From the Front Office
February is here and with it comes many exciting activities. The teachers are hard at work implementing creative and engaging learning experiences for their students. They are also planning Valentine’s and Chinese New Year events so be sure to check your class for times and dates along with volunteer opportunities.
As you have noticed we are using our new electronic sign in and out system; hurray we are paper free even though we do have a back up book for people not assigned a PIN. We thank you for your patience as we work to get all the bugs out of the system.
With that being said our lobby will now be able to provide you with useful information including Discovery Isle forms, family recipes, and other pertinent information.
Did you know we have a Facebook page? Be sure to like us at DiscoveryIsle/Facebook.com.
We look forward to a fabulous February filled with new adventures in learning.
Peace and harmony,
Christy and Tina
2/16- School Closed/PDD
2/19- School Closed/ President’s Day
2/28-National Tooth Fairy Day-Special
2/14-Valentines’s Day, Wear Pink or
2/16-Chinese New Year- Wear Red
2/20-National Cherry Pie Day
The Year of the Dog
Happy Chinese New Year!
The Chinese New Year is the most important of the holidays for the Chinese. Normally, the celebration will start from New Year’s Eve and will last for around 15 days until the middle of the first month. Before the celebration, people traditionally completely clean the house and display traditional New Year decorations. Red is the dominant color as it signifies good luck and prosperity. This festivity is a time for family reunions including the New Year Eve’s dinner traditionally prepared at home. People will visit relatives and friends, do some shopping, watch traditional Chinese shows, launch fireworks, and plan for the coming year. Ask what your child has learned about Chinese New Year, make some crafts, and enjoy some yummy Chinese food.
Tina’s Reading Corner
I love reading books to children that contain rich vocabulary, striking illustrations, relatable characters, and pertinent life lessons. One of my favorite authors is Leo Lionni whose books are rife with opportunities to develop emergent literacy and literary skills. When you read with your child be sure to discuss the illustrations, new vocabulary, and the relatable characters. Some of my favorite books are:
Fish is Fish
Tico and the Golden Wings
Alexander and the Windup Mouse
Inch by Inch
We are closed on the 16th and 19th. Please make other arrangements if you need child care. Please remember to like us on Facebook!
Vegetable Fried Rice
A quick, healthful,Chinese New Year recipe for your family. This is a great way to sneak in some extra vegetables, too!
2 cups cooked white or brown rice
2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, divided
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into small dices
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
Ground white pepper
1 large egg
4 ounces frozen peas or other choice of vegetables
Heat 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large wok over high heat until smoking. Add half of rice and cook, stirring and tossing, until the rice is pale brown, toasted, and has a lightly chewy texture, about three minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Repeat with another 1/2 tablespoon oil and remaining rice.
Return all the rice to the wok and press it up the sides, leaving a space in the middle. Add 1/2 tablespoon oil to the space. Add onion, carrot, scallions, and garlic and cook, stirring gently, until lightly softened and fragrant, about 1 minute. Toss with rice to combine. Add soy sauce and sesame oil and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.
Push rice to the side of the wok and add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil. Break the egg into the oil and season with a little salt. Use a spatula to scramble the egg, breaking it up into small bits. Toss the egg and the rice together.
Add vegies and continue to toss and stir until vegies are thawed/heatedand every grain of rice is separate. Serve immediately.