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					                           Children’s School
                       Looking at the Next School Year
                           Family Newsletter               January 2008


                       2008 / 2009 School Year
Inside this Issue:     Information are Currently Enrolled:
                       Children who
• Winter Safety Tips
                       It is now time to look ahead to the 2008/09 school year. Letters to
                       reserve your child’s place in the Four Year Old and Kindergarten
• Art Corner           Programs will be mailed the last week of January. At that time, you will
                       be asked to submit a $200, non-refundable deposit to reserve a place for
• Looking Ahead at
2008/2009
                       your child for the 2008/09 school year. Deposits for currently enrolled
                       children entering our Four Year Old and Kindergarten Programs are due
• Director’s Corner    February 22, 2008.
• First Aid Fact –
Poisoning
                       Special Note:
                       Our kindergarten class is limited to twenty-four children (we currently
• Spring Calendar      have 33 children in our four year old classes). After the first twenty-four
Update                 deposits are received, the remaining deposits will be put on a waiting list.

•Undergrads in our     If Children's School parents have a sibling to be enrolled in September
School                 2008, or in the future, please make sure you have an application on file
                       with Mrs. Simpson.


                       Observations Days:
                       There are two observation days for our preschool program and one
                       observation day for our kindergarten program. The Preschool
                       observations are primarily designed for families new to our school,
                       although anyone is invited to attend. Parents will be able to talk to Dr.
                       Carver about our program and observe in the classrooms.
“Time may be
money, but the                                Preschool Observations:
best thing parents                         Monday, January 14 at 12:45 PM
can spend on their                                       or
children is not                            Thursday, January 24 at 9:00 AM
money, but time.”
       -Anonymous
                                              Kindergarten Observation:
                                                 Tuesday, January 22
                                                   8:00 - 10:00 AM

                       Please call Mrs. Smith at (412) 268-2199 to reserve a space in either the
                       preschool observation or the kindergarten observation. Both of these
                       events are for parents only.

     A NAEYC
 Accredited School
                                                                        Children's School
Winter Safety Tips
Stay Safe in Your Winter Wonderland!
For children, winter is not the end of outdoor fun. From sledding to
skiing, snowmobiling to ice skating, children find lots to do when
the snow starts to fall. Unfortunately, winter activities can also
lead to tragedy. When properly prepared, children can enjoy safe
and fun outdoor activities. "The inviting snow draws children to
ice-covered lakes and ski slopes each winter, regardless of the
frigid temperatures and the risks," says Heather Paul, Ph.D.,
executive director of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. "Parents
should watch their children closely, limit their outdoor playtime and
make sure that they are dressed appropriately for the weather."
Here are few other winter tips to keep in mind:
      Parents and caregivers should inspect equipment and the environment for possible
       hazards before children engage in winter activities such as sledding, ice skating and
       skiing.
      Be aware that the increased use of hot tubs and whirlpools, as well as the danger of
       hidden bodies of water or weak ice, make winter drowning a risk.
      If a child complains of numbness or pain in the fingers, toes, nose, cheeks or ears
       while playing in the snow, or if the skin is blistered, hard to the touch or glossy, be
       alerted to the possibility of frostbite. Tell the child to wiggle the affected body part(s)
       to increase blood supply to that area. Warm the frozen part(s) against the body.
       Immerse frozen part(s) in warm, not hot, water. Frozen tissue is fragile and can be
       damaged easily. Avoid warming with high heat from radiators, fireplaces or stoves,
       and avoid rubbing or breaking blisters.
      Slippery driveways and sidewalks can be particularly hazardous in the winter. Keep
       them well shoveled, and apply materials such as rock salt or sand to improve
       traction.
      Make sure children wear appropriate boots and brightly colored (not white) clothing
       while walking and playing in snowy conditions. Use reflective stickers on clothing for
       maximum protection, especially at dawn and dusk.

During the winter months, please send labeled hats and mittens to school every day. We
take our children outside daily, except in the most extreme weather conditions. If your child
is not well enough to participate in outdoor play, please keep him/her at home. On snowy
days, please also send labeled snow pants and boots. Children who do not have
appropriate snow clothes will be restricted to playing on the sidewalk when there is snow
on the play surfaces. Feel free to provide a set of outdoor clothes to be kept in your child’s
locker.
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Children's School

 January Screenings
 On January 15, 16, & 17 Pamela Siegfied will be here to conduct a speech, language,
 hearing and middle ear screening program. Pam is a licensed speech-language
 pathologist with the Easter Seals Communication Department. This service helps to
 identify communication and/or hearing problems early and will recommend courses of
 treatment. Written results will be given to all parents.

 If you would like your child to be screened, please send $15 (cash only) along with the
 completed form to school. We request that you refer to the screening as a “talking and
 listening” game with your child.

 At the end of January, the Pittsburgh Vision Services will be here to conduct the free
 vision screening. Permission forms for this service will be sent home soon.

 Both programs are great services for our children. When detected early, issues involving
 speech, language, hearing and vision can be corrected before becoming a serious
 problem. I highly recommend that your child participates in both programs.
                                                                           Mrs. Simpson

Undergraduates for Spring Semester 2008
Observations for Psychology Assignments
Students from the Child Development Class (taught by Dr. Carver) will be doing periodic
observations in the Children's School this spring. Dr. Carver’s students will be choosing
one of a specified set of observation topics (e.g., differences between preschoolers and
kindergartners in body stature, fine motor skills, playground activity, social interaction,
etc.).

Research Methods Class Studies
The Research Methods classes will each conduct one lab to explore young children’s
thinking. At the end of the semester, the research methods students will conduct a study
of their own design, which will be approved both by their teacher and by Dr. Carver.
Parents will be informed of these studies via the study descriptions sent home.

Child Development Interns
We are pleased to have 7 undergraduates from Dr. Carver’s Child Development
Practicum. We welcome Chris Bogie (AM 4’s), Lauren Burakowski (AM 3’s), Emily
Giacomarra (Kindergarten), Amy Johnson (AM 3’s), Alanna Schwartz (Extended AM),
Fiori Vollrath-Smith (Kindergarten), and Shayna Watson (AM 4’s).


We also welcome back the following CMU students who help us in the school: Kristie
Bennett, Emily Lambert, Amelia Nichols, Lindsay Chromik, Peri Ulema, Jessica
Jankowitsch, Kady Liang and Laura Pritchard.
                                                                                 Children's School

The Art Corner
Weekend Factory
The Weekend Factory was modeled after Andy Warhol’s New York studio, the Silver
Factory. It is an open studio where museum visitors can create art while exploring
Andy Warhol's art-making techniques. Each weekend they offer two or three guided
small projects appropriate for all age groups. Take home what you make! Projects
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change with each new exhibition. The studio is free of charge with museum
admission. The Weekend Factory is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00
PM.

The Andy Warhol Museum, located on the North Shore at Sandusky and General
Robinson Streets, is just across the Andy Warhol Bridge.


                                       January Web Artists
                                       Garrett G., Ashaank A., Joshua M., Jane L., Faith N., Janvier L.,
                                       Kyle B., Julia S., Oscar L., Ria M., and Neely N.


 Thanks to our Winter Break College Student Assistants!!
 We appreciate the help that we have and will receive from the three college students
 who are serving as classroom assistants during the break between CMU semesters.
 Rachel Perovich, a sophmore at Carnegie Mellon University, and Darrah Brid, a
 sophmore at Community College, have been working with the 3’s while Ariel Carver, a
 sophmore at Wilson College, has been working with the 4’s. All three young women are
 daughters of Children’s School staff members; Ariel and Darrah also attended our
 school.
 Please join us in offering best wishes to all of these students as they return to their
 respective colleges.


Safety Corner

 Many household products contain harmful chemicals. If you suspect your child has
 ingested a poisonous substance, call the Pittsburgh Poison Center. It is available 24
 hours a day at 1-800-222-1222 or 412-681-6669. For a free sheet of Mr. Yuk™ stickers,
 or for other poison prevention education materials, go to www.chp.edu/mryuk.
 Syrup of ipecac (a substance that can cause vomiting) was once recommended to
 reduce drug absorption after ingesting a poison. It is now known that it can be more
 harmful than it is helpful. Please check with the poison control center before giving your
 child syrup of ipecac.
Children's School

Flu Season Is Here
It’s the time of the year when our resistance to germs is low and we tend to get colds
and the flu. We hope that 2008 will be a healthy year for all our families! Just in case,
please remember to keep your child at home if he/she shows any of the following
symptoms:

   •Oral temperature above 99 degrees within the past 24 hours
   •Uncontrolled diarrhea
   •Rash, bump or other out-of-the-ordinary skin conditions
   •Flushed face, "watery" or "glossy" eyes
   •Excessive running nose
   •Deep or dry cough
   •Continuous sneezing
   •Sore throat
   •Vomiting within the past 24 hours
   •Unusual irritability, listlessness, fatigue

When your child will not be in school, please call the school at (412) 268-2199
between 8:00 and 8:30 AM. Please let the main office know if your child has
contracted a contagious condition or disease so that we can notify other families and
staff members who might be affected.

In most cases in which medication is required, physicians recommend that the child be
on medication for a full 24 hours before returning to school. In addition, please keep
your child home until the child is well enough to participate fully in both indoor and
outdoor activities because we do not have staff members available to supervise
children indoors while the rest of the class is outdoors. If medication needs to be given
while the child is at school, please bring the medication in its original labeled container
with written directions from the doctor to the office and complete a medication
authorization form. Do not send medication in the child’s lunchbox or backpack.

Children who become sick at school are removed from the group and cared for until
parents can be contacted to come for the child.



Is it a cold or the flu?
Did you know that cold symptoms develop over a few days, while flu symptoms
develop suddenly? Included with this newsletter is a sheet on the symptoms of colds
and the flu.
                                                                  Children's School
                     Director’s Corner
                     Happy New Year to our Children’s School family and friends!

                     As we prepare for our whole school exploration of Art and Artists,
                     I have been reflecting on what counts as art. The Encarta® World
                     English Dictionary on my computer offers the following definitions
                     at the top of their list.

art (n)
1. the creation of beautiful or thought-provoking works, for example, in painting,
      music, or writing
2. beautiful or thought-provoking works produced through creative activity
3. a branch or category of art, especially one of the visual arts
4. the skill and technique involved in producing visual representations

(npl) arts
1. the activities enjoyed for the beauty they create or the way they present ideas, for
      example, painting, music, and literature

Though each of these definitions helps shape the concept of art, each culture, each
generation, and each person may view creativity, beauty, thought, and enjoyment
through a unique lens. Sensitivity to such differences develops by focusing dialogue
on descriptions of a piece’s composition or an artist’s technique, rather than using
judgmental terms. Reflecting on an artist’s intentions and feelings, as well as the
feelings and thoughts aroused in the viewer, fosters the important skill of taking
alternate perspectives.

As we consider ways to encourage art appreciation through the upcoming unit, we can
all begin to think about artists, artwork, and their meaning in our lives. We can start by
looking anew at the art in the places where we live and work.


                                  Mrs. Simpson displays this painting by her
                                  maternal grandfather, Raymond Miller, in her
                                  family room. Sharing it with me prompted her to
                                  reflect on her grandfather as a person and an
                                  artist.




                                    One of my favorite pieces of art is the weaving of
                                    the world that hangs in my foyer. I remember
                                    that the cotton was spun and dyed by blind
                                    artisans and the piece woven by a deaf artisan
                                    that I visited in a studio in Malawi, Central Africa.
Children's School

                                                           (Director’s Corner continued)

                               The Children’s School’s main hallway is decorated with a
                               collaborative creation by a former kindergarten class
                               when they were exploring the style of Jackson Pollock
                               and comparing it to that of other artists, such as Claude
                               Monet.

                                 In preparation for the Art & Artists unit, please share your
                                 family’s art favorites with us. If you have access to a
digital camera, please take a photograph of one or two of the pieces in your home or
neighborhood that you especially enjoy. Annotate the picture with your name and a
brief description of its significance to you. We’ll collect these to share with our school
community during the unit. We look forward to being artists together at the Family
Festival on Thursday, February 28th.

May you and your family find new ways to be creative in 2008!


Positive Discipline Pointer

Many families hesitate to offer open-ended art experiences for their children at home
for fear of the mess, such as marker on the wall, paint on the floor, pom poms
everywhere, etc. The key to minimizing these problems is to be well prepared and to
introduce materials gradually and with explicit guidelines for use. Newspaper and
masking tape are the essential supplies for covering tables and floors, cafeteria trays
for keeping materials handy on the table, and clear storage bins for organizing
supplies. Start with simple options, such as a variety of papers, scissors, glue sticks,
and writing implements, such as colored pencils and markers. Clear rules about using
scissors only for paper (i.e., not skin or hair), writing only on paper, working only in a
specific area, etc. can be easily explained and monitored while children are doing
drawings and collages. As they demonstrate their responsibility for following the rules
and storing materials properly, introduce new options such as stickers and rubber
stamps, stapler and hole punch, and varied collage materials such as feathers, yarn,
etc. Children will enjoy making simple books by stapling paper together. Begin the
foray into painting with bingo markers and then progress to small amounts of tempera
paint with a separate brush for each color. They can get interesting effects by painting
with recycled materials such as pine branches, old toothbrushes, or sponges cut into
shapes. Since the children have all used these materials at school, you might begin
discussions of appropriate use by asking about experiences and expectations here and
then reinforce or add your own guidelines. Though we always suggest emphasizing
the creative process rather than the product, children do love to see their work
displayed. Consider adding a bulletin board or a clothesline and clothespins to your art
area. Taking the time to build these structures into the art opportunities you provide at
home will enable both you and the children to feel comfortable to explore the tools and
materials. Have fun!
                                                                   Children's School


Children’s School      Important Dates for 2008!
   Carnegie Mellon
                       January
      University       7 (M)        Children Begin School
       MMC 17          15 –17(T-W) Speech, Language & Hearing Screening
Pittsburgh, PA 15213   29,30 (M, T) Vision Screening

      PHONE:
    412-268-2199
                       February
        FAX:           2 (F)        Parent / Staff Brown Bag 12:00 – 1:30 PM
    412-268-5627                    “Cooking With Children”
                       15 (Th)      Professional Development Day (No School)
                       18 (M)       Presidents’ Day (No School)
                       28 (Th)      Family Festival 4:30 - 6:00 PM
                       29 (F)       Kindergarten Conferences (No School for Kindergarten;
                                    Regular Preschool Schedule)


                       March
                       Spring Vacation: March 10- 14 (M-F)
                       21 (F)      Conference Preparation Day (No School)

                       April
                       Month of the Young Child (NAEYC)
                       4 (F)        Staff/Parent Brown Bag
                       18 (F)       Preschool Conferences / CMU Spring Carnival
                                    (No School for both Preschool and Kindergarten)
                       25 (F)       Preschool Conferences
                                    (No School for Preschoolers; Regular
                                    Kindergarten Schedule)


                       May
                       20 (T)       Last Day of School for All Programs
                       21 (W)       Kindergarten Graduation 9:30 AM
                                    Whole School Celebration Picnic 11AM - 1PM
                       26 (M)       Memorial Day; School/Office closed
                       30 (F)       Last Day for Staff
     Enclosures:
  January Calendar
Language Screen Form
   Flu or Cold Flyer
                       Camp: June 2 (M) – June 27 (F)
                       (look for camp information with the March newsletter)

				
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