Dear Families of Room 1:
We hope that you are having a great day!
ROOM EVENTS: We just wanted to remind you that the pajama breakfast parties are next week, not this week. We wanted to give you all enough time to plan to attend. Also, you can come any time between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. if you want to participate in breakfast. You do not have to arrive at 7:30 a.m. and stay the entire time. We can’t wait for the parties!
ITEMS FROM HOME: We have noticed that there are sometimes sippy cups and similar food items left on the counter by the sign-in book. We don’t always know to whom the cup belongs, so we can’t use it. If you are sending a sippy cup or similar item to school, please label it with your child’s name and let a teacher know about it. We also ask that you leave it on the counter by the adult food prep sink (by our classroom door) so that teacher can monitor who is getting those items.
QUILT PROJECT: In the next few days, we will have out some fabric pieces and arts and crafts supplies. We would like to invite you to take home a fabric piece and some art supplies so that you can decorate a quilt square for a classroom quilt. We would like to hang the quilt in our classroom. You can customize it with your child’s name, if you would like, and any decoration that you feel represents your child and family well. Or, perhaps you would enjoy treating it just as a fun and decorative art project. We cannot wait to see what you create at home with your child. Keep an eye out for the quilt project materials sometime soon!
FACEBOOK: You may enjoy seeing our Facebook page, if you have not yet checked it out. You do not have to belong to Facebook to take a peek!
See you all soon. Please ask if you have any questions. Thank you for reading our updates.
-The Teachers of Room 1-
BCC: Families of Room 1, Teachers of Room 1, and Supervising Staff of the CDC
We hope to see you there! Flyer is attached above.
We have some updates for you!
If you are interested in checking out the new things we will be doing in our classroom, please check out this link:
We also will begin reading the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle with an accompanying flannel board set!
Our bakery in the kitchen area is in full swing. We are excited about adding a visual cookbook to the area soon.
Holidays and Other Celebrations:
Some families have begun to ask an we wanted to insure that you know that we will not be celebrating Halloween at the CDC. There is a policy about this in our family handbook, which is copied and pasted here:
The population at the Child Development Center is diverse and multicultural, bringing a wonderful richness to everyone’s experiences. The Child Development Center is a place where adults and children from any background can feel comfortable, welcome, and respected. Holidays from a variety of cultures are a valuable way of recognizing the similarities and uniqueness of different cultures (e.g., the use of food, dress, crafts, and/or songs in the celebration) while also appreciating the diversity in the forms these aspects take.
In order to benefit the most from recognizing a variety of holidays, Supervising Teachers are asked to consider the following in the planning of related activities:
- The avoidance of any holidays having any religious purpose;
- Providing a focus on the most universal aspects of a holiday (e.g., family, home, community), rather than the commercial aspects;
- Avoidance of any activity that could make any child or family feel uncomfortable;
- Ensuring that all activities are age appropriate and culturally sensitive.
Supervising Teachers also routinely solicit the help of the parents of the children in their class who are from different cultures and ask them to share information and resources about their culture’s holidays and ideas for activities that would be appropriate for the children. Such information can be incorporated within the universal aspects of traditional American holidays.
Note: As examples of this policy, here at the Center we do not dress in costumes for Halloween (though we may do face-painting), and we do not bring valentines to school (though we do share feelings in letters to our family and friends).
If you have any questions or concerns in regards to the policy, please talk with Ms. Laura or Linda Haar. We will be more than happy to discuss how we can best support our families and their culture.
If you would like to get us a moss ball or some plants for the fish tank, please speak with Ms. Laura so that we insure we don’t have too much for the tank!
Have a great week, everyone!
-The Teachers of Room 1-
BCC: Families of Room 1, Teachers of Room 1, Supervising Staff of the CDC
Here is a link to our room planning document:
Indoor planning October 13