Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mother Hubbards Ongar, oct/nov newslettter

Mother Hubbards Newsletter
 October and November 2014
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
We have lots of birthdays in October and November. Happy birthday to everyone celebrating their birthday.
Children are more than welcome to celebrate their birthday with us in the centre and parents may send in a cake and some treats if they wish.
To Cian in our playschoo room on the birth of his baby sister Erin, and our area Manager Catherine on the birth of her baby girl Lucy.

·         When entering the baby room and wobbler rooms, can all parents /Guardians wear shoe covers that are provided outside these rooms.
·         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 10th October. We all had lots of fun eating our yummy Cheerios with our friends.
On Friday 3rd October staff and children wore pink and took park in pink themed games and activities to raise awareness of the Irish Cancer Society’s Paint it Pink Day. Thank you for all your donations
Halloween games and recipes
Brain digging
You will need:
§  a big bowl of cooked spaghetti
§  some Ping-Pong balls or similar
§  some small bags of sweets
Get the kids to dig in amongst some bits of 'brain' to find a trick or treat! Cook up a big pan of spaghetti, leave to cool for a moment and then turn into a big bowl. In amongst the pasta hide some Ping-Pong balls or similar. Three balls have 'treat' written on them, and three have 'trick' written on them. Each child gets a turn to dig inside the 'brains' and pull out a ball. If they choose a trick ball they have to do a forfeit (something silly, like run around the garden twice, or do a silly impression), but if they pick a treat they get a small prize, such as a small bag of sweets. Pretty yucky!!!!!!!!

Make your own toffee/chocolate apples
You will need
Selection of apples, ready pierced with sticks Toffee apples
Bowls filled with melted toffee/chocolate, hundreds and thousands, chocolate strands or other things to stick on the apples
Greaseproof paper to cool the apples on.
This is a nice easy one and the children can take their handiwork home at the end of the party (if they can hold off eating them!) Each child takes an apple and dips it into the toffee and then rolls their apple into their preferred sweeties! Yummmmy
It's easy to make your own toffee mixture or you can melt down shop-bought toffee sweets. Be sure that the mixture is not boiling hot when the children are making their toffee apples.
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.
Banana Ghosts.
200g bar white chocolate, broken into chunks.
4 medium-large, ripe bananas
85g desiccated coconut (you won’t use it all)
Handful dark chocolate drops    
In a small bowl, gently melt the chocolate either in the microwave – in short bursts on high or over a pan of simmering water (make sure the bowl isn’t touching the water). Set aside for a moment while you get the bananas ready.
Peel the bananas, cut in half, and push a lolly stick into the middle of each piece. Spread the coconut out in a shallow bowl. Line a large baking tray with baking parchment, and make sure there is room for the tray in the freezer.
Using a pastry brush, coat a banana half in chocolate, letting excess drip away. Sprinkle with plenty of the coconut until coated, then set it on the prepared sheet.Now add two chocolate eyes and a mouth, and if you like, cut a few little eyebrows from the chocolate drops too. Freeze the lollies for at least 4 hrs, and up to a week.
Have a Happy Hallloween!!!!
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No 6 the Avenue
Ongar Village D.15                                     Phone: 01 8260055                          
Dublin 15                       E-Mail:  ongar@motherhubbardschildc