MMS News September, 2011

 

September is a busy month!

Did you know that we have a Google version of our calendar on the website?  You can download events right to your smartphone!  Simply, click hereto go to the Google Calendar

Monday 9/5:  Labor Day, School Closed

Tuesday 9/6: First Day for Toddlers, and NEW children in                                                                                                                                                                     West, South and PM

Wed. 9/7:  First day for All children in the M/W/F Class

Thurs. 9/8:  First day for RETURNING children to the South, West and PM classes

Wed. 9/14: Class Socials for Toddler, MWF and PM classes, 6:30-8:00pm

Thurs 9/15:Class Socials for South and West classes, 6:30-8:00pm

Fri. 9/16:  Fall Fair Meeting 9am in the kitchen at MMS!  Everyone welcome and encouraged to participate!

Friday 9/23 Fall Playdate 6:00-8:00pm at Crabapple Grove Riverside Park.  This is a BYO event.

Mon.9/26 Curriculum Night: Toddler class 6:00-7:00M/W/F class 7:00-8:00

Tues. 9/27 Curriculum Night: South and West classes 6:00-7:00PM and Explorers 7:00-8:00

Wed. 9/28 School closes early at 12 noon-Rosh Hashanah

Thurs&Fri 9/29,9/30 School Closed-Rosh Hashanah

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We have been working all week-planning, cleaning, and we’re finally ready!  We are looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces!  We have talked about our own first day jitters and we know you still have yours. So here are some tips to help you through your first day of leaving your little one at pre-school.  Take a deep breath.  You have made a good choice and your child is ready.  You are bringing your child to a school full of loving, welcoming teachers. We have been through the first day many times, so while this is all new to you and your child, it is not new to us.  That is why we know it will all be fine.  Even if your child is hesitant and crying, it will be fine. Very often parents struggle with this day more than their children- you’re not getting to play with fun toys all day, you have to leave and go to work or other un-fun tasks. While it is hard for you to let go of the baby, it is good for your baby.

As the big day approaches, tell your child positive things about going to school.  School has interesting things to do, kids learn new things in school, there are kids to play with and the teachers are there to help are some of the things you could emphasize. You might want to stay away from asking him or her IF s/he wants to go, since it is not a choice.  If s/he expresses doubt, let him/her know that you are sure that school has nice teachers, fun materials and other children.  The more you communicate your surety that school is good without judging your child’s feelings about it, the more your child will feel calm and sure about school.

Especially during those first few days, after you have said goodbye and left the school, please feel free to call to find out how your child is doing.  Call the office, (212) 316-1555 and either Debbie, Astry or myself will peek into your child’s room and get feedback as to how your child is doing.  We will be happy to do this.

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If your childcare plans are changing for a short period of time (one day or for a week), write that change in the white binder in the office.  (If it is a permanent change, you add that to your child’s file) The binder is on the shelf by the window with the air conditioner.  It is extremely importantthat you write these changes in the book as that is how every teacher who needs to know about a scheduling change, tracks that information.  Simply telling your teacher at drop off is not enough.

Debbie is the parent liaison.  When you have everyday questions- such as signing up for a trip, checking on a medical form, or other mundane questions, see or call her first.  If she is busy or not available, Astry and I will be happy to help, but Debbie is the first point of contact in the office for parents.

Please get to school on time.  We cannot emphasize this enough.  We start our day briskly as there is always a lot to learn and experience.  Each classroom has a start of the day routine and your child needs to be part of it.  It is very upsetting for children to come to school late and see everyone else engaged and on their way.  Even if you arrive during roof time, all the other children walked to the roof together, are involved in games and your child is out of sync with them.  We understand that occasionally, it is difficult to get out the door on time, but this should be only occasionally.  While in college lateness is frowned upon because you miss important academic material, in pre-school lateness is frowned upon because your child misses important social material.

There is a refrigerator in the kitchen marked, “Kids Fridge”, please put your child’s lunchbox in there if his/her food needs to stay cold.  We have a microwave in the kitchen and can warm up lunches if you need.

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Many of our students have lunch with us.  Part of our education includes talking about taking care of one’s body.  The children learn a great deal about health through the food they eat.  They talk about the healthy food they eat so they can grow strong brains and strong bodies.  Lastly, nutrition contributes greatly to a child’s ability to engage in tasks that relate to school performance.  Balanced meals that include grains, protein, vegetables and fruit help children have calmer bodies, a greater attention span, more coherent cognitive connections, thereby feeling accomplished and successful at school.  Below are some ideas for getting higher nutrition foods into your children.

1. Get input from your children about what they want.  They’ll be more likely to eat what they choose.

2.Prepare lunches with leftovers from dinner the night before.  Preparing in the evening helps you to be more creative and less frazzled than doing it in the morning. You could save cooked chicken to make chicken salad with grapes and celery, a slice of meatloaf for a sandwich or cooked vegetables to add with pasta with some italian dressing.

3.A balanced meal should include a complex carbohydrate, such as whole grain bread, a source of protein, at least one serving of a fruit or vegetable and one source of dairy (if you eat dairy).

4. Be creative.  Use cookie cutters to carve fun sandwiches.

5. Sneak in fresh fruits and vegetables.  While your child might leave a whole apple untouched, s/he may love diced apple in a tuna salad sandwich.

6. Cultivate adventurous eating.  Introduce new foods gradually, pairing them with favorite snacks.  For example, if your child will eat carrots in ranch dressing, add in some zucchini or cucumber sticks as well.

That’s it for now!  Enjoy the long weekend!

Jorinda