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January Newsletter

From the Principal’s Office

I’m sure that everyone is breathing a sigh of relief to have made it through the holidays!  It’s always such a busy time of year, but I hope everyone had a great time with friends and family.

Thank You!!!

It is always so special to share in the holiday spirit with all of you and we thank you for all of your support throughout the past month.  Our Holiday Open House was very festive and joyful and we thank everyone that was able to participate.  The children had a blast at their classroom holiday parties, thanks to your donations of yummy treats!  Thank you for thinking of all of us during the season, we appreciate your well wishes and special holiday treats!

Professional Development Day

Enchanted Care will be having the first of 2 Professional Development Days in 2016 on Monday, February 15th; therefore our school will be closed.  The teachers will spend the day reviewing our Links to Learning curriculum, learning new classroom management techniques and working together to improve as a team.  The second Professional Development Day will take place in the fall.


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!


Winter Weather Advisory

Enchanted Care will close only if Delaware County is at a Level 3 Snow Emergency. There will be announcements on Channel 6 and 28 as well as most major radio stations.


*  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 January 4th and 18th.  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 Tuesday @ Noon 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

January 1st – Enchanted Care will be CLOSED for New Year’s Day


In the Community


November 20th – January 3rd – Fantasy of Lights – Alum Creek State Park Campgrounds


November 20th – January 3rd – Wildlights – Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

A Word from our Education Department

The Value of Visual Art Activities for Your Preschooler

Visual art experiences help children develop skills such as critical thinking, self-expression, problem-solving, communication and collaboration. Our teachers focus on process-based art education, in which the experience of creating art is valued over the end product.

In our classrooms, teachers integrate art into many aspects of our Links to Learning curriculum. After reading a book about polar bears, teachers might ask students to create their own polar bears using sponges, paint, markers and paper. They encourage students to talk about their art, providing a great opportunity to learn new vocabulary, particularly words related to colors, shapes,textures, and emotions.

Our students are also exposed to and inspired by famous artwork. In order to cultivate that fascination, we discuss famous artists and art works and ask students to create replicas of well-known paintings and sculptures. For example, after learning about Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, teachers mimic the activity in the classroom. They tape paper underneath tables, and students practice painting a masterpiece while lying down.

Below are visual art activities you and your child can do at home, as well as recommended reading.

At Home:

  • Provide your child with finger paint, a large piece of paper and a smock. Let him create a masterpiece. Talk about how the paint feels and what colors and shapes he creates on the paper.
  • Start a journal with your child. Have him draw a picture of something that happened during the day. Avoid giving direction. Instead of saying “Draw a picture of your teacher and classmates,” encourage him to experiment using different colored markers or crayons. If age appropriate, ask your child to write a few words to describe the picture.
  • Give your child a piece of paper and a box of crayons or markers. Show him how to use the materials to make dots, lines and swirls on the paper. Let him take over and have fun. Encourage conversation about your child’s art by saying, “Tell me about what you made” or “I see you used a lot of blue in your picture. Why did you choose that color?”
  • Ask your child to decorate a sign for his bedroom door using various art materials. Have him write his name on the sign.

Recommended Reading:

  • The Dot by Peter Reynolds
  • Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
  • Art by Patrick McDonnell
  • Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
  • Mix It Up by Herve Tullet

It is wonderful to share the joy that children naturally take in using art materials. Giving children extra opportunities to connect art to the world around them, contributes to happiness and future success in elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education

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