Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ongar September & October Newsletter 2011

Mother Hubbards Newsletter
September and October 2011
Welcome to our first newsletter of the new school year. This term we would like to welcome all of the new children who started with us at the beginning of September and their parents. We hope you are all very happy here at Mother Hubbards.

Happy Birthday
·         This month we would like to wish the following children a very big Happy Birthday:
·         Lara from Montessori who turned 4 yrs old 
·         Krishna from Afterschool who turned 7 yrs old 
·         Leia in the Montessori who turned 3 yrs old 
·         Loiza in the Playschool room who is 2 
·         Basil in the Montessori room who turned 3 yrs 
·         Patrick in the Montessori room who is 3 yrs
·         Ben in Junior Afterschool Room who was 5 yrs 
·         Adina in the Playschool Room who is 2 yrs 
·         Sean  in the Pre-Montessori room who is 3 yrs 
·         Osita  in the Play school room who is 2 yrs on the 

Welcome to two new staff members. Ildke has joined Swapna in the Pre-Montessori room. She has brought so much colour and fun to the children already and we wish her the happiest of times here at Mother Hubbards.
We would like to give a big warm welcome to Dima who will be covering Swapna’s maternity leave. We wish you all the best here at Mother Hubbards.

·         The cold weather is starting to come upon us so can all parents please ensure their child has a suitable coat to wear while playing outside.
·         Can parents please make sure your child has spare clothes in the crèche and also make sure they are labelled.
·         After school children are encouraged to bring in a change of clothes so they can change out of their uniforms. Please remember to label all of your child’s belongings!
·         We would like to stress that we close at 6.30pm sharp and that parents must be here to collect their children no later than this. Late collection has a knock on affect to staff members who have commitments outside the working hours.

A big thank you to everybody who took part in our Cheerio’s Child line Breakfast morning. Cheerios Childline Breakfast together was held on 7th October. We all had lots of fun eating our yummy Cheerios with our friends.
Last year, hundreds of people held breakfasts with their friends, families and colleagues raising over €220,000 for Childline – ensuring that we were able to train more volunteers to deal with the surge in calls in the past three years.
We ask that all parents make a donation for this worthy cause if you can.
We would sincerely like to thank all the parents and children who made such a warm and heartfelt effort to help raise funds for the I.C.S. This charity has special meaning for a lot of staff members as it has for a lot of people. Your generous donations helped to raise an amazing €704.83. Well done and thank you!

What's going on In Mother Hubbard’s this term.
·         Baby Room
Ronke and the babies are extremely busy this month putting together their Autumn tree and are painting wonderful pictures.
·         Wobblers.
The Wobblers are giving Picasso a run for his money with their art work. Keep and eye out for their Autumn themed crafts. They are getting very creative making scarecrows, hedgehogs, squirrels and acorns.
·         Play-school.
Play-school is putting together a picturesque Autumn wall. They are busy making scarecrows hedgehogs and Autumn leaves. Beware of the Halloween crafts maybe very spooky.
·         Pre-Montessori
Idike and Swapna and the class are very busy learning their days of the week, months of the year and numbers. They are getting creative with their Autumn theme and having fun making their Halloween crafts.
·         Montessori
Montessori is very busy this September and October. Themes include; months and seasons, life cycle of the frog, introduction to the continents and oceans, Africa, Animals and their babies and Halloween They are very busy with their Montessori work and are enjoying learning lots of new exciting things. They have started pencil work for numbers and sounds also and are exceeding tremendously. Well done to all the students for all the hard work creativity and fun along the way.
·         Junior After-school
Well done to all the girls and boys in Junior After-School who started their first days of school. It was amazing to see how grown up they all are and how well they have settled in! Annette and the Junior After school have been working on their individual profiles and telling all their friends about their families and friends and what they like to do.
·         After-school
Well done to all the boys and girls who returned back to school this September! We hope you are all settling in and are having fun learning! Gintare is busy in the afternoons helping everyone with their homework. They are also planning Halloween theme, We look forward to seeing the Hair raising Halloween crafts!

Halloween (Taken from
Guess The Ghost
Start by having the kids sitting/standing in a circle.
Have one child leave the room and take a large sheet and have another child stand and hide under the sheet. Mix up the remaining children in the room and then allow the child who left the room to come back inside. That child has to guess who's the ghost, by process of elimination they need to figure out which child is hiding under the sheet. Then that "Ghost" goes out of the room and a different child becomes the new ghost, mix up the remaining children and repeat until all of the children have had a turn being the ghost.
Marshmallow Bobbing
Young children mostly hate getting their faces wet so this game is a variation on Apple Bobbing.
Take a large tub with ice water in it and float full size marshmallows in it.
Each child is given a straw cut in half. (Shorter straws are easier to suck and hold the marshmallow) They then have to race to see who can suck up a marshmallow the fastest. Once a child scores a marshmallow they can eat it, and sit out to let another child have a turn if they cannot all fit around the basin at one time. Keep rotating until all the kids have had one or two marshmallows.
Monster Freeze Dance
One of those Halloween games for kids that can last as long as you want it to providing you have plenty of Monstery music!
Play Halloween music and have the kids dance around like monsters! The Monster Mash is a great song for this game.
When the music stops the kids freeze in their monster positions.
The first kid to move is out, and the game continues until only one child is left. Trick For a Treat
Make up a bag with candy and a bag with slips of paper in it. The bag with slips of paper will have all 'trick' apart from one which will have 'treat'. The number of slips of paper should equal the number of children.
All the kids who draw a 'trick' will have a specified trick that they will need to perform to get a piece of candy. One lucky child just wins a special 'treat'. The tricks can be singing a song, doing jumping jacks while turning around, other fun things that are fairly easy for little ones.

Have a Happy Hallloween!!!!

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