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May 2013

May Newsletter
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** May 2013 Newsletter
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All the news, notes and heads-up that you need to for the coming month.

** CUBBIE NOTES

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* Please check your child’s cubbie and replace cold-weather changes of clothes with warmer weather alternatives!
* Take home boots and snowpants.  We promise…it’s over.

* Please be sure to call if your child is not coming or if your schedule is changing.  We are required, by law, to check on you if you are more than 1 hour off of your regular schedule!
* Scholastic Book Clubs Online Ordering System – visit http://www.scholastic.com/bookclubs – enter code GW8T9. Every order placed online earns rewards for our classrooms!
* All menus and calendars are available on the main page of the blog that now houses this newsletter! Check them out!
* Please email cponsuperior@hotmail.com (mailto:cponsuperior@hotmail.com) if any of your contact information has changed, or if you would like to add new contact information or people for this newsletter.

** Welcome to May!  And Welcome Spring!!!
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This month, we are highlighting a lot of fun ways that you – with your children – can add some green to your home.  Let us give you some tips and ideas for one of our favorite seasons.
You can grow awesome, juicy tomatoes on your deck or patio this summer.

** Container Gardening
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Big veggies, gorgeous flowers…in small spaces.  Easy for kids to plant, tend and observe!

What Can I Grow?
Some vegetables grow very well in containers. It is important to understand how much space the adult plant will require for roots and the plant. A variety of lettuces and spinach can be grown in a long planter box. Peas and beans can also be grown in a planter box. Tomatoes, peppers, carrots and onions can be grown in a deep planter pot.

Read the package instructions for ideal spacing and growth of the plant before choosing a specific variety.

Herbs are also ideal for growing in planters. Basil, Chives and oregano can be planted in a small, shallow container that can be moved inside during the winter to extend the growing season of the plant.

Vegetables that require a lot of space such as corn are not recommended for container gardening. Other limitations may include the amount of light and shade where the container will be placed. Research the varieties of the desired vegetable and choose one that will grow well in the amount of sunlight available and temperature in the local climate.

When do I plant?
When growing from seeds in a container it is recommended to start growing several weeks before the last day of frost is expected. This will allow the seeds to germinate and sprout before they are placed outside. Some seeds can be grown in special seed pots under grow lights and then replanted as seedlings once the weather is warm enough for them to survive. If this is more work than you want to do simply purchase seedlings in the spring and plant them directly outside. T

he benefits of growing from seeds are the large number of choices available to grow. When purchasing seedlings you are limited to those varieties that are available at the local nursery store.

How do I plant?
Follow the instructions included with the seed packet or seedling when it was purchased. It is a good idea to use soil that has a timed fertilizer in it already. Water the soil thoroughly after planting and verify the water drains effectively. Plants will not grow well in sitting water .

Plants growing in a container will need regular watering, perhaps as often as every day if the weather is hot or dry. Check the soil daily by pressing a pencil into the pot to a depth of three inches. If the pencil does not have any soil attached when it is removed the plant should be watered.

Harvest the vegetables as they ripen from the plant. Once fall arrives cover the plants at night to protect them from frost. This will extend the growing season of the plants.

Container gardening is a fun way to grow your own vegetables and herbs in a limited space. It is also an excellent introduction to gardening for someone who doesn’t have the time to take care of a full garden.

** Get Growing…

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Gardening teaches kids where food comes from, responsibility and patience.

A great way to get kids involved is to give children their own tools such as rakes, shovels, watering cans, gloves andmud boots. These can be found at the Dollar Store, WalMart, Menards and Home Depot, especially this time of year.

For a neat way to create a garden at home, consider making a theme garden like one of these:

Grow a Pizza:
If you have enough room make your garden into pizza shape (circle)
* Plum tomatoes
* Egg plants
* Zucchini
* Bell Peppers
* Onions
* Garlic
Herbs: basil, rosemary and oregano

Salad Garden:
* Lettuce
* Tomatoes
* Cuccumbers
* Carrots
* Bell Peppers
* Radishes
* Green Onions
* Snap Peas
* Broccoli

Land of the Gaints
* Long pole beans
* Cucuzza squash ( both the beans and squash grow as long baseball bats)
* Super sized pumpkins
* Walking stick cabbages ( which grow with 7 foot tall stems can use the stems in fall for walking sticks)

Grow a Rainbow
* Beets (Chiggia beets candy striped)
* Cauliflower ( comes in varies colors)
* Purple carrots
* Yellow cuccumbers

Flower Garden (Floral Clock)
* Morning Glories open with the sunrise
*Moon flowers blossom in the evening
* Passion flowers seize the day around noon

Pretty Babies (Babysitting tiny vegetables) container gardens
* Baby beets
* Silver dollar squash
* Batwing pumpkins (no bigger than a softball)
* Baby lettuce

At the end of summer have a harvest party with friends and family to show off the veggies that have grown

** Terra Cotta Pot Projects to Make At Home
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Looking for a cute project for a end-of-the-year teacher gift or visiting family this summer, try one of the unique projects below!

Terra Cotta Pot Wind Chime

Use three terra cotta pots of different sizes to create a wind chime with kids. Before stringing the pots together to create the wind chime, children can paint the outsides using acrylic paints.

Use a length of twine to tie the pots inside of each other, with the smallest pot at the bottom and the biggest at top.S

tart by making a loop and tying the twine so the finished wind chime will have something to hang from. Threading and tying knots encourages kids’ fine motor skills. Kids thread the largest of the three terra cotta pots onto the string using the hole in the bottom of the pot.

Thread a wooden bead underneath the pot and tie a knot to secure it.

Thread the medium-sized pot onto the twine and situate it so it just touches the bottom of the biggest pot. Thread a bead onto the twine and secure it with a knot. Do the same with the smallest pot. Tie another wooden bead or a bell to the bottom of the twine so that when the terra cotta wind chime blows in the wind it bumps against the side of the smallest pot.

Terra Cotta Pot Birdbath

By turning a terra cotta pots upside down, stacking them on top of each other and using a saucer, a birdbath can be created.

Children can paint the outsides of each 12-inch, 14-inch and 16-inch terra cotta pot–along with a saucer for a 20-inch terra cotta pot–using acrylic paints.

Once the paint has dried, have an adult spray the inside of the saucer with a clear gloss sealant so the water will stay within the birdbath.Kids assemble the birdbath by stacking the terra cotta pots with the 16-inch at the base with the opening of the pot to the ground, then place on the 14-inch pot and last the 12-inch pot. Secure the saucer to the top of the 12-inch pot with extra-strength waterproof glue.

Mosaic

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Working slowly. Apply a small amount of the tile grout using a plastic knife and then press the bits of broken china onto the terra cotta pot. Continue working, pressing pieces of china onto the pot with no more than 1/4 of an inch between pieces. Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe off grout from the embellishments.Sponsored Links
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** Fall Schedule Changes
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Click on the button below to download our Fall Change of Schedule forms. If your child/ren is:
* Headed to another school
* Your schedule will be changing after a summer of fun
* Or you plan to make any other changes

we need to know by the end of May!

Please click on the button below to open a PDF of the form.
Fall Schedule Change Form (http://gallery.mailchimp.com/8e813a87245e7ca928deb423d/files/Fall_Schedule_Changes.pdf)

** We’re Recruiting!
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** We’re looking for teachers, assistant teachers, aides or substitutes!
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Do you know anyone who would make a great teacher, assistant teacher, aide or substitute teacher at Child’s Play?  We are actively recruiting for full-time, part-time and casual positions on our team.  We just launched an addition our website: http://www.childsplayonsuperior.com/employment where you can find a position description and our application.  Please share this with anyone who might be a good fit for our team!

** Family Cooking Corner
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Cooking, baking and playing in the kitchen can be a great way to make a snowy weekend much more fun!  Check out our new recipes below and visit our website (https://childsplaylearningcenter.wordpress.com/family-cooking-corner-our-favorite-recipes/) for more Family Cooking Fun!  Click on the button below for a printable PDF.

Dirt Cake – after playing in it all day, here’s a version your kids can dive right into…with a spoon.
Dirt Cake Recipe (http://gallery.mailchimp.com/8e813a87245e7ca928deb423d/files/Dirt_Cake.pdf)

** Teach Writing…with pudding…
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While you are making the dirt cake, occupy little fingers by surrendering some of the pudding for writing practice. On a clean countertop, have your child spread pudding into a puddle with their hands.  Then, have them write their name, your name or any other word they might know.

For kids who hate to practice, they can’t resist learning this way.

** MARK YOUR CALENDARS
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May 6-10                       National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 10, 11:30 a.m.       Lake Country Early Release
May 24, all day             SASD – No School – sign-up if you plan to attend.
May 27, all day             Center Closed – Memorial Day
May 31                          Lake Country – Last Day of School!

** Sunscreen Reminder – $10 or you supply
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If you haven’t already – please turn in your sunscreen permission slips and $10 for center sunscreen or supply your own in your child’s classroom.

** Featuring Ms. Shirley…
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Ms. Shirley has been with Child’s Play for 16 years!  She has been in her current role for 3 1/2 years.

Ms. Shirley enjoys bike riding, taking her dog Dakota for a walk, reading, collecting Cherished Teddy Bears and spending time with her family.  In fact, she considers herself an expert in being there for the people she loves.

Ms. Shirley’s favorite color is purple and she loves country / soft rock music.  In fact, she’d love to meet Elvis if she could!   She is most proud of her son Derick, who is in the Navy and her daughter Tiffany, who is a teacher and will be making her a grandma in September!

Ms. Shirley’s favorite thing about Child’s Play is that it’s like an extended family.  She has wonderful co-workers who work together.  She loves the toddler room because all of the teachers in this space work so well together.

Ms. Shirley wishes every parent would know that she is here for the children and she treats them as if they were one of her own.  She really enjoys her job.

Especially at Christmas time – her favorite holiday!  Her favorite dress up day, however, is during football season when she can wear her favorite t-shirt or jersey!

If Ms. Shirley could leave you with one thought it would be to live life to the fullest!

** Featuring Ms. Vicky…
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Ms. Vicky is a 2009 Graduate of Lakeshore Technical College in EArly Childhood Education.  She has been with Child’s Play for 3 years and has been in the Little Wonders room for 1 year.  She already considers herself, an expert in being a good toddler teacher!

Ms. Vicky loves spending time wither family and friends, geneaology – she recently traced her husband Jon’s family back to the 1500’s!

Ms. Vicky loves working with Ms. Shirley, Ms. Penny and Ms. Lynn.  She enjoys that they all get along great and work as a team.  She also loves to see her toddlers every day.

Ms. Vicky wishes every parent knew to focus on every moment with
their kids because they grow up way too fast!

If Ms. Vicky could meet anyone, alive or passed, she would like to meet her Grandmother and Aunt.  They both passed away in the early 1970’s and she knows she would have had a great relationship with both of them!

Ms. Vicky loves coming to work every day to play and teach her toddlers.  She has a lot of fun.  She can’t believe how smart 1 year olds are!

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April 2013

April 2013 Newsletter
All the news, notes and heads-up that you need to for the coming month.

CUBBIE NOTES

* Please be sure to call if your child is not coming or if your schedule is changing.  We are required, by law, to check on you if you are more than 1 hour off of your regular schedule!

* Scholastic Book Clubs Online Ordering System – visit www.scholastic.com/bookclubs – enter code GW8T9. Every order placed online earns rewards for our classrooms!

* All menus and calendars are available on the main page of the blog that now houses this newsletter! Check them out!

* Please email cponsuperior@hotmail.com (mailto:cponsuperior@hotmail.com) if any of your contact information has changed, or if you would

April Anniversary Celebration Week of the Young Child April 15-19
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In April, we celebrate the Week of the Young Child April 15-19.  At Child’s Play we will be hosting dress-up days, a celebration and other fun activities to recognize the young children we are so lucky to spend our days with.

As a part of our ongoing 25th Anniversary Celebration, we are focusing on 25’s of some of our favorite things for Young Children.  Check out our list of our 25 Most Loved Children’s songs and our list of some ideas for activities to do with your children out-of-doors.  It has been a long winter for our friends at Child’s Play and we are all looking forward to spending more time outside!

Week of the Young Child Dress-Up Days
Monday, April 15 – Pajama Day
Tuesday, April 16 – Hat Day
Wednesday, April 17 – Cartoon Character or Brand-Name Day – wear something with your favorite cartoon character or brand-name on it!
Thursday, April 18 – Crazy Hair Day
Friday, April 19 – Blue Day – everybody wear blue!

Please note – We know you are busy and life can get away from you…so…we plan to send you an email the day before each of the dress up days as a reminder for the next day.  Stay tuned!

We’re Recruiting!
We’re looking for teachers, assistant teachers, aides or substitutes!
Do you know anyone who would make a great teacher, assistant teacher, aide or substitute teacher at Child’s Play?  We are actively recruiting for full-time, part-time and casual positions on our team.  We just launched an addition our website: www.childsplayonsuperior.com/employment where you can find a position description and our application.  Please share this with anyone who might be a good fit for our team!

** Our Most Beloved 25 Childrens’ Songs
At Child’s Play, we love to sing.  Music gives your children all kinds of cues such as time to be silly, time to dance, time to play and time to rest.  Following are our favorte childrens’ songs!
1. The Wheels on the Bus
2. Baby Beluga
3. Friends Give Friends A Hand
4. You Are My Sunshine
5. 911
6. Bounce Bounce Bounce
7. The Freeze Dance
8. A Tooty Ta
9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear
10. Skin and Bones
11. Old MacDonald
12. Going on a Bear Hunt
13. We Are the Dinosaurs
14. The Goldfish
15. Song In My Tummy
16. Jingle Bells
17. Frosty the Snowman
18. Twinkle, Twinkle
19. If You’re Happy And You Know It…
20. Hokey Pokey
21. The Little Green Frog Song
22. Herman The Worm
23. On Top Of Old Smokey
24. Princess Pat
25. Boom Chicka

** Get Out! Our ideas for inexpensive, high-energy, low-wallet-impact outdoor fun!

1. Take a walk – add this to your day, every day, and create a good habit for you and your family.

2. Take in one of our local parks – every park in the county has something special!

Horse Swings – Did you know that there are only a couple of parks in the country that still feature the old metal horse swings that a couple of our local parks still feature?  They are talking about retiring these old stand-bys!  Make sure your child has a chance to ride one!  Horse Swings are at End Park (N. 13th & Bell Avenue) and Cleveland Park (N. 25th & Geele Avenue).

Waterfront – The park at North Beach (on Broughton Drive) and King Park (South Lakeshore Road) have some of the best views in the state.  One hot evening, the cool lake breezes are welcome respite!

Memorial Park in Howards Grove (Hwy 42 and N. River Parkway) – a full-sized tank welcomes you to this park full of equipment for all ages.

Roosevelt Park in Kohler (Roosevelt & Highland Drive) – even if you’re not there for the Kohler Picnic, this park is nice and shady.

School Playgrounds – all of the Sheboygan School District playgrounds are open to the public after school and on weekends.  These awesome, well-maintained facilities are a great way to introduce younger children to future experiences!

3. Beach Baby! Beaches are great fun, even when it’s too cold to swim.  There is something about being close to the w

ater and touching the sand .that can chase away worry and stress!

If you haven’t been to Terry Andrae State Park, you must go.  The Quarry will also be adding some awesome swimming elements this summer (for a small cost). Firemen’s Park in Elkhart Lake has an awesome inland lake beach where the water is nice and warm from the end of June through September!

4. Bike Riding – driving in circles is good exercise, but so is a long bike ride. Strap on your helmet, grab a couple of water bottles and take a roll along the lakefront or on the Plank Road Trail.

5. Make a fort with a couple of blankets and picnic table.  You don’t need a hammer and nails to make a pretty great fort outside.

6. Fairy Gardens – give your children a couple feet of space in the yard to construct a fairy garden of their own. Gather sticks, stones, pinecones, dried flowers, grasses, string and other natural things to give the fairies a place to visit.  You don’t need much room for creativity to flow.  For some ideas, check out this book about fairy gardens: http://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Gardening-Creating-Magical-Miniature/dp/1616088338/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1364817689&sr=8-2&keywords=fairy+gardens

** Portfolios & Checklists

Your child’s portfolio and developmental checklist will be coming home on April 22nd for your review.  We ask that you return your reservation form for a conference by April 26th.  Conferences will be scheduled during the week of May 6-10.

As a part of our curriculum ~ High Reach Learning (www.highreach.com) ~ we review your child’s skills and developmental benchmarks twice per year.  Enclosed is your child’s checklist and portfolio of projects and classroom work for your review.

The Developmental checklist is a guideline to observe each child’s growth and development compared to milestones of average abilities for each age group.  Each child progresses at their own pace and these results should not be cause for concern.  However, if you would like to discuss the results and discover ways to encourage further growth and development at home, we welcome you to join us for a Parent-Teacher Conference.

Our staff members study the growth and development of every child and plan classroom activities to encourage new discoveries and development for the class as a whole.  They also work directly with each child to identify areas of special skill or those needing attention.  During Parent-Teacher Conferences, our staff will provide an overview of your child’s progress, make recommendations for home-based learning and preview future plans for your child’s development. Chip Shoppe Fundraiser Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Chip Shoppe fundraiser this spring!  We really appreciate your purchases, your sales efforts and your willingness to share the online store with family and friends.

** March Family Reading Challenge

Congratulations to our top reading families!

The Fieber Family The Gireke Family The Cantrall Family

** Family Cooking Corner

Cooking, baking and playing in the kitchen can be a great way to make a snowy weekend much more fun!  Check out our new recipes below and visit our website (https://childsplaylearningcenter.wordpress.com/family-cooking-corner-our-favorite-recipes/) for more Family Cooking Fun!  Click on the red links for printable PDFs.

Homemade Bubbles (http://gallery.mailchimp.com/8e813a87245e7ca928deb423d/files/Homemade_Bubbles.pdf) – GET OUT! Go play!  Send your kids outside with these fun recipes and guarantee an hour of good, clean, sloppy fun.

** Summer Schedules Due Friday, 4/5/13

** Summer Changes of Schedule and Our School-Age Program For Summer
We only have 3 spots left for School-Age Children at Child’s Play this summer! If you want to reserve one of these spots for your child, please let me know ASAP. Deadline is FRIDAY – 4/5/13.   All change of schedule forms for summer are also due on Friday. If you do not intend to keep your child at Child’s Play for the summer, we need to know by Friday. Please note, our Center Policy states that for all withdrawals we must be notified at least two weeks in advance.

Please help us to manage our resources and staffing levels by giving us ample notice of your plans.

** MARK YOUR CALENDARS

4/9/13      Lake Country Academy Early Release (11:30 a.m.)

 

** Ms. Penny

Ms. Penny started with Child’s Play on March 15, 1987. She has been teamed up with Ms. Lynn for 12 years.

With seven brothers and sisters, three children and four grandkids and training from Lakeshore Technical College’s (LTC) Early Childhood Program, Ms. Penny brings a positive attitude and a love for children to work every day. She also enjoys baking, her grandchildren, fall colors, country music and anything outside including walking and building snowmen and snowhouses.

Ms. Penny is most proud of her family and enjoyed spending Christmas with them. In fact, if Ms. Penny could meet anyone in the world, she would love to meet Santa Claus because he brings out the best in everyone!

Maybe she’d even watch her favorite movie, White Christmas, with him or discuss the last book she read, Christmas Angels.

We think she’d get along great with the big guy in red because her words to live by are “be nice” and “a smile goes a long way.” We know it’s true because her morning greetings always have us smiling.

** Staff Spotlight – Ms. Lynn

Ms. Lynn celebrated 25 years on October 10, 2013.

Beyond sharing the young 2’s classroom with Ms. Penny, Ms. Lynn loves reading, puzzles, scrapbooking and spending as much time as possible with her granddaughters Briana and Elizabeth. In fact, she considers herself an expert at being a grandmother, which comes in handy in the classroom too.

Ms. Lynn loves working with Penny and being a part of Child’s Play. She is amazed by how many lives they touch in a small way and she wants every parent to know that she does her very best to take care of the children in her room every day.

In fact, Ms. Lynn makes it her mission to teach history to little minds so they will know what a telephone with a cord looks like, how a record player works and what an album is! It’s the little things.

If Ms. Lynn could meet one person in the world, she would love to know her grandmother on her father’s side who passed on when she was two years old.

Each day, Ms. Lynn lives out her words of wisdom – “Give thanks for life’s simple blessings.”

For Immediate Release – March 19, 2013 For More Information: Ann Rahn or Deb Long at 920-459-7919 or cponsuperior@hotmail.com (mailto:cponsuperior@hotmail.com)

The Cat In The Hat Visits Child’s Play Learning Center The Cat In The Hat Visits to Celebrate Dr. Suess’ Birthday and Child’s Play Learning Center’s 25^th Year

SHEBOYGAN – Child’s Play Learning Center recently welcomed the Cat In The Hat to story time.  Sheboygan Suess-enthusiast Dave Safly, the former owner of Little Professor Books, dressed the part and provided a whimsical break in the day for the children at the center.

“Dave really brought the Cat In The Hat to life,” Ann Rahn, Center Director said. “It was wonderful to see the children so engaged with one of their favorite book characters.”

During the month of March, Child’s Play Learning Center has been celebrating their 25^th Anniversary by sharing 25 books the teachers and the children love.  Dr. Suess was, of course, included in the list.

“We hope to bring Dave back again as the Man In The Yellow Hat from Curious George,” Rahn added.  “We know that growing imagination, creativity and interest in reading begins at the youngest ages.”

Voted the Reader’s Choice winner for Day Care Centers by the Sheboygan Press, Child’s Play Learning Center is a state licensed, educational day care center in Sheboygan, WI, providing infant care, preschool, junior kindergarten and child care programs for children 6 weeks to 10 years of age. Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Immediate openings for most age levels.  School buses from Lincoln-Erdmann Elementary, Lake Country Academy (LCA) and the Early Learning Center (ELC) provide transportation before and after school daily.

Child’s Play Learning Center – 3304 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081 – 920.459.7919 – cponsuperior@hotmail.comwww.childsplayonsuperior.com

 

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March 2013 Newsletter

March 2013 Newsletter
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All the news, notes and heads-up that you need to for the coming month.

** CUBBIE NOTES

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* Boo….it’s still Winter Time! Be sure to send hats, mittens, snowpants and boots with your children every day! Feel free to leave a set at Child’s Play if you have extras.
* Please be sure to call if your child is not coming or if your schedule is changing.  We are required, by law, to check on you if you are more than 1 hour off of your regular schedule!
* Scholastic Book Clubs Online Ordering System – visit www.scholastic.com/bookclubs – enter code GW8T9. Every order placed online earns rewards for our classrooms!
* All menus and calendars are available on the main page of the blog that now houses this newsletter! Check them out!
* Please email cponsuperior@hotmail.com (mailto:cponsuperior@hotmail.com) if any of your contact information has changed, or if you would like to add new contact information or people for this newsletter.

** March Anniversary Celebration
25 Books We Love!
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** It’s Dr. Suess’ Birthday too!
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Throughout March we will be celebrating our anniversary with Dr. Suess’ birthday by reading our favorite books, decorating our classrooms and hosting a Reading Challenge – read more on that below.

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** The Cat In The Hat Is Visiting on Friday, 3/8/13!
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** How To Be An Engaging Reader
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** Moms and Dads can take reading to another level with these quick tips!
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Being an engaging reader is a great way to turn storytime into an educational and entertaining experience. Engaging your children while reading is an important way for you to grow a love for books, imagination, creativity and verbal skills in your children.

1. Take your time – while storytime right before bed might be clashing with the newest episode of American Idol, try to slow down and take your time with the story. Devoting this time to reading is essential to creating good habits and literary routines for your kids.  And ultimately they’re going to notice when you turn 3 pages instead of 1.

2. Use Voices – so we’re not all Robin Williams, but we can make up voices or inflections in our voices for different characters.  Even whispering for one of them or raising your tone slightly helps your child recognize different characters in the story.

3. Leave Words Out – Every kid has a book that they know by heart.  While you read one of these stories, leave out words and let your child fill them in.  For example – “…and a quiet old lady who was whispering…”  Your child will automatically say “hush.”

When they start recognizing letters and words, ask them to find the word they filled in on the page.

4. Be Aware of the Story’s Cadence – Let the action of the story guide the speed of your reading.  When there is action – speed up.  When a character is sleepy – slow down.

For example – when Simba is fighting Scar in the Lion King, speed up your reading – show the urgency of the battle in your voice.  When he ultimately wins, slow down to take your listener into the exhaustion of the story.  Let the words well up around announcing his rise to royalty.  You can do all of this with your voice.

5. Read Books You Love – Find some of your childhood favorites and tell your child about why you loved the story when you were young.  Maybe it made you feel strong or safe?  Maybe you identified with a character.  Maybe a story made you want to be what you are professionally or encouraged you to try something that is your hobby.  Sharing this type of background with your kids shows them how a book can change their stars.

** March Family Reading Challenge
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Join us in a Family Reading Challenge this month!

CLICK AND PRINT this sheet of tickets.  (http://gallery.mailchimp.com/8e813a87245e7ca928deb423d/files/Family_Reading_Challenge_Form.pdf)

For every book you read together, complete a ticket and put it in the Family Reading Challenge Box on the front table.  We’ll be drawing several winners to receive Free Books!

** Spring Fundraiser
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Every Family is expected to participate!
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March 4 – 15, 2013
Delivery: April 18, 2013 – 3:30-5:30 p.m.
(unless you order online…see below for details)

Child’s Play Learning Center will be hosting a Chip Shoppe Fundraiser this spring to replace toys and equipment at our center.  We need your help!

We expect every family to participate by purchasing at least 1 item and we’ve made it easier than ever to shop, buy and deliver Chip Shoppe merchandise!

We know that paper forms and order books are cumbersome and inefficient for many of our families.  As a result, we have set up an online store for you to place your orders – and to send to your family and friends.  With a couple of clicks, you can participate in our fundraiser and find some really fun, unique items for your home and kitchen…not to mention some delicious treats!

Visit & Share Our Chip Shoppe Online Store http://www.helpsupportourschool.com/index.asp?PID=1643429

You can also go to www.thechipshoppe.com (http://www.thechipshoppe.com/) and enter 1643429 into the Student ID box.

Orders placed online are sent directly to the buyer!  That’s Right!  No more pick-up and delivery!!!  Everything ordered through the online store includes a small shipping fee and will be sent directly to your family and friends.  Now, Grandma in Arizona can get her wrapping paper direct!  Awesome.

If you would still like to participate in the prize-package offers (click here for details), you are welcome to use paper forms and take orders or set up your own online store.  Check in with the office for details and instructions.  We are offering the following tuition credits for the top 3 sellers:

1^st Place = $100        2^nd Place = $50        3^rd Place = $50

Check out some of the neat things they have in the catalogues this spring:

** Winter Closing Policy
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As winter weather blows into our community, please note that if the Sheboygan Area School District is closed for the full day, Child’s Play Learning Center will be closed too.  If there is a 2 hour delay or early release due to weather, Child’s Play will be open normal hours of operation.  Tune in to 1330 WHBL, WTMJ4, B93.7, Lake98.1 or 104.5 the Point for closing information. We will also try to send an email out when we make a closing decision.

** Family Cooking Corner
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Cooking, baking and playing in the kitchen can be a great way to make a snowy weekend much more fun!  Check out our new recipes below and visit our website (https://childsplaylearningcenter.wordpress.com/family-cooking-corner-our-favorite-recipes/) for more Family Cooking Fun!  Click on the red links for printable PDFs.

Lily Pad Floats (http://gallery.mailchimp.com/8e813a87245e7ca928deb423d/files/Lily_Pad_Float.pdf) – Dr. Suess would love these tasty beverages!  We always make these in the Leap Frog room this time of year.

Green Eggs & Ham (http://gallery.mailchimp.com/8e813a87245e7ca928deb423d/files/Green_Eggs_Ham.pdf) – gross…right?  Nope!  This version is sure to delight your little Suess-lovers!

** Thinking About Summer?  Already? So Are We!
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Child’s Play summer programs are available for school-age children up to 10 years of age for summer of 2013! We are working on some partnerships in our community to enhance summer programming for older children and will be announcing our plans soon.

Space is limited and we will be taking summer enrollments through March 31st. CLICK HERE (http://gallery.mailchimp.com/8e813a87245e7ca928deb423d/files/Summer_Schedule_Form_2013.pdf) for a PDF of the Summer Enrollment form.  Please return this to us ASAP.

** Congratulations to the Raden Family!
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The Raden Family guessed 1024 hearts in our Candy Heart Guessing Game.  The actual total – 1027!  Wow!  Great Job Raden Family!!!

** MARK YOUR CALENDARS
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3/1       Jen/Joy – YMCA Gymnastics Field Trip – 9:15-11 a.m.
3/8       Deadline to sign-up for Summer Childcare – space is limited!
The Cat In The Hat visits Child’s Play – 10 a.m.
3/12     Kim/Edith – Police Station Field Trip – 9:45-11 a.m.
3/20     Kim/Edith – Airport Field Trip – 9:30-11:30
3/22     Early Dismissal – SASD
3/25-4/1 = Spring Break for all of SASD

Let us know if your child/ren will be joining us for Spring Break!  Sign-up sheets are in the classrooms!

** Staff Spotlight – Trisha Balma
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Featuring Ms. Trisha!  Ms. Trisha has been on our Child’s Play team for 10 months, though she will be leaving our center in the fall to attend the University of Montana to become a speech therapist.

In addition to her role at Child’s Play, she has tutored at the Early Learning Center, coached Gymnastics and attends UW Sheboygan.  She enjoys cheerleading, gymnastics, softball, playing instruments – she can play the clarinet, saxophone, flutet, guitar and French horn.  Her favorite color is purple and her favorite animal is the giraffe!

Ms. Trisha is most proud of being the first cheerleader from Sheboygan County to make the All-State team in 2011.

Ms. Trisha loves the atmosphere at Child’s Play and that all of the teachers and children are like one big family. In fact, she wishes every parent of our big family would know how important it is to tell your children you love them.

If she could meet one person, alive or passed, she would like to meet John Green who wrote “The Fault In Our Stars” because she has so many questions to ask him. Maybe she’d even ask him to borrow some slippers so she could wear them for dress up day – her favorite Child’s Play dress up day.

Ms. Trisha’s words to live by are – “We believe in every day ordinary acts of bravery” – Divergent.

** Staff Spotlight – Vanessa Tollefson
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Featuring Ms. Vanessa!

Ms. Vanessa is a brand new teacher at Child’s Play Learning  Center.  She has Early Childhood certifications and has taken many courses in continuing education and workshops.  She has worked with children for 12 years and loves all ages!

Ms. Vanessa loves spending time with her family, singing, arts & crafts, writing, family trips and camping.  But beware her red pen – she is an expert in grammar!

Her favorite color is purple and she loves most music.  She is most proud of her children and for setting her sights on college.

Ms. Vanessa’s favorite thing about Child’s Play is that it is a friendly environment with great families and staff. She doesn’t feel like it is a “corporate” environment.

If Ms. Vanessa could pass along a couple words of wisdom, she would wish everyone Hakuna Matata – no worries. And she would encourage everyone to “be the change you wish to see in the world.”

In parting, Ms. Vanessa wants everyone to know that she is orginally from Western, WI, is a type-1 insulin dependent diabetic (who can offer ideas and experiences) and she will be attending UW Sheboygan in the fall to pursue her goal of college to get a degree in Psychology.

** Staff Spotlight – Jenny Torrison
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Featuring Ms. Jenny!

Ms. Jenny is a brand new addition to Child’s Play Learning Center!  She has worked in Child Care for 9 years and attended Lakeshore Technical College (LTC).

Ms. Jenny loves to play sports for Special Olympics – especially basketball and swimming.  Her favorite color is camo – which is good for her other hobby – hunting.

Ms. Jenny is very proud of her role at Child’s Play and enjoys meeting the teachers, kids and parents.  But she would really like to meet Jeff Gordon – her favorite race car driver.

In her spare time, Ms. Jenny loves to spend time in the out-of-doors.  She also cheers on her favorite teams – the Badgers, Packers and Brewers and always enjoys going to games.

** Staff Spotlight – Emily Lambrecht
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Featuring Ms. Emily!

Ms. Emily is  a brand new addition to Child’s Play. She lives in Sheboygan Falls, but originally hails from Gillett, WI.

Ms. Emily graduated from Ripon College with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science with minors in Education, Health and Sociology.  She loves to hunt, fish, spend time with family and friends and gardening.

She is most proud of her work ethic and last read the book “The 7 People You Meet In Heaven” while her favorite movies are the new Alice In Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Ms. Emily’s favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because it allows for everyone to spend time together with thier families.  In fact, she really likes the way the teachers and staff at Child’s Play genuinely care for the children…kind of like her favorite animal – dogs because no matter what happens, a dog is always there fo ryou and loves you.

In parting, Ms. Emily’s words to live by: Ephesians 3:20 – God has more in store for you than you can even imagine.

** A Warm Project For A Cold Weekend…
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Don’t forget – Just Kids Dental is still collecting donations for the Project Linus effort in Sheboygan County.  Last year, they collected 333 blankets.  Can you help them blast past that goal?

Project Linus is requesting single layer fleece blankets – but they will accept all handmade blankets.  Instructions for making the single layer blankets are available here – http://www.projectlinus.org/patterns/pdf/NoSewFB.pdf

This pattern is simple enough to keep a young child engaged and involved.

Blankets are due to Just Kids Dental by March 7.

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February 2013 Newsletter

CUBBIE NOTES

– It’s Winter Time! Be sure to send hats, mittens, snowpants and boots with your children every day! Feel free to leave a set at Child’s Play if you have extras.

– Please be sure to call if your child is not coming or if your schedule is changing.  We are required, by law, to check on you if you are more than 1 hour off of your regular schedule!

– Scholastic Book Clubs Online Ordering System – visit www.scholastic.com/bookclubs – enter code GW8T9. Every order placed online earns rewards for our classrooms!

– All menus and calendars are available on the main page of the blog that now houses this newsletter! Check them out!

– Please call if your child will not be at Child’s Play due to a vacation day or illness.

– Please email cponsuperior@hotmail.com if any of your contact information has changed, or if you would like to add new contact information or people for this newsletter.

25th Annivesary – February = 25 Ways to Love

This month, we celebrate our 25th Anniversary with 25 ways to love!

Throughout February, you will see ways that we will celebrate how we love each other, ourselves, our planet and the blessings we receive each day.

Here are 25 Ways you can Love this February:

  1.  Share a dance – turn on the music and dance with your kid/s.
  2. Make a card for a neighbor.
  3. Visit a relative you haven’t seen in a while.
  4. Clean up without being asked.
  5. Hugs and Kisses – of course.
  6. Take your dog for a walk.
  7. Snuggle with your kitty.
  8. Give your guniea pig an extra carrot.
  9. Put love a note in someone’s lunchbox or purse.
  10. When you start to argue with someone about something silly – laugh instead.
  11. Make extra dinner and drop it off for a friend.
  12. Bake some biscuits or other pet-treats and deliver them to the neighborhood animals – check out the Family Cooking Corner for recipes!
  13. Scatter a little bird seed in the yard.
  14. Add a little extra to the tip at your favorite restaurant.
  15. Be on time.
  16. Smile for no good reason – it’s contagious.
  17. Hold the door for more the person behind you.
  18. Offer to take someone’s cart in at the grocery store.
  19. Make your teacher laugh.
  20. Spend a little more time without the TV on.
  21. Snuggle.
  22. Turn off your phone and give someone undivided attention.
  23. Make a special red and white meal.
  24. Play a board game.
  25. Be yourself and cherish the unique things about those around you.

Valentines for Senior Meal Sites

In early February, we will be making Valentines that will be given to the Sheboygan County Aging & Disability Resource Center to be distributed at the county Senior Meal Sites.  We hope to bring a smile to friends all over the county.

Love Notes from Child’s Play Kids

Throughout February, we’ll be sending out a weekly collection of Love Notes from Child’s Play kids. Keep an eye out for these heartwarming messages.

Harmony House Visit

Late in February, some of our older children will be visiting Harmony House to play BINGO and visit with the residents to show them that they are loved.  We always enjoy building these connections between generations.

Guess How Much We Love You

Watch for a Candy Heart Guessing Game! On the front table, we are going to have a jar full of candy hearts.  Please have your child guess how many are in the jar for a chance to win a prize!

Shake the Sillies Out!

Jessica from Jessica’s School of Dance will be visiting us every Tuesday in February to help us explore creative movement.  With the weather keeping us inside, we want to keep our bodies healthy and strong. Jessica is going to help us move our bodies, shake out the sillies and learn some new dances!  There will be a small fee to cover the cost of this interesting program.  Stay tuned.

WINTER CLOSING POLICY

As winter weather blows into our community, please note that if the Sheboygan Area School District is closed for the full day, Child’s Play Learning Center will be closed too.  If there is a 2 hour delay or early release due to weather, Child’s Play will be open normal hours o9f operation.  Tune in to 1330 WHBL, WTMJ4, B93.7, Lake98.1 or 104.5 the Point for closing information. We will also try to send an email out when we make a closing decision.

Family Cooking Corner

Valentine’s Day Parfait – A pretty, Valentine’s Day treat kids can make too.  One of these at every place setting makes for a very beautiful table!

Catnip Tuna Treats for Cats – Also known as Kitty Yum Yums, these tuna treats are sure to please the most discriminating cats in your family.

Bacon Bits For Dogs – Also known as Homemade Beggins, these treats are sure to make your dog drool for more!

4 Year Old Kindergarten at Child’s Play Learning Center

We recently hosted an informational presentation about our 4-year-old kindergarten program. Miss Kim provided an overview of the 4K program, gave a tour of the classroom and answered many great questions.  Click here for a copy of the 4K Overview we shared at the meeting.

Child’s Play’s 4K program is a great option to consider as you plan for next year. Consider keeping your child in the environment they know for one more year. No travel, healthy snacks and meals, consistent routines and the same loving caregivers they know with the added benefit of solid, developmental curriculum that will prepare them for 5K.  CLICK HERE to see the hand out.

Thinking About Summer?  Already? So Are We!

Child’s Play summer programs are available for school-age children up to 10 years of age for summer of 2013! We are working on some partnerships in our community to enhance summer programming for older children and will be announcing our plans soon. Space is limited and we will be taking summer enrollments through March 31st. Please stop in the office and put your school-age children on the list!  Fill out this form to reserve your spots.

Thank you’s, Appreciation & Special Announcements

Each month, we hope to share a couple of highlights in this section to offer thanks and share good news!

THANK YOU – as we celebrate 25 years, we want to thank all of our families, both past and present, for thier trust.  We love having you as a part of our family!

CONGRATULATIONS – Ms. Laura – on the birth of baby Hadley.

CONGRATULATIONS – Haas Family – on the birth of baby Hayley Rose

CONGRATULATIONS – Cantrall Family – on the birth of baby Raela

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

2/1  Miss Kim & Miss Edith – Fire Station Field Trip, 9:15-11 a.m.  Lake Country Academy – No School. Pigeon River – early release (noon)

2/18 SASD No-school! ELC & School Age Going to the Qzaukee Sports Center, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Parents should let teachers know if they are coming by Feb.13

2/20  Miss Kim & Miss Edith – Field Trip to Don Caan’s

2/21 Cooper – Early Release (noon)

2/22 Lake Country Academy – Early Release (11:30 a.m.)

2/26 Miss Kim & Miss Edith – Field Trip to the Library, 9:15-11 a.m.

2/27 The Toothfairy visits from Bullard Children’s Dentistry, 10-11 a.m., 3 years old and up.

2/28 Lincoln Erdmann – Early Release (12:35 p.m.)

Staff Spotlight – Kaitlyn Hruska

Welcome Ms. Kaitlyn!  Ms. Kaitlyn is in our school-agers room and is busy entertaining this active group of children while she is completing her educaiton in Special Education through the UW Sheboygan-UW Oshkosh Collaborative Program.

As an expert in drinking coffee and a love for Alternative Rock music, Ms. Kaitlyn loves to travel around the United States and learn about the German language and culture.  She is most proud of her educational accomplishments and loves the family atmosphere at Child’s Play because she believes that every child deserves a caring and loving environment in which to grow.

If Ms. Kaitlyn could meet Abraham Lincoln, whom she finds very interesting, she might lend him a copy of the most recent book she read, “The Boy Next Door” or show him her favorite movie – “The Muppets.”

Even though she is a big kid at heart and loves all of the Disney movies and video games, she has some golden wisdom to share with the children in her care – “treat others how you would like to be treated.”

We agree Ms. Kaitlyn!  Welcome to Child’s Play!

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January 2013 Newsletter

January 2013 Newsletter from Child’s Play Learning Center

Welcome to a new format!  The pretty, graphic version of this post went out via email on 1/7/13. The content below was replicated without graphics purely for reference throughout the month. Please contact us if you would like a copy of the original email sent to you.

* Cubbie Notes *

  • It’s Winter Time! Be sure to send hats, mittens, snowpants and boots with your children every day! Feel free to leave a set at Child’s Play if you have extras.
  • Scholastic Book Clubs Online Ordering System – visit www.scholastic.com/bookclubs – enter code GW8T9. Every order placed online earns rewards for our classrooms!
  • If this newsletter was shared with you, please consider subscribing.
  • All menus and calendars are available on the main page of the blog that now houses this newsletter! Check them out!
  • Please remember to update your child’s health and immunization records.
  • Please call if your child will not be at Child’s Play due to a vacation day or illness.
  • Please email cponsuperior@hotmail.com (mailto:cponsuperior@hotmail.com) if any of your contact information has changed, or if you would like to add new contact information or people for this newsletter.

 

Happy Birthday Child’s Play!

2013 marks 25 years for Child’s Play and we’re going to celebrate!

Read on to learn more about the history of our center and the special events we have planned throughout 2013!

Snowmen At Night Celebrate at Child’s Play!
Keep your eyes peeled, several snowmen will be making their way to Child’s Play Learning Center to celebrate our 25th Anniversary!

Just like the book Snowmen At Night, by Caralyn Buehner, large, inflatable snowmen will appear in different places, with different poses every morning as children arrive at the center. In the book, Buehner encourages readers to imagine what snowmen do at night while the world is sleeping. Child’s Play has brought this to life.

Every morning, we encourage you to talk with your children about where the snowmen might be and what they might be up to.  As you arrive at the center, keep an eye out for the snowmen.  They will be located somewhere in the front of the center each day.

If you would like to purchase the book, it is available on Amazon, at Wal-Mart.com and other online retailers.

** Snowman Contest
Throughout January, our classrooms will be making celebration indoor snowmen and parents will judge the winners! Stay tuned for more information.

** Celebrating All Year!
As we move into 2013, Child’s Play will be celebrating our anniversary all year.  Each month we will feature a celebration theme and coordinate activities and events. Stay tuned for more exciting details to come!

** WINTER CLOSING POLICY
As winter weather blows into our community, please note that if the Sheboygan Area School District is closed for the full day, Child’s Play Learning Center will be closed too.
If there is a 2 hour delay or early release due to weather, Child’s Play will be open normal hours of operation.
Tune in to 1330 WHBL, WTMJ4, B93.7, Lake98.1 or 104.5 the Point for closing information. We will also try to send an email out when we make a closing decision.

** Family Cooking Corner
The Sheboygan Press recently featured our Family Cooking Corner over Winter Break as a way to entertain snowbound kids.  We hope you will take a look at the great recipes below and visit the Family Cooking Corner page on our blogsite for more interactive ideas: https://childsplaylearningcenter.wordpress.com/family-cooking-corner-our-favorite-recipes/

** Hot Cocoa Mix – This heartwarming recipe is perfect for post-sledding warm-up.  Have the kids make the mix before heading outside.  When they come in they can add the mix to hot water for a steaming treat.  We have also included instructions for making this into a delicious gift.

** Cake In A Mug – Celebrate with us!  This gooey cake is made in a mug and can be enjoyed just about any time.  Use our Hot Cocoa Mix recipe as an ingredient for even more hands-on fun!

Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe – click here for a printable PDF (http://gallery.mailchimp.com/8e813a87245e7ca928deb423d/files/Hot_Cocoa_Mix.pdf)

Cake In A Mug Recipe – click here for a printable PDF (http://gallery.mailchimp.com/8e813a87245e7ca928deb423d/files/Cake_In_A_Mug.pdf)

 

** 4 Year Old Kindergarten at Child’s Play!
Join us for an informational presentation about our 4-year-old kindergarten program on Thursday, January 31 , 2013 at 6 p.m. Miss Kim and Miss Ann will provide an overview of the 4K program, give a tour of the classroom and answer your questions.

Child’s Play’s 4K program is a great option to consider as you plan for next year. No travel, healthy snacks and meals, consistent routines and the same loving caregivers they know with the added benefit of solid, developmental curriculum that will prepare them for 5K.

Consider keeping your child in the environment they know for one more year!  They are only little once.  Please note – while our program is robust and meets all standards for 4K education, it is not affiliated with the Sheboygan Area School District’s programs.***

** Mark Your Calendar
January          HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHILD’S PLAY!!!
January 11     Lake Country Academy Early Release – 11:30 a.m.
January 24     Lake Country Academy Early Release – 11:30 a.m.
January 25     Lake Country Academy & SASD – No School
January 31     4K Informational Meeting – 6 p.m. at Child’s Play
February 1     Fire Department Field Trip – Miss Kim & Miss Edith’s Class
March 31       Summer Registration Deadline for School-Agers

** Thinking About Summer?  Already?  So Are We!
Child’s Play summer programs are available for school-age children up to 10 years of age for summer of 2013!
We are working on some partnerships in our community to enhance summer programming for older children and will be announcing our plans soon. Space is limited and we will be taking summer enrollments through March 31st. Please stop in the office and put your school-age children on the list!

** Staff Spotlights – New Faces – There are several new faces at Child’s Play!  Please join us in welcoming Miss Jenny, Miss Jessica and Miss Edith!

Ms. Jenny is currently attending LTC to finish her diploma in Early Childhood. She just started in the older toddler room and is thrilled to meet all of the families and get to know the children.

Ms. Jenny loves sports, hunting, doing puzzles and word searches.  She is an expert in sports and loves camoflage, dogs, Nascar (especially Jeff Gordon) and hockey.

In her spare time, Ms. Jenny plays basketball and swims for Special Olympics!

Ms. Jessica joins us with certification in infant and toddler education and five years of experience.

She loves to spend time outside and baking with her son.  Her favorite color is pink and she loves Christmas time.

If Ms. Jessica could meet anyone, she would love to meet Elvis since she has loved his music since she was little.

Ms. Edith comes to Child’s Play as she finishes a degree from Lakeshore Technical College.  She has many years of experience as a youth leader, Awana leader and volunteer at her church.

With one daughter and four grandchildren, Ms. Edith hopes to be a good fit for the Child’s Play family and looks forward to helping parents to know how capable they are to make huge impacts in thier child’s development.

If Ms. Edith could meet one person, she would love to sit down with Maria Montessori to take in everything she had to say and pass it on.  Maybe they’d even watch her favorite movie – the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Ms. Edith’s words to live by come from Proverbs 3:4-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.

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December 2012 Newsletter

CUBBIE NOTES

  • Scholastic Book Clubs Online Ordering System – visit www.scholastic.com/bookclubs – enter code GW8T9. Every order placed online earns rewards for our classrooms!
  • All menus and calendars are available on the main page of the blog that now houses this newsletter! Check them out!
  • Please call if your child will not be at Child’s Play due ot a vacationday or illness.
  • Please email cponsuperior@hotmail.com if any of your contact information has changed, or if you would like to add new contact information or people for this newsletter.

Holiday Cheer For Families In Need

Child’s Play Learning Center is holding a Holiday Cheer Drive to collect items for local families in need.  Everything we collect will be taken to the Sheboygan County Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to be distributed to local families who need a little help this holiday season.

We are collecting much more than food this year!  We need your help to provide a wide variety of things for families struggling to have safe, warm winters this year.  As you are out shopping, please consider throwing another bottle of shampoo in your cart or maybe an extra set of mittens.

The following items are suggestions for your shopping trips:

  • Non-perishable Food Items
  • Baby Care Items – diapers, wipes, creams, small toys, bibs, etc.
  • Personal Hygiene Supplies – soaps, toothbrushes, toothpastes, washclothes, etc. • Versatile small gifts for children – crayons, coloring books, playdough, etc.
  • Cold-weather accessories – Hats, mittens, socks, scarves

The collection box will be located in the front hallway, near the sign-in station.  Consider using this opportunity to teach your children the spirit of giving without receiving a gift in return…at least not something they can see. Adding just a couple of extra dollars to your grocery cart will mean a lot to another family.   We will be collecting for Holiday Cheer for Families In Need through December 7.   Thank you for participating in this worthy effort.

Making Spirits Bright

If you are looking for something to do with your family to celebrate in a new way, the Sheboygan Rotary Clubs have designed an amazing Christmas light show in Evergreen Park in Sheboygan called Making Spirits Bright. This neat drive-through experience will be open EVERY DAY this weekend through Sunday 12/16/12 from 5:00 – 9:00.

Admission is non-perishable food or personal care items to be donated to the Sheboygan County Food Bank. If you like the show, the clubs would also appreciate cash donations to make it even bigger and better next year. For the full calendar including the activities at the Quarry View Shelter, click here. Be sure to tune your radio to FM 89.1 and listen and watch the show as it comes alive.

Poinsettia and Wreath Sale Pick-Up

All poinsettias and wreaths purchased through our Caan’s fundraiser will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, December 4 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Please plan to pick-up your orders!

4-Year-Old Kindergarten Informational Meeting

Did you know that Child’s Play offers a 4K program comparable to all other local schools in our area, but without the transportation, shift in routines and tough transitions?

You have the option to keep your Little Learner at Child’s Play for one more year, while ensuring they are prepared for Kindergarten. Just think – you can keep them in an environment they know, with nurturing teachers who will make sure they are prepared for kindergarten while maintaining a stable routine with plenty of play and rest!

In January, we will be holding an 4K Informational Meeting. We will announce the date and details in the January 2013 Newsletter.  Miss Kim will provide an overview of the Child’s Play 4K program, show you the classroom and answer your questions. If you know of anyone looking at 4K options for thier child, please share this information and let us know if we should reach out to them directly.

Classroom of the Month:  The Little Learners / 4K
Teacher :  Miss Kim Location: In the “Great Room”
Miss Kim’s Education & Experience:  Bachelor’s degree from Silver Lake College in Middle Childhood Early Adolescence, K-8 and a minor in English.  She has worked at Child’s Play for 14 years with a short hiatus while she finished her degree.

Main Objectives of the Little Learners Classroom

  • To prepare students for kindergarten in a loving, caring and safe environment.
  • To encourage students to grow socially and emotionally, including appropriate experession of emotions, ability to manage aggression and stress, and focused participation in activities.
  • To increase students language skills in both listening and communicating.
  • To enhance the childrens’ creative skills and enjoyment through experiences with art materials, music, building and play.
  • To develop motor skills by practicing with many kinds of hands-on and interactive materials for fine motor and large motor development.

What parents should know about Miss Kim’s Classroom:  Miss Kim feels that creating a classroom that makes each individual student feel important is the key to being an effective educator across the curriculum. She makes sure that weekly lesson plans are enriched with activities that give children choices. Each child learns at a different level and in different ways and she works hard to discover the key to helping them each succeed.

What do children seem to enjoy most about Miss Kim’s classroom:

  • Journals – every week, they do a variety of writing activities: letter writing, word writing, sentence writing, graphing, science experiments, which involve predictions and drawings.
  • Independence to choose what activities they would like to do during work time, which may include bringing items from home to share with their friends.
  • Cooking projects
  • Group games

What are the favorite toys and activities in the classroom: scooters, balls (all kinds), matchbox cars and tracks to race them on, building blocks, magnetics, puzzles, coloring, cutting and gluing.

What else should parents know about Miss Kim? Miss Kim loves to have fun and laugh.  She uses both of these favorite things to enhance her teaching strategy.

Family Cooking Corner

Candy Cane Playdough
Click Here for a PDF: Candy Cane Playdough
Make this edible playdough for a deliciously-smelly holiday treat that you and your family can play with.  A great diversion for little hands while you prepare the Christmas feast!

5 1/2 C Flour
2 C Salt
8 tsp. cream of tartar
3/4 C Oil
1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract or 1 TBS ground candy cane pieces
Red and Green Food Coloring
4 C Water

Mix all ingredients together. Cook and stir over medium heat until all lumps disappear. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth. Store in airtight container.

Cinnamon Ornaments
Click Here for a PDF: Cinnamon Ornaments
Your holidays will always smell delicious!

1/2 C cinnamon
1 C applesauce
1 TBS. nutmeg
1 TBS. ground cloves
1 TBS. white glue
Plastic straw
Ribbon

In a bowl, combine cinnamon, applesauce, nutmeg, ground cloves and glue.  Mix well, until stiff dough forms. Roll out dough to 1/4″ thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut dough. Using the end of a straw poke a hole in one side of each ornament for the ribbon to go through. Carefully place cut out shapes on wire rack. Let ornaments air dry for 7 days, turning occassionally. When ornaments are completely hardened, thread ribbon through the hole and tie a loop so the ornament may hang.

For more great recipes to make with your children, Child’s Play Learning Center Cookbooks are available for purchase in the office for $5 each.

Thinking About Summer?

Several families have already inquired about our age limits for summer 2013.  We are excited to announce that we will be accepting children up to AGE 10 for the summer!  We have some exciting programming ideas and community partnerships we are working on.  Stay tuned!

 

Mark Your Calendar

12/12/12 Mead Public Library Field Trip – Kim, Lisa & Inga’sClasses, 9:45-11:30 a.m. – $2/child
12/14/12 Early Release – Lake Country Academy – 11:30 a.m.
12/19/12 Kathy Luck – 10 a.m. – $3/child (2+)
12/19/12 Holiday Cheer Drive ends today.
12/21/12 Early Release – Cooper – 12:45 p.m.
12/21/12 Early Release – Pigeon River – 1:15 p.m.
12/24-1/1 Christmas Break for SASD
12/24-25 Center Closed
12/31-1/1 Center Closed

Holiday Attendance

Please let us know! By 12/12/12 – please let your child’s teacher know if your child will be at Child’s Play on 12/26, 12/27 and 12/28.

Sick-Child Policy Reminder

For the health and wellness of every child at our Center, please keep your child home for 24 hours after vomitting, diarrhea and fever of 101+.

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November 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to the Child’s Play Learning Center monthly newsletter!

Please take a moment to review the notes, announcements and ideas we have gathered for your review!

CUBBIE NOTES

  • Seasonal Clothes – please check cubbies to make sure your child has a change of clothing that is appropriate for the season.
  • Running More than 30 Minutes Late for Drop-Off?  Please call!
  • Breakfast Served until 8:15 a.m. – we serve breakfast from time of opening until 8:15 a.m.
  • Scholastic Book Clubs Online – www.scholastic.com/bookclubs Enter our code GW8T9
  • Menus, Calendars and back issues of the newsletter – all available on our blogsite – https://childsplaylearningcenter.wordpress.com

We Are Thankful For You! In this season of Thanksgiving, we want to thank all of our families for your positive attitudes, attention and engagement with our center.  Your willingness to work with us in partnership makes it a pleasure to care for your children every day!

Classroom of the Month

For the next several months, we will be featuring a classroom to tell you more about the exciting things happening in our center!

Classroom of the Month: School-Age All Stars
Teacher: Ms. Dawn Ages: 5 – 10 years, children attending school off-site.
Location:  On the pink carpet behind the loft in the big room at the back of the center.
The main objective of the School-Age “All Stars” Classroom is to have a safe, fun environment for students to come to after school.  Ms. Dawn strives to make sure all of her friends feel equally important and have a place to unwind after a long day of school.

While the All Stars like to enjoy free play and large group games such as tag, the human knot and go fish, Ms. Dawn plans themed activities every day. Many of her activities include intricate craft projects and ways for the children to unwind through creativity and self-expression.  In October, Ms. Dawn created a Halloween project making witches out of egg cartons!

During free play, the children often play outside or with the magnetic toys, cars and geo tracks.  On no-school days, this active class is often on the road – experiencing field trips throughout the region.  These trips have gone to local parks, Terry Andrae State Park, bounce-house centers, the zoo, pumpkin farms, movies, restaurant tours and much, much more.

Ms. Dawn brings a high level of education and experience to her classroom.  With a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from UW Whitewater and student teaching experience in the Sheboygan Area School District, Ms. Dawn is well qualified to shepherd a diverse group of children.  As a result, Ms. Dawn makes a huge effort to engage the children in planning and decision-making.  She is keenly aware of the importance of including them in choosing themes, activities and projects.  Because of this effort, Ms. Dawn has built strong relationships and trust with her students.

Hats On!
A neighbor to the center recently delivered a box of hand-knitted hats for your children.  We will put out a limited quantity on the front table for you to choose from.  They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please help yourself!

Deck Your Halls – New for 2012! 
Introducing the Child’s Play Wreath and Poinsettia Sale! We are working with Don Caan’s to offer wreaths, poinsettias and swags as a fundraiser for our SmartBoard project and playgrounds.  Order forms will be distributed via cubbies, but are also available by clicking here.

Please seek orders from your family and friends.  Nothing smells better than fresh wreaths this time of year!

All order forms and money are due to the office by November 15.  Please make checks payable to Child’s Play.  Delivery is set for Tuesday, December 4, 3:30-6 p.m.

Please help us reach our fundraising goals so we can purchase our SmartBoard and update our playgrounds.

Meet Our High School Co-Op Students!
You may see two young women in our center this fall who are learning about Early Childhood Education through a co-op program.  Miss Ashley and Miss Sidney are students at South High School and will be assisting our staff while gaining valuable, on-the-job experience.

Mark Your Calendars
11/9/12      Early Release – Lake Country Academy – 11:30 a.m.
11/14/12    Festival Foods Field Trip, Ms. Kim, Ms. Lisa and Ms. Inga’s class.
11/14/12     Mr. Z’s/Chip Shoppe Pick-Up (4-6 p.m.)
11/15/12     Early Release – Cooper – Noon
11/15/12     Wreath & Poinsettia Sale Orders Due!
11/16/12     Early Release – Pigeon River – Noon
11/21/12     Early Release – Lake Country Academy – 11:30 a.m.
11/22-23/12 Center Closed! – No School – All Sheboygan Area School District

Beyond Stop, Drop & Roll: Nontraditional Fire Department Field Trip Brings the “Trip” to the Children
Sheboygan Fire Department visits Child’s Play Learning Center to reach young children through experiential learning

SHEBOYGAN – Child’s Play Learning Center was recently visited by firefighters from the City of Sheboygan’s 25th Street Fire Station who brought fire education directly to children as young as two years old!

“Young children are too little to travel to the fire station for these important lessons,” Deb Long, Owner of Child’s Play Learning Center said.  “So we brought the field trip to them!  By having the fire department come to us, with a truck and all of their equipment, we introduce fire safety and our community helpers to young children in a safe, comfortable way.”

The objective of exposing children to fire safety and the firefighters themselves is to help children form good habits and develop a positive relationship with the idea of a community helper.  By meeting a firefighter and seeing all of their gear in a non-intimidating environment, children will be more prepared if they are ever involved in a real fire or emergency situation.  The firefighters and equipment will not be as foreign and scary.

“Our local fire department is really excellent at getting down to the level of young children,” Ann Rahn, Center Director said.  “They let the children touch, hold and tour the equipment and trucks.  They brought out huge chock blocks and explained that they are just like legos.  They showed the kids the Jaws of Life and demonstrated how much they act like the scissors in our classroom.  It was amazing to see how engaged the kids were!”

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October 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to the Child’s Play Learning Center monthly newsletter!

Please take a moment to review the notes, announcements and ideas we gathered for your review!

CUBBIE NOTES

  • FREE $5 Book for Parents and FREE books for classrooms whne you order scholastic books online!  www.scholastic.com/bookclubs  Enter code GW8T9.
  • Breakfast is served until 8:15 a.m. every morning.
  • All payments are due by 6 p.m. on Tuesdays – at the latest.  Late fees will be assessed for late payments.
  • All menus and calendars are available on the main page of the blog that now houses this newsletter! Check them out!
  • The next Infant Opening is November 2013.
  • Please remember to update your child’s health and immunization records on a regular basis.
  • Please call if your child will not be at Child’s Play due to a vacation day or illness.
  • Please email cponsuperior@hotmail.com if any of your contact information has changed, or if you would like to add new contact information or people for this newsletter.
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September 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to the Child’s Play Learning Center monthly newsletter!

Please take a moment to review the notes, announcements and ideas we gathered for your review!

CUBBIE NOTES

  • Breakfast is served until 8:15 a.m. every morning.
  • All payments are due by 6 p.m. on Tuesdays – at the latest.  Late fees will be assessed for late payments.
  • The Front Table is full of new Scholastic Book Club fliers!  The Online Ordering System can be accessed at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs.  Enter code GW8T9.  Every order placed online earns rewards for our classrooms!
  • All menus and calendars are available on the main page of the blog that now houses this newsletter! Check them out!
  • The next Infant Opening is August 2013.
  • Please remember to update your child’s health and immunization records on a regular basis.
  • Please call if your child will not be at Child’s Play due to a vacation day or illness.
  • Please email cponsuperior@hotmail.com if any of your contact information has changed, or if you would like to add new contact information or people for this newsletter.
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Back to School Time – Mom & Dad: We are here for you.
Many of our friends are going to school for the first time or heading back to the classroom this week. This is a very exciting time of new routines, new friends and growth.  Lots and lots of growth!
We know that this inevitable growth can also be tough for you and your children and we want you to know that we are here to help!  If our staff can help with transitions in any way, please let us know.  We have helped hundreds of kids move through these transitions and we probably have an idea or trick that will help your little one/s handle new things and changes in routine with ease.  Before you know it, your family will find comfort in the new routines and you will continue to grow together.
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Time to Refresh the Cubbies!
As we move into the autumn months, please plan to refresh your child’s supplies at Child’s Play:
  • Change out the clothing in your child’s cubbie – make sure they have some warmer options in up-to-date sizes.  They grow too fast!
  • Consider refreshing your child’s art supplies – crayons, markers and scissors – to start the year with a fresh set.

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SAFETY NOTES:  Please try to use the WEST driveway for drop-off and pick-up.  Now that school is back in session, our school-age friends will be using the eastern driveway to get on and off of thier buses.  Thanks for helping us to keep our driveway safe!

Speaking of safety…the Sheboygan County Chapter of Safe Kids will be hosting a Car Seat Check & Round-Up on Wednesday, 9/19/12 from 3-6 p.m. at Fire Station #3, 1326 North 25th Street in Sheboygan.

Bring in your vehicle and car seats to make sure they are installed correctly and used in the safest way for your child/ren!  Click Here for more information.

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Transportation Forms

If you have not already done so, please turn in your Transportation Form (aka: Alternate Arrival/Release Agreement – Child Care Centers Form).  We need one of these for every child who will be traveling to and from Child’s Play on a school bus or other transportation.

Click Here for a copy of this form and please turn it in immediatly.

Bus times, for the schools we serve, follow:

Lincoln Erdman for 4k
Bus Leaves Child’s Play – 8:00 am
Bus Arrives at Child’s Play – 12:10 pm

ELC
Bus Leaves Child’s Play – 8:00 am
Bus Arrives at Child’s Play – 11:50 am

Lincoln Erdman
Bus Leaves Child’s Play – 8:00 am
Bus Arrives at Child’s Play – 4:05 pm, 3:05 pm on Wednesdays

Lake Country Academy
Bus Arrives at Child’s Play – 4:05 pm

Cooper/ Pigeon River
Bus Arrives at Child’s Play – 3:30 p.m., 2:55 pm on Wednesday

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First Days, Early Release & No School Days Coming Up!
Please note the following early release days and no school days that are on the Sheboygan Area School District calendar.  Please let us know if your children will be with us on these days for hours that are slightly different from your regular schedule.
ELC & Lincoln Erdmann’s 4K – starts on Friday, 9/7/12
Lake Country Academy:
9/14/12    Early Release at 11:30 a.m.
9/27/12    Early Release at 11:30 a.m.
10/28/12  No School
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From Learning To Lunch – Featured in the Sheboygan Press!
In case you missed it, the Sheboygan Press recently featured our container garden!  We were thrilled to tell our community more about our great center and to focus on this special summer program that our friends really enjoyed!
To read the article, please follow this link:  http://www.sheboyganpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012308230194&nclick_check=1
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Need An Easier Way To Pay?  Don’t Write Another Check!
All tuition payments are due by 6 p.m. on Tuesdays – at the very latest.  Additional fees will be assessed for all late payments.
If you want to make life easier – we can automatically bill your credit card for tuition payments – you’ll never have to write another check! Stop in the office to discuss the process and make arrangements.
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10 New Families Have Chosen Child’s Play Learning Center!
Thank you for sharing your experiences with friends and family.  Please join us in welcoming new faces and new friends to our center family!
And keep in mind that…Our Referral Program Is Back!
As you talk with other parents, family and friends, please note that Child’s Play will give you a $60 tuition credit for every referral to our center!   Please share your experiences with others and grow our center family!  Feel free to send people to our website: www.childsplayonsuperior.com for more information and share this newsletter!  You will find referral cards on the sign-in table to share and help us give credit where it is due!
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Get Ready for Mr. Z’s!
We will be kicking-off a Mr. Z’s Fundraiser on October 2!  Tasty food items, great gifts and beautiful gift wrap will be available for you to purchase or sell to friends and family.  All proceeds will be used to purchase raised bed planters for our garden!
The sale will run through October 19 and delivery will be on November 14, just in time for pre-holiday planning!
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Helping Others…While Cleaning Your Closet!
If you need a place to stow those old coats you will, inevitably, be replacing this year, please remember  the Coats For Kids Drive is off and running!  Click Here for more information.

Meet Ms. Vicky!

Favorite Color:  Blue
Favorite Music:  Mostly 80’s.
Favorite Movies: Overboard & the Money Pit
Favorite Holiday: Christmas because she loves spending time with family!

Ms. Vicky teaches in the Little Wonders classroom with Miss Shirley.  She has been with Child’s Play for 2 1/2 years and has been in her current role since January!

Ms. Vicky’s favorite thing about Child’s Play is working with Ms. Shirley, Ms. Lynn, Ms. Penny and Ms. Judy because they are always willing to help each other out when needed and make a great team.  She also loves getting hugs from the toddlers whenever she comes in for work.  It always reassures her that she is doing a great job as a teacher!  In fact, this is what she is most proud of – knowing that she has become a successful toddler teacher!

Ms. Vicky is a 2009 Graduate of the Early Childhood Education Program at Lakeshore Technical College (LTC).  She is also very interested in geneaology and has mapped her entire family and her husband’s family.  She found out that her second-great-grandfather on her mom’s side fought in the Civil War!  She also recently met a distant cousin she found on ancestry.com and hopes to meet another distant relative she found very soon.

But if she could meet anyone, alive or passed, she would like to meet her Grandmother.  She just knows that she would have been really close to her, if she were alive.

Ms. Vicky Loves her job as a toddler teacher.  She loves being able to see all of the children learn and grow throughout the couple of months that the are in her room.  She thinks it is very rewarding and wouldn’t change it for anything!

When Ms. Vicky isn’t entertaining the toddlers or working on her family history, she likes spending time with friends and family and taking walks after work.

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August 2012 Newsletter

Welcome to the Child’s Play Learning Center monthly newsletter!

Please take a moment to review the notes, announcements and ideas we gathered for your review!

CUBBIE NOTES

  • If this blog was shared with you, please consider following it: https://childsplaylearningcenter.wordpress.com.
  • All menus and calendars are available on the main page of the blog that now houses this newsletter! Check them out!
  • The next Infant Opening is April 2013.
  • Please remember to update your child’s health and immunization records.
  • Please call if your child will not be at Child’s Play due to a vacation day or illness.
  • Please email cponsuperior@hotmail.com if any of your contact information has changed, or if you would like to add new contact information or people for this newsletter.

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THANK YOU! For Your Support!

Child’s Play Learning Center Wins the 2012 Reader’s Choice Award from the Sheboygan Press – and our Families!

We are thrilled and honored to have won the 2012 Reader’s Choice Award from the Sheboygan Press readers and our families.  This is the 3rd time we have won this award and we know how great the competition is in our community!  Thank you!!!

As we start the next school year, it is wonderful to know that the people of our community recognize the educational value that we offer.  We hope that you can share this great achievement with your family and friends – and help us to celebrate!

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Thinking About Back-To-School…and Before & After School Care…
It’s just about that time that some of our friends start heading back to school – or to school for the first time!  Keep in mind – and spread the word – that Child’s Play has a great before and after school program.  We already have buses that go to and from Lincoln-Erdmann and the Early Learning Center.  We are currently in negotiations to have a bus that goes to and from Lake Country Academy.
If your child/ren is planning to attend any of these schools, let us know ASAP (especially the Lake Country option).  We are working with the bus company to make arrangements for the latter option and any numbers we can share with them will be helpful!
The before school program starts at 6:30 a.m. and includes breakfast.  After school is available until 6 p.m. and includes a snack.  For 4-year-old kindergarteners, we are here for you all-day on Wednesdays.  For all other school-agers, we are here for early release and all no-school days!
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Top Ten Ways to get back into the school-days groove
1.  Start to work yourway back into a routine.  Stabilize bed time, wake-up time and down-time.
2.  Pick out a couple of new outfits to signal a transition from summer casual to more serious school time.
3.  If you aren’t already, start reading (together or to yourself) every night.
4.  Make a summer memory book – what were the best parts?  What did you learn?
5.  Talk about goals for the coming year – what is one main thing you want to learn or try?
6.  Measure your height.  How much have you grown since last year?  Predict your number for August 2013!
7.  Brainstorm lunch and school-night dinner ideas.
8.  Make a supply check-list and make sure everything is labeled and ready to roll.
9.  Get ready for picture day!
10. Have a So-Long Summer party – drink lemonade, make smores and run through the sprinkler.
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Need to Beat the Heat?  Try the Manitowoc Family Aquatic Center!
Miss Kim, Miss Inga and Miss Dawn will be taking their classes 30 minutes north to the Manitowoc Family Aquatic Center on August 9.  This is the first time our center has taken a trip to this destination.  If you haven’t taken your family, be sure to stop by and ask the teachers and thier classes about it.  Several families have told us that this place is an awesome gem, especially as the summer has provided ample sun and heat this year!  Let us know what you think!
Follow this link for photos, rates and more information: http://www.manitowoc.org/index.aspx?NID=774
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See Her Garden Grow
The Learning Garden has been slow to grow, but there are a couple of pretty spectacular sunflowers growing near the parking lot.  Keep an eye on their progress as we move into August.  They are located on the west edge of the parking lot across from the mailboxes.
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Annual Registrations are due on August 13
Please note that annual registration dues of $45 per family are due on Monday, August 13, 2012.  Please plan for this annual payment and submit it with your weekly payment.
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Our Referral Program Is Back!
As you talk with other parents, family and friends, please note that Child’s Play will give you a $60 tuition credit for every referral to our center!  Now is the time when many families start thinking about care and enrichment opportunities for their children for the fall.  Please share your experiences with others and grow our center family!  Feel free to send people to our website: www.childsplayonsuperior.com for more information and share this newsletter!

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NO WAITING LISTS!  Please be sure to tell your contacts that there are no waiting lists for children over the age of 2 at Child’s Play!  It has come to our attention that many people in our community think that Child’s Play has a waiting list for all of our classes – and this is not true!  Please help us reach out to young families in your circles of influence to let them know!

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Housekeeping – Some Important Things to Note

End-Of-Summer Changes in Schedule – Please turn in your change of schedule forms with any back-to-school changes ASAP.

Update your child’s Immunization Records – For children 2 and younger, please update health forms and immunization records every 6 months.  For children over 2, please update them annually.  Forms may be found near the sign-in station or on our website: http://www.childsplayonsuperior.com/links.html

End-Of-Summer Party Sign-ups – please watch your child’s classroom bulletin boards/doors for end-of-summer party sign-ups.

Withdrawals and Changes in Schedule – we really need your help!  Please provide 2 weeks of notice for all withdrawals and long-term changes in schedule.  If you know that there will be changes in your family’s schedule, please alert us as soon as possible.  Your child’s schedule impacts the staffing of our center and we appreciate any advanced notice we can get!

Vacation Coupons – ALL vacation coupons must be turned in prior to your vacation or the day after an illness or a closing.  We will not accept vacation coupons after the fact for expected absences.

Parent Handbook – The Child’s Play Learning Center Parent Handbook has been revised and is available for your perusal.  Important information about payment, illness and discipline policies is outlined for you in this one-stop document.  Please click here for a PDF.

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Mark Your Calendars:  Field Trips, Scheduling Items and More!

8/9/12       Little Learners – Field Trip to Manitowoc Aquatic Center

8/10/12     All Stars – Field Trip to Manitowoc Aquatic Center

8/15/12     Little Learners – Field Trip to Randalls

8/17/12     All Stars – Field Trip to End Park

8/24/12     All Stars – Field Trip to Schutte Parke

8/27/12     Lake Country Academy – First Day of School

8/31/12     Little Learners – Field Trip to Schutte Park

9/4/12       Lincoln-Erdmann Elementary – First Day of School

9/7/12       Early Learning Center – First Day of School

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Recognitions, Celebrations and News!

Miss Lois became a grandma!  Her family was thrilled to welcome a little girl – Harper May.

Congrats Miss Vicky who was married in May!

So Long Miss Ashley.  Please wish her luck as she heads back to UW Stevens Point.  Her last day will be August 22.

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Introducing Miss Tina

Words To Live By: “Treat others as you would want to be treated.  Don’t take things for granted.”

Favorite thing about Child’s Play: Being able to work with family (Grandma Deb) and being so close to my kids!  A quick hug in the middle of the day is the best!

Favorite Color/s: Blue

Favorite Holiday: Christmas – a season of giving, happiness and family!

Miss Tina is one of the newer faces at Child’s Play and can be found in the office or floating around the center.  She is currently the Administrative Assistant in the office, which is good since she is an expert in multi-tasking – – – which is double-good, since she is mom to Mason (3) and twins Madelyn and Katelyn (10 months).

But Miss Tina knows how this twin thing goes and can handle it pretty well, because she is a twin herself.  Her brother Brian was born five minutes before her and is a whopping foot taller!  Wow!

Being Ms. Deb’s daughter-in-law – she is married to Ms. Deb’s oldest son Jeff – Miss Tina is thrilled to be able to work with family and to see her kids throughout the day, while putting her expertise to work.  With a Doctorate in Audiology and a BS in Secondary Education, Tina brings a wide variety of experiences and a unique perspective to the center.

When Miss Tina isn’t juggling the day-to-day operations at Child’s Play or spending time with her brood, she enjoys baking and cake decorating, kayaking, hiking, snuggling with her kids and helping out in the garden.  She also loves dogs and cats because they also love to snuggle and have lots of personality.

Speaking of snuggly, if Miss Tina could meet one person, she would love to get a few cake decorating tips from Buddy Valastro from Cake Boss.  She says that he has some impressive skills and the show is fun to watch.  She might even ask him to come up with something for her favorite dress-up day – Crazy Hair Day!

As a parting thought, Miss Tina wants to remind every fellow parent to enjoy every minute of life because it passes by too fast, especially as our little ones grow up!

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