Dear Shorenorth Families,
September is now a month of the past and we move on together into October. All classes are settling in and working hard together to make the children’s and parent’s experience fun and educational. I really enjoy each day when children first come into school. From 1-5 year olds, they have this look, (usually… :-)) of “it’s my birthday!” on their faces. I’d like to keep that look going all year. Teacher Susie and I couldn’t do it without our incredibly supportive board and each and everyone of you! This definitely has been the most difficult start of a school year with the loss of my Mom, but the incredible notes, cards, plants and hugs have helped me a lot. Thank you.
I’d like to keep our fabulous school’s vision focused on our Play Based Philosophy. It’s what is best for young children and I commend all Shorenorth parents for choosing our school!!! There are many places I gather from when staying current in my Play Based beliefs. I had the extreme pleasure of hearing Joan Almon, educator and co-founder of Alliance For Childhood speak this summer at the Play Symposium I attended. Their website is a very exciting place full of research about Play. Please visit and enjoy: http://www.allianceforchildhood.org. When your teachers attend our National Association of the Education of Young Children’s Conference, we’ll be able to attend one of their seminars in Dallas because they’ll be presenting there. Another wonderful resource that just came out for parents is from TRUCE (another one of my “go tos”) TRUCE is the acronym for Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment. This month they have released many new Play Plans for families that you can use through the year that engage your little darlings into active play and build stronger family relationships. http://www.truceteachers.org/guides.htm
Lastly, I’d like to share some very hopeful news from our new coordinator Pollie McCloskey from Shoreline Community College. Our populations of members have gone up for total number of enrolled Parent Education students (that’s you!) at all the college affiliated co-op preschools! Again, I thank our board and all of you for your part in this success.