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

HOLIDAY BREAK~

Don’t forget!  Friends ‘n Fun will be closed December 24, 2012 through January 1, 2013.  We will be back on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Happy Holidays!

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!!!!

SUMMER 2012 NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents,
Many apologies for taking a while to get this summer newsletter out! Welcome to all our families – new, continuing, and returning.  We have a wonderful group of children for our summer session and are enjoying getting to know one another.  A new mix of children always invigorates us with the possibilities of new interests, talents, and friendships.

We are excited as we plan for the upcoming summer months. Throughout the summer various activities will be set out each day with children of all ages in mind.  Teachers are always enthusiastic for our change in curriculum format for the summer.  Preparing activity centers for in-depth exploration based on interests rather than ages seems to allow for new creative energy and limitless ideas.

We started June off with some water and sand experiences and have been having a great time with our the new load of sand that has renewed our sand box. We are now very excited about creating functional toys and play materials using cardboard. We are starting with small cardboard houses to use with puppets of ourselves and friends. Also on the list of items are a marble run, treehouse, race car track and castle and dragons. We will see if anymore ideas pop up! If the cardboard creations don’t occupy us for the summer we plan to explore color, light and shadow in a variety of ways.
We may take an occasional walk around the block, a walk to Pioneer Elementary School’s playground, or a walk to the rock park 5 blocks East of us on Simpson Street for a morning of outdoor activities.  Watch the front door for notes regarding when we might leave the building. We hope you enjoy your summer with us.

SUNSCREEN  – Feel free to apply sunscreen to children before they arrive at school. We have sunscreen and will reapply it throughout the day.  If your child needs a specific brand, please send it  (labeled with your child’s name) and with a signed note indicating this is your preference. We use Banana Boat #50 and Blue Lizard #30.

EXTRA CLOTHING FOR SUMMERTIME
Summer sun and hot days mean we will get wet, to stay cool.  Please leave a change of clothing for your children in their cubbies. Also, please send a swimsuit to leave at school

Tornado Emergency Plans       June is typically our stormiest month – and we need to be prepared for any emergency.  We have emergency plans posted at the front door.  Should there be a tornado watch, where we are asked to seek shelter, we will take the children downstairs to our cellar where we have blankets, flashlights, water and stuffed animals.  You might need to have our cell phone numbers in case of such an emergency.  They are:   Janet – 303-818-4842 Sandy – 720-220-2187

Vacation schedules –   Please let staff know, when possible, of times that your child will not be attending.  This will help us in our staff scheduling as well as letting children know when their special friends are returning after vacations. ______________________________________________________
IMPORTANT DATES
Wednesday JULY 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY – School closed
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PLEASE REMEMBER TO SIGN YOUR CHILD IN & OUT EACH DAY IN THE SIGN IN NOTEBOOK

School Yard Work Day – May 26, 2012

Teachers will be at school from 8:30 -1:00pm to work on a variety of “jobs” to get our school’s outdoor environment ready for our summer session.  Join us if you can – even for an hour or two.  Let us know when you might be available and what tools (truck?) you may have for us to use.  Our goals are to :

•fluff the sand and wood chips – adding more if necessary
•add wood shavings to the front walk beside the street
•clean up the yards!
•build 2 raised garden beds and possibly plan/install a hydration system

Thanks for your support!

 

Potluck Picnic – May 24, 2012

Please join us for our end of the year potluck picnic.  Note that we have changed the location of this event.  We have discovered a wonderful park that may suit our families’ needs better.  This one has a  smaller playground area alongside the larger one – smaller will accommodate our new toddlers!  The park is White Tail Park on Autumn Ridge Blvd., just off Empire (Hiway 42) and 287.  Please bring your family, a main dish and a dessert (A-M) or a salad (N-Z).  FnF will provide tableware, plates, and beverages.  This event is from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  Looking forward to seeing all of you there!

Parent Teacher Conferences – June 1& 2

Parent Teacher Conferences – Stop by our parent bulletin board and sign up for your 20 minute conference time with the team of teachers.  Conferences will be June1 and June 2, 2012.  We have been working on your child’s portfolio which will be ready for you to take on these dates.  Please join us in this time of celebrating your child’s growth and development over the course of this year.

MOTHER’S DAY TEA – 5/10/12

Just a little reminder to all FnF Moms to attend our Mother’s Day Tea this Thursday, May 10, 2012.  Bring your child at his/her normal time.  If your child attends on Wednesday and not on Thursday,  he/she should come on both Wednesday and on Thursday at the normal time.  Then YOU come back at 10:30 or 2:30 whichever is appropriate, and be ready to be waited on by a very special wait person.  Your child will be at your beck and call!  Call if you have any further questions.  Don’t miss this very special event.  Due to the limitations of our space, this is a mothers only event.

March Newsletter

 Dear Parents,

The woodland creatures from THE MITTEN materialized larger than life as beautiful masks and headpieces created by the children were completed. Five separate acting companies presented engaging performances. Some highlights included the various Grandma Babas clicking their knitting needles while rocking away; delighted Nickis catching their airborne mittens and then bringing them home a bit puzzled by the disparity in sizes; and the adorable animals squishing into the “mitten” dropped in the snow. Take a minute to peek at the wall displays to see the highlights.

We are now deep into multiple mysteries! Fingerprints are being analyzed, shoe prints might lead the way, spy binoculars and walkie talkies assist in seeking information. Clever detectives and investigators are lurking around every corner trying to solve the current mystery. Who did it? What could it be?  Where did it come from? When was it last seen? How did it happen?

We are assembling all of our investigative tools and honing our questioning and skills before the teachers begin to “plant” more complex mysteries in the school. We have set up a “Mystery of the Day” table and hope to continue it throughout the study. So far we have explored an emu egg shell, wallpaper scraper, physical therapy hand exerciser and a piece of dragon fruit. If you have any interesting and mysterious objects we would love adding them to the line up!

We are also working on a community mystery hunt. We will soon give you a photo of FnF and a set of clues to search for matching photos in a variety of local businesses and services. Once all of the locations have been found a surprise will be waiting at the last stop.

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. If you are not sure you are also always welcome to call Sandy @ 720-220-2187 or Janet @ 303-818-4842.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE SPECIAL DATES IN THIS NEWSLETTER AND MARK THEM ON YOUR CALENDARS…..

IMPORTANT DATES – SPRING 2012

May 10 – Mother’s Day Tea – 10:30 –11:30 OR 2:30 – 3:30pm (depending on your child’s school schedule)Calling all moms!  Please be sure you attend this special event.  Your child will be at your “beck and call” for part of this day.  Bring your child at their regular time.  And then you will return to enjoy a special treat at 10:30 OR at 2:30. – Tea and treats served by your children.  Details will be posted on the front door soon. MW families please talk with Sandy or Janet regarding which times to attend on Thursday morning or afternoon. Due to our limited space and the fact that this is a special celebration for your child attending Friends ‘n Fun, 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.

May 24 –  End of Year Potluck Picnic – La Monte Does Park.  Details to follow.
May 28 – Memorial Day  – school closed
May 30 – 31 – Last Day of School (summer begins June 4)
June 1 – 2 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Please watch the parent bulletin board for a sign up sheet to attend a conference on one of these days.  Conferences will be 20 minutes each.  Times will be offered from 8am – 1pm on Friday; and from 8am – 11am and 12pm -3pm on Saturday.

SPRING BREAK!!!!!!!
We will be closed on March 28 and 29 for spring break.

REMINDER……….
Teachers are working away on each child’s portfolio to present to you at the May conference. The portfolio fee which assists us in the cost of production materials was due in November. We still have quite a few out so please check your records and turn yours in so we can keep the ball rolling! Thanks!ENROLLMENT FORMS

Thank you for the timely return of your enrollment requests for the upcoming Summer and Fall. Everything looks good and we will be sending out confirmations soon.