings

Winter is on the way!! When a two-hour weather delay has been announced for Washington County Public Schools there is NO AM or PM prekindergarten. If school is dismissed two hours early, the AM prekindergarten students who ride a bus to and from school will stay until the early dismissal time to ride the bus home with kindergarten students. Car riders will be dismissed at the regular AM Pre-K dismissal time of 10:45. There will be no PM prekindergarten when there is an early dismissal. For more information log on to the Washington County Public Schools website: http://www.wcps.k12.md.us/news/school_delays.

A Nutritious Winter Fruity Treat

Banana Snowmen

Looking for a fun and healthy treat to make with the kids on a winter day. Bring out the bananas and try making banana snowmen.

A straw holds the banana slice body parts together, pretzels for the arms, tiny chocolate chips and a sliver of carrot for the nose. Top it off with a wedge of apple and a grape on top, and you’ll have your kids eating their fruit with no complaints.

What a perfect way to spend a snowy afternoon! Just create and enjoy!!