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Housekeeping: Extracurricular Activities

Hello Parents,

Hope you are already to enjoy the long Labor Day weekend. This is a reminder that school will be closed on Monday, September 3 for the holiday.

In September we will begin all the extra curricular activities included in the tuition. You can expect your kids to enjoy the following schedule, be sure to have them tell you all about it!

Monday: Reading Club
Tuesday: Art Class
Wednesday: French Class
Thursday: Fun Gymnastic
Friday: Music Class

Our afterschool activities are also starting this month. The kids will definitely have plenty to keep them busy and make you proud.

Art:

A Painting Fiesta will be available for the kids on Monday from 4-5 pm. Children will learn about artists from all over the world, in age appropriate activities. Click here for the registration form and additional information.

Soccer:

The soccer program with Super Soccer Stars is also beginning in September. There will be a free demo class for all children 2 years old and up. Click here for more information. Dates vary by age group, so be sure to call if you have any questions.

Lastly, remember you can have your tuition automatically withdrawn every month, one less thing for you to think about. Click here for the Tuition Express form.
Lots of fun at Cherry Blossom Midtown this Fall.

Tuition Express Form
A Painting Fiesta Registration Form
Super Soccer Stars Free Demo Flyer
Super Soccer Stars Program Details

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Cherry Blossom Midtown

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FFF: Breakfast Snail

Hello Parents,  

Sometimes we just need ideas on how to make our kids food a little funner, and this post does just that. Creative Kid Snacks is an awesome blog that has tons of fun ideas for simple snacks, breakfast, and lunches that kids just can’t say no to. 

Here (as posted) is a great breakfast post that will make sure your kids get their fiber and fruits faster than a little snail can crawl.

 
What you’ll need
Instant oatmeal (the ground)
Small fruits in contrasting colors – think strawberries, raspberries, grapes (the shell)
Banana (the body)
Raisin (the eye)
 
Directions:
1. Slice a banana in half lengthwise to make the snail’s body.  Place a ground of oatmeal beneath him.
Add a raisin eye and a sliced blueberry for a mouth.  Use a tiny bit of the other half of the banana for some antennae.
2. For the shell, use contrasting fruits like raspberries and grapes to form a swirly shell look as shown above.
 
We are sure the kids will love eating this beautiful snail. 
 
Fun Learning!
CBLC Midtown
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Afternoon Goodies: Photos

Hello Parents,

We hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine and great weather in South Florida after the storm earlier this week. Today we want to share with you some photos from this past week, and Jacobo’s very special 3rd birthday. His birthday was on Monday, but we weren’t going to let a storm stop us from celebrating, these are the photos from Tuesday’s party.

VPK: Play, Story Time, and Dress Up

  
  
 
 
 

Toddler II: Art Time & Multifitness

 
 
  

Happy Birthday Jacobo!!!!

    
    

Fun Learning!
CBLC Midtown

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WW: Alphabet and Number Matching

Hello Parents,

Sometimes weekend activities can be so simple, like this letter matching game. Download the free alphabet and numbers printable here, and get ready to play.

All you’ll need are a set of alphabet letters, think those on your refrigerator or even the foam ones in the tub. Have numbers too? Grab them! The printable cards go from A-Z and 1-10. Have the kids then match the letters and numbers, keep playing by having them tell you a story about each picture for each letter.
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Check out Confessions of a Homeschooler blog and click here for more alphabet activities.
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CBLC Midtown
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MM: School Open Tues. 8.28.12

Hello Parents,

We hope everyone got through the storm without much damage. Please know school will open on Tuesday, August 28; we look forward to seeing all the kids and hearing about their experience over the weekend.

Those children who are enrolled in the Monday soccer program will have today’s lesson rescheduled to another day during the week. We’ll be sure to notify you when as soon as it’s been arranged with Super Soccer Stars. If you haven’t registered for the fall soccer season be sure to do so this week, as classes begin again for the 14-week program next week.

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CBLC Midtown

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Storm Watch: School Closing

Hello Parents and Staff of Cherry Blossom Learning Centers:

Due to Tropical Storm Isaac, both Cherry Blossom Learning Center locations will be closed Monday 8/27/12. Please refer to the website below:

http://storms.dadeschools.net/

District officials are monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Isaac. The District works directly with the National Hurricane Center and Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management during the Hurricane Season.

Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho has announced that all Miami-Dade County public schools, adult education centers and offices will be closed on Monday, August 27th, due to the effects of Tropical Storm Isaac.  All extracurricular activities and athletic events for Monday have been canceled.  Selected employees may be contacted by their supervisors to assist in storm-related activities.

Hurricane Hotlines:
– Miami-Dade County Public Schools: 305-995-3000
– Miami-Dade: 305-468-5400 or 311 from within county
– Broward: 954-831-4000
– Monroe: 305-289-6018

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CBLC

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Afternoon Goodies: 1st Wk of School & Julyan’s Birthday

Hello Parents,

We have had a very busy first week of school. Afternoon Goodies posts are the perfect time for us to share with you some photos of your kids during the week, be sure to check the Picasa albums for more. Hope you’ve had a good week as well and are now ready for the weekend. Enjoy!

We want to take this moment to wish Julyan a happy birthday! He turned two and celebrated with a delicious cake and song. Below are the photos from his celebration.

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CBLC Midtown

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FFF: Sushi Sandwich

Hello Parents,

Today’s lunch idea inspiration comes to us from Babble, a network of bloggers that post about many different topics, including food, crafts, shopping, and more. If your kids like fun lunches, Babble has tons of ideas in their Family Kitchen blog, like today’s idea of “Sushi” sandwich. See below for instructions on how to make these sandwich rolls as posted on Babble.

sushisammie Back to School Lunchspiration: Sushi Sandwich

“Sushi” Sandwich {Recipe & Photo compliments Sara Moulton for the Grain Foods Foundation}

Makes 8 pieces “sushi,” serving one

What you’ll need:
One 3-ounce can solid white tuna packed in water
1 tablespoon low fat mayonnaise
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 slices white or whole wheat bread
Two 4-inch long x 1/4 inch wide carrot sticks (or 1 tablespoon coarsely shredded carrot)

What to do:
1. Drain tuna and mash with a fork. Stir in mayonnaise and lemon juice.

2. Trim crusts from bread and roll out bread using a rolling pin until it is flattened to about 1/16 inch. Spoon one half of the tuna in a log down the middle of each slice of bread, arrange a carrot stick or half of the shredded carrot in the middle of the tuna and roll up the bread tightly to enclose the filling.

3. Cut each roll crosswise into 4 pieces and arrange cut side up in one layer in a container. Cover tightly.

Variation:
Spread a little mayonnaise or mustard on the bread. Stack a thin slice of turkey and a thin slice of Swiss cheese on a work surface; place a thin strip of pickle or red bell pepper at one end of the stack and roll the ham and cheese around the pickle. Place the roll on the bread; roll up and proceed as above.

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CBLC Midtown

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WW: Color and Clean Car Wash

Hello Parents,

Today’s Weekend Wednesday activity comes to us from No Time for Flashcards, a great for many working parents who love to spend fun time with their children. This is a fun activity in which you probably already have all the supplies needed around the house. With that said, we know kids love to color and play with water, so let’s combine both with a Color & Clean Car Wash.

This activity is pretty simple, and doesn’t need much instruction, but here go the steps as posted on the No Time for Flashcards blog.

Matrials:
Washable window markers
Plastic ride-on car or toy cars
Sponge
Soap
Water

*Test the window markers on your toy cars before assuming they will wipe off.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some window markers, some warm water, a soapy sponge and some plastic riding toys.

toddler activities

  1. Start by coloring the cars.

  1. One tip is to use dark colors that show up well first to give your toddler a good sense of making marks. The pale ones may frustrate young ones when they are hard to see.
  2. Dip your sponge in the water . To be honest I think she liked wringing out the sponge more than anything and I liked that she was having fun.
  3. Wipe away the coloring.

This is a simple activity worth doing as often as the kids want!again and again!

Fun Learning!
CBLC Midtown

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MM: Back to School 2012-13

Hello Parents,

Welcome to a new school year. It is our first official first day of school at Cherry Blossom II – Midtown; we are so excited! The 2012-13 school year will see lots of great things happening. We have great teachers with us and very helpful staff.

This first week we’ll be making sure your kids are well adjusted, learn the routines of the classroom, and get to know their teachers and classmates. You can rest assured that they’ll get a lot of fun learning time and of course, lots of love.

Please feel comfortable to talk to us about anything, the children’s well being and education is our main priority, always!

Fun Learning!
CBLC Midtown

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