It really is hard to believe that we are entering the last month of 2019! It's such an exciting time of the year at Polly Panda and Bridgford. You'll soon see the entryway decorated with our Christmas tree. Be on the lookout for your little one's artwork on the tree!
Wow! We are blown away by your generosity. THANK YOU to everyone who donated and participated in our Fall Festival. Because of YOU, we were able to raise $3691.00. Your donations made it possible for us to sponsor 34 children this holiday season. Let the shopping begin!
As a reminder, Polly Panda and Bridgford will CLOSE EARLY / BE CLOSED on the following days for the holidays:
Christmas Eve - will close at 1:00pm
Christmas Day - CLOSED
New Year's Eve - will close at 4:00pm
New Year's Day - CLOSED
As always, if you have any questions, please be sure to reach out to us.
Dec. 2-6 - Gingerbread Decorating
We will kick off the holiday season with our annual gingerbread house decorating. During the week of Dec. 2-6 the children in the Teddy Bears-Dragonflies will choose a theme for their gingerbread houses. Be sure to check with your child’s teacher to see what items are needed to decorate the house. The houses will be on display in the entryway for all to enjoy.
(Be careful: you'll gain 10 pounds just by walking into the building the smells are so delightful! )
Dec. 6 - Christmas Late Night
Need a date night or a shopping night without little eyes?
Stop by the office to sign up for our annual Christmas Late Night with Ms. Donna and Ms. Shannon!
Our little Pandas will enjoy dinner, a movie and fun!
COST: $30 for first child; $20 for each additional family member (CASH ONLY PLEASE)
If your child attends on Friday, they can stay through the day. If your child does not attend Polly Panda on Fridays, drop off is at 6pm. Please stop by the office to sign up!
Dec. 13 - Holiday Breakfast
Our annual Holiday Breakfast will be on Friday Dec. 13th from 6:30am-9:00am.
The Holiday Breakfast is our way of saying “Thank You” and “Happy Holidays” to all of our families at Polly Panda and Bridgford. The breakfast will be set up in the Teddy Bears, Chipmunks, and Butterfly classrooms. We hope you will be able to take a few minutes from your busy schedule to enjoy breakfast with your child(ren).
Dec. 13 - Field Trip
The Teddy Bears-Dragonflies will enjoy a visit from Jingle John, his reindeer and other arctic animal friends on Friday December 13th. The cost of the program is $9.00 and the first program starts at 9:00.
Dec. 19 - Santa is coming to town
He will be visiting the kiddos on Thursday, Dec. 19th. He will be spending a few minutes in each classroom visiting with the children.
**Because Santa is very busy this time of the year, this will be a quick visit and unfortunately won't have time to take photos with all the little ones during his visit -- the reindeer will be waiting outside to whisk him off to the North Pole so he can check on all the elves. :)
Dec. 2-6 Taste of the Holidays
Dec. 9-13 Happy Holidays
Dec. 16-20 Happy Holidays
Dec. 23-Jan.3 Winter Break (no lesson plans)
Developing Number Recognition
Jack Be Nimble
Toddlers and Twos Themes:
Dec. 2-6 Ways of Transportation
Dec. 9-13 Christmas Preparation
Dec. 16-20 Gingerbread Village
Dec. 23-Jan.2 Christmas Around the World
The Muffin Man
Color of the Month:
12/5 - Alliyah Kent
12/27 - Lynn Bowers
12/30 - Kailah Kent
12/31 - Marilyn Traylor
3 years - Claire Schmitt - 12/19/2016
Employee of the Month
The December EOM is Kelly Eichenberger.
Kelly has been part of our Panda team for 12 years. She is a graduate of Ben Davis High School and has earned her CDA (with renewal several times). Kelly loves making children laugh and smile. She contributes her love of teaching to her idol Walt Disney, who taught us all we never have to grow up.
Kelly has been in the field of early childhood for over 20 years. She knew she had been teaching for a long time when she met one of her former parents from a school she taught at in Greenwood while walking into Polly Panda. Kelly asked her how her daughter, Emma, was doing and she said she just graduated from IU. Kelly was stunned to find out one of her previous four-year-old’s was now a college graduate. After catching up for a few minutes, she shared with Kelly that Emma’s niece attends Polly Panda. Two years later Emma and Kelly were able to reconnect when Emma chaperoned a field trip with her niece. Emma brought pictures of her and Kelly together when she was in Kelly’s preschool class. Talk about a small world.
When Kelly is not telling stories, singing song’s and teaching her Jellyfish, she enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband, Mike, watching the Colts play and anything Mickey Mouse.
Please join us in congratulating Kelly on being the December EOM.