New Year 2021 Newsletter

Happy New Year 2021!


Take home your child’s sheets and blanket on their last day of school
each week, launder and bring back on Monday.
Also, please check HiMama everyday for fun activities and updates
about your child all day long!
Please remember to include eating utensils with your child’s
Upcoming Events
Valentine’s Day Celebration: Friday, February 12th. The kids are
welcome to bring Valentine’s Day cards for the students in their own
class. We will be having a small party in each class, we will have

sign ups for items soon! We ask that the Valentine cards not be
addressed to each child in the class. Please leave the “TO:” part
blank. Otherwise it takes the children an hour to hand out cards
and it is very hard for them to wait their turn.
Monday February 15th: Happy President’s Day! No School!
I know we are all tired of COVID 19 being a part ofour lives,
however, now more than ever we have to continue practicing safe
social distancing, wearing masks, washes our hands, and avoiding
gatherings. With the vaccine on the horizon, we have a light at
the end of the tunnel. Let’s get through this together!

Easy Homemade
Heart-Shaped Valentine

s Day

Pizza Recipe

● 2 pre-made mini pizza crust(s)
● 1 Tbsp olive oil
● dash garlic powder
● 1/4 cup pizza sauce
● 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
● 4 pre-cooked frozen breaded chicken tenders (prepared according to package
● 1/4 cup sliced pepperoni
● kitchen scissors
● baking sheet pan(s)
● parchment paper
● basting brush
● small nesting prep bowl(s)
● measuring cups and spoons
● silicone spatula(s) (small)

  1. Preheat oven according to crust packaging directions.
  2. Use kitchen scissors to cut each pizza crust into a heart shape.
  3. Place heart-shaped pizza crusts on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  4. Use a kitchen brush to lightly brush the tops of crusts with olive oil.
  5. Sprinkle a tiny bit of garlic powder onto tops of crusts.
  6. Prebake pizza crusts according to crust packaging directions, if indicated.
  7. While crusts are prebaking (if crust packaging indicated), use kitchen scissors to
    cut pepperoni into heart shapes.
  8. Use kitchen scissors to cut prepared chicken tenders into bite-sized pieces.
  9. When crusts are done prebaking, top each crust with a couple Tablespoons of
    pizza sauce. Spread sauce evenly.
  10. Sprinkle each crust with a handful of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  11. Evenly place bite-sized chicken pieces and pepperoni onto the top of pizzas.
  12. Bake pizzas according to crust packaging directions, or until crusts are lightly
    browned and cheese is melted and bubbling.

Easy Homemade Heart-Shaped Valentine’s Day Pizza Recipe

Struggling with what to pack for lunch or snack? Here
are some easy, healthy, and tasty snack combos for your
growing kiddos!

30 Healthy Preschool Snacks
Choose 1-2 foods from each category or pick 2 for heartier
combinations. Nutrition will vary based on the foods you choose
for snack time.
Shelf Stable Produce:
● 1 applesauce pouch
● 1 container canned fruit in 100% juice
● 1/4–1/2 freeze-dried fruit
● 1 fruit leather
Fresh Fruit:
● 1/4 cup dried fruit
● 1 banana

● 1 clementine
● 1/4–1/2 cup berries
● 1/4–1/2 cup sliced cucumber
● 1/4–1/2 cup snap peas
● 1/4–1/2 cup sliced bell pepper strips
● 1/4–1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
Whole Grains:
● 2–4 graham crackers
● 1/4–1/2 cup whole grain crackers
● 1/4–1/2 cup puffs
● 1/4–1/2 cup cereal
● 1 slice whole grain bread
● 1 mini bagel
● 1/4–1/2 cup pretzels
● 1 snack bar
● 1–2 tablespoons hummus
● 1–2 tablespoons slivered cashews
● 1 oz deli lunch meat
● 1/4–1/2 cup snap pea crisps
● 1 cheese stick
● 4–8 oz milk
● 4–8 oz smoothie
● 4– 8 low sugar yogurt
● 1/4–1/2 cup cottage cheese
Choose low fat milk or water. Offer to the kids to pack for
preschool and let the kids decide how much to eat according to

their hunger. Aim to include 1-2 food groups for balance and to
keep the kids satisfied until the next meal. Trust the kids to eat as
much as they need to fill their hunger cues. Remember that it’
okay to keep things simple. You don’t have to make snacks from
scratch all the time! Rotate through favorites to expose the kids to a
range of nutrients.

Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines
Now that there are authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines in the United
States, accurate vaccine information is critical.
Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with
No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19
vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that
causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with
There are several different types of vaccines in development. All of them teach our
immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19.
Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are
normal and are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that
causes COVID-19. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the
virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person
could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after
vaccination and still get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to
provide protection.

After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive
for COVID-19 on a viral test?
No. Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other
COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to
test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.
If your body develops an immune response—the goal of vaccination—there is a
possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you
had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the
virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody
testing results.
If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I
still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19
Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that
re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, vaccine should be offered to you regardless
of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. CDC is providing recommendations
to federal, state, and local governments about who should be vaccinated first.
At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick
again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an
infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence
suggests natural immunity may not last very long.
We won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have more
data on how well the vaccines work.
Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of
COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public
informed as new evidence becomes available.

Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from
getting sick with COVID-19?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize
and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with
Being protected from getting sick is important because even though many people
with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness, have
long-term health effects, or even die. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will
affect you, even if you don’t have an increased risk of developing severe
complications. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.
Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
No. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.
Messenger RNA vaccines—also called mRNA vaccines—are the first COVID-19
vaccines authorized for use in the United States. mRNA vaccines teach our cells how
to make a protein that triggers an immune response. The mRNA from a COVID-19
vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. This
means the mRNA cannot affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead,
COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop
immunity to disease. Learn more about how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work.
At the end of the process, our bodies have learned how to protect against future
infection. That immune response and making antibodies is what protects us from
getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies.
Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would
like to have a baby one day?
Yes. People who want to get pregnant in the future may receive the COVID-19
Based on current knowledge, experts believe that COVID-19 vaccines are unlikely to
pose a risk to a person trying to become pregnant in the short or long term. Scientists
study every vaccine carefully for side effects immediately and for years afterward.

The COVID-19 vaccines are being studied carefully now and will continue to be
studied for many years, similar to other vaccines.
The COVID-19 vaccine, like other vaccines, works by training our bodies to develop

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