Monthly Archives: December 2009

Calling all Day Nursery Central Avenue students

Day Nursery Lilly Center Fall 1990. Annie Terry is teacher on the right.

Day Nursery teacher Annie Terry retired recently after 35 years at the Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center on Central Avenue.  We are holding a party Friday, January 15 at 7:00 pm at the center to celebrate Miss Terry’s dedication to the youngest children of Indianapolis.  If you know of anyone who had Miss Terry as a teacher, please tell them about this party.  The more the merrier!  If you would like to submit a picture to be added to our presentation that night, you can send it to  If you are planning on attending, please call Shannon at 317-926-1203 to be included in the guest list.

Product Recall: IKEA Leopard Highchairs

IKEA Leopard Highchair

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with IKEA Home Furnishings, of Conshohocken, Pa., announced December 22nd a voluntary recall of LEOPARD Highchairs. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Hazard: The snap locks used to secure the seat to the frame can break and allow the seat and child to drop through the frame, posing a fall hazard to young children. Detached snap locks can pose a choking hazard to young children. Incidents/Injuries: IKEA has received 11 reports worldwide of failing snap locks, including one report of a child falling through the frame and suffering bruised legs. In addition, the firm has one report of a child mouthing a detached snap lock. No incidents have been reported in the United States. Description: This recall involves all colors of the LEOPARD highchairs sold as a seat and a frame individually. The seat and tray has an adhesive label affixed to the underside with the words LEOPARD and “Made in Italy,” an eight-digit article number and a five-digit supplier number (19589). The highchairs were sold exclusively at IKEA stores nationwide from October 2009 through November 2009 for about $60. The frame sold for $40 and the seat for $20.

Mrs. Claus pays holiday visit to Day Nursery State Center

Today is a quiet day in the office so I am catching up on a few things that happened at our centers in December.  Thanks to Marti Thiery, Assistant Director of the Day Nursery State Government Center for sending me these pictures of Mrs. Claus’ visit to their center last Wednesday.

Holiday elf visits Day Nursery State Center

As you saw last week, Santa made a visit to the Day Nursery State Center.  This week Santa sent his Elf to check up on the children and read to them.   Deanna Saylor, center director, revealed that the elf was actually Mr. Jon “our former employee everyone greatly misses and loves” who volunteered to be the Elf this year and read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”  Here are some pictures from today’s visit. Thanks to Sarah, Elf Jon’s helper for sharing these pictures.

Snowy Monday just right for pajama day

Have you ever awaken on a Monday morning in winter and wished you could stay in your pajamas all day?  I’ll confess that I often pull on clothes over my pajamas when I head out to walk the dog on dark winter mornings.  The lucky children and teachers at the Day Nursery Hendricks County Early Care and Education Center in Avon got to wear their PJs to school today in celebrate of the longest night of the year, the winter solstice.  As an added bonus, the preschool classrooms had cookies and cocoa while they listened to the book The Polar Express. Center Director Joy McCall shared some pictures of their fun day.

Even Center Director Joy McCall got into the spirit of Pajama Day.

Mr. Matt and his Preschool 4 class enjoyed a snack.

Mr. Matt and Mrs. Miriam are very animated story tellers.

Do you know a child with a nut allergy?

The Day I Met the NutsDay Nursery’s favorite illustrator Candice Hartsough McDonald’s second book has just been published!! We are still super excited about her first book Oliver At the Window, which came out early this year. Candice has been illustrating the Day Nursery Early Edition newsletter for the last several years. She is an Indianapolis resident and a Herron School of Art graduate. Her second book, written by Mary Rand Hess  is called The Day I Met the NutsThis book is not only a food allergy story; it is a book for any child who has ever had to encounter a scary challenge or major change in his or her life. Parents and children can feel good about reading this story, knowing that portions of the proceeds from every book sold support The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). The book is published by Earth Day Publishing and comes in both paperback and hardback editions. Click here if you would like to order the book online.

Day Nursery Lilly Center children make a (ssssh) surprise

The three-year-olds in Ms. Caroline’s class were busy on Wednesday making a sweet treat to give to their family on Friday.  The Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center will be having their annual family holiday celebration at 3:00 pm today. Thanks to center director Shannon Garrity for sharing these behind the scenes pictures from the gift making workshop.