November 2018 Newsletter

Early Childhood News!  November 2018

As the holiday season approaches, it’s important for us all to take a moment and think about all the great things around us.

The Early Childhood Program staff are thankful that we have families that are supportive and appreciative of the educational experiences we are providing your young learners.

The EC students are thankful to have teachers that work so hard to provide them with fun and engaging learning each school day.

All of us at ECC are thankful for our custodians that work hard to provide us with a clean, beautiful school
to learn in. We are thankful for Mrs. Elke and Ms. Damaris that provide us with yummy food so that our tummies are full and our brains can learn. We are thankful for Mrs. Tami, Mrs. Heather, and Mrs. Deanna for always being so friendly and helpful to all. We are thankful for Nurse Tammy for making us feel better when we are sick or hurt. We are thankful for Mrs. Debbie for being an advocate to our Little Jay families and helping out whenever resources
are needed. We are thankful for USD 475’s district leaders for making a great investment in our program that allows for the Early Childhood students to receive the best curriculum and teachers available. So many reasons to be thankful!
Let us all strive to have hearts full of gratitude for the gifts we are so fortunate to benefit from every day!
So many reasons to be thankful!

Important Dates:
11/1 Community Helpers Day @ ECC
11/8 Wear your Little Jay shirt
11/11 Veterans’ Day
11/12 No School
11/15 Thanksgiving Celebrations in classrooms (more information coming soon from your child’s teacher)
11/19 to 11/23 Thanksgiving Break—No School
11/29 Learning is Hard Work Day— Wear your favorite workout clothes

Geary County USD 475 Early Childhood Program
Community Helpers Day @ ECC is November 1st!
The Early Childhood program staff has planned an exciting day of learning for our students!

On November 1st, we will have various community helpers at the the main center at 1803 Elmdale Avenue in Junction City for our students to learn more about how these people keep us safe and improve our communities.
We will get to see their vehicles up close and learn more details about each job. In addition, there will be a story connected to each community helper. The AM session will be from 9:00-10:00 and the PM session will be from 12:30-2:30. Unfortunately, we were only able to secure busing for students at Jefferson and Morris Hill for
the afternoon time. EC students that attend on post in the morning classes are welcome to join us with their families for the afternoon session. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions!
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

Our next theme in Curiosity Corner is “To Market, To Market!”

Our students will learn more about a subject their familiar with—the Grocery Store! This unit will provide the students an opportunity to increase their understanding of how foods get on the shelves and in the refrigerators
at the store. The students will get a “behind-the-scenes” look at the work of the grocer!

Wonderful Words in Unit 6 To Market, To Market!
store      ingredients     cashier     recipe     manager
department     market     advertisement     groceries     factory

Our Schools are Tobacco Free Campuses!
USD 475 Board of Education policy states that all our school campuses are tobacco free. The policy prohibits the use of any tobacco product or any inhalant which utilizes extracts of any type while on school premises. This policy includes our school building, entry ways, and parking lot. Please adhere to the tobacco-free policy while parked in our parking lot and while sitting
in the drop-off and pick-up lane. Let’s keep the air clean for all students and staff on our Early Childhood Center campus as well as Jefferson, Morris Hill, Westwood, and Washington Elementary Schools. Thank you for your help!

It’s important that families ensure that their child’s school has the most up-to-date contact information for your family. In the event that your child becomes ill or injured at school, it’s imperative that we have your current phone numbers on file so that you can be reached. Just as important is the Emergency Contact information we have on file. In the event that you cannot be reached, we need to have the current phone numbers of family members or friends that we can call to either assist us with getting in contact with you or have your permission to pick your child up. We understand that situations and phone numbers can change, just please be sure and forward that information to our school so that we can reach you when your little ones need you!

A Note from Nurse Tammy
Avoiding the Flu
 Get the flu vaccination.
 Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Also, people are generally contagious for 24 hours before they have any symptoms-minimize sharing objects!
 If you or a family member are sick with flu-like illness stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of medicine.)
 Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tis-sue in the trash after you use it. If you don’t have a tissue—cover your cough with your elbow.
 Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
 Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
 Get plenty of sleep to keep your immune system strong.

Do you have the Flu?
A person who has Influenza (flu) type illness if they have a fever over 100 degrees, a cough, and/or sore throat with no other known cause.
If you believe you or your child may have the flu, the best practice is to stay home until your symptoms subside.

Literacy Development in Early Childhood
Hello Parents! During my literacy visits to the EC classrooms this month, we will be focusing on syllables. Syllables are small units within words containing one vowel sound with or without surrounding consonants. Being able to segment words into syllables is an important phonemic awareness skill for pre-literacy development. I will be reading a story called Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrettt. Your child will learn about clapping out the syllables they hear in words. This is something that can also be done at home, while reading stories or even during dinner time and clapping out the syllables of the names of the foods you are eating. Here are some suggested books for this month:
The Little Old Lady Who Isn’t Afraid of Anything By Linda Williams
Pete the Cat Wheels on the Bus By James Dean
Happy Reading with your child!  Julie Gyuran

Meet the Early Childhood Staff!
Mrs. Nadgi Neuman
Early Childhood Parent Educator
Hello! My name is Nadgi Neuman and I am the Early Childhood Program’s Parent Educator. I have been a Parent Educator with USD 475 for 13 years, however this is my first year as the Parent Educator for the Early Childhood Program. A component of the Kansas Preschool Program grant is to offer parents an opportunity to receive home-based, Parents As Teachers services in addition to placement in the preschool classroom. PAT offers a parent-child activity that encourages parents in their most important role, as their child’s first and most important teacher, with activities that focus on their child’s development. You can choose if you prefer to receive home- based services or classroom-based services for your child. Our Parents As Teachers program serves children ages birth-36 months while I serve children ages 3-5. At home, I am Mom to a sophomore in high school, CJ, and a sophomore in college, Celine. I love working with the Little Jays and their families!

Books Related to our Theme
 “The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza” retold by Philemon Sturges
 “Meal Time” by Anthony Lewis
 “Eat Your Dinner!” by Virginia Miller
 “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” by Judy and Ron Barrett
 “The Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake” by Joanna Cole, Bruce Degan, and Ted Enik
 “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle


Parents and Families,
Now that the weather has cooled down and the days have gotten shorter in preparation for winter, families find themselves needing to entertain their little ones indoors more and more. During these months of the year, families should be creative in the indoor activities their children are engaged in and limit the amount of “screen time” that is allowed. Screen time refers to watching movies, TV, playing video games, time on a tablet, etc. According to pediatricians at Mayo Clinic, children between the ages of 2-5 should get no more than one hour a day of screen time, and this should be limited to high-quality programming, such as PBS Kids. Consider activities that will promote your child’s developmental progress, such as coloring for fine motor skills or puzzles for problem-solving skills. Consider beginning a tradition of a weekly game night in your home that will allow fun for your whole family that doesn’t involve electronics. Families are a child’s first and best teacher and we value the learning that you make happen at home. Thank you for all that you do for your Little Jay!
Stephanie Bogenhagen