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CENTER NEWS

December 2018

The first day of winter officially begins Friday December 21, 2018!

Events

Classroom Participation

December is the month for special gatherings and family traditions. We invite you to join your child’s classroom and bring a project or tradition to share. Families may wish to join the classroom to read a story, do a cooking or art project, demonstrate a science experiment, play an instrument or teach the children a special song or dance. If you can participate please speak to the classroom staff and coordinate a visit! Sign-up sheets are also posted in each classroom.

 

Pajama Day

On Wednesday January 9, 2019 all children are invited to wear their favorite pajamas to school! Please make sure that your children also have additional clothing that is appropriate for outdoor play.

 

Create with Me!

On Thursday January 17, 2019 families are invited anytime from 8-10 am and 3-5 pm to join the children in their classrooms as they create works of art using various mediums.

 

Music with Wayne Potash

All families are invited to attend our biweekly sessions with Wayne Potash in their child’s classroom.

Music is in the Infant Room 3:40-4:00, Mixed Room 4:00-4:20, Toddler Room 4:20-4:40, Young Preschool 4:40-5:00, Middle Preschool 5:00-5:20 & Older Preschool 5:20-5:40. Children that are not scheduled to attend LMACCC on days that Wayne is present may attend the music sessions with their caregiver present. 

Wayne will be at LMACCC on:

December 12

 

Yoga

Mixed, Toddler and all Preschool Rooms participate bi-weekly in a Monday afternoon Yoga program. Families are always welcome to join the fun! Children that are not scheduled to attend LMACCC on Monday may attend yoga with their caregiver present. 

 

Yoga sessions run as follows:

Mixed Room 3:00-3:20

Toddler Room (front side) 3:20-3:40

Toddler Room (back side) 3:40-4:00

Young Preschool 4:00-4:30

Middle Preschool 4:30-5:00

Older Preschool 5:00-5:30

 

Yoga will be at LMACCC on:

December 4th (Tuesday)

December 18th (Tuesday)

 

 

Annual Staff Appreciation Night

This year’s Staff Night Out is scheduled for Friday January 25, 2019 at The Lansdowne Pub. . LMACCC staff will have the opportunity to play fun games such as Giant Jenga, Darts, Corn hole and/or Foosball. Staff will also be treated to a buffet dinner followed by DJ & dancing.  Thank you for continuing this tradition!

 

If you would like to contribute to the event it is not too late. Contributions can be made payable to the “LMACCC Employee Appreciation Fund” and brought at any point to the main office.

 

Reminders

 

Flu Information

Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by influenza viruses that are constantly changing. The flu can be very dangerous for children. Each year about 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized from flu complications, like pneumonia. Symptoms of flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Some people with flu will not have a fever.

 

The first and most important thing to do is to get flu vaccine for your child, yourself, and everyone else in your household every year. Get the vaccine as soon as it is available.

Vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

Once your child has been vaccinated please provide LMACCC with a copy of the vaccination report from his/her pediatrician.

 

Illness

The illness policy requires that your child not attend school until fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications. Typically when a child is sent home at any point s/he should stay home the entire next day. We are following the recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and calling parents when a child has a fever of 100.4 and/or flu symptoms. Please call the Center and disclose your child’s symptoms. If your child has been seen by a physician, follow up with us regarding your child’s condition so we can post possible exposure dates for contagious illnesses.

 

***Please note that any child who develops a rash will be excluded from care until the rash

is no longer visible or until the child’s pediatrician provides documentation that the child has

been examined and is not contagious.***

 

Medication

  • All over the counter medication must be accompanied by a note from the child’s primary care physician indicating dose, dates & times to be given. Families will also be asked to complete a medication consent form.
  • Prescription medication needs to arrive in its original container. Families will also be asked to complete a medication consent form.
  • The program is required to maintain two sets of any life saving medications such as Epi-Pens and Inhalers.
  • If your child has an IHCP plan for an allergy that includes administration of Benadryl two containers of Benadryl must be provided to the program.
  • Please inform your child’s teacher(s) of any new medications your child is taking at home. This information allows us to be conscience about adverse side effects (vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, etc.).

 

Parking

Nessel Way is a privately owned street. Please avoid parking on this street, even short term, as vehicles that are parked there are subject to be towed.

A parking registration form can be completed for access to the 375 Longwood Garage. The registration form is accessible on the LMACCC website at www.lmaccc.org. Access cards allow up to 45 minutes of parking twice a day. There is a limit of two access cards per family. Only one access card at a time may be used. Please plan on 30 minutes to allow for time to enter and exit the garage.

 

Families wishing to stay longer than 45 minutes should pull a ticket from the ticket dispenser and self-pay upon exit of the garage.

 

The drop off loop is for 15 minute parking. Please use caution when entering and exiting the loop as there is often a great deal of foot traffic in this space.

 

Access cards are not permitted to be used for event parking. Families that are participating in an event should pull a ticket from the garage and self-pay upon exit of the garage.

 

Clothing

Please inventory the clothes in your child’s clothes bin and replace with cold weather appropriate items. (Long sleeve tops, long pants, socks, shoes and underwear). Please dress your child for the outdoor weather. We try to go outside every day. Each child needs a hat, mittens, boots and warm coat. We encourage mitten clips to keep mittens in pairs and on coats. There are a variety of inexpensive mitten clips available on www.amazon.com. Lost items are placed on the foyer hooks and door.

 

Strollers

There are a large number of families that opt to store strollers in the center and under the garage stairwell (adjacent to the Drop Off Loop) during the day. LMACCC is required to follow guidelines provided by the Boston Fire Department related to egress. The guidelines require that we routinely ensure that stairways are kept unobstructed either by persons or things and are ready for use while the spaces are occupied.

 

In order to maximize the amount of available stroller storage and maintain a safe egress (via the program and the parking garage) we are asking families to adhere to these guidelines:

  1. All strollers should be collapsed.
  2. Small (umbrella-type) strollers can be folded and placed under the stairwell adjacent to LMACCC’s main foyer. Please leave a walkway in the middle of this area so that families can retrieve strollers.
  3. Large strollers can be stored in the stairwell at the top of the Drop Off Loop.

 

Special Snacks

If you wish to bring in a special snack from outside the program please provide your child’s classroom a list of the ingredients at least two days in advance. Snack ingredients can also be emailed to LMACCC’s Program Coordinators. Infant/Toddler families can connect with Allison Mahler at amahler@masco.harvard.edu and Preschool families can reach out to either Kelly Quinn-Wilson at kquinn@masco.harvard.edu or Candace Fonzi at cfonzi@masco.harvard.edu

 

Termination and Legal Reminder

Per LMACCC contract families are required to complete a written termination notice as follows:

30 days in advance for the period between September 16 and May 14

45 days in advance for the period between May 15 and June 30

60 days in advance for the period between July 1 and September 15

 

A termination form is located on our website at www.lmaccc.org under

Current Parents – Enrollment Forms – Contract Amendment Notice

 

http://www.lmaccc.org/sites/lmaccc/files/contract_amendment_notice_0.pdf

Family Photos

Please be sure to bring in a recent family photo to share with your child’s classroom. Families can also e-mail a photo to an administrator to print and share with the classroom.

 

Administration e-mails are:

Kelly Quinn-Wilson, Director kquinn@masco.harvard.edu

Candace Fonzi, Assistant Director cfonzi@masco.harvard.edu

Allison Mahler, Infant/Toddler Coordinator amahler@masco.harvard.edu

Jamie Luong, Administrative Assistant jluong@masco.harvard.edu

 

Inclement Weather

The Center is usually open on stormy days. We ask parents to allow time for safe commuting to work. Children might be grouped together for breakfast and early morning play while staff arrive.

                                                                                   

  • Call 617-632-2827, press # 4 for Center Update. The message is updated throughout the day.     
  • Refer to Channel 7 website for any amendments to LMACCC’s operating schedule.
  • Call 632-2310, MASCO’s main number

 

Holidays

LMACCC will be CLOSED:

Monday December 24, 2018

Tuesday December 25, 2018

Wednesday December 26, 2018

Thursday December 27, 2018

Friday December 28, 2018

Monday December 31, 2018

 

Tuesday January 1, 2019

 

 

  1. Care.com® for in-home child and senior care may be an option for families needing child care when LMACCC is closed. Care.com offers experienced, local caregivers available at a moment’s notice. Their backup care services include: backup child care, event care and access to caregivers.

http://www.care.com/

 

  1. Boston’s Best Babysitters is a nanny agency that can place temporary, night & weekend, overnight and long-term positions for residential families. This agency may be an additional option for families needing child care when LMACCC is closed.

https://www.bostonsbestbabysitters.com/about-us.html

 

Future Enrollment Plans

During the month of January Kelly will create classroom drafts for September 2019 using the date of birth and current enrollment schedules of the children now enrolled at LMACCC.  We will be requesting information regarding any future changes you may want to make to your child’s enrollment through the Spring and Summer 2019. Once all the information is compiled we will have a draft of how many future available spaces LMACCC has to offer waitlist families.

 

Our Open House for families on the waitlist is scheduled for Thursday March 14, 2019.

 

Families that are planning to enroll a second or third child in 2018 must follow up with Kelly before February 2019.

 

LMACCC’s Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of fourteen members including parent representatives and one representative from each of the seven member institutions who supported the start-up of the Center. The institution representatives come from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Joslin Diabetes Center, MASCO and Simmons College.

 

Board of Directors meetings are always on a Wednesday from 12-1 pm.  Typically, meetings are in September, November, January, March and May. 

 

Board of Director Parent Representatives as of November 2018:

Christopher Ash, Samuel Ash, Peter Germano & Sabrina Cannistraro

 

***We are recruiting an Infant Room parent to join our Board of Directors in January 2019. If you are interested in joining please share your interest with Kelly or Candace by Friday December 14, 2018. A new Board Member will be announced on Monday December 17, 2018.***

 

 

Staff

 

Administration

We continue to recruit for a full time Preschool Coordinator.

 

Toddler Room

We are actively recruiting for a 9-5 Assistant Teacher. As we recruit the classroom will be supported by familiar part-time staff including the former full-time Toddler teaching assistant Casey Mulchay as well as Jazmine Galeazzi, Brittany Blake, Samantha Mars and Kristen Lumley.

 

Middle Preschool

Alma Conway, our Center Float Teacher, has accepted the role of the 10-6 full time Teacher in Middle Preschool effective December 3, 2018. Please help us to officially welcome Alma to Middle Pre!

 

Older Preschool

We are actively recruiting for a 10-6 Assistant Teacher. As we recruit Carmellite Chamblin and Darah Meister will help support the classroom.

 

Classroom Lists

 

Infants                                                                                      Mixed

Land Phones: 617-632-2828 (Younger) 617-632-2829 (Older) Land Phone: 617-632-2830

Cell Phone: 617-816-2327                                                          Cell Phone: 617-816-2548

Lubna Ghorewaha (T) 6:30-2:30                                                  Lenere Smith (T) 7:00-3:00        

Jessica Sin (T) 7:30-3:30                                                            Part time (TA) 8:00-10:00

Part Time (TA) 7:30-10:00                                                           Shavon Stokes (T) 10:00-6:00

Shandell Gray (TA) 9:00-5:00                                                      Audalie Demezier (TA) 10:00-6:00

Tennessa Martin (T) 10:00-6:00

Sabrina Santos (T) 10:00-6:00

Part Time (TA) 3:30-6                                                    

 

Toddlers                                                                                  Younger Preschool

Land Phone: 617-632-2831                                                        Land Phone: 617-632-2834

Cell Phones: 617-816-2549 & 617-538-2269                             Cell Phone: 617-816-2680

Joseph (Joe) Young (T) 6:30-2:30                                                Darlene Blake (T) 7:00-3:00       

Brittany Bross (T) 7:30-3:30                                                         Part time (TA) 8:00-10:00

Part time (TA) 8:00-10:00                                                             Yin Htwe (T) 10:00-6:00

New Hire (TA) 9:00-5:00                                                               Yasmeen Erritouni (TA) 10:00-6:00

Samantha Bessette (T) 10:00-6:00                                              Brenda Estrada (T) 10:00-6:00                                                   

Part time (TA) 3:30-6:00                                                

 

 

Middle Preschool                                                                     Older Preschool

Land Phone: 617-632-2835                                                        Land Phone: 617-632-2836

Cell Phone: 617-816-2484                                                          Cell Phone: 617-816-2076

Sharon Wallace (T) 6:30-2:30                                                      Lisa Headen (T) 7:00-3:00

Part time (TA) 8:00-10:00                                                             Part time (TA) 8:00-10:00

Julianna (Julie) Bardon (TA) 10:00-6:00                                      Danitzia (Dany) Delgado (T) 10:00-6:00

Alma Conway (T) 10:00-6:00                                                       New Hire (TA) 10:00-6:00

 

 

Float Teachers

Aaliyah Williams, Full Time Infant/Toddler and Preschool Float Teacher

New Hire, Full Time Infant/Toddler Float Teacher

New Hire, Full Time Preschool Float Teacher

 

 

Administration                                                            

Kelly Quinn-Wilson, Director 617-632-2755          kquinn@masco.harvard.edu

Candace Fonzi, Assistant Director 617-632-2755 cfonzi@masco.harvard.edu

New Hire, Preschool Coordinator 617-632-2756

Allison Mahler, Infant/Toddler Coordinator 617-632-2833 amahler@masco.harvard.edu

Jamie Luong, Admin. Assistant 617-632-2820 jluong@masco.harvard.edu

 

What is happening in the classrooms at LMACCC!

 

 

Infants

This month has been filled with transitions for many in the Infant room. Some children have been working through the transition from two naps to one nap while others have been working towards using sippy cups to drink and practicing with utensils during mealtimes. The children continue to build their muscles and work on increasing stability when practicing how to sit and reach, or when they move around by walking or developing their own method of crawling to explore the environment. The use of the walkers, strollers, and see-saws have assisted in building their large motor strength.

The children have been using more meaningful sounds in their communication with their peers and teachers and their understanding of simple requests are becoming more consistent. Those that have started to use more words and signs in their communication and are able to express when they would like “more” and if they are “all done” in regards to mealtimes and various activities or games.

 

        

    

 

Mixed

This month the children in the Mixed Room have jumped right into an interest with farm animals. They have been learning about the animals that are found on a farm while singing songs such as “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and “Driving My Tractor.” The children often are heard making animal noises when Old MacDonald is sung and they enjoy following along with the animals displayed on the felt board as they change. The children have continued painting using various approaches including painting while seated, standing, and using both brushes and large legos to manipulate the paint on the paper.

        

    

 

Toddlers

The Toddler classroom has been increasingly more interested in books. The children often sit down independently or with a teacher to explore the classroom books. Some have been pretending to lead their own peer group time and share their favorite stories with their friends. The children enjoy the books that are read throughout the day by their teachers and have often joined in and listened to a story read by a classmate’s parent.

 

The children have been using glue to decorate the trees made by their hand and arm and have practiced matching colors by attaching small pieces of paper to apples made with sticky paper. The children have pretended to go apple picking and collected various apples from around the classroom. After the collection of apples, the children have held picnics and gathered around the housekeeping table to enjoy their findings.

        

        

Young Preschool

The children in Young Pre have had active imaginations and have been utilizing their dramatic play area to become mothers, fathers and doctors.  In all of their roles, they enjoy pretending to be caretakers of babies.  They have experienced sharing and turn-taking with the tools in the doctor’s kits as well as engaging in peer play as they act out being either the patient or the physician in their play scenarios.

        

Science has been another popular area recently.  The children made observations on pumpkins after and subsequently completed drawings of their findings which are proudly showcased in the classroom.

    

    

 

Middle Preschool

The Middle Preschoolers have spent time discussing and reflecting on what it means to be thankful.  Each child has shared their unique responses on what they are thankful for in their lives.    

        

There was lots of excitement to prepare for the Thanksgiving Feast!  The children worked hard on decorating the table coverings.   As a group, they voted on their favorite Thanksgiving food and graphed the results.  Cornbread was the big winner!

The discussion about food for the Thanksgiving feast extended into talking about what they eat for food at home at this time of year.  The children shared their favorite home foods and talked about how the food is prepared as well as what ingredients are in them.

    

 

Older Preschool

Older Preschool children have been curious about what happens to animals at this time of year as the seasons are changing and it is becoming colder outdoors.  They have been learning about hibernation, migration and how some animals adapt to the changing environments. 

    

Stemming from these discussions, the children created caves out of Model Magic that hibernating animals would use as shelter.  They have also worked both independently and collaboratively to create other types of winter habitats with recycled materials.

 

 

Looking for indoor fun this winter?
Here are some fun opportunities!

 

Inside Playgrounds
 

Inside Playground

100 Parker St.

Watertown, MA 02472

877-292-9FUN

www.insideplayground.com

Monday-Friday 9-7, Saturday 9-8, Sunday 10-8

 

Kids Fun Stop

1580 VFW Parkway

West Roxbury, MA 02132

617-325-0800

www.kidsfunstop.com

Monday-Friday 9:30-6, Weekends 9:30-1

 

Inside Trampoline Park

Sky Zone Boston

91-B Sprague St.

Boston, MA 02136

857-345-9693

http://www.skyzone.com/

 

Inside Swimming

Evelyn Kirrane Aquatics Center
60 Tappan Street
Brookline, MA 02446
617-713-5435

http://brooklinerec.com/150/Kirrane-Aquatics-Center

 

Visit the Aquarium or Museum

 

New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf

Boston, MA 02110

617-973-5200

www.neaq.org

Monday-Friday 9-5, Weekends 9-6

 

Boston Children’s Museum

308 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
617-426-6500

www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

Saturday-Thursday 10-5, Friday 10-9

 

Kelly Quinn-Wilson, Director

Allison Mahler, Infant/Toddler Coordinator

Candace Fonzi, Assistant Director