A Message From the Principal
Wow, this C-R-A-Z-Y weather! I hope everyone is dealing okay with all of wonderful winter weather that’s been keeping us on our toes. Hurry up spring!
Valentine’s Day Parties!
We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day by having class parties on Thursday, February 12th. There will be sign-up sheets posted for each classroom next week. Each child will have the opportunity to bring in valentines for his/her friends. Please do not address each valentine card to a specific child, just have your child sign his/her name and we will be sure to get them pass out to everyone.
Professional Development Day
Enchanted Care will be having the first of 2 Professional Development Days in 2015 on Monday, February 16th; therefore our school will be closed. The teachers will spend the day learning about updates to our Links to Learning curriculum, exploring new classroom management techniques and working together to improve as a team. The second Professional Development Day will take place in the fall.
Winter Weather Advisory
Enchanted Care will close only if Delaware County is at a Level 3 Snow Emergency. There will be announcements on Channel 6 and 28 as well as most major radio stations. We will also have a message on our websites homepage and an automated voice message on our phone to keep you informed of any early dismissals or closures.
Please keep in mind that the children do go outside as long as the temperature is 25 degrees or above. Therefore, please make sure that your child has a warm coat, hat, gloves and snow boots.
- Don’t forget to check your child’s cubby for important information from their teachers and the office.
- Please make sure that you are signing your child in every morning and out every evening. Thank you for your consistency with signing the book!
- Parking Lot Safety – Remember to drive slowly and cautiously through our parking lots. There are several small children and their families in the parking lot throughout the day and we want to be sure that everyone is safe! In addition, please do not leave children in the car unattended. It is also important that you do not leave your car running while in our school.
- Tuition Due – Tuition will be due on February 2nd and 16th. Please make sure that your account is current with the tuition cycle. There will be a $25 late fee assessed to all payments made after Wednesday of the tuition week. If you are interested in our automatic withdrawal program please stop by the office to pick up an authorization form.
Dates to Remember
- February 12th – Valentine’s Day Parties
- February 16th – Enchanted Care will be CLOSED for Professional Development Day
In the Community
Delaware: February 6th – First Friday – 6pm-9pm – Downtown Delaware
News from the Education Department
Learning About the Uses and Benefits of Technology
Children today have many opportunities to interact with technology for entertainment value and learning. Most often we think of children using computer technology, including handheld devices loaded with games, books, music and movies. In moderation, these devices can aid in children’s learning and development.
Within our academic curriculum, we involve children in activities and reflection on ways that technology can improve our understanding of the world around us, help us do our jobs, and make the world a better place. We help children see how the understanding of science and math moves technology forward, and that someday they too might create new and improved ways to do things.
Below are a few ways that we integrate technology in our classrooms and some ideas to try at home.
In the classroom: Beginning in our Intermediate program, students learn common technology vocabulary, such as mouse, keyboard and email. Students also explore the double meaning of verbs that describe online and offline activities, such as “tapping” and “surfing”.
At home: Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg is a great book to read with your child to continue the learning at home. Dot, the main character, is a tech savvy little girl who leaves her electronic devices at home while she taps, swipes and shares in the real world.
In the classroom: Teachers encourage our older preschoolers to use technology as a tool to express themselves. For example, students use a camera to take photos of seasonal changes outdoors and write what they observed in their journal. This activity promotes creativity and provides a fun opportunity to practice writing skills.
At home: Allow your child to explore his world using digital photography tools. Ask him to describe his photos and explain why he chose those objects or locations to photograph. Encourage him to use descriptive language and emotion vocabulary.
In summary, we provide numerous opportunities for children to explore technology in our classrooms. Through these activities, children become excited to use technology educationally, and are better prepared to use technology in elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education