October 7, 2019

    Hello ECC Families! 

    Happy Monday! What a beautiful weekend we had! I'm so glad to see the sunshine yet again today!


    Thank you in advance for reading important news and updates below! Please click on the quote, as it speaks volumes to our philosophy and practice! It's a great reminder that the experiences your child is having at school aren't often those that we can show you on paper, or give you as a product. They are experiencing so many meaningful activities in their play and exploration with materials, books, songs and so much more!



    Arrival/Dismissal Thoughts to Remember


    We have several children arriving after 9:00am. We certainly understand there will be occasional changes in your schedule or a case of the "Mondays" that have you leaving the house a bit later. Please keep in mind when setting your home routine that our school day is designed with an intentional plan and structure that is aligned with developmentally appropriate practice for early learning, and focuses on meeting goals of the curriculum. When children arrive late, classrooms are already set in their routine. It is challenging for children to enter the classroom when students have begun their activities and teachers are engaged with children. It is difficult for teachers to greet children properly, which is a goal in all our classrooms. Entering the room after the routine has begun makes it hard for children to transition smoothly into the classroom. When the door to the toddler rooms is opened after school has started, some children begin their separation routine all over again. When students in the 4s hallway arrive to the playground late, this takes teachers away from safety supervision of playground activities. Please understand, too, that when you come late and have to be 'buzzed' in at the main door, the office staff may take a bit longer to respond, since we are attending to office tasks like answering phone calls. Children have successful days when their schedule is predictable. Children who leave before the school day ends also miss outon the end of day routine of the closing large group activity. Opening the door before 3:30 disrupts the classroom. Thank you for your understanding and consideration for all involved, when designing your routines. 


    Hallway and Parking Lot Safety

    We need your help to ensure the safety of all children at school.

    Doors: Doors are often left propped open as families enter. All doors must remain closed. If you see any doors propped open, please close them. 

    Children and doors: Please remember we teach children during the day that only adults open our doors. We need your help to provide a consistent message.

    Automatic Door Opener: It is great fun for children to press the door button! However, I have seen this provides an opportunity for your children to run ahead of you, and in some cases right into the parking lot. Please hold your child's hand walking in and walking out. 

    Door Code: For the security and safety of children in our school, please remember the code to enter during before and after care is for adults ONLY. We have noticed older siblings entering the code. This is to be used only by parents or regular people who pick up your child. Please do not share the code with others. 

    Parking: Please use designated parking spaces only when using our parking lots. Areas with yellow lines are not designated areas to park. The handicapped spot is ONLY for families with approved disabled parking permits.




    It has been wonderful to celebrate each child as they grow in their independence skills! We encourage children to take off/put on and hang up their own coats, as well as manage their belongings during the day. Preschoolers are indepemdent when washing their hands. Having children walk in and out od school independently (as opposed to being carried) empowers children to feel confident and capable. I send compliments to the many that I see helping children work toward this important skill! Important tip: this is a great goal to share with babysitters and nannies :)



    I have already heard excitement from children who are making their Halloween plans. *Please note: We do not celebrate Halloween at Midvale or have class parties, like you might be used to in the elementary schools. Instead, we will have an all-school Pajama Day for students and staff on Thursday, Oct 31! The elementary buildings and Covington School have a half day on this date; please remember we are in session for our regular schedule. *Please Note: there is NO SCHOOL for the Duck class on this day, due to dedicated teacher professional development plans. 


    Picture Day!

    We are excited to welcome Aly Darin Photography back this year to take our picture! School Pictures will be taken NEXT WEEK during the mornings of Monday, October 14, Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 17. Pictures at our school are a bit different than traditional school pictures. Our photographer will take candid photos of your child playing or maybe even outside on the playground. You will get a set of proofs and if you are interested in ordering, it is handled directly with the photographer. If your child is not scheduled to attend Monday or Wednesday, you are welcome to bring him/her in that day to be photographed. She will return later in the year to do retakes, and also catch any students she missed. She will create a class composite of all your child's friends, as well, that will be sent later in the school year. 


    Fall Conferences and Check-Ins

    Please watch for details in your classroom newsletter about Conference Check-ins with your child's teacher. These meetings are optional, and short in nature. This is a time to quickly "check in," ask questions and begin building a relationship getting to know your child's teacher. Fall Check-Ins will be offered the week of November 11.

    *Please note: Th Duck classes follow the district elementary schedule for fall conferences. Those will be held November 20 & 21, and there will be NO SCHOOL on these dates for the Duck class ONLY. See your Duck newsletter for details.


    No School - Date Reminders

    Please remember school is closed to students on Tuesday, Nov 5, Elecation Day, for Staff Professional Development. School is also closed on Wednesday, November 27, the day before Thanksgiving.


    More Upcoming Important Dates

    • Oct 18: Duck class event
    • Oct 23: *Nature Tots for Butterflies, Giraffes, Caterpillars (Families are invited to attend!) Please check your classroom newsletter for time!
    • Oct 29: Toddler Pumpkin Patch
    • Oct 31: Pajama Day
    • Nov 1 & 15: Duck class Event
    • Nov 5: No School
    • Nov 13: Dan the Creature Man visits
    • Nov 27, 28 & 29: No School

    *Future dates for Nature Tots are scheduled for Toddlers, and 4s classes



    Thank you for your patience as we finalize the school directory. It is currently at the printer and as soon as we approve the draft copy, it will get printed and come home in your child's cubby (one per family). 


    Parenting Tidbit

    It is so important to read school newsletters as well as your child's classroom newsletter. Every week, teachers work diligently to provide you with a summary of what fabulous larning has been going on in their classroom. One important component of this informtaion is finding out WHY we do what we do at school. Our lessons and activities are intentionally planned to enhance development and learning. Newsletters provide many ideas for you, when talking with your child, as you engage in conversation about what they learned at school. Knowing what activities they participated in helps you formulate your questions and helps children share detailed information with you. Newsletters also contain important dates of upcoming events, as well as 'house-keeping' type items to remember. Please take a moment to read these important communications from our teaching staff. This is a vital component of the home-school connection. We enjoy partnering with you as your child develops and grows here at school. 



    Have a great Monday!

    Laura Tinsley