August Featured Teacher: Miss Angie!

If you haven’t already seen it, check out our “featured teacher” wall in our front lobby!

This month’s featured teacher is Miss Angie from our Bitty Sprouts room! Here’s a little more about Miss Angie:

[notice class=”approved”]Angie has been with Little Sprouts Learning Center since April of 2013. Angie has consistently shown that she is a team player. If there is something that needs to be done, Angie takes care of it. She also shows awesome attention to detail and is always on top of ssafey in the infant room. We also love Angie’s cleanliness – she prefers to clean her own room because she knows that it will be done to her expectations! Angie is always willing to pitch in when needed. These are the reasons why we have chosen Angie as our first Featured Teacher![/notice]

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A Lean, Green Praying Machine!

Happy Tuesday, Little Sprouts family!

Last week some of our little sprouts found a praying mantis on the playground! They were thrilled with the discovery of such a unique insect and kept the impromptu “class pet” around for a few hours.

Let’s learn from our children to notice the amazing things that are hidden in plain sight in the everyday world all around us. Once we rekindle that sheer amazement, let’s try to never lose it again!

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The Little Sprouts Supply List

Teddy Bear Photoshoot 12Just as parents take elementary students shopping for crayons and glue in the weeks before the first day of school, so too does daycare require a few basic supplies from parents! For safety reasons, hygienic reasons, and even just because of personal preferences, there are a few items and supplies that should be provided for every little sprout! These may be brought on a daily basis, but we’d really appreciate it if you could purchase extra and simply leave your child’s supply at the center so that it is always at the ready. Without further ado, here is the list, separated by age group: …

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A Heartfelt Goodbye and a Warm Welcome

Bunny Sammi Bunny FuFu

Late last week, our beloved mascot Bunny FuFu passed away from a heart attack while she was enjoying the Colorado sunshine on the playground. She brought a lot of love to our Learning Center, warming the hearts of dozens of young children and teaching them some animal handling and care basics. We know that she’s hopping around in endless fields of delicious clover in bunny heaven!

To continue FuFu’s legacy, Bunny Sammi joined our Little Sprouts family later that day! Make sure you take the time to introduce yourself to our latest adorable addition!

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Our Weekly Menus are Now Online!

Poached Chilean Sea BassIt’s always a pleasure to see the looks on our parents’ faces when they first read on the daily report that their children enjoyed “filet of Chilean Sea Bass” for lunch and realize that their children eat healthier lunches than they do!

Obviously we take great pride in our 100% organic meals and strive to make sure that each and every little sprout fills his or her tummy with clean, healthy food. Until now, however, parents didn’t know exactly what their children would be eating specifically.

In case you haven’t already noticed, our weekly menus are now posted online! The PDFs will appear on our website at this link, and you can save or print them at your convenience. It’s just one more way that we’re striving to be the premier healthy, organic daycare in Colorado Springs!

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Our Teachers are Super Stars!

Super StarTo thank our teachers for going above-and-beyond, we have started a new Super Star program! Our teachers need to be reminded on a regular basis that they are appreciated. They work very hard to give our children exceptional care.

You will find envelopes outside of your teachers door with little pieces of paper you can write on. If your teacher or aide or any Little Sprouts staff does something spectacular, take a minute to write it down and give it to either Lisa or Shelly.  When we receive 5 notes on a specific staff member they will get to be “Queen for a Day,” complete with a crown, and receive a Starbucks gift card!

We have also started our Featured Teacher bulletin board in the front lobby. Take a moment to check it out and learn more about our fabulous teachers. This months featured teacher is Angie from our Bitty Sprouts room!

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Absent? Late? Please let us know!

Child 1Here at Little Sprouts Learning Center, we figure out teacher ratios, staffing and meals every day based on how many children are present. This is a very important part of running our facility efficiently and providing the best care possible for each and every “sprout.” Needless to say, this logistical task becomes difficult when children are absent or dropped off later than expected!.

To better serve all of our families, we request that parents contact us ahead of time if their child or children will be either absent for the day, or dropped off late. Our cut-off times for late drop offs are 9:00am for our preschool room and 10:00am for the other rooms.

We so appreciate your business and look forward to your prompt communication regarding attendance—thank you!

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Sneak Peak: Preschool!

preschool table and chairsWith the new school year right around the corner, and with so many little sprouts being added to the family, we are excited to announce a new preschool program!

Teachers Miss Julie and Miss Lin have each been teaching for over 15 years and are well known kindergarten teachers in our community! We’re so proud to know that the children moving from Little Sprouts to Kindergarten will now be even more well-equipped as they transition.

We will be having an orientation for all of our preschool parents this Wednesday, August 14th, at 6:00pm. It should last from between 30 minutes and an hour. Please join us so you can learn all about your child’s coming school year!

Please click here to RSVP on Facebook!

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Spotlight on Kale

KaleKale is a “Powerhouse” of nutrients. It is one of your best sources of beta-carotene, an antioxidant. It also possesses important carotenoids- lutein and zeaxathin. Kale is also  a source of well-absorbed calcium as well as vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin B6, manganese and potassium. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef, more calcium than milk and 10x more vitamin c than spinach.

Click here to read about kale on The World’s Healthiest Foods website.


Kale Chips

There are many different seasonings that you can use on Kale Chips. I’ll give you the basic recipe and …

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