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April 2019

posted Apr 19, 2019, 12:58 AM by Alvin Yen

Dear Parents,

As we wrapped up the annual reading challenge, on behalf of the Happy Kids faculty staffs, I would like to THANK YOU all for keeping up the reading at home with your little one. Just because we completed the challenge does not mean we are doing with our daily reading. Please continue to keep up the good reading habit as part of your daily routines; it's very important for your little one getting enough of that reading exposure. 

As for reading, it's more than just you doing storytelling with your child. It can turn into a Q&A session, as well as using the illustrations to make up your own story (especially when reading with younger children, between the age of 2 to 4). As you all know, reading fluency takes up years of practice and exposure to be accumulated. If you haven't done much reading with your child, it's never too late to start. Try to begin with 5-minute reading time, and gradually move on to 10 to 15 minutes per day. I firmly believe that you, as a parent, will for sure see the progress along the way. If you would like to know more about what you can do when reading to/with your child, please don't hesitate to reach out! I am only a phone call/email away! 

Cordially,

Alvin C. Yen

March 2019

posted Mar 6, 2019, 11:38 PM by Alvin Yen   [ updated Mar 6, 2019, 11:41 PM ]

Dear Parents,

It was during our weekly meeting with the program director, Ms. Wang, that we both couldn't help to realize how fast a school year can be. It's almost March! Speaking of March, meaning that we are going to start one of my favorite school-wide events- The Reading Challenge! This year, our young readers will be riding the Magic School and on an incredible journey in search for the one and only- Ms. Frizzle! One of the windows or doors from each class will be decorated as one of the themes from the Magic School Bus series, don't forget to check it out when you drop by!

Reading, unlike many other skills in early-childhood development, requires years of practice of exposure. If you already established a reading routine at home, congratulations! Please continue to keep it up. If not, it's never too late to set up a daily reading time with your child, starting with 5 to 10 minutes, and gradually set it for 25 to 30 minutes, by the time they are in Preschool or Kindergarten. If you have any questions regarding what to read, how to read with your child or anything else that are reading-related, please don't hesitate to let me know, I will be more than happy to share some of the tips with you.

Below is the Day Program Principal's Note for March. As always, I firmly believe that with your support along the way, us here at Happy Kids can provide the best education to your little ones! Thank you, and enjoy this year's reading challenge!

Cordially,

Alvin C. Yen

January 2019

posted Jan 7, 2019, 12:42 AM by Alvin Yen

Dear Parents,

It's been a few months that since my last time updating the Day Program Happenings. Ever since the previous update, we celebrated Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the main event of the year- the Annual Day Program Christmas Concert! Other than having fun with all the events we celebrated, I am also thankful for your cooperation along the way, as always, your child can never have achieved all these goals without your love and support from home.

As we stepped into the year of January, we will be celebrating Chinese New Year with the CNY Potluck on 1/22, followed by the 100th day of school celebration on 1/24! The purpose of CNY Potluck is a wonderful opportunity for all parents, teachers, and our little ones to get together. I am looking forward to reuniting with you all once again!

Below is the Principal's Note for this month. Should you have any questions regarding the on-going themes or any school-wide activities, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Wish you all a Happy 2019!

Cordially,

Alvin C. Yen




October 2018

posted Oct 8, 2018, 8:15 PM by Alvin Yen

Dear Parents,

Happy October! This is usually the time of year where you can feel the change of weather. Besides weather, your little one had changed quite a bit as well! They are more adapted to the new routines and teachers and probably had already shared what they did at school with you. Little things from a new song introduced, or a story read by the homeroom teacher the day before. At Happy Kids, we cherish all these little moments, which reflects our founder, Mrs. Wang's philosophy of "process over product." We can never do this without your support from home. Thank you for standing with us all along.

October is another busy and fun month! Teachers will have their Professional Development Day on the 17th, followed by the Parent-Teacher Conferences on the 18th and 19th. Then move on to the Halloween performance on the 29th! This year, each class host their performance in their classroom. We will start with Kindergarten and Preschool (10:30-10:50), followed by Nursery A, Nursey B, and Reception (11:00-11:20). Have you talked to your little one about what they are going to be this year? I am not too sure what I want to be this year, yet either way, we always ended up with a blast on Halloween!

Below is the Principal's Note for October, as always, if there's anything I can be helpful with, please don't hesitate to give me a ring!

Cordially,

Alvin C. Yen


September 2018

posted Sep 5, 2018, 11:47 PM by Alvin Yen

Dear Parents:

Being a teacher/principal at Happy Kids for the past twelve years. It is always a pleasure to see all of our little ones grow, little by little. It is also an honor to witness their progress, from teary morning to waving goodbye with a happy smile! Being the principal, I am always thankful for your support and cooperation along the way. Our child can never achieve all these goals without you!

As we stepped into September, I would like to take this chance to remind you all that our Day Program Open House will be on the 18th of September, between 6:30 to 7:00. It is an excellent opportunity for you to get to know what your child's teacher had been doing in the classroom. Regarding how they run their center time, why they run it this way, and what are they expecting to achieve with these centers. They will also be sharing what you can do at home to help to strengthen and connect the learning experience from home. I look forward to meeting you all again!

Below is the Principal's note for September. A book where we usually have more than a copy in our library! If you are interested in my book selection, please don't hesitate to contact me, I would be more than happy to share them with you!

Cordially,
Alvin C. Yen


August 2018

posted Aug 26, 2018, 11:51 PM by Alvin Yen

Good day, Parents!

It's good to have our little ones back! I can't describe that joy of seeing our old friends returning and having new friends starting the same time. The first few weeks can be quite a challenge, to both parents and our children. Getting used to the routines, new teachers and friends can take up some time. With your support, I firmly believe it will be a smooth transition for you and your child.

If it's your child's first time coming into a school setting, you, as a parent, may have questions that you want to ask. As the program principal, it will be my pleasure to be there and support you. There's no such thing as a "silly question." Please don't hesitate to talk to me (or email me: ayen@happykids.taipei) if there's anything I can be helpful with!

Below is this month's Principal's Note, along with important dates, my book of the month recommendation, and Love and Logic tips that you will find it useful. Thank you all, returning parents, for the love and support! As for the new parents, welcome to the Happy Kids family!

Cordially,

Alvin C. Yen

Summer 2018

posted Jul 8, 2018, 11:19 PM by Alvin Yen

Dear Parents,

Words can never express our appreciation towards the support throughout this past school year. THANK YOU all for allowing us to play our role as your child's early educator. It's always a joy to see them grow and shine in their own way.

We wrapped up the Curious George theme and visited Leo's Playland during the last week of June. As for the first two weeks of July, we will focus on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, along with fun games and activities and field trip with GDS Sports! The theme for the last two weeks of July will be "International Food Festival." Where our little ones will learn about various healthy food choices along with the culture behind them!

Below is the Principal's Note for July, along with useful tips and my monthly book recommendation. As always, feel free to email me (ayen@happykids.taipei) if you have any questions!

Have a great summer, see you all in Fall!

Cordially,

Alvin C. Yen


April 2018

posted Apr 16, 2018, 12:50 AM by Alvin Yen

Dear Parents and Friends,

Time is simply moving too fast. I couldn't believe that we are already half way through the month of April. I want to THANK You all once again for your support with this year's Day Program Reading Challenge. We ended up with a total of 3,034 books read (both home and school, all five classes)! Please continue all the reading fun with your child at home on a regular basis. It's a skill that they will forever cherish!

Below is the April's Day Program Principal's Note, along with my book of the month and useful tips for reading aloud. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Cordially,
Alvin C. Yen

March 2018

posted Mar 4, 2018, 7:21 PM by Alvin Yen

Good day, Parents and Friends:

I hope you all had a wonderful time during this year's CNY holidays. When it comes to Chinese New Year, it's always about family. I had the opportunity to visit Tokyo with my family this year. Although it's not the first time, I've always enjoyed my visit to Japan, especially with both of my younger brothers. We don't get to see each other as often as we want to since both of them are currently in Los Angeles for work and school.

As we stepped into March, we are getting ready for another busy yet fun month ahead! As always, we start the month with our annual reading challenge! This year's theme is "Read Around the World," where the entire all the boys and girls will try to keep up their daily reading and aiming to read over 2,800 books by the end of the month! We read 2,862 books last year? Do you think we can go over that number? Let's wait and see!

Below is the Principal's Note, and please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Cordially,
Alvin C. Yen

January-February 2018

posted Feb 9, 2018, 12:16 AM by Alvin Yen

Dear Parents: 

I can't believe today is the last day of school before the CNY holidays! Both January and February just went by too fast! I hope you all had a good time during our potluck this past Tuesday. CNY is always about family. We opened a new half-day Reception Program in the Second Semester, and it's always a joy to see our little ones learning and adapting their schooling experience as a part of them! 

To me, who had been working at Happy Kids for almost twelve years, Happy Kids is home, where we learn and shine together. I would like to take this chance to THANK ALL OF OUR PARENTS for the support over all these years! Remember, when we work together, our children will shine together!

Below is the Principal's Note for February. Keep in mind that Chinese New Year Holidays at Happy Kids goes from 2/12-2/23. Happy Kids will resume on Monday, 2/26. 

Once again, wish you all a fantastic Year of the Dog! Happy Chinese New Year & Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Cordially,
Alvin C. Yen

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