December Newsletter

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This is a very exciting month for us. The children will be busy making their special holiday gifts. They will also be making Holiday crafts that contain yummy treats. We will be using frosting, candy, ice cream cones, marshmallows, Froot Loops cereal and other sweet treats. If your child has allergies to any of these ingredients, please let us know.

The 2 year old classes will be having a class party. The children can have one special guest attend. You should have already received the invitation.

The 3 and 4 year old classes will continue to practice for the Holiday concert.

Holiday concert Information:

All concerts will be held on Friday, December 14th. Please check your child’s calendar for the times. Concerts will be held at The Christian Church of Holbrook, 1123 Broadway Avenue. The Broadway Avenue location has an auditorium that can accommodate our families.

There will be no classes on the concert day. Please bring your child to the Broadway Avenue location FIVE MINUTES (no earlier please!) before the scheduled time on their calendar. It is very important that you are on time. Please bring them to the side door on the left side of the building. The teachers need to line the children up for their grand entrance.

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Although we realize that this may be your child’s singing debut and that you may want to share the experience with family and friends, we can only promise two seats per family. There will be standing room if you have more than two people who would like to come. After the concert begins, the standing guests may take an empty seat. Video taping is permitted. Children will be dismissed immediately following their concert.

** PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOUR CHILD CANNOT MAKE THEIR CONCERT **

Please call the day before, we will not be able to receive phone calls the day of the concert.

Congratulations to our tee-pee winners, Autumn and Emme. Have fun!!!!!

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Snow and weather related school closings will be posted on the Abigail Bottoms’ website under School closings and other important information. We will also post on our Facebook page.

Tuition reminder. Payment #5 is due on December 15th. Please submit payment before we leave for Holiday break. Thanks!

All of us at Abigail Bottoms wish you a very happy holiday season. Whichever way you celebrate, we hope your Holidays are great!



November Newsletter

This school year is in full swing. The children are learning the routine of school and are doing great! They should feel very proud!

Please check the monthly calendar for daily activities.

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Our four year old classes will continue to work on their alphabet books. The children will continue develop their fine motor skills by "rainbow writing" their names and letter of the week. We will also continue with scissor work. Please remember to practice at home with your child.

Our language arts program will expand to include beginning sight words, Spanish words (1 a week) and, in celebration of November, Native American Symbols. Each child will have a turn to draw a Native American symbol on a Frontier Tee Pee that we have purchased. One lucky student will win a Tee Pee by luck of the “turkey feather.” (IMPORTANT NOTE - To avoid tears, the children will not know we are choosing a winner, they will be told that we need to dress our turkey.)

Science

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During October, our science unit featured pumpkins and pumpkin seeds. The children had a great time picking pumpkins in our “pumpkin patch”.

We are still watching how the apple seeds (September’s science project) are progressing. We aren't having much luck this year, nothing has sprouted. The children and the teachers are learning that all science experiments may not be successful, but it is still fun to try!!

For our Three Year Old Classes

They will continue to work on good listening skills. This will be attained through concentrated work on art projects and group play. Songs are used to help us convey some of the concepts we are teaching the children. We are, of course, continuing our alphabet art series. Every letter we do will have a coordinating color sheet and a letter hunt to help reinforce recognition of each letter. Our threes are doing some of their own cutting for their projects. (snibbles glued on construction paper is an example of their cutting work)

It is amazing how far the 2 year old classes have come. Remember those first few days? :) They are now sitting and participating at circle time. They are getting accustomed to the structure of preschool and are beginniing to understand about personal boundaries. We are so proud of them.

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Holiday time is just around the corner! The ABC’S (Abigail Bottoms’ Chorus) will begin practicing for our Holiday Concerts. Dates and times for all concerts will be sent home and posted on the December calendar.

Please note: The written comments from the teachers on your child's work are observations, not criticisms. This is the teacher's way of letting you know how your child is progressing with different tasks.

Now that the cold weather is coming, we are going to request that you refrain from sending your child to school with a backpack. We will need the space for winter coats. And speaking of coats, please remember to put your child’s name on their coats and hats. Thank you!!

Thanks to those of you who participated in our fundraiser. Michael from our Circus class was the highest seller (for the 2nd year in a row) and won a free month of tuition.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE, KINDNESS, SUPPORT AND SENSE OF HUMOR AT DISMISSAL TIME. Please continue to have identification on you!!

NEWS FROM ABBY’S VILLAGE SQUARE.

This month, we will be having "Village Day" on the 19th and 20th. This is the day the children rotate through the classrooms. This way they have an opportunity to play in the village and visit other classrooms, with different toys. Woo Hoo. This is a fun day for all of us.

Open play dates are posted on our calendar each month. If there is a time that works best for you, please let Miss Cindy know and she will make every effort to accommodate requests. Keep in mind the earliest we can offer open play during the week (on school days) is 12:30 pm.

We wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!