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 Greetings to All! 

Note:  This month's newsletter arrives a few days late.  We were trying to firm up some scheduling information so as to not clutter up your inbox with updated communications through out the month.

Well there goes September and October here we come!  We are excited for the new month and the beautiful fall weather.  

Some housekeeping items and announcements:

As we move into cooler mornings, please assist your child in making appropriate clothing choices.  Staff recommends your child dress in layers as mid-day tends to warm up substantially.  At Children's House we follow Ranulph Fiennes' belief that, "There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.", "appropriate attire" suits the season.  We plan to be outdoors in inclement weather except when the wind chill is below 20 degrees; so please help your child dress accordingly.  

Families, thank you who have made an extra effort to arrive promptly.  As discussed on our first back to school night; last year there were 360+ tardies during the school year.  We appreciate when your child arrives to school on time.  They are able to get their wiggles out on the playground so they may settle into the work period ready to work and learn.  

This year, the end of day pick up time seems to be the challenge, that's okay we will get through this together.  A gentle reminder, afternoon pick up begins at 3:00pm and ends at 3:05pm.  If you have been arriving later than 3:05pm to avoid the parking lot congestion, may I suggest using the back parking lot or the lot adjacent to the baseball field across Empire.  This is the last week, we will waive late pick-up fees.  Starting next week, a late pick up fee will be assessed for every ten minute interval past 3:05pm.  We appreciate your willingness to schedule check in(s) with your child's teacher and for being respectful of staff's planning time and end of day schedules.  

T his month our school will take a our Annual Pumpkin Patch field trip to Hauser's Pumpkin Patch on October 18th.  Mr. Hauser's pumpkin's remain $4- per pumpkin up to 20 lbs.  Pumpkins larger than 20 lbs. are .25/lb.  You may send cash in an envelope marked with your child's name to purchase a pumpkin, if possible please send exact change.  We plan to leave the school at 1:00 pm and return by 2:30pm.  As with past all school field trips we request parent drivers and volunteers.  Please let your child's teacher or Alexia know if you would like to help on this day.  Permission forms will go home the week of the 10th.  

Parent & Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 27th (evening) and all day on Friday the 28th.  Sign up forms will be available on your child's playground near the sign-in/out log.  Sign up forms will be available the week of the 17th.  Last year we had over 98% participation for conferences, let's see if we can break 100% this year.  

Families of students who purchase District Lunch, please be advised the District will be closed on Thursday, October 27th which means lunch will not be served.  Please plan to pack your child a lunch that day.  

Thank you to all families who were able attend the Parent Night last week; it was a pleasure to see all of you.  I hope enjoyed the evening and came away with some new information for your tool bag. 

 
October Calendar- all events at Children's House unless otherwise noted
  • Tuesday, October 4th, 4:00 pm School Advisory Committee Meets, Beech 
    Campus.
  • Monday, October 10th, Finance Committee Meets, Beech Campus, 5:00 pm 
  • Monday, October 10th, PTO Meets, 5:30 pm-Free childcare provided, Children's House Campus Notice:  Newly scheduled day of the week.
  • Monday, October 17th, Board of Directors meet, 5:00pm, Beech Campus
  • Tuesday, October 18th, Hauser Pumpkin Patch Field Trip, 1:00 pm

  • Wednesday, October 20th, Mom & Dad's Night, 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Thursday, October 27th (evening) & Friday, October 28th-Family Conferences-Sign up the week of the 17th.  
  • Monday, October 31st-All Day-Pajama Day
"Works" Spotlight
Each month we will highlight an area of the classroom to further parental understanding of Montessori Principles & Practices.  

Practical Life 
The purpose and aim of Practical Life is to help the child gain control in the coordination of his movement, and help the child to gain independence and adapt to his society. It is therefore important to "Teach teaching, not correcting" (Montessori) in order to allow the child to be a fully functional member in his own society. Practical Life Exercises also aid the growth and development of the child's intellect and concentration and will in turn also help the child develop an orderly way of thinking.  According to Maria Montessori, the Practical Life exercises are the fundamental building blocks for functioning successfully within a Montessori classroom and the world in general.   Read More

Health & Wellness-Nutrition Policy 
Sound nutrition and physical activity is essential to the successful education, growth and development of the whole child; therefore Children's House has adopted Nutrition & Wellness Policy that supports a healthy and active learning environment. 

Birthdays-Celebrating without food:

Children's House is committed to the health and wellness of all students, we ask that Birthdays be celebrated with non-food items per Parent Handbook Policy.   Please save cookies, cakes, candy, popsicles, chips, juice and other snacks for your family's private celebrations.


 

Ideas for a food free birthday celebration:

  • 10 extra minutes of outside time
  • Art activity (paper mache', coloring pages, pipe cleaner people)
  • SPARK activity
  • Science activity (make slime or fake snow)
  • Read then donate a book to Children's House
  • Donate outside equipment, school supplies or to a charity of choice in your child's name
  • 10 extra minutes of story time
BONUS:  CBS 60 Minutes recently broadcast documentary on the effects of sugar on child development. Warning: it is long but well worth the view.  Follow this link:   Sugar and Kids, the toxic truth
 

 

PTO News

Hello families,

Thank you so much to all of the parents that helped make the fall yard sale happen. Thank you for donating, shopping, and especially to those parents who volunteered to help out! We earned $1,400.83 for our children's schools.    Special thank you to Children's House for letting us use the schoolyard for our sale.

We are pleased to announce new PTO officers for the school year: Dena Thomason - President, Becca Samulski - Vice President, Sabrina Giesler - Volunteer Director, Angie Seeley - Treasurer and Alex Prime - Secretary.  In addition to officer elections, at the PTO meeting on September 13th, we discussed finances, the yard sale and volunteer opportunities; and Rob Lee provided an overview of the Montessori Philosophy.   Minutes from that meeting are posted on the Children's House website.

Please join us at our next PTO meeting, Monday, October 10 at 5:30pm at Children's House.  Childcare will be provided.    If this time doesn't work well for you or you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact the PTO at  kivapto@gmail.com  anytime. 

Kiva PTO serves as a liaison between parents, teachers, staff and the BODs of each school, with the goal of enriching the Kiva community. The PTO strives to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for families to engage more deeply in their children's education by providing a forum for sharing ideas and by sponsoring opportunities for family involvement.

We hope to see you there!

As always, your questions, concerns and ideas are important me; please come see me.

 

Sincerely,
Alexia Hudson-McGrath
Director
Children's House
 
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