This week, we will enjoy Chapel with Ms Lara on Wednesday. Also, on Friday, Ms. Jessica from the Austin Public Library will be here for story hour.
- Reminder: FUMP will be closed for inservice on Monday, January 20. Our teachers are required to have a minimum of 24 hours per year of continuing education. We will be attending a four hour training with other Austin preschool teachers.
- Registration is coming up for the 2020-2021 school year. It will begin on Monday, January 27. If you have any questions about registration, please let us know.
- There will be an updated directory distributed later this week to include our recently enrolling families. Keep an eye out for that.
- Do you have an extra glider at home? Ms. Rosa would like one for her classroom. If you have a gently used one that is looking for a new home, please let us know.
- Would you like to sign up for Pizza Mondays? Each Monday, your child will receive all-you-can-eat pizza and bananas for $5. We will just add the costs to your February invoice. Use this link: PIZZA MONDAY LATE REGISTRATION
- Speaking of invoices, we are amending our late fee policy. We currently charge a $20 late fee for tuition. Our new policy is that the first late fee of a semester will be $20, and successive late fees will be $50. In the event that you need to make arrangements for late tuition, we can definitely work with you; we just need to know in advance.
Enjoy the column below from Ms. Janis, especially if you need a Monday morning chuckle!
Teacher Column: Ms. Janis. Things I Know Only Because I Teach Preschool…
The difference between an ankylosaurus and a dimetrodon.
The name of almost every kind of construction vehicle.
Where Thomas the Tank Engine lives. Also the names of the characters in Paw Patrol and PJ Masks. And what they look like.
Time is even more fluid than the Zen masters would have you believe. “Yesterday when I was a baby” is a reasonable statement. And holidays, especially birthdays and Halloween, are year-long events.
Sticks and boxes are magic: they can turn into ALMOST ANYTHING. In fact, almost anything can turn into almost anything else. (Again, the Zen folks have somewhat underestimated the mutability factor in our daily lives.)
If you aren’t careful, the song “Jingle Bells” can go on forever.
Any day is better if you can blow bubbles.
The terms “quiet time” and “rest time” should not be taken literally.
Attitude adjustments are easier than you think, as I learned secondhand from a comment related by the mother of one of my students: “My friend said he was faster than me. But I was still happy.”