News and Events
Visit this page often to keep informed of upcoming events, reminders, and anything new at Watch Me Grow. This page serves as a place for parents, caregivers, and those interested in our program to gain an inside peek at some of the things that make Watch Me Grow Daycare Center special. Refer to this page for upcoming events, center visitors, upcoming field trips, and other new happenings at the center.
News and Reminders
New York State Office of Children & Family Services require that children receiving any medication (prescribed or over the counter) at the center must complete a “Written Medication Consent Form” which is available on our Forms Page.
To Bring List - If your child is new to the center please refer to the "to bring" list from your registration packet for items to bring to the center. Also, for those children that have been enrolled for a while, please be sure to keep outdoor clothing season appropriate and replenish any applicable items. Also, please remember to lablel all items.
Erie County Child Care Subsidies - We accept Erie County Department of Social Services expanded child care subsidies. Many families that previously did not qualify for subsidies may now qualify due to increased funding and higher income limits. For information on how to apply call 858-8953 or go to the county government web page for Social Services Department www.erie.gov/depts/socialservices .
Watch Me Grow on Facebook! - Watch Me Grow is on Facebook. We will regularly post pictures of all of the great activities and events at the Center. There is a Facebook link on our website that can be used to access our Facebook page. Also, there is a link on our Facebook page that will keep our families up to date on all of the news and events at the center. These Facebook pictures are a great way for parents to see all of the great curriculum and activities that take place at the center.
Spanish Enrichment Program - With the new school year we will begin our Spanish Enrichment program for our 3 & 4 years old classrooms. Studies show that children exposed to a second language at a young age will pick-up a second language quicker in Middle School even if it is a different language than the one they experienced at a young age.
Outdoor Clothing - Winter is coming! Please make sure your child has a warm coat, hat, gloves, boots, and snowpants at the center so they can enjoy the winter wonderland.
Scholastic Book Orders - Scholastic book order forms are available at the front desk fo any parents who are interested in ordering. Forms for the November order are due by Friday, December 1, 2017.
Child File Update - Throughout November, we will be updating your child's file as required by the Office of Children & Family Services. If you have not already done so, please stop at the front desk to make any changes necessary. All files must be initialed by the parent regardless of whether there are any changes.
Winter Weather Closing Information - If the center has to be closed due to poor weather conditions or any other emergency situation, closing information will be broadcast on WIVB Channel 4, WGRZ Channel 2, WIVB.com and WGRZ.com.
Christmas Day - In observance of Christmas, the center will be closed Monday, December 25, 2017. We wish your holidays are filled with love, peace, and joy!
New Year's Day - In observance of New Year's Day, the center will be closed Monday, January 1, 2018. We wish all of our families a happy and healthy new year!
Upcoming Center Events
Spanish Enrichment Program - Our 3 and 4 year old classrooms will be participating daily in our Spanish enrichment program during the morning part of our program. Our children will learn basic Spanish numbers, words, and phrases by participating in age-appropriate lessons, games, songs and books. We added our Spanish enrichment program since many studies show that children exposed to a second lannguage in their pre-school years are able to pick-up a second language, even if it's a different one, substantially quicker in their middle and high school years.
Movement & Music Classes - Our movement & music classes will resume on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Every Wednesday during your child's scheduled gym time each teacher will prepare movement and music activities for their class.
Thanksgiving Feast - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - All of our little Pilgrims and Native Americans will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Some of our older classrooms will prepare a dish to be shared at our feast.
Deck the Halls - Week of November 27, 2017 - It's almost time to Deck the Halls and the rest of the center. Throughout the week our children will be busy making ornaments for the center tree, starting to make gifts for their moms and dads, and singing Christmas carols in preparation for the holidays.
Elf on the Shelf - Thanksgiving to Christmas - We will be continuing our Christmas tradition of the Elf on the Shelf. The small pixie-elf arrives each year after Thanksgiving. It's his responsibility to watch over our children's behavior and report back to Santa each night. After reporting to Santa each night, the mischevious elf likes to have a little fun at the center and at times gets himself into a little trouble. He then rests in a new and different place from the day before. Our children love to arrive at the center each morning to find the elf's new spot and see what mischief he caused the night before.
Letters to Santa - December 1 - 8, 2017 - Our children will be writing letters to Santa which will include a couple items form your child's wish list. Keep an eye out at home for a special delivery from a jolly old elf.
Christmas Cookie Extravaganza - Tuesday & Wednesday, December 12 & 13, 2017 - Our children will be busy making dough, cutting out and baking some Christmas cookies. Then they'll use their creative skills to decorate with frosting, sprinkles, and jimmies. Yum, Yum !!!
Christmas Pajama Party - Friday, December 15, 2017 - Children are encouraged to wear or bring their Christmas pajamas to school. We will listen to Christmas stories, sing Christmas songs, play some Christmas games, and enjoy a yummy snack.
Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long - Monday, December 18, 2017 - In preparation for our annual holiday party, our children will gather in the gymnasium to sing their favorite holiday songs. It's a sure way to get everyone in the holiday spirit and practice for the family sing-a-long that will take place at our holiday party.
Holiday Party - Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 3:30 pm - All are welcome to attend our annual holiday party. The afternoon will be filled with holiday activities and a special visit from Santa. If your child is not scheduled to attend the center on this day, but would like to attend the party, they are more than welcome to do so if accompanied by an adult. This will ensure that our child-to-staff ratios are maintained. A sign-up sheet for snacks will be posted on the bulletin board outside your child's classroom.
Twas the Night Before Christmas - Friday, December 22, 2017 - Our children will enjoy a special day in anticipation of Christmas. We'll play many Christmas games like "pin the carrot nose on the snowman", "Christmas musical chairs", and "pass the present". Our children will also relax and unwind while listening to the story 'Twas the Night Before Christmas".
New Year's Eve Celebration - Friday, December 29, 2017 - We're going to party like it's 2018! We'll ring in the new year with a parade around the center with musical instruments and participate in a count-down to 12:00 noon. Happy New Year !!!