January Parent Letter

January 2014

 

King Winter went walking one day, oh so cold

Called to the snow clouds, so it is told

Come snowflakes, come dancing down to the ground

‘Tis time for the earth to not make a sound

Your stillness and calm, your peaceful white cheer

Brings goodwill to all and welcomes the year

 

Dear Rainbow Garden Families,

 

Welcome back to school and happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful break full of fun and family, and lots of rest. I did a lot of visiting and singing and spent plenty of time sleeping! The extra two days off were unexpected!  I must say, though, it feels so good to be back in the rhythm of school. Vacation time was fun, but I feel much healthier back in the Rainbow Garden routine. We’ve been back in class for a few days now and the children seem ready to be back as well, though it was hard for some to say ‘goodbye’ to mom or dad on that first day after the break.  I don’t think the sub-zero temperatures made it any easier!

 

Thank you for continuing to send warm outdoor clothes with your children. Sometimes even on warmer days the wind is cold or the ground is wet, and mittens and snow pants really help keep little bodies warm and dry.

 

Miss Emily has completed her first week in the Rainbow Garden.  The children warmed up to her very quickly.  Miss Lisa will start this Monday.  I’m very excited to work with these two ladies.  Although Miss Lisa will be working with the M-T children, and Miss Emily will be working with the W-F children, they will sometimes act as substitutes for one another or for me as needed.

 

The children might have mentioned that Mrs. Rose has been visiting our class this week. Ms. Jo is recovering from a medical procedure. Mrs. Rose will be subbing for her at lunch and during Wednesday/Friday naps until she returns. Please keep Ms. Jo in your thoughts. In the meantime, the children are having a wonderful time playing with Mrs. Rose and listening to her stories.

 

I’m sorry to announce that Londyn will no longer be with us in the Rainbow Garden.  Her family needed to find a place for her to attend 5 days a week, and the Rainbow Garden is at full enrollment on Mondays and Tuesdays.  They might choose to return in the fall when there are 5 day spots available.  I hope that you’ll reach out to Londyn and her family if you feel moved to do so.  I’m sure she would love to hear from her Rainbow Garden friends.

 

We have one birthday in January.  Ilja will be turning 4 years old on January 24th.  Happy Birthday Ilja!

 

There will be no school on Monday, January 20th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. I wish to remind you all about the Anti-Racism training being held on MLK day, January 20, 2014 at Tamarack, in the auditorium.  It will begin at 8:30 am and go until 12:30 pm, followed by a community lunch.  This introductory workshop will include an overview of anti-racism work, defining a common language, exploring our personal history and story around race, and examining white privilege and internalized racial oppression. It will include resources for further work. While some conversation around Tamarack will emerge, the purpose of this training is to equip individuals, not to tackle specific issues within the school. Childcare will be provided. Please sign up outside the office so we can get a count for food and for appropriate care coverage.  See the Tamarack Talk or the Calendar and Announcements for further information.   I hope you’ll honor the day in a way that feels appropriate for your family.

 

If you are interested in getting more involved at Tamarack and would like information

about the many committees and opportunities to participate, please see me. Kelsey Cartwright and Samantha Vick have been representing the class at TPA-CC (Tamarack Parent Association- Community Circle), so they might have some good suggestions for participation as well.

 

Thank you for continuing to send fruit and vegetables for our fruit salad and vegetable soup on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The children look forward to seeing what new fruits or vegetables are included each week.  They work very hard to scrub and chop, and take great pride in their work.

 

I look forward to the rest of this school year with great anticipation. Blessings on your New Year!

 

Warmly,

 

Mrs. Faith