GRACE NEWS

GRACE EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION CENTER

Greetings Grace Families,

The 2014-2015 school year is off to a great start! Our children have settled in nicely and are quickly becoming more familiar with their classroom communities. Thank you to everyone for working with us as we work to implement our building procedures so that we are able to provide the best care possible for your child.

With only a few short weeks into the school year, Grace has already been a very busy place. We had a great time celebrating Grandparent's Day. It was a wonderful to see so many Grandparents who were able to to visit and share special moments with their grandchildren. We also hosted a highly attended Parent Workshop by Jill Molli, who is a national speaker on Conscious Discipline. It was great to see so many families there!

Another exciting highlight is, on September 27, 2014, at the MSBA Conference, Grace Early Childhood Care and Education Center was named Early Childhood Education Program of the Year by the FutureBuilders Foundation. We are ecstatic to be recognized for this prestigious recognition as Program of the Year in the state of Missouri and believe it is a true testament to our passion for early learning.

PARENT ADVISORY UPDATE

PARENT ADVISORY

Our first Parent Advisory meeting was a success! Thank you to all who attended and contributed time and input to our Grace community. After much deliberation the decision was made to change the name of Parent Advisory to the Community Conversations Team. We are hopeful this fresh new title is inviting to all and are excited about the new name change.

It was also suggested we offer a variety of meeting times so that we are able to accommodate all of our Grace families. We have adjusted the original times. The new times for the remaining meetings are as follows:


  • February- 7:30am-8:30m
  • April- 5:00 pm-6:00 pm


We encourage all parents and community members to join us at our next meeting. It is not too late to join us! Your feedback and insight is valued and encouraged. Our meetings are very informal and are simply an avenue to collaborate with you as we work to incorporate your great ideas!

February Agenda Items:

  • Messy Night
  • Fundraising
  • Service Learning Opportunities
  • Community Partnerships



Please RSVP @ 348-1514

Child Care Provided

GRACE EARLY CHILDHOOD FALL FESTIVAL October 16th from 5:00pm-7:00pm

Fall Festival is one of Grace's most beloved events! Please join us for an evening of fun-filled activities for the entire family. We have a lot of exciting activities planned including Trick or Treating (costumes optional), a photo booth (bring your camera) and THE ROCKIN ROB SHOW who will be here on the outdoor stage from 5:30pm-6:30pm. As always, we welcome the whole family and look forward to sharing this great event with our Grace family!


Please help us support our local food pantry, Heart N Hand, by bringing NON-Perishable food items to the Fall Fest.


Call 816-348-1029 to make reservations!

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS

WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS

ALL volunteers must submit a volunteer application before being able to assist with field trips, parties, fun day, etc. The application must be filled out in advance to the day you plan to volunteer.

The on-line application can be found at:

https://bsd124.keepntrack.com/apply

Another option is you can fill out a paper application at Central Office. If you do not fill out an application, you will not be able to help with these events, so please do this as soon as you can. If you have any questions about this new procedure, please feel free to contact us.

Early Childhood Special Education


Our students have been working on developing strong peer relationships during the first few weeks of school. We have used a variety of activities to encourage friendships, however, music is one of the easiest and most enjoyable of those methods. We spend a lot of time singing songs in our classrooms.


For example, the students in room 9 have been introduced to the hat song. Each person took turns wearing and giving away the cow hat while singing and clapping along. We worked to develop social skills as we sang together by making and holding eye contact, naming our friends, and taking turns.


Active participation in music also develops other skills for preschool students. Children can learn vocabulary, practice counting, develop the ability to focus and control their bodies, and can have higher self-esteem as a result of joining in song and dance.

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Title Classrooms 5,6, & 7

In Room 5 we have spent our first month of school getting to know each other, sharing about our families, and exploring our new classroom and the different learning spaces at Grace. We have practiced using our five senses, worked on learning to identify our names and we practice counting every day.


In Room 6 we recently had some special visitors from Chile. They are teacher candidates attending UMKC on a 4-month scholarship. As part of their studies, they are visiting schools in the area and getting plenty of ideas to use in their classrooms. When they return to Chile they will be teaching English. They observed our morning class and really enjoyed their time with us! We are currently learning about colors so we read Pete the Cat and in small groups we did oil and water color mixing, sculpted with colored cloud dough, and made a Pete the Cat class book. The children loved having new friends to play with that day!

*Cloud dough recipe:

-1 part Hair Conditioner

-2 parts Corn Starch

Mix together and add food coloring for color.


In Room 7 we have been learning about colors through a variety of books and activities. Last week, we read the book Mouse Paint. In this story , three mice discover the joy of mixing primary paint to create new colors. After reading the story, the children used small plastic mice to mix paint in our classroom.

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Community Program

Building a kind and caring school family has been the focus this first month in the Community Program. We've enjoyed learning how to make a friend, be a friend and stay friends. We are working on learning the names of our classmates, one of the first steps in making friends. To help foster classroom unity and celebrate friendship the children worked together to create a special snack. Each child brought in an apple and used an unusual kitchen tool to peel, core and slice their apple. All apples were placed in one pot with a little cinnamon and sugar. The "Friendship Sauce" was enjoyed by all. We have also created a School Family Book that will travel home with each child so that our home families can learn about our school friends.
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Child Care Center

The Child Care Center has had lots of edible sensory time this month. Room 1 experimented with apples, making applesauce in the crockpot. The students cut the apples into chunks, added spices, and when they awoke from nap they enjoyed the fruits of their labor. The infant room discovered the slippery feel of jello and whipped cream, while Toddler I whipped up some yogurt pops. They also made Mexican oatmeal and Mexican hot chocolate as they began their discovery of foods around the world. Toddler II made pudding, milk shakes, and dirt and worms as part of their farm unit.
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MPP Rooms 2, 3, & 4

In room 2, we have recently been learning about the parts of our bodies and even parts of the brain. Recently we have learned that when we shift to our prefrontal cortex, we can think through our responses to being angry and make a good choice. The kids are really taking this learning to the next level. They are using the names for the parts of the brain in context in their every day conversations. How exciting is that! Another strategy we have been using to be proactive with our behavior is by talking about scenarios that could happen in our classroom and discussing the solution. This has really been helping students. We are so excited to see where this learning takes them next!


In room 3, we have been focusing on becoming a kind and caring school family. We have talked openly about what makes us feel good, what makes us feel sad, what makes us feel angry, etc. When talking about sad and angry we discussed strategies that make us feel better. One day, the students noticed that Ms. Kim was putting away cots and thought she needed help. The kids worked together to carry each cot to put it away! What a great way to be helpful! We will soon introduce the Kindness Tree to our classroom, so we can encourage kindness even more in our classroom! We are looking forward to getting to know each other even better and working together to become a caring community!


In room 4, we have been discovering the world and things around us with microscopes, telescopes, and binoculars. The discoveries that we have made are remarkable. One day when we were out exploring on the playground, we noticed some trash on the playground. The kids talked about how it's not good to have trash on the playground and we needed to do something to keep it clean. The students decided to make signs to hang on the fence telling people not to litter trash on the playground. What an incredible experience for everyone involved! We are excited to see what else this year holds for us!

IMPORTANT DATES

October 9 - Student Picture Day


October 16 - Fall Fest 5:00 - 7:00 pm


October 29 & 30 - Parent Conferences


October 30 - No School / CCC & PAC Care Open


October 31 - No School / PAC Care Open


November 20 - Grace Block Fest 4:30 - 6:30 pm