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Greetings!

It's already January 15th, but we're still wishing you a Happy New Year anyway. (I think you can do that for the whole month, right?) Returning to work and daycare after the holidays has been a leisurely process but after a full two weeks away, we were looking forward to coming back. 

 

It's so nice to see all the kids again, and from the excitement when they come through the gate, it seems like they've been looking forward to returning as well. :)

 

We want to get 2013 off to a good start, and there's no time like January to make changes and improvements. Let's start with a big "Welcome Aboard" to Johanna Peters, who makes the switch from intern to paid staff this month, jumping right into the first season of the preschooler's program, and the next step in the naming game.

 

Our theme this month is "All About Me", and we invite you to extend the sentiment to your own life. Do you still make resolutions? Now's the time... 

  

On that note, why don't we get down to business :)

 

In this newsletter...

Welcome Johanna!
"Preschool" Naming Contest - Phase 2
More spots starting in Jan.
Early Purchase Bonus
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Welcome Aboard, Johanna Peters!

 

You've known her since Sept. as Intern Number 2 (alphabetically, at least ;), and you probably noticed that she's a natural with the kids. Well, we're pleased to reintroduce her now in the dual role of Preschooler Program Coordinator and Daycare Teacher. 

 

Her training and experience through the 4-month internship last year made bringing her on for a full-time (paid!!) position for 2013 one of the easiest decisions ever, and we're already positive it was the right choice. As well as organizing the afternoon program for 3 - 5 year olds, she is also going to be helping on the floor in the mornings, and giving Lawrence some support with music circles. 

 

We're super excited to welcome her to the team, and doubly so since she's actually been around for months. Feel free to give her a high-five next time you see her.     

 

"Preschool" Naming Contest - Second Phase

Preschool Program Detail
If you check our Facebook Page this week, you'll see the entries we received for our "Preschool" Naming Contest, and you can vote for your favourite by "liking" it before the end of February. The one with the most votes wins! 
 
The program has been up and running all month, and we're loving the opportunity for the older kids to get together and work on their projects with Johanna. There's already a bit of cohesion among the kids in the class and they have begun referring to themselves as "the preschoolers."

There's still room in the program, which is running this season on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 1 - 4pm. We have two options for $500/month, either 2 or 3 days per week, with extra, flexible hours as well. If you'd like more information or to register your 3 - 5 year old, just let us know

More spots available starting in January!

Thanks to having Johanna starting, it bears noting that we've also increased our capacity per hour. We will always maintain our 1:4 ratio, and three teachers means up to 12 kids. Mornings remain our busiest time, so it's still a good idea to book ahead if you know you need the 10 and 11 'o clock spots, but the extra four spots should ease the congestion. 
 
We're also releasing extra spots per hour at 12am two days before, ex: for Thursday, more spots are released at 12am Tuesday morning. That means you have a second chance to book any hour if you watch for it closer to the day. You can also contact us if you'd like us if you'd like us to book you in when a filled spot becomes available. 

Early Purchase Bonus for February
 
Don't forget, when you buy your February hours before Jan. 24, you get a 3 hour bonus. Plus, the sooner you buy your hours, the sooner you can book the spots you need. Login and get your Feb. hours today. 
 
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