DISCOVERY CENTER GAZETTE
THIS MONTH: Happy New Year! Our theme this month is "Transportation". We will have lots of fun learning about the different types of transportation: air, water, land. We will study cars, trains, skates and bikes; boats, ships, ferries, and canoes; planes, helicopters and hot air balloons, among other forms of transportation. We'll build our own vehicles, learn about wind power and propulsion, and experiment with wheeled objects, to see which can go faster! The King County Library Bookmobile will continue their service here on the first Friday of each month, and some of the school agers will be with us the first week of January for their winter break.
Happy New Year!: We are so happy to be spending another year together with our special staff and wonderful families! We have lots of new faces and lots of returning faces as we watch the children grow and
Welcome back Miss Inna: We are happy to have our Miss Inna back from her vacation and then her injury. Due to limited mobility, Inna will be our full time cook and teacher lunch breaker. Her new hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Miss Barbara and Miss Nina will continue in the infant room.
Happy 14th Anniversary Miss Nicole!: Miss Nicole is celebrating her 14th year as a valued teacher in our center! Not only is she the Lead Toddler Teacher, but also our center opener, morning Supervisor, and elementary school van driver. Thanks for your years of hard work and dedication to the center, the families, and the children!
Happy 1 year anniversary Miss Maria: Thank you for your inspirations, dedication, and positive attitude! You help put the "happy" in your classroom!
Preschool and Pre-K Teachers: After much discussion and evaluating what would be best for both students and teachers, we have decided to switch Miss Maria's and Miss Selmin's positions. This means that Miss Maria will be the Pre-K teacher, and Miss Selmin will be the preschool teacher.
We feel that this change will best utilize their respective teaching styles and abilities, and afford the best opportunities for the children. Since both classrooms often spend time together, i.e. recess, beginning of day and end of day, this change will have minimum to no impact.
The switch will be effective Monday, January 7th. The teachers will discuss this change with the children.
Center Closure Calendar: Please check our website under "Parent Corner" for our 2019 center closure calendar. Also check each month for the Gazette, which gives monthly updates on center happenings.
Inclement Weather Closure Policy: We follow the Lake Washington Inclement Weather Closure Policy. This information can be found on local news stations and at www.lwsd.org. If there is stormy weather including snow, winds, power outages, icy conditions, please check the website before leaving for the center. If the public schools close, we will also close. If they have a delayed opening, we will as well. For one hour delays we will open at 10:00. For a 2 hour delay we will open at 11:00.This policy helps insure the safety of our staff, children, and families.
Elementary Schools: There is no elementary school on Monday the 21st for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We are open for care. Please sign your school ager up for care if needed.
Soccer Shots: Soccer Shots is here each Thursday morning beginning at 9:30. The first group is the younger children, then the older children have their class after that. If you'd like your child to participate, please go to www.seattle.soccershots.org to register and pay. The winter session starts Thursday January 24th and runs through March 14th. They will offer a "Demo Day" on January 17th so all children are invited to play and enjoy a free day!
King County Bookmobile: The King County Bookmobile is here the first Friday of each month. They provide thematic books for our center, as well as other awesome reading material. All books stay at the center.
Welcome New Students & Staff:
Welcome new students: In the Toddler Room: Eyan and parents Saiful and Shahina; Austin (transitioned from infants) and parents Nick and Bonnie; Lucas (transitioned from infants) and parents Liyun and Ming. In the Preschool Room: Isaac (welcome back!) and parents Nadim and Haydy; Rafael and parents Karim and Rukia; Brody and parents Nick and Katie. In the Pre-K Room: (transitioned from preschool) Yaami and parents Vivek and Vineetha; Bianca and parents Richard and Nives. Welcome everyone!
Birthdays of the month
1st - Kenzo in the Penguins Room - 6 years old!
10th - Lily in the Seagulls Room - 3 years old!
19th - Maisie in the Kittens Room - 1 year old!
24th - Adeline in the Kittens Room - 1 year old!
28th - Avery in the Seagulls Room - 3 years old!
20th - Miss Inna
25th - Miss Nicole
Happy Birthday to you!!!