Dear CBA Families,
It’s so hard to believe that it’s August already and that we only have one month left of summer camp! This month we have a lot to look forward to including visits from Tumble Bus, Bricks for Kids, Fish the Magish, and more. We will be concluding our summer camp on August 25th with an end of summer Luau in the evening.
Our end of the summer Luau will be from approximately 6-7:30 in the evening. We will have games, face painting, and refreshments. The Kona Ice truck will also be on site for individual purchases. On August 26th we will be closed to our families; however, our teachers will be spending the day completing trainings and working to prepare for the beginning of our new school year.
Our school is currently participating in a fundraiser to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation move closer to finding a cure for childhood cancer. We have set a goal of raising $2,000 and are excited to announce that we have currently raised $475. We appreciate each and every donation that we have received. Next week we will conclude our fundraiser with a lemonade stand in the lobby.
As a reminder, sunscreen should be applied before drop off and we will re-apply before afternoon outdoor time. Also, each week please check your child’s cubby to see what needs to be replenished. All food/drink items brought from home must be nut free and labeled with your child’s first name, last name, and the date.
As we get ready to kick off a new school year, we want to make sure you’re kept in the know. In addition to this newsletter, the “For Parents” section of our website also includes links to our menu, monthly calendar, and school year calendar. If you’re not currently receiving photos and daily reports for your child, you can easily change this by downloading the Links 2 Home app on your phone. Just type “Links 2 Home” in the search bar for the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. After downloading, you can register with the same email address that you used to enroll your child in our school.
Thank you for your continued dedication and support. We appreciate you!
Mrs. Kristie, Principal
Mrs. Lindsey, Assistant Principal
From the Education Department:
How Our Literacy-Rich Classrooms Foster a Love of Learning
Our teachers inspire a love of reading and language every day by creating a child-centered, literacy-rich environment where stories, letters, and words are consistently introduced to students. In our classrooms, materials are labeled with photographs and words, vocabulary development is paramount, and children’s writing attempts are apparent.
Below are a few ways we introduce language and literacy in each of our programs.
Infants (0-1 year)
Language and literacy education begins with our youngest learners. Our teachers establish this foundation with our infants by looking at picture books, reenacting stories using puppets, and reciting nursery rhymes. Teachers take the learning outdoors by encouraging infants to explore sounds heard. For example, teachers may ask, “Do you hear a bird chirping?” or “Do you hear the leaves crunching while we walk?” Through these activities, infants learn about the sounds and structure of language, pre-literacy skills that influence their later success in reading, writing, and speaking.
Toddlers (1-2 years)
Toddler teachers turn reading books into an interactive experience by using dialogic reading. In dialogic reading, teachers engage the students as storytellers and ask questions about the story. For example, the teacher may point to a dog in the book and say, “What is this?” The student may respond, “Dog,” and the teacher will further the conversation by saying, “Yes! That’s a brown dog. Can you say brown dog?”
Beginners (2-3 years)
Teachers in our Beginner classroom design learning experiences that provide students opportunities to recognize their first name in print. For example, they may place students’ first names in the sensory bin with other sensory materials and encourage students to find their name. Our classroom management systems are another way Beginner students learn to recognize their first name in print. Students place their picture, labeled with their first name, by the center they wish to explore.
Intermediates (3-4 years)
As opposed to teaching one letter per week, our teachers discuss letter names and provide opportunities for students to hear specific letter sounds. Prior to reading the book Strega Nona, the teacher may ask, “What letter makes the /s/ sound? What letter makes the /t/ sound? Let’s see if we can hear other words that sound like /s/ and /t/!” While reading, teachers also assist students in connecting new information to what they already know by saying, “This looks almost the same as _____” or “Have you ever _____?”
Pre-K (4-5 years)
Our Pre-K teachers incorporate many activities throughout the day for students to practice language and communication skills. During group discussions, teachers provide time for students to process what they hear and to share their individual thoughts. While exploring centers, teachers ask open-ended questions to encourage multiple responses. For example, they may say, “What would happen if ____” or “What
else could you do here?” Teachers create meaningful and authentic language experiences by encouraging students to read together to find answers, create labels, and write lists and thank you cards.