Burlington Little School
Volume 1, Issue 5
March 24, 2010
ISSUE: Have you ever walked into your child’s preschool classroom and felt like all your hard earned money
is going so your child can just play all day? Well in essence, it is!
Outdoor classroom 2
Works in progress 3 Why do children play in preschool? Children learn through playing. Research has told us that
while it may appear that children are playing for fun, it is actually a much more important part of a
Housekeeping info 4 child's developmental process. Playing is a very natural way for children to learn because it uses all
of their senses. Playtime is also a cognitive learning exercise where children practice taking in
information and organizing it to solve problems and understand their environment.
What type of play does my child engage in? Children engage in different types of play
depending upon circumstances and particular needs. Types of play include:
Solitary—children playing alone and independently, following their own interests without
concern for what others are doing
Onlooker—children who watch other children playing, ask questions and make suggestions,
but do not enter into the play.
Parallel—children playing the same activity or with similar materials beside each other, but
not talking or interacting with one another.
Associative—children playing with each other, sharing similar materials and activities in an
As children become more experienced and gain more understanding of the world around them, their
play changes. Our job in the preschool environment is to provide children with intentionally planned
environments, based upon what is developmentally appropriate, as well as individual child goals and
interests. This is why the parent/teacher partnership is so critical. In working together, we are
assured that we have the information we need about your child in order to provide the best possible
environment to facilitate learning.
Outdoor Classroom Progress
In a recent survey, BLS parents overwhelmingly cited the large outdoor learning area at
Burlington Little School as one of the key reasons why they have chose BLS for their child's
early childhood learning environment! The Outdoor Classroom continues to make progress
because volunteers continue to dedicate their Saturdays and other spare time and energy to
this popular project! Two recycled cedar storage boxes were built by the Burlington High
School woodworking class and will be installed near the 'Sand Area' and 'Digging Area'; the
other one will be installed near the Organic Veggie Garden. Scott Mangold donated recycled
wood to build a handsome lid on the large bin near the patio to create additional covered
storage in the Big Yard. Gat Kuchling will be installing all of our innovative chimes in the Big
Yard. The red fire extinguisher chime is beneath the walnut tree, on the fence in the 'Gathering
Area' near the front gate. A unique aluminum pipe chime will be installed near the digging
areas (both created by Cory Gaines-Ashley: K; pipe donated by Skagit Steel and Recycling).
The third chime, a scuba tank created by the Mt Vernon FFA, will be installed near the
'Wheeled Toys Area'. Fruit trees, blueberries, and ornamental plants were donated by
Mailliards Landing Nursery and Lowell Garden Design; they were installed throughout the
campus. Lots of seeds for the Organic Veggie Garden were donated by Ekrem Do It Center;
teachers and kids will soon be growing starts in their rooms as we wait for the frosty mornings
to pass. Donated starts of cherry tomatoes, peppers, kale, potato and onion seeds would be
welcome. Our goal is to make it to the Farmers Market with our food as well as to provide
healthy ingredients for BLS snack time and cooking projects for the school, Explorers Club and
the camps this season. Donations of chain link fence, plastic 5 gallon buckets and large
bamboo poles would be appreciated to create growing structures for our food. Finally, in an
ongoing effort to build the concrete pathway for improved handicap access, we are working
with Skagit Ready-Mix. We are brainstorming on fun ideas to engage the BLS community and
raise money for important elements of the design such as this. We are thinking about offering a
cooking class that would include the food from our Organic Veggie Garden. We are looking for
W of the an appropriate venue as well a source for local, fresh salmon or other seafood. If you are
month at BLS. reading this and have any suggestions in any of these areas, please contact Sarah Bishop or
Scott Mangold through BLS.A warm 'Thank You' to those who decided that they wanted to
spend a rare beautiful spring Saturday building, planting and weeding for a few hours. Troy
Armijo- (Lucy: 3 day), Jennifer Bohannon & Chris Ringo- (Elena: 5 day), Liz & Gat Kuchling-
(Kiri: 3 day), Scott Mangold- (Nell: 2 day), Andy Porter- (Max: K), Marketa Vorel- (Ellie: 3 day).
I find it to be a great way to get to know fellow BLS parents in a relaxed, yet productive
environment. Thanks to Liz Kuchling, who fed us all and watched the kids--they had more fun
outside playing games and painting; I don't know about the other kiddo's but my little Sage was
exhausted by the end of the day! I gotta say, also, our potluck lunches are getting pretty
swanky: grilled lamb, squash curry soup, homemade corn muffins, Breadfarm bread and
homemade strawberry pie, were a few of the highlights served that warm spring day! We also
had a fabulous lunchtime performance by Ellie Vorel, Kiri Kuchling, Elena Ringo and Sage
Mailhiot on the deck, I mean stage!
Mark your Calendars for the next work party: May 22, 2010 9am -2pm-
Thank you for your support! I hope to hear from you if you have input on
what we are doing and any donations!
Sarah L. Bishop
Parent News page 4
PPC behind the scenes...
March has been a quiet month for PPC as we did not meet due to scheduling conflict s and the
need to balance our family lives with parent hours at BLS. Many PPC members were involved
in planning and running the auction (thank you to everyone for Growing with Nature's
success) and taking a break was necessary. However, this is not to say that nothing has been
going on for BLS and we plan to meet in April.
Tiffany Trusty-Fox, assistant teacher in the Magic Moonlight (5 Day) classroom, has
been squeezing in time to add pictures, links, updates, and more to our website.
Please see www.burlingtonlittleschool.com for class information, events, and
updates. Thanks also to Liz Kuchling. A parent contact form is there for you to
comment on current happenings, ask questions, etc. Tiffany is also working on a
parent blog section, recipes, tips, etc. and welcomes your input. Please use the
contact form or email Tiffany at email@example.com. Thank you
Is everyone a fan of BLS on Facebook yet? Maura Marlin, our Kindergarten/1st
teacher is facilitating our Facebook page a nd she and Tiffany have been using this
social networking tool to the fullest. Check out our page to see video clips of BLS
kids in action, the Kiki Mimi play, and many wonderful photos. Thank you Maura!
Art in the Community is an on going and traditional BLS project. Thank you Yoko
Kumar for working on this marketing and outreach project nearly solo for the last
three years. Please keep your eyes open out and about in Skagit County for BLS
art. I'll post a list by the bulletin board by the office. WE NEED HELP WITH THIS
PLEASE!! Yoko will not be able to continue after this year and would love to find at
least three people to carry on her good work. What a fun way to earn all your hours
Who doesn't love a good rummage sale? We've been brainstor ming a possible
rummage sale/clothing exchange this spring. Want to help? Great way to complete
some parent hours and have fun at the same time. Tobie Fehr and Patti Hamrick Next PPC
are looking for volunteers.
Teacher Appreciation Days are on the calendar. May 3 rd and 6th. Tania Kahlor has
agreed to lead this event. Look for announcements and planning information soon. April. See
The BLS flower pots were delivered to Country Meadows along with a fantastic postings next to
performance by the K/1 class. Kiki Mimi was a hit. You can also see p ots at sign in sheet
Common Ground and at the Burlington Chamber of Commerce office on Cherry
Street. Thank you to Christine Royers and How it Works for printing the banners.
Thank you to Lale, Sarah, Kim, and Becky Roth for continuing our recycling efforts!
I know I've missed something or someone, my apologies. Hey, please contact me and let me know! To
everyone, thanks for your effort it benefits all our kids. See contact information at the end of the newsletter
to reach me or Terri to volunteer for projects or ask questions. On behalf of PPC, Stacy Olver
Board of Director's Note
Meetings 2nd Monday of Thanks to all for Minutes posted in
the month. completing the recent notebook labeled Board of
survey sent via email. if Directors located on
Burlington Public Library. you did not fill out a bookshelves next to office.
6:45 PM survey and would like to
provide your input to the The board is working on a
All are welcome. board, please see Terri in strategic 5 year plan.
the front office.
Spring Break and Housekeeping
BU R L I NG T O N
L I T T L E S CH O O L Remember that next week Please welcome Julie Bell to SEE LOST & FOUND! Items are
207 Gardner Road is spring break. Class BLS. She is the new assistant already piling up after last weeks
resumes on Monday April teacher working with Jennifer delivery to Good will. Please
Burlington, WA 98233 5. Thramer in the Milky Way label children's clothing and look
Classroom. in the basket and on the rack
Phone: next to the front door.
Jodi Carlson is joining Terri in Unclaimed items will be donated
(360)757-8257 the office weekdays from 9-12. to charity at the end of each
Terri will be able to delegate month. Thank you!
many office duties in order to go
We’re on the Web! out into the community to
support BLS and be on hand at
See us at: BLS for our teachers.
Find us on Facebook!
This is a work in progress. Contact information
If you have ideas for this
newsletter or you catch a Terri:
mistake, please contact tdickson@burlingtonlittles
Sarah Bishop: 319-0174
firstname.lastname@example.org For PPC projects:
messages via BLS phone