Children’s House 2
November 2017 Newsletter
We hope you all enjoyed Fall Break as much as our families did! That extra time together was a real gift. Last month, we all enjoyed our Field Trip to Stony Creek Farm and explored many things that make Fall so special. The class is absorbing so much each day and we truly enjoy seeing them light up as they grasp a new concept.
As we begin the holiday season, we start to turn our thoughts to all things cherished in our lives. We will be taking time each week to discuss with the children what it means to be thankful and which things they are most thankful for. If we take the time to ask them, they just might surprise us (they usually do!) – Kelly, Shelly & Amy
Please Help Us
*By making sure that your child’s extra change of clothes (which should be in their backpack, each day) is seasonally appropriate. Also, make sure that they have a warm coat, hat and gloves each day, because we will continue to go outside, even when the weather is in the upper 30’s-40’s. This is especially important on Tuesdays, when we will try to have extra time playing in the Woods. Tuesdays are a great day for sturdy boots and layers!
*By teaching your child to bring their folder into class themselves each week. Just keep it nearby and hand it to them to bring in as they climb out at school. Please remember that folders are due back by Wednesday of each week, so that we may re-fill it to send home again each Monday.
*By helping them dress in manageable clothes. As they grow toward independence, help them by avoiding belts, straps, shoes or snaps they cannot do themselves or items that are too small, or too big.
*By helping your child to practice zipping, buttoning and snapping in their free time at home.
*By donating any extra hats or gloves for those that forget theirs.
Thanks for your assistance!
Dates to Remember
November 1– Tuition Due
November 7- Picture Retakes
November 15 – CH2 Grandparent’s Visit* 10:30-11:15
November 21 – Thanksgiving Feast – 10:00 AM
November 22-24 – Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL
November 29 – Amanda Strong Donations Due (See below)
December 1- Equal Exchange Orders Due (Check your child’s back pack)
Ellie Zepeda turns 6 on November 10.
Bronx Gaylor turns 4 on November 13.
Grayson Rabourn turns 4 on November 25.
Happy Birthday to Ellie, Bronx and Grayson!
Grace and Courtesy
Each month we will be including themes to help the children learn these necessary social skills. As always we are practicing coughing and sneezing into our sleeves (not our hands) to reduce the spread of germs. We are also discussing fingers that find their ways to places they don’t belong (and what to do after they are removed!) All children are inherently good-natured and want to please. It takes the caring and consistent adults in their lives to teach the social skills necessary for life!
The Amanda Strong Food for the Needy, Inc. program is a not for profit effort. This program was created in 1980 by a wonderful woman, Amanda Strong, a native of Westfield. She started this program in her home turning her garage into a food, toy, and clothing pantry.
Amanda had a big heart and could not bear the thought of a family going hungry, or that a child would be in need of clothing and not receive presents at Christmas time. It was her beautiful, giving heart that inspired the logo used today. Sharon Hodson began assisting Amanda Strong since 1981.
We are taking part in a charity drive for Amanda Strong this month. We will be collecting cereal for the needy in our immediate area. Please take time to discuss with your child and help them be a part of the giving. Thank you in advance!
Grandparents Day Visit
To celebrate the letter “g”, we would like to invite all grandparents to visit our classroom for Show and Tell at 10:30AM on November 15 (please note that this is a different time than CH1’s event.) If grandparents are unable to come, the students may bring pictures of their grandparents and tell us where they live. Students can show them around the classroom until we begin, sit with their grandparent during sharing, tell us their name, and then invite them watch during recess. We invite all grandparents to come, and look forward to meeting your extended family members. *Please RSVP by November 14th to email@example.com with the number of grandparents attending. *
Keep an eye out for an email about our annual Feast. In it you will find details explaining how each child will be asked to send in one item to share with the class. The signup should come out a week or two before Thanksgiving. We will be holding our Feast on November 21 at 10:00 AM for the children in our class (due to space and parking constraints, we will be unable to welcome parent guests.) Parent volunteers will not be needed for our feast. We always look forward to a wonderful time, with many full bellies!
We’ve read a fabulous book by Richard Louv called, Last Child in the Woods. It concerns the fact that children are becoming more and more isolated from the natural world and what we, as parents, can do to give them access to and comfort in the nurturing world around them. He includes some distressing statistics, but even more encouraging ideas for change. This is a truly valuable book addressing the physical, mental and spiritual well being of our children.
Quote of the Month
“…. he who is served is limited in his independence.”
Montessori is for Life!
Kelly Bowe, Shelly Dupuis and Amy Barnes