Reduce, Reuse, Recyle

This past week was “Green Week” here at California Wiz Kids. The week’s motto was “We love our planet. We recycle.” The CWKids brought recyclable items from home during the week and fashioned them into fantastic art projects that can be seen on the CWK Facebook page. We call these masterpieces “Trashy Art.” 

The handsome specimen shown here was created by the North Campus students.

Party Time!!

The CWKids worked hard this week. It’s very evident when you see their fabulous Black History Poster Projects. (If you haven’t seen the posters, check them out on facebook.)

Their hard work will be rewarded next week with a “Party Hearty” week. On Fat Tuesday we’ll celebrate the Mardi Gras with music, masks and the traditional parade. No costumes, please. Students should wear the official Mardi Gras colors on that day…purple for justicegreen for faith and gold for power

 

You might think we’d be through with the party scene after the Mardi Gras shindig…but no, we’re not done yet. Thursday is Valentine’s Day. We certainly won’t let that get by us without a celebration. It’s a wear RED and bring treats for your friends day” for the CWKids. Students should bring surprise treats for their classmates. Please remember when selecting treats that they do not have to be sweet. Alternatives to candy are pencils, erasers, fruit, party favors and many other things. Just use your imagination.

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!

February is a very, very busy month at California Wiz Kids. Our first field trip of the year, Valentine’s Day, and our Mardi Gras celebration will be exciting special occasions during the month.

Of course, as we do every year, we will honor February as Black History Month with the Black History Poster Project. The poster project is meant to be a family affair. Each CWKid will receive the name of a famous Black American and with parental or adult assistance, will do some simple online research for images and simple facts with which to create their poster. This project always creates some fun and interesting family time…so have at it!

Posters are due on February 4th.

Polar Bears And Penguins On Parade

January 14 to 18 is Polar Bear and Penguin Week at CWK, and our recent weather seems to be right in line with our theme.

The highlight of the week will be the Bear and Penguin Parade. In preparation for this very exciting event, all CWKids (North, South and Toddler House sites) should arrive at school with an empty shoebox, on Monday, for a surprise art project. Then on Friday (1/18) the exciting climax…the parade. Each CWKid may bring either a toy bear or penguin to march with them in the parade. Be sure to dress warmly. This promises to be a very cool event.

CWK Takes A Stand

Attention Parents

It is hard to believe and very sad to think about, but bullying can start as early as preschool…maybe even earlier. All it takes is a group of two. The most effective defenses against bullying are healthy self-esteem and confidence. CWK in affiliation with The Esteem Dream Network has decided to combat this epidemic for the students at our school so that their school experience, now and in the future, will be bully free.

You are invited to attend our special parent meeting on January 16th at 7 p.m. The special guest speaker will be Keith O’Neill, founder of the Esteem Dream Network.

Happy New Year!

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Every new year presents the opportunity for new ideas, new challenges, new attitudes and fresh starts. This is California Wiz Kids’ thirteenth new year. Since the inception in 2000 the goal has been to provide a traditional preschool experience sprinkled with a good dose of nurturing, caring, fun, academia and a family feeling. CWK has reached and maintained this goal. This year as an addition to our original goal, we are resolving to institute a few new ideas that will challenge us to reach further in serving our clients and the community. A few things on our drawing board are the following:

More and better communication and interaction between teachers and parents; We will encourage parents to be more involved in special events, school beautification, parent informational meetings, parent conferences, field trips, etc.

      More community involvement; Our first community event will be the California Wiz Kids Day at the Motor Avenue Farmer’s Market this month.

Weekend enrichment classes and other non-school hours services; CWK will offer special classes such as Spanish, etiquette, dance, sports, cheerleading, arts and crafts, etc. Once per month CWK will offer Saturday child care and/or supervised play dates on campus.

A new and exciting Self-Esteem Anti Bullying program; CWK has been chosen to be one of the first schools to present the ongoing program, The Esteem Dream. The founder, Keith O’Neill will give a presentation at a CWK parent meeting to be scheduled this month.

This year promises to be one of our very best!  

 

 

Out With The Old…

It’s been a good year and, as all things do, 2012 is nearing its end. The next few weeks will be a spent preparing for our holiday celebration, which will be held on Saturday, December 22nd.  This year we will hold our very first Holiday Pancake Breakfast and Sing-Along. Parent participation is a must to insure a memorable morning. Look forward to more news about the celebration soon.

Please bring all school fees current before December 20th. This includes fees for tuition, lunch, and enrichment classes.

Winter vacation will begin on Monday, December 24th and school will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd.

CWK Annual Holiday Book Exchange

   ‘Tis better to give…

California Wiz Kids loves tradition. Although our little ones don’t realize it yet, the passage of family and community traditions from one generation to the next is one of the greatest gifts you can give. The winter holiday season has traditionally been a time for thinking of others and giving as  you can. The spirit of sharing and giving is one of the most important things you can give to your children.

In that spirit, please have your CWKid select a children’s book to gift wrap and bring to school by  December 14th. Label the gift with your child’s name as the giver only. The gifts will be placed under the tree and distributed on the last day of school before winter vacation. Only the children giving a book will be able to receive one, so it is very important not to forget. A child’s disappointment is a hard thing to see.

Enjoy Your Day

…and the day after

CWK Thanksgiving Feast

Wednesday, November 21

12:30 p.m.

North Campus

Food Contibutions

CWK: Turkey

Toddler  House: Fruit

Frogs: Side dishes and/or Veggies

Busy Bees: Bread or Desserts

Eagles: Beverages and/or paper goods