Off to summer! (May 24)

Dear CCP Families,

        We have graduated and celebrated.  We've laughed and cried and said good-bye, some off to other adventures, and some to return after summer vacation.  Either way, I am so grateful that you are a part of our school family!  You will always be part of CCP and hopefully CCP will always be part of you!  It has been an honor to serve as your preschool director this year.  Thank you for choosing CCP.

         I have been reading your lovely cards and enjoying your thoughtful and generous gifts.  The kind words mean so much to me!  Thank you for taking time to share your thoughts and feelings with me.  It lets me know that I'm on the right track and encourages me both professionally and personally.  I am thankful for each of you and I appreciate all the care and love you send my way!

 If you will have a student at CCP in the fall, please mark your calendar now for the required PARENT ORIENTATION MEETING on August 29 (7:00pm for new families, 7:30 for returning families) This meeting is on Thursday night, before the Labor Day weekend gets started on Friday.  This is such an important time together to meet your new teacher and learn all the expectations of the new classroom.  Please plan now!

        I hope your summer is filled with much love and joy!  I hope you have some time for silliness & play and some time for cuddles & rest.  Enjoy some new adventures and lots of special time with your family.  Treasure these moments with your children....they do go by quickly!  Have fun, stay safe, and remember to take a moment everyday to wish your friends and family well.

This week I offer you two quotes from Dr. Bailey to last you through the summer.....

  From Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline (p. 183) - "A calm adult during a tirade or temper tantrum creates safety for the child and teaches children that their anger and rage is powerless, thereby reducing the chance of future tirades and tantrums."  The "out of control" feeling during a tantrum is often scary to your child. You can really help by breathing, keeping your composure, and wishing that child well.  This helps your little one know that s/he is safe and that a tantrum, though unpleasant, has no power.  With your guidance in the moments of calm, your child soon learns there are better ways to express their anger or frustration.

From Managing Emotional Mayhem (p.127) - "Children need a predictable and consistent environment for optimal development.  The brain seeks patterns.  When we detect a pattern, our systems relax.  When we cannot identify a pattern, our systems stay on high alert." Sometimes our summer vacation schedules are a bit crazy and unpredictable. We can’t identify a pattern. If your child seems out of sorts, try returning to your regular routines/patterns for mealtime, bedtime, and family time. This predictable routine may allow your child to find a safe, comfortable rhythm and therefore relax, which will show in improved behavior.

        I will hold you in my heart and in my prayers.  Happy summer!  Until we meet again, I WISH YOU WELL!

With love,

Debbie