Notes from the Office
My office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:15 AM-5:15 PM. These office hours may change due to early morning, or late evening events. You may always contact me by phone @ 614-476-8830 or email if I am out of the office when you need assistance.
Jada Hightower, Principal
Upcoming and Important Dates
- Kindergarten & PreK 2 100th Day Celebration- Tuesday, February 3
- Pre-K 2 & Kindergarten Valentine’s Day Party- Wednesday, February 11
- Dental Health visit- Thursday, February 12 10:30a.m.
- Gahanna Schools Closed- Friday, February 13 and Monday, February 23
- Enchanted Care Closed- Monday, February 16 (Inservice Day)
- New Albany Schools Closed- Tuesday, February 17
- A very special birthday wish to ALL February Birthdays!
Tuition is due February 2 and February 16 . If your tuition is not received by Wednesday the week tuition is due, a $25 late fee will be automatically assessed to your account. We offer an automatic withdraw program for your convenience. If you are interested, please stop by the office.
Professional Development Day
We will have our Professional Development Day on Monday, February 16. The school will be closed. We will be focusing on the upcoming Summer Camp Program and all the new and exciting events and activities we are planning.
Enchanted Care is open unless there is a level 3 snow emergency in Franklin County. If you need full day care for your child you must call the school or email me to request a spot for the day. Spaces for Before and/or After students are based upon staffing. If you need to drop off your child later than 10:00a.m please call the school. At 10:00a.m. I decide to send staff home if numbers are low.
Summer Camp registration is just around the corner. Keep your eyes open for further information. Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year has begun. If you or someone you know want information regarding our Kindergarten program, please let me know.
Please help me in welcoming Ms. Jen back to our program. She will be helping with our Before and After Care for a few weeks. On Tuesday, February 17, Ms. Jen will be taking over the Part time and Full time Kindergarten class. Mrs. Summer last day will be Friday, February 13 for personal reasons. We want to wish her and her family well in the future.
Parent Referral Program
Enchanted Care offers a great Parent Referral Program! Refer a family to one of our schools and you will be eligible for a referral credit once that family is enrolled for 90 days! If they enroll full-time, you will receive one free week of tuition for your oldest child; if they enroll part-time you will receive $100 off of your tuition!
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! Keep in touch with all of the great things happening at Enchanted Care via Facebook! Weekly postings are entered by the school along with our participation in the parent share program.
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