FROM THE DIRECTORS
This has been a true winter! Cold weather, snow, cold weather, and more snow. We have been trying to go outside when the temperature and weather allows, but it has been limited. As a reminder, IF we need to close due to severe weather, we will send out an email and will also post it on our Facebook page. Closings will also be listed on local TV stations.
Along with the cold weather, which limits outside play, this year the viruses and “kid crud” seem to be prominent. We are practicing proper hand washing to help control the spread of germs. We appreciate everyone following the illness policy and keeping your little one home if he/she has been sent home with a fever until they are fever free for 24 hours. We want all of the children and staff to remain healthy and need the ill children to stay home until better. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
Each classroom will be celebrating Valentines Day. Be sure and check with your child’s teacher to see what is need for their parties.
REMINDER: We will be open regular hours on President’s Day!
Please reach out if you have any questions or need assistance.
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
EOM for February is Katie Strahan.
Katie has been part of our team for 4 years. After graduating from Pendleton Heights High School Katie attended Ball State where she studied Elementary Education. She then made the decision that the “big kids” were not her cup of tea and chose to get her CDA so she could work with the little ones. Katie received her CDA in 2015 and recently renewed in 2018.
Since joining our team Katie has worked with toddlers, threes, and most recently in our oldest infant room. When she isn’t “rocking” the babies she enjoys painting, photography, working puzzles, reading and her most recent skill she learned crocheting.
Katie loves watching the babies grow and experience many milestones at a young age. She also loves the bonds that she gets to establish with the babies. One of Katie’s favorite stories/memories of working in infants is when she had finished feeding a baby, she then went into the kitchen to rinse out the bottle. As Katie walked away the baby said, as clear as day, “Thank You”! Katie and her co-worker could not believe it.
Katie’s calm and patient personality make her a natural for working with the babies. Please join us in congratulating and thanking her for her many years of service to Polly Panda and all of the love and care she has given to the children.
February 4-8 Healthy Me and the Five Senses (letter X)
February 11-15 Hugs and Kisses (letter V)
February 18-22 Prehistoric Times (Letter D)
February 25-March 1 Adventures in Whoville (letter review)
Hey Diddle Diddle
Toddler and Two’s Theme:
February 4-8 Body Parts
February 11-15 Hearts and Hugs
February 18-22 Kisses and Chocolate
February 25-March 1 Families
Story of the month
Guess How Much I Love You
FEBRUARY FIELD TRIPS
FEBRUARY 8th - The toddlers and Two-year-olds will enjoy a visit from Silly Safaris on February 8th. The theme of the program will be Body Parts. Cost for the program is $7.00 (no charge for the toddlers as their show is only a brief introduction to the animals). The program will start at 9:45.
FEBRUARY 13th - The preschool children will enjoy a visit from the program Crouching Tigers on February 13th. The cost of the program is $5.00. The first program starts at 9:00.
FEBRUARY 7 - HEARTS & FLOWERS BANQUET
February 7th will be our annual Hearts and Flowers Banquet for the Jr. K children and their mother or special friend. The night will include a catered Italian meal, dessert, and entertainment by the children . The evening will end with a special surprise for mom.
FEBRUARY 8 - VALENTINE'S LATE NIGHT
Ms. Donna and Ms. Shannon will be doing a Valentine’s Day late night on Friday February 8th from 6:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. The cost is $30.00 for one child and an additional $20.00 for each other child. Dinner, movies, and activities will be included for the kiddos. Cash payment may be made in the office.
FEBRUARY 18 - PRESIDENTS' DAY
As a reminder, Polly Panda and Brigford WILL BE OPEN regular hours on Monday, February 18, 2019.
SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION
Do you have a school age child or know someone who does and is looking for a fun adventurous camp for the summer? Then we have the perfect place, our Bridgford summer camp, will begin June 3 and run through August 2.
During camp the children will participate in weekly field trips, do craft projects, participate in the summer reading program that is offered by the Marion County Library, play outside in our beautiful Bridgford back yard, participate in team building activities, take part in weekly cooking activities and best of all make some new friends and great summer memories. If interested please see someone in the office.
INDOOR WINTER FUN
Are you dreaming of warmer days and summer fun? Here is a list of some great INDOOR pools where you and your little ones can go while it is freezing outside!