Message from the Principal:
We will have our Holiday Open House Wednesday, December 10th from 6:00-7:15. Be sure to join us for holiday fun! We will have cookies to decorate, crafts to make, hot chocolate bar, photo booth and Santa will be in the Kids Campus building. It will be fun for the whole family, so be sure to bring your camera!
There are a few ways we will be giving back to the community this holiday season. We will be participating in the NBC Fire fighters Toy Drive – families can donate new unwrapped toys until Thursday December 11th – Friday December 12th our Kindergarten students will be delivering all the gifts Friday morning to the fire station.We will also be doing a Warming Tree again through January. Families can donate new and used coats, mittens, and hats. Items will be donated to Pepole In Need of Delawrae County and Good Will.
Filling the CARE Bucket – Thank you for all the kind notes to fill our bucket!
Thank you for your generosity and support – we wish all of you and your families a holiday filled with joy!
Kris Beirne, Principal
- December 10: Enchanted Care Holiday Open House 6:00-7:00 Santa will be here!
- December 24: Enchanted Care closing early @2:00pm
- December 25: Enchanted Care CLOSED for Christmas
- December 31: Enchanted Care closing early @4:00pm
- January 1: Enchanted Care CLOSED – Happy New Year!
- February 16: Enchanted Care CLOSED Teacher In-service day
- February 13: Parents Night Out – plan your Valentine celebration! 6:00-9:00pm
- Parent Share – Teachers have been using a new communication called Parent Share – it enables teachers to quickly send photos of your child to your email! Let us know if we need to update your email address. Note – you can not respond to these email pictures!
- Fundraisers: Thank you for your continued support with fundraisers. Please do not feel obligated to participate in all the fundraisers but choose those that fit your family needs. Our profits from fundraiser enable us to purchase new equipment and continue growing as a school.Upcoming fundraisers will be Mixed Bags Designs and Little Caesar’s Pizza Kits
- Tuition Notes: Reminder tuition is due the first day your child attends. Payments received after Wednesday evening are considered late and your account will be charged a $25 late fee.
- Withdrawal/Extended Leave of Absence/Change of Schedule Policy: You must give us four weeks’ notice in writing prior to withdrawing your child from the school. If you wish to return after withdrawing your child, space is not guaranteed and you must pay a new registration fee $85.00 and deposit applicable to new enrollees. You must also give us four weeks’ notice prior to reducing your child’s attendance schedule and two weeks’ notice prior to increasing your child’s attendance schedule.
- What’s in your Child’s Cubby? Be sure to stock cubbies with winter clothes!
- Important Safety Reminder: Your child’s safety is one of our main concerns so we are asking that you partner with us to ensure the safety of all the children in our school. Please make sure that you are not allowing other parents to “piggyback” through the front door. Each family should use their individual code.
- Do Not Leave Children In Vehicles: Please remember, YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO LEAVE YOUR OTHER CHILDREN UNATTENDED IN YOUR CAR WHILE DROPPING OFF or PICKING UP! We have still noticed some families that aren’t bringing all of their children in with them. We will be asking you to bring in all children if we notice siblings are being left in the vehicle without an adult. Please turn off your vehicle,lock the doors and keep all valuables out of sight.
- Remember No Food in the Classrooms: Please remember students should not be bringing ANY food into the building/classrooms. Please throw away or leave in the car any food before coming into the classrooms.
- Sign In: Did you Remember to Sign your child in at the Castle Desk today? Be sure to sign your child in and out every day. The sign in book is located on the castle desk.All students are listed in alphabetical order and by classroom. Thank you.
- Parent Referrals: Want to take advantage of our parent referral program and receive FREE TUITION? Pick up a referral form at our front desk. Be sure to tell your friends, family and neighbors! We have Open House dates every month.
- LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! Keep in touch with all the great things happening at Enchanted Care via Facebook!
News from the Education Department
Embracing Diversity and the Traditions of Others
Children as young as two years old begin to notice differences among people. For instance, they may notice differences between boys and girls, or recognize that some families eat different foods or celebrate different holidays than their own family.
Research shows that children who learn to have a strong appreciation of their own family traditions and culture have an easier time appreciating the traditions and cultures of others. With this foundation, as children progress through elementary school and beyond, they have more social confidence and success in interacting with many different types of people.
Below are some ways that we focus on self-awareness and the appreciation of diverse cultures in the classroom, as well as some ideas you can try at home.
INFANTS/TODDLERS: In our classrooms, infants and toddlers look at photos of familiar people and practice pointing to and naming each person, helping them to communicate a concept of self and family. At home, collect photos of people your baby knows, and place them where he can see and reach them. Talk about the photo with your baby. For example, “Look Jake, here’s your grandmother. Who’s she holding? That’s you, Jake!” Toddlers may be able to find and name different family members.
BEGINNERS (Ages 2-3): We introduce Spanish in our Beginner program to give children a head start on mastering a second language and understanding different cultures. In addition to Spanish language, students explore different traditions in Spanish speaking countries, such as music, musical instruments, and food. At home, discuss your own family’s traditions with your child. Show him photos from different holidays and explain why you celebrate your traditions, such as why you go to Grandma’s house for Christmas or why you light candles for Hanukkah.
INTERMEDIATES (Ages 3-4): As children read stories about different family structures, home environments, and traditions around the world, our teachers encourage them to share their own experiences. During circle time for example, we may read a story about children living in a different country, in a different type of house and wearing a different type of clothes. Afterward, the teacher connects the story back to what the children know by asking, “What does your house look like?” and “Who lives in your house with you?”
Recommended books to read with your 3 or 4 year old include “The Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss, “The Color of Us” by Karen Katz, “Why Am I Different?” by Norma Simon and “It’s Okay to be Different” by Todd Parr. After you’re done reading, share what’s unique about your child and ask him to discuss how he is different from the characters in the story.
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (Ages 4-5): Pre-K children are curious to share their experiences and learn about those of others. Our teachers cultivate this curiosity with a focus on diversity. One way is by transforming their classrooms into international markets. Parents and teachers provide food, magazines, currency and musical instruments from various countries, and children are given the opportunity to shop for items found around the world. Some schools hold a cultural block party in which families share their heritage, including traditional foods.
Recommended books to read with your child at this stage include “Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox and “Hats Off to Hair” by Virginia Kroll.
In summary, we provide many opportunities for children to build self-identity, share family traditions, and learn about diversity in the classroom and around the globe. The better children understand themselves and the world around them, the easier they will make friends, accept others and appreciate differences as they transition into elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education