Our June Newsletter
An Unforgettable School Year
Dear LLC Families,
I never would have thought that we wouldn’t return to school or see each other again when we left on March 13th, due to the pandemic. I will admit that I was holding on to hope and in some way, I was in denial. I wanted to return to the staff that I was beginning to get to know. I wanted to return to the classrooms where I was becoming a familiar face to many students. We had so many more memories to share in, such as our garden activities, our Latino Night, assemblies, HSA events, and our Moving Up Ceremony. It's unfortunate that the year ended so suddenly and without notice.
As we end the 2019-20 school year, I want to say thank you to so many special people.
Thank you to our families that have stepped in. Although you are already your child’s first educator, and you already wear so many hats, this has been a lot. Thank you for juggling the demands of your job, being a parent, a chef, and a full-time teacher so well. We have no doubt that your children have had an amazing time at home with you. You have been everything. From all of us at LLC, thank you for your partnership. It’s been an awesome sight to see.
Thank you to our teachers and our Child Study Team. In the rush of it all, you quickly became familiar with all of the virtual tools you needed to know to stay connected to your families and students. We all appreciate you.
Thank you to our secretarial, custodial, medical staff, and our amazing specialists at LLC. For everything and anything I need help with, you are there! I couldn’t do this job without you, nor would I want to.
Ernest Hemingway said, "Courage is grace under pressure." You are quite a courageous group!
Thank you from Ben
Ms. Nicole and other teachers received beautiful sentiments from their students during teacher appreciation week.
Ms. Petra and her team surprised Javon with a drive-by birthday celebration. They went all out with decorated cars, signs, and balloons.
Bringing Back Snail Mail
Ms. Jen and her class are writing letters back and forth to stay in touch. Here are just a few examples of what she has received from her students.
Thank you from Ben
It's a launch!
Explore: Natural Collections
Children can spend hours outdoors engaged in elaborate play using materials found in their environment. Natural items like feathers, leaves, and sand hold so much potential for exploratory practices in math and science. Encouraging children to keep collections of natural materials, like pinecones, shells, or rocks, is a great way to incorporate math and science into outdoor play. Children can describe common characteristics, like size, color, and shape, and then use classifying rules to put items into groups. Children can also bring materials indoors for in-depth exploration and play. We keep collections in the various centers in our classroom so that the children can play with them on a daily basis. Families are encouraged to search their yards and neighborhoods for materials to start a collection on their own.
Teaching Problem-Solving Skills
More Great Stuff from Grow It Green!
Farmer Shaun and Farmer Tina lead a field trip to The Urban Farm to learn about 12 different plants that are growing at the farm in early May. Along the way, children can test their knowledge of plant parts to see if they can guess what part of the plant (root, stem, flower, etc) we are eating when we eat the different fruits and vegetables. Also in the video is a cucumber planting with Farmer Shaun, a visit with the chickens, and a demonstration of making homemade hummus dip for all of those delicious veggies.
Virtual Book Club
Immunizations Will Be Required for the 2020-21 School Year
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Staying Strong and Positive for Ourselves and Our Children During COVID-19
Andrew is showing his love for Ms. Tina and Ms. Maria.
Rowan is making her letters with popsicle sticks.
Grace is showing her love for Ms. Nicole and Ms. Wendy.