Village Preschool Center Safety Tips Those of you who have been with us a few Newsletter years have read these before. They bear November 2007 repeating, especially since adults do not listen so much better than children. For new VPC parents, they may save a life. A day to remember: Trip to the Pumpkin Farm 1. Don’t carry children on your shoulders. Shortly after reading this warning in a newsletter, one of our fathers blithely ignored it at his We’re sure that anyone who came with us to own –or rather his son’s - peril, and fell down on the 14th St Green Meadows Farm has a fond memory of sidewalk with the boy on his shoulders. No one was hurt, but it was that school outing. It would be hard to imagine sheer dumb luck, with the accent on dumb. The dad urged us to a more perfect day to visit with the animals repeat our admonition in our next newsletter. Since then we have and choose a pumpkin than this Columbus gather other examples with more serious consequences, none involving VPC families, fortunately. At the Bronx Zoo, a father Day. The weather was ideal, the farm was dropped his child from his shoulders. The result was a concussion, practically empty, the waiting, minimal, and and a lovely family day became a nightmare. We have learned from the traffic, non-existent. a current parent about another child who wound up in a body cast after falling off the dad’s shoulders. Sure, children love being A note from Nancy: Fundraising carried on a parent’s shoulders. They would also love to play with matches and handle a real gun. Adults have to say no. PS: This is Why Fundraise? not a fathers’ only problem. We see plenty of moms carrying As an alum parent of VPC, former PTA treasurer at PS 41 and your children on their shoulders. current Office Manager, I have had many years of experience with 2. Don’t swing or lift children by their arms. Again, kids love it. fundraising, and would like to share some of my thoughts with you. Again, adults have to say no, because children’s shoulders dislocate - Nancy. very easily. Hold kids under the arms to swing or lift them. 3. Dispose of dry cleaner bags immediately by getting them out of the house and into the trash. Don’t leave clothing in cleaner bags As with all private schools in NY, tuition only covers our basic hanging in the closet. Children have used cleaner bags as tents and operating expenses. We rely on fundraising for all of the extras: growth suffocated. in our programs through staff development, facility enhancements, 4. Cut Venetian blind cords. Several Christmas Eves ago, the cousin financial aid and the creation of a reserve fund. Fundraising enables of four VPC children stood on a toy chest to look for Santa, fell, and VPC to be forward- thinking in providing your children the most got caught in a Venetian blind cord. Although her mother is a nurse, nurturing and stimulating environment. she was unable to revive her daughter. Older Venetian blind cords In the past few years, our fundraising efforts have been focused on our are nooses. Take a knife or scissors and cut them immediately. building fund. While we would dearly love to pay down some of the school’s debt, the main thrust of this year’s fundraisers will be Have a safe and happy Fall Season! scholarships for some of our current families. Each year a few parents lose their jobs or experience business setbacks. We want to make sure that we have funds available that will allow them to keep their children Dylan and Presley Folbaum’s mom Kelcey is the in the VPC without compromising our services to our other families. creator-author of a very entertaining blog at mamabirddiaries.com. She shares her funny and VPC Fundraisers unpredictable take on motherhood with other Over the course of the school year, we ask families to participate in our parental cybernauts. Kelsey is helping the school various fundraising activities. We kicked off with the very successful find green alternatives for products we have been gift-wrap fundraiser and will soon be contacting you regarding class using; she urged Innisbrook to use recycled paper photo sales. Our largest fundraiser will occur in early spring. This is an for their gift wrap, and found them very receptive. evening event with music, cocktails and a live auction. In addition, this One idea for the holidays that will raise the children’s awareness: year we will also be having an online silent auction. instead of trashing wrapping paper, reuse it for collage. We’ll gladly recycle what you don’t need. How Can Families Help? Marco’s dad Paolo Mastropietro has, with his partners, opened a By offering a variety of fundraisers, we hope to provide an opportunity beautiful new restaurant, Irving Mill, 116 E. 16 St., featuring dishes for families to participate on a level that they feel comfortable with. We splendidly prepared by former Gramercy Tavern chef John Schaefer. welcome any person willing to volunteer their time, if only for a few The space is lovely, and the wine list is to die for. hours. Also, you may have a special skill you can contribute, or a On the ERBs and other tests, New York City children score higher in business or personal connection that could lead to a lucrative donation. verbal skills than in spatial relations. This is curious, because they live Very often, many of our parents’ input and ideas have proven to be very on a grid above 14th St, and in a labyrinth below 14th. Aidan Sechy and profitable. Please share your thoughts and resources with us. If your his dad David play a great game that can only improve a child’s sense time is limited, please feel free to make a cash of space and directionality. They enjoy doing elaborate Lego projects donation. All donations make a strong together. David builds one side of a structure, and Aidan studies it and statement that our families are as committed builds the mirror image other half to complete the project. to VPC as VPC is committed to all of its families. Halloween Celebrations The Innisbrook Fundraiser We were happy that many parents were able to attend The results from the Innisbrook wrapping paper fundraiser were good. our wonderful Halloween celebration. Specialty We raised approximately $5,700 a bit shy of our goal of $10,000. Thank teacher Penny, a renowned puppeteer, story teller and you to all of you who shopped and those of you who did not have time a specialty art teacher, presented her traditional to shop but still made a contribution. You can continue to shop online Halloween show, The Litterbug Witch, to howls of year round at www.innisbrook.com, where we will continue to receive laughter from the children. The kids were in a festive mood. For once, 50% of the proceeds. Our school number is 107722. they kept their costumes on all day. They also danced like crazy and feasted with gusto. The PM programs played special Halloween games and partied. The Parents News upper AM programs visited the HSBC bank, where they sang for our We continue to be amazed at the many and fascinating activities VPC bankers, trick-or-treated, and visited the vault. Thanks to all our parents are involved in, and their wonderful ideas for working with their families who gave us treats and decorations for the festivities. children. Here are some that came to our attention recently.