Issue: # 47February 17, 2014

"Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can't be done."

-Bo Bennett

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

1 - 2 p.m.

Central Library 


Celebrate the Year of the Horse with a three-part act by Kalamazoo's Lion Dance Troupe! First, see a 30-foot dragon weave a sinuous Dragon Dance.


Then audience members will participate in telling a traditional Chinese folk tale. In the final act, five colorful lions display their skills in an amazing Lion Dance. Fun for the whole family.


 Space limited; free tickets required. Pick up FREE ticket at host location starting one week before event; one ticket per person.

  • Every person must have a ticket. (Yes, even babies because they are still counted in the fire code limitations for each room.)
  • Everyone must be seated 15 minutes prior to the start of the event or their seat may be released to anyone waiting for admittance.
  • Every person must bring their ticket to the event that day.

Please call the Central Library Children's Room at (269) 553-7804 with questions.

Shaving Cream Letters
Clothes Study

Children at this age are very interested in clothes. They talk about clothes, put them on and take them off, compare clothes and add clothing details to their drawings. 


For the next few weeks, we are studying clothing. As we study clothing, we use thinking skills to investigate, ask questions, solve problems and make predictions. This first week of the study we focus on what we know about clothes and will start our clothing collection.


This study is a great time to help your child practice getting dressed independently.


We love to have families get involved. If you have any articles of clothing that you no longer use and would like to donate to help with our study, please let us know. We will return them at the end of the study. 


Focus questions for the week: "What do we know about clothes?" and "What do we want to find out?"

Toothbrush Painting
Indoor Play

Daily physical activity is as important to children as food and sleep. We strive to take the children outdoors twice every day for opportunities to run, climb, ride bikes and explore nature. Unfortunately, the frigid winter conditions we've been experiencing have made outdoor play nearly impossible for the past few weeks. Instead, the toddler staff has been finding fun and creative ways to provide gross motor activities indoors to keep the toddlers happy and healthy.


The indoor climber is a toddler favorite, offering stairs for climbing, slides for running up and down, and a tunnel for crawling. Our caterpillar crawler and indoor tents are also enjoyable activities, providing children a chance to develop basic locomotor skills and learn to balance while moving. Traveling skills are challenged as toddlers tiptoe, hop and skip around the room, encountering obstacles that force them to maneuver over, under and through. Toddlers especially enjoy when the music plays and they get a chance to move and groove in their own unique way!



Phone: (269) 387-2277                                    
In This Issue
Things To Do
Important Dates
Scholastic Book Order
Tax Information
Important Dates 
Billing for 
Feb. 10-Feb. 21  Due Feb 11
  Late by Feb. 21
Family Fun Night Tue. Feb. 18
Book Orders Due Mon. Feb. 17
Staff Training Day Fri. Mar. 7
Center Closed



Scholastic Book



Online Ordering Information:

web address:


Class Activation Code:



Deadline for ordering books: Feb. 17

Tax Season Information

Tax information is available at the bottom of your child's billing statement.


On each statement through April, your statement will include a line "Yr. Total 2013". This is the amount of child care tuition you were billed for 2013. Our Tax ID is also listed under this line.


If you need additional copies or other

 information, Kathy or Anne should be able to help you.