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 Wednesday 1/28/15 
Registration will be open until all spots are filled    
OPEN HOUSE
Saturday Dec. 6th 9:00am-12:00pm
59 Grand Blvd Scarsdale, NY 10583

December 1, 2014

News


Dear Parents,

December is here. Time goes so quickly by. We hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving holiday. The children took part in our annual Friendship Feasts here at school. Each class prepared something special and we all gathered together in the 3’s classroom to celebrate together. Everything was delicious.

And now the holidays are upon us. It’s a fun and busy time and can be very stressful, even for children. So the teachers really try to stick to their routines here at school to help keep everything calm. We have our annual holiday concerts coming up. The children have been busy with Mr. Robert practicing all the multicultural songs and with the teachers as well. The concerts are scheduled for Monday, Dec. 22nd at 9:30am & 12:45pm and on Tuesday, Dec. 23rd at 9:30am. They will take place upstairs in the church. So after drop-off, please go upstairs and find a seat. Grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, friends…all are welcome. At the conclusion of the concert, the teachers will lead the children back down to their classrooms. Please don’t remove your child from the line so that we can better keep track of everyone. Once the children are back downstairs, all are welcome in the classrooms for our holiday parties. Sign-up sheets will be posted outside the classrooms for needed items.

Our annual Mitten Tree is outside the office for donations of children’s mittens, gloves, hats, scarves etc. to be donated to the ECAP. Thank you for your help.

Our enrichment programs for 3’s & 4’s for the fall season will be ending soon. Registration forms for the winter season for yoga, dance, soccer, and violin have been placed in the mailboxes.  All of these programs will begin the week of January 12th. The “Leap into Literacy” program for 4’s with Stefanie Borg will be starting on Tuesday, Jan. 20th from 2:45-3:30pm. The class will run for 13 sessions and will take place in the 4’s classroom. Space is limited so please let me know if you are interested in participating. And we have a new enrichment program which will also begin the week of Jan. 12th. It is called “DramaBee” and is brought to us by Standing Ovation Studios and The Lighthouse Youth Theater. This class will take place on Fridays upstairs in the Social Hall from 11:30-12:15pm. Registration forms have been placed in the mailboxes. If you have any questions at all about any of the programs or need a registration form, please let me know. We’re looking forward to a fun winter season.

Another program we’re in the process of putting together is a Cross-Fit for Kids program. This will take place as part of the regular school day similar to our music program. Since we can’t always get outside to exercise our gross motor muscles during the cold winter months, this will be a great opportunity for the children to move around, have fun, and get some exercise. The teachers will bring the children upstairs to the Social Hall and the class will be run with certified Cross-Fit instructors as well as the teachers.  This program will begin after the break in January.

Perhaps many of you noticed our beautiful hallway bulletin board during the month of November. It was designed and put together by the 3’s teachers and contained leaves with all the things that the children were thankful for written on them. It also contained a large turkey named Virgil painted by the children. Virgil has since been removed however he will be spending time in each classroom, beginning in January, and will be documenting all of his experiences along the way. So be on the lookout for “News from Virgil.”

UPCOMING EVENTS:

We have our Open House this Saturday, Dec. 6th from 9:00-12:00. If you know of anyone looking for a preschool program, please send them our way.
**Registration for Current Families will take place on Sat. January 24th at 10:00am for all 3 classrooms.
**Registration for New Families will begin on Wed. January 28th 2015.

REMINDER:
For Snow Days we follow the Eastchester Public School. If they are closed, we are closed. If they have a delayed opening (either 1 or 2 hours) then we will open at 10:00am. You will receive an email notifying you of school closings and delayed openings. You can also look for announcements regarding Eastchester school closings due to inclement weather on Channel 12 (keeping our fingers crossed for a mild winter).

SOME FUN HOLIDAY BOOKS FOR CHILDREN:
“Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg, “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats, “The Mitten” by Jan Brett, “The Runaway Latkes” by Leslie Kimmelman, “The Snowman” by Raymond Briggs, “Gingerbread Baby” by Jan Brett, “Time to Sleep” by Denise Fleming, “Hopper” by Marcus Pfister, “Olive the Other Reindeer” by Vivian Walsh, “Biscuit’s Hanukkah” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, “The Gifts of Kwanzaa” by Synthia Saint James, “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore, “Drummer Boy” by Loren Long, “Sammy Spider’s First Hanukkah” by Sylvia A. Rouss, “A Kwanzaa Celebration” by Nancy Williams, “Snowmen at Christmas” by Caralyn Buehner, “Froggy’s Best Christmas” by Jonathan London, “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano, “The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza” by David Shannon, “Olivia Helps With Christmas” by Ian Falconer, “My First Chanukah” by Tomie dePaola, “Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson.
WE WISH EVERYONE A VERY HAPPY AND HEALTHY HOLIDAY SEASON.
(Holiday Break: 12/24/15-1/4/15   School reopens 1/5/15)

Gigi Aronoff Director

Registration for new families begin January 28th, 2015
© Creative Playtime 2010
Gigi Aronoff, Director • 59 Grand Boulevard • Scarsdale, NY 10583 • 914-472-4777 • info@creativeplaytimescarsdale.org