It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Dear Parents,

For this last month of 2018, we have planned the following activities:

First and foremost, on Wednesday, December 5th Santa Claus is coming to Toddler Tree!! He will visit us to take pictures and will pick up our Christmas letters.

Baby Madero will hold an individual photo shoot session with Santa Claus at our kinder gym for all interested families.

Also, our Program titled “The Grand Christmas Rhapsody” will take place at Candy Gum (party place in Plaza San Pedro) on Tuesday, December 18th. On that day we will be receiving students at 9:00am for a dress rehearsal. Parents are welcome to come at 10:25am, 2 people per family. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

The agenda for December 18th is as follows:

9:00        Student arrival

9:15        Dress rehearsal without audience

10:25      Parent arrival

10:30      Show “The Grand Christmas Rhapsody”

10:50      Snack and Free Play

11:30      Visit from Santa Claus (with presents for students!)

12:00      Closing

Our teachers will be specifying the details on what the kids need to wear for the show.

To cover the costs of the photos with Santa and the gift Santa will be bringing the children on the day of the Program, we ask for a fee of $600 pesos from each student. Please make this payment with Nora, our receptionist, at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,

Toddler Tree Kinder

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Estimados Padres de Familia:

Por este medio nos permitimos informarles acerca de las actividades que tenemos planeadas para éste último mes del año 2018:

Primeramente, el miércoles 5 de diciembre … ¡Santa vendrá a Toddler Tree! Nos tomaremos fotos y se llevará nuestras cartitas.

Baby Madero estará ofreciendo sesiones individuales de fotografías con Santa en el gimnasio del kínder para las familias interesadas.

Finalmente, el Festival  “The Grand Christmas Rhapsody” se llevará a cabo en Candy Gum (salón de fiestas ubicado en Plaza San Pedro) el día martes 18 de diciembre. Esa mañana estaremos recibiendo niños a las 9:00am para un ensayo general. Los padres están cordialmente invitados al show a las 10:25am, considerándose 2 personas por familia. Ojalá y puedan asistir y divertirse con sus hijos. ¡Los esperamos!

La agenda para ese día será la siguiente:

9:00        Llegada de alumnos

9:15        Ensayo sin papás

10:25      Llegada papás

10:30      Show “The Grand Christmas Rhapsody”

10:50      Refrigerio y Recreo

11:30      Visita de Santa Claus y entrega de regalos

12:00      Salida

Nuestras maestras estarán especificando posteriormente los detalles del vestuario.

Estamos pidiendo una cooperación de $600 pesos por alumno para el paquete de fotografías con Santa y el regalo que Santa entregará a cada niño durante su visita el día del festival. Favor de hacer el pago correspondiente a Nora en recepción a la mayor brevedad posible.

Atentamente,

Kinder Toddler Tree

HEB San Pedro (Humberto Lobo)

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Dear Toddler Tree Parents,

With the intention of offering the kids an opportunity to explore food at the grocery store, we have programmed a visit to HEB San Pedro for the Big Bears and Terrific Tigers groups on Wednesday, November 7 with Ms. Caya, Ms. Karen, Ms. Victoria and Ms. Marifer.

We will meet at the underground parking lot, near the electric escalators at 9:00am to start our tour at 9:15am. Mothers are asked to stay with their child during the visit which we expect will last approximately 30 minutes. We are asking that you please take your child to Toddler Tree after HEB and pick him/her up at the usual dismissal time. If your child will not be joining us for the visit, please drop him/her off at kinder after 10:00am on that day.

Thank you,

The Toddler Tree teaching staff

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Estimados Padres de Familia:

 Con el propósito de que los niños tengan la experiencia tangible de explorar comida, que será parte del tema de este mes, hemos programado una visita a HEB Sand Pedro para los grupos de Terrific Tigers y Big Bears el miércoles 7 de noviembre con Ms. Caya, Ms. Karen, Ms. Victoria, y Miss Marifer.

Nos reuniremos con las maestras a las 9:00am en el estacionamiento subterráneo, a un lado de las escaleras eléctricas para empezar el tour a las 9:15am. Los niños deberán ser acompañados por su mamá durante el recorrido para el cual estimamos un tiempo de 30 minutos aproximadamente  y les pedimos entregar a sus hijos en Toddler Tree para terminar su mañana a la hora de costumbre. Para los niños que no vayan a asistir a la visita, la entrada será a las 10:00am en el kínder ese día.

Gracias,

El personal docente de Toddler Tree

Vintage Halloween Party

It is our pleasure to invite you to Toddler Tree’s Vintage Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 31st at 10:30 AM at our school. We’re planning a very exciting day for our kids since this year we will feature a Costume Catwalk that will include kids from all groups followed by a party where they will enjoy a scrumptious snack!

Kids arrival time will be 9:00am, as usual. Parents are invited to come at 10:30am to see the show. Parking is limited so please try to carpool to keep the vehicle count to a minimum. The parade will begin at 10:40am and you should be free by 11:15am.  If you have a driver, please advise not to wait right outside of the school in order to avoid blocking traffic.Students stay the full morning until noon or after their extra-curricular class.

In case of rain, the parade will be held for students only.

Please consider having your children wear a simple costume for their own comfort. We suggest costumes that will allow kids to move freely, especially for the younger ones, and also using make-up instead of masks that can obstruct their sight and might hinder their participation in the parade.

You don’t need to send a lunchbag that day since the Party Hosts will be supplying the snacks. If you would like to send candy for your child’s classmates, we ask you to please label only who it’s from and be sure to include enough for all of the kids in the class. Also, please send along a basket or bag for collecting candy.

The parade will be professionally filmed and all students will be photographed, too. The edited footage will be uploaded on Facebook for you to see.

Mime Time 2018

A traditional presentation of classical and modern mime techniques performed at Toddler Tree in a developmentally appropriate style through an acting technique that conveys emotion through non-verbal communication: this is Mime Time.

Occasionally referred to as ‘the art of silence,’ pantomime relies on facial expressions, body language, gestures and movements to convey a message or tell a story or create an illusion. People performing pantomime are known as mimes or clowns. With pantomime, kids can enjoy themselves while learning valuable social and communication skills.

Emotion
• Pantomime incorporates techniques to convey emotion within facial expressions. When expressing happiness, the actor will raise his brow, curve his lips upward, parting the mouth slightly in addition to squinting to appear as if he is smiling with his eyes. Surprise is conveyed by opening the mouth to an O-shape, raising the brow and opening the eyes as wide as possible. Conversely, anger is expressed by turning the brow and mouth downward, while firmly setting the jaw in a dropped position. Sadness is conveyed by turning the mouth, the brow and the eyes downward, while allowing all the muscles in the face to sag.

Gestures
• The chest is the central point of all action in pantomime. Actors will use the entire body to react and express emotion. Gestures in pantomime are exaggerated. When expressing positive emotions, actors will create free-flowing movements, maintain an elevated chest and gesture broadly. Negative emotions are expressed through restrictive gestures and a chest that is drawn inward. The body will appear tense and rigid.

Mime Time will take place next Wednesday, September 26th and it is packed with elements of surprise, adventure, music, dancing, excitement and, of course, audience interaction and participation. This enriching experience will exercise both the mind and the body of our youngsters.

¡Viva México!

We will be celebrating the independence of México on Friday, September 14th. Please send your children dressed in green, white and red on this day for a special Mexican Independence celebration!! ??

September 16 is the anniversary of “El Grito de Dolores, a speech made in 1810 by the catholic priest, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, in the town of Dolores, Guanajuato.  Hidalgo’s speech urged a resistance to the “bad government” and helped ignite a process which finally led to the “Declaration of Independence of the Mexican Empire” on September 28, 1821.