I can't believe how Winter simply will not let go. Only 19 more days until Spring - I just can't wait for the warmer weather!
Last week the children enjoyed all the classroom activities for Pets Week. The Dolphins class had Dr. Betsy Henly, Kristen and Haley's mom and a Veterinarian at the Leesburg Animal Hospital come in speak to the children about caring for animals. The Kindergarten classes celebrated "100 Days of School" last Wednesday - from counting 100 pennies, gumballs and many other items along with how many licks it would take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop (it was around 300).
Today is Sunday March 1st, and as many of you know I am Welsh and this day is celebrated as St. David's Day in Wales. Just like St. Patrick is for Ireland, St. David is the patron Saint of Wales. The daffodil is our National flower so look for them in my office this week.
This week is Dr. Seuss Week so check around the school to see signs of Dr. Seuss like the Cat In The Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, etc. How many Dr. Seuss books can we read? Also check out all the classroom doors for Dr. Seuss themed decorations. We will have a contest for the best door, which our School-agers will vote on on Friday.
Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist most widely known for his children's books written under the pen names Dr. Seuss and Theo LeSieg. Dr. Seuss published 46 children's books, which were often characterized by imaginative characters and rhyme. His birthday, March 2 (he passed away in 1991 but would be 110 this year), has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.
Do you know your Dr. Seuss books? Can you name the books from the initials in the title such as TCITH, HHAW or TAWIMP? Answers to these and more can be found at this link "Name that Dr. Seuss Book".
Here is the link to the schedule of activities for Dr. Seuss Week.
Porch Pals has asked for donations of breakfast foods through the month of March. Item suggestions:
- Bisquick or Pancake Mix
- Cereal Bars
- Oatmeal Packets
- Muffin Mixes
Lessons for Piano Keys 4 Kids will start this Wednesday, March 4th. If you are interested in signing up your child, here is the registration form:
Piano Keys 4 Kids
Hard copies are also available at the Front Desk.
LOA events for March into early April:
- Zumba class will be on Thursday, March 5th at 6:15.
- On March 6th, we will have Dean Allen's Magic Show - "All You Need is a Book" at 9:30 AM. He will be featuring Dr. Seuss books.
- Daylight Savings begins on Sunday morning, March 8th. - we "spring forward" one hour.
- Picture Days are on March 11, 12 and 13.
- St. Patrick's Day Parties will be on Tuesday, March 17th.
- Green Day will also be Tuesday, March 17th.
- On Wednesday, March 18th we will have Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A.
- We will have our March Parents Night Out on Saturday, March 21st from 4:00 to 8:30 PM.
- LCPS will be closed from Monday, March 30th through Monday, April 6th for Spring Break. Registration for Spring Break Camp at LOA - "A Slice of Summer" - is now open. Spaces are limited so please let us know if your child will be attending LOA during these dates. Forms are available by the Front Desk sign-in kiosk.
- LOA will be closed on April 3rd in observance of Good Friday.
- Our Scholastic Book Fair will be from April 6th through 10th.
Registration for Enrichment Kindergarten class is now open so to ensure your child has a spot, please let us know as soon as possible. Please stop by the office to speak to myself or Ms Courtney about registering your child for the next school year.
Also for the school age students - rising first graders and above - we need to know if your child will be attending LOA for before or after care for the next academic school year. Forms will be sent out with your student for you to complete.
We have now finalized details for LOA Summer Camp. Click here for the LOA Summer Camp details and here for the Summer Camp Registration Form. The theme this year is "Fun in the "Son". If you are interested in the program, spaces are limited so sign your child up as soon as you can.
- Ms Katie from the Toucans class has left LOA for personal reasons.
- Ms Kelsey will be the new Assistant in the Toucans class.
- Ms Emma had her baby on February 21st. We welcome Henry Martin Curtis at 9 lb 7 oz into the world. Our congratulations go out the the Curtis family.
One last item: Yesterday, Saturday, February 28th, LOA sponsored a Middle School team for the "Odyssey of the Mind" competition; our team is called "The Rainbros". This is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. Ms Wendy's daughters, Emily and Sarah, participated on the LOA team. We also have other LOA students participating on other teams: Kaia, Nikolas, Bauer and Robbie. We wish them all the best and will report on their results next week.
"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you."
"Don't cry because it's over. smile because it happened."
-- Dr. Seuss