Friday, December 12, 2014

Mother Hubbards nephin road December newsletter

Mother Hubbards Newsletter November/December 2014
Dear Parents,
It’s that time of year again, Christmas FM is on the radio, jingle bells are ringing around every corner, the frosty mornings have started…….. Christmas is on its way!!!!!
We have had a very busy year in Mother Hubbards, as we do every year we say goodbye to some old faces and hello to some new ones. This time last year we were in planning mode trying to map out the year of 2014 and how we would manage during the planned refurbishment, twelve months on and look at where we are! It’s amazing how quickly a year slips by and what changes can occur in such a short period of time. I want to thank all our Parents, Grandparents, Child Minders and especially the children of Mother Hubbards for a wonderful and exciting year. The success of the centre refurbishment could not have been possible without the patience, support and understanding of everyone involved. It was difficult at times but we have a beautiful new centre that we hope will provide a wonderful caring and fun atmosphere for your children.
From all the Staff in Mother Hubbards, we want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and the very best of Health and Happiness for 2015.

REMINDER: We would just like to remind parents to make sure you close both the gate and front door when entering and leaving the premises. We would also like to remind you that our opening hours are 8am-6pm.

Christmas Closure Dates
Mother Hubbards will be open on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd of December as normal.
We will be closed from Wednesday 24th of December until Thursday January 1st 2015 (inclusive)
We will re-open on Friday 2nd January 2015 at 8.00am.
Our ECCE sessional class will finish for Christmas Holidays on Friday 19th December for 2 weeks, they will return on Monday 5th January 2015.
Christmas Speech and Drama Play
The Christmas Speech and Drama Play will be on Friday the 19th of December at 12pm. Only two people can accompany their child to the play due to size of the room. Sessional and Montessori will do one hour of practice before the play from 11am-12pm. Please make sure your child is in before 11am as they will need to take part in the rehearsal with their Speech and drama teacher.

News from the Rooms
This month in the Toddler Room, the Toddlers are hard at work getting ready for Christmas. With a little help from Sarah and Elizabeth they have made a beautiful Christmas tree with stockings for presents. We have also started to learn Christmas songs at circle time. Our favourite at the moment is Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer. The Toddlers are all very excited about a visit from Santa.
Elizabeth & Sarah

The month of November was very interesting month for the Children in Pre-Montessori. Our themes included making a mini farm, learning our fruits and vegetables and also making a fruit bowl for the wall. We also put our photos of our ‘Bring & Share day’ on the wall so please come in and have a look. Christmas time is here again and we are going to be very busy decorating our room for Santa using lots of arts and crafts.
Diana & Anita

November was very busy for Montessori, we were talking about what lies beneath the sea and investigating various sea creatures. We talked a lot about dinosaurs this month, the T-Rex being the favourite. The children all loved this theme.
This month we will be talking about winter and we are looking forward to winning the room décor prize again (hahahahaha!!)
It will be Amaia’s birthday at the end of December and we would like to wish her a very Happy Birthday.
Our Giant Santa will be keeping an eye on his good girls and boys….
Have a great Christmas, Emer & Marie-Louise

The ECCE Room has been very busy over the past month. We’re starting to get ready for Christmas now. We have been writing our letters to Santa and making beautiful Christmas decorations. 
It will be Zoe’s birthday at the end of December, we would like to wish her a very Happy Birthday!
Enjoy the holidays!
The Afterschool children are very busy in school these days and like to relax in the afternoon. They love to colour, paint and get messy with gloop. We’ve also made some nice clay figures and made some delicious cakes, we even tried making yummy chocolate croissants. We’re all really looking forward to Christmas.
We have two new students with us on placement in Mother Hubbards from the Liberties College. Agnieska Bala and Victoria Monaghan are in their first year of FETAC Level 5 Childcare Award. Agnieska is based in our Pre-Montessori room with Anita and Diana and Victoria is working between Toddlers and Montessori. We also have Shauna Kane from Marino College of Further Education studying for her FETAC Level 5 award and she is working alongside Tanya in the ECCE room

See full size imageReminders: Christmas Charity Appeal
This year Mother Hubbards Nephin road have decided to organise a Christmas present appeal for the Sophia housing association in Dublin and St. Vincent de paul. Your child’s teacher will give you a letter with further information on how to be a part of this worthy cause. These letters will also be up on our doors for all to see. Parents are under no obligation to participate in this appeal if however you are in a position to participate, we greatly appreciate your generosity in brightening up another family’s Christmas.
As the weather is getting colder could all parents please send in a suitable coat and a hat, scarf and gloves for their child for outdoor play.  Wellies and raincoats should be provided for wet days.  You can label these items and leave them in the centre if you wish to do so.
Also we love celebrating birthdays here in Mother Hubbards, parents may send in a cake and treats if they wish. All baked goods must be store bought and in their original packaging as per HACCP Guidelines.
A huge thanks to every parent who voted in our Halloween Competition, I am very confident there was no cheating!!!!!! Our Winners were the Montessori Room; Congratulations to Marie-Louise and Emer, enjoy the half day girls….