Parent News
January 2022

Our snowy start to 2022 has been fun! The children love exploring the textures and feel of snow and ice and experimenting with how different surfaces change how we are able to move. And what's not to love about a snowballs being tossed among friends?

On the Covid front, cases, hospitalizations and death rates are all dropping dramatically in both Montgomery County and DC which is welcome news indeed. Omicron is still out there with several reported exposures this month among our families. I await updated guidance for Early Childhood Education from OSSE, and will relay any changes to our protocols as soon as I receive them. As the pandemic evolves, it becomes seemingly more complicated. Please always feel free to reach out with questions or needed clarifications at any time.

Thanks to our thoughtful teachers for offering what I hope were engaging and informative conferences. Partnering together for each child's best overall development is at the core of what we do. Seeing the children's progress as skills grow and relationships with friends and teachers flourish is a joy as we round the corner towards spring.

Wishing you all good health and much happiness as 2022 begins!
The Big Room Has Begun its Big Upgrade!
Thanks to the many families who made generous gifts to our Annual Fund campaign to support our Big Room renovation. Painting and wall repairs are complete and all needed construction materials have been ordered. Installation of the climbing wall will begin next week.

The Big Blue Blocks have been a huge hit and that's just the beginning!
Priority Enrollment for the 22-23 School Year
Deadline is Tuesday, February 8

If you have not yet secured your spot in next year's class, the time is NOW!
We will release unclaimed spots to new applicants beginning February 9.
You're Invited to the Biggest Bash of 2022!
Save the Date
March 26
More information coming to your inbox soon!
Love Your Neighbor &
Support our Community Partner
CCPC embraces learning through play to build the foundation for future academic success, and we are thrilled to build a partnership with a dynamic non-profit that shares our values. The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project supports children experiencing family homelessness by providing and expanding access to transformative play experiences in the shelters where they live.

What We'll Do
This Valentine’s Day, our Woodland and Creekside classes will help make a difference in these children’s lives by assembling play kits to be delivered to their shelters. The kits provide activities that are designed specifically for homeless children to foster playtime skills like problem solving, social emotional learning, and maybe most critically, optimism.
How to Help
Please make a donation to our CCPC play kit assembly project through this Amazon wishlist and make sure you secure a delivery date on (or preferably before) February 11. Choose the shipping address "Shannon McMahon, gift registry address" and your order will automatically be sent to our very own Blue Sky Owl mom, Shannon McMahon. It might be nice to shop the wish list with your child and talk about ways to reach out to children who need help.
Assembled, each kit costs about $16-$18. Our goal is to provide 70 Play kits for homeless kids in shelters across our region.
To learn more about our partnership or get involved, email Laura Bierbower (Woodland Fox mom), Tracey Gardiner (Blue Sky Hummingbirds, Creekside Tree Frogs mom), or Shannon McMahon (Blue Sky Owl mom).
Learn more about The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project
Mark Your Calendar
Mid-Winter Break
School Closed

Monday , February 21 (Presidents' Day)
& Tuesday, February 22
New Travel/Return to School Guidelines
Similar to DCPS, CCPC will no longer require a quarantine period following domestic travel out of the region. For all unvaccinated children, please administer a rapid antigen test the night before your return to school and a second test the following evening. If you cannot access free tests from a pharmacy or library, please contact the office to receive a test kit. We hope that families can find a way to enjoy some time away to relax and renew in these stressful times without concerns about missing classroom days.

Return to School following International Travel
Children who are not fully vaccinated may return to school after completing a required 10-day quarantine period from their date of return home without a COVID-19 test. Alternatively, children who are not fully vaccinated may return to school after completing a required 7-day quarantine period from their date of return home, if tested for COVID-19 3-5 days (no sooner than 72 hours after return) after returning from international travel and receiving a negative test result. The COVID-19 test must be a PCR, NOT an antigen test. 
Traffic Safety
 I am sorry to report that this happened on Friday in front of CCPC at noontime pickup. Thankfully, no one was hurt in this hit and run incident to a parent's parked car. Please remember to drive SLOWLY and without distraction near school.

If anyone has information for the police reagrding this event, please contact the office.
Join the Fun at CCPC in June and July!
We offer two 3-week sessions
for children ages
2 1/2 to 6 years old
on June 1, 2022

June Session: June 13 - July 1
July Session: July 11 - 29

Applications will be
emailed TO YOU
in mid-February