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 Saturday 11/21/15 
Registration will be open until all spots are filled    
OPEN HOUSE
Saturday Dec. 5th 9:00am-12:00pm
59 Grand Blvd Scarsdale, NY 10583

September

News


Dear Creative Playtime Families,

I hope everyone is having a fun and restful summer. It’s amazing how quickly it goes by. Camp is almost over 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 15th 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 16th with the ease-in schedule (included in your enrollment packet). The Extended Day Programs, including Early Drop-off, will begin on Monday, September 28th.

Enclosed please find a number of forms for you to fill out and send back. Please send them in no later than Friday, August 28th (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 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, volunteer form, and child history. Also included is a short list of supplies requested by the teachers that you can send in with your child on the first day of school (however please send in the photos by 8/28 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), Soccer with Happy Feet Soccer (Wed’s: 3’s and Thurs: 4’s 11:30-12:15pm), Dance with Scarsdale Strings (Tuesdays 11:30-12:15pm), Violin with Scarsdale Strings (Tuesdays 11:30-12:15pm), Literacy for 4’s with Stefanie Borg (Tuesdays 2:45-3:30pm), and Drama with DramaBee (Fridays 11:30-12:15pm). All of these programs run for 10 sessions in the fall (we also run winter & spring sessions) And with the exception of the literacy class are offered at the convenient time of 11:30-12:15pm in our Social Hall (AM children would just stay a little longer and PM children 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 Tuesdays in the 4’s classroom from 2:45-3:30pm. 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. All of our enrichment programs will begin the last week of September.

We’ve partnered with these 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. Also our “Cross-Fit for Kids” coaches Dylan and Marcus will be returning as well on Thursdays & Fridays to help keep our kids fit. The children really enjoyed the class this year. And beginning in January “Gym on Wheels” will be coming as part of the regular school day with coach Michelle . She’ll set up mats and other gymnastic equipment specially made for toddlers and preschoolers in the Social Hall. The class will include stretching exercises, aerobics to music, and basic gymnastic skills. We’re really looking forward to it especially during those cold winter months when we can’t always get outside.

We have a number of family events planned for our upcoming school year. Our Annual Fall Family Picnic will take place on Saturday Sept. 26th. All are welcome. It’s a great way to reconnect with CP families and to meet and welcome new ones. Our Book Fair with Main Street Books will also be taking place with a lot of wonderful books at great prices. We hope you can make it.

Our Halloween Parades will take place on Friday Oct. 30th; am & pm. More details to come from the teachers.

Parent/Teacher Fall Conferences are scheduled for Nov. 3rd and from the 9th-12th. Sign-up forms will be posted outside each classroom.

Registration for the 2016-2017 School Year for current families will take place on Saturday November 21st. More information as it gets closer.

On Saturday December 5th we will be having our annual Open House. If you know of any families who would like to see the school and receive some information about Creative Playtime, please let them know. Thank you.

Our Multicultural Children’s Holiday Concerts will take place this year on Monday Dec. 21st & Tuesday Dec. 22nd. The concerts will be followed by holiday parties downstairs in the classrooms and all are welcome to join us.

Our 3rd Annual Children’s Art Show is scheduled for Friday, March 4th at 7:00pm. Each class will learn about a particular artist or style of art and then create their own masterpieces. The Social Hall upstairs will be turned into our Creative Playtime Art Gallery and the works of art, complete with descriptions, will be on display. This is an event for the adults and wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Special Persons Week will take place the week of March 14th. The children are welcome to invite a special person in their life to come to school. Refreshments will be served and each child and their special person will make a special project to bring home. We look forward to this special day.

Our spring Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the following dates: 4/12-4/13 for the 4’s, 4/19-4/20 for the 3’s and 4/26-4/27 for the 2’s.

Our Mother’s Day Teas are scheduled for Thursday May 5th & Friday May 6th. Moms, grandmas, aunts, friends etc. are all invited. The children prepare much of the food served and make special decorations. It takes place in our Social Hall and it’s one of our “tastier” events.

Also in the spring is our Annual Fundraiser. Our fundraiser has taken place for the last 5 years at Fogarty’s in Bronxville. It’s always a great event and a lot of fun. Money raised from the fundraiser helps with our music, cross-fit, and gym on wheels programs. It also goes towards purchasing new furniture when needed and new bikes and playground equipment.

Graduation for the 4’s is on Thursday June 2nd 2016 followed by fun parties in our Social Hall. Camp then begins on Monday June 6th.

If you’d like to be a volunteer for our events of 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. **Just a reminder…we are a completely Nut and 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 about anything, please let me know.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you in September.

Warm Wishes,

Gigi Aronoff

Director

Registration for new families begin January 28th, 2015
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Gigi Aronoff, Director • 59 Grand Boulevard • Scarsdale, NY 10583 • 914-472-4777 • info@creativeplaytimescarsdale.org