PEDP January Newsletter 2017

From Kathy’s Desk

January 2017

Happy New Year! I hope that you are all enjoying some down time with family and friends following the hectic pace of the holiday season. December was really a whirlwind! Thank you to all who supported our Holiday Craft Fair! I am thrilled to announce that the event raised approximately $2800! We will be using $1500 of those proceeds to put together care packages to donate to those undergoing cancer treatment at Tufts Medical Center. This month and next, we’ll work to coordinate that effort. Meanwhile, it is the dawn of a new year and we have plenty planned at PEDP…


Our theme this month will be “Presidents.


There are no trips this month so as not to conflict with the Ski/Snowboard program.


  • 2-3 Grade: Registration for Kids Cooking Green for the Barracudas IS NOW OPEN! Classes include pasta making 101, vegetable sushi, and delicious rainbow waffle calzones! If your child has cooked with KCG before, rest assured this is a whole new packet of recipes!

Tuesdays, February 28th- March 28th, 1:30-3:00pm. Please note that registration for this class must be done online: go to and click on “Upcoming Classes” to sign up. Don’t delay! These classes usually fill up!

  • The Ski/Snowboard program begins Tuesday, January 3rd.  As of this writing, the forecast is for rain.            WE WILL UPDATE YOU VIA E-MAIL AS SOON AS WE HEAR ANY DETAILS FROM NASHOBA RE: CANCELLATION.



Rehearsals for “Best of Broadway” start on Monday, January 11th. We have a cast and crew of 44 enthusiastic thespians! Please be sure to send in the permission slip and participation fee by that date.

MINNOWS MESSAGE from Kim Ryan, Minnows Coordinator

Happy New Year!  As fun and exciting as 2016 was, I am certainly looking forward to 2017 at PEDP!

Early Minnows:  Our theme in December was “Around the World.  The Early Minnows made sombreros, African drums and much more.  Mr. Sean even led a drum circle where each child had the chance to play a beat on their drum and every one else tried to repeat it.  We have some Early Minnows with quite an ear for music!!  Be prepared for your Early Minnows to come home with some great Presidential fun facts and information as we begin the new year with the theme of “Presidents”!

Please remember that we go outside every day unless it is raining or below 20 degrees (the same guidelines that Peirce School follows).  Appropriate clothing is required to go outside: Coat, hat, gloves every day and snow pants and boots when there is snow.

Late Minnows: December was busy with projects from around the world including a jade plant potted in a kangaroo with Miss Laurie and an African thumb piano with Miss Kim.  Science was also a big hit.  We made bouncing eggs, geode crystals and dinosaur eggs!

In January, we will say goodbye to the Clubhouse and hello to the Treehouse!  Our home base will now be upstairs (the Art Room).  Along with our theme of “Presidents”, the Minnows will also be enjoying music with Miss Laurie, drama with Miss Emily and cooking with Miss Kim.  Looking forward to the new year with all the Minnows!  You can reach me at

BARRACUDA BUZZ from Joanne Malouf, Barracudas Coordinator

Happy New Year!  The start of 2017 means a move for the Barracudas.  Our home base will now be the Greenhouse.  To make the space ours, we all decorated barracudas that will be hung up around the Greenhouse.  Check them out the next time you’re at PEDP.  We are definitely looking forward to being downstairs and closer to all the PEDP action!  December brought a variety of crafts and cooking from “Around the World”.  Science with Rachel had the kids writing secret messages in lemon juice.   January will be busy with skiing and snowboarding as well as musical rehearsals for many.  There will still be plenty of time for choice board activities during the week, too

Explorers Trip Program:  At the end of November, the Explorers had a great time seeing many of the exotic animals at Animal Adventures.  We had a brief “show” where we were introduced to about ten animals: a ferret, a snake and an alligator to name a few.  After, we walked through their three buildings and saw even more animals.  I think everyone’s favorite was the kookaburra and it’s silly laugh.  In December, the group went to Einstein’s Workshop and had a wonderful time creating circuits and using the Scratch computer program to create their own image that they could control and change. The next trip will be February 14. Please feel free to contact me at with questions or concerns about your child or the Barracuda Program.

 SHARK TALES from Rachel Bastarache, Sharks Coordinator

The Sharks are swimming right out of 2016 leaving the Greenhouse behind and heading to our new home base in the Clubhouse. We are all excited to be in a new place and can’t wait to decorate it with the great Shark charm. Last month, the Sharks had clubs on Fridays. Mr. Sean’s, Minute to Win It was tons of fun. Others joined Ms. Kathy in her Fiber Arts club where they learned how to make their own pompoms. Ms. Rachel’s, Edible Building club was both educational and delicious!

Swimming into the month of January, the Sharks will be busy with Musical rehearsals on Mondays and Skiing/Snowboarding  on Tuesdays. Please let me know if there are ever any questions or concerns. You can email me any time at


* When picking your child up from outside, please be sure to VERBALLY check out with the child’s teacher.

* The Early Birds program ($10 per day) and extra hours ($12 per hour) are available to all families when needed. Just ask!

* Please remember that you must notify PEDP whenever your child will not be attending for the day. You may do this in person, by phone (617-332-5881), in writing, or via e-mail:  There is a calling fee of $25 if the staff need to make phone calls to find out where your child is at attendance time.

* Want to know when all the upcoming events are for the year?!

  • Check out our PEDP “Calendar-at-Glance” on our website!


Monday, January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King

Wishing you new adventures this coming year,