MECE Preschool and Kindergarten
February News
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Important dates
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Preschool & Kindergarten
625 NE Mizner Blvd
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Cathy Herschelman
Office hours 8-3
Preschool 9-noon
Kindergarten 9-2
Early drop begins 8:15, $4 or monthly discounted rate 
Lunch Bunch $8

 (during Lunch Bunch)

STEAM on Monday, $80 for half the year   
Music on Tuesday, 
$50 for half the year

Spanish on Wednesday, 
$50 for half the year
Sports on Thursday, $50 for half the year
Art on Friday,
$75 for half the year

New for Twos!
Little STEAMers on Thursday, $80 for half the year
Summer Camp
Camp Director:
Lisa Bariso
June 17
June 24
July 8
July 15


Parent Association
Important Dates

February 6
February 9
Fun Run

MECE night out

February 27
MECE Day Out
 at Lala Land

 MECE Shirts Available
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Kindergarten $15
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MECE shirt
Preschool $10
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Here is what MECE Parents and Students have to say about what makes MECE so special:

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Thank you to Kelly for setting up our MECE night out at Shake Shack. The kids had a wonderful time!

Thank you Kim Adams for our playdate at the Children's Museum

Thank you Nurse Jen Pouey for talking to us about proper hand washing, keeping germs to ourselves, and doctor visits!

Thank you to Tai Munley for a the best movie night ever! The movie was great and the kids had a wonderful time all bundled up in blankets!

Thank you to all MECE Staff for completing the Conscious Discipline Training on Building Resilient Schools. I think all parents should watch this!

This and that..

Welcome to the Birthday Book Club:

Quinn Munley and Stella Babus
Registration update: Many classes are already full. We still have limited openings in our Twos, and Threes classes. You can get three free Lunch Bunches by printing the voucher on the bottom of this newsletter and referring a friend. Your child earns three free Lunch Bunches when the new family registers. 
Feel free to forward this newsletter to interested families so they can view the "Testimonial video" available on the left hand side of this.  

Each student brought home a progress report in January. Your child's teacher will do another assessment and discuss your student's progress with you on Wednesday, April 24 at your scheduled conference. 
Many of MECE's students go on to Private schools or gifted programs. The teachers invest a lot of time and energy in correctly completing the needed evaluation forms, so please submit needed forms in a timely fashion.

MECE Sunday
All families of students in a 3s class, 4s class or Kindergarten are invited to MECE Sunday on March 10 during the 9:30 service. Look for details in your child's backpack soon. Your child has been learning many new songs, and will get to perform for the whole congregation. Wyatt Robinson, Director of Family Ministries at FUMC, has some special activities planned for after the performance so you can enjoy the service and pick your child up from the Music Suite afterwards. Plan to stay for some fellowship time on the Gathering Place lawn after the service.
Vacation Bible School
VBS will be the week of June 10 on the East Campus of the First United Methodist Church. Look for sign up information after Easter.

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Summer Camp

Camp Registration will begin Monday, 
February 25.  Camp will run for 4 weeks- June 17, 
June 24, July 7, and  July 15 from 9 am -2 pm. 
The registration fee is $30, tuition is $150 per week (must attend a minimum  of two weeks).
Our theme this year is

An Around the World Adventure

Look for your child's registration form in their backpack the week of February 11.
Please send in old towels, stack-able yogurt cups, and produce trays for art supplies.

The Fours made lemonade.

Everyone else received a ticket to buy lemonade

Everyone had fun

Crawford Winstead, Jack Hollander,

Fay Fodell, George Li,

Leighton Hurley,  Cameron Hurley, 

and   Oliver Vaccini
Important Dates
   4 -7 -Peanut Butter and Jelly Collection
   8-No School
   12-Valentine Parties for 2 and 4 day classes
  14-Valentine Parties for all 3 and 5 day classes
  15-Storytime with Ooopsey Entertainment
   20-Spirit Day-wear your MECE Shirt
   21 and 22-High Touch, High Tech presents Gold Rush
   25-CAMP MECE Registration
  28-Invoice #8 due
Join Team MECE for this 5K walk or run

MECE Staff are taking part in a 5K on Saturday, March 9 at FAU. In addition to the walk/run there will be all kinds of family activities including bounce houses. Children are free unless they want to take part in hte kid's timed race and receive a medal. Please sign up with Team MECE so we get credit. 

March 10--MECE Sunday for all 3s, 4s, and Kindergarten


MECE Parent Association


The purpose of the MECE Parent Association is to build a strong community among our pre-School and kindergarten parents; support the teachers and staff; and to raise funds to support the school. All parents of MECE students are members of the Parent Association. The MECE Parent Association plans numerous events and opportunities for parents to get involved and participate in the MECE Parent Association, thereby directly supporting the school and our children.

Thank you to Tai & Tom Munley for an awesome movie night! Thank you to Kelly for a wonderful Family Night Out and Kim Adams for a great play date at the Boca Children's Museum. I Hope everyone is ready for a great time at February's events!

Next Parent Association Meeting - February 6th 
I hope you join us at 9:15am after carline on Wednesday, February 6th upstairs at MECE in the Center Room! We'll be finishing up details of the fun run, working on teacher appreciation week, and marketplace.

Family Night out at Moe's - February 20th 4-8pm
Want a night off cooking? Come stop by Moe's between 4-8pm and 20% percent of sales will be donated back to MECE. 
Moe's is located at: 2240 NW 19th St, Boca Raton, Fl

MECE Fun Run and Healthy Kids Day - February 9th
Join us at 10:30 am in the MECE Parking lot for a fun event that will feature a short fun run road race for the kids, games, face painting, healthy snacks and medals for every participant. $10 per family (siblings welcome!) The races will begin at 11:00 am. Each student is encouraged to wear their MECE shirts. Make sure you wear closed toe shoes and bring gloves and enjoy some snow! The class with the most participants will earn an ice cream party! Registration forms were sent home in your child's backpack. Please return them to Sue Boston.

Playdate at LaLaLand- February 27th 1-7pm
Come play at LaLa Land at 11411 Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33428 (the old Monkey Joes) Come anytime in the window and bring your flyer. They will donate 10% of your entry back to MECE! Children 3 & up are $15, 2 and under are $12.

Box Tops Deadline February 22nd
Keep sending in those Box Tops! The class with the most Tops will win a party, so make sure you mark your envelope with your child's name and teacher!
CD for Parents: Teaching Your Children How to Follow Your Directions with Success

Scaffolding in Parenting
In education, teachers are taught how to scaffold lessons to ensure student success. Scaffolding is a process where teachers break down information into digestible chunks. They model how to think about information, or they demonstrate how to solve a problem. Then, teachers support students through the process. Teachers are available to reteach parts of the lesson as needed, positive correction is provided and questions are encouraged. As students demonstrate mastery, the teacher pulls back accordingly and the students become independent problem-solvers of similar problems.
If you've ever helped your kid with a science project, you have an idea of what scaffolding is NOT! Your child may have received science fair instructions in the form of a six-inch thick packet or directed to a website navigable only by a Ph.D. YOU probably did the project. You probably gave up your last weekend of Winter Break for this stress and mess and are now an authority on how glycerin effects bubble size. Most likely, your child still does not know what a bubble solution is and could not do a science fair project to save her life.
As parents, we are our children's first and foremost teachers. When you tell your children, "Clean your rooms," and they look at you like you just handed them a science fair packet the day before Winter Break, it means you need to scaffold! Scaffolding our instructions ensures our children's success and contributes to the harmony of our homes.

Here's how it works:
M stands for MODEL
Modeling means you demonstrate WHAT TO DO and HOW TO DO it. A helpful Scaffolding Technique to support modeling is called "Think Aloud." You literally think OUT LOUD, modeling how to think about, handle or problem-solve a process or situation. Say you happen to have a captive audience in your messy kitchen. Take that as an opportunity to Think Aloud! You may say, "Hmm... I have dirty dishes on the table and dirty dishes in the sink. How can I handle this? Where can I begin? I know! First, I'm going to rinse the dirty dishes that are in the sink and put them in the dishwasher. Next, I'm going to clear the table. Then, I'm going to rinse those dirty dishes and finish by putting them into the dishwasher."
A stands for ADD PICTURES
As Stephen Covey often said (The 7 Habits Guy), "Begin with the end in mind." Show your children a picture of what their rooms look like when YOU consider it clean. A helpful Scaffolding Technique to support Adding Pictures is to always show your children the outcome or product before they do it. You could say, "When your room matches this picture, then you will know you are done." Pictures of the concrete process, or a Graphic Organizer, are an additional resource for younger children or children with extra or different needs. List the steps and add a visual cue per step. Use clip art or pictures. Post the visual aid at your child's eye level to ensure it is "readable" to your child so they don't feel embarrassed or controlled. Older children who need additional support often prefer a checklist. There are a number of apps designed for this purpose or you can make a good ole' fashioned checklist and teach your child to check off as each task as it is done!
P stands for PRACTICE
Let's get this out of the way: Practice does NOT make perfect, but consistent practice sure does makes progress! Guide your child through each step of the modeled process with a picture posted nearby of the finished product or a "readable" step by step guide. Make it "readable" by adding pictures and posting it at your child's eye-level. For younger children use transition and sequencing words like, "FIRST, you put your dirty clothes in the hamper. What does your picture schedule say is NEXT?" Or, "You put your stuffed animals on your bed. What did you do BEFORE that?" Referring to the picture schedule when you ask these questions teaches your child that the picture schedule is a helpful resource. For older children, ask specific, guiding and open-ended questions and PAUSE! Open-ended questions cannot be answered with a yes or no and steer clear of asking, "Why?" Pausing allows the child to reflect, think and problem-solve, all of which exercise Executive Functioning Skills! Helpful open-ended questions may sound like, "It looks like you are in the middle of sorting through those Pokémon cards. What do you think is the best way to store your cards?" Or, "I notice you have a couple of extra volleyball practices this week. What is your plan for having a clean uniform for each practice?"
Every good teacher knows we must differentiate instruction to provide the most effective learning experiences possible. Our children may learn at varied paces, require more or less support and require information be taught in different ways. Differentiating our instruction as parents means we deliver our lessons, even on how to clean up a room, in a way that will reach our children. It may take a few shots, especially if we have a pattern resistant child... the ones we say march to their own beat!
No matter who your child is, it is your job to try and be consistent, structured and encouraging. Mistakes will happen and use each one as opportunity to learn. Most of all have FUN because someday your children will be living in their own clean homes and you may find yourself longing for a little mess.

If you are interested in attending a service at FUMC you might like the 9:30 Contemporary service offered in the Gathering Place. Sunday School is provided in the MECE classrooms, Miss Cathy does the checking in for Sunday School in the Gathering Place. Children are invited to come forward to listen to a children's message and then head over to the Sunday School rooms. 

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