Dear Geneva Parents, Staff, and Friends:
Happy New Year of 2018 to each of you and your families! We hope you had wonderful times with your young children over the winter break.
It is always a delight to greet your children at carpool when they return to school, as just about all of them appear excited to be back with their friends. Some, of course, prefer being at “Mommy and Daddy School” (and they let us know)! The teachers and staff are excited to see everyone again and to meet some new student friends, too!
January is off to a cold beginning! Our first snow day was a BIG surprise! Be sure to dress your children with appropriate winter clothes which cover all of their skin, including leggings/pants, long coats, hat, scarf, and gloves. Fresh air is good for overall health, as only germs cause colds, but we want everyone to be comfortable when they are outside in cold weather. If properly attired, children enjoy a few minutes of good, clean air and being able to run around!
Many classes have been speaking, drawing, and writing about New Year’s resolutions. They all sound remarkably mature and thoughtful. Some Pre-Kindergarten students wrote or dictated that:
- Help friends every day
- Help my baby sister
- Give toys to friends
- Help my Mommy drive the car when she comes back from work
- Help someone read
- Help others
- Help my teachers
- Share toys
- Like only nice people”
- and others!
I believe that we must have the nicest students ever!
Some classes will be talking about the season of winter, the weather, snow, and artic and/or hibernating animals. What a perfect topic during this very cold artic winter blast these first few weeks of January!
Later, classes will also be talking about friendship and how to be a good friend, as they also learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. Remember that Geneva Day School will be closed in honor of his birthday on Monday, January 15.
On Friday, January 26, Geneva will have a Professional Day for teachers, so there will be no preschool and kindergarten will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. This training day will include the new Maryland State Department of Education Health and Safety Training. Interested parents are invited to join this instruction from 12:00- 3:00 p.m. Just let the office know of your interest.
By the end of the month, it will be very obvious that days are getting longer and that there are more hours of daylight. Sometimes, it is a few weeks before this change is noticed, though the students who stay for After Care certainly do! They have more daylight to stay outside, which they dearly love! December 21 is the winter solstice and it is amazing in that the sun starts coming back at this same time every year. Our caveman ancestors always celebrated it because they knew spring was returning.
This time of the year, especially on a snowy day, I am reminded of the famous poem and beautiful story book by Robert Frost entitled Stopping by a Woods on a Snowy Evening. I hope you read it to your children many times and allow them to fill in the missing rhyming words. It is lovely!
"Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up winter January!
Come join the fun in your child’s class or in the School as you can! We always enjoy seeing parents!