Early Childhood News
August 17th, 2018
Every child. Every day. Whatever it takes.
Hello FECC Families!
Every year we have issues with parking spaces. Our enrollment has increased over the last few years, but the size of our parking lot has not! We ask parents to park on the side of the building so that you have access to the sidewalk. We've had safety issues in the past with children running out in front of buses. I know that the side parking lot fills up fast and that is frustrating. If you see that it looks full please feel free to park in front, and just hold your child's hand as you walk them across. Also, please keep a good distance away from our buses, refraining from crossing closely in front of them, between them, or closely behind them. We really appreciate your help with that!!
Our teachers set aside these first few weeks of school to build relationships with your children and to teach them procedures, such as how to line up, how to be safe on the playground, and sometimes how to sit and listen to a book or eat family style (lots of passing food, requesting food, etc.). We will dive into academics once we feel that our students feel safe and connected.
I hope that every child had a great first few days and we can't wait to start again next week!! Please make sure to follow FEC Hornets (Facebook won't let me change it to FECC after our name change) for lots of pictures and information about our building, and call or email me with any questions! My information will be at the bottom of every newsletter!
Meet our FEC staff!
Meet Ms. Forbis
Meet Mrs. Poss
Things to Remember...
Wednesday, May 29th: Fall Portraits
Monday, September 3rd: Labor Day (no school)
Thursday, September 6th: Intruder Drill
Monday, September 10th: Teacher PD Day (no school)
Tuesday, September 11th: FIRST PTO meeting!
Thursday, September 13th: Fire Drill
Thursday, September 20th: Severe Weather Drill
Thursday, September 21st: Earthquake Drill
What should I do when my preschooler clings on to me when I drop him off at preschool?
Your preschooler’s body is telling you important information about his feelings. Provide empathy for his upset, focus on safety and provide a connection before you leave. Say, “Your body tells me you might be feeling scared about staying at preschool while I go to work. You are safe at preschool. Mrs. Kendall will keep you safe.” Breathe together using an active calming technique like the S.T.A.R.(see below). Establish a connection ritual that you do together every morning at goodbye time. Breathe deeply and assertively state, “I’ll be back after nap time. Mrs. Kendall will keep you safe. You can handle it,” and pass your child off into Mrs. Kendall’s waiting hands. As you leave, envision your child as capable and strong, instead of feeling bad about leaving or upset about the disruption. Turn and walk away, breathing and wishing him well.
It’s also helpful to know that during a certain developmental stage from 18 months to 2 ½ years, leaving Mom is more difficult for your child. If possible, you might ask your significant other to drop the child off.
Dr. Becky Bailey