Center News

CENTER NEWS

August 2018

It is the time of year for us to say our fond farewells to many families as they transition to Kindergarten or other exciting adventures. We are also fortunate to be welcoming many new families and sibling additions to the program. While we are sad to see the conclusion of summer approaching we are hopeful for a great new year as the fall arrives!
 

Events

Family Picnic

Mixed, Toddler and Preschool Families are invited to bring a lunch and have a picnic style meal in their child’s classroom on Tuesday August 21, 2018. Lunch in the Infant and Mixed rooms is from 11:30-12:30 and for the Toddler and Preschool classrooms is from 12-1.

If you are parking please Do Not use your parking access cards; instead pull a ticket for access to the garage. Families are asked to self-pay for this event.

 

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’s Schedule for August and September 2018 is as follows:

August 8 & 29

September 5 & 19

 

 

 

Yoga

Mixed, Toddler and all Preschool Rooms participate in a bimonthly afternoon Yoga program on Mondays. 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.  It is advisable that families call ahead to confirm that yoga is occurring.

 

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 take place on in August and September on

Monday August 6th

Monday August 20th

Monday September 10th

Monday September 24th

 

 

 

Holidays

LMACCC will be CLOSED:

Monday September 3, 2018 for Labor Day

Monday October 8, 2018 for Columbus Day

 

Care.com® (http://www.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.

 

Boston’s Best Babysitters (https://www.bostonsbestbabysitters.com/about-us.html) 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.

 

Reminders

Doors

Only adults should be opening and closing center doors including the main entrance door, hallway doors, and classroom doors.  Use caution when opening doors as little fingers are generally in close proximity and are easily squished! For the safety of the children please make sure that doors are closed after every entry/exit.

 

Adults at all Times

Please remember that children need to be accompanied by an adult in the building at all times. Children should be escorted into the classroom for morning arrival with a parent/guardian. In the evening children need to walk out side-by-side with their chaperone. Children running in the hallways/stairwells and being unattended in the mornings and/or afternoons have led to injuries.

 

Stroller Guidelines

The area for the strollers inside the Center is a very limited and is reserved for small, umbrella-type strollers as well as car seats. Please fold and place your stroller as far to the back as possible and leave a walk space in the middle. Additional space for strollers is under the stairs at the top of the drop off loop. This area should be used for large strollers such as jogging strollers. We ask that families utilizing this area for storage also fold their strollers. Please remember to label your child’s name on his/her stroller to avoid any confusion.

 

Transitions

Children are visiting in small groups from now until September 11th when most children will be in their new room. Please look for your child’s new cubby in the hallways. Staff have placed “This cubby will belong to” signs above existing child cubbies.

 

Safety Reminders

With the warmer weather families are gathering in the Courtyard in front of the Center. Please follow pedestrian safety rules with your children and treat the drive thru of the loop as a street. Cars using the drop off loop may not be aware of children playing in the area. Please respect the Courtyard property including the trees, mulch, plants, and grass.

 

Independent Health Care Forms

The Department of Early Education and Care requires that each child with a chronic medical condition, which has been diagnosed by a licensed health care practitioner have a current Independent Health Care Form in his/her file. A separate form is required for each medical condition (asthma, allergies, eczema, molluscum, ADHD, etc.). Forms are located on the website at (www.lmaccc.org) and can be completed by a parent then signed by the child’s pediatrician.

 

Life Saving Medications

All children that require lifesaving medications such as Epi-pens and fast acting inhalers are required to have duplicate medications at LMACCC. One medication remains on site in the child’s classroom and the other is transported with the child each time s/he leaves the classroom.

 

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 Preschool families can reach out to Robin Gossels at rgossels@masco.harvard.edu.

 

Food Storage in Classrooms

In all classrooms at the center, we ask families to bring food/bottles daily for their child. Storage containers, plastic bags and bottles should be labelled with the child’s name. Any perishable items are kept in the refrigerator until offered to a child at meal times. At the end of the day, all classroom refrigerators are to be emptied of uneaten or partially eaten food from the day. 

 

Glass, Porcelain and Ceramic Containers

Glass, porcelain and ceramic containers are not permitted in the center. These items can shatter into very small pieces which are hard to see and clean making it unsafe for children. There are several websites available that sell BPA safe plastic lunch containers.

Here are a couple of options:

http://www.onesmallstep.com/

http://www.easylunchboxes.com/

 

Clothing

Please make sure to check your child’s extra clothing bin for spare clothing that fits comfortably and is warm weather friendly.  Items to include are hats, t-shirts, socks, underwear for children toilet training and a light jacket. If your child wears Crocs or sandals to the program s/he should have a spare set of sneakers in his/her cubby for movement days.

 

Pick-ups

If someone other than a parent is picking up a child, the office staff and educators need verification in advance. The administrator logs the change for pick-ups and drop offs in a central log. All individuals arriving at the center to release a child are required to have a state issued photo ID (a driver’s license or passport). Please have alternative pick up persons ring the doorbell for access into the program.

 

Red Sox Season

Traffic is impacted during the Red Sox season. Please allow sufficient time to pick up by 6:00pm on scheduled game days. The Center closes at 6:00pm. Families picking up after 6:00pm will be charged a $20.00 late fee for every 15 minutes.

 

Absence/Vacation reminder

Please call LMACCC office and classroom to inform us if your child is going to be absent from the program. We are required to account for all child absences. We are also required to ask if your child will be out from school due to illness and what the symptoms are.  The office phone number is 617-632-2755.

 

Staff

Infant Room

Please help us to congratulate Shandell Gray on the impending new addition to her family. Shandell’s baby boy is expected to arrive in August and her last day working in the infant room will be on Friday August 10, 2018.

While Shandell is on leave we are anticipating that Alexia (Lexi) Duarte and Brittany Blake, both on call Assistant Teachers, will be supporting the classroom.

 

Mixed Room

Audalie Demezier began on July 23, 2018 as the 10-6 Mixed Room Assistant Teacher. Please help us to welcome Audalie to LMACCC!

 

Toddler Room

The Toddler Room Assistant Teacher, Casey Mulchay, is expected to begin graduate school and transition from her full time position to a part time position at the end of August. Throughout the month of August Casey will continue to support the Toddler Classroom working 10-6 each day as an Assistant Teacher.

Michelle Herrera Rodriguez started at LMACCC on Wednesday July 18, 2018 as the Toddler Room 9-5 Assistant Teacher. Please help us to welcome Michelle to LMACCC!

We continue to recruit for a 10-6 Toddler Teacher. As we recruit, Casey Mulchay and Samantha Bessette (our on call Teacher) are supporting the classroom.

 

Young Preschool

Daniel (Dan) Reulbach resigned from his position as the 10-6 Assistant Teacher effective August 15, 2018. We wish Dan the best of luck! 

As we recruit for a 10-6 Assistant Teacher, Tiffany Pulley, an on call Assistant Teacher, will be supporting the classroom.

Danitzia (Dany) Delgado will transition to the Older Preschool Classroom effective August 13, 2018 as the evening Teacher. 

As we recruit for a 10-6 Teacher, Alma Conway, our Center Float Teacher will be supporting the classroom.

 

Middle Preschool

Brian Silva resigned from his position as the 10-6 Preschool Teacher. Brian’s last day is August 10, 2018. We wish Brian the best in his future endeavors!

As we recruit for a new 10-6 Teacher Kristi Forsman, our Preschool Float Teacher, will be supporting the classroom.

Older Preschool

Katharine (Katy) Smith-Bloxsom left her position as the 10-6 Teacher in Older Pre on July 31, 2018. We wish Katy the best of luck in her future endeavors.

 

Please help us to welcome Danitzia (Dany) Delgado to the 10-6 Teacher position as of August 13, 2018.

 

Administration

Rebecca Moser, our Infant/Toddler Coordinator last day at LMACCC is Friday August 3, 2018. We are very excited for Rebecca to be able to enjoy retirement with the company of her husband and much beloved granddaughter.

Allison Mahler, began as the new Infant/Toddler Coordinator on Monday, July 23, 2018. Please help us to congratulate Allison on her new role!

 

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

New Hire (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                                                            New Hire (T) 10:00-6:00

Michelle Herrara Rodriguez (TA) 9:00-5:00                                   New Hire (TA) 10:00-6:00

New Hire (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

Katherine Whelan (TA) 10:00-6:00                                              Danitzia (Dany) Delgado (T) 10:00-6:00

New Hire (T) 10:00-6:00                                                              Yin Htwe (TA) 10:00-6:00

 

 

Float Teachers

Alma Conway, Full Time Infant/Toddler and Preschool Float Teacher

New Hire, Full Time Infant/Toddler Float Teacher

Kristine (Kristi) Forsman, 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

Robin Gossels, Preschool Coordinator 617-632-2756 rgossels@masco.harvard.edu

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 Room

The infants are growing up so quickly and are transitioning to their respective places in new classrooms.  The younger side has some children new to the center who are beginning their learning and growing and others who continue to explore toys and activities. The children love toys that make noise when they shake or hit them with hands or feet.  Many of these toys are explored using their mouths and they appear quite tasty. They enjoy getting outside as well.

 

The older infants are thrilled to be exploring a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.  They are curious about everything and it is fun to watch them intently focused on their learning. 

 

Mixed Room

The children in the mixed room work hard on different types of art experiences.  As they talk about summer their art exploration includes different textures of the season such as sand, water and feathers. The sensory experience that comes from summer fun supports language as teachers’ use adjectives such as soft, light, gentle, cool and smooth. Additionally, the nice summer weather contributes to outside time allowing the children some much needed time on the playground.

 

Toddler Room

The toddler room children continue their exploration of vehicles.  They love to drive cars, trucks and trains for art, on tracks, on mats and pretty much anywhere throughout the classroom.  They use their imaginations to drive to a store, go for ice cream and find their way to school or work. Using cars for art is lots of fun too. Sometimes when you use a toy in a different way you discover something new. The children observed what happenned when they put paint on the tires of toy vehiles and quickly made note of the resulting patterns. They also did some engineering determing the height and angle to negotiate a ramp for their vehicles.

Young Preschool Room

The children in the young preschool continue to put things together. These include independent or cooperative activities such as puzzles, blocks and other manipulatives.  Puzzles and small type blocks/connectors help children strengthen their hand eye coordination, fine motor muscles, as well as problem solving and spatial reasoning skills. Additionally the young preschool children engage in creative activities that focus on imagination and ideas.  As they begin to prepare for their transition to the middle preschool classroom they begin to engage with peers in more partnered story scenarios in the dress up area.  Some children begin to draw with detail and share the story that goes with the picture. 

 

Middle Preschool Room

The children in the Middle preschool room continue their tidepool/ocean discussion with sensory and art activities.  Some children ventured on a quick trip to the sky to sail off in a hot air balloon, create some airplane pictures and attempted to fly paper airplanes. The children enjoy working together in all areas of the classroom.  They practice sharing ideas, directing and following others in the flow of play, as well as create, amend and establish the rules of their game. 

 

Older Preschool Room

After all the practice and excitement from graduation the children in the Older Preschool room are engaging peers in cooperative play activities. They share plans and ideas as they work cooperatively to bring life to their common goal. Some of their favorite activities involve science inquiry, creating dramatic play scenarios as well as a engaging very amazing imaginations.

Preschool notes:   When the weather is agreeable the children can be found playing on the rooftop or Children’s Hospital playground.  As it is advised that sunscreen be applied to the skin twenty minutes prior to exposure. Should you arrive to the center when the class has transitioned outside it would be most helpful if you would apply sunscreen at home or as soon as you arrive in the center. A bottle of sunscreen can be found in each of the preschool classrooms.

Tidepools visit Mixed, Toddlers and Preschool

The children in each of the classrooms received age appropriate information about a variety of ocean animals.  In the youngest rooms the children played with the ocean and used their bodies to be a starfish, crab or snail. All the children were able to touch such creatures as a sea star, hermit crab and clams.

                                                                                                           

Establishing Drop Off and Pick Up Routines

Children thrive in a well-ordered and predictable environment. Daily routines during arrivals and departures are most successful when they are consistent and offer children a sense of stability. It is during these routines that children learn more about themselves, the world and other people.

Here are some tips for morning drop offs and afternoon pick-ups:

  • Establish a predictable goodbye routine:  This will let your child know what will happen next, making it easier to cope with the transition.  Wave from the window, watch the pet fish, play with a favorite toy, share a hug, read a book, get situated for breakfast, or sing a goodbye song.  It is best to have the same, predictable routine each day.
  • Create a reunion ritual, checking in with your child’s teacher about the day:  Find out what went well and stress those successes to your child.  “I heard that you loved playing with the balls!”  Talk with your child about the day as you leave. 
  • Be timely:  Returning at the same time each day prevents your child from worrying if you have forgotten him or her when you are late.  This makes drop off the next day easier; your child trusts you will not leave him or her at school forever.

           

Easing Transition Troubles

One of the more difficult times of the day for young children (and their parents) are transition times.  Transitions can bring on a flurry of emotions as the ending of one thing occurs for the start of something new.

Here are a few tips to help during these challenging times.

1.  Give lots of choices throughout the day.  Giving choices really helps a child feel in control of his life and more connected with his caregivers.  If a child is given a choice and a caregiver complies with that choice than the child feels heard and respected.  You will find that when a child feels heard and secure, they are more likely to comply with directions from their caregiver.

2. Set a timer. If you have placed a time limit on an activity set a time to indicate that the activity is concluding. Cell phones and egg timers are great tools to take the ownership of time away from a caregiver.

3. Give reminders. Prior to a transition warn the child that an event will occur. For example, “In ten more minutes it will be time to leave for school”. Later, remind the child again “In five more minutes it will be time to leave for school”. Children do not typically have a good sense of time but the verbal warning helps them prepare for the impending transition. Caregivers can also show visual cues to demonstrate the passing of time. For example, a caregiver may extending  her arms with hands facing palm to palm a foot apart to indicate the amount of time a child has left before a change occurs. On the second warning the caregiver may move her arms/hands 6 inches apart to indicate the passage of time and that there is less time left until the transition occurs.

Other things to consider:

1. Is your family overscheduled and there are too many transitions in your child’s day?  Children need time to play and can get frustrated if they don’t get it.  This can lead to more frustration during transition times. 

2. Use a transitional object.  Allow your child to take a toy that they were playing with in the car or to the changing table.  This lets the child know that you see the importance in what they were doing and the play can continue during the transition.

3. Have a routine in your day.  A predictable routine helps children to feel safe and secure. When children know what to expect in a situation they are more likely to comfortable navigate through their day.

4. Pay attention to their basic needs.  A hungry and tired child will not transition as well as a rested, fed child. 

5. Stay calm.  The calmer you are, the calmer your child will be.  In trying times take a deep breath, count to 20 and restate the direction. “It is time to brush your teeth. You need to brush your teeth so that they can stay healthy”.

Adapted in Part from Dirt and Boogers Blog

 

Kelly Quinn-Wilson, Director

Rebecca Moser, Infant Toddler Coordinator

Robin Gossels, Preschool Coordinator

August 2018