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October Director’s Newsletter

October 2018

Happy Fall Berry Patch Families!

This is such a beautiful time of year to tromp around outside with your kiddos.  Enjoy these cooler days and the crunch of the leaves on your yard and at the park.  There is so much to explore from a child’s point-of-view!

Service-Learning

October marks the beginning of our Children Serving Others (C.S.O) service-learning opportunities.  Giving back to the community is a value we work hard to model and instill in our young learners.  September was spent looking at the classroom community and how to care for one another and the toys, books, and activities within each child’s classroom.  At the end of October, the Blueberries and Strawberries will have the opportunity to travel to nearby nursing homes to sing a few songs and share their costumes with the grandmas and grandpas there.  The children will be encouraged to reach out and give a smile and a wave and their best singing voices as a gift to the residents.  This is a beautiful first step in reaching out, outside of home and school, to care for another!  Each month I will share with you the service-learning opportunity ahead so that you can encourage your child as they learn to reach out to others.

Upcoming Fun

We are looking forward to seeing many of the moms, aunties, grandmas, nannies and any other special people as you join us for our Mother’s Teas next week (see your child’s classroom calendar/newsletter for details.)  You will spend a delightful hour at school with your child enjoying time in their classroom, singing some songs with Ms. Kristin, and enjoying a special treat together.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get a window into your child’s time at school.  Enjoy!  {Please remember, you are welcome to visit the Berry Patch anytime—not just on special occasions!}

Behind the Scenes

Finally, there are many things that go on ‘behind-the-scenes’ at The Berry Patch to create the optimal learning environment that we strive to provide for all of our children.  This month, I’d like to highlight our aim toward being an eco-healthy childcare provider.   The standards maintained through our NAEYC accreditation have us guided with fantastic resources like the Children’s Environmental Health Network and their Eco-Healthy Child Care recommendations.  Check out both of these websites to find out more about what we do to maintain a healthy environment for your child while he/she is at school.

It is a gift to us to partner with you in these critical early learning years.  As always, please know that I am happy to connect with you anytime on joys or concerns you have.

Blessings on your family,

Molly

Molly Lounsberry Dykstra, Director

The Berry Patch School