We will be closed on December 26th for Christmas and January 2nd for New Year’s. In order to schedule teachers efficiently and to allow them a few days of well deserved vacation, we need to know in advance the days you will need care. Please give us your schedule for the holidays. We will be working from unusual schedules, so for these dates only, we would appreciate 24 hours notice for changes in schedules.
This month parent/teacher conferences are available. TTLC staff regularly communicates with parents on a number of topics and any concerns are addressed immediately so no conferences are required. However, any parent who has question or concerns they do not feel can be adequately addressed during the regular course of drop off and pick up can schedule a parent/teacher conference. Anyone wishing to schedule a conference should submit a request that includes days/times that are most convenient and the topics to be discussed so that the child’s primary teacher can come to the meeting prepared. Once arrangements have been made the director will notify the parent of the date and time of the conference.
Several parents have expressed their appreciation for the dedicated work of our teachers and have asked about giving Christmas gifts. We appreciate these kind thoughts and intentions, but would ask that no gifts be given to individual teachers. If you wish to express your thanks in the form of a gift, we would prefer it be one which the teachers can share or one that the children can enjoy such as books, CDs, magic markers, shaving cream, play dough, tinker toys, push/pull toys or other similar toys.
HELP! TTLC works very hard to see that everything within the school is as safe as we can make it, but we have a few problems with which we need parental cooperation…
- Recently we seem to have a rash of children bringing money to school with them. Coins can present a serious choking danger to young children. Even if your child is old enough to know that money should not be put in the mouth, there are younger children enrolled who do not know this. By the time we are aware that children are playing with money brought from home it could be too late. Please be even more careful than usual in checking what children bring into school.
- Another problem is with medicine brought to school. We are glad to give necessary medications for which we have appropriate instructions and authorizations but all medicines must be treated with a great deal of caution. Some children get their daily vitamin in the morning just before they leave for school, but instead of chewing it, we may find it in pockets or being played with later on in the day. We have also become aware that some of our parents routinely keep fever relievers and other over-the-counter medicines handy in the diaper bags. We cannot take precautions for medicines when we are not aware that they are available. Please do not put anything in the diaper bag which you could not safely put out for the children. Only parents should carry medicine into the building, and medicines should be handed personally to the teacher, not put down on a counter or shelf.
- One final problem is with smoking parents who accidently drop match books or lighters on their way into the building and those who routinely discard their cigarette butts near the entrance. Picking up interesting things and putting them in your pocket or your mouth is how children learn. But with matches, lighters and cigarette butts, the learning could be dangerous or disastrous. Perhaps some of you don’t realize that the nicotine in a single cigarette, if eaten by a child under two, could cause death.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.