Milestones Minutes November 2021
Fall weather brings the Fall harvest and that leads us to the farm. We will learn about farmers and the equipment they use to grow food. What foods do they grow and how does it get from the farm to our table at home. We will look at the animals that live on the farm, where they live and how the farmer takes care of them. Of course we can’t learn about the farm without singing “Old McDonald!” Another friend of the farmer is the Scarecrow! We will learn how he protects the garden from those pesky crows and we might even build our own.
Gobble! Gobble! Turkeys will invade Milestones as we learn about this special bird with the big feathers. We might even get to do some feather painting!
Thanksgiving is a great time to talk about being thankful. As the classes make their lists they can visually see that there is so much to be grateful for. With families visiting for the holidays it is also a great time to talk about manners, saying please and thank you and excuse me. We love to practice in our classrooms throughout the day and especially at meal time.
Our Seahorse class will be learning about the Pilgrims and how they sailed here on the Mayflower. They met the Native Americans and over time they became friends sharing and learning from one another. They had a big meal together, celebrating and sharing food. At the end of the month, our Seahorse class will be working together to make soup so we can have our annual Thanksgiving Pre-K feast. Hopefully this year we can invite our Seahorse families to join in this experience.
Our Kale, Ornamental Cabbages, Garlic and Asters were planted in the garden and we will be tending them and making observations as they grow. With the addition in November of some new staff members that will be helping out around the school, we hope to allow Ms. Aimee the ability to get back out in the garden with some of our classrooms. We will continue to watch the leaves change color and witness the Fall transformation of the garden. What animals are visiting our garden right now? Are there more or less and why? Keep an eye out for a new friend that may appear to greet our families and protect our garden.
Please remember parents and children must wash their hands before entering the center as it cuts down on the transfer of germs into the building. We are working very hard to limit outside exposure to keep everyone healthy.
We wanted to take a moment to quickly review sickness policies. If your child has symptoms of illness such as fever, diarrhea or nausea they may not return to school until they are symptom free without medication for 24 hours. This is a State requirement and has been put in place to reduce the spread of illness throughout the school. When sending in an over the counter medication for us to administer please make sure the label states that a child this age can receive the medication. If the label states children under 6 should consult a doctor, we will not be able to administer this medication. All medications, lotions, creams, and chapstick must be signed in for us to administer and keep on site per our State guidelines. We do ask that you limit the amount of medicine to one dose at school because we feel that if your child requires more than that to make it through the day then they are probably not feeling well enough to participate in school activities.
Please keep an eye out for an email from Milestones the week of November 15th as we will be providing Covid protocol updates and our school-wide improvement plans for 2022.
Please continue to bring your child’s water bottle as it is very helpful in assisting us with keeping the children hydrated. In the event you forget your child’s water bottle please make sure your teachers are aware so they can provide your child with a cup for water for the day.
Please make sure to have seasonally appropriate changes of clothes in your child’s cubby in the event that they have an accident or become heavily soiled from spilled food or outdoor play. If your child is potty-training it is imperative that you send multiple changes of clothing for us to have on hand to promote a successful potty-training experience for your child. On that note, we are in need of extra pants and underwear for our classrooms to have on hand in the event that a child runs out. We are NOT in need of shirts at this time. If your child has outgrown some of these items we would greatly appreciate your donations.
Upcoming Events & Closings
Closed Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th for Thanksgiving holiday.
Closed Thursday, December 23rd, Friday, December 24th and Monday, December 27th for Christmas holiday
Closed Friday, December 31st for New Year’s Day holiday.