From the Principal’s Office
We would like to give a special thank you to all of our families, old and new! We are so happy you are here! The staff and I are honored that all of you entrust your children to our care! We celebrate the opportunity and continue to enjoy nurturing and engaging them in memorable learning!!
On Monday, November 23rd each class will be making pumpkin pies! Our Pre-K students will be making their pies at the KIDS’ Campus and inviting their parents to come in and share the delicious pie! Please watch for a Pumpkin Pie Ingredients sign-up sheet to be posted in your child’s room later this month. We thank you in advance for helping us collect all of the pie making necessities!
Please remember that with the colder weather we will still be going outside as long it is 25 degrees or above. With this in mind, be sure to send a warm hat and mittens to school for outside time. Also, please label your child’s coat, mittens and hat, thank you!
Thanksgiving Share Snack
On Tuesday, November 24th we will be having a Thanksgiving Share Snack. About one week prior to share snack day, each child will be given a snack baggie to take home and fill with a snack of their choice. Then, on share snack day, the class will work together to combine all of the snack items and create a snack mix for everyone to share! When helping your child choose his/her snack, please keep in mind that all of the items will be combined into one mixture, please avoid any items that need refrigerated. Also, please do not bring in candy or any items containing nuts.
Drop-offs and Pick-ups
Please remember to enter and exit our building through the front doors only when arriving at and leaving our building, this is for safety reasons and we appreciate your cooperation with this policy. In addition, when dropping off or picking up please do not allow your children to enter or roam the building unattended, again this is for safety reasons and we want to ensure that every child in our building is under the supervision of adults.
* Don’t forget to check your child’s cubby for important information from their teachers and the office.
* Parking Lot Safety – Remember to drive slowly and cautiously through our parking lots. There are several small children and their families in the parking lot throughout the day and we want to be sure that everyone is safe! In addition, please so not leave children in the car unattended. It is also important that you do not leave your car running while in our school.
* Tuition Due – Tuition will be due on November 9th and 23rd.
Important Dates to Remember
At Our School
November 11th – Enchanted Care is CLOSED for Professional Development Day
November 23rd – Making Pumpkin Pies
November 24th – Thanksgiving Share Snack
November 26th – Enchanted Care will be CLOSED for Thanksgiving
November 27th – Enchanted Care will be CLOSED
In the Community
November 6th – First Friday -6pm-9pm – Downtown Delaware
November 8th – Veterans Day Parade – 3:00 – Downtown Delaware
November 20th – January 3rd – Fantasy of Lights – Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds
November 22th – Delaware Holiday Parade – 3:00 pm – Downtown Delaware
November 26th – Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk and Little Gobbler Kids Race – 8:30 am – Mill Run Crossing
November 11th – Veterans Day Program – 11 am – Village Green Park
November 20th – January 3rd – Wildlights – Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
A Word from our Education Department
4 Ways to Instill Thankfulness in Young Children
It’s never too early to teach your child about thankfulness. By learning concepts of generosity and compassion, children strengthen their connection to their community and become sensitive to the feelings of others.
The holiday season is quickly approaching, so now is a great time to reinforce the importance of thankfulness and giving back to those in need.
Below are age appropriate activities that we implement in the classroom, as well as activities for you and your child to do at home.
TODDLERS: Be a good role model
In the classroom: Our teachers introduce “please” and “thank you” to our toddlers by using sign language and verbal communication. Students practice good manners with their dolls, stuffed animals and each other.
At home: Modeling positive behaviors is a great way to teach your child good manners. Say “please” before asking him to do something, and always follow with “thank you.”
Recommended reading: Little Critter® I Am Helping by Mercer Mayer
BEGINNERS: Share your gratitude out loud
In the classroom: Our teachers encourage our Beginner students to name a few of their favorite toys and games, and bring one in from home to share with friends. By sharing their belongings, children nurture connections with their classmates, and build necessary problem-solving skills.
At home: Talk with your child about the things in your life for which you are thankful, and ask him to name a few as well. Extend the discussion beyond physical possessions. For instance, if he is thankful for a favorite toy, say “Grandma bought you that toy, and we are thankful for her.”
Recommended reading: Spot Helps Out by Eric Hill
INTERMEDIATES: Show appreciation through actions
In the classroom: By age three, children begin to understand the concept of appreciation. They create birthday cards for their teachers, make art projects for friends, and write thank you cards for classroom visitors.
At home: Go shopping with your child, and buy a small token of appreciation for a friend or family member. Ask your child to draw a picture or write a thank you note to accompany the gift.
Recommended reading: Clifford’s Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell
PRE-K/PRE-K2: Give back to those in need
In the classroom: During the holidays, many of our schools host donation drives for organizations in need. Our older preschoolers discuss why they are participating, count the items donated, and sometimes have the opportunity to deliver the donations.
At home: Donate canned goods to a local food pantry, and allow your child to choose the food that he would like to donate. Explain to him that you are thankful to have good food to eat, and that you want to make sure that others have the same.
Recommended reading: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
We provide many opportunities for our preschoolers to develop thankfulness and show gratitude towards others. By setting this positive foundation, your child will be more appreciative and generous as he enters elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education