MJS Kinder Press
April 18, 2016
SAVE THE DATE! Upcoming Events
Thursday, April 21st - Kindergarten's Fathers' Feast - Morning Event/8:30 AM - In the Chapel.
Friday, April 22nd - Earth Day - Field Trip to the Arboretum With 6th Grade K-Pals - 10:00AM
Tuesday, April 26th - Noah's Ark All School Dress Rehearsal - 10:00 AM
*Volunteers needed at 9:15
Wednesday, April 27th - Noah's Ark Play - Final Performance - 10:00 AM
*Volunteers needed at 9:15
Wednesday, May 4th - Kindergarten Mother's Tea-
1:30 p.m. in the HPAC - All Kindergarten Mothers welcome!
Tuesday, May 10th - Kindergarten Trip To Olvera Street In Downtown Los Angeles - Time TBD
All fathers or special guests will meet in the chapel by 8:30. After a special blessing, all guests and children will proceed to the Hayden Performing Arts Center for our feast. For any guests who need to return to work, please be informed that the event will last for an hour and a half.
*Kindly inform your child's teacher if you or a special guest will not be able to attend.
Friday, April 22nd is Earth Day!
We are going to the Arboretum for our Earth Day Field Trip this Friday. This is a uniform-free day. Please make sure your child brings a waste-free lunch, is dressed appropriately for the outdoors with closed-toed shoes, has a hat, sunscreen, and a reusable water bottle. Please check this week's Maywire for more information.
Math- In math we began exploring positional words like: inside, outside, above, below, in front of, behind, next to, right and left. For fun, the children all got a sticker on their right hand and then we played the Hokey Pokey.
Language Arts- We just finished letters X and Y and will begin learning about letter Z next week.
GUIDANCE: ALL ABOUT PERSONAL SAFETY
This week for Guidance, Dr. Pannell spoke to the Kindergarten students about “Safe” and “Unsafe” Touches, and about their Personal Space Bubbles. She read the books, “Your Body Belongs to You” by Cornelia Spelman, and “I Can Play it Safe” by Alison Feigh, to help the children understand concepts related to personal safety. The children worked on “The Bubble Book: A Coloring Book and Guide to Helping Protect Children and Their Personal Space” which was sent home with them to share with their parents. Please feel welcome to contact Dr. Pannell for additional copies of the coloring book, or if you have any questions about the lesson.
Related to the prevention of child sexual abuse, Dr. Pannell discussed with the students that there are some places on your body that should never be touched by other children or adults, except when you go to the doctor or need help in the bathroom or getting dressed. These are the places on your body covered by a bathing suit, and called your “private parts”. She discussed that if anyone tries to touch them, that it is important to tell your parents or another trusted adult.
During this lesson, some students asked questions related to physical discipline by adults. “Unsafe” touches were defined in this lesson as those that are “not okay, and can hurt and pop your personal space bubble. Unsafe touches include when another kid or grow-up hits you, hurts you, or touches your body in a way that you don’t like or just doesn’t feel okay. Unsafe touches are never your fault.”
It is important for parents to know that the most effective form of discipline does not involve physical action. In fact, actions including slapping, kicking, pinching, and hitting a child with an object, such as a belt or other object, are all potential forms of child abuse in the state of California, and that any physical action that results in a mark, bruise or injury or other harm to a child constitutes child abuse which schools are mandated to report.
Here are a couple of excellent resources for parents that provide effective tools for discipline that do not involve physical actions:
No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind. By Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
Playful Parenting: An exciting new approach to raising children that will help you: nurture close connections, solve behavior problems, and encourage confidence. By Lawrence J. Cohen.
The 6th graders have been working throughout the year to understand why earthquakes happen, how natural disasters shape culture and how to be prepared when an earthquake strikes. After analyzing the data gathered from surveys and interviews, they determined that creating an awareness and advocacy campaign would be the best next steps in creating a more prepared MJS community. They hope that this first installment of “Shake Post” will lead to an important family discussion.
Parent Education Speaker: Juliet Funt
Raising Family Connection Through Reclaiming WhiteSpace
Thursday, April 21
In this high-energy session, Juliet Funt will help us tackle these problems by sharing some of the tools she has built for both the corporate world and families from coast to coast. We will explore how the creation of WhiteSpace - the open, unscheduled time of the day- can bring enormous creativity and connection.
Childcare is available - see registration link for details.
FRIDAY ROTATIONS FUN!
Making picture frames for our dads with Mrs. Agundez
Designing a tie for dad with Mrs. Hale
Reusing old boxes and containers to make table decorations for the Father's Feast with Mrs. Heupler