We want to THANK each and every family for allowing us the pleasure of caring for and teaching your most precious gifts each day, and also for all that you have done for our Panda team during this pandemic. Your kind words, gifts, and generosity have meant the world to us. When we started the year, 2020, we had no idea all that we would go through together to make it to the end of 2020. Here is to a happy and healthy 2021!
We love your little Pandas!
New Year's Eve - CLOSING at 4 pm
New Year's Day - CLOSED
As always, if you have any questions, please be sure to reach out to us.
Do We Have Your Info?
As we go into the New Year, we want to be sure we have the most recent contact information for you and your family. If you have a new email address, phone number, mailing address or any other important information, please be sure to email us your updated information as soon as possible.
As an important reminder, PLEASE PRINT the pick-up sign and bring it with you each day when you pick up your child(ren). As you can imagine with heavy coats, hats, and masks on it is even harder to see who you are. It is a tremendous help to us, and it keeps the line moving quicker if we know who you are picking up before you enter the entryway. It is also somewhat embarrassing to us to have to ask who you are picking up.
We are cleaning and sanitizing the classrooms and bathrooms in an effort to keep the cold, flu, and COVID germs from our school. Handwashing is being done when the children and staff arrive, after using the bathroom/diaper changing, before and after eating and coming in from outside. We ask that you please assist us by keeping your little ones home if you suspect they are sick.
Please send your child with their winter attire for the cold weather months. We go outside whenever conditions allow. We also ask that you label everything with your child’s name. This is so important now since families can’t drop off and pick up. As you can imagine it is difficult for us to know who’s items belong to who. By labeling, it helps minimize confusion as many children have the same or similar coats/hats/mittens.
Winter Weather Closures
Thus far our winter as been very mild and we are not complaining. However, in the event we should get inclement weather this is our weather closure plan.
If Marion County goes under a snow emergency Polly Panda/Bridgford will automatically close.
In the event a winter storm occurs or the temperature becomes too dangerous, a decision will be made to close only if we feel our staff are unable to arrive safely.
Our media outlets are Channel 8 (WISH),13 (WTHR), 59 (WXIN). It will also be sent out via email and on our Facebook page.
Quote of the Month
Our wish for you is that this year you write the
most beautiful story possible for your family.
Toddler and Two’s Themes for January:
Jan. 4-8 Fun with Snow
Jan. 11-15 Arctic Animals
Jan. 18-22 Hats, Boots, and Mittens
Jan. 25-29 Tropical Vacation
Color of the Month:
Julie Voigt (infants) -- 1/6/2014
Employee of the Month
January's Employee of the Month is Julie Voigt!
Julie has been part of our Polly Panda team for 7 years. However, she has been part of our FAMILY for much longer! All three of Julie's own children attended Polly Panda from the time they were infants until Kindergarten. And now, three of her grandchildren, including T.J., in the photo, attend Polly Panda as well. We are so happy they have carried on the family tradition of being part of the Polly Panda family!
You can typically find Julie working part-time in our Infant area, but, she has been known to help out in Toddlers and Twos when needed.
Julie is a graduate of Purdue with a degree in business and marketing. She loves working with the babies, holding, rocking, and helping them celebrate when they meet their milestones such as rolling over and sitting up. Julie is best known for her fancy dancing with the babies, especially on Fridays when she rocks out to Footloose Friday with them.
Julie tells us she was hesitant at first to apply for the infant position since she didn’t have any experience working in a childcare setting. We are so glad and thankful that we were able to convince her she would be a natural with our babies.
RECIPE: Hot Chocolate Bombs
Kick your hot chocolate up a notch with a HOT CHOCOLATE BOMB!