The Bear Necessities
May 5, 2019
* Melissa Wilkins will be joining Beth Stratton for the next school year.
*Amanda Saluzzi will be joining Amy Hachinsky for the next school year.
We have hired the following folks so far:
Audrey Wood, SLP (to replace Cheri Gutekunst)
Melissa Eagan ECSE Paraprofessional
ALSO TO NOTE:
April Parent Teacher conference dates have moved to April 1 & 2. We will be working this next year to change the Board Policy, but until then....we will make it work for the 2019-2020 school year.
Save the Date:
Make sure to talk to families about the summer Conscious Discipline class
Open to any family or staff member for free this summer. This is an amazing value and a fabulous opportunity for those who could use a deep dive into Conscious Discipline, but can't make the week long training happen. There are two dates, they are identical classes, we are simply offering two dates to accommodate schedules and create more attendance opportunity.
Book Study this Summer: The Great Disconnect in Early Childhood Education by Michael Gramling
The first few chapters talk about why our thinking about preschool may not be what it needs to be and is critical of:
Learning Standards for Preschoolers
Decoding Print for 3 & 4 year old brains
Narrowly focused on "Kindergarten readiness"
Development vs. Learning
It then goes on to discuss what we could do:
change how we think about our work
change how we do our work
change expectations to match brain development
It is out of the box, but there are some points in this book that are stunning! I never read a book or learn something new and buy in 100%. Like most of life, there is something to take away, but the entire book is not spot on.
I have noticed for years that we sometimes speak to our children in the classroom unnaturally. So interesting that this book spoke to this phenomenon.
We know that our kids are struggling social emotionally so much more than they were 5-10 years ago. We know that we take more data globally. We know that we have Learning Standards/IEP goals to meet. Can we do what we need to, but drop the rest and have quality experiences? I think maybe we can....this may invite us to think about what your heart says you should be doing with kids and what you feel you must be doing with kids.
We will buy you a book if your interested in it. We will invite you to come to a discussion, but that is not mandatory. We do stunning things with children and families, but what a lovely idea to dream and think about the possibilities of change to benefit our children.
School Supply Lists
May 13th at noon....special event
Paraprofessional Professional Development Logs
Two Professional Development Opportunities
Inspiring Project Work in Young children: UMKC, October 12, 8:00-8:30—Registration 8:30-12:00—Presentations and Tour of the UMKC Berkley CFDC....Judy Harris Helm, Keynote speaker
Tuesday - here
Wednesday - here
Thursday - here
Friday - Jeanie here, Kerry to Early Ed Expansion Team Mtg 10:30-12:30