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September Newsletter

Its official! We made it through summer, and now Fall is among us. As we become more settled in our new classrooms I would like to remind all parents to not hesitate in any communication about your child, or any other questions you may have. Let us continue to have a smooth transition into the new school year!

As our days continue to stay long and hot please remember to pack you children a water bottle every day. This will insure they receive plenty of liquids when playing inside, and out.

Also please make sure to label ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you bring to school for your child. For example: water bottles, clothes, etc.
This month we have one Holiday that our school will be closed, and that is Monday September 7th, Labor Day. Take this 3 day weekend to enjoy each other, and have fun!

Picture day is already here again! Monday September 21st, Tuesday the 22nd, and Wednesday the 23rd. The schedule will display as followed:
Monday September 21st – ALL Infants, Toddlers, and room 5
Tuesday the 22nd – Rooms 4, 6, and 7
Wednesday the 23rd – Kindergarten, and Pre-k
** if your child is not here on the day they are scheduled for pictures you may either bring them that day ( as long as you stay with them) or we can pull them from class when they are here.

Construction/ NEW GATES!
We are updating the gates that open to the playground. Once done, NO ONE will be able to enter, or exit through them. There will be an alarm connected to the gates that will sound if opened! They are to be used only in a case of emergency!
We are on the last leg of the completion of the new fences, and we could not be happier! We must say it looks FANTASTIC
A big THANK YOU to all of our families for bearing with us through all the construction- we know it can be a hassle, but it will be worth it in the end.

Late Pick-up Policy
Parents just as a reminder we close at 6:00pm sharp. PLEASE show up BEFORE 6:00pm, so you have time to collect your child’s lunch box and other items. Our staff has only been scheduled to stay until 6:00pm.
Thank you for your understanding

Get your Holiday shopping done early all while helping our school raise money! This month the Believe Kids/ Food for the Soul fundraiser is back- make sure to check out all the delicious food you can purchase.
We also have a new fundraiser called the Michael Andrews- School Kids. There are so many great gifts ideas that I cannot list them all!
Watch for information in your child’s cubbies, and other postings in the front office.

Be a part of our September School Events!
Sep 7th: SCHOOL CLOSED– Labor Day
Sept 8th: Grandparents Day– Stop and play with us today!
Sep 11th: Patriot Day– Wear Red, White, & Blue
Sep 18th: International Talk like a Pirate Day! Dress up like a Pirate, or walk the plank!
Sep 23rd: Play-dough Day

A message from our Educational Department:

Developing Balance Skills in Young Children
From Tummy Time to Bike Riding
Balance is a fundamental skill necessary for maintaining controlled positions, such as sitting in a chair, or engaging in physical activities like running or riding a bike. Having balance makes motor skill development easier, reduces the risk of injury, and helps children focus on academic tasks.

Our Nobel Learning Education team stays up to date with the latest research to ensure that our Links to Learning curriculum exceeds childhood learning standards. The Links to Learning curriculum was enhanced last fall to include a greater focus on balance, a building block for skills such as hand-eye coordination, muscular strength and body awareness.
Here are some ways we help improve balance in the classroom, as well as ideas for you and your child to do at home.
In the classroom: Tummy time promotes neck, back and abdominal strength needed for infants to eventually push up, roll over, sit up and crawl. Teachers keep infants engaged by using activity mats or plush blocks.
At home: Place your baby on his stomach and shine a flashlight near him. Once you have captured his attention, shine the light in a rhythmic pattern. For older infants, encourage your baby to move or crawl toward the light.
TODDLERS (ages 1-2):
In the classroom: During the toddler years, children make major strides in balance and coordination. Teachers play music and encourage students to move their bodies in different ways while maintaining their balance.
At home: Push and pull toys require children to use core balance and arm strength, which can be difficult for new walkers. Place a small wagon or toy shopping cart and a pile of blocks on the floor. Show your child how to fill the cart with blocks. He will enjoy pulling or pushing the blocks around the room.
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):
In the classroom: Sitting cross-legged, or as we say with the children “criss-cross applesauce,” is an important developmental skill for two year olds. Teachers encourage children to sit criss-crossed anytime they are playing on the floor. Sitting in this position strengthens a child’s core muscles and helps improve body control. We discourage “W-sitting,” with knees together and feet on either side of the hips, because it puts strain on knees and hips and fails to engage core abdominal muscles.
At home: Provide your child with a sit-and-spin toy. Ask him to sit on the toy with his legs crisscrossed. As he turns the wheel to spin, he will gain a better understanding of cause and effect.
In the classroom: Around age three, children learn to maintain control of their upper body while moving their lower body. Our Intermediate students practice pedaling a tricycle, bouncing on hopper balls, and walking on a balance beam.
At home: Have your child practice running and stopping with control by playing the traffic light game. Shout out the color green, yellow or red. Have him move quickly when hearing “green,” move slowly when hearing “yellow,” and completely stop when hearing “red.”
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):
In the classroom: Teachers encourage children to practice balance and coordination by jumping on their non-dominant foot, walking on a line or beam, or jumping rope. Children also practice balance by crouching down to tie their shoes.
At home: Ask your child to tell you about the games and activities played at school. Include these activities at home and during family events such as birthday parties and vacations. Scooters and pogo jumpers are great toys for children at this age.

Good balance helps children maintain appropriate and controlled body movement during important tasks. By building balance skills in the preschool years, your child will be better prepared as he enters elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education

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