The Tot Spot Times

June and July 2017

The Tot Spot Early Education Academy

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"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine" - Anthony D'Angelo

Hey Tot Spot Family,

Wowzers!!! Is it really June already?? This summer we not only have the move coming up, but we're kicking off our Give Back Program for August. In July we will be collecting school supplies for an elementary school in Indianapolis. We've already started discussing helping other little kids get supplies with our kids and they're super excited to be able to help them cut, write, and color. We hope you are too!

Please don't forget the sunscreen and hats, and continue to send those referrals to help fill the new location!

When are we moving?

The city fire marshal has been out and approved us to open. We're just waiting on the state fire marshal visit before State licensing will come out. Our appointment for the 1st week of June was canceled so.....cross those fingers that it's some time soon!

Special Events and Birthdays!!


Ms. Le Andra- June 1st

Ms. Shay- June 4th

Ms. Alisha- June 15

Micah- June 21st

Josie - July 4th

Mason- July 6th

Paisley- July 27th

Grant- July 23rd

Ms. Corrine- July 30th

Upcoming Events:

Graduation- June 2nd

Donuts with Dad- June 16th

Fisher's Freedom Festival- June 24th

Future Events:

Closed for 4th of July- July 3rd & 4th

Supply Fee's Due/Withdrawn- July 27th

Upcoming Zoophonics Friends

In the summer we concentrate on Zoophonics friends that we may need to review. We do not have show and share. We will be having different summer "camps" and spending a ton of time outdoors!

In the Classroom!

The Smalls:

Ms. Blue will be taking over and conducting training at the Too until we move. We would like to introduce a new teacher! Welcome Ms. Gabby!

Hello, my name is Gabriella Faitele I am a new teacher at the Tot Spot Early Learning Academy.

I am the oldest of four girls, 22 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and I have a daughter of my own so, I have been around children my whole life. I am so excited to start building and growing with your children. I have worked in preschools/ daycares for 4 years and I love the experience. I love working with kids and watching them develop and grow. Working with kids really makes life smooth and I enjoy seeing their faces light up when they have learned something new and can tell me what they have learned. I enjoy walking in the building and seeing all my little faces and getting my hugs and high fives it makes my day A LOT easier.
I am looking forward to working with your kids and helping them grow. I am looking forward to building a relationship with each of you so, that you will be able to be worry free when leaving your kids with me. I am really excited about being your child new teacher.

Ms. Gabriella Faitele

The Scouts:

Hello from the Scouts room! This is the month that we will be making the big move to the center! For the week of June we will be spending a majority of our time outside, so be sure that you are bringing your child already sun screened and ready to roll! If there is a day that you forget to put sunscreen on them please inform us at drop off so we can put it on them before we head out! In the month of June we will be doing lots of fun activities outside including: water play, sensory bins, and ice experiments. We will be continuing on our letter and number recognition as well as addition. We will be discussing Independence Day as it approaches and will be doing lots of art that we have never done before! Please remember that Family Fun Day is June 2nd and we WILL BE CLOSED! Donuts with Dad’s will be Friday, June 16th and can happen at drop-off or pickup! You can also stop by The Tot Spot’s booth at the Freedom Festival on June 24-25! And please do not forget to return the bubbles that many of you volunteered to add labels to! Thank you for your help! You guys rock!

The Sawyer's and Sherlocks

We are off to a FUN Summer in the Prek room! We will be working to help our Role Model friends prepare for their Kindergarten adventures! We will be focusing on our writing (letter formation - upper and lower, number formation, and spelling), addition and subtraction (understanding the concept), reading, and during our science we will growing sprouts and talking about the plant process! During art we will be getting messy with paint, chalk, markers, and other mediums to express our creativity! Please remember to apply sunscreen daily before drop off! We will be outside as much as possible!

Donuts with Dads is Friday, June 16th and we can't wait to share that day with all of our TTS dads!

Don't forget to come by our booth at The Fishers Freedom Festival June 24th and 25th!

We are looking forward to an AWESOME Summer in Prek!


Thank you guys so much for all your work on the last couple fundraisers!!! You have helped us raise $4,000!!!! Now only $6,000 more to go! This month we took a break, but want to say thank you for helping TTS build it's library of awesome books! Our Usborne book fair was a hit at family fun day! We know your kiddos enjoy the books here at school and we're happy that they get to share the stories that love at school with you at home.

Healthy Start Wisdom

June is my favorite month (mainly because it's my birthday month)!! In my family, we celebrate our birthdays by having everyone together one Sunday and the birthday person chooses the meal and dessert. I always choose to order carry out Chinese and for dessert a vanilla cake with whipped icing...yummy!! Since Chinese isn't exactly the healthiest, I picked a healthier version of my favorite...chicken fried rice :)

Healthy Start Wisdom from Ms. Alisha

Lazy days at the pool or beach are warm weather rituals for many families. But if you're tempted to let your child play outdoors for even a few minutes without the proper sun protection, you’re taking an unhealthy risk.

"It only takes one severe sunburn to potentially double your child's chances of getting melanoma later in life," says Andrea Cambio, MD, FAAD, a board-certified pediatric dermatologist. "We really need to buckle down and protect our young."

Slather on the Sunscreen – No Exceptions

Ultraviolet sunlight damages the skin and can lead to wrinkles and cancers later on.

Always put sunscreen on your child before going outside. We like to make a fun game out of it. Teach your child to spell BEENS to help you remember to cover often-forgotten spots: Back of knees, Ears, Eye area, Neck, and Scalp.

Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Then reapply every 2 hours, or sooner if your child has been swimming. Water-resistant sunscreen wears off -- check the label to see how soon you'll need to reapply.

```Opt for a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher.

  • ```Make sure it's labeled "broad spectrum," which means it blocks both UVA and UVB
  • sunlight.
  • ```Sunscreen sticks are best for the face because they are less likely to drip.
  • Did you know: the Skin Cancer Foundation Recommends SunGuard, a laundry additive that contains a sunscreen called Tinosorb FD. Toss it in the wash, and your clothes instantly get a UPF of 30. The protection lasts about 20 washings. (disclaimer..I haven't really researched this for the should and then let me know if it's a good idea)

    Remember; We want sunscreen and hats to be second nature to them when they go out. Practice good habits together. Being a role model is vital to helping your kids establish healthy sun habits. If they see you skipping the sunscreen and hat and then working on your tan, changes are they'll want to skip these items also. So cover up head to toe and party on dudes!

    Operation Tot Spot Gives Back

    We've decided to expand our give back program at The Tot Spot. Every teacher has selected something that they want to do to have the children help with throughout the year. Our first event is Ms. Diamond's back to school fundraiser. A lot of families unfortunately cannot afford to buy school supplies so we want to try and help. Ms. Diamond picked Center for Inquiry #370 to collect school supplies for their elementary. We will start collecting in July so help us kick off our give back program with a BANG!!

    The Book Nook

    Ages 2 and Under: Wheels on the Bus- A Singalong Story Book

    This classic song book will have toddlers singing along! This book is also very interactive because each verse has its own hand motions that kids have to try and imitate.

    2-3 year olds: Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

    I really like this book because it is such a head on description of toddlerhood. Llama Llama is not ready for bed and comes up with every excuse in the book to not go to bed while Mama goes back downstairs. Llama throws a temper tantrum to get Mama to come back in one last time for reassurance before finally falling asleep.

    Ages 3 and up: When It's the Last Day of School by Maribeth Boelts

    As we reach the last few weeks of school this book seems appropriate to read to your class of any age! This story helps us talk about how we are excited for summer and time with our families! This book is a great read for the end of the year!

    The Parent's Spotlight

    Thank you!!!

    Thank you so much for the:

    • tissue paper
    • marshmallows
    • icing writers
    • teacher appreciation gifts

    We can't thank you guys enough for all your contributions that helped make an awesome Family Fun Day! Hope you all had as much fun as we did.

    Special thanks to all the teachers! And thank you parents for recognizing their hard work this year!

    Would you like to donate?

    We could use:

    • sandwich baggies and gallon size baggie
    • rice
    • dry beans
    • scotch tape
    • file folders
    • a day on the beach or trip to Oliver Winery

    The Teacher's Spotlight

    What can you do today that you weren't capable of a year ago?

    Ms. Alisha: Capable is an interesting word. Ummmmm. I wouldn't have thought I could complete a Spartan Race. That was cool. (thanks Gwen!)

    Mr. Mike: Until recently I'd never installed hardie plank.

    Ms. Blue: The thing I can do this year I couldn't do last year is get Paisley and I ready and out of the house in a half hour! Anyone with a kid knows that it is not easy getting out of the house with a little one especially when you are new to the mom thing. We may not look the best, but we can make it out quick!

    Ms. Le Andra: Something I couldn't do a year ago today but can today is drive a smaller car. I was in a bad car three years ago and completely totaled the sunfire I drove at the time. Since then I would freak out anytime I was in a really small car and would never drive one. I've had an SUV ever since my wreck so I've never had to worry about it, but something came up and in order to help my best friend out I had to drive a little itty bitty Camaro. Even though I about had a panic attack I conquered my fears to help my best friend out. Will I ever drive a really small car again? Probably not unless I have to lol

    Mrs. Diamond: A year ago I was 8 months pregnant and couldn't accomplish the most simplest of tasks. Sitting on the floor, getting up from a chair, and walking without getting winded were hard for me. It may have only been temporary, but I am so glad to be able to do those things now without trouble!

    Ms. Corrine: Make my own decisions.

    Ms. Shay: Drive

    The Totspotter's Spotlight
    We love Science experiments!!
    We love outside time :)