Campfield Family Newsletter
From our Principal
The month of October highlights the importance of our school and family partnership. At Campfield Early Learning Center we know that our success as a school community is directly linked to the support we receive from our parents/guardians and community partners. It is a great privilege to be able to work with and see your child’s progress daily, we look forward to opportunities to share all that has been accomplished during our conferences in November. In the meantime, you can view your child’s progress on Schoology in the gradebook. Please refer to the Schoology resource below if you haven’t created a parent portal. It is always our desire to keep you informed of your child’s progress.
This month also holds many fun activities for our school community including our Fall Festival sponsored by the Judy Center this weekend and kicking off our monthly Family Projects. This month’s family project is storybook/movie character pumpkin decorating. See flyer below for more information.
Families, as we continue to monitor the safety of our building, we wanted to remind you of the protocols that we have when you ring the bell. Please remember that several people open the door, and may not always be able to see who is at the door.
When you ring the bell, you will be greeted followed by asking how we can help you. At that time, you would share the purpose of your visit and then the door would open for you.
Once the door opens, please come directly to the office so you can be signed in. As a reminder, an ID is needed at any time you are signing in or picking up a student.
School Counselor-Mrs. Galvin
Hello Campfield Families!
I am EXCITED to be the SCHOOL COUNSELOR here at Campfield! This is my 24th year at Campfield, and I am PROUD to be a part of this community. I look forward to meeting and getting to know all the wonderful children this school year! It makes me so happy seeing them come to school and feeling safe and loved! Campfield is a special place! I will be teaching classroom guidance lessons in the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten/preschool classrooms throughout the school year—more information to follow. Please call me at 443-809-1265 or email me at email@example.com if you have any questions, concerns, or if you need any kind of support. I am here to help in any way I can!
PRE-KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES: Magnet School Flyers were recently sent home with our pre-kindergarten students. Magnet school applications are due on-line by Friday, November 4, 2022—no exceptions. ALL pre-kindergarten students are eligible to apply. Look for more information to come on our school’s website. Kindergarten students are ALSO eligible to apply, but there are very limited spaces! Please contact me if you have any questions, and I can even walk you through the application process!
BACKPACKS: If your child needs a backpack for school, please let us know. We have some nice ones that were donated to us, and we would love to give one to your child if he/she needs one!
**October is BULLY PREVENTION MONTH**
Social Emotional Corner with Mrs. Groves
Hi Campfield Family:
I hope you all are well. I am Mrs. Groves, Campfield’s Social Emotional Teacher. I want to share with the importance of having routines and schedules at home for your little ones. Our school day is full of schedules and routines that prepare students for the day and to help keep them on task to complete a goal. If you are not using routines and schedule here are some great reasons why you may want to consider them.
Routines and Schedules Are Important Because:
They influence a child’s emotional, cognitive, and social development.
They help children feel secure.
They help children understand expectations.
They help reduce behavior problems.
They can result in higher rates of child engagement. (Vanderbilt, 2017)
Take some time to review the links below that can help assist you with getting started with visual routines and schedules at home.
My name is Jessica Miranda and I am Campfield's CARE Liaison! Please plan on attending our once a month family advisory meetings! We do family events, workshops and information sessions for parents!
We have a lending library with books, games, art supplies, puzzles, etc. that families can borrow to use at home to support their child’s learning. Please contact me if you would like to borrow something. Jmiranda@bcps.org Please let me know if I can help in any way. I am here for you! I have access to many resources available in our community.
Campfield's Family Advisory family involvement goals are:
• To educate parents on the important role they play in assisting in their child’s education.
• To encourage parents to be actively involved in their child’s education at school.
• To communicate with parents as full partners in their child’s education.
• To provide parents with opportunities, skills and tools to help them engage in meaningful parent-child learning activities.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
10/8 10am-12pm Judy Center Fall Festival at Campfield
10/19 6:00pm Parent Workshop- The IEP and Me (sign up below)
10/21 NO SCHOOL
10/24 NO SCHOOL
**Bear Book Calendar Correction- We are OPEN for school on 10/10**
Please make sure your child is here every day and is on time!
Kids’ Sleep Linked to Brain Health
Experts suggest that children ages 6 to 12 get at least nine hours of sleep each day. But many don’t get that much. A new NIH-funded study shows that getting enough sleep may be especially important for preteen brains. Researchers identified more than 4,000 children, ages 9 or 10, who got at least nine hours of sleep per day, according to their parents. This group was compared to a similar number of kids who got less than nine hours of sleep.
The children who got less sleep had more mental health and behavioral challenges than those who got enough sleep. Less sleep was linked to stress, depression, anxiety, and aggressive behavior. Kids who lacked sleep also had problems with making decisions, solving conflicts, and learning. Differences between the groups continued two years later. Brain scans were taken at the start of the study and two years later. These showed that the groups also had differences in brain structure.
The findings suggest that sleep affects learning and behavior through specific brain changes. “Children who had insufficient sleep had smaller volume in certain areas of the brain responsible for attention, memory, and inhibition control, compared to those with healthy sleep habits,” says study lead Dr. Ze Wang of the University of Maryland. More studies are needed to confirm these findings and to see if these brain changes can be reversed.
(National Institutes of Health • Department of Health and Human Services • newsinhealth.nih.gov)
For more information go to: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2022/10/kids-sleep-linked-brain-health
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Reading Corner with Mrs. Payne
Happy Fall Campfield Families!! Some of my favorite things about fall are the changing leaves, pumpkin spice, and apples!! Each month we will listen to a story together and 10 lucky families will get a FREE copy of the book to add to their personal libraries.
This month’s book is Apple Picking Time by Michele Benoit Slawson, illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray. This story follows a family who works together every fall to pick apples in the local valley. The main character, Anna, is excited because this year she is a little older and is determined to pick an entire bin of apples all by herself.
If you are interested in getting a FREE copy of Apple Picking Time, simply listen to the story with your child and complete one of the book themed tasks together. The first 10 families who submit a completed task via email or Campy folder will get a book!
Email Mrs. Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org with your picture submissions or send the completed task in your child’s folder labeled: Mrs. Payne’s Monthly Book Giveaway. Families have the entire month of October to complete one task and submit.