Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere...the harvest time of year is here and I just love fall
leaves and colors. It was great to see so many of our families at the Harvest Festival - we’ve had a
fun time with games and prizes and delicious chili and brownies. The Blue Room won the brownie
bake-off and tied with the Pre-K class to win the pumpkin-decorating contest! Congratulations to
all the classes for their creative pumpkins.
Thanksgiving begins the season of family get togethers. We love to honor the traditions of all the
children and families in our program. We believe in the importance of family traditions and
holidays in strengthening the connection between home and school. We encourage you as
families to join in our celebrations by sharing family recipes, traditions and any
special items that reflect your heritage and family history.
I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving - Linda B.
Please let us know your holiday
plans for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New
Year. This will help us a great deal to determine
our staffing needs, as many teachers would like
Thanksgiving Food Drive to travel or be home for the holidays. We will be
closed Nov 24th & 25th, Dec 23rd & 26th, as well as
Once again it is time to start thinking Dec 30th & Jan 2nd. A form is attached for your
about our annual Thanksgiving Food convenience. If it is easier for you, feel free to
Drive. Unfortunately this year, the need email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
for food to help those in need is bigger Please return it as soon as possible.
then ever. This year there will be boxes
around the school to collect food Holiday Share
throughout November. Special needs The last few years we have had such tremendous
success with our Holiday Share Program that we
include cereal, canned vegetables, pasta
will continue this important tradition. WUMP
and baby food and diapers. Both the families help brighten the holiday season for
church and WUMP will be participating in other families through the annual toy drive with
this drive together - hoping to make Connections for Children. The Church will join us
Thanksgiving better for everyone in our as we collect new, unwrapped gifts between
community during the first couple of weeks of
December. This is a wonderful
opportunity for our children to
share the holiday spirit with other
children and families. We are also
looking for a few people to help us drive the gifts
over to the Santa Monica office on the date they
are due. We will have more specific dates for you
as soon as they are available.
► Practice good hand hygiene.
Reminders ► Cover mouth and nose with a tissue
when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t
Flu Season have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your
As many of you are aware, flu season is upon us. shoulder or elbow.
If your child is not feeling well: At school:
► Watch carefully for signs and symptoms ► We will continue to perform routine
of the flu. Symptoms: fever, chills and environmental cleaning with disinfectant.
cough or sore throat. Can include a runny ► Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds
nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, (about as long as it takes to sing Happy
diarrhea, vomiting. Birthday twice.)
Stay HOME if you or your child is sick with ► We will send children home immediately
the flu until at least 24 hours (or longer) if they come down with symptoms.
AFTER there is no longer a fever (without
fever reducing medication).
► Plan for someone to pick your child up
from school immediately if they come
down with symptoms. WUMP Day at the Santa
► Make sure your child gets plenty of rest
and drinks clear liquids. Monica Pier Aquarium
► Watch for warning signs which may Shark Sunday!
include one or more of the following; fast
breathing, shortness of breath, bluish,
purplish or gray skin color, refusing to Explore at your leisure & then
drink, not urinating, pain or pressure in
the chest or stomach, sudden dizziness.
we’ll meet at the shark tank at
3:30 for a special presentation
► Avoid close contact - when sick keep your and crafts for the kids
distance from others
► Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue To get tickets, you must RSVP by no later
when coughing or sneezing. Throw the than 10am Monday, November 7 in your child's
tissue in the trash after you use it. classroom.
► Wash hands often - teach respiratory
etiquette. There is no fee for tickets to attend, but there
► Avoid touching your eyes, nose and is a $5 per ticket penalty for those who request
mouth. tickets but do not use them this day.
► Get plenty of sleep, be physically active,
These monthly family events
eat nutritious food and get plenty of
Sponsored by the WUMP
Recommendations: Events Committee & Friends
► Get your children vaccinated for seasonal of the Preschool,
flu when vaccines area available. as a social gathering for
► Plan ahead for childcare at home if your
children and their parents.
child is sick.
► Update your emergency contact lists so
children can be picked up immediately if
they have flu symptoms.
► Conduct a daily health check of your child
before coming to school.
Please spread the word...
Parent & Toddler Class
A nurturing, child-friendly environment
where parents and children can learn
ages 18 months to 3 years Thursday is
weekdays 9 am to 11 am Toddler & Friends Day
Toddlers can attend with
parents, a nanny, family
In-service Day members or friends.
On Friday, November 11th, we will be closed for a
Teacher In-Service Day. Teachers will participate
in an all day training session. Parent & Toddler
class is in session.
“Take a Night Off Cooking” at Rubios
Kindergarten This month's "Take a Night Off from Cooking" will
take place on Thursday, November 17. We
If you are applying to private kindergarten,
encourage you to enjoy fish tacos or other fresh
please be sure to get student evaluations and
fare at Rubios, located at 12007 Wilshire Blvd. in
your list of schools to Linda B. as soon as possible.
West LA. Rubios will donate 20% from sales that
are accompanied by the attached flyer to WUMP.
Chancy and Bruce As an added convenience this month, if you place
For those families who participated in the your order and deliver payment (with tax and tip,
assessment, Chancy & Bruce offers a very please) to the preschool office by 6pm on
informative workshop for the parents on November 14, we will have your order delivered
November 9th, at 6:30 PM. They will discuss the to WUMP by 5:30pm on November 17. A
overall assessment, what it means for your child, printable menu, with prices, is attached for your
and the latest and greatest research in reference. Please keep an eye out for details on
developmental growth in children. DON’T miss payment and more!
it! We are sorry, but there is no childcare
available. Daylight Saving
Don’t forget that at 2 a.m. on November 6, 2011,
CPK’s “Take a Night Off Cooking” groggy Americans will turn their clocks back one
Thank you to all who participated in the hour, marking the end of day light saving. Have your
fundraising dinner at CPK last month! We send children participate in changing your clocks at home
out a special thanks to the family who supplied and in the car. Although you may want to do it the
lunch for the teachers and to those who dined at night before you go to bed ☺. If your child stays at
CPK multiple times in one day. We appreciate school past 4:30 PM, it will be getting even darker
those you passing the flyers around to family, when you pick up. Please talk about this with your
friends, neighbors and co-workers. Keep up the children at home. When a child is prepared, it is less
great work! For those of you who missed the frightening and easier to understand why Mom or
opportunity, there's always this month. ☺ Thank Dad hasn’t arrived yet when “it’s already dark
you for your anticipated participation and your outside!” We will also be discussing this in our
assistance in getting the word out! group times at school.
WUMC Blood Drive Research Studies
Westwood UMC is Holding a Blood Drive Often WUMP is contacted by UCLA or other
Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. universities to participate in research studies.
Westwood UMC, in conjunction with Cedars-Sinai Periodically, you will receive information by
Medical Center Blood Services, is having a blood email and/or in your parent pouch regarding
drive. The blood mobile bus will be in the turn-
these studies. Parents will need to give
around area between the Sanctuary and Belmont
permission for children to be observed or to
Village. To sign-up, please contact the church
office at (310) 474-4511 or via email at play games or participate in these activities.
email@example.com. This event is open to We make sure a WUMP staff member is
all—friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, present whenever the children participate.
etc...we need EVERYONE’S help for this important
cause PLUS it's a “Pint for a Pint” - all donors will
receive a voucher for a free pint of Baskin
Robbins ice cream! Yum!
For information on donating and guidelines,
please go to the A huge thank you to our wonderful
www.cedars- Fix-it Committee members:
sinai.edu/blood. Frank Krieger (Michael’s dad) for
taking care of the many things our
school has needed done
John Goetchius (Beatrice’s dad) for
building our wonderful new
environment table for the yard!
11/4 John David (Pre-K) Happy
Teacher Sharen (Blue)
To Teacher Ann who has been at
11/12 Auden (Yellow) WUMP for 15 years!
11/13 Layla (Pre-K)
11/14 Sienna (Yellow)
11/23 Amanda (Pre-K)
11/23 Teacher Halina (Music)
11/28 Alina (Yellow) Congratulations to Rayah on her
new baby brother Johann Felix
who was born on October 5th!
HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS
Last year, WUMP adopted a new pre-writing/writing program.
Handwriting without Tears is an organized MULTI-SENSORY APPROACH to teaching children pre-
writing and writing skills in an easy and fun way. Children experience the joy of making their
letters in a variety of mediums including wood sticks, clay, chalk and a magnetic boards before
they even put a pencil to a piece of paper. Each letter is broken into simple strokes that are
labeled with a standard vocabulary. They learn to start their letters at the top of each page using
consistent visual cues and progress through the alphabet in a developmental order starting with
the easiest letters and progressing to those that are more difficult.
Using some of the HWT principles at home will improve overall handwriting progress and eliminate
incorrect letter formation and reversals from the beginning.
• Use consistent vocabulary (Big line, Little Line, Big Curve, Little Curve)
• Start all letters at the top of the paper/work area. Begin with letters that start in the left
corner and then move to those that start in the middle.
• Create letters throughout your environment. Draw letters with your finger in the air, sand
or shaving cream in the bath. Make letters out of yarn, clay, blocks, or legos.
For those kids not ready for actual letter formation, practice making lines and curves. Again use a
variety of mediums to teach these skills.
Have fun with your kids and follow their lead. Don’t push to create the letters on paper and find
some method that your child enjoys! Remember this is a developmental process and childhood is
journey …not a race. Good luck and let us know if you have any questions.
Greetings! The Blue Room would first like to announce that our friend Rayah became a big sister on Oct 5th,
2011. Rayah is a big sister to her new little brother Johann. Congratulations to you and your family. During
the Month of October we worked on two themes and one sub-theme. The first two weeks we learned
about dinosaurs. We enjoyed searching for dinosaur bones, making dinosaur eggs, creating our very own
fossils, creating and exploring a dinosaur habitation and we even made our very own Dino Salad. We also
read many books surrounding this theme to help us better understand when and how dinosaurs lived. The
last two weeks of October we began learning about the season “fall” and also Halloween. We learned
about what time of the year leaves change color and why it happens. Many of our children enjoyed
exploring different types of leaves and their different textures. Many other activities that we enjoyed doing
were painting with apples, measuring how much yarn it would take to fit around our classroom pumpkin,
playing a pumpkin number matching game and also making a Halloween collage. On Halloween we
celebrated this day with a party and some fun trick-or treating.
Next month we will continue our theme “It’s Fall Time” through the month of November. We look forward
to having another great month. Tiffany and Sharen
There is a lot of orange paper and paint being used in schools around the country in October. The Red
Room is no exception; orange was the prevailing color. We hope that we were able to use it in a way that is
enriching and creative. We finger painted with yellow and red to discover where orange comes from. We
looked carefully at some fall leaves and found some darker and lighter shades. The leaves got cut up and
glued to create little tree collages. The children traced their names on Halloween trick or treat bags using
sparkly orange paint. We tried not to fall into the commercialism of Halloween and instead used it to learn
new concepts and skills. Several generous parents provided us with fun things to help us enjoy the holiday.
Thank you to Ella’s mommy, Allison, for bringing us all those little pumpkins, which we decorated with
glitter. Rhys’ mom, Meredith, got us two nice pumpkins which we hammered golf tees into. Kimia’s mom,
Sam, prepared a healthy pumpkin cream cheese dip for vegetables and Christian and Luke’s moms made
some yummy sweets for our little Halloween party. Thank you one and all. There will be other holidays
when the rest of you will have a chance to help out if you wish.
Since November and December are typically months when kids get to see their extended families, we
thought we’d start the month of November by focusing on the concept of a family. We’ll talk about how
each one of us is born into a family, how families are different in size and configuration, how family
members love and care for each other, how families often get together to celebrate holidays, etc. This will
be a good time to learn that there are many ethnicities represented in our school and how different
families celebrate in different ways. If you have a fall or winter holiday that you celebrate and wish to share
some of your traditions with the class, please let us know, we’ll be delighted to learn about it.
Rachel and Adriana
By reading the weekly Yellow room Highlights we put in your mail pouch every Monday, you already know
what activities we had with the children. We thought you might like to know some other things, such as how
the teachers help the children resolve conflicts. Most of the time, our children play peacefully, but conflicts
may arise when disputing over space, materials or social disagreements about how to play or which
playmates to include. The teachers are using these six problem-solving steps to help our children resolve
1. Approach calmly. Gently reach out to the children who are upset or angry. Use a calm voice to
communicate a positive and neutral attitude. If the conflict involves a toy or material, we let the
children know we need to hold the object. This will neutralize the object, helping the children to
think about the problem rather than the object.
2. Acknowledge feelings. We say, “You seem angry/sad/upset.” This will ultimately help the children
“let go” of the feelings so that they can think clearly about solutions.
3. Gather information. We ask each of the children to describe the details of the actions or materials
that are part of the problem.
4. Restate the problem, clarifying any issues by asking for more details and reframing any hurtful
language. For example, “You can’t play because I don’t like you” can be reframed, “you are very
angry and you want to play alone?”
5. Ask for ideas for solutions and choose one together if they can’t agree on a one, we ask them if they
would like to hear our idea.
6. Give follow-up support as needed. We say, “You solved the problem!” to recognize their
accomplishment. Sometimes, some children need help in implementing the solution so we stay
near to offer support.
After using this conflict resolution process in the class, we have noticed that the children are making progress
in expressing needs and strong feelings, hearing and respecting others’ points of view and understanding
how to make constructive choices. Charlene and Georgina
Hi Everyone! The month of October was a very busy one for us. We enjoyed all of the decorations we
made for Halloween. We read books about Halloween and talked a lot about being safe when we go out
trick or treating.
The Harvest Festival at school was so much fun and we loved decorating our pumpkin head! We enjoyed
putting the arms and legs on our pumpkin. Our yard sale pumpkin was very successful.
As a class we are very much loved at Belmont Village Senior Living. The seniors have huge smiles on their
faces when we come in for a visit. They told us how much they enjoyed the cookies and all the Halloween
decorations. How amazing it is to make someone’s life so much better by just visiting them monthly.
Thanks kids! You are the best!
November will see our room change in color and decorations. We will talk about the cold seasons to come.
November will find our class talking about Thanksgiving and what we can do to make someone’s life better
or happier. Linda and Seseh
The children in the Pre-K class are starting to form friendships and learning that there is some give and take
needed to live in harmony. Negotiating and problem solving in a social situation are skills that hopefully will
serve them well as they grow older.
October was a very interesting month in the Pre-K! We welcomed the beginning of autumn with several
activities involving leaves: collecting, sorting, examining, classifying, graphing, painting and making leaf
rubbings. We talked about “deciduous trees” and “chlorophyll” and how the trees “know” when to shed
Halloween was also fun! It was a month of witches, pumpkins, cats, bats, goblins and lots and lots of ghosts.
Our class hosted all sorts of scary, spooky (but sweet) ghosts on Halloween day. We went trick-or-treating
around the school where the children saw their friends and others transformed into someone else. We
talked quite a bit with the children about what’s pretend and what’s real and about how we get all dressed
up at Halloween time but we are still ourselves underneath.
In November we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. As an annual event in Pre-K, we will remember those
children and their families who need food. The Pre-K children will decorate a big box and children will bring
in canned or boxed goods for our church to give to families in need. Please keep an eye out for more
information from the office. Please also remember that with the cooler weather clearly labeled jackets will
be needed. Denise, Nagwa and Ann
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form and Calendar
Please indicate if you will be attending on the following days, should your plans change we would
appreciate if you could inform us ASAP. For your convenience, you can also email this information
to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CHILD’S NAME _____________________________________ CLASS____________________
Mon. Nov 21 Tues. Nov 22 Wed. Nov 23 Thurs. Nov 24 Fri. Nov 25
Yes, we will Yes, we will Yes, we will
attend attend attend Closed Closed
No, we will not No, we will not No, we will not
attend attend attend
Mon. Dec 19 Tues. Dec 20 Wed. Dec 21 Thurs. Dec 22 Fri. Dec 23
Yes, we will Yes, we will Yes, we will Yes, we will
attend attend attend attend
No, we will not No, we will not
No, we will not No, we will not
attend attend attend attend
Mon. Dec 26 Tues. Dec 27 Wed. Dec 28 Thurs. Dec 29 Fri. Dec 30
Yes, we will Yes, we will Yes, we will
attend attend attend
Closed No, we will not
No, we will not No, we will not
attend attend attend
Other days away: _____________________________________________________________
PLEASE TURN THIS FORM IN TO THE OFFICE by Friday, November 18th
T H A N K Y O U! T H A N K Y O U! T H A N K Y O U!
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 2 3 4
Science with Denise
Turn your clocks back
Music with Halina
WUMC Blood Drive this weekend
7 8 9 10 11
6:30 PM Closed for
Chancy & Bruce Music with Halina In-service Day
14 15 16 17 18
WUMP Day Turn in your
at the Music with Halina
Science with Denise Holiday Plans
Santa Monica Pier Take a Night off from Form (included in this
Aquarium Sunday, Cooking- Order from newsletter)
November 13th Rubio’s today
21 22 23 24 25
Closed for Closed for
Thanksgiving Holiday Thanksgiving Holiday
Preschool & Parent & Toddler Preschool & Parent & Toddler
28 29 30
Science with Denise
Coming up: Westwood United Methodist Church & Preschool Christmas concert “Carols by Candlelight” Dec 10th at 7 pm
Closed Dec. 23rd & 26th for Christmas holiday
Closed Dec. 30th & Jan 2nd for New Year’s holiday
Thanksgiving Food Drive all month long