Friday, November 17, 2017


This morning our toddlers combined two of their favorite things- blocks and dinosaurs! One of our toddlers built a home for his dino.

We've been seeing so much creativity and growth during the first half of our school year. Our programs will be offering Family/Teacher Conferences the first week of December. Please see your child's teacher for specific sign up information. We look forward to sharing our observations and documentation with you.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Taco Thomas

Taco Thomas is the newest addition to the Barnes Pre-K Family! Our Pre-K teacher, Ms. Danielle, was awarded a grant to support a classroom pet! He is a bearded dragon and his name was selected by the students.

This is such an enriching learning opportunity for the class. Children will learn responsibility in helping to care for Thomas. They will learn science and math information about what he eats, or what his habitat is like. They are learning new vocabulary words, and enjoying new dragon based stories.

We hope Taco Thomas is enjoying his new life in Pre-K!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

We can't believe September is almost over! Our first month of school has flown by!! Take a look at some of the things we have been up to:

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Professional Development

Our teachers are required to attend 16 hours of professional development each calendar year. This includes a variety of safety trainings (CPR, First Aid) and early childhood trainings (workshops, and conferences). Before the first day of school, our teachers participated in a few team building activities, shared music and movement activities and learned policy updates. These opportunities are so important! Our next professional development day is Tuesday November 7, 2017. All programs will be closed for students with staff still reporting. We look forward to learning new ideas and enhancing our skills.

Friday, September 1, 2017

2017-2018 School Year

The 2017-2018 school year is quickly approaching! We cannot wait to spend another fun filled year with your child! The first day of school can sometimes be a little hectic. We have a few tips to hopefully make your first day easier:
  • Start talking with your child about the first day of school. If you are excited, your child is likely to be excited as well.
  • Practice your morning routine before the first day. If your child has had a different schedule during the summer, you may want to practice going to bed early or waking up early. 
  • Create a consistent drop off routine. Maybe you'll give two hugs and one kiss before you say goodbye. Maybe you will help your child sign in, and give a high five. Whatever you decide, we recommend saying goodbye and letting your child know you will be back after school instead of slipping away or using distraction. Drop off will get easier every day.
  • Double check your supplies. Label everything with your child's name or initials. This will help ensure that your child will have the items intended for your child. It will also help prevent items from getting lost or going home with the wrong family. Bottles for the infant room should be labeled with your child's name, date and contents. A supply list is posted on our website.
  • Send in a lovie. If your child has a special blanket, or stuffed animal that helps them feel safe, you can send it in. You can also send in a family photo so your child can see you all day long. 
  • Check in on your child. If you are feeling nervous about the first day, feel free to call your child's teacher or send an email to see how they are doing. Your child's teacher will also send an update to all parents around nap time with pictures and news about the day.
Please make sure your paperwork is complete and up to date including your child's health appraisal. Please call the Preschool Office if you have any questions regarding the updated enrollment paperwork or handbook- 432-3809. Billing questions can be directed to 432-3067.

We can't wait to see everyone starting on Tuesday September 5, 2017.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Rosco the Clown

Today we had a visit from Rosco the Clown! We enjoyed his silly magic show.
Rosco pulled bananas out from behind our ears, chickens out of hats and read us a few silly stories! He even turned our Preschool Prep teacher, Ms. Kim, into a bunny!! Thank you Rosco for sharing your joy and laughter with us this morning!

Thursday, July 6, 2017


The Summer Program at the Barnes Early Childhood is in full swing! Our students have been busying playing and learning both inside and outside!  Weekly water days are enjoyed by all ages. Our summer program runs through August 24, 2017.