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March 2013 Newsletter

on March 4, 2013

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


* 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 – 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 ( 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!

** It’s Dr. Suess’ Birthday too!
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.


** The Cat In The Hat Is Visiting on Friday, 3/8/13!

** How To Be An Engaging Reader

** Moms and Dads can take reading to another level with these quick tips!
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
Join us in a Family Reading Challenge this month!

CLICK AND PRINT this sheet of tickets.  (

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

Every Family is expected to participate!
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

You can also go to ( 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

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

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 ( for more Family Cooking Fun!  Click on the red links for printable PDFs.

Lily Pad Floats ( – Dr. Suess would love these tasty beverages!  We always make these in the Leap Frog room this time of year.

Green Eggs & Ham ( – gross…right?  Nope!  This version is sure to delight your little Suess-lovers!

** 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. CLICK HERE ( for a PDF of the Summer Enrollment form.  Please return this to us ASAP.

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


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

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

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

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

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…
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 –

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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