Center News

CENTER NEWS

January 2018

Welcome to the beginning of a new year!

 

Pajama Day

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

 

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

 

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.

 

Reminders

Illness

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.***

 

LMACCC Entrance

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

http://www.lmaccc.org/sites/lmaccc/files/contract_termination_notice_v2.pdf

 

Inclement Weather

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.                                                                           

  • Call 617-632-2827, press # 4 for Center Update. The message is updated throughout the day.        
  • Refer to Channel 7 website for any amendments to LMACCC’s operating schedule.
  • Call 632-2310, MASCO’s main number

 

Holidays

LMACCC will be CLOSED:

Monday January 1, 2018

Monday January 15, 2018

  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

 

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.

 

Clothing

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.

 

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 Rebecca Moser at rmoser@masco.harvard.edu and Preschool families can reach out to Robin Gossels at rgossels@masco.harvard.edu.

 

Scholastic Books

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.

 

Staff

Infant Room

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!

Young Preschool

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.

Classroom Lists

Infants                                                                                     Mixed

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

Float Teacher

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

 

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:

  1. Prepare in advance. Leave yourself time to comfortably talk with your child’s teacher about his/her day so that you don’t feel rushed.
  2. When exiting the classroom tell your child what will happen next. “It’s raining so we need to go to your cubby and put your coat on”.
  3. Involve your child. “Do you want to put your coat on yourself or would you like me to help you?”
  4. Let your child know what to expect. “Once your coat is on we are going to walk to front door. Tonight we are going to walk straight to the car. I know you like to see your friends in the courtyard. We can wave goodbye to your friends on our way home”.
  5. Follow through on the plan. If you told your child s/he can wave goodbye to friends allow them to do so briefly as you remind them what is to come (heading to the car).
  6. Anticipate disappointment. Children may have plans that are different than your own. They may become sad, frustrated, etc. when their plans cannot be satisfied. Validate their feelings. “I know it can be disappointing when you cannot spend extra time playing with your friends’ afterschool.” Let them know that afterschool is family time because you have missed them so much during the day. Reassure them that they will have more time to play with friends on the weekend or during the next day at school.
  7. Use your allies! If departing the program is difficult involve your child’s teacher or LMACCC’s administration to help reinforce safety rules.
  8. Praise the behavior that you would like to see reinforced. “You did a nice job walking down the hall. I appreciate the way you headed straight to the car. You knew just what the plan was”!

 

Infant Room:

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.

 

Mixed Room:

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.

 

Toddler Room:

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!

 

Young Preschool:

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. 

  • Be kind to friends (family members): if your actions or words hurt a family member then you must give care to them: What does that look like? Giving a hug, helping pick up something knocked down, giving a tissue, space away, etc.
  • Help clean up: give a specific tasks such as pick up ten blocks, put away the books while I clean up the blocks, let’s see how many little people you can pick up and put in this bucket, etc.
  • Listen to a request and respond: (get ready to leave, do an self help task such as brushing teeth) give your child notice of expectation: in five minutes I will need you to _______. If your child refuses then: I will help you put your toothpaste on and you can brush.  Do not ask if he/she would like to brush as this implies the right to say no.  An expectation is an expectation and that means it will be done independently or with support.

 

Middle Preschool:

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.

 

Older Preschool:

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.

 

Kindergarten

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.

 

Family Sharing

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.

 

Parents Corner

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

  • Ask your child to hold his favorite stuffed animal, doll or object.  Play music and have a parade around the house.  Instruct your child to move various ways as you give him directions.  “Hold the bear on top of your head.  Hold the bear behind your back.  Put the bear on the floor and jump over it.  Take big marching steps.  Hop like a bunny.  Crawl like a crab.”
  • Create a crawling tunnel by moving chairs to create an open space and draping sheets, towels or blankets over them.  You can also use this arrangement to create a tent.
  • Give children a wooden spoon and ask them to try and balance or walk and balance various objects, such as buttons, paper clips, cotton balls, crumpled up newspaper balls, a ball of socks, an empty yogurt container, a Lego or block, etc.  Challenge them to hop and skip while balancing the objects as well.
  • Have an indoor snowball fight!  Make snowballs using crumbled balls of paper, newspaper or socks.  You and your child can throw them to each other and see how many each of you collect. 
  • Play toss with the snowballs and help your child learn to catch.
  • Ask your child to throw the snowballs into a laundry basket, empty trash can, clothes hamper, pot or paper bag.  Challenge your child to move further away and use a smaller container once they master each skill.
  • An adult and child hold each side of a blanket, sheet or towel.  Toss the snowballs in the middle, and try to keep them on the blanket.
  • Have an indoor treasure hunt.  Hide plastic animals, Legos, figurines, buttons, or cotton balls around the house or in one room of the house and ask your child to search for them.  You can also hide a glove or mitten and ask children to find the match.
  • Create a mini obstacle course.  Children can hop to one area, walk backwards to another area, jump over an object, skip or gallop to another area, and walk sideways back to the beginning.

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

January 2018