September 2014 Newsletter

Open House Pot Luck

On Monday, September 29th from 5:30—7:30 PM we will be hosting our Annual Open House and Pot Luck Supper. The open house gives you the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and also sign up to volunteer on parent committees.

The Pot Luck provides the opportunity to meet, support and socialize with other parents. There will be a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the hall so you can sign up to bring your families favorite dish.

We hope you can join us!

Picture Day

Tuesday, September 23rd is School Picture Day. Teddy Bear Portraits is coming again this year and will begin photographing at 9:00 AM.

Please sign the permission slip, even if you don’t plan to buy, so your child can appear in the school composite that shows all the children.

Two weeks later, from 3:30—5:30 they will return with the photos for you to view. There is no obligation to buy, but remember, they make great Christmas presents for the grandparents.

Welcome New Staff

NCCCC has hired several new teachers and in our continuing effort to improve our program and meet NAEYC standards you will notice they all the full time teachers have a Bachelors degrees in Early Childhood.

Elizabeth Quinn has a BA in Psychology from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. She has worked as a Center Director here in CT. and as an Assistant Director and Preschool teacher in Perry Hall MD. Elizabeth volunteers at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, CT.

Chelsea Cushing just graduated from Wheelock College in Boston with a BS in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. She lives in Waterford CT. Chelsea has many friends and family both in the area and at NCCCC.

Rebecca Rosales has a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State. She did an internship at Bennet Family Center in PA. She recently moved to CT with her husband.

Sherry Verdini has her LPN from Norwich Tech. She served as a charge nurse at a local nursing home. She lives in Niantic with her husband and has 2 grown sons.

Please join me in welcoming them to our NCCCC family. We know they will
be valuable additions to our team!

Parent Representatives

NCCCC is seeking parents to volunteer as classroom representatives to help advise on our Program Improvement Plan for 2014 which will be based on the results of the Family Surveys done in July. We would like a representative from each classroom. This meeting can be set up to meet the needs of the parent’s schedules and should only have to occur once. Thereafter the parents will help with Family Events and classroom activities but this can all be done through emails. I understand how valuable your time is and I am trying to respect that.

One of the items brought up by the Family surveys was that parents are invited to participate in Cen-ter decisions . Requests were made last year but we received no responses. This is your opportunity to make a difference in your child’s center . If you are interested in volunteering please see Kathy or sign up on the bul-leting board in the hallway. Thank you.

Security Code

We will be starting the new school year with a new 4-digit security code. Please do not share the code with family, children and friends, unless they pick up on a regular basis. We installed the system with the safety of the children in mind and if the code is known or shared with others it undermines the effectiveness of the system. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

Invitation to Parents

NCCCC has an “Open Door Policy” This means you are welcome to visit anytime, contribute in classroom events or activities, read aloud to the children or share a project or family tradition. If you would like to participate in your child’s room please feel free to contact your child’s teacher. You were your child’s first teacher and their continuing education is a team effort. You are as welcome here as our child!

Family Survey Results

Please find attached a copy of the Family Survey conducted in July . First of all I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents who took the time to fill out the questionnaire. It helps us to know and hope-fully correct any issues that are brought to our attention through the form. We can not fix a problem if we are not aware of it , so we greatly appreciate your opinion.

In an effort to address the problems brought to light by the survey we would also appreciate volunteers to serve on a committee to help us come up with ways that may help us address these issues. It will be a one time meeting , per-haps on the evening of the Open House/Pot Luck, as I know how valuable your time is. We would like at least one representative from each classroom. So far, I have one parent from the Waddler Room, Sebby’s Mom; Shannon. There is lots of room for more volunteers. The contribution of many minds make great decisions. There will be a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the hall if you would like to volunteer. Again, Thank you to everyone who takes the time to be involved in their child’s education!!!

Parent Communication Changes

This year NCCCC will be communicating daily group activities a little differently. Instead of writing the group activities 8 or 14 times on each child’s daily sheet, we will be writing the group activities on a white board on the classroom doors. We are making this change because the teachers spend so much of their time filling out these forms everyday. We will still be doing the daily sheets for each child to report their lunch, diapering and napping because these items are individual to each child. Just the group activities will go on the white board. It is our hope that it will free the teachers up to spend more quality time with your child.

Preschool Cubbies

As I am sure you have noticed we have replaced the loud and dangerous lockers with new cubbies for the preschoolers. We no longer need to cringe every time we hear a locker door slam for fear their little fingers will get pinched. The down side of this however, is that the children share a space. In order to prevent cross contami-nation of the children’s bedding CT State DPH requires the children’s bedding to not touch another child’s. When we first got the bedding I put a reusable grocery bag in each child’s locker for this purpose. Please make sure when you return your child’s bedding, it is in one of these bags and that it remains in their cubby for the week for storage. Thank you so much.

Because they are sharing cubbies this also means there is less room for them to store things so please leave the toys at home. We have plenty for them to play with here and it is all purchased with their growth and development in mind. The toys at the center help them “Learn through Play”. They may bring one small stuffed animal to sleep with. Please respect the Center policies and do not bring in any toys that promote fighting or aggression. Thank you.

Extra Clothes

Just a gentle reminder, please send your child to childcare with weather appropriate play clothes and shoes. We do a lot of painting and playing in the sand box and we don’t want your child to worry about getting dirty or ruining their clothes when they are learning through play. It also works much better if the children wear sneakers or shoes that they can run and jump in without them coming off while playing or injuring their feet.

Also, please check your child’s extra clothing bin to make sure their clothes are weather appropriate. It will start to get cool again soon and they may need a light jacket or sweater in the morning in order to feel comfortable outside.

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