June 2016 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

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 are starting June off with PUPPETS. We will be busy creating a cornucopia of different types of puppets with a variety of materials, doing puppet shows for each other, exploring puppet theater ideas, and who knows what else! It is always fun to watch and see how doing one thing sparks an idea or suggestion for something else. We will continue to watch and listen to see what other interests children are talking about during play that might guide us on our adventures and explorations this summer. As we plan our summer days, we will try to post activities on the front bulletin board for you to see what we are going to be up to these summer days.

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. We will always communicate with you to let you know if we will be planning to leave the building!

We hope you enjoy your summer with us.

                                  ~ Janet, Jane, Katey & Honor


REQUEST: We are always collecting items for our shelves and projects.

We are currently looking for the following:

  • Paper (any old letterhead lying around – we’ll use it!)
  • Envelopes Wood & Metal – scraps and interesting pieces of wood and metal (nuts, bolts, washers, old keys, tin cans – anything of that nature)
  • Cardboard tubes – from toilet paper or paper towels

Watch the front door for additional requests as we continue to plan out our summer activities.



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.


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. Please let us know if you need Jane & Janet’s cell phone numbers in case of such an emergency.


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, space availability for our friends from the school year to be able to come spend some time with us this summer, as well as letting children know when their special friends are returning after vacations.



Thursday/Friday JUNE 16/JUNE 17                  

Father’s Day Breakfast Cafe: We will have a “breakfast cafe” during drop-off                            time with Santiago’s Breakfast Burritos for the Dads

Monday, JULY 4

Closed for Holiday

AUGUST 18/19

Last days of Summer Session

AUGUST 22 – 26

Friends ‘n Fun closed for cleaning, sprucing, prep and planning for new school year.

AUGUST 29/30

Beginning of Fall Session