Thursday, October 11, 2012

Slane Roads September/October 2012 Newsletter

Mother Hubbards Newsletter
September/ October 2012

Happy Birthday!!
Caitlin in playschool was 2 in September
Evanna in playschool was 2 in September
Sophie in pre Montessori was 3 in September
Cathal in pre Montessori was 3 in September
Lucy in pre Montessori will be 3 in October
Caoimhe in Montessori was 4 in September
Jack in Montessori was 4 in October

We would like to welcome all our new children who joined us in Montessori, Toddlers, Pre-Montessori and Afterschool.  They have all settled in well since starting and are really enjoying themselves!!

Congratulations to Rachel and Ian on the birth of their bay boy Max.

Congratulations to Victoria and Robert on their marriage last Thursday the 4th October. We all at Mother Hubbard’s would like to wish them all the best for their Future!!

Congratulations to our area manager Catherine and Ollie on the birth of baby Cillian!

ECCE Scheme

Thank you all for your co-operation in filling in all the forms as required by the Dept of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA) for the ECCE scheme this year.  Parents who are due to receive their booking deposit will be refunded as soon as all the registrations have been verified by the DCYA.

Class Times
Our Montessori class sessions are from 9.00am to 12.00pm
Some children are pre-booked to arrive at an earlier time or to remain on for collection at a later time.  We would ask parents to adhered to the agreed times, as it as affects the afternoon sessions and therefore disrupts the staff lunchtime rota.

Opening Hours
We would like to remind parents that the centre opens from 7.30am to 6.00pm sharp!! 


Operation Christmas Child
This year Mother Hubbard’s are taking part in Operation Christmas Child. This is a charity initiative run by the Samaritans, you are asked to fill a shoebox with different gifts for Christmas for a child in some of the world poorest countries. Parents will receive a leaflet shortly explaining how to fill your shoe boxes and any parent who wish to participate please note boxes have to be in by the 11th of November!! Thank you!

We will be having our annual Cheerio’s Child line Breakfast Appeal on Thursday the 11th of October. We will be having lots of fun on this day!! Children can wear in their pyjamas and for snack we will have lots of yummy Breakfast treats like French toast/toast, fruit and Cheerio’s!!! A donation box will be left in the hall way for any donations you wish to make to Child line!! Thank You!

What been happening in the rooms this month?
Toddlers painted our Autumn tree and finger painted orange and green leaves.  We sponge painted our Autumn animals the hedgehog and the squirrel.  We had lots of fun doing group activities – painting, gluing, chalk, music and dance and free play.
We made a splash with water play and bubbles and got our hands dirty with the sand.  We also enjoyed messy play.
Toddlers love to go for walks outside and wrap up warm to play in the garden.
We are looking forward to learning about parts of our body and looking forward to Halloween -- Halloween fun and frolics!
Playschool In playschool this month we have been busy with Our Autumn theme.  We have been learning about the different animals related to Autumn and basing our arts and crafts around Our theme making leaf men and autumn collages using different materials and techniques.  Next on our plan is “All about me” where we will make family trees, and base our activities on this.  Halloween will soon be with us and the children in playschool are excited about our Halloween festivities, parties and dressing up.  Also this month the children have learned a new song about numbers, helping them learn to count from 1-10. 
Pre-Montessori - In Pre-Montessori we would like to give a big welcome to all the children who have started, they are all settling in well!  The children have being learning about Autumn.  They have coloured and glued squirrels.  They have painted and glued trees and hand/finger painted trees.  The children have being busy outside in the garden playing with the sand and on the slides and running around and playing with the balls etc.  We also have been doing a lot of baking and making rice-krispy buns.
For the month of October the children will be learning about Halloween and making lots of things for Halloween and making lots of things for Halloween like spiders, bats, pumpkins etc.  We will also be having a fancy dress Party, lots of treats….yummy!!!
Montessori have been
1)       Settling into our new classroom
2)      How to work, talk in the classroom and how to carry a chair.  We learned the clean up song.
3)       Classroom manners, respect for each other, being kind and helpful.  We learned the “Please” and “Thank You” song.
4)      Autumn – key facts about Autumn, we learned about the Hedgehog.  We learned our Autumn songs “All the leaves are falling down and read stories about hedgehogs.
5)      We did finger painting – our Autumn trees and put on display we made our birthday name train on display in class
6)      Baking cornflake buns

Reminder to parents           
Can we remind parents to bring in wellies and raincoats for all children- please ensure that they are labelled clearly with their child’s name. Also can all parents ensure that their child has a spare set of clothes in the crèche as they may need to be changed after water play or when they go outside!!

We ask all parents of after school children to send in a spare set of clothes with their child everyday in their school bags. This is to ensure that children are as comfortable as possible after their day at school and that their uniforms stay clean!!

We would also like to remind all parents that we are closed the 29th of October for the bank holiday!! Montessori sessionals will have their Halloween mid term from Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November (inclusive).

The centre is closed Monday the 29th October for the Bank Holiday!

Halloween Parties:

Toddlers & Playschool will have their Party on Friday the 26th October.

Pre-Montessori will be having their Party on Wednesday the 24th October.

Montessori and Afterschool will be having their Party on Friday the 26th October.

Halloween is coming up at the end of this month!!! Here’s a spooky recipe for you to make to mark the occasion….

3 large egg whites
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/8 tsp. salt
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
·        Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
·        Line cookie sheet with brown paper bag or parchment.
·        In a medium sized bowl at high speed, beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt till fluffy.
·        Gradually beat in sugar and add vanilla. 
·        Place in pastry bag fitted with a medium plain piping tip.
Pipe 3" bone shapes onto parchment or brown paper bag.
·        Bake 1 hour until set. Turn off oven, dry in oven 1 hour. Makes 4 to 5 dozen.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Mother Hubbards,
56 Black castle Demesne,
Slane Road, Navan.
046- -9059967                    E-mail;