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.

A New School Year 2018-2019!!!

At Toddler Tree we feel very happy and proud to say hello as we get ready to begin a new school year. This has been such a wonderful summer! Check out our Summer Camp 2018 It’s a Small World After All Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1739599322760786/) for some pictures and websites. We look forward to starting our Teacher Orientation next week.

We hope you too are enjoying the last days of the summer with family, friends, having fun. We are eager to have our students back, learning new and exciting things starting the 2018-2019 school year on Monday, August 13th.

Please take some time in the next few days to talk to your child about coming to kinder.  In order to make this an easier transition, you may want to:

•             show him/her that they will have their own lunchbox to take each day packed with a surprise

•             tell them about how much they will enjoy meeting other children and teachers

•             explain the routine; you can say “Mom or Dad will drop you off; you will play with friends and after a little while, I’ll come to pick you up- like when you go to Grandma’s house!”

•             reinforce that going to school is a time for them to play and have fun

We hope to see you and your little ones soon!

Snack Ideas

Toddler Tree families have shared their ideas for fun and tasty snacks that are much better than the prepackaged ones. A little forethought will get your kids eating, feeling and growing better. Please email me to add your personal suggestions to this list and check the following links: Snack Ideas for Kids and Switch Up Your Lunchbox for even more inspiration.

Fruits and Vegetables…

Mango, Papaya, Star Fruit, Cantaloupe, Honeydew Melon, Watermelon, Cherries, Pear, Grapes, Oranges, Plums, Kiwi, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Figs (good with goat cheese)
Cooked Green Beans, Jicama, Cooked Snow Peas, Frozen Peas, Mashed Sweet Potato (good with butter and cinnamon)

Good with peanut butter: Apples, Banana, Celery (and raisins a.k.a. “Ants on a Log”))

Good with  hummus: Apple (good with peanut butter), Carrots, Raw Cauliflower or Broccoli

 

Good with ranch dip: Carrots, Celery, Cucumber Slices, Cherry Tomatoes, Raw Cauliflower, Raw Broccoli

Good with yogurt: Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Peaches

Good with soy sauce: Avocado (and brown rice) or Edamame

You may want to try: Applesauce, Unsweetened Raisins, Fruit Leathers, Freeze Dried Fruit (like mango, banana, blueberries or strawberries), Dried Apple Rings, Canned Fruit like Mandarin Oranges (Native Forest brand does not use sugary syrups in their cans), even Olives!

 

Whole-Grain…

Whole Grain Crackers (like Triscuits, Multi-Seed, Ak-Mak, Whole-Wheat Matzos, Brown Rice Crackers/Snaps, Whole-Grain Rye Crackers topped with cheese, peanut butter, or a cream cheese and jelly combo)

Popcorn (make it using “The Popcorn Trick”)
Oatmeal (served warm in a Thermos)
Shredded Wheat (look for brands that contain 1-ingredient)
Arrowhead Mills Puffed Whole Grain Cereal (corn, brown rice, wheat or millet variety)
Brown Rice Cakes
Whole-Wheat Pretzels
Whole-Grain Toast
Small, Cooked Whole-Grain Noodles

Nuts and Seeds…

Peanuts, Cashews, Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Pine Nuts (they are good lightly toasted), Pistachios, Sesame Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Nut Trail Mix including Dried Fruit

Other… Hard-Boiled Eggs, Garbanzo Beans, Cheese (cubes or sticks…with or without crackers), Plain Yogurt (flavored with a little honey or maple syrup and vanilla extract), Organic and/or Local Bacon

Homemade…

Homemade Granola Bars
Homemade “Larabars”
Whole-Wheat Toaster Pastries (a.k.a. Pop Tarts!)
Smoothies or Smoothie Pops
Whole-Wheat Banana Bread
Zucchini Chips
Whole-Wheat Zucchini Bread (made into muffins)
Whole-Wheat Pumpkin Bread (made into muffins)
Whole-Grain Cornbread (made into muffins)
Whole-Wheat Berry Muffins
Pecan Maple Breakfast Cookies
Easy Cheesy Crackers
Kale Chips
Homemade Powerballs
Whole-Wheat Biscuits (good with butter and jelly) or Buttermilk Cheese Biscuits
Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn
Whole-Wheat “Baked” Donuts

Mother’s Day Quali-Tea Time

Next week we will be offering “Quali-Tea Time” for students and mothers as a celebration for Mother‘s Day. Groups will be divided into 2 shifts to avoid crowding everybody in together at the same time. 

Your child’s teachers wish to invite you to join them in a special project they have planned. We suggest that everyone wear comfortable clothes and shoes for this event. Once the projects are finished, mother and child will share tea time provided by Toddler Tree. 

It is important for you to take note of the date and times sent in the invitations so everybody can enjoy their time with us. Also, please do not to bring toys, treats or gifts for your child.

We look forward to seeing you soon!