FEC Hornet Heroes

March 23rd, 2016

Hello FEC Families!!

Parent Teacher Conferences are tonight and tomorrow!! Tonight we will be here from 3:15 - 7:00 and tomorrow from 3:15 - 5:00. I have to apologize. On the message I sent out it says tomorrow is Friday. :) I'm not used to these 4 day weeks!!


When you arrive at conferences you will receive a scavenger sheet. You can meet with your child's teacher, sign up for a kindergarten registration appointment (if your child is attending kindergarten next year), and make a calm down bottle! Turn your scavenger hunt in for a free dinner of hot dogs, chips, and bottled water.


If your child is in Ms. Brandt's class, we would still love for you to come. Unfortunately she is out with the flu. I have your child's screening information and will be happy to share it with you. If you can't find me just ask Mrs. Clines to give me a page. Ms. Brandt will be calling to reschedule her time with you when she is well.


Spring pictures will happen April 6th, the Wednesday after we get back from break. I hope that everyone has an amazing spring break! Remember, no school this Friday or next week!


Sincerely,

Mrs. Meyerhoff

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Things to remember...

March 23rd and 24th: Parent teacher conferences

March 25th - April 1st: Spring Break (no school)

April 6th: Spring Pictures

April 11th - 15th: Kindergarten screening for non-FEC students

May 19th: Last day of school (dismiss 2 hours early)

June 1st - June 28th: Summer School

Conscious Discipline Corner

What Can I do to Promote Early Learning?

1. Play with your child and provide opportunities for them to play. Play is essential for healthy brain development. The over scheduled child attending academic preschools is actually thwarting their own physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development.

2. Turn off the TV. The types of behavior necessary to succeed in school are completely different from those fostered by television. A young child’s developing brain is largely shaped by his/her environment. The average child will spend an estimated 5,000 hours in front of the TV before entering first grade (TV Turn Off Network). Yet, research shows that the child’s brain develops by “doing,” not “watching.” Children need activities that stimulate the frontal lobe by involving all the senses, not just passive viewing.

3. Read and talk to your child. Phonemic awareness of sounds comes from listening to the human voice. The sounds that the young child hears wire the brain with the first building block for reading. So talk-talk-talk and read-read-read to hardwire the brain for later academic success.

4. Model the joy of learning and discovery. This means you have to turn off the TV and engage in reading and other activities that keep the mind active. Let your child see you writing; give them writing tools, paper and books. Every time your child sees you writing a phone message, reading a recipe, writing a grocery list and reading a paper, magazine or book, you are modeling the usefulness of reading and writing. Explore museums, zoos and parks together. Take walks and discover the outdoors. These types of activities all stimulate early learning.

5. Connect with your child. Connections with the people in their lives boosts children’s brain potential, encourages cooperation, promotes learning and literacy, increases attention, decreases power struggles and builds loving bonds. This happens because connections on the outside literally build neural connections inside the child’s brain. If you don’t utilize I Love You Rituals, be certain to dedicate plenty of time to other connecting rituals that include eye contact and touch in a playful setting.

**Excert from Consciousdiscipline.com by Dr. Becky Bailey

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About FEC

FEC is the early childhood building for Fulton Public Schools. In our building, we have two Title 1 Preschool Classes, 3 Early Childhood Special Education Classes, FEC Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, and Parents as Teachers.