Preschool Publication

April 8, 2016 Ms. Ronda & Ms. Lisa

A Glance into Room 325

This week, we have been reading books written by Mo Willems. The kids really enjoy these books. Some of the favorites are: The Pigeon Needs a Bath!, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, and The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?. We played a cookie memory game (shapes), did an experiment with items that sink and float, and wrote a class book. We also did a Feeling Buddy lesson this week that centered around ways to calm; we talked specifically about calming books and using Cranky Cream. On Thursday, we had a special concert with the Warren Hills Treble Makers. They played xylophones, recorders, boomwhackers, and other percussion instruments. The kids really enjoyed it! Here are just some of the Desired Results Developmental Profile Indicators we used this week:

  • responsible conduct as a group member
  • using and understanding language (receptive and expressive)
  • literacy
  • shapes
  • emergent writing

The Treble Makers Concert

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Conscious Discipline

Go over there and think about what you did wrong! - Time Out VS Safe Place

Conscious Discipline teaches lifelong social and emotional skills. In general, time out does not teach a life skill, nor does it permanently change behavior.

Traditionally, we send a child to time out to think about what they’ve done wrong or as a punishment. With Conscious Discipline, power struggles, tantrums and other conflicts are handled in a way that models and teaches new skills so children have specific tools for success. Consequences are utilized, but in a manner that directly relates to the infraction, which a generic time out does not.

Instead of relying on time outs, try practicing some of the core concepts of Conscious Discipline and see what happens. Perhaps you will see your desire and need for time outs diminish and be replaced with learning tools and consequences that encourage your child’s development.

Composure is the primary skill of Conscious Discipline. By maintaining composure, parents and teachers can view misbehavior as a call for help and teach children the behavior they want to see instead of punishing the misbehavior. As parents and teachers model and maintain their composure, children also learn to take a deep breath when they are frustrated. This skill alone will greatly diminish the power struggles and outbursts that lead to the time out threat.

Along with composure, parents may offer a Safe Place for the child. The Safe Place is a physical location in a room that provides the opportunity for children to remove themselves from the group/family in order to regain composure and maintain control when they feel upset, angry or frustrated. The Safe Place is not a place of punishment, but rather a tool for becoming calm. Outfit your Safe Place with comforting blankets, stress-relief tools, paper to draw on, and images reminding children of active calming techniques such as S.T.A.R. (Smile, Take a deep breath And Relax).

When a conflict is occurring, the focus must be on maintaining/regaining composure. Only when both the parent and child are composed can true teaching and learning take place. Once everyone is calm, the parent has the opportunity to teach a helpful way the child could have responded. If the child pinched you, you would set the limit and teach him the exact words you would like him to use: “You may not pinch. Pinching hurts. When you want my attention, say, “Mom, over here!’”

When a child continues to misbehave, a parent may impose a consequence that is related, reasonable and respectful, and that teaches the child that his/her choices have certain prescribed outcomes. Generally, tying the consequence to the related infraction will have greatest teaching value. (For a child who repeatedly throws blocks, the prescribed consequence would be to put the blocks away until tomorrow.) At all times, the parent must retain composure so that the child is focused on his choices and subsequent feelings, and not on the parent’s anger or upset.

This week’s Conscious Commitment:

I will model and maintain composure for my children. I will create a Safe Place for my children that provides a non-punitive opportunity for children to remove themselves from the group/family in order to regain composure and maintain control when they feel upset, angry or frustrated.

Fruit and Veggie Sign-up

There are still a few more slots to sign up for fruits and veggies at: Please check it out if you would like to help us with this. We would love to have your help!

This week, we tried Ants on a Log with celery, Sunbutter (a good peanut butter alternative, especially in peanut-free environments), and raisins. Thanks for sharing these items with us to try.

Health Benefits of Celery

There are a wealth of health benefits of celery that many people are not aware of, including the fact that celery is rich in vitamin C, it lowers cholesterol, prevents cancer, manages pain from arthritis, helps weight loss attempts, detoxifies the body, reduces high blood pressure, and promotes overall health in a vast number of ways.

Celery is a plant of the Apiaceae family, and is a plant, consumed as a vegetable, that can be found throughout the world, and as an integral part of certain culture’s cuisine. Its origins most likely trace back to the Mediterranean and North African areas, since what is believed to be a rudimentary variety of species of celery was found in King Tut’s tomb, and a plant closely resembling celery is reference multiple times in Mediterranean myth and history. The plant is now cultivated globally, and is a part of every cuisine from America and Ireland to Japan and Australia.

For culinary use, it is most commonly found in soups and salads, or as a garnish to certain dishes. Also, it is commonly eaten as a snack, since it is quite filling, but not fattening.

Nutritional Value of Celery

Celery contains minerals such as calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium. It contains fatty acids and vitamins including vitamin A, C, E, D, B6, B12 and vitamin K. It also contains thiamin, riboflavin, folic acid and fiber.

Health Benefits of Celery

The health benefits of celery include the following:

Reduced blood pressure: Celery contains pthalides, which are organic chemical compounds that can lower the level of stress hormones in your blood. This allows your blood vessels to expand, giving your blood more room to move, thereby reducing pressure. When blood pressure is reduced, it puts less stress on the entire cardiovascular system, and reduces the chances of developing atherosclerosis, or suffering from a heart attack or a stroke.

Reduced cholesterol: Eating celery every day may reduce artery-clogging cholesterol (called LDL or “bad” cholesterol). The pthalides in celery also stimulates the secretion of bile juices, which works to reduce cholesterol levels. Less cholesterol means less plaque on the artery walls and a general improvement in heart health. The fiber that is found in celery also works to scrape the cholesterol out of the bloodstream and eliminate it from the body with regular bowel movements, further boosting cardiovascular health.

Antiseptic: Celery seeds help in the elimination of uric acid because it is commonly used for its diuretic properties, meaning that it stimulates urination. Therefore, celery is good for people with bladder disorders, kidney problems, cystitis, and other similar conditions. Celery seeds also assist in preventing urinary tract infections in women.

Healthy joints: Celery is great for people suffering from arthritis, rheumatism and gout. It had anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce swelling and pain around the joints. Celery sticks also act as a diuretic, which helps to remove uric acid crystals that build up around the body’s joints that can add to the pain and discomfort of frequent joint use. It can also increase the regrowth of tissue in inflamed joints.

Prevents cancer: Celery contains phthalides, flavonoids, and polyacetylenes. These cancer-fighting components detoxify carcinogens. Celery also contains coumarins that enhance the activity of certain white blood cells, which can effectively stave off cancer as well. These antioxidant components seek out free radicals floating in the body and damaging organs and neutralize them before they can result in the development of serious conditions like cancer.

Improved immune system: Celery is rich in vitamin C, which greatly boosts the strength of the immune system. Stimulated by the activity of other antioxidants in celery, it becomes more active and efficient. Because of the high content of vitamin C in celery, eating it regularly can reduce your risk of catching the common cold, as well as protecting you against a variety of other diseases.

Reduces Asthma Symptoms: Vitamin-C prevents free radical damage and it also has anti-inflammatory properties that lessen the severity of inflammatory conditions like asthma.

Cardiovascular health: The notable presence of vitamin C, fiber, and other organic chemicals in the roots of celery promotes cardiovascular health.

Diuretic activity: Celery is rich in both sodium and potassium, and both of these minerals help to regulate the fluid balance in the body. Potassium also acts as a vasodilator, reducing blood pressure.

Relief from migraines: The presence of coumarins can provide relief from migraines. The exact mechanism isn’t completely understood, but research points to a suppression of Nitric Oxide release in the brain which can cause headaches and migraines.

Treats rheumatism: Celery extracts, which contain 85% 3nB, are effective for treating arthritis and muscular pains.

Diabetes Health: Celery leaves are also eaten for treating diabetic conditions, particularly because they are high in fiber, which has been shown to help manage diabetic symptoms.

Relief from ophthalmological diseases: Dripping celery tea drops on eyelids is good for certain ophthalmological conditions, and can improve your eye health, reduce your chances of developing cataracts, and protects you against macular degeneration.

Nerve calming properties: Celery contains high calcium and due to this it is commonly used to calm the nerves.

Weight loss: Health benefits of celery include weight management. Regular drinking of celery juice before meals may help you to reduce your weight. This is because celery is very low in calories, but it is very filling because of the fiber content. Therefore, it can help reduce the tendency to overeat and help you keep the weight down without feeling hungry all the time!

Other benefits: Celery acts as an antioxidant as well, and in truth, all parts of celery including the seeds, roots and leaves can be used. Eating celery regularly helps to avoid diseases of the kidney, pancreas, liver and gallbladder; neuritis, constipation, asthma, high blood pressure, catarrh, pyorrhea and dropsy, mental exhaustion, acidosis, anemia, obesity and tuberculosis. It also helps in the overall health and strength of teeth.

Celery: How to select and store?

Celery is easily available in markets all over the world. Choose the celery which is green in color, has no discoloration, has fresh and crisp leaves. Store it in refrigerator and use in 5-7 days. Make sure you do not freeze it.

Thumbs Up For Celery!

Thumbs Down For Celery!

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Animated Alphabet

We have learned about several letters so far this year. We have met the characters that correspond with the letters P, U, O, M, X, A, D, T, S, R, H, L, J, K, F, B, G, C, E, N, I, W, V, and Y. This week, we met Yakety Yak. He likes to say /y/, and his special action is yanking yo-yos. Look for the letter Y/y (capital and lowercase) around your house and ask your child to tell you the sound of Y . Make sure that you are going back through your Animated Alphabet "book" to color and review the letters.

NEXT WEEK!!!!!! Liberty Early Childhood “Festival Of Blocks ”

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

5:30-7:00 pm

Where: ECC Fireplace Room

Come join in interactive block play with your child. A variety of blocks will be offered for children and parents to build with and explore. Learn more about the important role block play has in the development of math, science, literacy, and social skills.

Construction Zone Dad Event

Liberty Parents as Teachers

Group Connection

Construction Zone

Dad Event

COME JOIN US FOR A MORNING of fun in our Construction Zone!! You will have an opportunity to design, build and destroy all kinds of structures.

AGES: 14 Months to Pre-K

DATE & TIMES: Saturday, April 16 – 9-11 a.m.

PLACE: Early Childhood Center,

9600 NE. 79th St., Kansas City, MO 64158


Looking Ahead....

  • April 12th (Tuesday)--Festival of Blocks (see above for more info)
  • May 9th (Monday)--Kindergarten Celebration 5:45 p.m. for AM Class; 7:00 p.m. for PM Class
  • May 17th (Tuesday)--Last Day of School for Liberty Preschoolers
  • May 19th and 20th (Thursday and Friday)--Parent Teacher Conferences (Signup Genius coming soon!)

Summer Adventure 2016

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Liberty Public Schools #53

Summer Adventure 2016

Enroll by Tuesday, April 5th to receive bus transportation!

Dates: June 2nd – June 28th

Host School Schools Served Time

Elementary Sites (K-5)

Alexander Doniphan Alexander Doniphan/ESC 8:15 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Kellybrook Kellybrook 9:15 a.m. -3:55 p.m.

Liberty Oaks Liberty Oaks/ESC 8:15 a.m. - 2:55 p.m.

Lillian Schumacher Lillian Schumacher/ELL 9:15 a.m. - 3:55 p.m. Manor Hill Manor Hill/Franklin ESC/ELL 8:15 a.m. -2:55 p.m.

Ridgeview Ridgeview/Lewis & Clark/TLC 8:15 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. Shoal Creek Shoal Creek/Out of District 8:15 a.m. - 2:55 p.m. Warren Hills Warren Hills/ELL 9:15 a.m. -3:55 p.m.

Middle School Site (6-8)

Heritage Middle School Liberty Middle School/Heritage Middle School 7:15 a.m. – 1:55 p.m. TLC/ESC (6-8) South Valley Middle School/Discovery Middle School

How to enroll:

Current LPS students and students at Early Childhood Center

At February parent/teacher conferences you were given an enrollment instruction letter from your child’s teacher. Included in this letter is your child’s student ID number. This number can also be found by calling your child’s building. You will need this number for the online enrollment process. Visit the district website at: and click on the Enroll Here button.

Incoming Kindergarten Students:

To enroll in Liberty Public Schools as a Kindergartener for the fall 2016-2017 school year you must go to the districts website at: and enroll online.

Once the Kindergarten enrollment is completed, you will need to bring the required documents to the building your child will attend in the fall where you will be given information on how to obtain your child’s student ID number. You will need this number to enroll for Summer Adventure.

Kindergarten Bus Orientation:

The LPS Transportation Department is offering a Kindergarten Orientation for summer school students on June 1st at 9:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. at the Support Services Building (801 South Kent Street). Students will learn about bus safety and take a short ride on a school bus.

Kindergarten Summer Adventure Orientation:

June 1st at 10:00 a.m. at the Summer School site your child will attend.

Questions or need help enrolling: Call the Summer Adventure office at 736-6730 or by email:

Bulletin: The Missouri General Assembly may adjust funding for summer school at any time. As a result, the Liberty Summer Adventure program may be adjusted or modified based on available state funding.

Bus Safety

The LPS Transportation Department would like to invite all incoming 2016-2017 Kindergarteners who will attend Summer School to come take a ride on a school bus and practice safe loading and unloading at a ‘pretend’ bus stop in addition to practicing what to do when crossing a

RR Track

Parents will also have the opportunity to complete informational paperwork regarding their child

We will meet at the Support Services Building

801 S. Kent St.

(Corner of 291 Hwy. & Kent St. across from City Park)

Wednesday June 1, 2016 9:00AM or 1:00PM

The ride along program will take approx. 30 minutes

Please call Transportation @ 736-5360

if you have any questions. Siblings are welcome; children must be 4 years old to ride on the buses.

Every Child Together....