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    

Nov.

News


November 2017

Dear Parents,

What a fun Halloween! The parades were wonderful and the children looked great in their costumes (parents, teachers, and Pastor Stephanie too). It was a fun day. Hard to believe it’s November already. We have a lot going on this month. Parent/Teacher conferences will be starting soon. If you haven’t yet signed up, sign-up forms are posted outside the classrooms and you can always speak with your child’s teacher about setting up a time.

Registration for Current Families will be taking place on Saturday November 18 th beginning at 12:00pm. It will be for all 3 classrooms; 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s and will take place upstairs in the Social Hall. I’m emailing parents from the 2’s and 3’s to find out what their plans/preferences are for next year. Through these responses I can give you a better sense of the spots that people are looking for. I’d like to give you as much information as I can before registration day so I will make sure to update everyone as information becomes available. 2018-2019 Registration Forms will be given out prior to registration day. Registration opens up to new families beginning on Tuesday, November 28 th . *More detailed instructions for registration day will be coming shortly.

Our Friendship Feasts will be taking place on Monday & Tuesday, November 20 th and 21 st . These will be just for the children (parents are invited in December to attend our Holiday Concerts and classroom parties). Each class prepares something for the feast and we all eat together; 2’s, 3’s, and 4’s as we celebrate Thanksgiving and all that we’re thankful for. We always enjoy this special day.

Winter will soon be upon us so I wanted to send out a reminder regarding school closures. Here at Creative Playtime we follow the Eastchester School District. If Eastchester schools are closed, then we are closed. If Eastchester schools have a delayed opening, then we will open at 10:00am. Look for information regarding Eastchester school closings on Channel 12. You will also receive an email from me in the early morning (or night before if there is advanced notice…I am on their automated call list) with information about any closures/delayed openings. If, while at school, Eastchester schools close early due to the weather becoming unsafe outside, we will notify you by phone of any early closures.

Information and registration forms will be going out this month for all of our Enrichment Programs; Yoga, Dance, Soccer, Drama, and Literacy (literacy for the 4’s) for the winter session. The enrichment programs will be following the same schedule with yoga on Mondays, dance on Tuesdays, soccer on Wednesdays (3’s) and Thursdays (4’s), drama on Fridays, and literacy on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All winter session enrichment programs for the 3’s and 4’s will begin in January, after the holiday break.

Beginning in January of 2018, we’re looking to start a “Culinary Kids: Cooking Around the World” class. It will run on Mondays & Wednesdays from 2:45-4:15pm in the 3’s classroom. It is open to children in the 3’s and 4’s. Join us in our travels around the world as we make dishes from the East to the West; from Japanese dumplings to matzah ball soup, from lasagna, fried rice, soda bread, and vegetarian dishes…to all natural apple pie. We’ll explore the many dishes from around the world and will incorporate books as well. Kids love cooking and it’s wonderful because it incorporates lots of math and science with all the measuring and mixing. And children are always so proud of their creations…and what is truly amazing is that even the pickiest of eaters will often try these new dishes. Nothing artificial in this class…we will be using natural ingredients and children will receive their own apron to bring each week and a covered dish to bring home samples.

**For morning children, extended day #1 (11:30-2:45) is still available on Mon & Wed so you don’t have to make a return trip to take advantage of this exciting new program. If you are interested in participating, please let me know. More details coming soon.

Speaking of Extended Day #1 (11:30-2:45pm) we do have spots available. The amount would be prorated based on a later start date. The children have their lunch here and a short rest time and they work on all kinds of creative projects with Miss Elaine & Miss Patty. It’s a great way of extending their day to prepare for the full days of kindergarten. Parents can choose anywhere from 1 to 5 days for extended day. It’s also available as a 45 minute “Lunch Bunch” (11:30-12:15pm) which children in the afternoon 3’s & 4’s can take advantage of. Instead of 12:15, the afternoon children could come at 11:30, have lunch with friends, and then go to their afternoon class at 12:15pm. If anyone is interested in any of the above, just let me know.

Some Upcoming Events:

Nov. 8 th & 9 th : 2’s Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov. 14 th & 15 th : 3’s Parent/Teacher Conferences

Nov. 16 th & 17 th : 4’s Parent/Teacher Conferences

*sign-up forms will be posted outside each classroom

Nov. 18 th (Saturday): Registration for 2018-2019 School Year For Current Families *more details as we get closer

Nov. 20 th & 21 st : Friendship Feasts for Children for Thanksgiving

Nov. 22 nd -24 th : School Closed for Thanksgiving

We hope everyone has a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving.

Gigi Aronoff

Director

List of some fun books for Fall

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

A Friend for All Seasons by Julia Hubery

Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson

Registration for new families begin November 30, 2016
© Creative Playtime 2010
Gigi Aronoff, Director • 59 Grand Boulevard • Scarsdale, NY 10583 • 914-472-4777 • info@creativeplaytimescarsdale.org