May 19, 2023
Inside this edition you will find:
- Director's Message
- Spring Parent Survey
- SEPAG Meeting Information (May 23rd, virtual)
- Directories for HOPES, Mile Square, and Wallace Preschool Wildcats
- Weekly Site Updates
- PIRT Corner
- Nurse's Nook
- Ms. Mara's Book of the Week
- Spongebob the Musical, May 19th-21st (Tonight and this weekend!)
- Sprongebob the Musical Movie Night, June 7th
Dear Early Childhood Families,
Another fun filled week of Preschool is behind us. The warm weather brings such joy to the students. They love it and I have to agree with them. Some of my favorite memories of being in the classroom invovled having a read aloud outside on the grass. The thought of it just makes me smile. Tonight and this weekend is the infamous District Musical! I had to give our newsletter a little Spongebob makeover for it. I hope to see some of you this weekend at the high school. Stop and say hello if you see me! Just a reminder, Friday, May 26th we will be having a 1:00 PM dismissal. There are no Wrap services on this day. Monday, May 29th, 2023 there will be No School. The Hoboken Public School District will be closed for Memorial Day.
Our HOPES and MSELC school day starts at 8:30 and dismissal is at 2:30. This drop off and pickup times do not apply for students in WRAP programs. If you are going to be late dropping off in the morning or picking up in the afternoon, please make sure to call or email your family advocate. Their information can be found in the directories below.
As a friendly reminder, please remember to call your family advocate and let them know the reason for your child being absent no later than 9:15 am. If you can not call your family advocate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please state:
- your child's name
- reason for absence
- when we can expect them back in school
Important Upcoming Dates to add to your calendars:
Friday, June 16th we will be having a 1:00 PM dismissal. There are no Wrap services on this day.
Monday, June 19th, 2023 there will be No School. The Hoboken Public School District will be closed for Juneteenth.
We will have 1:00 PM dismissal days on June 20th, June 21st, and June 22nd. There are no WRAP services on these days.
The Last Day of School will be on June 22nd, 2023. We have a 1:00 PM dismissal that day.
Please continue reading below to see information for our Spring Parent Survey, SEPAG Meeting information, Directories for HOPES, Mile Square, and our Wallace Preschool Wildcats, Weekly Updates from each site, PIRT Corner, Nurse's Nook, My Book's of the Week, information to see Spongebob the Musical this weekend, and a chance to see the recording in June. Have a wonderful weekend.
Director of Early Childhood Education
Spring Parent Survey
SEPAG Meeting, May 23rd
Mile Square Directory
Wallace Preschool Wildcats Directory
What's Happening in Early Childhood?
Wallace Preschool Wildcats
In Ms. Aleah and Mrs. Susan’s class this week, the class was doing a study on one of their favorite children’s authors, Mo Willems. Since he is one of our favorites, it made sense for the class to have a whole unit dedicated to him!
Mo Willems has an impressive series of about 73 books and it is our goal to read them all! The students are already so inspired by Mo Willems that they decided to write their own book titled, “A Duck Went For a Walk.”
The students are so excited to read more of his stories as well as engage in more fun activities! Here is a snapshot of some photos we have taken during our author study. Enjoy!
In Classroom 2 at the Rue Site, Ms.Juana and Ms.Jennie’s class theme is community
helpers. Ms.Jennie’s brother-in-law, who is a Port Authority Police Officer/ Fireman, came to visit the students in the classroom to talk about his job title and gear he uses as a fireman and police officer. The class learned that Port Authority Firemen make sure the airplanes are safe to fly and put out fires. They were also able to try on the Fireman gear he brought and feel how heavy the gear is. Police Officer Torres then gave the children coloring books, fire hats, and stickers. The class enjoyed coloring the booklet and wearing their fire hats while learning about fire safety at the airport.
Rue Mile Square
Labeling and Expressing Emotions Appropriately
We all want our children to grow up to be emotionally intelligent individuals. One of the crucial skills for emotional intelligence is the ability to label and express emotions appropriately. Young children deal with many of the same emotions as adults but often have not learned the words to verbalize how they are feeling. Caregivers can help their children understand and express their emotions. The following information are strategies to help your child express their feelings:
1. Identify Emotions
Start by helping your child recognize and label different emotions using age appropriate terms (ex. sad rather than depressed). This can be done by pointing out different emotions in books, TV, or movies and asking your child how you think the characters feel.
Remember, it's okay to talk about ALL feelings; labeling these feelings allows children to understand what it is that they are experiencing and enables them to develop a vocabulary for talking about feelings.
2. Model Emotional Expression
Talk about your own feelings with your children. Children learn by observing adults, so make sure you model appropriate emotional expression. It can be as easy as saying things like, "I'm feeling frustrated right now because I can't find my keys," or "I'm feeling happy because we're going to the park."
You can also encourage your child to interact by saying things like “Remember yesterday when the water in the bathtub would not go down the drain? Mommy got so mad, and do you remember what my face looked like when I got mad? Can you make a mad face like Mommy’s?”
Talk with your children about different ways you deal with specific feelings. “When I get mad I take a deep breath, count to three, and then try to think of the best way to deal with my problem.”
3. Encourage communication
Give children opportunities to identify feelings in themselves and others. For example, you might say to your child, “Riding your bike is so much fun. I see you smiling. Are you happy?” Or you might point out a situation and ask your child to reflect on what someone else may be feeling: “Joey bumped his head on the slide. How do you think Joey feels?”
Create a safe space for your child to express their emotions. Encourage them to talk and validate their feelings: “It’s okay to feel angry sometimes.”
4. Teach coping strategies
Help your child develop healthy coping strategies to manage their emotions. This can include taking deep breaths, counting to ten, or taking a break to calm down.
Anytime you model emotional expression, follow up with modeling how you cope!
Like any skill, learning to label and express emotions takes practice. Encourage your child to express their emotions and validate their efforts. Remember to be patient and supportive.
Summer is quickly approaching! As you may be thinking about summer childcare, below is a link to a great article by the American Academy of Pediatrics for your reference about choosing a summer camp, preparing your child, and keeping them safe!
If your child has a medical condition requiring an action plan for school (i.e. asthma, food allergy, seizure disorder), please be advised that their current action plan will expire on July 1, 2023 and they will need a new action plan for the 2023-2024 school year dated July 1, 2023 or later. Below are copies of the Food Allergy Action Plan and the Asthma Action Plan. Please arrange for these forms to be filled out by your child’s doctor during summer break, as they will need to be turned in by the first day of school in September. *Please note that these forms must be filled out in their entirety, including the parent section and the doctor section.
If your child is a PreK 4 student moving on to Kindergarten next year, updated action plans can be turned into the nurse at their respective Kindergarten location by the first day of school in September.
Ms. Mara's Book of the Week
Color Blocked by Ashley Sorenson is a really neat book about mixing colors. I was always a fan of putting colors together when I was younger to see what new color they made. I must have passed that onto my son Tyler because he does the same thing! Do you see your favorite color in this book? I know I saw both of mine. I hope you enjoy this color fun book as much as I do!