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May Newsletter

A Note From Our Principal

Thank you all for helping our school celebrate Earth Day. Together, students at our school created recycled art projects. We hope you enjoyed seeing a few of them on display during morning drop-off around the pool.  Celebrating Earth Day provided our teachers with many opportunities to relate science, math and literacy concepts to everyday life. As we move into May, we are getting our classrooms ready for a summer of additional enrichment. We can’t wait to spend summer with you and your children!

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Vici

Teacher Appreciation Week  

We love our teachers! Check out these great activities we have to celebrate them the week of May 3rd!

Monday – #1 Fans : Bring your teacher some fan mail.  Write a note or draw a picture that lets them know that you are their biggest fan.

Tuesday – All Star Team : Time to show your team spirit by wearing your All Star Teacher’s favorite color.  Be a team player at school by helping others, being kind or making someone smile.

Wednesday – Homeroom : Say thank you to your teacher for always being a home run hitter by bringing in a small gift card to one of their favorite places.

Thursday – High Fives : Give your teachers high fives for hitting a home run and doing an awesome job.

Friday – Equipment Closet : Restock your teacher’s equipment closet today by bringing a favorite school supply.

Register for Summer Camp!

Summer Camp registration is currently underway. We hope that your family will be joining us! Please visit our Summer Camp webpage to learn more. For Preschool Summer Camp enrollment use this Preschool Summer Camp Brochure 2021.  For Kindergarten – 8th Grade Summer Camp enrollment use this K-8 Summer Camp Brochure 2021.  Remember – enroll your child for the program/grade they will be entering in the fall.

Love Our School? Review Us!

In today’s connected world, many families turn to online reviews to learn more about the reputation of schools. Just a reminder that you can find our school on Facebook, Google, Yelp and other online directories. We’d love more families like yours, so please consider spreading the word about our school.

Important Dates

May 3rd – 7th —Teacher Appreciation Week

May 5th – Spirit Day – Dress up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

May 12th – Spirit Day – Class Color Day!  Students should wear clothing that matches the color of their car/backpack tag!

May 17th – 21st – Spirit Week!  Monday: Superhero Day!, Tuesday: Pajama Day!, Wednesday: Costume Day!, Thursday: Sports Day! & Friday: Crazy Hair Day!

May 21st – Last Day of School!  Half day for all students! Early Release Times: Toddlers – 11:15, Beginners – 11:15, Intermediates – 11:30, Pre-K – 11:45, Kindergarten – 12:00

May 21st— Monthly folders go home

May 24th-26th – No School – Pre-Summer Camp Gap Camp Available – Registration Required

May 27th-28th – No School – Professional Development

May 31st — CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY

New On Our Education Blog  

How Our Teachers Foster Social-Emotional Development in the Preschool Years

The preschool years are a crucial time for children to develop important social-emotional skills that they will need for elementary school and beyond. They learn to share, take turns, play with peers, talk about their feelings and develop empathy for others. We ensure their success by creating a safe, nurturing and supportive environment where every child feels good about coming to school. Our teachers integrate activities in their lesson plans that help students learn new social-emotional skills while practicing existing ones. Below are a few examples.

  1. Positive Relationships with Peers

Our classrooms are equipped with well-organized interest areas called centers. Teachers allow children to choose their center independently and act as play participants rather than directors. Students explore centers in small groups which enable them to practice social skills including listening, verbal and non-verbal communication, sharing, rule following and conflict management. Teachers use books and songs to reinforce skills, encourage students to use first names when talking with friends, and model positive social interactions.

  1. Conflict Management

Children who can solve conflicts with peers are less likely to be impulsive or aggressive. Teachers use positive language and emotion labeling to guide conflict management and help students understand and identify their own feelings and emotions. They help children feel comfortable and reassured by creating a culture of respect, reinforcing positive behaviors, communicating in a warm manner, making eye contact, and encouraging students to brainstorm reasonable solutions.

  1. Self-Regulation

Throughout the school day, our teachers provide various visual cues to help students regulate their behavior and act appropriately. They might point to their eyes to remind children to pay attention, cup their ears to remind children to listen, or place one finger in front of their mouth to signal softer voices or quiet time.

  1. Emotional Literacy

Emotional literacy is a child’s ability to talk about and label their own emotions and feelings, as well as those of others. Teachers use emotion cards (photographs of faces showing various emotions), include emotion words in conversations and read books that discuss feelings. You can practice at home by using your child’s daily report from Links to Home to start a conversation about their day at school. Ask questions about specific activities and listen for emotion vocabulary. For example, ask “Did you like drawing a penguin? How did that make you feel?”

 

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