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February Newsletter

One month down, 11 to go! As we enter February there are a couple of items we would like to address with everyone…

As a reminder, parents please sign your child in and out EVERYDAY in their classroom folders. Not doing so could result in a licensing fine for us!

Please label ALL of your child’s belongings. For example: cups, lunch boxes, jackets, etc.

Parents please remember to close the classroom doors as you leave the room. This is for the safety of our children. Also as a reminder the playground gates are to remain closed at all times. They are not for dropping off or picking up children. We ask that all families enter through the front door.

Tax season is upon us! As April 15th gets closer please let us know if you need your year-end statement or the school’s Tax ID #. You can either come to the office or email us your request. Once we have your request please give us a 24hr return time.

If you would like more information about our kindergarten or to have your child tested please come to the front office to sign up,
Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Please make sure to check with your classrooms at the beginning of February to see what each class has planned for Valentines. We are asking that if you plan to send in valentines with your child to make sure to be watchful of treats that you attach to the valentines. There are some children in our school that have different allergies and we need to be due diligent in what comes into the classrooms.
Events for February:
Feb. 2nd: Groundhog day– Come learn about Phil the Groundhog
Feb. 9th—13th: Valentines Week. Check with your class for parties
Feb. 11th: Wear red or pink today!
Feb. 16th: SCHOOL CLOSED– President’s Day
Feb. 19th: Chinese New Year!
Feb. 25th: Gack Attack! Join us in making Goo

Learning About the Uses and Benefits of Technology
Children today have many opportunities to interact with technology for entertainment value and learning. Most often we think of children using computer technology, including handheld devices loaded with games, books, music and movies. In moderation, these devices can aid in children’s learning and development.
Within our academic curriculum, we involve children in activities and reflection on ways that technology can improve our understanding of the world around us, help us do our jobs, and make the world a better place. We help children see how the understanding of science and math moves technology forward, and that someday they too might create new and improved ways to do things.
Below are a few ways that we integrate technology in our classrooms and some ideas to try at home.
In the classroom: Beginning in our Intermediate program, students learn common technology vocabulary, such as mouse, keyboard and email. Students also explore the double meaning of verbs that describe online and offline activities, such as “tapping” and “surfing”.
At home: Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg is a great book to read with your child to continue the learning at home. Dot, the main character, is a tech savvy little girl who leaves her electronic devices at home while she taps, swipes and shares in the real world.
In the classroom: Teachers encourage our older preschoolers to use technology as a tool to express themselves. For example, students use a camera to take photos of seasonal changes outdoors and write what they observed in their journal. This activity promotes creativity and provides a fun opportunity to practice writing skills.
At home: Allow your child to explore his world using digital photography tools. Ask him to describe his photos and explain why he chose those objects or locations to photograph. Encourage him to use descriptive language and emotion vocabulary.
In summary, we provide numerous opportunities for children to explore technology in our classrooms. Through these activities, children become excited to use technology educationally, and are better prepared to use technology in elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education

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