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April 2013

on April 3, 2013

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


* 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

April Anniversary Celebration Week of the Young Child April 15-19

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: 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:

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

Homemade Bubbles ( – 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.


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 (

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 –


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