We are proud to announce that we have re-certified for level 3 with Paths to Quality. Part of being a level 3 center means that 50% or more of your staff members have to have 20 or more hours of ongoing training. At this time we would like to recognize those that are in this elite club:
Please take a few moments to congratulate our teachers on this accomplishment.
We would like to bring to your attention that in the Bridgford parking lot there is a little blue house better known as “Free Little Library”. Inside the little house are both adult and children’s books. The little free library is a program that promotes a free book exchange: “donate a book-take a book”. Please take a few moments to stop by and see if there are any books that you would like to take to share in your family.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions!
Oct. 2-6 Happy Harvest (letter B) Oct. 9-13 Fire Safety, A Hot Topic (letter R) Oct. 16-20 Leaping Into Fall (letter N) Oct. 23-27 Things that go Bump in the Night (letter M) Oct. 30-Nov.3 Super Heros (review letters F,E,D,EP,B,R,N,M)
Beginning Number Concepts
Little Boy Blue
Picture Days - October 2 & 3
Picture day is coming! Teddy Bear Portraits will be on Monday October 2 (infants, toddlers, and Bridgford) and October 3(preschool hall, two’s, siblings, and any make up).
If you child attends part time they will be photographed on the day they attend school. If you child doesn’t attend on either one of these days feel to come on either day and we will work your child in.
Every child will be photographed, if you would like for your child to receive the three pose option you must write their name on the signup sheet outside the class door. If you are having your children photographed together you will receive a total of three poses: an individual of each child and one of them together. You'll be able to view your child's photos in the Polly Panda lobby on the day they are photographed.
October Field Trips
Wednesday October 3 - The preschool and Bridgford children will be going to Smith Family Farms in Pendleton. The day will include a wagon ride around the farm, petting the animals in the barn, finding your way through a corn maze, eating lunch at the farm and of course picking out their very own pumpkin from the patch. The bus will leave at 9:00 a.m., arriving at Smith Family Farms approximately 9:45 a.m. The cost for the children will be $11.00 and the cost for chaperones is $6.00. If you would like to join us please sign up with your child’s teacher. Directions to the farm are available in the office.
Friday October 27 - Silly Safaris will visit the two year old’s on Oct. 27 with their Not so Scary Animal show. The show will start at 10.00 a.m. and the cost will be $7.00. Be looking for permission slips to be passed out soon.
SAVE THE DATE - NOVEMBER 10
November 10 from 6:30pm-8:30pm is our annual Fall Festival at Polly Panda and Bridgford. Be sure to save the date for a family fun night!
There will be games and activities in the classrooms, we'll once again have a bakery walk, cookie decorating, nail salon, bowling, and duck pond. Tickets for the games will be available soon.
In addition to the games there will also be an art auction where you can bid on canvas paintings that each classroom will create. A silent action (Panda room) will be part of the festival as well this year. Each area will choose a theme to create a basket around. In the past some of the themes have been: Sports, Christmas, Family Fun, Dad/Mom’s day out. Depending on what the theme is the teachers will be asking for donations to put inside their baskets. We also would love to have individual donations also, such as tickets to the Pacers or Colts games, oil changes, gift cards to restaurants, ETC.
The photo booth was a huge hit last year, so we are bringing it back again this year! For $5.00 you can have your families photo taken with a fall background scene.
The festival is our way of giving back to the community as the staff volunteer their time and all proceeds go to local charitable organizations. Last year we were able to adopt 4 large families from the United Way for Christmas.
SAVE THE DATE - DECEMBER 8
Parents Night Out
Are you looking for a night out? Some adult or quiet time? We are here to help! We will be having a “Parent’s Night Out” on December 8th from 6:00 p.m.-11:00p.m. The cost is $25.00 per child. If you are interested please see Ms. Donna.
Employee of the Month
Brittany Ramsey is the October Employee of the Month!
Brittany has been part of our infant staff for 9 months. Before working in child care Brittany received her certified medical assistant from Brown Mackie College. Brittany is planning on obtaining her CDA once the program starts this fall.
When Brittany isn’t playing and loving on the babies she enjoys watching her boys play sports as well as shopping and swimming.
When asked what she enjoys most about working with young children Brittany shared that she loves watching them learn, grow, and how excited they get when they see or hear something new. A funny story that Brittany shared is when one of her babies went up one side of the climber and rolled down the front side. She thought he was going to cry but instead sat up, clapped his hands and smiled.
Brittany’s relaxed, bubbly and calm personality makes her a natural to work with our little ones. Please join us in congratulating Brittany and let her know how much we appreciate all of the love and care she gives the babies.