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Back from Maternity Leave

Hello all CPSC Family and Staff!

I wanted to let everyone know that I am back from maternity leave as of today, March 1st. I am so excited to see all of the staff and children today and I am happy to see so many positive changes at the center! Thank you all for welcoming me back! Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week!

Sincerely,
Annie S.
School Nurse
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Flu Season

Dear Parents and Staff,

We are now entering into flu season. Starting last year, flu vaccines have been recommended for nearly everyone over 6 months of age. It is especially important for some groups to get the flu vaccine. These include pregnant women, children under 5 and especially those under 2, people over 50 years old, people with some chronic medical conditions, and those who care for people at higher risk for the flu. That includes people who care for or live with infants under 6 months who are too young for the vaccine.

Fire Prevention Week

Fire prevention week

Next week is fire prevention week. Here are some tips to help protect your family and home from fire.

Install smoke alarms – install smoke alarms at each level of the house, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms. Test the batteries once a month. Make sure children know what the smoke alarm will sound like if it goes off.

Cook safely – stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on what you are cooking.

5 Keys to raising a happy, healthy eater

As you know, we held a “5 Keys” child feeding class here a few weeks ago. A child feeding expert came to talk to us about the feeding relationship and helping children learn about healthy eating. I found the information she shared to be really helpful, and I wanted to pass some of it along to those families who were not able to join us.

Summer car safety

There have been several news stories recently about children being left in hot cars. Children can suffer heat illness very quickly in a car, and each year children die after being left in a car.

This is something that can happen to anyone. Anyone who ever drives a car with a child in it needs to be aware of the danger of leaving a child in a car, even for a few minutes.

Possible Scabies Exposure

Dear Parents and Staff,

There was a possible exposure of scabies last week in the younger Pre-school classrooms.

Scabies is a skin rash that is consists of small red bumps and blisters in select areas. Usually found around the wrists, elbows, ankles, hands, and feet. If you think your child may have scabies, please contact your health care provider. They usually prescribe a medication cream that you will put on before bedtime and then rinse off in the morning. Afterwards a hydrating lotion may be used along with calamine lotion to help any itching.

Possible Pink Eye Exposure

Hello everyone.

There was a possible exposure to pink eye last week.

Pink eye (also called conjunctivitis) is a bacterial or viral infection of the eye. Pink eye can cause the eyes to be red or pink, itchy, and swollen with yellow, white, or green discharge. If you suspect your child has pink eye, contact your child's health care provider. The health care provider may prescribe antibiotic drops or ointment to treat bacterial pink eye.

Being prepared for warmer weather

In the next week the weather expected to continue warming up. Here are some tips to stay safe in the heat:

• Drink plenty of liquids. Drink water and sports drinks—even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar because they make you lose fluids.
• Limit physical activity. Avoid physical activity during the hottest time of the day—10am-3pm.
• NEVER leave people or pets in a closed, parked car.
• Stay in air-conditioned areas. Help keep cool by spending time at malls, libraries, movie theatres and community centers.

Possible Strep Throat Exposure

Hello everyone,

There was a possible exposure to strep throat yesterday, 6/22/2015 in the younger pre-school classrooms. Strep throat is an infection caused by bacteria. Symptoms of strep throat include sore throat and fever. Some children may also have stomach pain or headache. If your child has these symptoms, he or she will be excluded from school.

Possible Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Exposure

Hi All,

There was a possible exposure to hand, foot, and mouth disease in the Infant-Toddler classrooms. Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common illness caused by a virus, usually a coxsackie virus. It is not the same as foot/hoof and mouth disease in animals.

What We Do For Each Other

Hi Everyone,

At our last staff meeting we had a shower for Mai whose new baby is going to make an appearance at any moment. Mai is a member of the Chipmunk teaching team and has her son Mustafa in the Bluebird room. Mai and Mustafa opened presents for the new baby. Mustafa seemed to understand that these presents he was opening were not for him. He did such a great job of carefully opening every one!

Earth Day

Monday was Earth Day, a day to celebrate the environment and promote efforts to protect it. Even though Earth Day is over, it’s not too late to focus on the environment. There are many ways the environment around us affects our health. I’d like to share a few ideas of ways to get children involved in Earth Month that will also help keep them healthy.

What is Play?

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Great Expression of the Value of Play! Read on . . .
"Historically, play has been viewed as a frivolous break from important endeavors like working and learning when, in fact, a child’s ability to fully and freely engage in play is essential to their learning, productivity, and overall development," observe Steve Gross and Rebecca Cornelli Sanderson in their article, "Play is the Way," in the Beginnings section of the September/October 2012 Exchange magazine. They continue:

Food, nutrition, and eating

Nutrition is a topic where I feel I am always learning new things or rediscovering facts that I had previously learned. What we eat plays an important part in how we feel and for children, how they develop. I’m going to be doing several posts on different topics around food, nutrition, and eating. I look forward to learning as I write them, and I hope they will offer something to you to learn as you read them.

Early childhood is an important time for so many things, including creating the foundation of a healthy body, lifelong food preferences, and a healthy relationship with food.

Seven dimensions of wellness - physical wellness

The last of the seven dimensions of wellness is physical wellness. Physical wellness is about keeping our bodies healthy and taking action when we are sick or injured. When we are physically well, we are active, at a healthy weight, feel good about our bodies, and are able to participate fully in our lives.

Seven dimensions of wellness – occupational and intellectual wellness

Occupational wellness means having a balance between work and home life and feeling positive about one’s work. Work can include a job, a role such as caregiver, being a student, or any other role or responsibility. With occupational wellness, the work you do reflects your values and you are able to seek opportunities to grow professionally.

Seven dimensions of wellness – spiritual and environmental wellness

Spiritual wellness is tied to having values and beliefs that help guide our actions and give meaning to our lives. Spiritual wellness may mean different things for different people. For some, it may be tied to a particular religious practice that they follow. Others may find spiritual wellness through meditation, nature, or helping others.

Seven dimensions of wellness: Introduction, social, and emotional wellness

Two weeks ago, on Staff Development Day, CPSC staff came together to celebrate our new wellness policies and to learn how to take good care of ourselves. We heard a keynote speech on the seven dimensions of wellness, attended a wellness fair, and attended a variety of workshops focused on physical and emotional wellbeing. I think it was a recharging day for all of us!

An unexpected learning moment

I go around on a regular basis and check the first aid kits in each classroom and the yards to make sure they are fully stocked. Earlier this week I was checking the kit in the senior preschool yard. It was a beautiful day, so I took the kit and my list of supplies and sat at one of the small picnic tables with a few of the children from the Unicorn room.

The children wanted to know why I was there. At first they thought maybe someone was sick or hurt and I was checking on them. I explained that I was checking to make sure we had everything we needed ready in case someone got hurt.

Playground safety

The New York Times Column A Surprising Risk for Toddlers on Playground Slides shares an important safety tip for playgrounds - holding a child in your lap to go down a slide actually increases the child's risk of injury. You can read the article here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/23/a-surprising-risk-for-toddlers-....

For more playground safety tips, go to http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/outdoor/playground.html.

Creative Genius

This photo is priceless! Apparently, this little 2 year old boy, when he is finished eating what he wants, engages in a little engineering and stacks everything up! He looks pleased, doesn't he? It's his idea and his accomplishment. You know that was not a teacher's idea. It's all him.

Now I know some of you might be thinking, "He didn't finish all his food!" or "Why is he playing with his food?" I know, I know! It is important to teach children social conventions and we do that at CPSC.

What's That On Your Face?

Here's a little story that makes me laugh every time I think about it.

A few weeks ago I had a minor surgical procedure to remove a small growth on my face. I went around for about 2 weeks with a very visible bandage on my chin. Of course that was the source of endless questions from the children. The comments went from "Owie!" in the toddler rooms to "I have an owie too." in the preschool rooms to more detailed and sophisticated conversations with the pre-kindergarteners.

I was in the middle of one of these conversations in a pre-k room that went something like this.

Celebrating Purim

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We have several parents in our Hummingbird classroom of 15 2-3 year olds who celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim. This year their children and their classmates were old enough to really appreciate a party to celebrate Purim together. The children got ready. They raided the dress-up box and created their costumes. Three moms showed up in costume as well with plenty of Purim songs to play for the children. The music went on and everyone danced together. The music and dancing were infectious. We’re not sure who was having more fun, the children or the adults. Big smiles on every face!

Physical Learning

I was walking through the toddler yard and here comes a five year old, boing, boing, boing, jumping through the yard on the sidewalk accompanied by his mother. Do you know how much energy that takes? Try it!

Playing outside in winter

This is a topic I have written about in the past, but it is one that is important, so I wanted to discuss it again. Many of us were raised with the idea that going outside in the cold will cause illness. Actually, in winter it is especially important to spend time playing outside.

When we stay inside all day with the doors and windows closed, we are breathing the same air. This means that we are all sharing each other’s germs – not the kind of sharing we want to encourage!

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