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March 2024 News


Dear CBA Families,

February was a great month at our school! Our students celebrated diversity, friendship, and love. Valentine’s Day was enjoyed with class parties and special treats. In anticipation of spring, our teachers are busy planning meaningful learning activities that will help students gain an appreciation for the changing seasons.

March will be a busy month at our school as we are celebrating Read Across America week the 4-8th.  We will also be hosting the Scholastic Book Fair, getting pictures done by Lifetouch Photography, wrapping up Art to Remember orders, and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  Please see the weekly newsletter, our monthly calendar on the website, and your child’s daily reports for additional information regarding these events.

Our enrolled family survey will be launching the week of March 11. This survey provides the opportunity for you to share your positive experiences within our school community and give feedback on our areas of opportunity confidentially. Please be on the lookout for this in your email.

The first day of spring is March 19th and the warmer weather is upon us.  Please take a moment during pick up or drop off to check your child’s cubby box. They should have at least two sets of weather appropriate clothing. Our students enjoy daily outside time during the morning when it is still chilly out, so be sure to bring a jacket for your child.

Thank you for your continued support.  We hope that everyone has a wonderful month!



Kristie Salmon, Principal


From the Education Department:


Hands-On Activities to Teach Your Preschooler About the Environment


Children are programmed to explore and experiment with their environment from the very beginning, even as infants. The Scientific Exploration component of our Links to Learning curriculum supports the development of scientific inquiry and expands upon children’s natural curiosity. Science activities develop many important life skills, but the most important benefit for young children is teaching them how to think and develop a sense of curiosity and wonder.


Below are some hands-on, age-appropriate activities to spark wonder and learning in your child.


Infants (0-1 year)

Provide toys that have incremental sizes (nesting cups, stacking rings) and toys that allow for the discovery of cause and effect (pop-up toys, interactive sound books).


Toddlers (1-2 years)

Encourage your child to observe and explore natural materials indoors and outdoors. Make a telescope using a paper towel tube and encourage them to look for certain objects. For example, ask, “Do you see anything that is green?” or “Can you find any insects?”


Beginners (2-3 years)

Involve your child in observing events in nature and discuss the observations. Make a birdfeeder to hang in your backyard and ask your child “What is the bird doing?” or “Can you tell me what you see?”.


Intermediates (3-4 years)

Help your child learn about the five senses: see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. Encourage them to use their five senses when exploring objects. Go for a nature walk and listen to birds, look at the shape, color and speed of the clouds, smell the pine-scented air, feel the rough bark.


Pre-K/Pre-K 2 (4-5 years)

Build new structures with your child using various materials such as empty boxes or coffee cans, sticks, cardboard tubes, etc. Talk about what you see your child doing as they are building and ask open-ended questions.


Something for all ages!

Find opportunities to talk about the weather every day and make it relevant to your child’s real-life experiences and routines. An example for younger children is, “It’s cold outside. We will need to put on our hats, gloves, and coats before we go to the playground.” Once your child is old enough, have them evaluate the weather each morning. Based on their evaluations, allow them to determine what clothes to wear. Talk about the different choices of apparel and why they may or may not be appropriate.

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