59 Grand Boulevard • Scarsdale, NY 10583 • 914-472-4777

welcome to creative playtime

Welcome! Creative Playtime is a community program of Grace Lutheran Church. Children of all religious and ethnic backgrounds are welcome to our school. Creative Playtime provides half-day sessions for children ages 2 to 4 years old, as well as a Lunch Bunch hour and Extended-Day options.

We are a New York State Licensed facility in a residential neighborhood, with cheerful, large, air-conditioned classrooms and a fenced, safe outdoor playground. Our curriculum is developmental and age-appropriate, promoting growth, social skills, language and self-esteem, and of course, providing lots of fun and creativity in the process! Our nurturing and caring staff is professional and qualified, and participate in on-going training in the field of early education.

Browse our website for more information, or better yet, schedule an appointment for a tour of our school! We are looking forward to meeting you and your children!

REGISTRATION FOR NEW FAMILIES
Begins Tuesday 11/28/17 
Registration will be open until all spots are filled    

July

News


July 2018

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone is having a fun and restful summer. It’s amazing how quickly it goes by. Camp is entering its 6th week and soon September will be here. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone and to another great year

Our school year begins with Parent Night on Tuesday, September 11th at 7:30pm.We will meet briefly upstairs in the church and then you’ll have the opportunity to visit your child’s classroom and meet the teachers. School officially begins for the children on Wednesday, September 12th with the ease-in schedule (included in your enrollment packet). The Extended Day Programs, including Early Drop-off, and all Enrichment Programs (yoga, art, soccer, drama, and literacy) will begin the week of September 24th.

Enclosed please find a number of forms for you to fill out and send back. Please send them no later than Friday, August 17th (if you can’t have the medical form completed by then, please just make sure to bring it in by the first day of school. This medical form must be current-within the last 12 months). This will give me time to have all the children’s files set up. Included are the following: medical form (to be filled out by your pediatrician), emergency permission form, permanent permission form, media & video release form, policy & procedure agreement, class parent/volunteer form, and child history. Also included is a short list of supplies requested by the teachers that you can send in with our child on the first day of school **however please send in the photos by 8/17 with your enrollment forms so the teachers can have your child’s cubby ready. You may mail in your packets or drop them off at school. If no one is here, you can place them in the mailbox located to the left of the Alida St. double brown doors of the Social Hall.

I’ve also included the registration forms for our enrichment programs offered in the fall to our 3’s and 4’s. These include Yoga with Budding Buddhas (Mondays 11:30-12:15pm), Art with Young at Art (Tuesdays 11:30-12:15pm), Soccer with Gym-on-Wheels Soccer (Wed’s: 3’s and Thurs 4’s 11:30-12:15pm), Drama with DramaBees (Fridays 11:30-12:15pm) and Leap-into- Literacy with Stefanie Borg (only for 4’s on Wednesday 11:30-12:15pm ). All of these programs run for 10 sessions in the fall (we also run winter & spring sessions). And all are offered at the convenient time of 11:30-12:15pm (children in our morning 3’s and 4’s would just stay a little longer and children in the afternoon class would come a little earlier). The children will be escorted upstairs and downstairs by me or the teachers.

Our Literacy Program with Stefanie Borg is a program run for the 4’s. This program will run on Wednesdays in the 4’s classroom from 11:30-12:15pm. Stefanie has run the program here at Creative Playtime for a number of years. She’s a reading specialist and her classes here are very popular.

We’ve partnered with all of our enrichment programs for a number of years now and it has really worked out well. The classes are reasonably priced and the children really enjoy them. And since they all take place right here, parents don’t have the inconvenience of driving all over town. If you have any questions at all about any of the programs, please don’t hesitate to contact me either by phone at (914) 472-4777 or email: director@creativeplaytimescarsdale.org

Our wonderful music teacher “Rob the Guitar Guy” will be back with us this year. He’s truly a rock star in the children’s eyes and he makes music lots of fun. In addition, I’m happy to welcome back our wonderful Spanish teacher, Esther Recio-Lorente and her program entitled “Buenos Dias Espanol.” It’s an excellent program designed for young children, developed by Esther, a native of Barcelona, Spain. The class has a structure and is highly interactive so the children feel very engaged. Esther’s number one goal is to watch the children learn and have fun. Esther will be here on Thursdays & Fridays and will visit the 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s for a half hour each.

SEPTEMBER

We have a number of family events planned for our upcoming school year. Our Annual Fall Family Picnic will take place on Saturday, September 22nd. All are welcome. It’s a great way to reconnect with CP families and to meet and welcome new ones. It’s always a lot of fun with visits from the Pied Piper Petting Zoo & Pony Rides and our music teacher “Rob the Guitar Guy.” And, of course, lots of good food and autumn arts & crafts. Our book fair with Main Street Books will also be taking place at this time. It will run from Tuesday, September 18th – Sunday September 23rd in our Social Hall. They bring a wonderful assortment of books for all ages and at great prices. Hope you can make it.

OCTOBER

October will be busy with our “Discovering Christopher Columbus” activities on the 4th & 5th and our Halloween Parades on Wednesday, October 31st. More details to come from the teachers as it gets closer. School will be closed on Monday, 10/8 in observance of Columbus Day. We will be holding an Open House for new families on Saturday, October 13th. If you know of any families in need of a preschool, please send them our way. If you refer someone who takes an afternoon spot in the 3’s or 4’s, we offer a Family Referral Promotion. If they sign up for 5-days a week, you’ll receive $500; 3-days $300, and 2-days $200.

NOVEMBER

Fall Parent/Teachers Conferences are scheduled for November (school is in session for children). Sign-up forms will be posted outside each classroom. Creative Playtime will be closed for the children on Tuesday, November 6th for Staff Development. We will also be closed on Monday, November 12th in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year for Current Families will take place in November. More information to come as we get closer. Also in November, on the 19th & 20th the children participate in Friendship Feasts where we all sit together to celebrate Thanksgiving. Each class makes something special…and yummy…to bring to the feast. Creative Playtime will be closed for Thanksgiving from 11/21-11/25.

DECEMBER

There’s a lot going on in December. The children learn about and celebrate Hanukkah on the 4th & 5th. Christmas celebrations take place on the 17th & 18th. Our Multicultural Holiday Concerts will take place in December, right before the break, on Wednesday, Dec. 19th & Thursday Dec. 20th followed by classroom parties (families invited). More information will be posted as it gets closer. Our holiday break takes place from Friday, December 21st through Tuesday, January 1st with Creative Playtime reopening on Wednesday, January 2nd.

JANUARY 2019

In January the children will be discovering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 17th & 18th and school will be closed on Monday the 21st in honor of him.

FEBRUARY

Our Chinese New Year celebrations will take place on the 4th & 5th (Year of the Pig). February brings Valentine’s Day and the children will have their Valentine’s Day classroom parties on Wednesday, the 13th and Thursday, the 14th. Our winter recess will take place from February 18th- 22nd with school reopening on Monday, the 25th.

MARCH

Our annual Children’s Art Show will be taking place on Friday, March 1st at 7:00pm. Each class will study a different artist or style of art and the children will create their own works of art. We then transform the Social Hall into our gallery and parents are invited for wine and hors d’oeuvres and to view all the beautiful art.

School Pictures with Irvin Simon Photographers will take place on Monday, March 11th and Tuesday, March 12th. They do a wonderful job and we’ve been very happy with the photographs.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will take place on Thursday, March 14th & Friday, March 15th.

Creative Playtime will be closed for a Staff Development Day on Monday, March 25th (unless needed for a give-back day if extra snow days are needed).

APRIL

Our Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place in April (school is in session for the children). Sign-up forms will be posted outside of each classroom.

Easter Celebrations will take place on Thursday, April 11th and Friday, April 12th. Creative Playtime will be closed for Spring Break from 4/15-4/22 and will reopen on Tuesday, April 23rd. We will celebrate Passover on Tuesday, April 23rd and Wednesday, April 24th.

Earth Day Celebrations/Planting will take place on Monday, April 29th and Tuesday, April 30th.

MAY

Cinco de Mayo celebrations will be taking place on Thursday, May 2nd & Friday, May 3rd. We also celebrate Japanese Children’s Day in May and it will take place this year on Monday, May 6th & Tuesday, May 7th.

Our Mother’s Day Teas are scheduled for Thursday, May 9th and Friday, May 10th. Moms, grandmas, aunts, friends etc. are all invited. It takes place in our Social Hall and is one of our “tastier” events. Our Creative Playtime Spring Carnival will take place on Saturday, May 18th. More information as we get closer.

We will be closed on Friday, May 24th and Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day. (Should we go over our allotted snow days, Friday, May 24th will be a give-back day and school will be open for children)

One of the many things that I feel makes Creative Playtime so special is, of course, our families and all of the wonderful rich cultural traditions important to them. We love learning about them and how wonderful it is for the children to learn as well. If you have a special tradition or something you’d like to share with the class, please don’t hesitate to let me or the teachers know so we can figure out a time for you to come in. Here at Creative Playtime we have families from around the world and we love celebrating our diversity and, as you can see, we’ve incorporated numerous celebrations throughout the year.

One very special event at Creative Playtime is our Annual Fundraiser (last year’s was on May 11th at Mulino’s at Lake Isle with a Celebrate Italy theme). It’s always a great event and a lot of fun. Money raised from the fundraiser helps with our Music, Gym-on-Wheels Gymnastic program, and new Spanish program, as well as towards updating our playground and with new furniture when needed. It’s a great event and we keep it very affordable. Our fundraising committee works very hard putting it all together. If you’d like to help, we’d love to have you. Just check it off on the volunteer form enclosed in your packet. More details to come as we get closer to spring. Graduation for the 4’s will take place on Thursday, June 6th 2019 followed by fun parties in our Social Hall.

If you’d like to be a volunteer to help with our events or if you’d like to be a class parent, please send back the volunteer form found in the enrollment packet. We really appreciate your help and we couldn’t do it without you.

**Just a reminder…we are a completely Nut & Peanut Free school at Creative Playtime so please keep this in mind when sending in snack or any holiday foods. Thank you. We’re looking forward to a great year and seeing everyone on Parent Night. If you have any questions at all, please let me know. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you in September.

Sincerely,

Gigi Aronoff

Director

Registration for new families begin November 28, 2017
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Gigi Aronoff, Director • 59 Grand Boulevard • Scarsdale, NY 10583 • 914-472-4777 • info@creativeplaytimescarsdale.org