August was a busy month for us as we finished up our camp program and prepared for the new school year. In consideration of our working parents, after camp ended we offered a week and a half of “Cool Down Care” to students already enrolled in our 2017-2018 Extended Day Program. We were then closed for a week of Staff Training before re-opening our doors for the 2017-2018 School Year on Thursday, August 24th for our extended day students, and on Tuesday, September 5th for our preschool students.
At Cool Down Care, the students participated in arts and crafts, games, water play, outdoor play and movement activities. They also helped us wash the classroom chairs, deliver school supplies to the classrooms, and wash the buses as we prepared for the 2017-2018 school year.
During our Staff Training Week, our teachers gathered for training and also spent time setting up their classrooms. One of this year’s training topics was centered around the importance of play in our daily schedule. Marcy Hemminger encouraged us to incorporate more types of play into our curriculum through her presentation titled “Learning to Learn Through Play”. As Fred Rogers said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” As the bulletin boards were decorated, the classrooms arranged, and the lesson plans finalized, everyone got excited to welcome the students for the new school year!
The beginning of the school year is going wonderfully, and even our youngest 2 to 3 year olds have transitioned well. We still have space in our Preschool-age morning and extended day classes. Interested families should schedule a tour of the school, which will be followed by a playdate and then placement in a developmentally appropriate class. More information about our Preschool can be found here. We unfortunately no longer have any openings in our School Age Extended Day (SA-ED) program for Kindergarten through 5th graders.