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Dates to Remember

Apr 1st: Happy Easter!
Apr 22nd: Earth Day
May 6th-7th: Spring Pictures

 

Parent Reminders

1. Has your VPK child been registered for Kindergarten?
2. Has your Purple Room child turned in their VPK voucher?
3. Have you picked up your W-10 child care forms for tax purposes?
4. Have you connected to our center Facebook page?
5. Do you read your messages on the Parent Sign-In Computer?

 

ARE YOU ON FACEBOOK? SO ARE WE!

Another great way to stay connected is our Facebook page.  If you have a personal Facebook page, find our page…….The Children’s Learning Center at FSW…… and LIKE it.  Now you will be able to see activities around the center or perhaps even your child.

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PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

parent-teacher-conferenceNext month we will be having our Parent Teacher-Conferences.  Sign-up sheets will be found outside your child’s classroom.  This is a good opportunity for you and your child’s teacher to discuss the progress your child has made this school year.  This is especially important for VPK children who are moving onto Kindergarten. Dates will be announced soon.

VPK

The VPK children will be visiting kindergarten classes at Tanglewood Elementary.  More information to come about this visit very soon.

 


Earth-Day-04-22EARTH DAY!

April 22nd is a very important day for everyone who inhabits this planet.  Every day, we are becoming more aware of the affects of global warming.  Teaching your kids the importance of Earth Day is the first step, as they will be our legacy and the caretakers of our  planet in years to come. 

Talk to your child about the importance of Earth Day, recycling, reducing pollution, conserving water and electricity to help keep our environment healthy for years to come!


OUR FRIENDLY TEACHERS

Blue Room: Ms. Miranda & Ms. Karina

Coral Room: Ms. Erin

Yellow Room: Ms. Nikki & Ms. Diane

Red Room: Ms. Stephanie & Ms. Cookie

Purple Room: Ms. Jessica & Ms. Julie

Teal Room: Ms. Jenna & Ms. Ally

 

EASTER TRADITIONS FOR FAMILIESplanting1

 
1. Learn About Easter and Easter Traditions
Chocolate bunnies and fuzzy chicks often overshadow the real reason we observe Easter.  Do kids know the true meaning of Easter?  Start an Easter tradition that teaches them about Easter.  Kids may also be interested in learning about the history of the Easter Bunny.
2. Plant an Easter Garden
Let one of your Easter traditions brighten up your yard.  Easter is a happy reminder that it’s nice to say goodbye to winter.  Celebrate the arrival of spring by planting a garden with your kids. 
3. Bake Easter Goodies
Break out the mixing bowls and aprons.  There’s fun to be had in the kitchen at Easter.  Bake a cute bunny cake or keep it simple by making sugar cookies.
4. Snap A Picture
You’re all dressed up in your Sunday best………or maybe your shorts and flip flops.  Every year take a family picture in the same spot.  The location is up to you……nearby park, at church, or in your back yard.
5. Host an Easter Brunch
Whether you’re expecting relatives from out of town or it’s just you, your spouse and the kids, brunch is one of those Easter traditions that encourage the family to spend time around the table.  It’s also a good excuse to eat outside. 
****** Side note: This is actually a new Easter tradition that I am starting with my family this year.  I am discovering that as my children grow older and have children of their own (which usually means in-laws, etc) I need to do something that brings the family together for a short time that day, and allows them to spend time with others.

NUTRITION CORNER

EASTER SUGAR COOKIE CAKE

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup M&Ms (Use spring colored M&Ms)
  • 1/2 cup Easter sprinkles

For the frosting:EASTER COOKIE

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or milk

 

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9” round cake pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Make the cookie cake: Beat butter and sugar with a hand or a stand mixer until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla, then mix in baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar. Slowly mix in flour. Stir in M&Ms and sprinkles.

Press batter into prepared pan, pressing more M&Ms onto the top as desired. Bake for 19-22 minutes or until the edges are just turning a light golden brown. It’s better to under bake this dough than over bake it. The cake will continue cooking a bit as it cools so err on the side of underdone for the best tasting cookie. Let it cool completely before frosting.

Make the frosting: beat butter until smooth, then slowly beat in powdered sugar until crumbly. Add salt and vanilla, then add 1 teaspoon of heavy whipping cream. Beat until smooth, adding another teaspoon of heavy whipping cream to get a spreadable texture.

To frost: use a 1M tip and a ziplock or piping bag to decorate the cookie cake. Top with more sprinkles and M&Ms.


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