A Note From Our Principal
We hope your children enjoyed their fall lessons, pumpkin themed activities and classroom celebrations last month. Seeing our students enjoy their Halloween costumes and fall attire is one of the highlights of the year for us. Thank you for allowing us to be part of these special occasions! This month we are focusing on gratitude and connecting with others. We have many special activities planned for our students and are looking forward to sharing photos with you all on Links 2 Home. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Each of our classrooms will be celebrating Thanksgiving with gratitude and care. More details to come.
Parent Survey ReminderOur enrolled parent survey launched in October. If you have not received the email, please let us know so we can request it be resent. The survey provides the opportunity for you to give us feedback anonymously on our strengths and areas we can work on. Survey closes November 19.
November 11 – Closed for Professional Development
November 25 – Closed for Thanksgiving
November 26 – Closed for Thanksgiving
November 30 – Parent folders go home
Ways to Celebrate American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month with Your Child
November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. It is a time to honor the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of Native Americans. When children acknowledge and appreciate diverse cultures, they are helping to build a community of belonging and inclusion. Celebrate with your child this month by trying some of our ideas below.
1. Read books about American Indian and Alaska Native characters
Books are a wonderful way to expand your child’s awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures. A few of our favorites to celebrate American Indians and Alaska Natives include, “Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story” by Kevin Noble Maillard, “We are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom, and “Mama, Do You Love Me?” by Barbara M. Joosse.
2. Make a traditional meal
The diet of American Indians and Alaska Natives included vegetables found on the land around them. This month, cook the traditional ”three sisters” (corn, squash, beans) soup. Encourage your child to help measure, scoop and pour the ingredients.
3. Explore your region’s resources
Check your local area for festivals or museums with Native American exhibits. Libraries and schools also often host events, such as dance performances and puppet shows for younger children. Afterwards, ask your child about some of the favorite things they saw.
4. Take a nature walk
Explain to your child that connecting with nature was an important part of Native American culture. November is a great time to get outdoors and take a walk together. Talk about the things you see, hear, and smell around you.