Center News

CENTER NEWS

April 2019

The first official day of spring arrived on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. As we dream of the future promises of warmer spring weather we are busy preparing for lots of program activities.

Events

Move with Me!

On Tuesday April 9, 2019 families will be invited to "Move with Me" event from 8-10 am and 3-5 pm. During the “Move with Me” event families will challenge their large muscles as they work together in various engaging classroom activities. Be prepared to get your heart rate up, test your balance or even practice a little Yoga!

*** Please do not use your access cards for this event.

Families are asked to pull a ticket upon garage entry and self-pay. ***

 

Dental Screening

Older Preschoolers will have the opportunity to visit the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The date of this visit is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The children will visit the clinic in two groups; one group will visit from 3-4 pm and the other group will visit from 4-5 pm. Once at HSDM, a pediatric dentist and dental students will be providing oral health screenings and oral health education. The goal of this trip is to promote oral health as an integral part of general good health. Older Preschool teachers will be asking families to sign permission slips as soon as the date is finalized! 

 

Class pictures

Outdoor (weather permitting) class pictures are scheduled for May 13th and 14th. All group photos will be taken on Monday, May 13th at 9 am. Individual photos will then begin for all siblings and children that are not routinely scheduled on Tuesdays. Individual photos will continue on Tuesday, May 14th. Please plan on having your child(ren) dressed for photos both days. Additional information will be placed in cubbies and e-mailed when package options arrive from Hayward Photography.

 

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 will be our Annual Ice Cream Social. Families are invited to come to the program from 3:30-6 for an ice cream treat. Save your cup for seconds!

 

Graduation

All children entering Kindergarten in September 2019 will participate in an LMACCC graduation event on Friday, June 28, 2019 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Graduation will take place in the Wolfe Room at Boston University’s Fenway Campus (FCC 105).

 

Summer Swim

Effective this year and moving forward, Simmons University is no longer able to support summer swim for LMACCC. We are anticipating offering swim in the fall provided that Simmons is able to secure the staff to facilitate the lessons.

 

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 will be at LMACCC on Wednesdays through June 2019 on the following dates:

April 3 & 17

May 1, 15 & 29

June 12 & 26

 

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

 

Yoga is scheduled for:

April 8 & 22

May 6 & 20

 

 

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. Based on enrollment survey results this year transitions are more likely to occur late 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

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 Amendment Notice

http://www.lmaccc.org/sites/lmaccc/files/contract_amendment_notice_0.pdf

Reminders

Holidays

LMACCC will be CLOSED:

Monday, April 15, 2019 for Patriots’ Day

Monday, May 27, 2019 for Memorial Day

Thursday July 4, 2019 for Independence 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

 

Red Sox Season

Traffic is impacted during the Red Sox season. Please allow sufficient time to pick up by 6:00 PM on scheduled games. The Center closes at 6:00 PM. Families picking up after 6:00 PM will be charged a $20.00 late fee for every 15 minutes.

 

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.

 

Tuition Receipts

Tuition receipts can be requested by completing a tuition receipt request form that is available on our website www.lmaccc.org. Please allow 10 days for LMACCC to process your request. Completed forms can be dropped off to the LMACCC office, emailed to Joshua Kaufman at jkaufman@masco.harvard.edu or faxed to 617-582-6852.

 

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 and Preschool families can reach out to either Kelly Quinn-Wilson at kquinn@masco.harvard.edu or Candace Fonzi at cfonzi@masco.harvard.edu

 

Labeling Food Items

LMACCC has numerous children and staff with mild to severe food related allergies. We ask that all families label children’s containers (i.e. yogurt containers, plastic ware inclusive of lids and bowls) with their child’s name. Additionally, please ensure that food items are specifically detailed in each classroom. Infant parents should record food items on daily report cards, Mixed and Toddler Rooms families on dry erase boards and Preschool families on lunch sign in sheets.

***Most common food allergies present in LMACCC are nuts,

fish, eggs, dairy, soy and strawberries***

Please list specific ingredients in dishes that contain multiple food items. For example, if your child’s pasta dish contains anything but plain pasta please specify (e.g. pasta w/egg and broccoli or pasta w/meat sauce).

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.

 

Need Labels?

Try name bubbles! Name Bubbles make small round clothing labels that are very versatile. The labels are waterproof as well as both laundry and dishwasher safe. Bubbles are personalized and have a simple press-and-stick application (no ironing necessary). www.namebubbles.com

 

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 minimally 15 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.

 

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.

***Clothing donations are needed! LMACCC keeps extra clothing and our supplies have run low. We are happy to receive any clothing donations you may have, especially for Infants and Older Preschoolers. Also, if you have “LMACCC” labeled clothing at home please remember to return it to the program so that we can keep our supply stocked.***

 

Safety Reminders

As the warmer weather approaches families may gather 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 mulch and hopefully coming soon plants and grass!

It is important for each child to feel that his/her parent is a part of his/her classroom. Parents are invited to stay for a few minutes at arrival and departure to assist their child with the transition from home to school and vice versa. During this time the parent is responsible for their child and the implementation of Center and classroom rules. Please reinforce with your child that children are required to walk (not run) throughout the program and that they must stay alongside an adult. All doors in the program should be opened by an adult to prevent injury.

 

Staff

Welcome to LMACCC!

  • Sally Elmekawy, Young Pre Assistant Teacher, as of Monday, March 18, 2019
     
  • Kellieann (Kellie) Carine, Mixed Room Assistant Teacher as of Wednesday, March 27, 2019
     
  • Irene Yukas, Preschool Float Assistant Teacher as of Monday, April 1, 2019
     
  • Catherine Turner, Preschool Coordinator as of Monday, April 22, 2019

 

Recruitment

We are actively recruiting a 10-6 Infant Teacher and Center Float Teachers.

 

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        
 
Jessica Sin (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                                                           Yin Htwe (T) 10:00-6:00

Suzette Torres-Perrier (TA) 9:00-5:00                                        Sally Elmekawy (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

Julianna (Julie) Bardon (TA) 10:00-6:00                                      Danitzia (Dany) Delgado (T) 10:00-6:00

Alma Conway (T) 10:00-6:00                                                       Nasra (Nas) Abdiranman (TA) 10:00-6:00

 

 

Float Teachers

New Hire, Full Time Infant/Toddler and Preschool Float Teacher

New Hire, Full Time Infant/Toddler Float Teacher

Irene Yukash, 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

Catherine Turner, Preschool Coordinator 617-632-2756

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 Younger Infant room have continued to further develop their mobility by practicing scooting or crawling to get to new areas of the classroom as well as to obtain toys that are just out of their reach. They have been increasing their core strength through tummy time and opportunities to jump in the exersaucer. The children have used their hands to explore paint and some are practicing picking up finger foods at mealtimes.

          

As the children in the Older Infant classroom continue to grow into young toddlers they have increased their use of words when communicating with their peers and teachers. Additionally, they have been working hard to develop their self-help skills. They have practiced putting their blankets in the laundry bin after waking up from nap. They they also been throwing out their paper towels after getting their hands washed.

    

Mixed

The children in the Mixed room have shown an interest in learning about body parts. Bathing baby dolls using wash cloths in the sensory table has afforded the toddlers an opportunity to further practice identifying and labeling areas of the body.

          

The children have also been engaged in lots of painting experiences. They have been doing so in a variety of positions including sitting up, standing, laying down on their bellies and resting on their sides. Many of the children have also focused on painting exclusively with their hands while others have been experimeting using various tools.

          

A favorite song in the Mixed Room has been Head, Shoulder, Knees, and Toes. This song elicits a lot of participation as the children eagerly sing along and imitate accompanying movements. When playing with bubbles in the classroom, the children have been using different body parts to pop the bubbles including clapping them with their hands and stomping them with their feet. The teachers have been discussing how faces change with the expression of different emotions. In turn, the children have been practicing displaying their emotions via facial expressions. 

Toddlers

The children in the Toddler classroom have become interested in animals. They have explored a variety of different types of animals including farm animals, animals you find in the zoo, and sea animals. The children have acted out visits to the vet and some helped their animals get better with doctor kits and Band-Aids. They have been practicing their matching skills with an animal matching game, practiced animal yoga poses, and learned signs for various animals. The children have been exploring animal themed books with a particular interest in the books Click, Clack Moo! and Animal Boogie!

          

        

Young Preschool

Young preschool is currently working on identifying and expressing emotions. Specifically, matching colors that can be associated with different emotions. After reading the pop-up book, The Color Monster by Anna Llenas, each child to worked to create their own picture of the monster. The activity included painting their monster a color based on the emotion they wanted to express.  Learning to identify, be able to communicate about and understand what triggers certain emotions is an important aspect of social-emotional development for preschoolers in the process of reaching emotional self-regulation.

    

Middle Preschool

Middle preschool has been hard at work!  In preparation of the Art Show in March, the children began an extended project in which they planned for and designed unique pieces of art with Model Magic individual to each child’s interest.  The project hardly stopped there!  While the pieces were hardening, the children worked on their display cases using recycled shoe boxes, paper, glue and various other art materials to form their backdrops.

        

 

The next steps of this project were to paint then arrange the pieces as they envisioned their design.  Carefully thought-out instructions were passed on to the teachers who hot-glued the pieces into the display cases.  Some of the amazing creations the children worked on over several days portrayed “Tacos at Gram and Pops,” and “Donuts in Outer Space” in addition to a highly-realistic alligator and _________.

       

The theme of investigating volcanoes and dinosaurs overflowed into this month as the children still had lots of questions and ideas to explore!  Of particular excitement, each child formed and painted their own volcano which they later made erupt by experimenting with the combination of baking soda and vinegar.  This process allowed for science exploration, (learning about the flow of gravity and the chemical reaction caused by mixing different properties) and problem-solving (asking questions and seeking out answers on how to keep the bubbles going).  It also provided a physical display to the concept of magma and gases mixing inside a volcano which the class has been discussing for some time now.

    

    

Outside of the classroom, the month of March came with the delivery of ample snow to build and dig with on the playground.  New shovels contributed to a popular activity which encouraged gross motor muscles.  Shoveling and digging works on upper body and trunk strength in addition to coordination to manipulate the tool.

    

    

Older Preschool

In older preschool classroom the children are learning about the spring season. The children are learning parts and names of the flowers. The children performed a science experiment where they predicted what would happen to a flower if it was placed in water that had been dyed four different colors with food-coloring.  The children displayed their guesses in a before-and-after comparison drawings.   Some formed predictions that the petals would change color, some thought that the stem would change in color and others thought that the flower would die. 

    

    

    

    

    

    

 

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.

 

 

Kelly Quinn-Wilson, Director

Candace Fonzi, Assistant Director

Allison Mahler, Infant/Toddler Coordinator

April 2019