A NOTE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
We have many new exciting things happening in February! We are so excited to share our new parent portal, Alma, with our parents.! This will allow you to access your account online, make payments, view/print payment history, and edit account details like your address! I know you all will be just as excited about this as we are! As we head into February, we will have a lot to celebrate, from Groundhog Day and the Superbowl, to Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year. February will be event-filled, and fun! Don’t forget, on February 19th, we will be providing a day of important training for our staff and our school will be closed! We know this training will be so valuable to them and we are excited to see them bring the learning back to the classroom! Please read over the details on our important dates, February is a busy month at Xplor!
IMPORTANT DATES AND REMINDERS
Monday, February 19th – Infants through Pre-K Closed for Professional Development Day
Dates to Remember
Friday, Feb 2 – Groundhog’s Day and Superbowl Activities
Cast your vote this week to see if the Groundhog will see his shadow! We will post results on Friday! Also, be sure to wear the T-Shirt of your favorite football team to school on Friday to kick off the Super Bowl weekend!
Monday, February 5th – Wear Red Day!
February is National Hear Health Month and we would like everyone to wear red to kick it off! We will be talking about our hearts on the 5th, and what we can do to keep our hearts strong and healthy.
Monday, February 5th – Alma Parent Portal Goes Live
We are so excited to introduce Alma! This application will allow you to make payments to your account, check balances, and edit your account details online! You will be receiving an email with more details if you haven’t already!
Thursday, February 8th – We ❤ Pets!
We will be collecting donations of blankets, towels, and pet toys to be donated to a local animal shelter this month! Please help us spread the love! The drive will end on Friday, February 16th.
Tuesday, February 13th – CPR & 1st Aide Class at Xplor
Every month, HopeCPR hosts a CPR & 1st Aide class in our building. This is a great life skill to have that could help save a life! Interested in signing up? Let us know and we’ll provide you more details and, if you like, sign you up!
Wednesday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Help us celebrate the season of love by bringing treats and/or Valentine’s Day cards for your child’s class on the 14th. We kindly ask that cards are only labeled with the name of the child the card is from, rather than all the students the cards will go to. We look forward to a fun-filled, love-filled day on the 14th and we hope that you will join us in the festivities!
Friday, February 16th – Chinese New Year
We will be learning about customs for the Chinese New Year and we will have lots of fun doing our activities for the day to celebrate the Chinese New Year!
Friday, February 16th – Parents’ Night Out, Valentine’s Edition
Take your loved one out to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 16th and leave the kids with us! The cost will be $30 for the 1st child, and $15 for each additional child in your family. Please sign up no later than Wednesday, 2/14. We must have at least 5 children signed up in order to host Parents’ Night Out.
Monday, February 19th (Presidents’ Day) – Xplor Preschool Closed for Professional Development Day
All programs will be closed for our teachers’ day of training. Please be sure to make alternative arrangements for childcare that day. Our School Age program, for elementary aged children, however, will be open.
Tuesday, February 20th – Love Your Pet Day Show & Tell
Bring your real pet photos and your pretend pets! We want to know all about them! Help us celebrate Love Your Pet Day and share the love of your child’s real and pretend pets.
Friday, February 23rd – Picture Day!
Spring photos will start around 8AM and will be ending before lunch time. Please bring your child dressed and ready to smile on picture day!
Wednesday, February 28th – Visit from Austin Children’s Dentistry
Our friends at Austin Children’s Dentistry will come visit and teach us how to keep our smiles healthy! We are so excited to have them visit us again!
Friday, March 2nd – Read Across America Day & Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!
We will be celebrating both by reading some of Dr. Seuss’ greatest and throwing him a birthday party!
Planned Teacher and Staff Time Off
Wednesday, February 14th – Ms. Frankie off
Thursday, February 22nd – Ms. Shanna off
Welcome Ms. Fatima
Ms. Fatima joined our team in January and has been doing a fantastic job with our Infant, Toddler, and Beginner classrooms. Ms. Fatima has three years of experience teaching children in a preschool setting, and working with ages 6 weeks- 3 years. We have really enjoyed getting to know her and watching her play, sing, and smile with the little ones. If you haven’t met her yet, please do welcome Ms. Fatima to our team!
Welcome Ms. Natalie
Ms. Natalie has joined our team the last week of January and we are so happy to have her here! Natalie has many years of experience volunteering in her church and in the childcare center where her mother works! I know that she will bring her sweet and loving nature to our infants and toddlers. Ms. Natalie will be in training the rest of this week, but please also welcome her if you have an opportunity to meet her in our classrooms!