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October 2022

A Note From Our Principal

Fall is in full swing! Our students are having a blast exploring colored leaves and feeling the crisp air outdoors as they participate in fun, seasonal activities. Mark your calendars! Our Fall Festival event is on Saturday, October 22 and we hope to see all of you there with your children. We’ll have games, refreshments, and fun fall activities. 

We look forward to another month full of learning, fun, and play!


Brittany Meeks

Join us for our Virtual Potty Training Workshop on October 6 at 12PM PDT / 3PM EST
Are you ready to take that next step? Do you need ideas or support to make your child’s potty training a success? Learn tips and techniques to ensure a successful, positive experience. Sign-up at https://conta.cc/3QFr2uI.
Halloween Events 

Our classrooms will be celebrating Halloween by doing crafts, playing outdoor games with their classmates, and celebrating in costume on October 31st ! We will send more information via Links 2 Home soon.

 Important Dates 

October 22 – Fall Festival

October 31 – Halloween PartyOctober 30 – End of Month Folders go home

New On Our Preschool Blog  

Social-Emotional Learning from Infancy through Pre-K
Social-emotional skills acquired in the
preschool years pave the way for children
to form lasting friendships, develop
empathy, and understand different
situations. Our teachers encourage social emotional development, first and foremost,
by creating a safe and supportive
environment where every child feels good
about coming to school.
Below are specific examples on how we
facilitate this learning in each of our
Infants (0-1 year)
Positive verbal, nonverbal, and physical interactions provide infants with a sense of safety, confidence,
and self-worth. Our teachers design activities that allow infants to look to them for support and
encouragement when exploring new materials. For example, if an infant is struggling to fit a shape into
the shape sorter, our teachers assist and prompt the infant by saying, “Let us try and turn the piece this
way” or “I don’t think that shape fits. Should we see if it fits in another spot?”
Toddlers (1-2 years)
In our toddler classroom, students take an active part in dressing themselves. For example, teachers
may ask, “Can you pull your arm through the sleeve,” or “Please take your socks off for our sensory
walk.” Teachers also expose toddlers to a variety of emotions in developmentally appropriate ways.
They may show pictures of children making various facial expressions and encourage the toddlers to
practice identifying the emotions and mimicking the expressions in a mirror.
Beginners (2-3 years)
Our Beginner teachers support sharing and taking turns by providing students with visual prompts and
auditory cues. For example, if they notice a student has been waiting to play with maracas, they may
say, “Sophie, what special words could you use to have a turn with the maracas?” To make children feel
safe and welcome when entering the classroom, teachers include the individual student’s name in the
greeting and demonstrate gratitude when they return the greeting. Sometimes they may even greet
students with a high-five, fist bump, or happy dance.
Intermediates (3-4 years)
Intermediate teachers encourage students to generate some of their own rules and routines, even silly
ones! This promotes ownership over their own behaviors and allows students to feel respected within
the classroom community. Teachers also provide students with words to describe why they feel a
particular way if they can’t express it themselves. They may say, “I think you’re angry because your face
is red and you yelled. I would be angry too if someone took my toy.” They then guide students through
brief exercises to help self-calm and reduce stress, such as taking slow, deep breaths.

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