Director’s Report

Wow, how the time flies. Snow and Christmas are just around the corner and we have a lot happening within the daycare in the coming weeks.  The children and staff will be busy with lots of Christmas and winter activities, and the classrooms will be transformed into Winter Wonderlands!

As the weather continues to get wet and cold, please remember to bring appropriate clothing including hats, mitts, warm coats, ski pants, rain/snow boots (for the water and mud or snow) and many changes of clothes for your children. We do go outside snow, rain or shine so we need to ensure the children are appropriately dressed to explore!  To reduce the amount of salt/snow/sand that will be tracked into the building when the snow comes, please wipe your outside boots off well in the lobby (parents & children). We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the staff and myself, to wish all the families of our Centre a very safe and joyful Christmas and New Year.

Merry Christmas!

Heather Cochrane

Executive Director

Winter Storm Closures

Our parent handbook indicates that in the event of a storm our centre will remain open. However should the weather be extremely nasty, and we decide to close for the safety of families, children and staff, we will advertise the closure on AVR & K-Rock, post to our Facebook page and change the message on our answering machine. We will make every effort to do this as early as possible (as early as 6:00 am). It is suggested for you to have an alternate plan in place before the nasty weather is upon us.

Dates of Interest

Nov 23rd ………………..Parent Meeting @ 7:00 pm

Nov 25th ………………..Santa Parade of Lights @ 7:00 pm and tree lighting at Victoria Park @ 8:00

Dec. 20th ………………..Last day of Kinderschool until Jan 3rd

Dec. 21th………………..Early dismissal for Elementary school

Dec. 22nd……………….. Visit to Haliburton Place with the School Age and Preschool Groups

Dec. 26th………………….Day Care closed for Christmas Day

Dec 27th …………………Boxing Day (the centre may be closed)

Jan.2nd…………………… Day Care closed for New Year’s Day

Jan 3rd…………………….Regular classes resume

Fundraising

The Fundraising committee will be preparing a Christmas Gift Card Tree. If anyone would like to contribute a gift card from a local business it would be much appreciated. Please bring them into the office by December 2nd. Tickets will be available soon.

The cookie dough campaign is going really well.  Please remember to have your orders in by November 25th. We have lots of orders returned already and I would like to thank everyone for doing a tremendous job selling to your families, friends and coworkers.  The money raised through this campaign is going towards the yard.

The school age children would like to set up a Christmas Post Office and are looking for a mailbox.  If anyone has an old one tucked away that they no longer need we would love to have it!  If you have any old Christmas cards we would be glad to take those as well!

Avon Valley Floral has donated small Poinsettia’s for us to sell this Christmas. The cost is $5.00 each so watch the bulletin board in the front lobby to order yours!

Christmas Events

Christmas falls on a weekend this year, so we will be closed on Monday, December 26th for Christmas Day. There is a chance that we will remain closed on Tuesday, December 27th for Boxing Day, depending on the percentage of families who would require our service for that day. Please complete the form provided on your hardcopy of the newsletter as soon as possible so a final decision can be made.

The school age and Preschool children will be visiting with the residents at Haliburton Place on Thursday, December 22nd. The children will be delivering gifts and carolling with the residents that morning. The money raised with the Poinsettia sale will be used to purchase small gifts for the residents.

Santa will be visiting the day care this Christmas! We are just waiting for confirmation on when he is able to come in for a visit. This year we are asking parents for $5.00 per child and we will purchase age appropriate gifts for Santa to distribute.  In the past parents have provided the gifts and we have found that some children were disappointed when they may have not received something as exciting as their friends’ gifts!  Just give the money to your child’s teacher and we will look after the rest.