October 2014 Newsletter

Harvest Party and Costume Parade

Friday, October 24th from 4-5 PM we will be hosting our Annual Harvest Party. We will have crafts, snacks and games for the children. They may wear their costumes if they would like, but please bring them in instead of wearing them as they are a big distraction for the day. There will be a sign-up posted in the hall so you can indicate how many are attending from your family and what snack you would like to bring as a contribution.

We will also be going on our Annual Costume Parade on Friday, October 31st at 10 AM., to the East Lyme Town Hall. The children wear their costumes and we all walk as a group to the town hall where the children Trick or Treat and mingle with the Town staff. It is a fun morning for all. If you would like to attend with your child you are, as always, more than welcome!

Giving

NCCCC has many ways that you can contribute to our little non-profit center. We count on your contributions for specific purchases, for example, we are currently running a campaign to raise funds to replace our playground fence. You can contribute through fundraisers, the giving tree, or direct contributions. We do 4 fundraisers per year.

Our current fundraiser is the Midland Catalog Fundraiser which runs from September 23rd to October 7th. They have many lovely choices for Christmas gifts from candy and dessert or dip mixes to gifts and gift wrap. All purchases will arrive well in advance of Christmas.

On October 9th we will begin our second fundraiser—selling frozen pies from Lyman Orchards. This fundraiser ends on October 22nd and they will be delivered on November 4th in plenty of time for Thanksgiving Dinner! The more we sell the more profit we make!

We won’t have another fundraiser until spring when we sell Gertrude Hawk Chocolates. These are a past favorite for those beautiful Easter Baskets.

And finally our Basket Auction. This year’s basket auction was not very successful so we (the parent committee and I ) are trying to come up with a fun Family Activity that can serve as a fund raiser. If you have any suggestions please see Kathy.

There is also the Giving Tree in the hall. You can choose an item (apple) from the tree to purchase for your child’s class.

Finally you can contribute by helping with work parties for example when we do a playground revitalization or painting party.

All contributions are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support!

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Scholastic Book Orders

Shop Online: scholastic.com/reading club
One-Time Class Activation Code: HL994

Encouraging reading is one of the most important things we can do to help your child succeed. It can be tough finding the right books to keep them interested, which is why I am so excited that our class will be participating in Scholastic Reading Club this school year. With Scholastic Reading Club:

  • Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library
  • You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child
  • You’ll find the best values on a variety of formats, including eBooks

Each month, your child will bring home Reading Club flyers. Together you can choose from books hand-selected by teachers and experts, and then order online or by returning your order form and payment to me.

I’d also love some help growing our classroom Reading Club. If you’d like to help out, please let me know! I’m excited to get our class reading!

Thank you for your support,
VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub

  • ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (top of this letter)
  • SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
  • SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom

All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!

NCCCC passes out our Scholastic Book Order Forms on the first of every month with our newsletter. Orders are due the 15th of each month. Please make your checks out to Scholastic Books.

Thank you for your support!

Every Friday during football season will be “Football Friday” at NCCCC. Wear your team’s shirt to show your spirit!!!

Flu Shot Reminder

According to the news we are going to have a rough flu season this year. The State DPH and the National CDC all recommend a flu shot for children, especially those in childcare. If and when you get your child vaccinated please be sure to bring documentation of it from your pediatrician for our nurse, Marie. She fills out a survey every February for the State and needs to list how many of our children are in compliance. It is recommended that you vaccinate in the fall so they are prepared when there is an outbreak. We had a very rough winter two years ago when most of our children and staff were out sick. It is very difficult to run a childcare when most of your staff are ill.

We also greatly appreciate it when you keep your child home when they show signs of being ill. We always post illnesses that are currently in the center on the hall doors for your information. The posting lists the symptoms for you to watch out for so you will be aware when your child starts to come down with something.

I assure you , we clean and sanitize the rooms every night at closing to try and minimize contamination. We also try to immediately sanitize toys that are mouthed by the children for the same reason. For more information
on the subject: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

We thank you very much for your attention to these matters.

BRRR!!! It’s Cold Outside!!!

NCCCC tries to get the children outside everyday (preferably twice) so they can get fresh air, exercise and sunshine. We have a chart we follow that tells us when it is too cold (or too hot) to go outside and of course there is the rain factor. Hopefully the snow won’t slow us down. This of course depends on whether the children have the appropriate clothing for the weather of the day.

Please take time to check the weather each day and send your child in with hats, mittens, boots and snow pants if needed. It would be a sad day for the children if they all had to stay in because one child didn’t have warm clothes.

You might also want to check your child’s extra clothes box in their cubby to make sure it doesn’t contain shorts and tank tops from the summer. Accidents happen and we don’t want the child to be chilly.

Thank you so much for your attention to this matter.

Setting Limits: Helping Children Learn Self-Regulation

By setting limits for children, you help them learn self-regulation, that is, how to set limits for themselves. The process of learning self-regulation and self-control begins in infancy, as babies begin to develop a sense of self. You can help by noticing your baby’s cues and signals, providing responsive care, and making sure she has secure attachments to the other adults who care for her. From the start, set clear limits and provide simple explanations (“No biting. That hurts mommy.”) As your baby grows, try to be consistent as you express expectations and set rules or consequences. The goal is to guide children and set limits so that they feel supported and valued, not judged and rejected.

Learning to Deal with Frustration
The process of learning self-control is linked very closely with how a child feels about herself and the frustrations that are part of day-to-day life. Children need help and practice building their frustration tolerance. One of the best ways to make this happen is to provide opportunities for children to make their own choices and decisions. Helping them stick to decisions can be difficult, but it is important for children to experience the consequences of their choices (at least some of the time.) Similarly, when you give young child a choice, honor their decision. Of course, not everything can be a choice and not everything is negotiable. Children should not be al-lowed to hurt themselves or other people (verbally or physically) or to destroy property. They cannot dominate every family interaction. Sometimes adults have to say “no.”

Aggressive Behavior
Physical aggression (biting, pushing, hitting, throwing) is very common in the early years. Very often, episodes of aggression can be prevented before they begin. Anticipation is always helpful and relieves stress for adults and young children alike. When possible, alert children before transitions, such as the end of playtime, leaving an outing, or the arrival or departure of guests. Rewarding de-sired behavior will help children learn what is expected of them. When trouble repeats itself, analyze the situation and make changes that get to the root of the problem: next time, go to the library after lunch, or let the twins each pick a friend to invite over to play. Have as few rules as possible, but make the ones you do have stick. Be persistent because it often takes repeated experience for learning to take place.

Taking Action
When young children play together, moods can shift quickly, and tension can quickly build or resolve. Over time, parents want to teach children how to solve their own problems. But when is it best to get involved, and when should children be allowed to handle the situation themselves? Ask yourself: If this continues, what is the likelihood that someone will get hurt or something will be damaged? If trouble is really brewing, be decisive. Take action before your child does.

Unfortunately, children don’t always stop hitting, grabbing or throwing simply because we ask them to. In these cases, these steps may help:

  • Tell your child specifically what you expect her to do, and help move her in that direction.
  • If necessary, remove the child from the immediate situation, but keep her with you.
  • Discuss feelings and rules after she is calmer.
  • Involve the child in deciding when it is time to return to the previous activity.
  • Help her return and be more successful.
  • If she repeats the behavior, remove her from the situation again.

Time Outs
When a child seems to be having difficulty calming down or regulating her feelings, brief ” time outs” may be useful. However, it is easy for a child to feel emotionally abandoned if she is sent to a separate room by herself. A few minutes in a “time-out chair” or “quiet corner ” in the same room as the parent, teacher or caregiver can be comforting. It allows children time to regain control without feeling unduly anxious or rejected.

Letting Off Steam
Children often seem to have boundless energy. You can help your children let off steam by providing time and space for large-motor activities such as running and jumping. A special time for noisy activities can also provide an excellent outlet for expressing aggression. Other ways to relieve tension and diffuse aggression include working with clay, hammering at a workbench, or en-gaging in other physically active play. Keep in mind that children are less likely to be aggressive when they are engaged in games or projects they enjoy. It is always helpful to keep the day as interesting as possible by providing a variety of experiences and activities for your children.

Recognizing Your Flashpoints
It is particularly important for adults to recognize and deal with their own anger in difficult moments with young children. It is not neces-sary to pretend to be okay when you’re really angry. Talk about your feelings with children as you feel your anger mounting. If you feel that you might be too angry to make a good decision, wait for a few minutes and think it over before you respond. If another parent or caring adult is present, you might want to ask him or her to step in for a time so you can take a break.

This article is from PBS/The Whole Child

 

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