From the Front Office
October at Discovery Isle is going to be bustling with activity; from wondrous learning experiences in the classrooms to spirit days your children will be engaged in and inspired.
We are very excited about our first Trunk or Treat event. Dressed in costumes, the children will parade from trunk to trunk collecting goodies from parent volunteers who have decorated their trunks in Halloween fashion. If you wish to volunteer please see your child’s teacher.
The teachers will also be participating in our traditional “no carve” pumpkin decorating contest. This year only recycled materials may be used to transform the pumpkins. Friday the 20th is the day to vote for your favorite pumpkin!
Last of all, October 8-14th is fire safety week. Please make sure your home is fire safe and you have an evacuation plan. Remember every second counts, so have 2 ways out! Practice stop, drop and roll and teach your child how to call 911. For more information please access the National Fire Protection Association’s website at nfpa.org.
Peace and good will,
Christy and Tina
School Closed-October 9
Trunk or Treat- October 31
10/24- Monster Mismatched Day
10/25- Scary Hair Day
10/26- Pumpkin or Orange Day
10/27- Halloween Pajama Day
10/30- Haunted Head Gear Day
10/31- Costume Day
Tina’s Reading Corner
Reading picture books aloud with your children has so many benefits: print awareness, vocabulary development, critical thinking skills, and sharing ideas are just a few. Quality picture books are special in that the illustrations convey meaning along with the text. As you read with your child ask them questions about the illustrations, what they think about characters or situations in the story, and have them support their answers. One of my favorite authors is Maurice Sendak whose books are rife with opportunities to engage in meaningful reading experiences. Here are some of his must read books.
Where The Wild Things Are
Chicken Soup With Rice
Alligators All Around
One Was Johnny
Join us on Halloween for our First Trunk or Treat Extravaganza
When: October 31st at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Discovery Isle Parking Lot
What: Dress up in costume for the parade as we collect treats from decked out car trunks.
See your child’s teacher on how you can join the fun and volunteer!!
Everyone is welcome!
We are closed on October 9th for Professional Development Day!
Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips
Dressing up in costume and Trick-or-Treating door to door is a tradition for many families. While there is so much excitement in the air, it is important to keep your little critters safe. Here are a few tips to ensure a memorable, safe, and fun Halloween for all.
-Wear well fitting and comfortable shoes
-Plan your route in advance
-Bring a flashlight, have your children wear reflective tape or glow accessories
-Avoid costumes that drag on the ground; make sure they are flame resistant
-Don’t stay out past 9:00 p.m.
-Make sure masks allow for full visibility and breathing
-Always inspect candy first
-Only go to well lit homes
-Always accompany your child
Halloween Dinner at Your Fingertips
Before rushing out to Trick-or-Treat here are some yummy, spooky, and fun dinner ideas. Involve your children in menu planning and creating these ghoulish and nourishing delights!
-Crescent Mummy Dogs (we use vegie or tofu dogs at my house!)
-English Muffin Pizza Monster Faces
-Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (use Halloween cookie cutters!) and Tomato Soup
-Jack-o-Lantern Fruit Cups (hollow out an orange, place cut up fruit inside)
-Sliced Vegies and Dressing (put dressing, or hummus if desired) in a small hollowed out pumpkin
-Witches Brew-place ingredients in a cauldron for a spooky effect. My daughters loved this version: combine Hawaiian Punch, Sprite, and rainbow sherbet. Place creepy ice cubes in for an added effect! It may not be nutritious but it is delicious.
Have a safe and happy October!