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Archive for 2014

Holiday Happenings

Happy Holidays!

Our classrooms held their Holiday shows today!  Everyone did such a great job and we are so proud of them all!

With the warm weather this week  it sure doesn’t feel like winter, but the first day of winter is Sunday December 21st!   Please make sure your child’s extra clothes are winter weather appropriate.   Thank you!


Holiday Schedule:

Wednesday, December 24th our school is closing at 12:30 pm to celebrate the Holiday.  We will be closed for winter break Thursday, December 25th until Monday,  January 5th.  Enjoy all the quality family time during the Holidays and the break!  We will see you all in the new year!


Winter came down to our home one night
Quietly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow,
And we, we were children once again.
~Bill Morgan, Jr.

December Notables

Welcome December!

Everyone is excited for the upcoming Holidays and the fun things we have planned!


Here is what’s happening:

Wear Red Day is on Tuesday the 2nd.  We are showing our school spirit by wearing the color of the month!

We are having a Goddard Holiday Sing-A-Long on Wednesday the 10th!

We will be wearing our Holiday Pajamas on Friday the 12th!

Hanukkah begins on Tuesday the 16th!

Our Holiday Shows are on Wednesday the 17th!

The first day of Winter is Sunday the 21st!

We are closing at 12:30 pm on Wednesday the 24th!

The school will be closed for Holiday break December 25th-January 5th!


Holiday Shows and Times:

Lion and Cheetah rooms are from 9:30 am – 10 am.

Chimp, Giraffe and Elephant rooms are from 10 am – 10:30 am.

Zebra and Crocodile rooms are from 10:30 am – 11 am.

All families are welcome to stay for a yummy snack with their child following their show!

Look out for the sign-up sheets on the classroom doors for snacks, drinks, plates and napkins for our Holiday parties!


“Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.”  ~Author Unknown

“May love and light fill your home and heart at Hanukkah.”  ~Author Unknown


November News

November News

It’s so close to Thanksgiving that you can almost smell it!  Our school will be closed Thursday 11/27 and Friday 11/28 to celebrate Thanksgiving. We hope you enjoy the time with your family!


Here are some fun craft ideas to help get ready for Thanksgiving:

1.  Using a marker, trace your child’s hand.  Let them decorate the hand to look like a turkey using markers and crayons.

2.  Make place mats and place cards out of construction paper.  Have them decorate one for each of your dinner guests with a variety of craft materials.

3.  Use old magazines and catalogs to help your children cut out pictures of things they are thankful for.  They can glue the pictures to paper plates.

4.  Empty paper towel tubes can make wonderful napkin rings! Have the children decorate the tubes then cut them to size.

5.  Make cards for family and friends telling them why they are thankful for them.  All you need is paper and something to write with!


A Thanksgiving Poem

T is for the trust the pilgrims had so many years ago
H is for the harvest the settlers learnt to grow
A is for America, the land in which we live
N is for nature and beauty which she gives
K is for kindness, gentle words, thoughtful deeds
S is for smiles, the sunshine everyone needs
G is for gratitude… our blessings big and small
I is for ideas, letting wisdom grow tall
V is for voices, singing, laughing, always caring
I is for Indians, who taught them about sharing
N is for neighbors, across the street, over the sea
G is for giving of myself to make a better me
by Judith.A. Lindberg


Happy Thanksgiving!

Written by Kara Scott


November News


This month we are learning about Harvest Celebrations!


Our monthly themes are:

The Leaves Are Falling Down!

Good Food for Me!

Fall Harvest!

Celebrating Thanksgiving!

All About Trees!


Special Events this month include:

11-4 Vision Screening

11-6 Wear your Philly Sports Attire

11-12 Wear Brown Day

11-14 Homemade Bread Day

11-18 Goddard Pajama Day

11-19 Thanksgiving Feast

11-27 and 11-28 School is closed for Thanksgiving Break!


Notable News:

1. Any bakers are welcome to bake some homemade bread for the school.  The children will be tasting it at snack time on the 14th.

2. Be on the look out for Thanksgiving Feast sign-ups.  Each classroom will be needing cans of corn and cranberry sauce, AM and PM snack, a yummy lunch treat, paper plates and napkins.

3. Please remember to go through your child’s extra clothes.  Make sure they have pants and long sleeve shirts for the colder weather.

4. Our school is participating in a coat drive through Cradles to Crayons.  We are accepting new or like new children’s coats and gloves November 24th- December 5th.


“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
–   Elizabeth Lawrence

Written by: Kara Scott


Halloween Fun

Halloween Reminders:

Halloween Parade is Friday, October 31st at 3:45pm. The school is closing immediately following the parade at 4:00pm so everyone can enjoy Trick or Treating with their family.
Please bring your child’s costume in a bag labeled with their first and last name.

Here are some Halloween Safety Tips:
1. Remember to walk.
2. Take a flashlight so see where you are going.
3. Walk on the sidewalk.
4. Make sure your costume does not drag.
5. If you wear a mask, be sure you can see out of it.
6. Trick or Treat at the homes of people you know.
7. Go with an adult.
8. Have someone check your candy before eating it.
9. Wear something reflective or take a glow stick so people can see you in the dark.
10. Have fun! Boo!

“When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.”
~Author Unknown

October News

Our Monthly theme is Community Helpers!!! During this month your child(ren) will be learning about:

Community Helpers!

Friends Around the Neighborhood!


Important dates to know:

Oct. 1st – Fire Truck Visits!

Oct. 9th – Picture Day for Lions, Cheetahs, Chimps, Giraffes and siblings

Oct.10th – Picture Day for Elephants, Zebras and Crocodiles

Oct. 15th – Wear Black Day!

Oct. 24th – Crazy Sock Day!

Oct. 29th – Decorate a Pumpkin!

Oct. 31st – Magic Show at 10 A.M. , Parade at 3:45, School CLOSES directly after parade!

News to know:

1. Halloween Parade – It is on the playground on Oct. 31st at 3:45 p.m. The teachers will be dressing the children for the parade so send in your child(ren)’s costume in a bag with their name on it. The school will be CLOSING directly following the parade at 4 p.m. to allow the families to go home and enjoy trick -or- treating with their child(ren).

2. Fall Fundraiser – The fundraiser will be distributed in a few days. The proceeds from this will help us pay for extra activities for the children. Please return orders by Oct.13th.

3. Picture Day – Lions, Chimps, Cheetahs, Giraffes and siblings will be photographed on Oct. 9th and Elephants, Zebras and Crocodiles will be Oct. 10th. The proofs will return in a few weeks with order forms if you are interested in placing orders.

4. Book Fair – Thank you to all of our families who purchased books. We were able to place over $700 in new books into our classrooms.

As we all can feel the weather is changing and Fall is amongst us so please make sure your child(ren)’s extra clothes are the correct size and match the season!

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came,—
The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And every thing was grand;
Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind, the band….
The sight was like a rainbow
New-fallen from the sky….
~George Cooper, “October’s Party”

Written by: Kim Hensinger

September News

WELCOME BACK!!! We are so excited to begin a new school year! Here are some themes that your child(ren) will be learning about in September:

My School

My Friends & Family

My Pets

My Senses

My Manners

My Healthy Body


Sept. 8th – Grandparent’s Day 10:00-11:00

Sept. 10th – School Wide Pajama Day!

Sept. 16th – Crazy Hair Day!

Sept. 24th – Rosh Hashanah Begins!

Sept. 26th – Goddard Hat Day!

Sept. 30th – Wear Orange Day!

Please remember to switch out your child’s clothes in order for them to be the correct size and match the fall weather!

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

― Lauren DeStefano, Wither

Written by: Kim Hensinger

Summer Camp

Infants & Teacher with Bubbles A

Summer is here!!!!!!

Here is a friendly reminder of what to bring back with you on Monday, June 23rd.

1. Bathing Suit

2. Closed toed water shoes

3. Towel

4. Sun Tan Lotion

5. Change of clothes for Summer

We are looking forward to a fun-filled Summer with your child (ren)!! We will have new friends, cool treats, fun visitors, and never ending fun!

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent

We hope you have a safe and happy Summer! Enjoy your time with your families!

written by: Kim Hensinger

June News

The Goddard School

Oh The Places We’ll Go

For the rest of the year we will be learning about different kinds of transportation! This will go until Summer Camp which starts June 23rd. We have had a great year and are looking forward to our fun Summer activities! Summer Here We Come!!!!

Summer Camp – Our summer camp program begins on Monday, June 23rd. Please be sure to send in a bathing suit, towel, and CLOSED TOED water shoes every day. We take the children outside everyday for water play. If your child does not have closed toed water shoes, they will not be permitted to participate. Also, CLOSED TOED shoes are required for the entire day as well.

In-Service – The school will be CLOSED on Friday, June 20th for an In-Service Day. Our faculty will be receiving several hours of training from Goddard University. The teachers will also be preparing the school for the beginning of our summer camp!

Pre-K Graduation – Tuesday, June 17th at 4pm will be our Pre-K Graduation located in the school playground. This ceremony celebrates all of the students who will be heading off to kindergarten in September. The parking lot will be very crowded during this time. Any parent attending graduation is asked not to park in the reserved spaces located directly in front of the school.

Happy Birthday to our friends in June:

6/4 — Kylar
6/9 — Savannah
6/18 — Eli
6/19 —Peyton
6/23 —Lola
6/25 — Jaelyn
6/27 —Braydon
6/28 —Aiden H.

Special Dates To Know:

6/3–Goddard Pajama Day!

6/12–Wear Your Favorite Color to School!

6/17–Graduation 4p.m.

6/18–Goddard Hat Day!

6/20–Closed! Teacher In-Service

6/24–Snake Party Show 10a.m.

6/27–Fun, Feathers, and Scales Show 10a.m.

6/30–Wacky Hair Day!

Cheers To Our Graduates!

Pre-K Graduation is June 17th at 4:00 p.m.

They have worked so hard all year and in the last month to learn songs to put on a great show. There will be speeches, songs, diplomas and a party following the ceremony! So bring your tissues, cameras, and friends and family to support our lovely Pre-K Class of 2014.

The children just need to be there and wear Jean bottoms. We’ll take care of the rest!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” Dr. Seuss

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Written by: Kim Hensinger