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Queridos Amigos y Familias, --- Dear Friends and Families,

Feliz Ano de Las Semillitas! Happy New Year from Las Semillitas!


Estamos tan contentos que nuestro escuelita ya esta en su 9th ano. Nos gustaria compartir las nuevas noticias con uds. de nuestro escuela.


We are so happy that our little cooperative preschool is now in its 9th year. We would like to share some news with you about our school.

The class pet guinea pig, Nicolula, died during Lucia's first month at Las Semillitas. Maestra Ada helped Lucia and the other children process the loss. When we asked Lucia about the guinea pig, Lucia explained the loss to us in in her three-year-old way: "Nicolula se murió, pero esta en mi corazón." We had no idea, at that moment, how helpful this real-life lesson would become. One month later, our beloved 11-year-old dog died. Every time we mentioned the dog, Lucia said "Zoe se murió, pero esta en mi corazón y en mis recuerdos," pointing to her heart and her forehead.
-Jon (Current Las Semillitas Parent)

Una Nota de Ada! Words from Ada!

UN PEDAZO DE MI

Wow, qué preescolar! A decir mejor que gran comunidad!

Me siento tan agradecida por ser parte de esta comunidad, en la que veo cada día padres y madres dedicados trabajando duro para mantener este hermoso espacio para nuestros hijos.

Cada una de estas familias y sus hijos ha traído tanta alegría y felicidad para mí y para nuestra aula. Me siento tan afortunada de tener una maravillosa experiencia en el trabajo con Las Semillitas estos nueve años que han pasado. Mis amigos y familiares a menudo se ríen de mí cuando me refiero a los niños de Las Semillitas como "mis hijos", Porque siempre he contemplado a las familias como mi propia familia. Todos ellos han tocado mi vida todos estos años, en muy positiva y gratificantes maneras.

Los valores fundamentales de Las Semillitas están muy bien pensados que hacen que mi pasión por la enseñanza sea aún mejor. Sus valores se centran en cultura, raza, género, medio ambiente, comunidad, justicia social, la alfabetización y el bilingüismo.

Mis metas y objetivos han sido centrarme en preparar a los niños a desarrollar el sentido de la autoestima, la autonomía, la independencia y la defensa de sus derechos. Teniendo en conciencia estos valores. Que, por lo que veo los ninos muestran todas estas habilidades al participar en charlas significativas entre sus compañeros y adultos a su alrededor. Los veo expresando sus valores familiares y
a defender sus derecho y valores de quienes ellos son. También ver el conocimiento que muestran al entorno que los rodea.

El ver como Las Semillitas ha crecido me llena de orgullo a decir que soy parte de este cambio.

Espero que La Cooperativa Las Semillitas siga creciendo y cambiando muchas vidas, pues es el cambio que queremos ver en el mundo.

Amor y paz,

Ada Rosas


A PIECE OF ME

Wow, what a preschool! To better state that- what a GREAT Community!

I feel so grateful to be part of this community, where I see every day dedicated parents who work very hard to maintain this beautiful space alive for our children.

Each of these families and their children has brought such joy and happiness to me
and to our classroom. I’m so fortunate to have such a wonderful experience working with Las Semillitas these pass years. My friends and family often laugh at me when I refer to Las semillitas children as “my kids”. Because I have always referred Las Semillitas families as my own family. They all have touched my life all these years in very positive and rewarding ways.

Las Semillitas core values are very thoughtful which make my passion for teaching even better. The Values are focus on embracing culture, race, gender, environment, community, social justice, literacy and bilingualism.

My goals and objectives have been focus on preparing the children to develop the sense of self-esteem, autonomy, independence and to defend their rights. Which, I can see this happening by watching the children engage in meaningful conversations among peers and adults, expressing their families values, defending their right of whom they are and having conscience of the environment around them. I hope for many years to come to see this place grow and to change many lives.

Las Semillitas Cooperative preschool is the change that we want to see in the world.

Love and peace,

Ada Rosas

We are Licensed!!

The 2014-2015 school year began with some great news for our preschool….. We finally became a licensed school. This milestone is one our school has been working on for many years. Many families whose children have already graduated from Las Semillitas have contributed to this achievement. In order to become a licensed preschool we needed to meet certain state guidelines in areas such as financial stability, emergency guidelines, and location just to name a few. To everyone who has been involved in this project we thank you. This license provides our school and teachers with stability and allows us to continue to grow. We are now working on becoming a 501(c)(3) and have a scholarship committee developing a plan to make us more accessible to families.

Fechas Importantes --- Important Dates

AJENDAR ESTAS FECHAS! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

* 2/14 Valentine's Day Brunch Sitters, Saturday 10-2 @ Las Semillitas Campus
* 3/21 Garage Sale @ Oakland Estuary
* 4/18 Family Movie Night @ Oakland Estuary
* 6/20 AUCTION AND CASINO NIGHT @ Rhythmix Cultural Works
* Community Clean Up @ Oakland Estuary
* Date Night Sitters, TBA
* July Graduation,
TBA

Lydia: "Mama, I talk Espanol"
Mama: "Mi hija tu hablas espanol, dilo... Hablo espanol"

Lydia: "Hablo espanol con Vivi, Tlanextli, Avi, Nicolas y Milan!"

-Bonnie (Current Las Semillitas Parent)

PAN DE HIGO --- FIG BAR STREUSEL

Parents participate everyday at the preschool. There is one parent every morning that help clean and attend to the childran during their "shift". The most important part of the shift is to spend time with the children. Parents have the opportunity to teach children something new(cooking, gardening, science, yoga, etc.) or simply read play and get to know all the "Little Seeds".
The first months of school the children enjoy picking and filling themselves with figs from the fig tree in the Las Semillitas patio. One mother, Kristin made Fig Bar Streusel with the children with our own figs. Try this recipe at home, it is already kid approved!!


Ingredients

2 pounds ripe fresh figs (see notes)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup (3/8 lb.) butter, at room temperature

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour $

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt $

1 1/2 cups rolled oats $


Preparation

1. Rinse figs and trim and discard stem and blossom ends. Coarsely chop figs. In a 3- to 4-quart pan over medium heat, stir figs, lemon juice, and granulated sugar until mixture is thick and reduced to about 2 cups, about 45 minutes. Chill uncovered until cool, about 1 1/2 hours, or cover and chill up to 2 days (see notes).

2. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and brown sugar until smooth. In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, and oats. Stir or beat into butter mixture (dough will be crumbly).

3. Press half the dough evenly over the bottom of a buttered 9- by 13-inch baking pan. Spread fig mixture evenly over dough. Crumble remaining dough evenly over fig mixture; pat lightly.

4. Bake in a 400° oven until streusel is lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Place pan on a rack to cool for about 10 minutes. While still warm, cut into 24 bars. Let cool completely in pan.

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Mí niña siempre se recuerda de sus maestras antes de dormir. Dice, "Amo a Ada, Veri y Darlene". Ella a establecido una linda relación con cada una de ellas!
My daughter always remembers her teachers at bed time by saying "I love Ada, Veri and Darlene". She has established a true loving relationship with them!

-Maria (Current Las Semillitas Parent)

Hacer Una Donacion --- Make a Donation

CANTIDAD SUGERIDA -- SUGGESTED AMOUNTS
$10 Vamonos! -- Let's Go!
$50 Dale!! -- Go for it!!
$100 Eso!!! -- That's it!!!
$500 Ahorale!!!! -- You got that right!!!!
$1,000 Andale!!!!! -- Now you understand!!!!!