November 2018

Academy 4 Kids Monthly Newsletter

School Pictures:  Pictures were taken of all children who were at school on Wednesday, October 24 in the morning.  The public school age children did not have their pictures taken. They are now up and can be purchased directly from website.  Here is the information again just in case anyone has it misplaced: https://grayhawkphotography.shootproof.com/Academy4kids.  Password is:  A4Kids2018.

Toy Barrel:  We will have the barrel in the office again this year.  It will be dropped off on November 19 and picked back up on December 10th.  Please donate a new, unwrapped toy if you can. They also accept give gift cards for older children.  If you would like to donate a gift card, please give it to us in the office to ensure it doesn’t get lost.  Thanks in advance for your generosity. Every year we are proud of how much we are able to collect.

Annual Holiday Program:  Monday, December 10th at Rock Creek Elementary School.  Program will start at 7pm. We would like all children to arrive by 6:45pm.  Please mark your calendars! This is such a fun evening. The children are already practicing their songs for you.  

Academy 4 Kids will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for Thanksgiving holiday.

Academy 4 Kids will be CLOSED on Monday, December 24, Tuesday December 25 and Wednesday, December 26th for Christmas holiday.

Academy 4 Kids will be CLOSED on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 for New Years holiday.

School Kids Schedules:  If your child will not be in our care be sure to CALL the office at 503-558-8773.  Email is NOT the best form of communication for this. We have many children that come to us every afternoon from 7 different schools so if one of them isn’t where they are supposed to be it becomes very scary for us.  PLEASE make sure we know if you have any sort of schedule change. THANKS!      

New Rates:  New rates will be posted by November 9th.  As you all know we are making some changes to the schedule.  We will no longer offer 2 days per week and the Jump Ahead program will not be offered anymore either.  New rates and changes will become effective January 1, 2019. If your child is on a schedule that will no longer be offered be sure to let Terri know what schedule you will be switching to.  

School Age Summer Changes coming:  (Re-posting this information from October newsletter)

A few things that will be changing for summer 2019 for our public school age children:

  • There will be a fee (Hold Fee) charged to all families that drop for the summer but will be back in September.  The fee will be determined soon. The reason for this new policy is that during our summer months over the last several summers we hold spots for more and more children and cannot accept new children due to spaces being held.  We had so many families tell us they were coming back that didn’t actually come back, that it ended up with us not being able to offer spaces to families needing care. Starting this year if you want a space held for your child to return to us you will need to pay a “Hold Fee.”  This will allow us to accommodate more families that need our care in the summer months and also know what families are returning or not so we can open up more spaces in the fall. Our entire community is seeing a need for more school age spaces being available and this is aimed to help even more families get the quality care they are looking for and eliminate being put on a wait list and not knowing if they will have care with us or not when school begins.

  • For our summer program our rate structure will also be changing.  We will no longer offer weekly rates only. We will have monthly rates based on how many days per week your child will attend just like we do all year.  We will offer between 3-5 day per week rates like we do now for all families. There will be additional fees charged for field trips. You will have to commit to the same days each week, just like we do throughout the year now.  Our goal is to give you more flexibility and to make our charges consistent with the way we do things the rest of the year. The program will still be filled with tons of activities and fun field trips as always.

We recognize that these changes may be difficult to assimilate to, that is why we are putting the information out to you now so planning can start being done.  Feel free to let us know if you have any questions. (originally posted in October 2018 newsletter)

Classroom News

Infants: The kiddos had such a great time on the “Munchkin Parade” and they all looked adorable dressed up.  Our theme for November is fall. We will be continuing to stay very busy. We will be working on pumpkins, squirrels and acorns, turkeys, corn stalks and leaves.  We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Toddlers: We will be doing lots of fall and turkey art.  We will be learning about Thanksgiving and what we are thankful for.  

Mini-Preschool:   We will be learning about Thanksgiving.  This means a lot of talking and learning about what we are thankful for.  We are building our classroom family tree. (if you haven’t brought your photo in please don’t forget)  We’ll be learning about fall turning to winter and a lot of texture playing as well.

Preschool: This month we will be focusing on using our kind words and giving thanks.  We will also be learning about the letters E and F. Our numbers will be 10-15.  Our classroom will soon be glowing with may fun fall art projects. We are also starting to practice our songs for the holiday concert.  

Pre-Kindergarten: As we transition from our spooky Halloween festivities into November, we will be learning about what we are thankful for.  Our numbers will be 8, 9 and 10 and our letters are G, H, I. We will be doing fun arts and crafts that not only help us learn how to write our names but involve thanksgiving.  We would really appreciate family pictures to be brought in so we can work on completing our family board. We wished teacher Dianna a happy retirement and will keep in touch with her so she knows what we are up to and what she is doing as well.  

Kindergarten: We hope everyone had a great October.  November we will be focusing on getting our numbers and letters down.  We will also be introducing some new math concepts and talking about the things in life that we are thankful for.  

School Age: We have lots of fall projects planned and have already been having fun practicing for our holiday program.  There are lots of non-public school days this month (November 1, 2, 12, 19, 20, 21 and we are closed November 22, 23)  Be sure we know what your child will be doing by turning in your calendars!!







 

Posted on November 2, 2018 .