Center News

CENTER NEWS

August 2019

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 20, 2019. Lunch in the Mixed room 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 the remainder of 2019 is:

August 7th, 14th & 28th

September 4th

October 2nd, 16th and 30th

November 15th

December 11th

 

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 August 12th and 26th

 

Holidays

LMACCC will be CLOSED:

Monday, September 2, 2019 for Labor Day

Monday, October 14, 2019 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

 

Playground

During the course of the summer we will be using the playground at 21 Autumn St (former location of the Children’s Hospital Child Care Center). Weather permitting each morning and afternoon children will visit the playground. Please refer to the schedule below for playground times.

 

Infants and Toddlers

Monday through Friday 11:00am-12:00pm

Monday through Friday 3:00pm-3:45pm

 

Mixed Room

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 10:00am-11:00am (Wednesday and Friday is movement)

Monday through Friday 3:00pm-3:45pm

 

Preschool Rooms

Monday through Friday 11:00am-12:00pm

Monday through Friday 4:00pm-5:15pm

 

 

***Please note that food is not permitted on the playground.

We ask that families please exit the playground prior to offering snacks.

 

Due to food allergies, sensitives and preferences snacks cannot be shared

with other children in that are in the current care of LMACCC staff.***

 

Swim Program

For more than fifteen years LMACCC has partnered with Simmons University to provide swim lessons for our preschool aged children. The swim lessons have been facilitated by Simmons staff, supervised by LMACCC staff, and funded directly by the participating families. Simmons recently shared with us that they are no longer able to offer future swim lessons for LMACCC citing their own budgeting and staffing constraints. We have researched equivalent substitute LMACCC-facilitated programs but unfortunately an appropriate alternative swim program that could be facilitated by LMACCC cannot be identified. LMACCC has a list of community resources available for any families that may wish to continue to develop their child’s swim skills outside of the Center.

 

Tuition Payments and Receipts

Each month families receive a tuition statement which is due and payable upon receipt.  Tuition can be paid via check payable to “LMACCC” or direct debit. Checks can be dropped off to the grey lock box in the first floor office. A Direct debit form can be obtained via our website at www.lmaccc.org and also submitted to the first floor office.

Monthly receipts are emailed to families along with tuition statements. Families can use the emailed receipts to submit for flexible spending reimbursement or for tax purposes as needed.

 

Curriculum Information

LMACCC’s curriculum is emergent—it builds upon the interests of children.  For example, topics for study are captured from the talk of children, community or family events, and the known interests of children (i.e. puddles, shadow, animals, etc.). 

The Mixed, Toddlers and Preschool Rooms share daily highlights related to emergent curriculum experiences on the dry erase boards. Families are encouraged to take a look at the information daily and discuss happenings with their children.

 

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.

 

Transitions

Children are visiting in small groups from now until September 9th 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 our new mulch and plants.

 Children should be not be permitted to play in any of the mulch beds.

 

Parking in the 375 Longwood Garage

Each family is encouraged to complete a parking registration form for the 375 Longwood Garage to obtain an access card for daily parking during morning drop offs and afternoon pickups. The access card allows families to park anywhere in the garage for up to 45 minutes. Families should plan on parking no more than 30 minutes to account for foot travel time. Be aware that there are 15 minute only parking spaces (aptly labelled) located inside the garage on the first floor.

The drop off loop is for 15 minute only parking. During times of heavy traffic vehicles that cannot immediately find a parking space should continue through the loop and reenter the garage using an access card. Please avoid blocking the loop to allow for all vehicles to easily enter and exit the parking spaces.

 

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 Catherine Turner cturner@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

 

Administration

Kelly Quinn-Wilson, will be on a family medical leave beginning on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 with an estimated return date of Monday, August 26, 2019. During Kelly’s absence, Candace Fonzi, Assistant Director will be overseeing the program’s operations. Allison Mahler, Infant/Toddler Coordinator, Catherine Turner, Preschool Coordinator, as well as Jamie Luong, Administrative Assistant will also continue to be available to support families and staff.

 

Welcome

Young Preschool

Tianna Barbosa will begin as the 10-6 Teacher in the Young Preschool Classroom on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Please help us to welcome Tianna to LMACCC!

 

Middle Preschool

Beverly Nwankwo began as the 10-6 Assistant Teacher in the Middle Preschool Classroom on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Please help us to welcome Beverly to LMACCC!

 

Older Preschool

Katarzyna (Kat) Kozak is transitioning from her role as the 10-6 Assistant Teacher in the Middle Preschool Classroom to work in the same capacity in the Older Preschool Room as of Monday, August 5, 2019. Please help us to welcome Kat to the classroom!

 

Center Float Teacher

Sarvia Anaya is joining LMACCC in late August in the capacity of a Center Float Teacher. We anticipate that Sarvia will be a great support to all of the classrooms; please help us to welcome her to the program!

 

Farewell

Alma Conway will leave LMACCC on Friday, August 16, 2019 to do an internship in her field of study (adolescent therapy). We wish Alma all the best in her future endeavors.

 

Recruitment

We are actively recruiting two Infant Teachers and a Preschool Teacher.

 

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         

New Hire (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                                                      Kellieann (Kellie) Carine (TA) 10:00-6:00

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

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

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

 

 

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                                                            Tianna Barbosa (T) 10:00-6:00

Suzette Torres-Perrier (TA) 9:00-5:00                                           Brittany Daley (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

Beverly Nwankwo (TA) 10:00-6:00                                              Danitzia (Dany) Delgado (T) 10:00-6:00

New Hire (T) 10:00-6:00                                                              Katarzyna (Kat) Kozak (TA) 10:00-6:00

 

 

Float Teachers

Allison Franks, Full Time Center Float Assistant Teacher

Jayla Younge, Full Time Infant/Toddler Float Teacher

Sarvia Anaya, Full Time Center 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

Catherine Turner, Preschool Coordinator 617-632-2756 cturner@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

The children in the Infant room have continued to explore their environment in various ways; they have practiced tummy time, crawling and rolling, and some have begun to walk unassisted. The children have been reaching out to touch and grasp toys, pop bubbles, and engage with their peers. They have been experimenting with various sounds and words, often mimicking teachers and their friends. The Infant classroom has continued to gravitate towards cause and effect opportunities in the classroom whether experimenting with toys, peer engagement both verbal and physical, or interactions with teachers.

 

Mixed

The children in the mixed room have started to show interest in learning about summer vacations. Some children have taken recent vacations and have shared their experiences through play and during conversations with teachers. The children have continued to enjoy exploring sand. Their work with wet sand included scooping and pouring with shovels as well as manipulating it with their hands. The children have also explored the varying textures of rocks and seashells. They identified the feel of these items labeling them as “bumpy,” “rough,” and “smooth.”

 

Toddlers

The children in the Toddler room have shifted their focus from animals. They traded in their veterinarian kits for ice cream cones and practiced making and selling their ice cream creations. After the brief ice cream investigations they settled their sights on exploring water and the ocean. The children have created aquariums and have been working to identify animals that are often found in an aquarium. They have been experimenting with water by scooping and pouring in the sensory table using a variety of different tools. Many of the children have recently been eager to paint. The have explored painting on different surfaces including cardboard as well as aluminum foil. They also ventured from the working with standard tempera paint to experimenting with a combination of sand and paint.

 

 

Young Preschool

The children in Young Preschool have been working on cooperative play and turn taking throughout their day at school. They have taken many opportunities to explore sensory activities including the ocean sensory table and playdough. With some unanticipated extensively warmer weather, Young Preschool has been taking advantage of gross motor activities inside, including magnetic fishing and creating obstacle courses, which are both classroom favorites.

 

 

Young Preschool also began to show an interest in the ocean and sea animals. The teachers jumped right in and have been facilitating a variety of under the sea activities. The children marble painted blue and green paintings then applied sea life stickers to create their own oceans. They also enjoyed using stampers to create colorful sea life pictures, especially the turtle stamp. There was a lot of conversations about Myrtle the Turtle and what colors she is in real life.     

 

Middle Preschool

The children in Middle Preschool have moved on from transportation and began to explore insects and arachnids. In the morning they have been talking a lot about caterpillars and the caterpillar life cycle to becoming a butterfly. While in the afternoons the children have been learning about spiders and the difference between arachnids and insects.

      

While learning about bugs, Middle Preschool has taken ample opportunities to find bugs outside. On the playground the children discovered a caterpillar and were able to look at it up close, however it moved a lot more than the Middle Preschoolers expected. In addition to this, they have had a variety of sensory and fine motor activities. A favorite was making insects out of playdough in the sensory table, each child made a unique and sometimes silly bug.

 

The children in Middle Preschool have also been spending time discussing ways to be kind to peers and play together. Earlier this year Middle Preschool spent a lot of time talking about “Bucket Filling” and “Bucket Dumping”. The concept of bucket filling and dumping comes from the idea that each person carries around an invisible bucket. These buckets are constantly emptied or filled, depending on what other say or do to us. Every time someone is treated with kindness and respect it results in a good feeling that puts a drop in the bucket. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel awful. In addition to an invisible bucket, we each have a “dipper”. We use that dipper to take from or add to other people’s buckets. When we say or do things that create positive emotions in someone we add a drop to their bucket. When we say or do things that create negative feelings we dip from their bucket.

With new children joining the classroom, Middle Preschool has been reintroducing the concept of bucket filling and dumping. During group the children talked about what they can do to “fill a bucket” and things that might happen that could “dump a bucket”. The children came up with a list full of ideas as to what they can do to help each other.

 

Older Preschool

Older Preschool dove right into exploring the ocean and have been engaging in a variety of under the sea activities. The children began by talking about how many oceans there are on Earth and the different layers of the ocean. While learning about the different ocean layers, the children created different sea life that lives in each layer. The Older Preschoolers also have been learning about saltwater density. The children have been observing an experiment in which they hypothesized whether an object would sink or float in water that has salt, baking powder or sugar. They are anxiously waiting to see the result of their experiments.

 

The children have also been doing a variety of different multiple step activities. Since they have been learning about the ocean, they created multiple step under the sea pictures. First they used clay and dough to make a variety of animals. They were able to sculpt each animal using cookie cutters then let each item dry. Once their animals were dry, each child was able to decorate their sea creatures as they wanted. While their animals were drying each child used crayons and paper to create oceans. Once all of the pieces were made, each child was able to assemble their pictures how they wanted.

 

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

Allison Mahler, Infant Toddler Coordinator

Catherine Turner, Preschool Coordinator

August 2019