December Newsletter 2017

Happy Holidays! December is a merry month for little ones!  At the Rainbow Factory, we enjoy sharing the weeks before Christmas with your preschooler.  Holidays are special, but also very busy.  The Rainbow Factory staff works diligently to maintain a calm, relaxed environment for the children.  We have found that maintaining basic routines avoids over-stimulation.  In the weeks ahead we will maintain our normal class routines, and enjoy this special time together.

 

Calendar and Upcoming Events

December 8       4’s and 5’s Gingerbread House Party

                           9:45am Mrs. Battey’s Class

                           1:15pm Mrs. Bird’s Class

                          (Please note, there will be no Gingerbread House Party for our

                           Threes Classes)

December 19th    T/TH Threes Class Christmas Program 11AM

December 20th    11AM and 2PM Christmas Program for all other classes

December 21st-January 8th    Christmas Break, NO CLASSES

January 9th, Tuesday       Preschool Resumes

Snow Days

Yes, it is that time of the year when we may have snowy weather!  When Omaha Public Schools (OPS) are canceled due to inclement weather, the Rainbow Factory classes will also be cancelled.  Please make your own decision regarding the conditions of roads in your area, as weather conditions vary greatly across the city.  You and your children’s safety is the first concern!

 

Illness Reminder

  This is a reminder that we have a policy which requires the exclusion of any child who has any illness associated with a fever or any communicable conditions such as diarrhea, ringworm, impetigo, head lice, pink eye, and scabies.  Please keep your child home if he/she is contagious, has had a fever within the previous 24 hours, has a constant cough, exhibits a rash or is generally tired/cranky.  If you feel your child may be able to attend preschool with any of the above conditions, you will need to provide a written statement from your physician indicating that the child's illness/condition is not communicable. 

 

Gingerbread House Party                                                                

Our 4 and 5 year classes will be celebrating with a Gingerbread House Party on Friday December 8th. During the party, each child will create and take home a gingerbread house. This will be a normal school day. Your child’s teacher will be asking for donations and volunteers in order to make this party a sweet success!

 

Christmas Program

We hope you and your family will join us for our Christmas Program.  Please mark your calendar for your child’s performance.  

December 19th    11AM  Christmas Program for T/TH Threes Class

                                     Dismissal will immediately follow

December 20th    11AM Christmas Program  for M/W/F Threes Classes

                                     M-F Morning and Full Day Class,

                                     Dismissal will immediately follow

                              2PM   Christmas Program for M/W/F Afternoon Class

                                     Dismissal will immediately follow

 

Parent Corner

Please notify the preschool if you have any changes in phone numbers, place of employment, etc.  We need accurate information for your child’s safety.

Please label all coats, light jackets, backpacks and outer garments with your child’s name.  Labeling the items avoids any mix-ups.  It’s amazing how many similar coats we have hanging up at the same time!

 

DECEMBER SKILLS

Threes Classes

Colors: Red and Green       Shape:  Rectangle    Unit: Christmas and Winter Holidays

 Objectives:

Child will develop fine motor skills through participation in a variety of activities.

Child engages in activities with imagination and curiosity.

Child follows through with activities with persistence and focused attention.

 

December will be month of celebration and learning for our preschoolers. We will celebrate the joy in giving by making gifts for our family. All our students will also create beautiful ornaments to take home and enjoy with their families. Our sensory table will become a gift wrapping area where children will cut, fold, and tape holiday packages.  As we listen to stories about Christmas and winter holidays, our students will continue to lengthen the amount of time they are able to focus and participate in teacher directed activities.

 

 

M-F AM and Full Day, MWF  PM

Colors: Red and Green                                      Shapes: Review all shapes learned  

                       Units: Gingerbread,  Christmas and Winter Holidays

Numbers: Review 0-10                                       Letters: Review all letters learned

Our gingerbread unit provides many meaningful math and literacy activities in our 4’s and 5’s classrooms. We will have a fun filled month, celebrating the joy of giving by making gifts for our loved ones.  We will also strengthen our fine motor skills by creating beautiful ornaments to take home.  Our sensory table will become a gift wrapping center, and our home living center will become a cozy Christmas themed home. Our full day students will also engage in imaginative play inside a life size gingerbread house.      

 

Our Holiday Wish List by Classroom

Room 101- Mrs. Bird

Kinetic Sand, natural color

Kinetic Sand, natural color

 

Room 102- Mrs. Ory

Hi Ho Cherry O Board Game

Pop the Pig Board Game

 

Room 104- Mrs. Battey

Catch the Fox Game

Polygon Expansion Pack from Lakeshore Learning Store

 

 

A Very Big Thank You To…All our November Fun Friday volunteers. These volunteers donated their time and talents to create materials and activities for our classrooms. Thank you Mrs. Fritz, Mrs. Hughes, and Mrs. Nosal Urbieta.