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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!


  • 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 – Enter our code GW8T9
  • Menus, Calendars and back issues of the newsletter – all available on our blogsite –

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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