October Newsletter

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Happy Fall Y’all!!

It’s hard to believe that we coming to the end of our first quarter
of school! It seems like we were all just anxiously anticipating the
first day our students would arrive! With the end of the 1st quarter
upon us, it’s time for our students to show us what they know. It’s an
exciting time for the staff of the Early Childhood program because
the students have all grown and progressed in their social and academic
skills. We know that you will be so proud of all of their growth when
we share their achievements at our Parent/Teacher Conferences this
month. These meetings are a vital part of your child’s educational experience
throughout their school years. It’s important that all members of their team are on the same page so that we can be as supportive as possible in their learning
process. Information will be coming home soon so that you can schedule your meeting for a time that fits into your schedule. Thank you for making your child’s education a top priority and attending your kiddo’s conference!

October 7th – 13th is Fire Prevention Week

Home fires can start and spread quickly, which is why we all need to be mindful and educated when it comes to fire safety. Just a little bit of planning
can make a big difference for your family. Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly. For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area. Teach kids never to play with matches and lighters. Make a habit of placing these items up and away from young children. Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of your house in case of a fire. Get a stopwatch and time how fast your family can escape. Children should
know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Teach them to get low and get out when they hear it. In addition, they should be taught never to hide from emergency crews that may come to help. A child who is coached properly ahead of time will have a better chance to be safe.

Important Dates:
10/2 Custodian Appreciation Day
10/1- 10/5 Homecoming Week
10/4 Walk a Mile @ ECC (schedule coming home soon)
10/8 Professional Development Day—No School
10/11 Wear your Little Jay shirt! AND Fall Into Learning Night @ EC classrooms 5:00-7:00
10/17 EC Site Council @ECC @ 5:00
10/18 Pajama Day!
10/22- 10/25 Parent/Teacher Conferences
10/25 No School
10/31 Fall Festivals in Classrooms—Information coming soon from your child’s teacher!

ECC Class Schedule
AM Classes: 8:10-10:40
PM Classes: 11:40-3:10
Full Day Classes: 8:10-3:10
Ms. Kim’s Classes: 8:00-11:30/11:40-3:10

There’s a lot of learning going on!!
Our next theme in Curiosity Corner is “Places and Faces in Communities!” Our students will learn about our neighborhoods and communities.
We’ll also be learning about the people in our communities that help us and keep us safe. Community helpers are all around us every day.

Wonderful Words in Places and Faces in Communities
fire station

Parent/Teacher Conference schedules vary by building in USD 475. Please see the list below for the schedule of the school your children attend:

Early Childhood Center, Jefferson Elementary EC, Westwood Elementary School & Morris Hill Elementary EC
Monday, Oct 22nd 3:30-7:30
Tuesday, Oct 23rd 3:30-7:3

Washington Elementary School
Tuesday, Oct 23rd 3:30-7:30
Wednesday, Oct 24th, 3:30-7:30
Thursday, Oct 25 7:30-12:00

Westwood Elementary School
Tuesday, Oct 16th 3:30-7:30
Wednesday, Oct 18th 3:30-7:30
Thursday, Oct 25 8:00-12:00

*No ECC Program Classes will be in session Thursday, Oct 25th*

With the change of season comes cooler temperatures. Please remember to
send in a change of clothing for your child that is fall-friendly! Thank you!

A Note from Nurse Tammy
With Halloween right around the corner, it’s a good time to review some recommendations to make sure all our Little Jays and their families have a fun and safe evening.

Trick-or-Treating Safety
 Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
 Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
 Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
 Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
 Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
 Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
 Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
 Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
 Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
 When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
 Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
 Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
We hope everyone has an extra special Halloween, however your family chooses to celebrate. Being extra mindful and careful will ensure it’s a night filled with fun memories!

Early Childhood Program Site Council
The Early Childhood Program strives to provide a high-quality preschool experience for our stu-dents and their families. We recognize that the realization of optimal education at any level requires effective communication between all team members–students, families, district leaders, community members, and staff. In order for us to ensure that our program is meeting the needs and expecta-tions of all our stakeholders, we form an Early Childhood Program Site Council with representatives from each member of the educational team. These meetings will be a time for our staff to explain various aspects of the Early Childhood Program, the educational philosophy behind the different programs and approaches we utilize, and ways stakeholders can support our mission. This council also offers a time for parents to ask questions and, most importantly, offer suggestions for improve-ment. Your feedback is very important to us and we hope you will consider serving as an Early Childhood Program Site Council member. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information!

Please join the Early Childhood Program in celebrating Homecoming 2018
October 1st-7th!
We will follow the JCHS Spirit Week festivities that follow:
Monday 10/1—Movie Monday
(dress like your favorite movie character)
Tuesday 10/2—Team Tuesday
(wear your favorite team shirt)
Wednesday 10/3—Wacky Wednesday
(crazy hair and silly socks)
Thursday 10/4—Blue Jay Sprit Day (show all your Blue Jay pride)

In addition, we would like to invite our students and their families to attend the Homecoming parade Thursday night at 6:00 on 6th street, the community pep rally and bonfire Thursday night at 6:45 at Al Simpler Stadium on Eisenhower Dr, and the Homecoming game at 7:00 Friday night at Al Simpler Stadium.

Meet the Early Childhood Staff!
October 2nd is Custodial Appreciation Day! Our custodial staff works hard to make sure that our buildings are clean and ready for our Little Jays to learn. Ms. Iretha arrives very early every morning before most of us are out of bed to get the buildings ready for students and stays to ensure that our learning environment is tidy and sanitary. Mr. Roosevelt arrives in the afternoon to finish the maintenance of the building during our school day and into the evening. Finally, Ms. Ruby arrives after the students have gone for the day to perform night cleaning duties to prepare for the next day with students. This three man team keeps ECC in tip-top shape and we appreciate all that they do here! If you see one of our custodial staff members, please extend your thanks to them as well for a job well done!
Every day in Early Childhood is an adventure and the wonders of the Fall season will only make it more fun. As the weather begins to cool, it’s important that your child is dressed for outdoor time. We recognize that gross motor play outside in the fresh air is an important part of our students’ educational experience with us. Research has shown that outdoor gross motor play has an impact on many aspects of a child’s development. Play such as monkey bars and climbing has an impact on a child’s fine motor development with the development of a child’s grip and muscle tone in their hands. Social skills are developed through the cooperative play that occurs between children on the playground. Problem-solving and motor planning skills are developed through maneuvering through and across playground equipment. Please consider adding outdoor playtime to your families routines during the Fall season. Thank you for everything you do to support your child and our program! Happy Fall!
Stephanie Bogenhagen
or stephaniebogenhagen@usd475.org