May 2015

May 3rd, 2015

Dear Parents,

Our Accreditation Site Visit is scheduled for this month.

Happy Birthdays to Anthony, Sarah, Makayla, Taylor, Presley, and Damien!

Happy Mother’s Day! The children are very excited to make crafts for their moms. The preschool room is learning songs for Mother’s Day as they are going to be performing their annual Mother’s Day Concert at the Senior’s Residence at the end of this month. .

Thank you for completing the parent survey. Just a reminder, if you have any suggestions or ideas, feel free to put them in the suggestion box located at the daycare entrance.

As we continue our spring food drive for the Calgary Food Bank, we would like to thank all families that have contributed to the donations. We will be accepting donations until the end of the month.

We are very fortunate to have a very diverse center. If you would like to come and share your culture/costumes/food with our children, please feel welcome to contact Jane.

Our Library program with Southwood Library has ended and we will start practicing yoga/dancing with Mrs. Carolina who is a professional dance teacher from Moldova.

With the warm weather, please don’t forget to bring a hat and water bottle/sippy cup.  Please also bring sunscreen for your child as everyone has signed the permission form.

The daycare will be closed on May 18 for Family Day. 

Jane Pevzner

April 2015

April 2nd, 2015

Dear Parents,

The daycare will be closed on Friday April 3 and Monday April 6. Have a happy Easter.

For children in the preschool room, don’t forget to bring boiled eggs so they can dye their eggs and use it for an egg hunt.

We would like to welcome Melissa, Madalina, and Alexa this month.

Happy birthday to Kyra, Sierra, Nathan, Kiera!

There are a lot of things happening this month. As advertised in the daycare, we are having a workshop for staff and parents on April 11 from 9-12. This workshop is on Positive Communication and Positive Outcomes, and is being put on by Ruth Buffam. Everyone is welcome to join us.

This month we are started our Library Program for children ages 3-6. The librarian from Southwood Library left some books at our daycare so each child can choose a book, take it home, and share it with their parents. This will be happening every Wednesday. Children are very excited to share new books with their parents.

On April 14, Brooke’s mom, a city of calgary Police Officer, will come in the morning and talk to the children about her job, as well as show off her uniform.

We are starting our Food Bank drive. The Food Bank will drop off the boxes for children to fill up with some food items. This will be going on for approximately one month.

We are still inviting parents to join our Parent Committee. We currently have 6 members and are always looking for more. All our communication is via email.

Jane Pevzner

March 2015

March 7th, 2015

Dear Parents,

Spring is slowly arriving so we will be spending more time outside. As some of you already noticed, we have a new staff member who joined our team: Mrs. Nancy. She is working with Mrs. Gina in Toddler Room 1. She previously worked at a different daycare and has her Child Development Supervisor certification.

We would like to welcome Elliotte, Rachel, and Adam to our program this month.

Happy 1st birthday to Elliotte, Happy 2nd birthdays to Collette, Thomas, and Arizona, and Nathan who is celebrating his 5th birthday.

Some children are getting ready to move on to a new room. Parents will be asked to sign a “moving to a new room” form and the child will be spending a few hours each day in the new room to get to know their new friends and routines.

We will be sending out parent surveys again, as we do every year in March, so please take a minute and fill it out. We are always open to your suggestions and advice. We welcome all parents to be a part of our Parent Committee, you can speak with Jane for more information.

St. Patricks Day is on Tuesday March 17th, and to celebrate this, we will talk about Ireland and we will make all sorts of crafts using the color green. On St. Patricks Day, children are encouraged to wear green to the daycare.

March is national reading month, so we will read some new stories and we invite the children to bring their favorite books so they can share them with all our friends.

Jane Pevzner

February 2015

February 8th, 2015

Dear Parents:

We would like to welcome Anthony, Holden, Presley, Sebastian, Scarlett and William to the program.

Happy birthday to Sophie and Alexander this month.

It is such a pleasure to watch every child in our program learn and grow. It is a joy to see them explore and develop new skills. Our programming is still based upon the observations and child interests. Staff in each room are completing observations of different aspects and skills of each child on a monthly basis. If parents have not yet asked to see the observations, please feel free to speak to any staff member.

We have lots of exciting things happening in our Toddler Rooms. We have seen a big improvement in many of the children’s self help skills (cleaning up, dressing themselves, potty training) over the course of this month. It has been so much fun to share in their excitement over their accomplishments. If your toddler is ready for toilet training, please talk to staff about this transition.

We had a very fun January doing many crafts and activities related to winter. This month, our focus will be on diversity, families, and how they are different from one another. Children in the Preschool Room will have a Valentine’s Day Party on Friday February 13. Parents are welcome to bring cards or treats for the children in the room.  Please ask Mrs. Olga for the list of children in the group for the Valentines cards.

Our outdoor time is very important, so we would like to ask you to bring warm clothes with your child every day as we spend long periods of time outside playing and exploring.

We also welcome any donations of extra pants as we can use them for children who are starting the potty training process.

Jane Pevzner

January 2015

January 9th, 2015

Dear Parents:

December was action packed with preparation for Christmas. Our Christmas party, on December 11, was well attended. It was so good to see that so many extended family members were able to attend. I hope everybody enjoyed our performances. All the kids loved Santa Claus and were happy to receive presents that parents bought for them. The children really enjoyed watching Bonzee the Clown, and are still talking about his jokes and tricks. All the staff would like to thank parents for the nice Christmas gifts and cards.

As some of you may have noticed, Mrs. Cherry is on maternity leave, so Mrs. Smita will be working with your babies. She is experienced as she also has a six month old of her own.

We would also like to welcome back Mrs. Alina who will be helping us as required.

We would like to welcome Kayla and Raiden to our program.

Happy birthdays to Kayla, Elena, Nevan, Mary, Daniel this month.

We have also been learning about Winter, Winter weather and animals.

This month we’ll be talking about snow. We will continue talking about the letters of the alphabet, and counting up to 20. The weather was very cold and we spent many days playing inside, so instead of water in the water table, we will bring snow from outside so children can put their gloves on and play with the snow. We also had a few experiments where we put a glass of water in the freezer, and it turned into ice. When the weather gets warmer, we would like to go outside, so please send all of your child’s outdoor gear so they can enjoy the fresh air.

Jane Pevzner