A Program of Vision House
Village News December 2017
Blessings to you and your family!

The Holiday Season is upon us and our classrooms are filled with good cheer! In November we enjoyed celebrating friends and families. Thank you to all the families who have supplied a family photo for your child's class. It's not too late to bring one in!

Look for the giving tree inside your child's classroom. We are asking for small donations to supplement classroom learning materials. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Check out what your child’s classroom has been up to and what to look forward to this month. 
SAVE THE DATE

  • 12/8 Santa Visits @ 8:30 am
  • 12/20 Closing @ 5:30 pm
  • 12/22 Closed
  • 12/25 Closed
  • 12/29 Closing @ 5:00 pm
  • 1/1 Closed
  • 1/15 Closed
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Leadership Updates
Thank you to everyone who filled out a parent survey. We have really taken your feedback to heart. Many changes have come about as a result of your comments. We now have parking signs to designate drop-off and pick-up only times. We have already received feedback that these are making a difference. Our monthly newsletter will now include an update from our cook, Ms. Susanne, about our menu and nutrition. Communication is an area we are constantly striving to improve. Please utilize your child's classroom email address listed below the monthly updates.

New immunization forms will be sent home soon as a yearly requirement for the Department of Early Learning. Please look for these and return them promptly.

Starting in January we will be introducing a new science program, stay tuned for more details.

Ms. Rosario will no longer be working for us regularly as she has taken a position with the Renton School District. She will still sub on occasion.

-Ms. Lindy, Ms. Angelica, and Ms. Kristen
Infants
We had so much fun painting last month! There are more fun art activities planned in December. Our babies will be exploring ice and making ice paintings. We will also continue building our large motor skills with tummy time, crawling through tunnels, and pulling up to standing! Please remember to wash your hands when entering the infant room as we try to eliminate the spread of germs. We would like to take the children outside during the winter months. Please be sure to bring in a coat and hat for your little one.

-Ms. Miriam, Ms. Kenya, and Ms. Francis
cvinfant@vision-house.org
Toddlers
Our Toddler room enjoyed celebrating friendship this Thanksgiving season. They played many cooperative games together such as Ring-a-Round the Rosie. The children are enjoying some new toys: alphabet blocks, pots and pans, phones, and more. In December, we are excited for Christmas themed art work. We will learn about tools and will continue to work on cleaning up our toys.

-Ms. Rina and Ms. Larissa
toddlers@vision-house.org
Younger Preschool
In November, we worked on identifying emotions. We also focused on being a good friend by sharing toys and taking turns. Many of the children tried using scissors to cut play-doh and paper. In December, we will be learning about winter weather, animal's winter habits, and winter activities. The children are working on counting 1-10, 11-20 for our older students. During circle time we will introduce the days of the week.

-Ms. Somayeh and Ms. Rebecca
youngerps@vision-house.org
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Older Preschool
Our Older Preschool students enjoyed making place mats for their Thanksgiving tables. They talked about being thankful and to count our blessings from God. We are very thankful for Ms. Silvia, a volunteer who reads to the children every Tuesday. This month we are excited to prepare for our Christmas party. Join us Dec.15th from 11:30-1:00 for a meal with your child and their friends. Enjoy a caroling performance and making a craft together. We are excited to celebrate Jesus as our savior and will learn about his family this month.

-Ms. Pam and Ms. Paloma
olderps@vision-house.org
Beginners
The Beginners class celebrated family in November and worked hard on their letter journals. Together they made a giant turkey to share with one another what they are thankful for. In December, we will be focused on pattern recognition which will include fun holiday art. We made paper chains to count down to Christmas and will celebrate the birth of our savior together. The children will also learn about holidays from other cultures. We are having a fun Pajama Party on Tuesday, Dec 26th. We will watch a movie, drink hot cocoa, and enjoy sharing the holiday spirit.

Check out all the fun we have been up to on our Class Facebook Page!

-Ms. Fidelia and Ms. Alexis
cvbeginners@vision-house.org
School Age
Our School Age kiddos celebrated the Thanksgiving season by making friendship bracelets and turkey decorations. Physical activity is always a priority after school. Four square and soccer are the favorite outdoor activities. When the weather is too wet for outdoors then we play Just Dance and Wii Sports on the Wii to keep the kids moving. We now have a direct contact number for school age: 425-529-3126. Please leave a message on this line if your child will not be attending the program.

-Ms. Kaite, Mr. Kyle, and Ms. Laurie
sa@vision-house.org
From the Kitchen
Our weekly menu is undergoing some changes. Look for new keywords like Whole Grain, Whole Wheat, and Homemade. Snack time will feature more fresh vegetables with fun new dips. Menus are available at the front desk and the lunch menu is posted on our Facebook page every Monday.

-Ms. Susanne
Please Welcome...

Alicia (Lisi) Johnny is a volunteer who has been helping out since the beginning of the school year. She was raised by her Aunt Pam, one of the Older Preschool teachers, and was a student of Ms. Susanne and Ms. Lindy. She is 24 years old and has Downs Syndrome. She is able to volunteer through a program with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. She has previously worked at the Goodwill. She will continue to help Ms. Susanne with dishes and serve snack, pat backs during nap time, and assist with clerical work.
Katie Martin recently started as the new Lead Teacher in School Age. She graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane this last Spring with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Ever since volunteering at her church's Children's Ministry program back in high school, she knew she wanted to work with children in some capacity. In her free time she enjoys camping and hiking, and hopes to one day summit Mt. Rainier.

Kristen Deskin started in August however was never officially introduced. We are pleased to have her as our Program Supervisor and Curriculum Specialist. She was previously the Director of Operations for WiggleWorks kids and has been a part of a child care leadership team since 2010. She has cared for children birth to age twelve and has a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has two children of her own who are 8 and 3 years old.
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