Some streets will be blocked off tomorrow for the March down Capital Avenue that begins around 9:30am. We hope that most streets will be back open by 11am when we start taking our AM preschoolers home and picking up our PM preschoolers. There may be delays in the route though due to the bus being rerouted. Please be patient! Thanks for your help!
I wanted to thank all the families that participated in the family literacy night at the Paul Sawyer Library last night. The children looked like they had a great time! I hope that families were able to gain new information, spend time together and socialize with other families! I also want to encourage families to take advantage of the programs that the library offers, especially the countdown to Kindergarten.
Preschool will be hosting a family literacy night at the Paul Sawyer Public Library on Wednesday February 12th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Details will be sent home in your child’s folder. Please RSVP with your teacher to ensure that we have enough food and goodies for everyone in attendance. We look forward to sharing with you about literacy!
To help us continue to improve our program, we are seeking your opinion about our preschool and the services we provide. There are several ways that you can give feedback to us. We are using a service online called Survey Monkey that allows you to complete the survey online and anonymously by going to the following web address:
If you do not have internet access and would like a paper copy of the survey to complete, please let your child’s teacher know and we will be happy to get a paper copy of the survey to you.
Please complete the survey by January 20, 2014. We really appreciate your feedback and will continue to strive to make our program the best that it can be. Thank you for your time and attention to giving us information!
Cara Doyle, PysS
Director of District Student Services
959 Leestown Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601
This post was created from the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Family newsletter. You can go here to sign up for their listserve as well:
Young children love to help out, but many times we don’t let them. Why? Because we think it’s easier—and faster—to do everyday jobs ourselves. Your child might take 15 minutes to finish a job you can do in one minute. But in 15 minutes your child can learn a lot!
Big Jobs are indoor and outdoor jobs children do with their families (or others) that help the whole family. They include tasks like setting the table, planting flowers, and tidying up when visitors are coming. To adults they might seem like simple tasks, but Big Jobs carry big rewards—for your child and your entire family.
How are Big Jobs different from chores?
You assign chores. Children volunteer to do Big Jobs because they want to help out. Also, Big Jobs are done together with other family members. Teamwork is an important part of doing Big Jobs.
What do children learn from doing Big Jobs?
They learn to:
• work with other people
• solve problems
• contribute to their family
What are some Big Jobs young children can do?
• Cooking and baking—washing and peeling vegetables, stirring muffin batter, tearing lettuce leaves to make salad
• Gardening—digging holes, planting seeds, raking leaves, weeding, watering plants indoors and outdoors
• Doing laundry—carrying the laundry basket, sorting, folding, delivering clean clothes to each family member’s room
• Caring for pets—feeding, brushing, walking, cleaning the cage or aquarium
• Cleaning—rinsing dishes, dusting, emptying wastebaskets
Tips for doing Big Jobs at home
• Keep your child safe. Show your child how to safely use equipment like a rake or a vegetable peeler. Stay close by when it is his turn.
• Try to find child-size tools. They make jobs easier and safer.
• Have fun. Remember, your child chose to help out. Keep it enjoyable and she will want to do Big Jobs all the time.
• Talk while you work together. Chat about what you are doing and whatever else your child wants to discuss.
• Show your appreciation for the work family members have done. Say, “Thanks for setting the table, everyone. We are ready for dinner now, and the table looks beautiful.”
Source: Adapted from the Message in a Backpack for N.P. Jones, 2007, “Big Jobs,” Teaching Young Children 1 (1): 10–12.
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We are going to be trying a new communication tool for parents to use to stay up to date about events and reminders.
Remind101 provides a safe way for teachers to text message parents for free. Teachers use the website to send messages without ever having to share their own phone number. Teacher’s don’t see the phone numbers and parents don’t see the numbers as well. Parents can receive the text messages or email if they prefer. We will use this to send out field trip reminders, messages, and reminders about school events.
Mrs. Hardin’s class:
To Receive messages via text, text @1915d to (804) 577-1209. You can opt out of messages at anytime by replying, ‘unsubscribe @1915d’.
Or to receive messages via email, send an email to email@example.com. To unsubscribe, reply with ‘unsubscribe’ in the subject line.
Ms. Yates’ class:
To Receive messages via text, text @1915y to (804) 577-1209. You can opt out of messages at anytime by replying, ‘unsubscribe @1915y’.
Or to receive messages via email, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To unsubscribe, reply with ‘unsubscribe’ in the subject line.
Thanks for everyone that participated in our Music and Movement Family Night! Thank you parents that helped out as well! We had a great turnout and I hope everyone enjoyed the activities. I would like some feedback so I will be sending home a short survey for families to complete that attended. I meant to get the sheet around for input from parents about future training suggestions that they have. I will add that question to the survey or you are welcome to respond in the comment section below with any trainings you are interested in the preschool program hosting.