September: Welcome to a new school year!
October: Visiting the Pumpkin Farm and our Hero/Shero Parade/Magic Show are among October's highlights.
November: During the month of November. the children prepare a Thanksgiving Feast with each class providing a menu item. The feast is served buffet style. Thankfulness is the theme of this November festivity. November is also when we do our annual canned food drive. For the past few years, we have donated our food to hopelink: hope-link.org .
December: This month is full of celebrations, songs, and merriment. During this month we have a Night of Song that includes all the holiday celebrations: Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas. Our Song Specialists lead this event and the children are the stars. The whole family is welcome, Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunts, Uncles, and friends are encouraged to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and socialize with Country Village families!
January: The first of the year is rich in multicultural festivites through Chinese New Year celebrations and the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. At Country Village we are very fortunate to have The Meysen School, a Japanese Preschool, visit our center. The Japanese teachers observe our students and teachers, talk with them and share practices, games and supplies used in their school in Japan. It is a rewarding experience for all involved.
February: Valentine's Parties are a fun event this month. The children spend time making unique valentines for their friends and family. Some classrooms take a trip to the post office to mail their valentines. We honor US Presidents by celebrating President's Day as well as honoring African Americans during Black History Month. February is also when we begin pre-registration for existing families for our summer and fall programs.
March: Green, green, everywhere! In March we enjoy all the new beginnings that come with spring. It is an exciting time at Country Village as we welcome the change in seasons. Dr. Seuss's birthday is a special beginning to this month (March 3). Country Village hosts an Open House to prospective families and this is also when we open enrollment to the public.
April: In April we enjoy longer days with daylight savings time and warmer weather, which means more outside time- always appreciated after a long wet winter. Eggs, eggs everywhere! We host an annual egg hunt where the children hunt for eggs filled with treasures. During this month we all enjoy "Buffet Day," a school wide potluck lunch. Each year we choose a different theme to center our delicious contributions around.
May: May Day baskets begin the month filled with flowers from home. The children especially enjoy making gifts for Mother’s Day. During May we celebrate the staff of Country Village and all their hard work during "Staff Appreciation Week."
June: In June we begin to wrap up the school year. The children receive a yearbook illustrating their year in pictures at their classroom potluck. During the last week of school, the children in our preschool program spend the morning at a Beach park. The older toddlers enjoy a picnic at DragonPark, where they play on the big play structure. Parents are asked to join us on these fun field trips. The last week in June is the beginning of our summer program. We kick off the summer of fun filled events with safety week!
July: July showcases our children's many talents! Our performing arts showcase is the highlight of July. The children practice hard for their moment in the spotlight and the parents love to come watch their little ones shine. July is also the month we celebrate the birth of America and RED, WHITE and BLUE can be seen just about everywhere around the fourth. Mercer Island's Summer Celebration Parade takes place in the middle of July.
August: CVDS Olympics allows the children to participate in field games where everyone who plays, wins! Country Fair is the big event in August. The children have spent a lot of time making crafts and baked goods to sell to their friends and families. An astrojump is on sight and their are games to play at booths run by our school-aged summer campers'. And it just wouldn't be a fair without pennies in a hay stack. It is a much anticipated day for all the children.