FEC Hornet Heroes
December 17th, 2015
Happy New Year!!
I hope that everyone had a chance to recharge with loved ones. We are so glad to have everyone back. Our students are so calm after the break, and ready to learn!!
As the weather gets colder we will continue to play outside. It's a great time for physical activity and gives students a chance to let energy out and be with friends. I am posting our weather guidelines below - please send your child in a heavy coat, hat, and gloves when temps are low. Thank you!!
PARKING LOT REMINDER:
We have several new students joining us after break. Parents - please make sure to always park in the South parking lot, and walk your child down the sidewalk to the front entrance. Our kindergarten classroom enters through the South doors, but all preschool students need to enter through the front doors. This helps us to keep everyone safe, with the buses unloading and the large number of parents that drop off and pick up. Thank you so much for your continued support as we work to keep our parking lot as safe as possible for our students and families!! :)
Make sure you check out our Twitter handle and Facebook page! My goal is to post on each every day, to help you see your child in action, and so that you can keep up with all of the great things teachers and students do every day! This information is included at the bottom of every newsletter.
Things to Remember...
NO SCHOOL: January 15th (teacher PD)
NO SCHOOL: January 18th (MLK)
Spirit Week: January 25th - 29th (fliers coming home this week)
Movie Night/Book Fair (more info coming Friday): January 22nd
Kindergarten Orientation at the high school: March 10th
Spring Break (no school): March 25th - April 1st
Kindergarten screening (all FEC students will be screened at school and do not need to make an appointment): April 11th - 15th
Last day of school: May 19th
Conscious Discipline Corner
A temper tantrum is an uncontrolled outburst of anger that usually arises from a child’s thwarted efforts to control a situation. The tantrum says, “I have tried desperately to make the world go my way. Now I’m frazzled. I can barely speak. I feel terrified, helpless and powerless.” Both children and adults have tantrums.
Tantrums are most typical for children between the ages of fifteen months and three years. These small children are battling between dependence and independence. Also, they have limited skills to influence the events that take place in their lives, so meltdowns do and can occur frequently. The outburst generally reflects the child’s inner struggle. However, certain parental practices encourage tantrums to continue far past the toddler years. These include inconsistency, expectations that are too high, undue strictness, over-protectiveness, overindulgence and lack of assertive limit setting.
Giving into children when they are having tantrums guarantee you will get more demanding behaviors in the future. You response to their upset teaches them how to behave in order to get what they want, and also how to treat other upset people.
Stopping a tantrum once it is set in action is impossible. Instead, our role as parents is to help our children move through their tantrums. The following suggestions will get you started:
1) Discipline yourself first and your child second. Take several deep breaths before you begin to speak. Make your insides as calm as you would like the child’s to become. Then say to the child, “You are safe, you can handle this. Breath with me.”
2) Use empathy and reflection to help the child become aware of him or herself. Help establish body awareness by stating what you see: “Your arms are going like this (demonstrate) you face looks like this (demonstrate).” Then build emotional awareness by naming the feeling you believe the child is experiencing, “Your body is telling me you might be feeling frustrated. You wanted to buy something at the store.” More than likely, your child will be able to organize enough to say what she wanted, “I want a cookie!” At this point, validate the child’s desire and feelings, “You wish you could have a cookie. It is hard to not get what you want.”
3) Shift the focus to what you want the child to do and offer two positive choices to help her successfully meet your expectations. You might say, “You have a choice. You can have a snack in your car seat or have a snack when we get home. Which would you choose?”
Resource found at consciousdiscipline.com
*It is raining
*The wind chill is 15 degrees or lower
*There are dangerous weather conditions such as ice, storms, etc.
Please send your child to school in the appropriate outdoor gear. During the winter months, we will check the temperature and wind chill before going outside. The following guidelines are utilized regarding appropriate dress.
*61 degrees and up - no jackets needed
*51 - 60 degrees - jackets are required
*16 - 50 degrees - winter coats are required
Thank you for your help with this! If you are unable to provide your child with a winter coat please let us know. We sometimes have them in our clothes closet and would be happy to send one home if we have one.
This goes into effect Monday, January 11th. You will receive alerts and texts in this form after this date.
More information is below.
FEC Movie Night/Book Fair
Friday, Jan. 22nd, 6pm
1805 Wood Street
RSVPs are enabled for this event.