December 2008

November 29, 2008 at 9:32 pm Leave a comment

December 2008

I don’t remember ever having such wintery weather so early in November, but it certainly is making me think of December! 


Remember, we like to go outside! We usually go out any day the temp is above 20 and since our playground is sheltered, we rarely have to worry about wind. In Canada, the cutoff for outdoor play is 13 below! Please bring hat, mittens, and snow pants every day. Snow pants provide warmth even when there’s no snow and have the added benefit of keeping pants clean! Make sure mittens fit well, and are warm and comfortable. There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!


Also keep in mind our goal to encourage independence by making it easy for your child to find all their clothing. Please bundle outdoor clothing together with hat & mittens inside a coat sleeve (that way they can’t say they don’t have any).  Older children may remember some things are on their hook and some are in their cubby, but that’s often too much for the younger ones. You might also consider labeling items with your child’s name to help them recognize their clothing.


Snow days & Delays. Just a reminder that we follow the Trumansburg school district on closings. If Tburg is closed, we’re closed. Anytime Tburg is delayed, either 1 or 2 hours, we’ll start at 10:00. If you’re not sure, feel free to call me. I’ll always at TCNS an hour before we start.


Thanks to all the vendors and shoppers who came to our Shopping Day! We were added over $300 to our scholarship fund! Most of our scholarship money comes from United Way, but it’s to supplement that when we can. And thanks for the scholastic orders! We’ve been able to add a lot of books to our library and are looking at adding some equipment to the classroom with all the points we’ve gained!


PLEASE get your Fun with Santa donations in! This is a very important part of this event and makes up the bulk of our fundraising for Fun with Santa. The sign-up is by the stairs if you need some ideas for businesses to approach.  Scott Mulford and Nina Redmond are organizing the silent auction and would like items brought in by Monday, November 24th so they have time to organize everything. If you have a donation commitment but don’t have the item, please let Scott or Nina know.


For those who haven’t noticed, the arrival of Renee’s baby (and Owen’s brother) is fast approaching. We’ll be talking with the children about this in the coming weeks to help them prepare for Renee’s maternity leave. Jackie Puleo, who will be subbing for Renee, will also be in a couple of times during December to meet the children so they’ll be familiar with her when we return in January. Renee will be on maternity leave from January until after April break. After that, she will be teaching MWF and Jackie will continue in the TTH class. But TTH children will still get to see Renee when she’s in as parent helper.


Our next parent meeting will be Wednesday, December 17th at 6:30. We’ll probably have a quick wrap-up of Fun with Santa and then Renee and Sarah Brainard will be leading a discussion of gender differences. We should have some interesting reading material available for you ahead of time and great insights during the discussion!


December Activities:

Our first week back from Thanksgiving we’ll be reading a great winter story called Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson. During that week, we’ll trace our arm for a winter scene (great mate to our fall one), make a bear puppet and watercolor wooden animals. Next we’ll read Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. Of course we’ll make and decorate our own gingerbread people, decorate a paper gingerbread house, and make foam gingerbread ornaments. Finally, we’ll squeeze two holidays into one week and read Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah by Susan Roth and One Snowy Night by M. Christina Butler.  We’ll cut a glitter a Star of David, make salt-dough hedgehogs, and decorate candles.


Don’t forget that we’ll be on holiday break from December 20th until January 4th. We’re coming into a busy time of the year, with holidays, family visits, parties and gift-giving.  Remember to take time for yourself and your family to relax during the holidays. Enjoy all your treasures this season; your children, family, friends, and this wonderful community we live in. Wishing you a peaceful holiday season!




Jack Frost knocked on my windowpane

He knocked on my door with his icicle cane

“Excuse me,” I said, “but the door’s shut tight.

I’d rather you not come in tonight!”

So he wrote his name all over the glass

And the children sneezed “ACHOO!”  (sneeze into elbow)

When they heard him pass.



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