Enfield Head Start, Integrated Pre-K, PK STEAM Academy
November 10, 2022
Greetings PK Families,
Thank you for making time to meet with your child's teacher for conferences this week and last. On behalf of the staff at SELC, thank you does not begin to express our appreciation for your partnership in your child's education.
A FEW REMINDERS for NOVEMBER:
- Early release NOVEMBER 23rd
Head Start full day: dismissal at 12:30
Head Start part day: dismissal at 11:30
Integrated Pre-K: AM classes only, no PM classes
PK STEAM Academy: dismissal at 12:30
- NO SCHOOL NOVEMBER 24TH AND 25TH
- Thank you for your continued dedication to keeping SELC healthy by monitoring your child for illness and communicating with Nurse Jen!
SPIRIT WEEK NOVEMBER 14TH-18TH!
WE NEED YOUR VOICE!
Hi Stowe Families!
KITE (Key Initiatives to Early Education) is working to update Enfield’s Early Childhood Community Plan. This plan will help form the strategies and initiatives that will benefit families with young children here in town. And we need your input!
This is a VERY short survey to learn your perspectives about what resources will best serve families as well as what you feel the current challenges are. If you would like to participate in a later focus group to share more of your thoughts, you can leave your contact information on the form and we will be in touch. You are your children’s first teacher and advocate, and we want to support families in these formative years.
For completing the survey, you’ll be entered into our raffle drawing to win a $25 gift card with a choice of: Visa, Amazon, Target, or Grocery Store!
English Survey Here
Encuesta en español aquí
A note on play...
A message from the CT State Department of Education Child and Adult Care Food Program:
November is Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month. In honor of this observance, the USDA encourages taking time to reflect on how Indigenous food, culture, and traditions brighten and contribute to the overall culture of America.
MyPlate Kitchen features over 1,000 “MyPlate-inspired” recipes and resources to support building healthy and budget-friendly meals. This month highlights three recipes in honor of Native American Heritage Month:
Menu Week of 11/14/2022
A MESSAGE FROM NURSE JEN! Due to Winter BREAK, documentation of vaccination MUST be in by 12-23-22!
SMILE! SPOTLIGHT ON ORAL HEALTH FROM NURSE JEN!
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING SNACK
Executive Function Strategy: Mature/ Purposeful Play
Why do children choose roles?
Children choose roles to encourage mature play. Children invent and create props to fit their roles (ex: if the role was a fireman: make a fire hose, fire hat, fire truck). Mature play promotes learning new vocabulary words. These words are posted in the centers for all to see. Teachers model how to use vocabulary in mature play scenarios. Children wear a picture of the role they are in to help them remember what it is they are supposed to be doing. Action cards with the roles and actions pertaining to those roles are posted in each of the centers.
To have mature play children do the following
Children use conflict resolution
Can invent new props
Children use language to plan play and during play
Children play roles that have specific characteristics or rules for action.
Interact with one another
Use their imagination
Play episodes develop into longer sustained play over time.
Here are some examples of play scenarios:
Museum (art gallery, construction zone, café)
School (library, cafeteria, nurse, office)
Beach (refreshment stand, boat excursions, beach)
Caring for pets (groomer, vet, pet store)
Community Resource Guide for Young Families-FALL /WINTER VERSION 22-23
Important Product Safety Recall Information as of 11-10-2022
Getting to Know Stowe! (I will keep this posted for a few weeks so you have it at your fingertips!)
Joining a new school community can sometimes feel like learning a new language as you acclimate to the procedures, environment, people, and lingo. See below to begin learning about all things Stowe:
- SELC=Stowe Early Learning Center
- SELC=our mascot (the eaglet featured above)
- FEO=Family Educator Organization
- ECDC=Enfield Child Development Center
- EPS=Enfield Public Schools
- FRC=Family Resource Center
- IPS=Integrated Pre-K
- HS=Head Start
- KITE=Key Initiatives to Early Education
- PKS=PK STEAM Academy
- Eaglets=all children taking part in any program at SELC
- Main Office=860-253-4741
- Head Start Family Support=860-253-4717
Our building is quite unique in that we house 4 PK programs, a Family Resource Center, and KITE.