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 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!


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 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!


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


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


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


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!



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!!!!


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.

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. ______________________________________________________
Wednesday JULY 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY – School closed

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.

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.



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.

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

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.