Happy Spring! This year is already flying by, isn't it? We are grateful for the warmer temps and sunshine.
Please note that Polly Panda WILL BE OPEN REGULAR HOURS this on Friday, April 2 (Good Friday) and Monday, April, 5 (Easter Monday).
We would like to thank everyone for the cards, child-created art, and kind words during our COVID celebration. We were given a generous donation by a parent of two $25.00 Amazon gift cards to be raffled off. The winners were Ms. Alliyah (Honey Bees) and Ms. Kelly (Jellyfish)! Be sure to check out the photos on our Facebook page to see some of the fun we had.
Looking for some FUN learning activities for your littles this summer? As a reminder, Polly Panda hosts a Summer Camp for kiddos ages 5-12 years old from June 1-August 6. See below for more info or contact the office to sign up!
Please be sure your child has weather-appropriate clothes and jackets as we will be going outside more and more! Please remember to LABEL ALL CLOTHING.
Please be sure you have your pick-up sign with you. This is so helpful as we are running to get the kiddos at night. Having a sign is a win-win for everyone as it cuts down on the amount of time waiting in line.
As always, if you have any questions, please be sure to reach out to us.
April 5-9 Spring Break classes will be celebrating with a different fun theme each day.
April 12-16 Things in the Sky/Spring Weather (letter K)
April 19-23 Down at the Pond (letter Y)
April 23-30 Goin to the Zoo (letter Z)
April Toddler and Two’s Theme:
April 5-9 Spring Break classes will be celebrating with a different fun theme each day
April 12-16 April Showers
April 19-23 Over in the Pond
April 26-30 Goin to the Zoo
Color of the Month:
Quote of the Month
April 23 - Kyera Crowe (Teddy Bears)
Employee of the Month
Please put your hands together to help celebrate our APRIL EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, Clair Schmitt!
Ms. Claire joined our Panda family while she was a junior at Cathedral High School. She enjoyed working with children so much that once she graduated she attended Purdue for two years studying Elementary Education. She has earned her associate degree from Ivy Tech in Elementary Education and is working on completing her bachelor's in Elementary Education.
Claire currently works in our Panda room, which is our youngest toddle room and is one of our most dependable employees and is able to work in any classroom.
When the COVID restrictions went into place and parents were not allowed in the building Claire immediately asked if she could be a “runner” during pick-up time as she knew all of the children and most of the parents. She now has gotten so good at this she recognizes the parents' cars.
In the eight years that Claire has been part of our team, she has grown in her communication skills with parents and enjoys building bonds with her families, and stays in touch with many of them even after the children “graduate” from Polly Panda/Bridgford. She also loves watching each child explore and try new things. Claire does a great job of working with the babies when they first transition into her classroom from the infant area. She takes great pride in working with them on learning how to drink from a sippy cup, eat from a plate, sleep on a cot, walking and the many other toddler skills needed before moving to the Pooh Bears.
When Claire is not hanging out in the toddler world she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, doing tye-dye and other crafts, and spoiling her four dogs, Wilbur, Spaulding, Noble, and Louis.
Please join us in congratulating Claire on her many years of service and dedication to Polly Panda/Bridgford.
LAST CALL - Egg Hunt Donations Needed
The annual Polly Panda Egg Hunt is always a fun tradition and we need your help! Please send in the following by Wednesday, March 31:
Toddlers please send in empty large eggs
2’s and older please send in 12 filled eggs. Eggs can be filled with smarties, wrapped mini candies, stickers, tattoos, and other surprises. Please do not include items with nuts or hard candy.
The egg hunt will take place on Thursday, April 1. It is always such a fun time to watch the excitement on the children’s faces as they hunt and find eggs!
ENROLLING NOW! Summer Camp
SIGN YOU KIDDOS UP FOR THE POLLY PANDA SUMMER CAMP! This camp is designed for kids ages 5-12!
Camp runs from June 1 to August 6 and includes fun activities such as visits to local parks and splash pads, doing team building games, enjoying a tasty treat they make each Tuesday, weekly craft projects, games in our giant backyard and much more. If you would like more information please contact the office. You can call or email.
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.