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Little Stars Newsletter

Please do not drop off before 7am or pick up after 6pm. 
Please make sure to call and let us know if your child will be absent.
Thanks!

February 2021

 

Little Stars offers healthy breakfast, lunch and snack daily for our students.  We are finding many of our kiddos are bringing in food from home.  This has become an issue for many reasons.  The biggest concern is safety.  Some of the food brought from home contains nuts or other products and we do have a few students with allergies.  We have also had students bring in milk or juice.  We do not have room or safe storage for those items and they will be sitting at room temperature all day.  We are also concerned about choking hazards.  If they are eating during non-meal times the staff are not alert to this potential hazard.

Bringing food from home also increases jealousy and conflict in the classroom.  Especially when a student comes in with candy/treats or yummy donuts.  Another concern is the structure and routine of the classroom is disrupted.  Your child is instructed to sit at the table to eat their snack while other children are involved in classroom activities.

 We understand that it is difficult some mornings to get your kiddo motivated and ready for the day.  Please keep those extra items for the car ride.  If you have any questions let me know.

Thanks, Rhonda

Featured Staff of the Month!

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Lavender Room News:

This month we are welcoming Jaxson!  He is our newest member to the Lavender Room.  We are excited to watch him grow along side all his new friends!  To spread some warmth in this cold month we will be doing some Valentine’s inspired crafts!  Still celebrating all of our cold weather we’ve been having, we will be reading more books about winter.

I am very excited about becoming lead teacher in the Lavender Room, and what this month brings.  Miss Tasha will be missed, but luckily we are not saying goodbye!  She will be back as much as she can working with our infants!

As always we are taking all precautions we can to keep everyone safe and healthy, if you have questions or concerns feel free to let us know.  Thank you!

Miss Serena and the Lavender Room

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Purple Room News:

It’s been a great first few weeks for me as the Lead Teacher in the Purple Room, and I have to thank all of you parents for being patient with me as I’ve gotten in the swing of things.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your child, and I can honestly say I love coming to work every day!

  Moving forward each month we will have a theme in the classroom with corresponding weekly activities.  We will also be working on signs every week we will focus on strengthening your child’s sign language skills (I know many of the children already use sign language!)

The theme we will be focusing of this month is “LOVE”.  We will focus on loving ourselves, our family, and our friends.  The signs we will focus on in February are “more”, “all done”, “milk”, and “love”.

Miss Sydney and the Purple Room

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Blue Room News:

Last month in The Blue Room, we did many activities to help improve our social and emotional skills. I definitely think they worked! Each child got so much better at these skills throughout the month and I noticed a big difference between the beginning and end of the month.

This month, we will celebrate Valentine’s Day by doing art projects, singing songs, and reading books related to it. It looks to be a fun and exciting month!

Finally, I wanted to let you all know that I will be going to Afghanistan at the end of the month to see my family. The other staff will still be in the room and will keep things running smoothly. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Stay safe and healthy!
Mrs. Kita And the Blue Room Team

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Green Room News:

The Green Room friends started the year with a unit on animals.  The children enjoyed activities such as playing with ocean animals in water, making bird feeders, counting puppies, and dancing with zoo animals.

This month’s focus will be on the community around us.  We will be learning about community helpers, vehicles, and flags.  Of course, we will also be having plenty of Valentine’s fun!

Please remember to keep your child’s cubby stocked with extra clothes.  Thanks.

Ms. Rosemary, Ms. Steph, and the Green Room team.

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Yellow Room News:

Last month in The Yellow Room, we did units on winter animals, the alphabet, and more. We did art projects, sang songs, and read stories related to these things. We also welcomed Rebecca from The Green Room. It was overall a very fun and successful month!

This month, we will continue our alphabet unit, do units on the colors red and orange, and more. We will also celebrate Valentine’s Day! It looks to be a fun and exciting month!

Thank you all for being extra patient with us this month as I have been gone. The other staff have been doing an excellent job at keeping everything running smoothly.

As always, let us know if you have any questions!

Stay safe and healthy!

Thanks!
Mrs. Julia And the Yellow Room Team

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Orange Room News:

Happy February Orange Room!

We have learned this month about: Winter, Penguins, Snowman, and Snow. We had lots

of fun practicing our fine motor skills when we were creating our art projects this month! This

month we will be talking about: Groundhogs Day, Valentine’s day, Pete the Cat, and Polar

Animals.

Reminders: Please make sure your child has snow pants, boots, hat, mittens, and coats

as we go outside 2 times a day! Also, please make sure they have an extra set of weather

appropriate clothes in case of any accidents that cause their clothes to become wet!

Thank you!

Ms. Paige and the Orange Room

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Red Room News:

Happy February Red Room! January seems like it started just yesterday. This month we focused on our scissor grip, recognizing patterns and working on jumping on one foot; also switching between jumping with two feet onto one foot. We talked about germs, fairytales, winter weather and dinosaurs! Next month our themes will be:

Groundhog Day, Kindness, Valentine’s Day and Healthy Foods!

REMINDERS: Make sure your child has Snow pants,

boots, gloves/mittens, hat and a jacket! When we go outside your child’s clothes may become wet, make sure they have an extra weather appropriate outfit for any accidents that may occur!

Thank you!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!

Miss Lexe and the Red Room Team

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Rainbow Room News:

February is national reading month, so we will be doing a lot of things the revolve around books. Encourage your child to read at home. We will be having a contest to see who can read the most books for the month of February!

Everyone should have received a copy of Little Stars toy policy. Please continue to leave toys at home with the exception of a snuggly for rest time. Stars of the week for February are Liam, Bryson, Jake and Zoey. Assure your child that they will get s turn. I know it’s hard to wait.

Ms. Lorena and the Rainbow Room Team

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Starlight Preschool Room News

Hello Starlight Families! Welcome to the month of February!
There have been some changes in the Starlight Room, starting with our
new staff! Our new lead teacher of the room is Alyssa Haller, with two
assistant teachers, Kaitlyn Mortenson, and Nicole Unruh. We are trying to
create a fun, safe, and positive environment for the children to learn and grow!
We have appreciated all of the kindness and patience that we have
received from the Starlight Families as we are all getting used to a new room
and routines. We understand it has been a difficult past month due to all the
changes and uncertainty, so if you have any questions or concerns please don’t
be afraid to reach out to us!

Here is a little more information about each of us:
Alyssa: I am currently attending Minnesota State University Mankato as a
junior. My major is Family Consumer Science and Child Development with a
minor in Psychology. I started working at Little Stars in late August working in
multiple different rooms. I will be in the starlight room Mondays 3-6,
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:45-3, and Fridays 6:45-1. Please contact me if you
have any questions/concerns. My email is littlestarsah@gmail.com or you can
text/call me at (952)-715-0687.

Nicole: I am currently attending college at Minnesota State University,
Mankato as a sophomore, studying Communication Arts and Literature
Education (5-12). I started working at Little Stars in the fall, and am looking
forwards to getting to know all of the kids more! For the month of February, I
am in the room: Mondays 11:00-3:00, Tuesdays 3:00-6:00, Wednesdays 11:00-
6:00, Thursdays 3:00-6:00, and Fridays 1:00-6:00. Feel free to email me at
littlestarsnu@gmail.com, or call/text me at 651-280-9373.

Kaitlyn is also attending Minnesota State University, Mankato. Kaitlyn mostly
works in the Blue Room at Little Stars, however, we are lucky to have her
Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00-11:00 AM!

From February 8th-12th, any families that would like to bring treats or
goodies for Valentine’s Day are gladly welcomed! We just ask that all treats are
store-bought and nut-free. There will also be dress-up days during the week!
Monday- Pajamas!
Tuesday- Crazy Hair & Hat!
Wednesday-Favorite Character or Super Hero!
Thursday- Classroom Color or Stars!
Friday- Red/Pink or Hearts

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2021 Closing Dates

 April 23rd – Teacher Workshop Day

May 31st – Memorial Day

July 5th – Independence Day

August 5th & August 6th – Teacher Workshop/Maintenance

September 6th – Labor Day

November 25th & November 26th – Thanksgiving

December 24th & December 27th – Christmas

December 31st – New Year’s Eve