Staff Announcements

March 2-6 Staff Newsletter

Staff Newsletter:  March 2-6, 2015

Training

·    March Center Staff Meeting – guest speakers will be hosting:  “Witnesses to Violence:  Helping children cope in a violent world.”

·    Eggs, Eggs Everywhere Training – March 21, 2015 @ the National History Museum.  If you are not signed up and want to be, come by the office.  If you ARE signed up and you do not show up, you will be responsible for the class enrollment fee.

·    April Center Staff Meeting – Ms. Jeni will be your guest speaker in April.  Topic:  Songs & Fingerplays. 

March 2nd was Dr. Seuss’ Birthday If you have cute pics of your kids celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Bday please email them to Carol at cc@swchildcare.com

Becky Bailey:  Conscious Discipline


Social Media Policy

Social Media are a powerful communication tool that can impact Southwest Child Care Early Learning Center’s professional reputation.  We have designed some policies and procedures to clarify best practices when participating in social media.  The policies incorporate but are not limited to:

* Protecting confidential information – you may not post confidential or proprietary information about students, families and/or co-workers.

* Posting pictures – you may never post pictures of students without a center approved, signed permission slip.

* Be respectful and think twice before posting – never forget that privacy does not exist in the world of social media.  Be aware – know your audience and be respectful!  Search engines can turn up posts years after they have been created and comments can be forwarded and copied.


March Libraries

NOW is the time!

TODAY is the day! 

Your classroom library must be checked and updated.

You must have books on St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, and Dr. Seuss.  Do you have books on weather??? With so many rapid weather changes you should be reading books that are relevant and meaningful to the kids.

Don’t forget to read, informally and formally, daily. 


Music and Movement

Music and Movement is an important piece to the Conscious Discipline puzzle.  Do not underestimate the power of song when managing children.  You must incorporate song and fingerplays into your day.

This is the good morning song that you sang at the in-service day that incorporates CONNECTION AND TOUCH.  This should be on your MP3’s. 

Get Ready

Good Morning, Good Morning
Let’s get ready the brain smart way
Good morning, Good morning
Get ready to start the day
Get your hands ready – shake, shake (Shake your hands)
Get your arms ready – stretch, stretch (Reach your arms up high)
Get your brain ready – cross, cross (Touch your right elbow to your left knee and then left elbow to right knee crossing the midline of the body. If this is too hard for young children have them cross the midline of the body in some fashion)
Get your focus ready – breathe, breathe (Breathe in deeply through the nose, hold it and exhale slowly) Get your hands ready – shake, shake (Repeat as above)
Get your arms ready – stretch, stretch
Get your brains ready – cross, cross
Get your focus ready – breathe, breathe

Repeat Chorus

Connect with a friend – shake, shake (Turn to your partner and shake their hand)
Connect with a friend – clap, clap (Clap both hands with a partner)
Connect with a friend – hug, hug, hug (Give your partner a big hug)
Good morning, good morning
Let’s get ready the brain smart way
Get ready to start the day

Extensions: With older children use this as a bridge to a discussion about the brain and how the brain needs oxygen, exercise, food and stimulation to grow and work properly. Teach them that the left side of the brain controls the arm and leg motions on the right side and vice versa. Crossing the center of the body stimulates both sides of the brain to work together. Taking a deep breath allows you to relax and reduces the stress in the body. When the stress is reduced, you can think instead of react to situations that are upsetting.

Chorus
Good morning, Good morning
Let’s get ready the brain smart way
Good morning, Good morning

Get ready to start the day
Get your hands ready – shake, shake
Get your arms ready – stretch, stretch
Get your brains ready – cross, cross
Get your focus ready – breathe, breathe

Repeat Chorus

Connect with a friend – shake, shake
Connect with a friend – clap, clap
Connect with a friend – hip, hip
Connect with a friend – hug, hug, hug
Good morning, good morning
Get ready to start the day