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DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!! BOYS AND GIRLS! Dance is on Tues. 3:30 in the gross motor room.  If you are interested please let the office know. 

GymnasticsSAMTASTIC GYMNASTICS:   Questions call
Sam Schaeffer

TUITION CORNER: Per our tuition policy stated in the handbook, “TUITION PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH.” In order for us to maintain our budget projections each month, we must have all accounts paid in full by the first of each month. No balance should be carried over to the next. If you are having financial difficulties, a payment arrangement must be agreed upon, in writing.  If delinquent there will be a $25 fee added to your bill for each month that payment is late.  Please review handbook if you have any questions.

BABYSITTING NIGHT: Friday, January 16th. Most months we babysit every third Friday. Check your calendars for the upcoming Holiday babysitting schedule. Staff will be babysitting every weekend to try to help our families get through this CRAZY time of year!

HAIRCUT DATE: Tuesday, January 20th. Miss Kim Preston is our hair stylist. . Remember that haircuts are always the third Tuesday of the month. Kim comes in the morning for the hair cuts so as to not miss the children in the evenings.

MUSIC MAN DAVE: Dave will be visiting us on Thursday, January 15th. Dave Farver will come by to dance and sing with us every third Thursday of the month, but during the summer he comes on Wednesday's because we are on field trips on Thursdays. Busy, Busy!!



YOGA CLASSES: Will resume inthe fall!

Gymnastics: Contact Sam Schaeffer 314-487-7751


REMINDER:  PLEASE REMEMBER TO CODE IN YOUR I.D. NUMBER WHEN ENTERING THE BUILDING.  USING THE SIDE DOORS TO EXIT IS STRONGLY PROHIBITED. Please remember to close all gates both inside and outside the center. Children are not to be left unattended.


Jesus Ariel Romas Alvarenga is our 9 year old adobted boy from Honduras. We have received letters from him and we are sending letters and pictures to him. Simon Says is giving a monthly donation. If you would like to join us please contact Michele and she will give you the info.

UPCOMING EVENTS:Babysitting December 12th & 20th.

HOLY NAME: .  The meetings are always held the 1st Monday of the month in the school cafeteria.

MADONNA GUILD: The meetings are always held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the church hall.

CENTER ALLERGIES:  Peanuts, tree nuts, dust mites, penicillin, gluten and eggs. Please refer to the Safe Snacks link on the welcome page.  

Parent Prayer

Oh, God, make me a better parent.
Help me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say and to answer all their questions kindly.  Keep me from interrupting them, talking back to them and contradicting them.  Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me.  Give me the courage to confess my sins against my children and ask of them forgiveness, when I know that I have done them wrong.
May I not vainly hurt the feelings of my children.  Forbid that I should laugh at their mistakes or resort to shame and ridicule as punishment.  Let me not tempt a child to lie and steal.  So guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty produces happiness.
Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me.  May I cease to nag; and when I am out of sorts, help me, O Lord, to hold my tongue.
Blind me to the little errors of my children and help me to see the good things that they do.  Give me a ready work for honest praise.
Help me to treat my children as those of their own age, but let me not exact of them the judgments and conventions of adults.  Allow me not to rod them of the opportunity to wait upon themselves, to think, to choose, and to make decisions.
Forbid that I should ever punish them for my selfish satisfaction.  May I grant them all of their wishes that are reasonable and have the courage always to withhold a privilege which I know will do them harm.
Make me so fair and just, so considerate and companionable to my children that they will have a genuine esteem for me.  Fit me to be loved and imitated by my children.
With all thy gifts, O God, do give me calm and poise and self-control.



Infant (Jungle) Room

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Happy Holidays from the Jungle Room.  The weather is changing and so is us our room!  We say a bittersweet goodbye to Addison and Bennett.  They are moving on up to the Frog Room!  It has been a great joy to be a part of your growth and we will miss you a lot!  Happy first birthdays!!  Lena, Jaxson and Dominic are slowly easing into the “Big Kid” crows.  Crawling, scooting, pulling themselves up, walking with walkers and talking a lot more.  Will is following suit right behind them.  Dominic is “army” crawling his way to his toys.  He’ll be everywhere before you know it.  Mona is so full of smiles while playing with her best Harper! Harper talks all the time, well kind of growls.  They both love sitting up with their friends all by themselves!  Lyla smiles so big as she plays and watches her busy friends.  We can’t wait to see her move around and grow with her classmates!  We love seeing our babies turn into “big kids.”
As always, don’t forget to sign in and out read the parent board, and pack your child with extra warm clothes.  We wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!

Until next month…
Mrs. Liz & Miss Krisitn



Ms. Denise Buehler, Mrs, Angela Horvath

Happy New Year from the Frog 2 Room!!   We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! We are getting back into the swing of things, and it seems like all the kiddos have adjusted well to being back at school and being back on a more normal schedule.
The first week of December our theme was Community Helpers. We pretended to have a bakery in our classroom and we “baked” cakes and cookies, we tended to our animals on the “farm,” we took care of our friends in our “doctor’s office,” and we made deliveries from our “post office.” Everyone had such a fun time pretending to have all these different occupations!
The second week of December our theme was Winter & Hibernation. We danced to “The Freeze,” played Don’t Break the Ice, played a mitten matching game, went on a “Bear Hunt” to find hibernating bears, and painted melted snowmen.  We also went ice fishing, had a snowball fight, and built igloos with sugar cubes.  Our Rosalie turned two on December 12th, and became a big sister on the 10th! Happy birthday Rosalie!
The next two weeks our theme was Christmas! We wrapped gifts, sang every Christmas song we could think of, tinkered in Santa’s Workshop, played with Jingle Bells, read  The Polar Express, made beautiful pictures with Christmas stamps, dressed up like elves, and stayed warm and snuggly by wearing our PJ’s to school! We had such a holly, jolly time!
The last week of December our theme was New Year’s!  We practiced counting down from 10-1, took pictures of our friends with our cameras, put on a light show with flashlights, and made party hats!
Please make sure to check your child’s clothes bin to be sure that we have plenty of extra clothes.  It is also very helpful if you can label your kiddo’s hats, gloves, mittens, etc, so we know what belongs to whom!   Thanks!
Here’s to a great 2015!
Mrs Anne Hamtil, Miss Lauren Hornsey, Miss Paige Orlando

See you next month!

Ms. Lauren Hornsey, Ms Anne Brand, Miss Paige Orlando


Happy Holidays from the Fish Room!  We celebrated so much in December, especially Arianna, Eddie & Emma’s birthdays.  We also learned more about our stars of the week, Eddie and Emma.  Our Christmas program was such a hit!  Thank you to all of our families for being there, and for juice and cookies too!
We kicked off December learning about Community Helpers.  We played in the pop-up fire house with hats and hoses, beauty shop and doctor.  The tunnels on the science table were fun to experiment with for the Fishies too.  The trash trucks we made in art were a terrificway to learn about the letter “T”
After Community Helpers, we moved on to our “Winter & Hibernation” theme.  We learned about the different animals that hibernate and ther things that happen in winter, like snow!  The “Freeze Dance” was another great way to have fun with winter.  Our favorite part of learning about the fabulous letter “Ff” was the Froggy Racers!
The remainder of December was devoted to Christmas music all month for Jesus’ Birthday!  Our kiddos loved playing in the “snow” in our sensory table.  We worked very hard on our Christmas presents too! Santa’s workbench was a huge success; we had many elves working on toys.  We found a new way to enjoy Christmas treats with our “Ginger Kid” snacks for cooking.  The best wayto “wrap up” our Christmas theme was a visit from Music Man Dave!  It was so much fun dancing and singing to his Christmas songs. 
We would love to thank those parents who so graciously donated items to our needy family. We are so thankful for your help to make another family’s Christmas bright! 
Please continue to check your child’s cubby for art, notes and clothes.
Happy New Year! fish

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to pull one of us aside or call 314-842-3848 ext. 304
Until next month!
Mrs. Amanda Moran, Mrs. Erin Varvaro, & Miss Melissa Egan


Greetings from the Butterfly Room!  We were very busy in December.  The first week we were construction workers, fire fighters, doctors and mail carriers as we learned about the helpers in our community.  We practiced stop, drop and roll, sorted nuts and bolts, painted with hammers and delivered mail.  We were very creative with sand and trucks in the sensory table.  We shuttled into space during the second week learning about planets and stars.  We created stars with lite brights, looked through telescopes, experimented with prisms and walked on the moon with romper stompers!  After rocketing into space we hibernated through winter in caves.  Don’t break the ice was a blast and almost as fun as the ice cube races.  We tossed snowballs into Olof . Indoor skating and Igloos were just a few winter fun things we created, but the best was the snow storm we had right in our own classroom.  We built houses on the moon in the sensory table with moon sand and Legos.  The last few weeks of December we were busy keeping track of our Elf on the Shelf who we named, “Pink Snowflake” decorating our room, making popcorn string to hang on our Christmas tree was so much fun!  We got to dress up and pretend we were elves, went sleigh riding, made reindeer food, wrapped presents, covered our hands with mittens to play with the ice, tongs and bowls in the sensory table, and learned the most important meaning of the season…Happy Birthday to Jesus!!
We rang in the New Year at our party with hats, and tiaras and made balloons and noise makers.  We danced and counted down to the Happy New Year!
The letters we learned in December were T and F.  Some of our activities included tunnels, trampolines, tinker toys and tool benches.  Fire trucks, fire hoses, fire hat, letter sort and folding laundry!
Our Christmas program was a success-The kiddos worked very hard preparing for it.  Thank you for joining us in the fun.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!  Thank you to all of our generous parent’s treats and holiday gifts!  It is very heartwarming to be so appreciated!

Mrs. Chambers and Mrs. Faust

Wow!  We are finished with another busy month already!  Happy Happy Birthdays to Caitlin, Sadie, Bella, Luke and Suzannah.  We hope you had a great one!  Thank you to all of the Stars of the Weeks this month for all of your yummy treats and awesome pictures!
We started the week off by talking about community helpers and the letter T.  In dramatic play we pretended to be doctors, police officers, bakers, postmen/women, and teachers.  We played with trucks did some tap dancing, and crawled thru tunnels in the morning.  We really loved getting messy while pretending to bake with flour in the sensory table.  We really worked super hard on our Christmas program songs this week!  It was a totally awesome week!
The second week was about winter, hibernation and the letter F.  We did a snowball toss, ice skated, ice fished and built with foam blocks.  We played the game Don’t break the ice, went on sled rides, and pretended we were animals in caves in hibernation.    Our Christmas program was so great!  The Watermelons nailed the sign language to “What Child is This?”  We did so good we made Ms. Jenny cry.  So so very proud of how big the Watermelons are and how much they learn each day.  It was a fantastic week!
The third week was all about Christmas and the letter F.  We did flashlights and fun sticks in the morning to learn about the letter F some more.  We made Christmas gifts for our parents, read Christmas books, wrapped presents in dramatic play and pretended to make Christmas cookies! 
We really loved making a mess in the big block area making “snow angels” with shredded paper!  We read the Polar Express and had a P.J. party too!  It was a fabulous week for sure! 
We hope y’all had an amazing holiday and have a Happy New Year! 

We say goodbye to Ms. Tori Belgeri as she pursues her special needs degree.

Mrs. Jill Croft is doing better. Please continue to pray for her healing! Ms. Theresa Kaiser will be filling in the Watermelon Room. We are very excited to have her with us.

Until next month…


Thank you!
Miss Jenny Koeln, Mrs. Jill Croft, Miss Tori Belgeri & Miss Jenny Dummerth




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