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Week of January 15th

Our first week back in the new year had a few unexpected illnesses with both me and Ms. Maggie. We are both back and feeling much better. Thank you for the well wishes. We are excited to get back to our normal schedule!


Please remember our rule of keeping your child home for a full 24 hour recovery period (that means that your child must be fever, vomit, and diarrhea free for a full 24 hours before they return to school) if they are vomiting, have diarrhea, and/or fever. We are continuously sanitizing materials and encouraging the children to wash hands frequently.


Here are few quick tricks to make hand washing more desirable and effective:
You can have your child sing the ABC Song or Happy Birthday (2x’s) as they are washing their hands.
Here are two fun instructional chants you can teach your child, be sure to have them say the chants at least 3x’s as the wash their hands.


Hand Washing Chant #1

Tops and Bottoms
Tops and Bottoms
In Between
In Between
All Around your Hands
All Around your Hands
Now They’re Getting Clean
Now They’re Getting Clean (During the final verse you can change the words to Now They’re Clean)


Hand Washing Chant # 2

(To the tune of Row Row Row Your Boat)

Wash, wash, wash your hands,
Soap will make them clean!
Scrub the germs ‘til they fall off,
Germs do down the drain…


We are so excited to begin our baby study!  We are looking for donations of any old baby materials you might have laying around (diapers, bottles, toys, blankets, clothes, etc.)  If you have anything you can let us investigate please bring it in!  We look forward to partnering with all of you during this project.


We have also decided to put a hold on our Goldilocks and the 3 Bears study and delve deeply into our baby study alongside discussing winter animals and the cold weather. According to the weather report the next couple of weeks will be full of off and on snow and the preschoolers are always so enthralled with snow. We are going to try to capitalize on their interest and focus some of our energy on winter related topics.


In trying to alleviate some of the congestion in the hallways there will be new procedures for where students will enter/exit the building (THERE IS NO CHANGE IN OUR PRESCHOOL ENTRY/EXIT PROCEDURE). I have attached the letter from Ray Administration (in case you have older children who will be affected by the new changes):

Dear Ray Families:
The purpose of this new plan to reduce heavy hallway traffic as students enter and exit the building. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Start Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pre-K students will enter through the glass annex door.
Kindergarten will line up outside the auditorium doors.
First, Second and Fifth Grades will continue to follow the same procedure.
Third & Fourth Grades will enter through the Main Entrance Door.
Pre-K students will exit through the glass annex door.
Kindergarten will be dismissed outside auditorium doors.
First, Second and Fifth Grades will continue to follow the same procedure.
Third Grade will exit through the main entrance door and walk to their numbers on the North playground.
Fourth Grade will be dismissed from the main entrance door.


Thank you Ray Families!


Have a great week,

Ms. Bethanie & Ms. Maggie

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