Wednesday, 4 January 2017

January Newsletter

Welcome back and Happy New Year, Douglas Park families!

We hope that everyone enjoyed the break and is feeling rested and ready to meet the new year ahead!

We'd like to thank everyone for attending and supporting our students for our Winter Celebration last month.  They worked so hard and we had such a wonderful time preparing for their show.  All of the teachers were extremely proud of their efforts and the final performance!

As we move forward into January, we have been met by very un-Vancouver like ice cold weather.  Just a friendly reminder that we will be going out each class (shorter than usual on unusually icy days) so children will need to come with warm winter gear.  Boots, snow pants, hats and gloves/mittens, please!

**Also, please remember that we do wait for the first 10 minutes or so for students to arrive; however, after that time we do close the door and begin our class for those children who are waiting.  Should you arrive and the classroom door is closed please wait until the end of our circle time, at which point we will open the door again and welcome your child to join us.**

Important Dates

Monday, January 30th- Professional Development Day- No classes in session

January Charity Drive

January 9th- 27th, 2017.

Throughout the month of January, we will be holding a charity drive within our classrooms to support a local organization called, Street Saviours.  This is a group that visits the downtown eastside of Vancouver and provides outreach services for those in need.  Among the items they bring with them is warm clothing, mostly in the form of smaller items such as socks, gloves, and toques, but also some larger items like hoodies or jackets.

In our classrooms we will have large bins to collect such new or lightly used items to donate to this group.  We will talk to the children in an age appropriate fashion about how we are helping people stay warm in the cold, with the overall goal of fostering a sense of giving and community.  As items begin to arrive, we will also be using them within the classroom for math activities such as categorizing and graphing help to track our progress!  If you or your family can contribute in any way, your help would be invaluable.  Not just to the Street Saviours program, but also as a learning experience for the students!

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