January 2020 Class Newsletter

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Welcome to the New Year! Avalon’s website will have pages updated this month to reflect the new information for 2020 such as the Operating Calendar, Special Celebration Days, Monthly Learning Themes, Art Explorer program, and Family Field Trips.  That information will also be contained within this post.

An annual update to the Terms and Conditions of the childcare/preschool contract will also be posted on the website and emailed to all enrolled families. Tuition remains the same this year!

By the third week of January, all families will be both emailed and provided with a hardcopy of 2019’s year-end-statement and IRS form W10 for tax purposes.  This will have Avalon’s EIN# (tax ID number) on it.

Also, starting January 7th, 2020 through the end of March, Miss Jaime will be teaching from 12pm to 5:30pm on Tuesdays as well as Thursdays! ♥

January’s Learning Theme: Jobs and Money

This month will be all about role-play as a learning method to explore social roles and customs with stores and various jobs.  This is a more tactile and interactive month that will often combine our STEM and Arts and Crafts period as we set-up “stores”, use math skills to display/sell/purchase products, practice social etiquette such as how to politely ask questions, wait in line, and interact with others to negotiate our needs as we play out different roles in various jobs.

Our sub-themes for the month will be:

  • Week 1 (Holiday Free Play Week)
  • Week 2 Stores (toy, grocery, clothing, etc.)
  • Week 3 Builders and Doctors
  • Week 4 Police, Firefighter, Teacher
  • Week 5 Farm-to-Table

Miss Jaime and I are also hoping to arrange a special visit from our local fire station!

Special Learning Days for January

On Monday, January 20th, we will be open for Martin Luther King Jr. Day with an age-appropriate sharing activity about treating all with respect and fairness during Circle Time.  Instead of Music and Theater for that day, we will use that learning period to listen to (and watch) a portion of MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  That day we will also be celebrating a student’s birthday!

On Friday, January 24th, we will be observing the Chinese Lunar New Year (Year of the Rat) with traditional crafts, food, and music!

2020 Updates

Operating Calendar:

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Daily Schedule:

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Special Learning/Celebration Days:

Observed Dates 2020 Celebrations (observed dates) Activities
Mon., Jan. 20th MLK Day Art project and story
Fri., Jan. 24th Chinese New Year Music, art projects/activities, celebration food
Fri., Feb. 14th Valentine’s Day Valentines cards, Friendship Poems, Cupcakes
Mon., Mar. 2nd Dr. Seuss Day / Read Across America Day Read Wacky Wed (+wacky hair/dress day), read Horton Hears a Who (+art project), read Red Fish, Blue Fish (math game with fish crackers) for snack.
Mon., Mar. 9th Holi Indian Festival —story, food, and activities
Tue., Mar. 17th St. Patricks Day Irish folklore stories, make fairy houses and leprechaun trap (group project), Irish food and music
Fri., Apr. 10th Easter Egg decoration and hunt, Tea Party
Week 3 of April “Spring Break” Free Play all week
Wed., Apr. 22nd Earth Day Terrarium art project, stories, gardening
Fri., May 8th Mother’s Day Gift for mom
Fri., Jun. 19th Father’s Day Gift for dad
Fri., Oct. 30th Halloween Costume party and pumpkin decorating
Mon., Nov. 2nd Dia de los Muertos Movie, art projects, celebration food
Mon-Wed, Nov. 23-25 Thanksgiving Thanksgiving projects and potlucks
Fri., Dec. 11th Hanukkah Story, art projects, celebration food
Fri., Dec. 18th Christmas Gift exchange, Christmas movie, holiday recital
Week 5 of December Holiday Week Free Play all week

Art Explorers Program:

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Monthly Learning Themes:

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Family Field Trips:

(Time and Day TBD and sent to enrolled families via flyer and weekly updates)

City Place Details

January’s Monthly Theme: Jobs and Money

San Jose Winchester Mystery House House tour and exploring the gardens

February’s Monthly Theme: Time and Travel

San Jose Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum Museum and garden scavenger hunt
San Carlos Hiller Aviation Museum Museum exhibits

March’s Monthly Theme: World Cultures

Saratoga Hakone Garden Garden and activities

April’s Monthly Theme: “Life on the Farm”

Fremont Ardenwood Farm Farm Tour
Los Altos Hidden Villa Farm Farm Tour

May’s Monthly Theme: Maker and Science Fairs

San Jose San Jose Tech Museum Museum exhibits and activities

June’s Monthly Theme: “Fine Art and Performance”

Vallejo Fairgrounds Annual Nor Cal Pirate Festival
San Jose Willow Street Park Free Shakespeare in the Park performance and picnic potluck

July’s Monthly Theme: Splash Summer Camp

Santa Cruz Natural Bridges State Park Beach BBQ and play
Monterey Monterey Bay Aquarium Aquarium exhibits and activities

August’s Monthly Theme: ABC Mindful Me

San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum Museum exhibits
San Francisco Exploratorium Museum exhibits

September’s Monthly Theme: Community

Milpitas Ohlone Peoples Gathering and Village Archaeological site, museum, activities and demonstrations
Hollister Renaissance Faire Village, craft / learning activities

October’s Monthly Theme: Plants and Animals

San Jose Happy Hollow Farm animals, zoo, rides, park
San Francisco Cal Academy of Science Exhibits, Planetarium, Aquarium

November’s Monthly Theme: About Earth: Trees

Santa Cruz Big Basin State Park Ranger activities and Redwood trail

Monthly Theme: Space Exploration

Oakland Chabot Space and Science Center Exhibits, Planetarium, Activities

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