Morningstar Learning Center Pre-K Newsletter

             February 2016                                                           16th edition

Your Monthly Guide to Educational, Recreational, and Community Resources in the Big Sky Area

Brought to you by Morningstar Learning Center as part of the Basecamp to Kindergarten Program.  This newsletter is designed to support early childhood education and to help all Big Sky families stay on top of local happenings and resources for their little learners. 

This month's theme is Valentine's Day!

 Book of the Month

A delightful look at the joys and excitement of Valentine's Day. Written and illustrated by award-winning children's author P.K. Hallinan, this book is a treat for children and adults alike.

You’ll Need:

  • Elmer’s washable glitter glue in the color of your choice (we used red and pink)
  • Liquid starch (find this in the laundry aisle)
In a bowl, combine a 6 ounce bottle of glitter glue with a 1/4 cup liquid starch. It will be very wet and stringy at first. Mix with your hands and knead until the slime starts to come together. Eventually, it will no longer be wet. If it becomes sticky, add a tiny amount of liquid starch and knead again. Continue until you have the perfect slime consistency. Store the slime in the refrigerator in a sealed container and it should keep for weeks.

After making the slime, it was time to play. It’s super fun just to stretch it and pull it and squish it. 


Math Activity of the Month

from Fun-A-Day!

Valentine Math Activity for
Matching Numerals to Quantities

Construction paper


1. Cut out 10 hearts. 
2. Cut each heart in half, creating little heart “puzzles”.

3. Write a numeral on the left-hand side of each broken heart. Write the corresponding number of hearts on the other side of each paper heart. You could use stickers or stamps, as well. 
4. Place the hearts out for the children. I chose to put all of the numerals on one side, with all of the heart quantities on the other side.




If healthier eating is one of your priorities this year, fill your February with lots of healthy {food} love instead of indulging in the holiday's traditional sweet treats. Here are some healthier HEART food ideas to get you started.

To make it festive, you simply use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out any treat!

Art Activity of the Month

Construction Paper

1. Tie celery up to keep it together.
2. Cut off the top part.
3. Dip the cut end of celery in paint.
4. Dab onto construction paper.
5. To add spice, decorate with stem and leaves. Ta-da! You have roses!

Morningstar Learning Center will celebrate Valentine's Day on Thursday, February 11 at 3:30 P.M. Students will decorate a cookie with lots of sprinkles and icing along with passing our their Valentine's card to their friends. Students will have some type of bag/container to collect their friends' cards.
We welcome parents to this fun filled afternoon as students decorate their cookies and pass out their special cards to friends. 
If you have any questions about our Valentine's Day party, please contact Brittney Ford or your lead teacher.
Good morning parents of Morningstar Learning Center!
Morningstar Learning Center is excited to announce our own webpage, for our campaign to raise $40,000. Please view our webpage, and make a donation! Every little bit helps!

Have you ever wondered about the appropriateness of movies or other media for your child?  Common Sense Media is a San Francisco based non-profit organization that provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children. 

Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.
Basecamp to Kindergarten Checkout Activities

Morningstar Learning Center's Basecamp to Kindergarten backpacks are finished and are available for loan at Morningstar Learning Center and the Big Sky Community Library.  These resource activity bags contain fun kindergarten readiness activities for preschool students and resources for parents to take the guesswork out of what kids need to know to be successful in kindergarten.  Three different kits are available.  These resources were created by Basecamp to Kindergarten in collaboration with Ophir Kindergarten teachers and the the Big Sky Community Library.  Check them out at your convenience!
Family Photo Session to Benefit MLC!
Morningstar Learning Center is excited to announce that one of our very own parents, Jenna Graham, is helping families here in Big Sky create beautiful memories by booking Winter Mini Portrait Sessions!
50% of the proceeds benefit Morningstar Learning Center when your child is enrolled.Don't worry! If your child is not enrolled or you do not have children, Morningstar Learning Center still receives 25% of the proceeds. 
Mini sessions are $100.00 each. Each session will last 30 minutes. When you purchase this mini session, you will receive 10-15 edited digital images online gallery along with the photo release for all pictures taken. 
 If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please book with Jenna Graham now!

Her information is or 706-969-9215. When you book your session, please remember to let her know if it a Morningstar Learning Center referral. 

Parent's Date Night

Our program offers a night out for parents while your children are being safely supervised in a fun and exciting environment at Morningstar Learning Center!


WHEN: First Friday of the Month

 6:00 P.M. till 10:00 P.M.

*Date Night will begin 30 minutes after the official closing time.*

Please note: *Children may not stay continuously from regular hours of operation through the Date Night hours*

FEE: $30 Per Child / $10 for additional siblings

Your child in pajamas with his/her favorite pillow/blanket (labeled please). A completed after-hours registration - including number where you may be reached during those hours.


                    DATES TO REMEMBER:                                          

        February 5, 2016

                         March 4, 2016                    
                         April 1, 2016                        
May 6, 2016



  • Treasure Box Goodies
  • White and Colored Cardstock
  • Snacks
These items can be dropped off at Morningstar Learning Center anytime throughout the school day.  Thank you for you support!
In and Around Big Sky
Family Friendly Community Events and Programs


Preschool Storytime
Ages 0-5
Monday @ 10:30am.

Each story time has a different theme. We’ll read books and do an activity based on that theme.  Check the library calendar for special programs.
This is a great opportunity to meet other kids and parents, learn about school resources and get to know our outstanding library staff! Also, be sure to ask us about our 1000 books before Kindergarten Program. 


We look forward to seeing you and your little ones!

This Newsletter is brought to you by Morningstar Learning Center and the generous contributions made by Women In Action, Yellowstone Club Community Foundation and Big Sky Resort Tax Allocations.
For information about enrollment and Programming at Morningstar Learning Center please contact us at 995-2565.

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 16th edition Basecamp to Kindergarten Newsletter

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