Tis the season! Happy Holidays! Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!
All this and much more comes with the season we are entering. This time of year is one of the most enjoyable while working with children. The excitement is unspeakable and as teachers, the many activities and songs this month are unlimited.
We hope you have started the season with enjoying the “talking tree”. The looks, smiles, giggles, and laughter that come from the children are priceless!
As you walk into the building you will be greeted by the wonderful smells of the gingerbread houses each classroom has created. We jokingly say that you gain 10 pounds just from the smells.
Save the Dates
December 9 - Preschool field trip to Conner Prairie
December 14 - Holiday Breakfast
December 14 - Two's & Preschool visit by Jingle John
December 24 - Polly Panda closes at 1 p.m.
December 25 - Polly Panda is CLOSED
December 31 - Polly Panda closes at 4 p.m.
January 1 - Polly Panda is CLOSED
Polly Panda Gives Back
We want to take this time to once again thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the generous donations and support for our fall festival. We are able to sponsor 30 children this year for Christmas. The shopping has been done and the gifts are being wrapped by Santa’s helpers. During the first and second week of December, the gifts will be dropped off to be given to the children.
Another way we are giving back to the community is with donations of hats, gloves, and scarves for children in an IPS inner city school. We have a former Polly Panda employee who is a teacher at this school and she called and shared that many of the children are outside at recess without the proper winter attire. If you would like to donate an item or two please do so by dropping them off by Dec. 14th. There is a box under the Christmas tree in the entryway at Polly Panda.
Did You Know?
Polly Panda is once again hosting a Parents' Night Out! See the information below about our Parents' Night Out and be sure to thank Ms. Donna and Ms. Shannon for hosting this fun evening!
We have not heard back from Santa yet but the jolly ole’ elf will be making a quick trip to Polly Panda and Bridgford.
As you can see, we are going to be very busy this month! It is such a fun time for young children and for those of us young at heart. We look forward to all of the excitement the season brings. We wish everyone Happy Holidays and thank you for allowing us to be part of your child’s life.
Please reach out if you have any questions or need assistance.
Dec. 3-7 Taste of the Holidays
Dec. 10-21 Happy Holidays
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EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to DONNA SUTTON for being named our Employee of the month!
Donna has been part of our team for 5 years. Donna has a current CDA and has taken classes at Ivy Tech in early childhood.
When Donna first joined us she worked part-time in our infant area. Once a full-time opening became available in the toddler area she jumped at the change to take the position. Donna then took on yet a different role when she became the infant coordinator. As you can see Donna has worn many hats while working here. She is a great mentor to the infant/toddlers/twos staff. She is a great problem solver and can be depended on to do whatever it takes to make the program run smoothly. She takes great pride in providing a safe, loving and nurturing environment for the children.
Donna loves doing anything that involves arts and crafts. She is extremely talented in this area. Many teachers seek her out when they need help with their bulletin boards or room arrangements. In her spare time, Donna enjoys watching her three boys play sports.
While at the festival the children will be able to observe the gingerbread houses that are on display, have play time in the gingerbread themed activity area, hear the story of the Gingerbread Man, look for clues around Conner Prairie to find the runaway gingerbread man, meet the gingerbread man himself, and last but not least enjoy a gingerbread cookie.
BUS LEAVES at 8:30 a.m. BUS RETURNS around 12 p.m. COST: $11/child, $6/chaperone
DEC 14 - Holiday Breakfast
Everyone is invited to our Holiday breakfast on Friday, December 14th from 6:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. We hope you all can take time from your busy morning schedule to have breakfast with your family. The breakfast will be set up in the Teddy Bears, Chipmunks, and Butterflies classroom. The breakfast is our gift to all of our wonderful Polly Panda families.
DEC 14 - Two's and Preschool Field Trip
On Friday, December 14 Jingle John will visit the two’s and preschool children at Polly Panda.
During the show, the children will enjoy learning about and seeing animals who live in the Arctic, hear the story of Olive the other reindeer, and the best part of the show getting to meet a real live reindeer! The looks on the kiddos faces are priceless when they get to pet and hug the reindeer.
START TIME: 9:00 COST: $7.00/child
DEC 14 - Parent's Night Out
Do you need a night out, extra time to shop or wrap presents or just some time for yourself? Then we have the deal for you.
On Friday December 14 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Ms. Donna and Ms. Shannon will be hosting a Parents Night Out. The cost is $30.00 per child or $20.00 per any additional children. Siblings are welcome even if they don’t attend Polly Panda.
During the evening the children will enjoy holiday movies, food, and fun with their Polly Panda buddies. Register and pay at the office. If you have any questions please see Donna or Shannon.