Tree Top Chatter News

March & April 2017 | Volume 4, Issue 6

Director's Message

February Recap!!

A lot happened last month: We completed our Strong Minds assessment (we scored very well) as a Tier I school and we had our very popular annual Snow Day on Feb. 3.

Mark your calendar for a FREE Conscious Discipline Parent Training Workshop

We have invited Ms. Georgette Hugger back to discuss how you can incorporate Conscious Discipline (CD) at home. This workshop will cover the basics of Conscious Discipline and how to use the same language and strategies at home with your child that our teachers use at school. The workshop will take place on Thursday, April 6 from 5:00-6:00pm. Please plan to attend. Our last CD workshop received great feedback. A sign-up sheet will be posted soon in the front office. Be sure to reserve your spot.

Reminder: Our Lending Library is now open in our Gallery Room

Please visit our new Lending Library and take any book home to read with your child and replace it with any book that you are done reading. We are very excited to add this new feature.

Important Dates for March & April

March 2 & 3 Spring Portraits

March 8-17 Registration for summer for current families

March 31 Spirit Day- Wear your favorite hat and silly socks

April 6 FREE Parent training on Conscious Discipline 5:00-6:00pm

April 10-13 Scholastic Book Fair

April 14 TT CLOSED for Good Friday

April 21 Relay for Life Lemonade Stand

April 22 (Saturday) Conscious Discipline Parent Training

April 28 Spirit Day- Wear your favorite super hero t-shirt

Teacher Feature - Ms. Carmen and Ms. Thais

We are featuring two teachers this month Ms. Carmen and Ms. Thais. They shared a wonderful presentation titled "Healthy Cooking the Reggio Way" for our families on February 28. This presentation was filled with great ideas about how to include your child in the cooking experience. They discussed how important it is to include your children in the whole cooking process at an early age. You can do this by shopping together to pick out fruits and vegetables and talking about the color and shapes of each and counting how many you purchase. Then when you get home you can give them a step stool and they can help to wash and dry the fruits and vegetables and make fun snacks out of them. One of my favorite snack ideas was to take chocolate chips, popcorn, raisins, and cranberries and mix them together into Ziploc bags for a healthy "homemade" treat anytime. If you missed this "yummy" workshop they are going to do a repeat of it in May.

PTO News

We have two main events planned for the next few months: Teacher Appreciation Week the first week in May and our Spring Themed basket fundraiser the second week in May. If you would like to help us with either event, please contact one of our co-presidents either Meredith Schoenherr at or Elena Gartz at

*Family Corner*

Please try the VROOM application on your phone!

There is a new amazing and FREE app and website called VROOM. VROOM gives you simple ideas to use at home to help turn shared moments of everyday activities into brain building moments. If you download the app, it will send you daily ideas to help your child's learning during everyday activities. Please click on the website to learn more .

*Research Corner*

How Important is Outdoor Play?

Outdoor play is extremely important for healthy development. It leads to better moods, an increase in creative thinking, and development of both fine and gross motor skills. Outdoor play also can increase self esteem and lead to high levels of sharing, cooperation, and helping. Please click on this link to learn more