From the Principal’s Office
Ahhh, the holidays are upon us, as we are all well aware this time of year becomes very busy! Throughout this holiday season we hope that everyone can embrace the importance of the holiday and remember to slow down and spend quality time with family and friends.
All of the classes had a great time mixing their share snack. What a great lesson it is to share your favorite snack with your friends. The making and baking of the pumpkin pies was also a big hit. Everyone had a great time measuring and mixing the needed ingredients to make a delicious pie. Thank you to all of our gracious parents for bringing these items in. We could not do it without you!
Our Holiday Open House will be on Thursday, December 10th from 6:00-7:30. Please join us for a festive evening to see all the wonderful things your children have been learning. Santa will be at the KIDS’ Campus with a special surprise for all of the children. This evening is an excellent chance to talk with your child’s teachers, visit with other families and see the projects the children have been working on!
Please Drive SLOWLY
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!
Holiday Closures and Attendance
As a reminder, our school will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, in addition we will be closing at 2:00 pm on Christmas Eve and at 4:00 pm on New Year’s Eve. We will also be posting sign-up sheets for the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, please be sure to fill them out as accurately as you can. We would like to give our teachers extra time off over the holiday if possible. Please complete your child’s section of the forms by Monday, December 14th.
* Don’t forget to check your child’s cubby for important information from their teachers and the office.
* Please make sure that you are signing your child in every morning and out every evening. Thank you for your consistency with signing the book!
* 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 do 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 December 7th and 21st. Please make sure that your account is current with the tuition cycle. There will be a $25 late fee assessed to all payments made after Monday of the tuition week. If you are interested in our automatic withdrawal program please stop by the office to pick up an authorization form.
Important Dates to Remember
At Our School
December 10th – Holiday Celebration 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
December 18th – Classroom Holiday Party Day
December 24th – Christmas Eve – Enchanted Care will be closing at 2:00
December 25th – Enchanted Care will be CLOSED for Christmas
December 31st – New Year’s Eve – Enchanted Care will be closing at 4:00
January 1st – Enchanted Care will be CLOSED for New Year’s Day
In the Community
December 4th – First Friday: “Tree Lighting” – 6pm-9pm – Downtown Delaware
November 20th – January 3rd – Fantasy of Lights – Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds
December 5th – Delaware Holiday Open House – 12 pm – 4 pm – Downtown Delaware
December 4th, 11th, 18th – Santa House – 6pm-8pm – Strand Theatre
December 5th, 12th, 19th – Santa House – 1pm-3pm – Strand Theatre
December 5th – Holidays in Powell – 12:00 – 5:00 pm – Village Green Municipal Building/Park and Downtown
December 6th – Holiday in the Village of Shawnee Hills – Noon – 4:00 pm – Village of Shawnee Hills
November 20th – January 3rd – Wildlights – Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
A Word from Our Education Department
Exploring Holiday Traditions from Around the World
The holiday season is here, providing a wealth of opportunities to enrich the children’s understanding of diverse cultures and traditions around the world. In addition, our students will share their own traditions with others.
Below are age appropriate activities that we use in the classroom, as well as activities for you and your child to do at home.
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):
In the classroom: As they near the age of two, children begin to recognize the sights and sounds of holidays celebrated by their family. Parents visit our classrooms to share holiday traditions, including unique books, songs and activities.
At home: Gather family photos and point out traditions, such as unwrapping presents, eating holiday dinner at grandma’s house, and making a snowman. Encourage your child to talk about what he sees in the photos.
Recommended reading: Children Around the World Celebrate Christmas by Christine Tangvald, Happy Hanukkah, Corduroy by Don Freeman, My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz
INTERMEDIATES (ages 3-4):
In the classroom: Children sing holiday songs from around the world and are introduced to holiday symbols that they may see in their communities, such as Christmas trees or Hanukkah menorahs.
At home: Take a drive with your child or bring him to various holiday festivals in your community. Encourage him to look for and identify holiday decorations.
Recommended reading: Christmas Around the World by Calliope Glass, Hanukkah Hop by Erica Silverman, Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa by Donna Washington
PRE-K/PRE-K2 (ages 4-5)
In the classroom: After learning about holiday traditions around the world, our older preschoolers identify countries on a globe. For example, they might learn about Diwali, the festival of lights, and then find India on the globe. They might make tamales, a dish often served on Christmas, and then find Mexico on the globe.
At home: Ask your child to help you prepare your family’s favorite holiday foods. Talk about the long-standing traditions in which these foods are rooted. For instance, you might explain, “I used to bake cookies for the holidays with my mom. Now we can start baking cookies together!”
Recommended reading: Children Just Like Me: Celebrations by Anabel Kindersley, Light the Lights: A Story about Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas by Margaret Moorman, The Story of Kwanzaa by Mary Washington
Exposing children to various holiday traditions helps them build strong social skills, establish a sense of self, and respect the differences of others as they transition into elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education