Hello CBA Parents! October 1, 2015
Fall is here and has brought the cooler weather. Please start to switch out your extra clothes in your child’s cubby. Thank you
- CBA is OPEN October 12, 2015 for Columbus Day
- CBA is Closed Wed November 12, 2015 for Veterans day & Professional Development for our teachers
- October 15th: We will be having a school wide “Pumpkin Project” on Thursday October 15th. Please make sure you are here on time. We will have some great pictures from that day to post on the TV for you.
- Book Fair October 19- October 23—CHECKS ONLY to Scholastic (book+6% Tax)
- October 30th: Costume Parade @ 10am
- October 30th: NWFCU- some of the children will be walking to the NWFCU to show off their costumes. (3’s classroom, Pk-1 and Pk-2 classes only) We will get back to you on the time.
- Fall Parties and Trunk or Treat @ 3:30pm
The kids are getting excited and so are we! Here are just a few reminders about this fun day…
- Please bring your child in their costume and be sure to include a change of clothing as they will remove their costumes after the parade and festivities.
- There will be sign-up sheets on the classroom doors for items to bring for the celebration after the parade. Please remember that we are a peanut/nut free environment. As you are reading ingredient labels be sure that the item does not contain nuts, or trace nuts.
- As always, parents and siblings are invited to attend!
**We do have a late pick up policy that is stated on your fee schedule. Our hours of operation are 630am-630pm, if your child is picked up after that time, you must pay the late pickup fee.
- Make sure you are signing your child (ren) in and out every day at the front desk.
- Please drive slowly in the parking lot at all times.
- **If you are planning to take a vacation this holiday season and would like to use your one week vacation credit, please make sure to fill out a form in the front lobby. Just a reminder, we ask for a two week notice if you are planning to use your vacation credit! You have to be here for at least 6 months to use your vacation credit.
- **Sick Policy: To ensure the health and safety of all of our children and staff, please remember to adhere to our sick policy which states: “a child must be free of all symptoms without medication for at least 24 hours before he/she can be returned to school. Following an illness, a child may return to school once he/she has either been seen by a doctor or it has been determined that the illness is not contagious. (A doctor’s clearance may be requested).” All of us truly appreciate your support with this matter!
- **Writing checks a drag? Sign-up for our Automatic Payment today! Forms are available at the front desk!
- **A gentle reminder that payment is due the Friday before the following week! If payment is received after Monday 6:30pm, a late payment fee of $25 will be assessed. Thank you!
At CBA we have year around ancillary programs that are great outside programs that come into our school to get your children even more engaged. Some of the programs are Hip Hop, Dance, Stretch and grow, and soccer. Information is at the front desk.
****I have a principal conference October 18-October 23 in Las Vegas, Nevada. I will have limited access to emails. I will return emails when I get back. Please email Lauren while I am gone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Principal–Adrienne Nwude Adrienne.Nwude@nlcinc.com
A Note From our Education Department
Exploring Community Helpers & the Roles They Play
This month, our students are gaining a greater understanding of community helper occupations, such as police officers, mail carriers, medical professionals and firefighters. The children have a lot of fun imagining themselves in these important roles, and incorporating toy versions of the uniforms, equipment and vehicles that go with them.
In addition, October is National Fire Prevention Month, so we place a special emphasis on the importance of fire safety and the role of firefighters. Our classroom activities help the children become more comfortable around emergency responders in uniform, and teach them basics about what to do in case of an emergency.
Here are some ways children learn about community helpers in the classroom, as well as activities for you and your child to do at home.
TODDLERS (ages 1-2):
In the classroom: Toddlers are fascinated with dressing up as doctors, police officers and firefighters, because they have distinct uniforms and roles that children can easily understand. During dramatic play, our teachers provide students with costumes and props, and encourage them to choose the role they want to play.
At home: Continue dress-up play by providing your child with various props and costumes. Ask him, “Who do you want to dress-up as?” and “What does that person wear?”
Recommended reading: Whose Hat is This by Sharon Katz Cooper
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):
In the classroom: Our Beginner students learn about the special vehicles that community helpers use, by playing matching games, reading books, and building vehicles using cardboard boxes.
At home: Go for a drive with your child. Point out vehicles that belong to community helpers, such as a fire truck and a police car. Ask, “Who drives that vehicle?” and “Where might it be going?”
Recommended reading: The Little Fire Engine by Lois Lenski
INTERMEDIATES (ages 3-4):
In the classroom: During fire safety lessons, many of our schools invite local firefighters to visit. Students explore the tools firefighters use, learn “Stop, Drop and Roll,” and may have the opportunity to tour a fire truck.
At home: Continue exploring fire safety by practicing “Stop, Drop and Roll” with your child. Ask him, “Who puts out fires?” and discuss what he should do if he hears a fire alarm at home.
Recommended reading: The Fire Engine Book by Tibor Gergely
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):
In the classroom: Teachers introduce situations when it might be necessary to dial 9-1-1. Students practice finding 9-1-1 on different keypads, such as cell phones and landlines.
At home: Show your child photos of various community helpers and the buildings where they work. Ask him to identify the helpers and their workplaces, and describe the roles the helpers play in our community.
Recommended reading: The Berenstain Bears: Jobs around Town by Jan Berenstain
We provide many opportunities for students to learn about community helpers. By setting this foundation, they become more familiar and comfortable around the people that make their neighborhoods a better place.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education