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Jackson Early Childhood Center

The 3+ Tuesday/Thursday a.m. Classroom

February 2018 Newsletter


Dear Families!

The month of hearts, valentines, friendship, and kindness is upon us! During the second week of the month, the children will be decorating “valentine bags” in preparation for our classroom Valentine’s Day Celebration on Thursday, February 15th. Students are asked to bring valentines for each of their classmates, (children may simply sign their names on the backs of their cards if they wish). At Circle Time, we will have our valentine exchange, wherein each child will have a turn to place their valentines in each of their classmate’s bags. *A little reminder: edible valentine treats for classmates are not permissible at Jackson Early Childhood Center.

Our first week of this month is focused on “Safari Animals”! The highlight of this theme week will be our school’s annual PTA sponsored enrichment program from “Nelson’s Wild Safari Animals”, scheduled for Thursday, February 8th! This exciting program offers us all the opportunity to see wild animals up close! Past “Wild Animals” have included Alligators; Lynx; Sugar Gliders; Python Snakes; Monkeys; Lizards; Birds, and many more!                               

I would like to express my appreciation to all the Mothers, Fathers, Aunts, Grandmothers and Grandfathers that attended our classroom’s V.I.P. Night. It was a pleasure to have so many family members join us to share in our fun. I hope it gave you all a little view into how we spend our days in this busy little classroom! 

Heads Up Info:

·         Preschool Conference Week is scheduled during the first week of March. Our class will not be in regular session during this week.  *I will have conference sign-up sheets posted soon. Conferences last approximately 15 minutes and can be scheduled during the day on Tuesday 3/6 and Thursday 3/8. Tuesday night will be available for those that need an evening conference time do to work schedules.

·         Annual Barnes & Noble PTA Fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, March 24th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. There will be fun activities for the children, story time with some of our favorite Jackson Early Childhood Center teachers!

·         Our classroom Field Trip to The Marquis Theatre, located at 135E. Main Street in Northville, MI. We are scheduled for a Thursday, March 29th performance of “The Velveteen Rabbit” at 10:30 a.m. The parking lot is located behind the theater. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket prices are $7.50 each for children, teachers and adults. Fliers will be forthcoming.


Zoophonics: Our letters of the week for this month will include: “Pp”, Pee-wee Penguin; “Qq”, Queenie Quail; “Rr”, Robbie Rabbit and “Ss”, Sammy Snake!

Monthly Virtue Theme:

Kindness!  “Kindness leads to more kindness”.

Our talking points will include:

1.       Can you name 3 kind things to do for others?

2.       Have you been kind to someone today? If not, why not? If so, who? What did you do?

3.       Who has been kind to you today or another day?

4.       How did it make you feel?

5.       Why is it important to be kind to people?

February Weekly Themes:  We begin February with Wild Safari Animal Week! Our second week of the month is Hearts & Valentines” with our classroom Valentine’s Party on Thursday, February 15th.  Our third week features - The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss in recognition of National Children’s Dental Heath Month. Finally, we will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday during our final week of February, reading some favorites!

February Events & Dates:

·         Wednesday, February 1st – 2018-19 Kindergarten Registration Begins. *Kindergartners must be five years old by September 1, 2018. Our Young Fives program is open to five-year-olds not yet ready for kindergarten. An informational meeting will be held for parents on March 14th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Hayes Elementary. Registration for Young Fives begins on March 22.

·         Thursday, February 8hPink Day!

·         Thursday, February 8th – Nelson’s Wild Safari Program! Thank you, Jackson PTA!

·         Thursday, February 15thValentine’s Day Celebration!

It is a daily pleasure and a joy watching your children as they grow and mature, learning to control their impulses and self-regulate, practicing their listening skills and stretching their attention spans.  This is a very energetic, young, classroom working very hard every Tuesday and Thursday.  We must always remember too, that “play is the work of children”!  Thanks again for all your cooperation and support. Please feel free to speak to me after class if you have any concerns or questions.

With appreciation, Mrs. Oppermann and Mrs. Berry