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Newsletter - January 2019

All good wishes for a very Happy 2019

Season’s Greetings and Good Wishes for the New Year. We look forward to having the children back with us after the winter break. Temperatures are low and there is pollution and fog in the early mornings. School timings will remain the same as December till the cold wave eases.

All teaching will begin promptly at 10:00am. Please make every effort to ensure your child is in school on time. All classrooms are heated. Toast and a warm drink will be served mid-morning. Lunch is served between 1:00pm and 1:30pm. The lunch menu will be the same as December and is displayed on the board at the entrance. Seasonal fruits will be introduced.

Outside activities have been planned for after 12 noon when temperatures are higher.

Projects
Our projects this month will feature countries in the world with snow and icy conditions; focusing on the people, vegetation and animals that live there. Music classes will introduce the children to Patriotic songs of India and the National Anthem.

The Musical Instruments will be used to introduce them to the various names and sounds in preparation for the Beating Retreat Ceremony.

Our geography project will make the children aware of different countries in the world. We will also have projects for Republic Day and the children will learn about various landmark dates in India’s history. We encourage home discussions on these themes too.

Republic Day honours the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26th January, 1950. The chief guest at this year’s parade will be Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa.

Beating Retreat is conducted on the evening of 29th January and officially denotes the end of Republic Day festivities. It is performed by the bands of the three wings of the Military: the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force plus the bands of the Central Armed Police Forces and the Delhi Police. The venue is Raisina Hill and the adjacent square called Vijay Chowk flanked by the Rashtrapati Bhavan or President's Palace towards the end of Rajpath.

Martyr’s Day, 30th January - The nation pays tribute to its founding father Mahatma Gandhi.

Dates for your Diary
09th January School reopens
13th January Lohri
14th January Makar Sankranti & Pongal
26th January Republic Day (holiday)
29th January Beating Retreat
30th January Martyr's Day
Admissions to main stream schools
The admission process to main stream schools is on and as families wait anxiously for the outcome of this process, we wish all the children the very best.

Admission procedure to the magic years have also begun.

School Fees
The school fees invoice and calendar for 2019 are being sent to you as attachments by email. Please ensure all fees are paid by the 18th of January. This term’s fee for Jan- Feb- March is very important as we need to close all accounts before the financial year ends so that we are able to project our expenses for the coming year.

There will be a late fee charge after the 18th of Rs. 500/-. Last term a large number of parents failed to pay the fees in spite of many written reminders and phone calls. This causes undue embarrassment and significant administrative cost.

Please note, children who have admission to other schools and who plan to leave at the end of March will still have to pay fees for the whole term. Our new term begins in April when new children are admitted. Please inform the school in writing a month before you withdraw your child if your deposit money has to be returned to you. This will be done by cheque.

Security passes
Parents and care givers must wear or display the child’s security pass when entering and picking up children from the school. Some parents show annoyance when the security guard asks to see the pass, this is not acceptable. Please note that this rule is meant for the absolute safety of the child and these measures are not to be taken lightly.

Contacting us
Please inform the office of any changes in our contact details. Parents who want clarification on any point may contact us by phone on 26140317 / 41704307 or email info@themagicyears.com
Further information is available at www.themagicyears.com