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December Newsletter 2017


December Newsletter 2017

Serendipity Calendar:


Monday December 25th & Tuesday December 26th.....................Winter Break CLOSED

Monday January 1st & Tuesday January 2nd...................New Year's Break CLOSED

Monday January 15th..........................MLK Jr. Day CLOSED



There was a mistake in our 2017-2018 school year calendar. We will be closed December 25th and 26th, not December 22nd and 25th as the calendar states. The January closures in the calendar are correct. 


Vacation sheets will soon be posted in your child's classroom. Please fill it out to let us know the days (if any) your child will be out over the December holidays. If we know attendance may be low later this month, we can give staff members time off without the need for substitute teachers. 


The annual Nob Hill shop and stroll is Thursday December 7th. Central Avenue will be closed off from Girard to Washington at 5:00 pm. This could affect your route to Serendipity at pick-up time. Please remember and plan for this as late fees will be assessed for children picked up after 5:30.


If you need to leave a car seat at Serendipity for another person who is picking up your child, please label it with your child's name and put it on top of your child's cubby in the atrium, OR in our front entryway if your child is in Room 5. We cannot have car seats left at school for long periods of time, but from morning to afternon on the same day, or for a field trip is fine. 


Cold and flu season is HERE. Licensing regulations state that a facility must send a child home if "The child's oral temperature is 100.4 degrees (or higher) or armpit temperature is 99.4 (or higher) and/or the child shows signs of illness; and/or a care giver  observes signs of contagious disease or sever illness."

Please keep your child home if he/she has a fever. Do not give him/her fever reducing medication and bring them to school. If a fever develops at school we will call to have you come pick them up. REMEMBER: A child must be fever free for 24 hours, without the aid of fever reducing medication, before returning to school. It is also important to remember that there is a completely different tax on your child's energy at school versus being at home. A mildly ill child at home may seem fine, yet at school they are busy interacting and functioning with 15 other children and they are wiped out in no time as well as infecting the rest of us. You can review our sick policy in your Parent Handbook and don't forget to have your child wash hands upon arrival at school. 


When it snows and Albuquerque Public Schools go on an abbreviated schedule or close, Serendipity will open at 9:30am (2 hour delay) to give families and staff time to arrive at school safely. Please watch the local news broadcasts, (KOAT doesn't always include preschool info) check the local news websites or call Serendipity and listen to our voicemail message to find out if we are opening late. If bad weather hits during the day, we may call and ask families to pick up children so we can close early. Please do not confuse the APS East Mountain schools; delays or closures with what is happening in the metro area. 


The diverse religious and ethnic background of our population requires that we familiarize ourselves with the customs and celebrations of all cultures. Serendipity's philosophy is to educate rather than celebrate, particularly where religious holidays are concerned. American society is heavily Christian, but we need to be careful not to emphasize the Christian holidays and ignore or treat lightly the other religions that are represented in our population who celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanza, Divali, Winter Solstice, etc. Winter holidays from most cultures are based on the return of light, which is a nice starting point for exploring those cultures. The holidays are also the perfect opportunity to involve parents in school by giving them a chance to share their customs, cooking projects, book and games. If you have a particular custom or tradition at your house that you would like to share with your child's class, talk to the teachers. We would love to have you come in and share with the children!


Please do not leave ANY medications, including sunscreen, Chapstick, or diaper rash cream, in your child's cubby. This is against state regulations. Give ALL medications to your child's teacher and make sure to fill out the medication form.


It is a licensing requirement that all nap items be washed once a week. It is also just a good idea. Please help us out on this matter and take your child's nap items home at least once a week to be washed. If your child has a toileting accident during the day or at nap, the soiled items will be put in a plastic bag and will be placed in your child's cubby. The teachers will write a message on the comments section of the sign-in/sign-out sheet so you are aware of things that need to be taken home. 


The children play outside almost every day and need a coat, and/or hat and mittens as winter approaches. Please be aware that mittens are easier for the children to get on by themselves (as opposed to gloves) and DO NOT send scarves which can create safety issues on the playground. Remember to label everything and make sure the extra clothes in your child's cubby are for colder weather too. 


Scholastic books has a great selection of book sets, toys, games and small stocking stuffers at really good prices. You can order on-line at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs. Our activation code is H99HM. Shipping is free and the order is delivered to your home. 

The nap kits in our entryway are for sale and are perfect for the mats we use here. There are many child favorite characters and designs to choose from and all proceeds benefit Serendipity. 

Please suggest Serendipity to any friends or family members who make donations to a non-profit during the Holidays. Thank you!


-We close at 5:30 pm and all the children need to be picked up by then. Our teachers have other jobs, evening classes, children of their own to pick up on time and families to go home to, so please get here on time. Late fees will be charged for children picked up after 5:30. If your child is registered for the morning only, he/she needs to be picked up by 12:30.


1. BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION- these are small coupons found on the packaging of many common household products. Look, clip and then drop off in the canister in our entryway. Serendipity gets $ for every single coupon!

2. SMITH'S INSPIRING DONATIONS- Smith's Food and Drug has changed their Community Rewards program to Smith's Inspiring Donations. If you are already part of their rewards program and have designated Serendipity (Felicidad Foundation is our corporate name) as the business you support, you will need to re-register. Go to www.smithsfoodanddrug.com and find "community" at the bottom of the home page. Select "Inspiring Donations". Then follow the instructions to re-register. Our number AO839 and our NPO is 33610. If you are not part of Smith's rewards, but you shop at Smith's, we'd like to encourage you to sign up for this fundraiser. Serendipity gets .05% of your grocery purchases. The more parents we have signed up, the more money goes to our fantastic school! If you have any questions, please call or stop by the office. 

3. AmazonSMILE- If you shop online at Amazon you can designate Serendipity as the charitable organization you'd like to support, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase. Go to smile.amazon.com and register using your email and Amazon password. Type in "Felicidad Foundation" as the organization you'd like to support. If you have an Amazon account, you can designate Felicidad Foundation by scrolling over "my account" and clicking on where it asks if you'd like to change your charitable organization. 

4.United Way- Serendipity is a "designated recipient" for United Way Donations. If you donate to UW through your workplace, please keep Serendipity in mind. You can designate Felicidad Foundation which is the non-profit corporation doing business as Serendipity Day School.