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Spring Thaw Reminder

March 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

We know how important it is to support children in getting outside to experience and explore the outdoors every day. As snow has melted, we’ve had some wet and muddy areas on the playground. This certainly makes for an exciting playground to explore, but can definitely be the cause for some messy clothing!

As teachers juggle wardrobe changes, we ask that you please remember to send in extra clothes for your child. Tall rain boots may help as we make this transition. In addition, waterproof gloves and snow pants will help children stay warm and dry as they actively explore the playground. Labeling their articles of clothing also helps minimize confusion. We will have Gretchen’s House back up clothes available if needed. If your child does borrow GH clothes, please be sure to return them promptly so that other children have access to these items as well.  Thanks so much for your understanding as we make our way through the wet, muddy, but very welcome, spring weather.

Thank you!



Outdoor Gear

February 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

This past snow storm has left some remarkable snow piles for the children to explore! We ask that you please continue to send in hats, waterproof gloves, boots and snow pants during the snowy season! Extra socks and a full set of back up clothes are also helpful. As this most recent snow begins to melt, we will be in the messy season. These items will help to keep your children dry and comfortable as we explore the outdoors!

In addition, please remember to label all of your child’s extra gear. As teachers navigate through the day, we want to ensure we are able to keep track of all the gloves, hats, boots and snow pants to return to you each day. If you happen to find yourself with any extra items that you may no longer need, we gladly accept donations that allow us to have extra items on hand!

Thank you for your cooperation!


Valentine’s Day at Gretchen’s House

February 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Many of us have fond memories of elementary school Valentine’s Day parties and celebrations. The majority of the Ann Arbor Public Schools still celebrate with cards and parties. For the young children in our programs, Valentine’s Day is a very abstract concept. They are just learning about feelings of love and friendships. The idea of writing their name on a card 20 or 30 times is likely a skill they have yet to master, and that even as school age children we didn’t much enjoy!

Our approach to Valentine’s Day here at Gretchen’s House, is in line with our philosophy for all curriculum; meet the needs and follow the interests of the children. We will focus on children’s interests and age-appropriate activities that promote healthy social interactions. Teachers will be tuned in to see if children are interested in making cards, writing names and talking about friendships. We will have new and interesting materials available for children who want to create pictures, cards and other creations.

Like most things with young children, the interest may surface more after the big day. It is hard for younger children to remember a year ago and what the holiday is about. Often children receive cards and treats from relatives or hear about their sibling’s big day in school. It’s possible the children may talk about Valentine’s Day here at the center, long after the day has passed! Teachers at Gretchen’s House will be ready and happy to continue to support the interest as long as it lasts.

Although, we won’t be having a classroom exchange of Valentine’s – if your child is interested in making Valentine’s, we ask that you utilize the parent mailboxes for your exchange rather than bringing them into the classroom. We want to remain respectful of all children’s feelings. As we know not all families celebrate, it can be difficult for the children if they don’t receive as many as the other children in their class. Opening them at home will ensure it’s an experience they are able to enjoy in the comfort of their own home! In addition, please remember that we are an allergy aware center – for this reason, we ask that if you decide to bring in Valentine’s you limit it to cards only.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work together to ensure Valentine’s Day is a positive experience for the children. Please let me know if you have any questions and/or concerns.

Thank you!



Pond Wing: Summer Fun!

August 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello families,

As the summers end is nearing, the transitioning children have all been getting settled into their new classrooms! In the meantime, the children have spent time outside soaking up all the summer sun they can. The have spent time caring for gardens, exploring mud kitchens, engaging in water play, and done a little relaxing outside as well.

We hope you enjoy the photos below. As always, feel free to visit Snapfish to check out each classrooms recent photos!

Thank you!

Key Developmental Indicators include but are not limited to: participating in group routines, children fill and empty – put in and take out, experiencing one-one correspondence, building relationships with children and adults, children understand the importance of taking care of their environment

Pond Preschool: June Reminders!

May 31, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello families,

We wanted to remind you that transitions will be happening the first two weeks of June. The older toddlers will officially join our preschool classroom as of Monday, June 17th. In the meantime, Leanna Holman (Infant/Toddler teacher) will be in the classroom for support with the children. We will also be welcoming our new Head Teacher, Whitney Haynes to our classroom on Monday, June 17th. Please let your child’s family group teacher know if you have any questions about the transition/classroom changes. Thank you!

Listed below are the rest of the reminders for the month:

Thursday, June 6: Tammy Holley at 10:30 and 11:00

Tuesday, June 11: Morning fire drill

Wednesday, June 12: Happy Birthday, Lucy!

Thursday, June 13: Happy Birthday, Raphael!

Monday, June 17: Whitney (Head Teacher), Ian and Elif (children) will all join our classroom!

Tuesday, June 25: Afternoon tornado drill

Wednesday, June 26: Happy Birthday Conor!

Friday, June 28: Annelise and Benson’s last day – goodbye, we will miss you!

Have a great day!

-Pond Preschool Staff

Pond Infants and Toddlers: Reminders for the week of December 31, 2013.

December 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello families!

Welcome back – the center will re-open on Wednesday, January 2nd.

We would also like to wish Emerson (Shady Spot) and Eve (Water’s Edge) a very Happy Birthday! Eve will turn two on December 31st while Emerson will turn one on January 7!

Have a great week!

-Pond I/T Staff

Pond Infants and Toddlers: Thank you!

December 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello families,

We wanted to thank you for all of your participation at the Holiday party! We will be uploading pictures to Snapfish for you to view!

We also wanted to thank you for your kind and generous Holiday gifts. They are truly appreciated!

Thanks again!

-Pond I/T Staff

Pond Infants and Toddlers: Reminders for the week of December 17, 2012.

December 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello families,

Listed below are some reminders for the week:

Monday, December 17: Tammy Holley at 10:30 and 11:00

Tuesday, December 18: Holiday Party at 4:15 – There will be signs posted on classroom doors to indicate which activities are happening in which classrooms!

Wednesday, December 19: Last day for the book fair.

Please remember that we will be closed December 24-January 1. We will re-open the center on January 2, 2013.


Thank you and have a wonderful Holiday break!

-Pond I/T Staff

Pond Infants and Toddlers: Friendship Pizza!

November 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Families,

The children are always interested to see the happenings in the classroom next door. With that in mind, we decided to have a pizza day with the children. The children and families brought in items from home so the children could help cook and enjoy a pizza treat together.

For this activity, we were opened up the classroom doors and shared lunch together after the children completed their pizzas. They seemed to enjoy making the pizza, sharing lunch with the other classrooms and most of all tasting their delicious pizza! We hope you enjoy the photos below and thank you for all of your contributions!


Pond Infants and Toddlers: Reminders for the week of Dcember 3, 2012.

November 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello families,

Listed below are some reminders for the week:

Monday, December 3: Transitions begin! The transitioing children will visit their new classroom from 9:00-12:00 every day this week!

Emma (infant room) will also be celebrating her 1st Birthday this day. Be sure to wish her a very Happy Birthday!

Katie is off, her subsitute will be Betsy.

Tuesday, December 4: Finley’s First Day! Finley will be joining the Shady Spot classroom.

Jamie is off for training, her substitute will be Sunita/Anu.

Wendesday, December 5: Tammy Holley at 10:30 and 11:00.

Krystal is off, her substitute will be Betsy.

Thursday, December 6: Jamie is off for training, her substitute will be Sunita/Anu.

Friday, December 7: Jamie is off for training, her substitute will be Sunita/Anu.

Misty  is off and her substitute will be Breanne.

Have a great week!

-Pond I/T Staff

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