January 2016 Newsletter
Hello CBA Families!
Happy winter and Happy New Year!
We have a lot fun activities planned for the New Year! January is going to be a busy month for our students and for you, so please keep track of all important dates.
It is my commitment to support the needs of your children, your families, and the school. It is my passion to see your children succeed and thrive in their educational environment. If you have any questions or concerns, my door is always open and you can email me an firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, thank you for the continued support.
We are requesting five minutes of your time to complete a brief survey about your experience at your school. The information you provide will help us make our schools better for our families.
Between January 5th and January 7th, you will receive an email containing a link to our online school survey. If you have not received your survey by Friday, January 8th, please contact your school principal for assistance.
Please be assured that all your answers will remain anonymous and only combined answers will be shared with your school’s Principal and Executive Director.
Note, you may receive and respond to two different surveys if you have children in two separate schools. Also, more than one parent may receive and respond to this survey if you have furnished your school with both email addresses.
To ensure that you receive the survey in a timely manner, please add email@example.com to your email address book. Doing so will greatly improve deliverability.
Thank you for your honest feedback.
Consumer Research Department
Nobel Learning Communities
School starts at 9am. Please try to come on time so that your child is getting to full amount of his or her education. Thank you
It has been brought to my attention that several parents are leaving their cars running and coming into the school building. Please for the safety of our children and for your car please turn off your cars when you come into the school. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
**A gentle reminder that payment is due the Friday before the following week! If payment is received after noon Monday, a late payment fee of $25 will be assessed. Thank you!
**The weather is getting chilly fast, please make sure you have spare clothes that are weather appropriate, including a jacket, gloves and hat!
**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!
Mrs. Adrienne Nwude
Mrs. Dana LeHew
A note from our Education Department:
The Value of Visual Art Activities for Your Preschooler
Visual art experiences help children develop skills such as critical thinking, self-expression, problem-solving, communication and collaboration. Our teachers focus on process-based art education, in which the experience of creating art is valued over the end product.
In our classrooms, teachers integrate art into many aspects of our Links to Learning curriculum. After reading a book about polar bears, teachers might ask students to create their own polar bears using sponges, paint, markers and paper. They encourage students to talk about their art, providing a great opportunity to learn new vocabulary, particularly words related to colors, shapes,textures, and emotions.
Our students are also exposed to and inspired by famous artwork. In order to cultivate that fascination, we discuss famous artists and art works and ask students to create replicas of well-known paintings and sculptures. For example, after learning about Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, teachers mimic the activity in the classroom. They tape paper underneath tables, and students practice painting a masterpiece while lying down.
Below are visual art activities you and your child can do at home, as well as recommended reading.
• Provide your child with finger paint, a large piece of paper and a smock. Let him create a masterpiece. Talk about how the paint feels and what colors and shapes he creates on the paper.
• Start a journal with your child. Have him draw a picture of something that happened during the day. Avoid giving direction. Instead of saying “Draw a picture of your teacher and classmates,” encourage him to experiment using different colored markers or crayons. If age appropriate, ask your child to write a few words to describe the picture.
• Give your child a piece of paper and a box of crayons or markers. Show him how to use the materials to make dots, lines and swirls on the paper. Let him take over and have fun. Encourage conversation about your child’s art by saying, “Tell me about what you made” or “I see you used a lot of blue in your picture. Why did you choose that color?”
• Ask your child to decorate a sign for his bedroom door using various art materials. Have him write his name on the sign.
• The Dot by Peter Reynolds
• Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
• Art by Patrick McDonnell
• Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
• Mix It Up by Herve Tullet
It is wonderful to share the joy that children naturally take in using art materials. Giving children extra opportunities to connect art to the world around them, contributes to happiness and future success in elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education