Young Explorers Schools is celebrating 43 years in early childhood education. The joy of being here in Tucson serving families and children for long is that we are now getting children of our former students coming back as parents. Our program have had to make many changes during the years. We added the DES child care assistance program, CACFP food program, serving breakfast, lunch and p.m. snack, Quality First Program and now an Infant Class at our Avenida Sirio School. All these services has enhanced our opportunities to serve many diverse families and their needs. YES! is locally and family owned. We still offer a free courtesy day after touring our schools and at the present time our free family registration. We encourage everyone to check us out!
Parenting Classes will begin Tuesday, Sept. 11. 6:30-8:00 p.m. at 6207 E. Bellevue. Classes will be for 6 weeks. Cost per family is $60.00 Child Care is available.(Reservations needed)
The Active Parenting Purpose:
Our last book order will be sent in this week for the school year. Suzanne Mohs our book lady informed us that this year our school library increased by 48 new books, 3 new puzzles and 4 games. The Scholarship Book Club gives parents and children a wonderful way to purchase best selling children books at reduced prices. The books are often the award books because they represent outstanding authors and illustrators.
Our school benefits because we get bonus points. For the bonus points we are able to get new books, games and puzzles.
Calling All Moms and Grandmas:
We are having our annual Mother’s Day Tea this Friday at 3:00 p.m. The children have been working on their surprizes and can hardly wait to share them. We are going to have lots of good food, surprizes and fun. Pictures will be taken for their baby books too.
Our classroom has been busy observing our newly hatched chicks. The changes in size, color and behavior really keeps us excited about our new friends.. Four little chicks are now growing so rapidly. Each day we see something new.
Before they hatched we learned a fun poem:
It is so hard to believe that it is already a new year! Hopefully your holidays were enjoyable and relaxing. They tend to always be a little chaotic and although we look forward to them, most of us are glad that the craziness is over. As you have noticed, we are busy working away at the construction in our Infant/Toddler Building. I have been down there checking on it periodically and am excited to share it with you when it is completed. We have remodeled one of the bathrooms so that the middle room will have full access to the bathroom and we added a washer and dryer so that laundry can be done on site. Both buildings have had new heaters and air conditioners put on the roof (bring on the warm weather! J) The kitchen area in the middle room was removed giving the children more area to play in. And in the very last room, our new Teddy Bear Room, is where will be opening our infant room. A new sink and counter were put in the room for preparing bottles and a more age appropriate diaper-changing table were added. Fresh paint and new flooring are the final things that we are waiting for so that we can start moving furniture in and welcome our new children! We will have limited space available due to licensing requirements and physical space so tell your friends to call to be put on our list now as space will fill quickly. Look for many exciting changes to happen the next couple of weeks as we transition back into our regular classrooms and new families and staff join our Y.E.S. family!
Young Explorers Schools children have been busy creating exciting art forms with the vinyl sign pieces donated by SignAge. The colorful pictures and murals are so unique. Each child can be successful and enjoy creating their own art pieces.
In addition to the creating of the art work, children also have practice using scissors which enables them to develop their small motor skills. It is always rewarding to watch them spend time peeling the backing and feeling they have accomplished a major achievement.
Young Explorers Schools truly appreciate Sue and SignAge for supplying us with the vinyl. “Sticky Paper Art” is a big exciting and rewarding art experience for us!
Now that the weather has finally cooled down, it is beginning to feel more like fall. We are gearing up for a busy couple of months with Family Involvement Activities and the holidays. This is a fun time of year and the children will have lots to share with you about all the activities they are doing in their classrooms. Please check your child’s art folder regularly and visit the classroom to see a slight glimpse of what their busy days entail.
New Staff Members
Please help us welcome our new staff members. Ms. Monique is our new school age teacher and is closing with Ms. Shenise. She worked at a couple of childcare centers and was a nanny before coming to Young Explorers School. She is a trumpet player in a Mariachi Band and enjoys sports and being active. Ms. Vanessa is a volunteer who worked in a childcare center at Empire High School while she was attending school. She really enjoys helping out the teachers and doing activities with the children. She has loved children since she young and always knew she wanted to work in a childcare center.
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Where have all the pumpkins gone? Well at Young Explorers our pumpkins have gone on to the boil and smash detail. We are gearing up for our annual Thanksgiving Feast. The Thanksgiving Dinner will be served on Thursday, November 17, at 5:45 p.m. 6:45 p.m. This has been our tradition for over 38 years. Please make your reservations early so we can have a head count. The cost will be your donation of food or cash donations for the Community Food Bank.
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It’s Carnival time! We will be drumming up enthusiasm and of course the children will be telling you all about it. Our 25th Annual Young Explorers Schools Carnival will be Friday, July 30 at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at our 6207 E. Bellevue School. I know our families who have been with us for a while know what I mean. To our new families, this is a “a real big deal!” This evening beats the playground at the local McDonald’s. The evening will be a fun packed safe evening. So plan now to join us. We will have our traditional hot dogs and pizza slices. The funds raised will be shared by both schools to buy something special for our classes and your children.
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