Welcome to the beginning of a new year!
On Wednesday January 10, 2018 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 18, 2018 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’s Schedule on Wednesdays through June 2018 is as follows:
January 10, 2018 & January 24, 2018
February 7, 2018
March 7, 2018 & March 21, 2018
April 4, 2018
Mary 2, 2018, May 16, 2018 & May 30, 2018
June 13, 2018 & June 27, 2017
Mixed, Toddler and all Preschool Rooms participate each Monday in an 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
Annual Staff Appreciation Night
This year’s Staff Night Out is scheduled for Friday January 19, 2018 at Osaka Japanese Sushi & Steak House in Coolidge Corner. LMACCC will have a private dinner room with Hibachi tables and “show.” After dinner and drinks everyone will have some karaoke fun! 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.
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.***
Please help us to maintain the security of the program by ensuring that only familiar adults gain entry into the building. Every enrolled family is provided with a unique access code into the building and is able to enter between 6:30 am and 6:00 pm.
If unfamiliar adults attempt to piggyback into the center please alert the
front office immediately. It is preferred that unfamiliar adults wait outside the
main entry doors until an Administrator is available to assist them.
Future Enrollment Plans
During the month of January Kelly will create classroom drafts for September 2018 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 2018. 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 March 15, 2018.
Families that are planning to enroll a second or third child in 2018 must follow up with Kelly before February 2018.
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 Termination Form
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.
LMACCC will be CLOSED:
Monday January 1, 2018
Monday January 15, 2018
Breakfast & Snacks
LMACCC offers children an option of Kix cereal or Cheerios cereal for breakfast prior to 9 am. Families may opt to provide a breakfast from home if they wish to serve their child an alternative to cereal.
Snacks are also provided by LMACCC. Morning snack is served at 10 am and afternoon snack at 4 pm. Snacks typically consist of one type of fresh fruit or vegetable (i.e. apples, peppers, carrots, etc. ) one protein (i.e. cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese) and one starch (i.e. whole wheat pita bread, rice cakes, oyster crackers, etc.). Snack menus are posted for the week in each classroom. Families may opt to provide a snack from home if they wish.
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 everyday. 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.
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 Rebecca Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org and Preschool families can reach out to Robin Gossels at email@example.com.
Don’t forget you can order books from Scholastic on line with the following link: https://orders.scholastic.com/NBPJM. Once you place an order our Preschool Coordinator, Robin Gossels, will confirm the order and it will be submitted by the 23rd of the month. The books will arrive at LMACCC and placed in your child’s cubby.
Gabriella (Bella) Coyne resigned from her position as the 10-6 Teacher so that she could focus on completing her prerequisites for a graduate program in occupational therapy. We wish Bella the best of luck!
We are pleased to announce that Pamela (Pam) Wong will begin at LMACCC on January 8, 2018 as the 10-6 Teacher. Please help us to welcome Pam to Young Pre and LMACCC!
We are actively recruiting for several teacher positions throughout the center. Daily staffing information is posted in each classroom.
Land Phones: 617-632-2828 (Youngers) 617-632-2829 (Olders) Land Phone: 617-632-2830
Cell Phone: 617-816-2327 Cell Phone: 617-816-2548
New Hire (T) 6:30-2:30 Lenere Smith (T) 7:00-3:00
Allison Mahler (T) 7:30-3:30 College student (TA) 8:00-10:00
College student (TA) 7:30-10:00 New Hire (T) 10:00-6:00
Shandell Gray (TA) 9:00-5:00 Shavon Stokes (TA) 10:00-6:00
Lubna Ghorewaha (T) 10:00-6:00
New Hire (T) 10:00-6:00
College student (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 College Student (TA) 8:00-10:00
College Student (TA) 8:00-10:00 Pamela (Pam) Wong (T) 10:00-6:00
Casey Mulchay (TA) 9:00-5:00 Miranda Reville(TA) 10:00-6:00
Alla Zilberman (T) 10:00-6:00
Brenda Estrada (T) 10:00-6:00
College Student (TA) 3:30-6:00
Older Preschool Middle Preschool
Land Phone: 617-632-2836 Land Phone: 617-632-2835
Cell Phone: 617-816-2076 Cell Phone: 617-816-2484
Lisa Headen (T) 7:00-3:00 Sharon Wallace (T) 6:30-2:30
College student (TA) 8:00-10:00 College student (TA) 8:00-10:00
Katharine (Katy) Smith-Bloxsom (T) 10:00-6:00 Brian Silva (T) 10:00-6:00
Yin Htwe (TA) 10:00-6:00 Danitzia (Dani) Delgado (TA) 10:00-6:00
Jessica Sin (T) 6:30-6:00
Kelly Quinn-Wilson, Director 617-632-2755 firstname.lastname@example.org
Candace Fonzi, Assistant Director 617-632-2755 email@example.com
Robin Gossels, Preschool Coordinator 617-632-2756 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Moser, Infant/Toddler Coordinator 617-632-2833 email@example.com
Jamie Luong, Admin. Assistant 617-632-2820 firstname.lastname@example.org
Keeping children safe at pick up time:
Children thrive on routines and feel secure in knowing what to expect. Safety rules that are consistent are important to establish and maintain boundaries for children. Throughout the school day staff encourage children to practice walking through the hallways and waiting for adults to open doors. Children are verbally prompted by teachers cuing them to hold hands with one another or an adult, to walk slowly and stop at all doors. Children are routinely given the next step so that they know what to anticipate.
Children are excited at pick up to see their families and can forget that safety rules still apply. Here are some suggestions to make your pick up time smoother:
The younger and older infants explore a variety of sensory materials. They use their hands and their feet to move paint on paper. It’s a different experience when the paint is covered with plastic and the child has to push the paint a little harder. The children explore the prickly feel of sand on sticky paper or the cold and wet of snow. During this sensory play the children are hearing vocabulary that describe the sensations as well as their reactions and these interaction support language development.
The mixed room children are discovering winter in the classroom. They create winter scenes with various art materials such as paint on paper, stamping snowflakes, cotton snowballs and cotton on sticky paper. During this play the children increase hand strength and practice their fine motor pincer grasp both which support future handwriting skills. Be sure to check out the individual art displayed in the classroom.
The children in the toddler room are exploring all things winter. They are painting a snowy sky with white puffy paint, creating a group picture using cotton balls and glitter, as well as playing with pretend snowballs and the real cold, wet snow from the playground. These activities build vocabulary as the children talk about what they feel, see and hear.
Additionally, the children practice using their bodies in different ways to support balance, coordination, speed control and motor planning. They move a scooter with their feet or hands, balance on a large ball, or run and dance with friends. Of course all of these activities are made better when one can wear dress up clothes!
The children in the young preschool classroom are all about building. Building with blocks, cardboard boxes, building manipulatives, and any thing you can think to build with. Block play supports a variety of learning skills. The children practice social/emotional skills such as turn taking, sharing, self-expression, cooperative play, imagination and creative expression. They utilize fine and gross motor movements as they build with small materials such as Legos and gross motor as they stack large boxes. The children practice beginning math concepts such as measurement, weight, and size comparisons and science concepts such as balance, gravity and problem solving. It is anticipated that block play will continue for the time being as the children thoroughly enjoy this curriculum topic.
Supporting social development and independence at home:
Sometimes parents like to know how the teachers encourage a child to support such things as cleaning up toys or working on social skills. In the younger and middle preschool classroom the teachers utilize three simple rules with set expectations as well as guidance if a child needs help meeting the expectations.
The following are strategies employed in the classroom that can be used at home as well.
The Middle Preschool children are exploring the alphabet, practicing identifying letters and some are practicing writing words. The children’s interest vary at this time as some are ready to learn the first letter of their own name while others practice their understanding that multiple letters make up a word and will experiment with “writing” words by stringing letters together and asking that someone tell them what they just wrote. It is developmentally appropriate for children’s interest to be very varied and it’s important that each child explore with letters as they are ready.
The children practice following multi step directions throughout a variety of tasks and transitions throughout the day. In the example below the children create individual art designs as they first paint the paper, add a glue design and then sprinkle salt onto the glue.
The children in the older preschool classroom engage in a variety of activities throughout their day and a favorite activity is block building play. They use their imagination to work cooperatively to create letters, experiment with ramps and create buildings. During these activities children are actively engaged in sharing ideas, readjusting their individual plans to fit the groups plan, leading and following their own rules of the play.
The children are also learning about many different animals and birds. They have discussed hibernation and migration as well as how other animals survive in the winter weather. Many have shared some interesting facts about bears with their families. The children have created a bear’s den with various materials as well as a box that enhanced their imaginary play scenarios.
January is also the time of year when many towns start the kindergarten registration process and information has been emailed and is posted on the family board. Should you have any questions or concerns about the process please reach out to Robin Gossels, Preschool Coordinator, and she can help you figure out where to start.
During the month of December families are invited to share an activity in their child’s classroom. Some families have had an opportunity to share and others are looking forward to a time in the future. Should you like to participate please see your child’s teacher to set up a day and time to join your child and his/her classmates.
As the weather becomes colder and more unpredictable it can become challenging to go outside. Families can still provide many opportunities for children to move their bodies safely while having fun inside the house! The following are ideas that may help make that next indoor day a little more enjoyable for everyone.
Tips for Indoor Gross Motor Play at Home
Adapted from the article “Physical Play for an Indoor Day”, Scholastic Early Childhood Today, March 2005.
Kelly Quinn-Wilson, Director
Rebecca Moser, Infant/Toddler Coordinator
Robin Gossels, Preschool Coordinator