Happy January…but wait…where is the snow?! Perhaps the Snowflake Festival on Sunday, January 27 from 3:00-5:00 pm will bring snow! If not, it is sure to be a day filled with fun and exploration. Many, many years ago, Willow Wood Preschool put on a winter carnival at Skokie School and it was called the Snowflake Festival. Years have gone by and we are bringing an afternoon of play and exploration back! This time, the festival will be held at school and each classroom will have a different theme. Families can move freely from room to room to interact with their child. Classroom themes run the gamut from art to blocks to math/numbers to sensory exploration to big body movement. We will end the afternoon in the Great Hall with a sing-a-long with our music teacher Mrs. Clemmitt. ALL are invited: parents, siblings, and grandparents.

In order to ensure good attendance at this wonderful event, everyone needs to stay healthy! This is not an easy task at a preschool! However, following a few guidelines can help everyone. Please keep your child home for 24 hours after a fever or vomiting. If your child seems lethargic, but without fever, this may be a sign he is coming down with something. Consider keeping him home for a day of rest. If your child will be absent, we truly appreciate a phone call to the office to let us know why he will not be at school. Certain illnesses require a note home to the other students in the class; strep throat, pink eye, hand-foot-mouth disease, and whooping cough are a few. These are considered communicable diseases and, therefore, are highly contagious.

Believe it or not, playing outdoors in the cold weather is actually a healthy thing to do! Our students will be having outdoor play each day for at least 30 minutes, weather permitting. Inquiries about our outdoor policies often come up this time of year. We do not have hard and true numbers. Often, a sunny day with no wind, but cold temperatures is a nicer day to be outside than a cloudy, windy and damp day. Safety of our children is foremost in our minds and will always be taken into consideration. Please, however, dress your child every day as if they will be playing outside. Even though there may not be snow on the ground, snow pants will keep your child warmer than pants alone. I will take this opportunity to remind parents to please label all items; snow pants, hats, mittens, etc. The teachers thank you!

Winter break is always a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. However, returning to school has been delightful! There’s no place like our Willow Wood home! With the Snowflake Festival approaching, we would love to see as many of your smiling faces as possible! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call, email or stop by the office; the door is always open!

Be well and I hope to see you at the Festival,

AuthorWillowwood Preschool