Center News

CENTER NEWS

June 2018

The warmer weather is slowly arriving and we are gearing up for some summer fun!

Events

Ice Cream Social

Thursday, June 14, 2018 will be our Annual Ice Cream Social. Families are invited to come to the program from 3:30-6:00 for an ice cream treat. Save your cup for seconds!

* If families attend this event they will be issued a one hour parking voucher for the 375 Longwood Garage per family. Please do not park in the garage using your access card as the 45 minute parking limit is strictly enforced.

Graduation

All children entering Kindergarten in September 2018 will participate in an LMACCC graduation event on Friday, June 29, 2018 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the Boston University’s CCSR in Room 103 – Wolf Room (formerly Wheelock College). Robin Gossels will send out additional details shortly.

 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:

June 13, 2018 & June 27, 2018

August 8, 2018 & August 29, 2018

 

Additional music sessions will take place on:

Friday, July 13, 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

 

Yoga

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

 

***Reminder, Yoga will be biweekly effective July 1, 2018.

 

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. All classrooms will have lunch from 12:00-1:00. Families that participate in this event should pull a ticket from the garage and self-pay for parking. Please do not park in the garage using your access cards as the 45 minute parking limit is strictly enforced.

New England Aquarium

We are excited to announce that LMACCC will have two visits from the New England Aquarium!

On Thursday July 12, 2018 the New England Aquarium will visit LMACCC specifically for the Toddler and Mixed Room children to present a Tide Pool for Tots program. The aquarium will bring live tide pool animals to the center and allow the children to explore their textures, shapes and movements. The Mixed Room will participate 10:15-10:45 and the Toddler Room will participate from 11-11:30.

 

On Thursday July 19, 2018 the New England Aquarium will return to LMACCC to present a Tide Pool Alive program for our preschoolers. The Older Preschool Room will participate from 2:45-3:30, the Middle Preschool Room will participate from 3:45-4:30 and the Young Preschool Room will participate from 4:45-5:30.

 

Reminders

 

Holidays

LMACCC will be CLOSED:

Wednesday July 4, 2018 for Independence Day

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.

 

Transitions

Children transition from one classroom to the next based on availability of space. Full time children typically transition according to their date of birth. Part time children transition when there is a matching slot in the next classroom. The majority of transitions from one classroom to the next happen during the late spring and throughout the summer. Parents are generally informed a month in advance by the Director that a transition is impending.  Before the transition takes place, a meeting will be held with the families and the program coordinators.

 

Once a transition date has been solidified children visit their new classroom gradually. They spend short increments of time throughout the span of a few weeks getting acclimated to the new space, group of children and teachers.

 

Termination and Legal Reminder

Families leaving LMACCC or dropping days to their current schedule are required by their contract to provide a forty-five (45) day written notice if you are leaving LMACCC between May 15 and June 30 and sixty (60) day written notice if you are leaving between July 1 and September 15.

 

In order to officially terminate or amend a contract to fewer days please complete a contract termination form located on our website www.lmaccc.org. Copies of this form are also available in the office

 

Annual Enrollment Forms

Every family continuing care beyond June 30, 2018 needs to complete annual enrollment forms. Enrollment forms are available on our website at www.lmaccc.org. We recommend completing the forms online, printing them, and providing an original signature as well as current date on each form.

 

Enrollment forms must be completed and returned to the first floor office by Friday, June 29, 2018.

 

On Monday, July 2, 2018 families that have any outstanding forms (including IHCPs) will be allotted space to complete missing information prior to dropping off their child(ren).

 

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 swimsuits, shoes for water play, 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 and future playground experiences.

 

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, plants, and grass!

 

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 and being unattended in the mornings and/or afternoons have led to injuries.

 

Door Traffic

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!

 

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.

 

Sunblock

We are hoping the warmer weather arrives and will stay with us for quite some time. As we spend more time outside we will begin sun-screening 30 minutes before sun exposure. We use a generic SPF 30, 45 or 50. Please inform the office if your child has an allergy to sun block. You may also provide your own personal sunblock if you prefer.

 

Evening Pick Ups

We recommend that families arrive to the program in the evening by 5:45 pm to allow for time to communicate with teaching staff about their child’s day and gather their belongings. The teaching staff end their day and the program closes promptly at 6:00 pm.

 

Alternative 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 pick up 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 6:00 pm 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.

 

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.

 

Staff

 

Infant Room

We continue to recruit a 10-6 Teacher.  As we recruit, our Infant/Toddler Float Teacher Jessica Sin has been supporting the Infant Team.

 

Toddler Room

We continue to recruit a 10-6 Teacher.  As we recruit, our Center Float Teacher Alma Conway has been supporting the Toddler Team.

 

Middle Preschool

We continue to recruit a 10-6 Assistant Teacher.  As we recruit, our Preschool Float Teacher, Kristine (Kristi) Forsman has been supporting the Middle Preschool Team.

 

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         

Allison Mahler (T) 7:30-3:30                                                        College student (TA) 8:00-10:00

College student (TA) 7:30-10:00                                                  Marion LaMark (T) 10:00-6:00

Shandell Gray (TA) 9:00-5:00                                                      Shavon Stokes (TA) 10:00-6:00

Tennessa Martin (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                                     Danitzia (Dany) Delgado (T) 10:00-6:00

Casey Mulchay (TA) 9:00-5:00                                                    Dan Reulbach (TA) 10:00-6:00

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

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

College Student (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

College Student (TA) 8:00-10:00                                     College Student (TA) 8:00-10:00

New Hire (TA) 10:00-6:00                                                            Katharine (Katy) Smith-Bloxsom (T)

Brian Silva (T) 10:00-6:00                                                                       10:00-6:00

                                                                                                Yin Htwe (TA) 10:00-6:00

Float Teacher

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

Jessica Sin, 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

Rebecca Moser, Infant/Toddler Coordinator 617-632-2833 rmoser@masco.harvard.edu

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

 

Classroom Updates

 

Infant Room

The infant room is bustling with exploring and busy babies.  They begin to work on awareness of personal space; figuring where they fit in relationship to their friends and objects in their environment.  One of the best parts of any day is watching the facial expressions of our youngest learners as they take in the sights and sounds of the world around them: listening to Wayne at music, finding a friend in the mirror, seriousness of creative art activities or just playing with friends. There are moments in which children are observed practicing prosocial behaviors of affiliation and altruism as they exhibit helpfulness when washing tables or supporting a friend with putting on a shoe.

        

    

       

    

Be on the lookout for growing children!

 

In June, most of the children enrolled in our Older Infant room are

by age young toddlers (young toddlers defined as children 15 months of age and older).

 

Here’s a glimpse of what to expect at this stage:

  • Children can say three to five words
  • They often prefer solid foods to fluids
  • They can understand and follow simple commands
  • They can point to one body part
  • They can walk independently and begin to run
  • They transition to a one nap
  • They continue to work on independent feeding

 

Classrooms teachers will be working with the children as they embark on destination toddlerhood. Children will be supported with a gradual transition towards a group schedule (one that they will encounter in the Mixed and Toddler Rooms). Additional preparation will include transitioning children to a one nap schedule, continuing to work on self-help skills related to eating, and replacing bottles with sippy cups.

 

Mixed Room

The children in the mixed classroom are talking about bugs, flowers and birds. They ‘read’ books and look carefully to find all these things hidden within the pictures.  They worked cooperatively and independently on a variety of painting activities to create a yellow sun, used different types of paint tools to stamp out different flowers as well as used glue and foam pieces to design a bug picture to go in the garden.  While on walks to movement the children look and listen for signs of bugs, flowers and birds. 

       

        

Toddler Room

The children have spent some time exploring community helpers and other jobs. There have been some visitors to the classroom to share some interesting items while talking about their work.  The children were very engaged and attentive to all the visitors.

 

Noa’s parents helped the children check out their flight plan on the map. Children aptly donned their head sets and set out to fly their planes. They learned that if they pulled back on their steering gear they would go up and if pushed forward the plane heads down. There was some great flying adventures taking place!  Sumi’s dad brought some very interesting specimens from his research work.  The children were fascinated to see the inside of an egg as well as a small seahorse and stingray.  Catherine’s mom read some books and the children interacted with the stories by following the directions of the story in Press Here and putting their hand in the mouth of a pop out shark. They checked out the special items in Robin’s green EMT bag and some children felt the “hug” of the bloodpressure cuff on their hand.  It was fun having visitors!

        

        

Additionally, the toddlers work on independent and group exploration in their daily play.  They may give care to a pet or baby, or mix up a concoction of messy materials.  They work cooperatively to color a picture on a large paper canvas and have also worked together sharing blocks and other toys in their imaginative play scenarios.

        

Young Preschool

The children in the Young preschool room work independently and cooperatively to put things together.  They work on their fine motor skills that strengthen hand muscles as they put together small Legos, secure a friend’s smock, manipulate a puzzle piece and connect a train track. The children have been building for months and their designs and structures are incorporated into their play experiences such as building bridges out of blocks so that they can drive a train through. They have also worked on stacking a bunch of cans in a grocery store display.

 

Besides all the building and putting things together the children have been talking about going to the beach.  They are working together on creating a book, exploring sand and shells as well as preparing for a “day” at the beach. This is the time of the year for beach time fun; be sure to have your child share their weekend adventures to the beach with their teachers!

        

        

        

** Please remember to send in an updated family picture to hang on the family tree.**

 

Middle Preschool

The middle preschool children enjoy playing together in and out of the classroom.  They are often heard laughing, screaming with excitement and encouraging their friends while running on the track, dancing in the studio or playing a game of musical dots.  The children gain increased control of their coordination, balance and speed allowing them to move quickly around friends; although there are times when a friend zigs when one anticipates a zag and bumps happen. Bumps are learning experiences too. They allow practice of managing our safety and our friends’ safety as well as showing care for each other with hugs and kind words.

         

Spring is the topic of learning in the middle preschool classroom.  Spring lends itself to a variety of discussion ranging from flowers and what they need to grow: soil, sun and water to caterpillars/butterflies, bugs and spiders. While on walks children observe the changes in the scenery, listen for birds as well as talk about the temperature change, clothing attire and the activities that happen with longer days of sunlight.   The children experience this topic through art projects, science exploration as well as books and songs.

        

Older Preschool

Imagination at work!  The older preschool children use their imaginations in everything they do.  They pretend that they are working on a newscast, performing as a band and arranging flowers at the flowershop.  When they work with connectors they might create a tool belt, imagine bugs scurrying about on wood pieces, draw spiders in colored cornmeal and create many imaginative play stories that include props and  costumes.

        

        

    

The children learned some things about simple circuits with Nick’s dad Roody.  He explained how a circuit works and brought the materials for each child to make their own.  The children were excited by the discussion and the activity.

    

Reminders

*Please remember to provide your child with an extra change of clothing that is appropriate to the warmer spring weather and sized for your growing child.

 

*Please remember to label all of your child’s clothing, hats, containers, waterbottles and other home items.

Learning to Swim

 

Knowing how to swim is a vital skill that all kids should learn. Swimming can help kids build confidence, master a fun activity for both play and sport, and learn safety in the water.

 

Here is a by-age guide to the types of water activities that best suit children six months to six years.

 

Six Months to One Year

Babies can benefit from age-specific classes in the water. Many city recreation departments offer low-cost, parent-child aquatic programs for babies and young children to help them become accustomed to the water. Classes might focus on gentle water games such as:

  • Showing babies how to splash in the water with their arms
  • Holding your baby while you bob around in the water, getting them used to the feel of their body in it.
  • Singing songs while twirling slowly as you hold your baby in the pool, keeping their head above water.

 

Some things to remember when taking a parent-child class with an infant include:

  • Always keep your baby in your arms, or in the arms of the instructor
  • Keep your baby’s head above water.
  • Be aware of any water hazards in and around the pool. An infant can drown in as little as an inch of water in less than 30 seconds.

 

Two to Three Years

Here are some age appropriate activities to try:

  • Think of fun games that require them to move their arms and kick their legs. For example, bring a ball that floats and have your child reach for it in front of them as you continue to hold them.
  • Without submerging your child’s head, show them how to put their face partially in the water and blow bubbles.
  • Help them to float supported on their back as you hold them up, ensuring that their body stays straight and their head stays above the water.

 

Four to Six Years

At age four, your child is developmentally able to learn the skills needed to stay afloat in the water. It is recommended that children enroll in formal swimming lessons.

 

Some skills that children should work on during this time frame are:

  • Learning how to float without assistance
  • Submerging their heads under water for up to 10 seconds
  • Go from a standing to a swimming position independently
  • Use coordinated leg and arm motions to kick and stroke the water while gliding.

 

Remember that children always overestimate their abilities, so you should ensure that their pool activities have adult supervision!

Adapted in part from Healthline.com

 

Summer Fun with the Family

If you are looking for a new family summer adventure check out this website! There are hundreds of ideas including many local attractions. http://www.familydaysout.com/

 

Free Fun Fridays: Many Massachusetts museums and various venues support the Friday fun schedule.  Look at the website and see what new adventures you can go on as a family.

 

https://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/2018/05/09/free-fun-fr...

 

 

Kelly Quinn-Wilson, Director

Rebecca Moser, Infant Toddler Coordinator

Robin Gossels, Preschool Coordinator

June 2018