A Message From the Principal
We are planning to do some local charity events this holiday season. Please note on your calendar for this month we are doing a canned food drive for a local food pantry. This started on the 3rd and will go through the 20th. If you would like to donate you can bring the canned goods to teachers and we will make a collection display the week of the 16th to celebrate our success. Next Month there will also be a Toys for Tots drive for the Fire Fighters. More details to come toward the end of this month.
Other Monthly Details
Our calendar this month is full of fun events. Please note the days we do close this month: 11th, 26th, 27th. Also, we invite you to come to lunch with the families the day before Thanksgiving. We need to know how many children are attending that day. Sign up sheet for that and the Christmas holidays have been hung up near the door to your child’s class. Please indicate which days your child will be in attendance so I can plan staff vacation days around the number of children we will have.
Professional Development Day
On Veteran’s Day (November 11th) our staff will be receiving some important new training on continuing to present high quality educational environments and activities for your children. Thank you for accommodating the closure as it is important for us to be able to help continue the life-long learning process for our teachers as well as our students.
THANK YOU to those of you who have been trying very hard to make sure you are following these protocols:
- Please make sure you are driving slowly through our parking lot while families are dropping off and picking up small children.
- Please do not allow anyone to enter the building without their door code for the safety of all inside.
- Please make sure you are not leaving children unattended in vehicles.
- We do have children in the building with very severe peanut allergies. Please monitor items being brought onto school grounds for possible allergens.
- Please wash hands when entering classrooms and have your children do so also.
- Like us on Facebook to see all of the fun and exciting things happening at Enchanted Care!!
Tuition is due the weeks of November 6th and 23rd . Please make sure that your account is current with the tuition cycle. There will be a $25 late payment fee assessed to all payments made after 12:00pm Tuesday of the tuition week. If you are interested in our automatic withdrawal program, please stop by the office to pick up an authorization form.
WITHDRAWAL/CHANGE OF SCHEDULE Policy
You must give us four weeks’ notice in writing prior to withdrawing your child from the school. If you wish to return after withdrawing your child, space is not guaranteed and you must pay a new registration fee and deposit applicable to new enrollees. You must also give us four weeks’ notice prior to reducing your child’s attendance schedule and two weeks’ notice prior to increasing your child’s attendance schedule.
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