Center News

CENTER NEWS

June 2017

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

 

Events

 

Ice Cream Social

Thursday June 15th, 2017 will be our Annual Ice Cream Social. Families are invited to come to the program from 3:30 - 6 pm for an ice cream treat. Save your cup for seconds!

 

 

Graduation

All children entering Kindergarten in September 2017 will participate in an LMACCC graduation event on Friday, June 30th from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the Wheelock College’s Campus Center and Student Residence (CCSR) in Room 103.

 

 

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 pm, Mixed Room 4:00 - 4:20 pm, Toddler Room 4:20-4:40 pm, Young Preschool 4:40 - 5:00 pm, Middle Preschool 5:00 - 5:20 pm & Older Preschool 5:20 - 5:40 pm. 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 through August 2017 is as follows:

June 7th & June 31st

July 5th & 19th

August 2nd & 30th

 

 

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 15th, 2017. All classrooms will have lunch from 12 - 1 pm. Families that participate in this event will be provided with a one hour validation ticket for the 375 Longwood Garage.

 

 

New England Aquarium

 

We are excited to announce that LMACCC will have two visits from the New England Aquarium! On Tuesday July 11th, 2017 the New England Aquarium will visit LMACCC to present a Tide Pool Alive program for our preschoolers. The Older Preschool Room will participate from 2:45 - 3:30 pm, the Middle Preschool Room will participate from 3:45 - 4:30 pm and the Young Preschool Room will participate from 4:45 - 5:30 pm.

 

On Thursday July 13th, 2017 the New England Aquarium will return to 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 am and the Toddler Room will participate from 11 - 11:30 am.

 

 

Reminders

 

Holidays

 

LMACCC will be CLOSED:

Tuesday July 4th, 2017 for Independence Day

Monday September 4th, 2017 for Labor Day

Monday October 9th, 2017 for Columbus Day

 

 

  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

 

 

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 15th and June 30th and sixty (60) day written notice if you are leaving between July 1st and September 15th.

 

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 30th, 2017 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 Thursday June 30th, 2017.

 

On Monday July 3rd, 2017 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 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

As we spend more time outside we are sun-screening at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. We use a generic SPF 30, 45, or 50. Please inform the office if your child has an allergy to sunblock. You may also provide your own personal sunblock if you prefer.

 

 

 

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 6:0 0pm. Families picking up after 6:00 pm 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

 

Mixed Room

Congratulations to Brittany Pina whom welcomed her first child, Marley Aset Pina-Watson, on Saturday May 20th, 2017! As Brittany enjoys her maternity leave with Marley, Jessica Sin, our Infant/Toddler Float Teacher will be working each day from 10 - 6 as the Mixed Room Teacher.

 

 

Toddler Room

Casey Mulchay began her position as the 9 - 5 Assistant Teacher on Thursday May 25th, 2017. Please help us to welcome Casey to the program!

 

 

Middle Preschool

Danitzia (Dani) Delgado begins her position as the 10 - 6 Middle Preschool Assistant Teacher on Tuesday June 6th, 2017. Please help us to welcome Dani to the Program!

 

Brian Silva will begin his position as the 10 - 6 Middle Preschool Teacher on Monday June 12, 2017. Please help us to welcome Brian to the program!

 

 

Classroom Lists

 

Infants                                                                   Mixed

Land Phones: 617-632-2828 (Youngers)             Land Phone: 617-632-2830

617-632-2829 (Olders)

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

Rachael Mayer (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                           Brittany Pina (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

Gabriella (Bella) Coyne (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                             Lindsey Conroy (TA) 10:00-6:00

Casey Mulchay (TA) 9:00-5:00                                Tiffany Pulley (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

 

 

Float Teachers

Alexandra (Alex) Salvatore (T) 6:30-6:00

Jessica Sin (T) 6:30-6:00

 

 

 

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

           

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 an age-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/

 

Kelly Quinn-Wilson, June 2017