How quickly the Christmas Season is moving along! There are only 9 more days until Christmas Day. I hope your are all getting your Christmas activities in order: Christmas cards, shopping, travel plans, etc. Check out the Christmas tree in our Lobby. The decorations that the children have been making are really festive!
I want to thank all the teachers for a great job with Christmas Around the World this past week. The children enjoyed getting their passports stamped and entering the different "countries". Thank you to all the parents that came in to help us "travel".
We would like to hear from you on how we did with communications during our recent weather events. Please let us know what form of communication you found most useful.
Our theme for this week and next is "The Christmas Story" as described in Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born". On Friday, December 20th, the classes will be having their "Happy Birthday Jesus" Parties. Check with your child's teacher for more information.
This week we will be having our Children's Christmas Concerts. Here is the schedule:
- 12/17: Toucans at 3:00 PM in their classroom
- 12/17: Monkeys at 3:30 PM in their classroom
- 12/18: Jellyfish, Manatees and Sea Turtles at 3:30 PM in the Sanctuary
- 12/19: Sea Stars and Seagulls at 3:30 PM in the Sanctuary
- 12/20: Dolphins and Seahorses (AM Kindergarten Enrichment class) at 9:30 AM in the Sanctuary
- 12/20: Wise Owls (Full Kindergarten) and Seahorses (PM Kindergarten Enrichment class) at 2:30 PM in the Sanctuary.
We will have punch and cookies as refreshments after the programs.
The last day for "Toys For Tots" will be Thursday, December 18th. Thank you to all who have made a donation.
The Display My Art items should arrive tomorrow, Tuesday, December 17th.
More dates to remember for December:
- "Piano 4 Kids" will be coming in to LOA on Monday, December 16th, to from 3:30 to 6:00 PM to demonstrate their approach to music education and to answer any questions you may have.
- Friday, December 20th is Red Day at LOA.
- LOA will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 24th and 25th.
- LOA will close at 2:00 PM on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31st and we will be closed on New Year's Day, January 1st.
Once again we want to remind all parents that "Leesburg Today" has voting for the "Best of Loudoun 2013". Leesburg Open Arms is one of the schools up for voting in the Childcare/Education/Preschool category. Please help us make LOA the #1 Best of Loudoun by voting for us. You can vote at the following link:
The deadline is December 31st, 2013. Thank you for considering us in this category.
I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I hope the time you enjoy with your families will be treasured memories. There will be no newsletter for next week as we have a short week with Christmas. I will be visiting my children and grandchildren in Illinois over Christmas. Next week the teachers will be talking about the Wise Men coming to visit baby Jesus and preparing for the New Year Celebrations and Epiphany.
Ms. EllenCenter Director