January 2015 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!  It is so nice to have everyone back after the break and ready to be having fun and learning and growing together again!

We had great fun with bear stories and studying bears during November and December.  We were busy working on costumes, sets and performances as each small group readied a bear storybook to act out. We then shifted to studying real bears.

Janet’s little ones acted out Bears in Chairs and Bears in the Bath; Jane’s groups performed Tiptoe Joe and The Three Bears; Kara’s crews performed Corduroy and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt; and Katey’s fine actors put together Bear Snores On and Bear Feels Sick. Following the plays each of the groups explored research books about real bears and focused on an area of interest. There were bear dens and trees for bear climbing; there were bear puppets and hand sewn stuffed bears; there were child authored and illustrated bear stories and books, both fiction and factual; there was even an actual representation of an 8 foot Alaskan brown bear!

We guess it’s time to let bears begin their hibernation now that winter is in full swing!

It is also time to embark on our next journey.

This past summer Asante Abankwah’s family approached us with an invitation to share their family heritage. Asante attends school on MWF. Asante’s father Adjei originates from the West African country of Ghana. Adjei was a lead dancer and choreographer with the Ghana National Dance Ensemble and has performed internationally. The family has offered their resources and support to guide us through an exploration of Ghana culture, art, dance, music and storytelling. They have been participants and among the organizers of the BaoBao Festival for the past 11 years. The festival is presented during the week of March 1st through 7th.

We are excited by their invitation and will begin this study by learning about the music, dance, art and unique storytelling of Ghana. We hope to culminate our experience around the time of the BaoBao Festival with our own interpretation of Ghana storytelling. Asante’s parents Adjei and Kari plan to assist us with guest visitors who will teach us about dance, drumming and storytelling. We look forward to this new journey and hope you will too! Feel free to visit the BaoBao Foundation website at www.baobaofoundation.org.

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NOTE CARD FUNDRAISER!!!!!!

Thanks to all of you for your notecard orders. Your contributions raised $1250.00. After expenses, we have $900.00 for our arts and supplies fund. We hope that you and your families enjoy the amazing artwork created by your children. Thank you so much for your continued support and generosity!

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SHARE-A-GIFT

The people at Share-a-Gift tell us that each year Friends’n Fun parents are one of the most generous group of contributors to their program. This year alone the box was filled to over flowing 3 separate times! Thanks to all of you for your concern for others in need. In an effort to offer additional support throughout the year we are thinking of providing a food collection box for dried goods that we can periodically donate to the Sister Carmen food bank.

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VALENTINE’S DAY– Your children are invited to bring valentines for their friends on Wednesday, February 11th or Thursday the 12th. We chose these days so everyone can participate. For children of preschool age it is best to just have them write their names on the backs and leave the envelopes blank.  You can buy pre-packaged valentines or join them in making their own creations.

Bring 22 cards for the Wednesday group and 22 cards for the Thursday group.

A Valentine snack sign up will be posted on the parent bulletin board closer to time.

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SNOWY WEATHER!!!! We will notify 9 News if we will be closed due to bad winter weather. It sometimes takes awhile for schools to be listed on television but a listing pops up pretty quickly on their website, so check there as well. We will also post closures on our website on the Latest & Greatest page. If you are not sure you are welcome to call Jane @ 303-775-1531 or Janet @ 303-818-4842.

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ENROLLMENT FORMS

By the end of the month, you will be receiving questionnaires asking for your schedule requests for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015. We appreciate your prompt return of these forms so we can begin our enrollment process.

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HOLIDAY CLOSURE DATES Please mark your calendars and note the following dates Friends ‘n Fun will be closed in observance of the upcoming holidays and Spring Break:

  • Monday, January 19th: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 16th: Presidents Day
  • Wednesday-Friday, March 25th-27th: Spring Break

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WORDS TO SHARE………………………….

Our past parent and dear friend Bruce Kirschner, whose adult sons Paul and Sam attended Friends’n Fun as preschoolers, has come to school for the past 18 years to celebrate Hanukkah with us. He engages the children with his warm and funny personality and is always memorable. He joined us once again this year and last week he sent us a lovely quote by Fred Rogers that he wanted to share along with a wish for a good 2015 to all!

“At the center of the universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person.  Anything we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job.  Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds.  Life is for service.”   Fred Rogers

December 2014 Newsletter

Dear Parents,   Wow! Time flies when you are having Fun! We were off and running after Halloween as we dove into an assortment of bear stories. Each of the small groups has been preparing a story to act out as a play and we are just about ready for the performances! Katey’s M/W group is performing Bear Feels Sick and her T/TH group will perform Bear Snores On. Jane’s M/W group is performing TipToe Joe and the T/TH crew is doing their unique version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Goldilocks is replaced by Tigers!) Kara’s M/W kids will perform We’re Going On A Bear Hunt and her T/TH pals A Pocket For Corduroy. Janet’s little ones on M/W are performing Bears in The Bath and T/TH are performing Bears On Chairs. Following the bear plays we will continue to study bears and learn more about them. Studio Discovery Fridays has also made a change. The children will be exploring variations on SNOW, ICE and WATER. PS. Thank you to Gus Condon’s parents, Natalie and Jason, for providing us with all of those pumpkins that we thoroughly enjoyed for Fall and Halloween!!!!!!

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SNOW DAYS It’s that time of year again. Check Channel 9 News website when in doubt, or on the “Latest & Greatest” page on our website! FnF will be listed on 9news.com for school closings or we will be listed as a “late start.” We will make the decision to close based on the safety of all – children, parents and community. If you have questions on snow days please call Janet (303-818-4842) or Jane (303-775-1531). We’ll do our best to keep you informed. Thank you.

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ANNUAL TREE OF THANKS – BY FRIENDS ‘n FUN FAMILIES – We invite you to join us in creating a leaf to attach to the tree in our front yard. We will be sending home paper cut in the shape of leaves and a few fun things to embellish your leaf. We would like you to work with your family to think about whom in your family, friends, neighbors and/or people in the community you are grateful to and why. Then please write a short note of thanks explaining this on the leaf, let the children decorate it, and then cover it (front & back) with the contact paper. Make sure your child’d name is on the leaf! Teachers will have ribbon at school for you to use to tie the leaves onto a wire we will have affixed to the tree. We are in the hopes that you and your children will take time to read the collection of leaves of thanks on our tree. We also hope that the community of walker-bys in Lafayette might see and learn more about us as a community at Friends ‘n Fun.

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FAMILY TRADITIONS The holiday season is upon us. It all began with Halloween (from the children’s perspective) and has rolled into Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Las Posadas, Christmas, multiple New Years’, and many other wonderful celebrations that honor special cultural and religious traditions. We join together with family and friends to enjoy this season. We treasure all of the unique and distinctive differences and unifying similarities that make up our school community. This holiday season we would like to recognize all of our families. On Saturday, Dec. 13th from 1:00-3:00 we have once again reserved the John M. Taylor Conference Center at Imagine! We would like to invite your family to join us to decorate a tree branch with photographs and small objects that represent special things about your family. We will provide an assortment of yarns, beads, wire, buttons, jewels, etc. – and a tree branch for each of you. You can bring photographs, small objects and your wonderful children. We will work together at Imagine! to create these beautiful branches. We will then bring them back to school to display for all to enjoy. The things you bring to embellish the branch should represent your family’s interests (biking, pets, skiing, etc.), as well as special celebrations. We hope you can attend this gathering to get to know each other and share in an activity with your children to celebrate this special time of year. Drop by anytime between 1 and 3 and spend as much time as works for you that day. We will post maps/directions to Imagine! on the bulletin board closer to the event date.

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FUNDRAISER In December we will create note cards using your child’s artwork – easel paintings, watercolor paintings, self-portraits, collages, etc. Packages of your child’s note cards, with envelopes, will be available to you at $12.00 per package of 8. In the past families have sent them to grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc. for holiday gifts. The money raised goes to help purchase art supplies at Friends ‘n Fun. Watch the parent bulletin board for additional details. This is our ONLY fundraiser of the year and it typically brings us about $1000 for use in our supply budget. We hope you can support us and enjoy this celebration of your children’s efforts. Thank you for your continued support of our small program.

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IMPORTANT DATES !!!!!!!!!!! Nov. 18-19 – Tree of Thanks leaves to be sent home on the 18th and 19th. Return to us anytime from the 21st on, and attach them to our tree so our neighborhood community can enjoy. Nov. 27-28 – CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday Dec. 13 – FnF Family Traditions Workshop – Imagine! John M. Taylor Conference Center 1665 Coal Creek Drive, Lafayette 1:00 – 3:00 PM Dec. 24 – Jan. 2 – FnF Closed. We will be closed from Wed. Dec. 24th through Jan. 1, 2015. We will reopen on Friday, January 2, 2015.

Orientation Evening

Tuesday, September 16

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Teachers will be available from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to informally share further information about the school and answer any questions that may have come up following your child’s first few weeks. We encourage you to check in with the small group teacher to let us know specific information about your child’s interests and needs so we can better plan for his/her school experience. Please return the questionnaire to share additional information about your child with us.

Due to the limited amount of space available, this will be for parents only.

Fall Potluck Picnic

Join us on Wednesday, September 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at LaMont Does Park for our Fall Potluck Picnic.  It’s a fun way to meet other families, reconnect with those you haven’t seen in awhile, and enjoy a variety of foods at the same time!

A – M bring Main Dish and Dessert

N – Z bring Main Dish and Salad

Friends ‘n Fun will provide plates, napkins, plasticware and drinks.

We hope to see you and your family there!

End of Summer & Beginning of Fall Sessions

Our Summer session is beginning to wind down.  We’ve had so much fun exploring birds and have been delighted to hear how the enthusiasm has carried on beyond Friends ‘n Fun’s walls.

Our last day for Summer will be Friday, August 15th.  The week of August 18th, Friends ‘n Fun will be closed and the teachers will be busy getting ready for the new school year…we will be using the time for planning, staff development and preparing the school.

Fall 2014 session begins the week of August 25th and we look forward to seeing everyone then!

End of the Year Potluck Picnic – Wed., May 28th

Join us on Wednesday, May 28th at LaMont Does Park

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Please bring the following:

EVERYONE: Main Dish (regular size)

Last name starts with A-M:  Dessert (regular size)

Last name starts with N-Z: Salad (regular size)

Friends ‘n Fun will provide beverages, cups, plates and plasticware.

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We look forward to celebrating an incredible school year with our amazing families!   We hope to see you all there.

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences

Join us to celebrate your child’s growth and experiences at school this year and receive their portfolio.

Please sign up on the Parent Bulletin Board (by the front door) for a time to meet with the teachers. If the options do not suit your schedule, please talk with Janet or Jane to work out an alternate option.

We look forward to seeing you and celebrating your child!

MOTHER’S DAY TEA!

Wednesday, May 7th or Thursday, May 8th

10:30 – 11:30

Calling all moms!  Please be sure you attend this special event.  Your child will be at your “beck and call” for part of the morning.  Bring your child at their regular time.  Then you return to enjoy tea and treats served to you by your child at 10:30.

Due to our limited space and the nature of this special celebration we can only accommodate enrolled preschoolers.  Siblings or other family members will not be able to attend.  We hope that you understand and if you can’t make it, we can talk about who might be able to come so your child feels they are a part of our Mother’s Day Tea.

See you then!

Summer & Fall 2014 Enrollment

We are now in the process of finding out from our current families to see what their needs are for the upcoming summer and fall.  Current families, please return your request form by Friday, February 14th.  

Once we know where our openings are, we will begin to contact families who have visited and asked to be on our wait list for upcoming openings.

If you are interested in our preschool, please contact us and schedule a time for you and your child to come visit us to see if Friends ‘n Fun.  We’d love to meet you!

Valentine’s Day Feb. 12 & 13

Your children are invited to bring valentines for their friends on Wednesday, February 12th or Thursday the 13th.  We chose these days so everyone can participate.

For children of preschool age it is best to just have them write their names on the backs and leave the envelopes blank.  You can buy pre-packaged valentines or join them in making their own creations.

Bring 21cards for the Wednesday group and 22 cards for the Thursday group.

Come Visit us at Mountain Kids on Feb. 1st

Janet & Jane will have a table at Mountain Kids 10th Birthday Celebration.  We’ll have some examples of the things we do at Friends ‘n Fun and be available to answer any questions you might have.  Other events will be happening at Mountain Kids for kids and families to enjoy as well.

We will be at Mountain Kids from 12:30pm – 2:30pm on Saturday, February 1st.

474 S. Taylor Ave., Louisville

Visit Mountain Kids website at www.mountain-kids.com/louisville for more information about all the events they will have happening.

We hope to see you there!

Winter Holiday Closure Dates

Friends ‘n Fun will be open on Monday, December 23rd.  We will then be closed for the holiday from December 24th through January 1st.  We’ll see you again starting on Thursday, January 2nd.

We wish everyone Happy Holidays and look forward to seeing you in 2014!

Tradition Branches on Dec. 14th

On Saturday, Dec. 14th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, we would like to invite your family to join us to decorate a tree branch with photographs and small objects that represent secial things about your family.  We will provide an assortment of yard, beads, wire, buttons, jewels, etc., and a tree branch for each of you.  You can bring photographs, small objects and your wonderful children.  The things you bring to embellish the branch should represent your family’s interests (biking, pets, skiing, etc) as well as special celebrations.  We will work together at Imagine! to create these beautiful branches.  We will then bring them back to school to display for all to enjoy.

Address: Imagine!  John M. Taylor Conference Center

1665 Coal Creek Drive, Lafayette  80026

We hope to see you and your family there!

 

SONG REQUEST: Sitting in My High Chair

Verse 1:

Sitting in a high chair.

Whose chair?  My chair.

Sitting in my high chair banging my spoon.

Bring on the carrots, bring on the peas.

Won’t somebody come and feed this baby, please.

(Repeat first 3 lines)

Bring on the butter, bring on the bread.

Won’t somebody come and get this baby fed.

(Repeat first 3 lines to end)

Make up more rhymes of your own!

NOW ENROLLING FOR SUMMER AND FALL 2013!

We are now enrolling for both Summer and Fall.  Beginning in September, there will be an option to enroll for an 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday/Wednesday/Friday in addition to the current schedule choices.  Extended hours are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch bunch; and/or 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on all days.

SUMMER 2013:

MWF       8:30 – 12:00     $409.50/mo

T Th        8:30 – 12:00     $312.00/mo

M thru F   8:30 – 12:00    $720.00/mo

LUNCH BUNCH

MWF    12:00 – 1:00     $97.50/mo

T Th      12:00 – 1:00     $65.00/mo

Extended Hours  8:00-8:30 and/or 1:00 – 1:30     $7.50/hr

FALL 2013

MWF       8:30 – 12:00     $430.00/mo

MWF       8:00 – 3:00      $785.00/mo

T Th        8:30 – 12:00     $328.00/mo

M thru F   8:30 – 12:00    $758.00/mo

LUNCH BUNCH

MWF    12:00 – 1:00     $104.00/mo

T Th      12:00 – 1:00     $70.00/mo

Extended Hours  8:00-8:30 and/or 1:00 – 1:30     $8.00/hr

HALLOWEEN 2012

Parents…

A preschoolers favorite holiday is just around the corner…HALLOWEEN!!!!  We will be celebrating at school on Tuesday, Oct. 30th and Wednesday, Oct. 31st.  Many young children are uncertain of and frightened by costumes, so we will celebrate with NO COSTUMES at school.  We DO celebrate with special games, activities, stories and a festive snack.

If you would like to contribute to our snack, please sign up on the bulletin board by the front door.  Cheese cut-outs, mini muffins, dried pumpkin seeds and fruit, etc. are fun treats.  If you choose a sweet treat, a small portion is best!

Thank you and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!