Happy New Year: January 2018 Parent Newsletter

January 16th, 2018

Crayon Girl Crayon BoyDear Parents:

Happy New Year!  We are looking forward to all the new experiences, adventures and happenings in 2018.  We have survived many challenges in 2017 so it is hopeful we will do more than survive but thrive and grow in 2018.

Just a reminder, Young Explorers will be open on Jan. 15th, Martin Luther King Day.


YES! turns 47 years old this month. We will host our birthday party on Thursday, January 25th from 5:00 p.m.-6:15 p.m.  YES! will  provide dinner – the hot dogs, fruit and salads, drinks and of course birthday cake. Reservations would be appreciated by Tuesday 23th.  Invite former students and their families that you know them to the momentous event.  We do have parents attending now who were here as children, too. Let’s Party!


Last year our school was invited to participate in vision screening for our children.  We are scheduling a visit soon.  We will be sending out the permission slips and also more information regarding the program.   This is a great opportunity for your family to be aware of the vision needs of your child.  The procedure is simple and quick.  We appreciate the Lions Club time and service. This is a great opportunity for your family.


  • Please call in when your child is ill and will not be attending.  This is important for us to know the latest “bug”.  Children must be fever free (without medication) diarrhea free, and upchuck free for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Please call when your child will be late for school. This means they will miss breakfast or lunch. If your child is coming after the designated meal times it would be helpful to know by 9:00 a.m. when we are doing the meal counts and having the necessary quantities.
  • If your child has been to their doctor and has recent immunizations we need a copy of updated immunization forms. This is extremely important in keeping our records current for the Pima County Health Department.
  • We need correct and current addresses, phone numbers, and people designated for authorized pick up. We often discover when children become ill that the contact numbers are not in service. We must be able to reach someone in a reasonable amount of time.  When children are ill they need to be removed from the center within ½ hour at the most.  This is important since many children tend to react to fevers and other symptoms quickly.   Many parents want to be able to get their children to medical attention before their regular doctor’s offices close.
  • When bringing children in or picking children up while the class is out on the playground, be sure to notify the teacher that the child is present or leaving. This is important for our record keeping and child safety.
  • Tuition is due on Monday and past due after Wednesday.
  • Remember the 10 hour rule.
  • Dress in layers. It’s cold then hot and sometimes “coldish”.
  • Tax statements are available, please sign up on clipboard. We would appreciate at least 48 hour notice. Our school records are kept at the Young Explorers Business Office.
  • Please wash and return our emergency school clothes as quickly as possible. It would help to have your child’s backpack with extras just in case.

Just a Thought!

Hopefully you were able to get through the holidays with a smile and deep breaths.  We are looking forward to a busy new season at Young Explorers.  Our birthday party in January, Valentine Party in February and our Rodeo Party in February are just a few events that will provide us with many new experiences.  Watch for new songs and activities.

We are blessed with special resource people.  John Ross from Make Way for Books and Grace Young our amazing music teacher come weekly to enrich our program.  We are looking to get our garden growing this spring.  If you have a green thumb and can come and assist us with this, please let us know.

According to the Courtney Carver author of Soulful Simplicity,   Encourage your friends and family to answer the question, “What made you smile today?” instead of asking How are You?  This gives everyone a chance to respond with a more detailed or positive response.  I have tried this question this week with parents and teachers. It is remarkable what the responses have been!   Hope you try this at work. It would surprise you what the responses will be.  You may indeed find something positive and humorous to brighten your day.

See you at our 47th Birthday Party!

Dr. Fil.


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March 2017 Y.E.S! Parents Newsletter

March 17th, 2017


Dear Parents:

February was a very short month but was packed with many exciting learning adventures. Our Valentines were mailed and hopefully you received your special card from your child. Our Valentine’s Party was truly fun and of course receiving gifts and cards made it special. The ponies from Rocking Star made our Rodeo Party fun and of course our delicious cowboy lunch made many memorable moments.

Our First Thing First – Quality First visit went well. We have signed the participation packet. Our Quality First coach is Josi Tyrell. She assisted us at our Bellevue School when we received our 3 star rating. We are ready to begin our challenges and proceed with the program. We will keep you informed since parent participation will be a part of the process.

March 17th. St Patrick’s Day. Wear your colors.

Spring time brings out the crazies in all of us. It seems the weather is cool in the morning and warms up for the rest of the day. Dress your child in clothes that will aid them in the active play. It is really important to have your child be able to dress and undress while doing their ”potty” times. Avoid the cute belts and clothes with lots of buttons and snaps if possible. Helping children become independent is critical for their emotional development.

School Clothes

If your child has an accident and brings home school clothes; please return them to us after washing. If you have some clothes that your child has out grown we would be happy to recycle them for you. We are low on sizes 4 to 6 for both girls and boys. We especially need good clean underwear. We are getting very low in our collection. We would hate to have to put a diaper on if we don’t have the correct size.

Scholastic Book Orders

Our school is now a part of the of the RED APPLE Teacher status. This means our orders have encouraged the love of reading. They have given us additional 500 extra bonus points. Our next order will be sent for the April selection on March 29th. I discovered if we phone our order in they shipped them quickly. So if you want some books as gifts for Easter, this will be a good time to order them. Attached is a copy of the Readers Pledge. If each classroom returns 10 pledges the classroom will receive a free book coupon.


You should have received a copy of your signed contract. Please let me know if you would need another one. Remember about the new rates, the 10 hour day fee, and the late fees. If you have any questions regarding this I would love to set up a time to meet and discuss this. YES! has appreciated your cooperation and understanding.


Quite often your child and teacher would like to be able to communicate with you when you come into the school. It is really difficult when you are on your phone and are distracted. It would be courteous to put your phone away when entering the front door. This would also give you some privacy regarding your conversation. Other people and children do not need to hear your private conversation, which is sometimes embarrassing to overhear. Your child is so happy to see you and deserves your attention.

Volunteers Needed for our School Garden

Do you enjoy gardening? Our school garden is in needed of a “green thumb” or two. We would like to get our garden going. We could use some help in digging the soil, planting and of course giving us some tips of the best way to grow our vegetables. Let us know if you are interested.

Sick Child Policy

In order to minimize germs and other health issues, your cooperation is needed. If your child leaves school with a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea they must be free from the symptoms for 24 hours. This means without medication too. Some parents take the child to the doctor and are given a note stating what time line they would recommend. Remember when your child is having these symptoms this could be the beginning of something else starting. You do not want your child to develop severe health issues because they are having their immune system challenged. If we all follow these procedures, we may be able to keep the spread to a minimum. Your child’s health is very critical.

Curriculum Corner

Our children have been working writing letters in the alphabet. You can encourage them to look for the letters in many ways. On the way to school discuss what letters they see on buildings and signs. Children recognize many letters on things they experience each day. Even the youngest child knows the big golden M on Mc Donald’s. When you make out your grocery list, use paper and pen so that children can see the need and use of writing words. Yes, I know that is rather old fashion since your phone can keep your list active and current but children need to see the need to write and learn words.

Instead of spending outrageous amounts of money on toys that they lose interest in, have a container of supplies they can use in a safe place. Pencils, pens, markers, paper, old junk mail, scissors and glue are just a few items you can have available for them. Encourage your child to write and draw. Children need to develop their fine motor skills of handling pencils, crayons and markers even before attempting to write letters and numbers.

The papers can be stapled into a book. Be sure to write the date on the title page. This will show you how much the child is growing and learning. The progress can be so amazing. I know this will probably drive you crazy if you are “neatniks!”  Get a big plastic container and put all the treasures in one place. Don’t forget to send some of the wonderful creations to grandparents and other friends.

You can use pictures from magazines, newspapers, old calendars, family shots to encourage discussing what is happening as well as extending your child’s language. Ask questions regarding colors, shapes, and size to encourage their imaginations. Taking time to encourage communicating demonstrates to them you are interested in what they are thinking. It is amazing how they will begin to use more than one word to express their ideas.

This is what makes each day working with your child so special. Listening, sharing and encouraging are very important in the learning process.

Do you know that the alphabet letters are 6 basic combinations of strokes?

Always encourage children to try to write the words they know. DON’T be critical of the way the letters look. Always ask the child which one they think is the best.   Many children will write their names backwards. This is not unusual or cause for alarm. Here’s a trick you can try. Have them take their paper and look in the mirror with it. You will see that the name is spelled perfectly. If we encourage the process of writing we also encourage the process of reading. You really want your child to be successful learners. Encouragement works wonders. Criticism sometimes discourages the child from risking and avoiding making mistakes. We can have great learning experiences even when making a few mistakes. This is fine as long as the mistakes are not harmful and life threatening.

Enjoy the spring weather and the joys of the new blossoms. Don’t forget to pass the Kleenex!

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Pumpkin Tales

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Make Time to Talk!

January 28th, 2014

Do you remember when you were so anxious to have your child start conversing?  Now sometimes we wish they weren’t so efficient at this.  One of the most important skills preschool children need is to continue developing language and thinking skills.  It is very important for children to have adults “talk” with them daily.  Some suggestions for assisting your child in learning new vocabulary, expressing their ideas and needs, as well as to help them have fun with language are listed in the following article.

A special program called “MAKE TIME TO TALK” gives some very practical ideas to try with your child.

M – Meal times can be good opportunity for individual and small group conversations with children.  Even the very young child can benefit with your positive smile, describing the foods, colors and tastes.

A – Ask questions that encourage the child to think – questions involving analysis, prediction, imagining things that could happen.

K – Have eye contact with the child.  This shows your child that you are giving them your undivided attention.

E – Extend your conversation with your child.  Conversations should go back and forth with each person responding to the other speaker at least a few times.

T – Themes help children understand and remember the meanings of new words, especially when you build activities around the theme. (Baking cookies, ingredients, actions, tasting!)

I – Involve your child in conversations each and every day.

M – Make connections with books and recent activities to help build meaning.

E – Expand on the child’s language by repeating with descriptive words, using words correctly, and building on your child’s ideas.

T – Two way conversations mean that your child should be doing at least half of the talking.

O – Encourage one or more individual conversations each day.  Bath time and bed time are really excellent opportunities to focus in on the child.

T – Children should have the opportunity to have available a variety of materials.  Newspapers, magazines, books, signs along your way to and from school, electronic devices are just a few items that can encourage children to ask questions and discuss items as you go along your daily life routines.

A – Act out stories with children, reusing words from the book you read aloud with your child.

L – Language should include rich, varied vocabulary in talking with your child that will build on experiences.

K – Encourage your child by keeping conversation going through questions, comments and expanding vocabulary.

Taking time to encourage your child’s language development will definitely assist them in their academic achievement.  This may sound easy for some who enjoy talking and may be more difficult for those who find conversing a challenge.  In our busy lives we often forget that this time in your child’s life passes too quickly.  Taking time to talk and listen will permit your child to use words to express their feelings and clue you in on their developmental milestones.


Fun Times at Young Explorers Schools

January 25th, 2013

Fall season brings many exciting learning experiences for children at both Young Explorers Schools.

In October especially for Halloween our pumpkins become a great resource for cooking and baking activities. First they are changed into jack-o-lanterns. Next they become pumpkin pulp. Children get to “smush” the cook pumpkin, make puree and finally bake delicious pumpkin bread that is frozen to be served at our feasts.

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