December 2018 Newsletter

Dear Families:

The “At a Glance” area is designed for a quick overview of the monthly newsletter for your convenience in today’s fast paced world.

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At a Glance

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Heartfelt Thoughts

Welcome families and friends to a month of exploring and growing. We have lots of activities that will foster the meaning behind the season. It has been an enlightening year filled with an evolving philosophy of family support and a strong focus on a healthy mind and body. Future Scholars Preschool utilizes the concept of reflection in all that we do. It is a chance to look back on our days and celebrate growth while embracing opportunity to learn or evaluate through an EBI (“even better if”) approach. In December we learn about the life coaching tool of systemic belief. It is an opportunity to express teamwork and build an understanding of being a part of something bigger! Watch throughout our 12 days of Christmas events as the children show their teamwork with their FSP family and express their appreciation for the special friendships they’ve build here.

Visit with Santa and Holiday Celebration Our annual Christmas celebration will be on Wednesday, 12/19/18 from 10:00am -11:30am. All children who attend FSP are invited to the celebration. A sign-up sheet is available at the reception desk for children who do not attend school on a Wednesday and wish to attend the party. A special holiday snack will be served at 10:00am. After snack, the children will participate in a holiday sing-along as we anxiously wait for a special visitor. Santa will present each child with a gift and if he has time will pose for photos.

Holiday Information

Happy Holidays to all our special families and wishes for a peaceful, happy and healthy 2019. This year we will close at 1:00pm, Monday, December 24th, we will be closed Tuesday, December 25th and Wednesday, December 26th. We will close at 4:00pm on 12/31, we will be closed Tuesday, 1/1/19.

School Snow Policy Future Scholars Preschool strictly follows the Tiverton Public Schools schedule for snow conditions. In the event, conditions have been labeled a state of emergency, the center will close for the safety of the children ,their families and our staff. In keeping with this policy, Future Scholars may opt to delay the opening of the center, or close earlier in the afternoon, if we feel that conditions are not safe. All school closings, delays and updates due to extreme weather conditions will be broadcast on local Rhode Island channels.

Yoga with Ms. Karen Ms. Karen, a certified “Kidding Around” Yoga instructor will be at FSP, Thursday mornings, 12/6, 12/13 and 12/20 for Yoga with children in P3, P4 and P5. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem, body awareness and physical activity that is non-competitive. Yoga enhances a child’s flexibility, strength and coordination. In addition, their concentration, sense of calmness and relaxation improves.

Karate with Sensei Tim will resume in January.

Hairdo-Day On Tuesday, December 11th at 9:00am, Ms Faith will be at FSP for Hair-Do day. Haircuts for boys and girls are $10.00, bangs trimmed $3.00, braids and Princess Do’s $10.00. Please make sure all gratuities are paid in cash the day of the haircut. All proceeds go directly to Ms. Faith. A sign-up sheet is available at the reception desk.

Gentle Reminders Please label all belongings with your child’s first and last names. This includes hat and coats. Please pack a drink with your child’s lunch. Please no sippy cups, filled thermos or filled hydration bottle. Please pack a sealed milk box, juice box, juice pouch or sealed water bottle. If food is needs to be heated, please pack food in a separate container from non-heatable foods.

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients for a truly Merry Christmas.”

-Peg Bracken

Beginning December 3rd, we will enjoy the “12 Days of Christmas”, an opportunity to mix good old-fashioned fun with traditions while adding flair of exploration and growth.

“The 12 Days of Christmas”

Day 1: The Elf on the Shelf (Inspiration and Exploration) December 3rd Keep your eyes wide open for a holiday friend to visit! The elf on the shelf observes as our friends partake in their daily activities! Each and every one of you are invited to find where the Elf on the Shelf surprises us every day. Day 2:Celebrations of Giving - Toys for Tots (Sharing and Caring) We invite families to bring in new, unopened toys for all ages for those in need, expressing the act of giving, sharing and experiencing community support. Day 3: The Friendship Wreath (Systemic Beliefs) December 4th Each classroom discusses and creates something they add to the” Center Friendship Wreath”. The wreath is displayed for the season expressing teamwork and systemic belief of being part of something bigger. Day 4: Cookies and Milk (Sharing) December 5th The children will decorate, giggle and have lots of fun as they decorate sugar cookies. The decorated cookies will be shared and enjoyed at snack with cold milk. Day 5: Take a ride on the Polar Express (Dreams and Possibilities) December 7th Join us for a journey of self-discovery that embraces how the wonder of life never fades for those who dream and believe. Children enjoy hot chocolate while embracing the spirit of the Polar Express book and special bell! Children are encouraged to come to school in their jammies and never lose faith in possibilities. Day 6: Celebration of Christmas Around the World (Appreciation) December 10th Exploring and appreciating traditions of Christmas and winter holidays around the world through literacy and activities where children discuss similarities and differences while gaining respect for other cultures and beliefs. Day 7: Holiday Card Making (Healthy Mind and Body) December 11th Encouraging self-expression and creativity with colorful materials, children will create holiday cards to share with our community or someone they love. After the mind has been stretched… we will move to the floor. Children are invited to stretch their bodies. They can stretch in any expressive way they like, including candy cane, wreath, tree pose, etc. Day 8: Ornament designing (Goals and Action Steps) December 14th The classrooms design and create an expressive ornament to display somewhere special! First the classroom decides to work as a whole or individually. The the act of designing their ornament begins through discussion and sketches. Children are then invited to create, from their design, a decorative ornament to display somewhere special. Day 9: Singing/Sharing Holiday Carols (Reflection) December 17th Children explore musical instruments and gather with friends where they will celebrate the new and “old” carols of the holiday season, while reflecting on and honoring their own family. Day 10: Visit with Santa and Holiday Gala Celebration (Confidence) December 19th With hearts beating in anticipation, confidence builds as the children share their good deeds, and reflect on the year past with Santa. Day 11: Peace Day (Response and Reaction) December 21st Children will make “peace chains” individually and then attach their piece of the chain to their classroom chain and further explore around the meaning of peace with their friends as each classroom connects their “peace chains” together. Responding to helping others create and work together for a common goal while digging deep to be patient and supportive. Day 12: Tales by the Tree… Embracing Christmas through Literacy (The Power of Listening) December 24th Children gather with friends around the Christmas tree to engage and enjoy holiday stories as they connect with inspiring verbiage and creative illustrations to observe the energies around this festive time of year.