A Message From the Principal
We have been experiencing some more Winter like weather this last month compared to January. Please remember to dress children appropriately so that they may sometimes go out and experience snow if the temperatures permit. We will be keeping them inside more often with lower temperatures, so our muscle room will see more use. Make sure as you are traveling through this area you are keeping an eye on all doors and only allowing your own child to exit with you, as well as closing the door behind you as a safety precaution.
Enchanted Care typically only closes under Level 3 road conditions in Franklin or Delaware County. Please look for announcements on Channel 6 or 28 or listen in on most major radio stations for news of a closure.
Our Month of February has many exciting events. Themes for the coming weeks include Punxetawney Phil and other Famous Rodents, Feelings and Friendship, Faces of our Fathers, and Healthy Habits and Hygiene. Click on our Calendar Link to see more!
We will be making friendship cards for the elderly and distributing them to some of our local care homes and hospitals. If you know of any local facility you would like us to make sure we reach please let Kate or Janna know the name and address.
Other Monthly Details
Pizza orders are due no later than TUESDAY MORNING FEBRUARY 3RD!!
We do have our second of the normal in-service days coming up soon. Please make sure you note we will be closed February 16th for professional development opportunities for our teachers.
THANK YOU to those of you who have been trying very hard to make sure you are following these protocols:
- Please make sure you are driving slowly through our parking lot while families are dropping off and picking up small children.
- Please do not allow anyone to enter the building without their door code for the safety of all inside.
- Please make sure you are not leaving children unattended in vehicles.
- We do have children in the building with very severe peanut allergies. Please monitor items being brought onto school grounds for possible allergens.
- Cold and flu season is in full swing. Please wash hands when entering classrooms and have your children do so also.
- Like us on Facebook to see all of the fun and exciting things happening at Enchanted Care!!
Tuition is due the weeks of February 2nd and 16th. Please make sure that your account is current with the tuition cycle. There will be a $25 late payment 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.
WITHDRAWAL/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 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.
News From our 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