October week 2 - Fire Safety and Conferences

Hello CCP Families!

        Hope you've had a great first week of October! I do hope we will see some cooler weather soon! Thank you for paying your tuition on time. (If you’ve forgotten, you have until noon tomorrow, Friday, Oct 4, to drop your check in the tuition box and avoid the late fee.)

        A friendly reminder....it's time to get your flu shot!  Let's all stay healthy and avoid absences from the flu if we can.  Hope you will join me in protecting your family and our preschool family from the flu!

Individual photos went well. I’ll send a link soon by email where you can look at the photos and purchase them if you choose to.

If you have a chance to clean out any gently-used children’s clothing this month, please donate it to help refugee families. There is a collection bin by the double doors in the preschool hallway. Thank you for your generosity!!

        Here are some reminders for the upcoming week:

  • Saturday, Oct. 5 - Optional Family Photos with David Gellatly in the side yard of the church or under the bell tower. Smile! Please arrive on time so everyone can have their full session.

  • You’re invited to Christ Church’s Fall Festival this Sunday, Oct. 6 from noon until 2:00pm! There are all types of games, food, and fun for the whole family! Just $5 per person, $20 max per family. Park in the park and ride lot and walk to the church.

  • Mon & Tues , Oct 7 & 8 - Ladybugs, Ducks, and Whales will have brief getting to know you conferences with your lead teacher. Bring any questions you may have or bits of information to share with the teacher. (Frog families will get an email in the fall and have scheduled conferences in the spring. However, if you need to see Ms. Julie now, just contact her to arrange a meeting.) Your children will be cared for in their regular classroom by the assistant teachers and a substitute. Duck conferences will be in room 2 of building 105. Whale conferences will be in the Library, beside the preschool office. Ladybug conferences will be in the Disciple room on Monday and in the prayer room of building 103 on Tuesday. (I’ll be glad to help you find your way if needed!)

  • There will be a blood drive in Ascension Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 8

  • The fire truck will visit CCP on Thursday, Oct. 10 around 9:30. MWF classes, please feel free to join us with your grown-up. (Remember, we have to be patient. Sometimes the fire truck gets a call and we may have to wait a few minutes.)

  • Monday, October 14 - Let’s have dinner together at Chick-fil-a in University Place! Come between 5:00 and 7:00pm to have food and fun with your friends and teachers. Mention CCP when you order and we earn a portion of the night’s proceeds! Wear your CCP shirt or your class color to Chick-fil-a and to school on Oct. 14 & 15.

  • Looking ahead: CCP Board will meet on Monday, Oct. 21 at 7:30pm.

  • Looking ahead: Fall break for students on Thursday & Friday, Oct. 17 & 18. Teachers will attend the educational conference provided by the Durham - Orange Preschool Association.

        From Dr. Becky Bailey's Managing Emotional Mayhem, p. 41..."If a child signals sadness, anger or embarrassment, an attuned adult can pick up on this communication and coach the child through her discomfort to an integrated state.  The child will learn emotions are a bridge between problem and solution, reducing the likelihood of a reactive or impulsive response."

        Emotions serve a vital purpose!  We need to feel them, accept them, and they will dissipate.  They are the bridge between problem and solution.  Here's the secret....we don't want to get stuck on the feelings bridge, hanging on to our suffering and rehashing our problem.  Instead we want to identify and name the feeling.  Then relax and re-frame the problem.  Then move more easily to choose a satisfactory solution.  Let's help our children learn to walk across the feelings bridge!  (paraphrased from Dr. Bailey's Conscious Discipline, p.221.)

Have a wonderful weekend and I wish you well,

Debbie Arena