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Cause and Effect Foundation ~ Early Intervention Service Newsletter January Issue, 2009
Families & Staff
Welcome back! We trust you en- preventative measures as possible
joyed a wonderful, relaxing time in maintaining your child’s health.
Inside this issue:
with your family and friends Please do not send your child to
throughout the holiday season. school when they present with flu
Welcome & PD Days 1
We are looking forward to the
Music Therapy 2 upcoming months of programming Precautionary measures such as
and growth that will be experienced hand washing, good nutrition and
by your child. Please remember plenty of sleep are recommended.
Transition Meetings & 2
that the coming weeks will be an
Preschool Registration Our next Professional Development
adjustment in re-establishing a
Day will be March 11. We are
Charitable Status 2 routine with your child. We en-
thrilled to present Jan Graham, a
courage you to be patient through
puppeteer. This PD Day will be a Hope you all enjoy this NEW YEAR
this transition time, making sure to
Winter Blahs to Winter 2 combined effort with our Special and all that lies ahead!
use wise, consistent strategies to
Fun... Ed Teachers and Jan’s expertise.
enable a good start back into ther- If you have any questions about
Winter Poems 3 apy. We want you to feel reassured Assessments will be occurring in programming or anything else,
that our therapists and Child March and April and IPP meetings please feel at liberty to contact the
Development Facilitators take this are scheduled for the month of appropriate person. You will find
Puppets, Crafts & Activities 4-9
into account in their planning and May. the Admin & Coordinator contact
expectations. information in this newsletter.
Families that are planning on con-
As a reminder you may want to tinuing with Cause & Effect next We take pleasure in serving you! All
Contact Information review the Snow Day Letter and be year need to make us aware of their the best in 2009!
aware that many flu like illnesses decision as soon as possible.
President: Leslie Carpenter are circulating at this time of year. Cause & Effect Administration
403.652.1503 Therefore take as many
Vice Pres: Bonnie D’Amico
Vice Pres: Cherie Tymstra
Admin. Assistant: Pam Davis Professional Development Days
Family Liaison Coordinators: Our next Professional Develop- Anglican Church, 12707 Bonaven- April 27—Team Building PD
ment Day is March 11th. Parents ture Drive S.E. Please note that it is Day. We are presently re-
Foothills: Tanya Potyondi
403.649.1101 are invited to attend our PD Days mandatory for CDF’s to attend searching Facilitators for this
but we want to remind them that these in-services so they will not be date. More information to
Central South: Tina Dawdy
403.225.0334 no child care is provided. We ask available for your child’s preschool come!
that parents call Leslie’s office to or in home program on the follow-
North West: Dulaine Lough
403.295.7430 let confirm your attendance if you ing days:
are planning on coming. This is
North East: Jo Dee Unger March 11—Puppeteer, Jan Graham
403.589.1596 to ensure that we have adequate
supplies for our sessions. Our & our Special Education Teachers
Hearing Impaired: Connie Balerud are presenting our sessions.
403.652.2693 days are typically from 9 a.m. –
3:30 p.m. at Holy Nativity
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Rick Hertert and Sue Silverm
We’re on the web… RECENT UPDATES an are con-
tinuing the Music Therapy Se
www.causeandeffectfoundation.com ssions with
your children. These music
Leslie’s new email: firstname.lastname@example.org sessions are a
great alternative and SUPPO
RT to the
typical therapy sessions you
Transition Time for Kindergarten r child enjoys weekly.
We’d like to encourage each
family to make them a
Students… priority on the calendar and
not schedule any other
We’d like to remind you that the Special Education Teacher therapy sessions on schedu
on your team will be contacting families who have children led Music Days. Each ses-
going into Kindergarten in September, 2009 to go over the sion is only 45 minutes but
options and provide some tools to assist you in your decision each minute is packed with
enthusiastic fun that you don
’t want to miss. Please
note a CHANGE IN DATE for
Each Special Education Teacher will be hosting a Transition some FEB & MARCH
Meeting in her home for our Kindergarten Families to attend. sessions:
If you have any questions about Kindergarten placement or Get rea Music Therapy Dates
dy for some hand
registration, please talk to your Sp. Ed Teacher.
clapping, feet stomping, North West ~ North East ~ Foothills
Pre-School Registration Begins in good times! January 12 February 9 (Foothills)
Feb 23 (North) March 2 (Foothills)
Just a reminder to families to finalize Preschool Placement
for next fall by Registering your child in Preschool as soon as March 16 (North) April 20 June 8
possible, as many of the schools fill up quickly.
CDF YEAR END
If your child will be 4 years old as of Sept. 1st, we would like
WINDUP ~ June 17th Central South
to request you register him/her in an afternoon preschool January 14 February 25
class to free up available morning positions for our new More information to March 18 April 22 June 10
younger children entering the program.
follow… Hearing Impaired: please attend the North sessions
Turn those Winter Blahs into Winter FUN! EXCITING NEWS!
Preschoolers and young children are always learning.
When they observe, touch, see and smell-they are learn-
ing. It is a never ending part of their young lives.
**The list of places where preschool learning can take
place is endless. Charitable Status
This ‘learning’ fact is a big reason why it is important for
children to experience new things and new environments.
Preschoolers love these outings and field trip activities.
They always are eager to learn from the things around has been given to
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them and learn more about the people who make up the
As parents and teachers there are a variety of places or community they live in.
activities that we can provide for our kids to learn from.
In planning your field trips, please ensure adequate plan-
ning and supervision is given. ENJOY!
Field trips or nature walks create wonderful opportunities
for children and preschoolers to learn new things. Field
trips and nature walks do not have to be a hassle but can
be simple places where children can observe and learn
Upcoming Dates to Mark on Your Calendar:
Feb. 12-13 Calgary Board of Ed Teachers Convention
We are pleased to announce that our
organization is now considered a Chari-
“Children who aren’t challenged become bored. Feb. 16 Family Day STAT holiday
But children who are pushed along too quickly
or who are asked to do things that don’t interest
Feb. 17-20 Foothills School Division
table organization and we can issue tax
them can become frustrated and unhappy.” deductible receipts for any donations
you or your company wish to contribute
Mar 23-27 Calgary Board of Ed. Spring Break
Here is a list of just some possible Field Trip places you can
take your children or students: April 10 Good Friday (STAT) to the work we do in the early
Fire Station April 10-19 Catholic Board in Calgary Easter Break intervention of our children!
To make donations call:
SPCA or Humane Society Foothills School Division Easter Break
Seniors Home or Retirement Home
Since ALL our children are involved in various School Breaks, Lynzie Pilfold at 403.238.6775
each family and CDF need to make arrangements as to what
Zoo days they will be working. Please note that these breaks are
Splash Park (Water Park for kids) not paid holidays.. Only STAT days are. If a child isn’t in
Walk in the Forest (nature walk) school, our expectation is for a in home or field trip program to
Conservation Area be implemented. Please mark your C & E calendars with any
Go to a Children’s Venue (Play or author) days which the child is unavailable or if the CDF is unavailable.
Train Station If CDF’s or families have any questions or concerns in organiz-
Grocery Store ing their schedules, they should contact their coordinator for
Pet store assistance.
Pudgie Little Snowman
A pudgie little snowman
had a carrot nose,
Along came a bunny
and what do you suppose?
That hungry little bunny
Looking for some lunch,
Ate the little snowman's nose
Nibble, Nibble, CRUNCH!
Dance Like Snowflakes
(Sung to Are You Sleeping)
Dance like snowflakes,
dance like snowflakes
In the air, in the air Zippers
Whirling, twirling snowflakes Three little zippers on my snowsuit, (hold up three fingers)
Whirling, twirling snowflakes Fasten up as snug as snug can be.
Here and there, here and there It's a very easy thing as you can see
Just zip, zip, zip! (do three zipping motions)
I work the zippers on my snowsuit.
Frost (Sung to The Farmer In The Dell) Zippers really do save time for me
The frost is on the roof I can fasten them myself with one, two, three.
(point hands over head) Just zip, zip, zip! (do three zipping motions)
The frost is on the ground
(point to the floor) Two Little Snowflakes
The frost is on the window Way up high in the winter sky,
(make a window with your 2 little snowflakes caught my eye.
hands) Down to the ground they fell without a sound.
The frost is all around And before very long,
(make large circles with hands) It was snowing all around.
Making A Snowman
(Sung to Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Snowflakes (Sung to Sailing, Sailing) Roll it, roll it, get a pile of snow.
Snowflakes, snowflakes (make rolling motion)
Falling to the ground Rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling,
Each one rests so gently rolling we will go!
They never make a sound Pat it, pat it, face it to the
Snowflakes, snowflakes south. (patting motion)
Are so pure and white Now my little snowman's done,
The special thing about them is eyes, nose and a mouth!
No two are alike! (point to each)
Snowflakes Falling Down
(Sung to Row, Row, Row Your Wintery Wind
Boat) (Sung to Happy Birthday)
Snowflakes falling down The winter wind blows
Falling to the ground The winter wind blows
Big white fluffy flakes It gives me the shivers
That do not make a sound From my head to my toes!
Puppets are fascinating to children. They know that puppets are not alive,
yet they often listen to and talk with them as if they were real.
What You Need
★ An old, clean sock
(larger than 1 inch in diameter to prevent swallowing)
★ Needle and thread
★ Red fabric
An old glove SNOWMAN
★ Felt-tipped pens
What to Do
★ To make puppets:
—Sock puppet: Use an old, clean sock. Materials:
On the toe-end of the sock, sew on buttons for eyes creamer bottles (You know, the flavorful
and nose. Paste or sew on a piece of red fabric for the
ones found in the refrigerator section)
mouth. Put a bow made from ribbon at the neck. googly eyes
—Finger puppets: Cut off the fingers of an old glove. black beads for mouth
Draw faces on the ends of the fingers with felt-tipped colored toothpick for nose - cut in about
1 " length
pens. Glue on yarn for hair.
glittery pompoms for top of hat
black pompoms for front of snowman
★ Things to do with puppets:
yarn or something to make a "scarf"
—Have the puppet talk to your child: “Hello. Small twigs for arms/hands - about 5
My name is Tanya. What’s yours? Kaylee. inches in length and in a Y form
That’s a pretty name. Tacky glue works best for this project
What a great T-shirt you have on, Kaylee! I
like the rabbit on the front of your T-shirt.” Instructions:
—Or have the puppet sing a simple song. Use a special
Remove the plastic wrapper from the
voice for the puppet. creamer bottle and put about a cup of
—Encourage your child to talk to the puppet, answering sand in the bottle.
its questions and asking questions of her own. Glue on the googly eyes
—Put finger puppets on your child’s hand to give him
practice moving his fingers one at a time.
Glue on black beads for the mouth
—The next time you want your child to help you clean Poke holes for nose and arms with ice pick
up, have the puppet make the request: “Hello, Max. Let’s (it is much easier to insert them)
put these crayons back in the box and these toys back on Insert the colored toothpick for nose
the shelves. Can you get the ball for me?” Glue on glittery pompoms for top of hat
Glue on black pompoms for the front of
Puppets provide another opportunity for the snowman
you to talk to your child and encourage For the scarf, wrap yarn around a piece
him to talk to you as well. of cardboard - about three times. Use
They also help your child to learn new another piece of yarn to tie the ends to-
words, use his imagination and develop gether. Then wrap it around the neck of
hand and finger coordination. the snowman and tie it.
Insert small twigs for arms/hands
Be creative and add your own flare to the
project!! The possibilities are endless!
Can you give Percy the Penguin a FACE?
Bingo Dauber Snow Man...
Fill in my holes with a Bingo Dauber!
Decorate my snow suit with a Bingo Dauber!