Wishing everyone a Happy Labor Day. Hopefully everyone will enjoy the long weekend with family and friends.
We are off to a great new school year! The children have transitioned well into their new classrooms. They are learning the routines and expectations of the day, exploring new and different materials, and building new friendships.
As a reminder of the yearly supply fee that is due on September 1. The cost is $75.00 for one child or $100.00 for two or more children. If you have enrolled within the last six months (March 2018) your supply fee was paid with your deposit.
With the start of the new school year we like to put out a few friendly reminders:
No outside food is permitted to be brought into the center (unless you have a doctor’s note)
Please take nap items home to be washed on the last day your child attends
No toys should be brought to school except on show and share day
Label all items that belong to your child.
Check your child’s cubby to see if they have size and weather-appropriate clothes
Please make sure we have up-to-date phone numbers and emails for parents and emergency contacts
Be sure to check the parent boards in each classroom. On the parent board, you will find a copy of the current lesson plan, the daily schedule, a copy of the menu, classroom and individual goals. Something new this year that has been added to the parent board is a copy of “Meet the Teacher”. This is an information sheet that will help you get to know your child’s teacher(s) better.
When your child receives a well-child checkup or shots please give us a copy.
If you are a toddler or two’s parent and you are bringing food from home there are foods that are on the choking hazard list that include: peanut butter, hard pretzels, whole grapes, and hot dogs that we can not feed to the children.
Please let us know if you have any questions or need any assistance.
SAVE THE DATES
September 3: Labor Day: Polly Panda/Bridgford is closed September 20: Preschool field trip to Tuttles Orchard
Themes for toddlers and two’s:
Sept. 3-7 Camping fun/Time with Grandparents
Sept. 10-14 Out of this World
Sept. 17-21 Rocks, Stones and Treasures
Sept. 25-29 Trees, Leaves, and Appels
Color of the month for toddlers and two’s
Nursery Rhyme for toddlers and two’s
Hey Diddle Diddle
Themes for the preschoolers:
Sept. 3-7 A World of Color and Shapes (letter H)
Sept. 10-14 Old McDonald’s Farm (letter F)
Sept. 17-21 Apples Aplenty (letter A)
Sept. 24-28 Forest Friends (letter R)
Math Concept for the preschoolers:
Beginning number concept: rote counting, one to one correspondence, and matching set by counting
Nursery Rhyme for the preschoolers:
Mary Had a Little Lamb
September 20 - Tuttles Field Trip
We are excited to use our new busses for the first field trip of the school year! Our preschool children will be heading to Tuttle's Orchard on Thursday, September 20th.
While there the children will be participating in age-appropriate activities involving apples, going to the orchard to pick apples, playing in “Tractor Town” and taking a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick a small pumpkin. Before returning to school the children will enjoy a picnic lunch at the orchard. Please send a sack lunch for your child as we will be eating lunch at the orchard.
The cost of the trip is $13.00 for the children and $7.00 for chaperones. We'd love to have you join us, please see your child’s teacher if you are able to help out on this trip.
Employee of the Month
September's Employee of the Month is Julie Voigt. Julie has been part of our infant staff for 4.5 years. However, she has been part of the Polly Panda family for many years, as all three of her children are Polly Panda/Bridgford alumni. Julie remembers what it was like being a new mommy dropping her baby off for the first time. She uses this experience to reassure new parents during those first few weeks.
Julie graduated from Purdue (sorry IU fans) with a degree in Management and Marketing. When she is not loving on the babies she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and doing volunteer work at Immaculate Heart of Mary. Julie loves watching the babies grow and being able to bring smiles to their little faces. The babies love to have Ms. Julie sing and dance with them and she loves that they don’t let her know that she isn’t good at either one. Julie has a cute/funny theme for each day of the week that she talks with the babies about:
Monday is “Funday Monday”
Tuesday is “No tears Tuesday”
Wednesday is “No whine Wednesday”
Thursday is “Thoughtful Thursday”
Friday is “Footloose Friday”.
Please join us in congratulating Julie on her hard work, dedication, and commitment to Polly Panda.
Congratulations to our Elite Club!
Each year at this time we like to honor those staff members who are part of the Elite Club. These staff members have participated in 20 hours or more of ongoing training in early childhood annually. This is a requirement for us to maintain our level 3 Paths to Quality ranking. The Elite members include:
Please take a moment to congratulate our staff on this achievement. Each member will be honored at our October Staff meeting with a gift basket of goodies.