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CentroNía Family Bulletin | June 2022
Important Dates

  • June 8: Our DC Infant, Toddlers, and Pre-K classrooms will close at 2:00 pm for professional development. After-care will not be available on this day. (Studio ROCKS will not be affected.)
  • June 19: Happy Father's day!
  • June 20: All CentroNía centers will be closed in honor of Juneteenth.
  • June 24: CentroNía DC centers will close early at 2:00 pm.
Announcements
Diaper Bank: If you are in need of diapers, please complete this form. Reminder: CentroNía will distribute diapers directly to your child's classroom. If you have questions, please email Lisa Rivera at lrivera@centronia.org.
DC Summer Camp: Summer Camp at CentroNía's Columbia Rd site in DC will take place from June 28 to August 18 with service hours from 8:15am to 4:45pm. Reach out to admissions@centronia.org if you have questions regarding your application.
COVID-19 Guidance: CentroNía will implement a new COVID-19 guidance following recent spikes in COVID infections. Our plans to relax the mask mandate will have to be delayed until we see the impact of this latest wave of infections. Read this important parent notice to learn more about the change.
2022-2023 School Year: DC Registration Packets for enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year are due! Please complete your packet in its entirety and submit it to the Admissions Office by July 1st. Participation in any of CentroNía programs requires children to have up-to-date health and oral certificates and immunizations. Participation of children with expired/missing forms may be put on hold. Please visit the admissions office for more information.
  • DC Pre-K program will reach out to waitlist prospects as of June 1st.  
  • MD Pre-K re-enrollment opens mid-June 
  • New Staff: MD – Johanna Ponce will be working as an interim Admissions specialist on-site, Tuesday-Thursday 9 am-3pm, please join us in giving her a warm welcome!
Pre-K Graduations
CentroNía's Pre-K students have learned and grown so much over the past year and are ready to embark on a whole new adventure in kindergarten!

MD:
June 16- Friday, June 17 @
9 am - 4 pm
CentroNia MD students will partake in a drive-thru graduation ceremony, where they will receive a backpack with school materials, a Pre-K certificate, and a gift with a photo with a cap and gown. There will also be a photo booth to help capture the celebratory moment! For our Thursday, June 16 graduates, that will be their last day. Our Pre-k graduates for Friday, June 17 will still attend classes on Thursday.

DC:
June 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Enjoy children’s performances, refreshments, and other surprises at our graduation ceremony on the rooftop at Columbia Rd . Children can bring up to 2 family members to the activity (space is limited). There will be an early release for all classes at our CentroNía DC centers at 2 pm.

Congratulations to our Pre-K students on their graduations!
Upcoming Events
MD: Family Fun Day
Friday, June 3 @ 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Join CentroNía for a day of fun with your family!

There'll be a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy, including a jumping castle, super scientist learning lab with take-home scientist kits, cooking demo, face painting, music, food and more.

Feel free to stop by and say hello!
DC: Children's Hospital Mobile Health Program

Thursday, June 23 by appointment only

On June 23rd, Children’s National Hospital Mobile Health will visit CentroNía - Columbia Heights to provide physical exams to ensure that children have no underlying health needs that could hinder their learning and development.

This is by appointment only, call (202)-820-0658 or make an appointment by filling out registration forms at the front desk and returning them by June 16th.
Workshop on children and technology

Tuesday, June 10 & Friday, June 13

Join Mental Health Coordinator Elena Marin in a conversation about children and technology. How much is too much? It will focus on the effects of technology and how to control its use. You'll also learn strategies to deal with issues caused by inappropriate or excessive use of screens.

Local Resources

  1. The Napkin Network: allows you to donate unexpired and unused baby formula. Those who are in need can submit a request and a team member will reach out to you. A Facebook group called Nova Baby Formula Finding Resource allows families across the DMV to gift, sell, trade, or find baby formula throughout the region.

  2. Greater DC Diaper Bank: accept more than just diapers and wipes, as well as formula, breastfeeding supplies, and more to families in need.

  3. Feed the Fridge will start giving out free baby formula Thursday, May 19 to anyone in need.

 National Resources

  1. Gerber's MyGerber Baby Expert: allows you to talk to a certified nutrition or lactation consultant by phone, text, video call, Facebook messenger, or web chat, who can help you identify a similar formula that may be more readily available.

  2. Abbott Nutrition has a consumer hotline at 1-800-986-8540. An OBGYN or your infant's pediatrician to submit an urgent product request on your behalf by downloading and completing their pdf form.

  3. Reckitt's Customer Service line: Call 1-800-222-9123.

  1. United Way's 2-1-1: Dial 2-1-1 to be connected to a community resource specialist affiliated with United Way who may be able to help you identify food pantries and other charitable sources of local infant formula and baby food.

  2. Feeding America: Call your local food bank to ask whether they have any infant formula and other supplies in stock.

  3. Human Milk Banking Associate of North America: Certain HMBANA-accredited milk banks are distributing donated breast milk to mothers in need; please note that some may require a prescription from a medical professional.

  4. Contact your local WIC office to identify or obtain additional sources of infant formula nearby.

  5. You should not water down formula or try to make formula at home, or use toddler formula to feed infants. Don't discard the formula unless it is expired or is part of the recall. Check your formula's lot code to see whether or not it was affected by the recall.

  6. You can find more guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  7. Call your OBGYN or pediatrician to see if they have in-office samples or can suggest a similar formula that may be more readily available in stores and is nutritionally similar to your infant's typical formula.
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