I have just finished up a week of conferencing with parents in our Youngers Program. As much as I love to spend time down on my knees playing with the children here at nursery school, I also treasure the time I get to spend talking with parents during conferences. Our community is full of dedicated, invested parents who are driven to give their child(ren) every opportunity to thrive. Conferences offer up a fantastic opportunity to gather in partnership to talk about how best to feed your child’s strengths and encourage risk-taking in those areas where they may be encountering challenge. No two children are the same and no two parenting experiences are the same. We all bring different skills to our job as parents and we do our best parenting when we feel supported, encouraged, and reassured that our children are blossoming in every way they are able. I know that I am never so vulnerable as when I am talking with a teacher about a struggle that my child may be facing. I love hearing parents share proud moments and do my best to listen with compassion and open-mindedness when I hear a parent share their concerns. I learn so much through the conferencing process — thank you for your time and for your thoughtful consideration of how we can help to provide an environment here at nursery school for your child to grow in every area of early childhood development. While conferencing week is very busy and I missed out on some really fun construction projects, I love time spent with First Congo parents and thoroughly enjoyed my week!
Conferences at First Congo happen at different times of the year. Olders Program have the opportunity to conference with Carrie and Kelly in the fall to talk about Kindergarten and are especially important for those families who have children who may be considering taking a Young 5’s year. Olders parents have the opportunity to conference again in early spring with Kelly when Kindergarten feels only a stone’s throw away. Youngers Program conferences happen at the end of January when children have returned from the holiday break and are usually blossoming at an alarming rate in just about every area of development. Our Nursery Program families are invited to conference over the phone in late winter with teachers Liz and Amity. Conferences offer a dedicated opportunity to talk with teachers about a wide range of topics, but they are not the only opportunity to talk with teachers at First Congo! You don’t need to wait for a conference if you feel the need to talk with a teacher about your child or if you have questions and would like the opportunity to dialogue away from little ears. If you have questions about your child, our program, child development, or want to let us know something that would help us serve your child, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of us. We will do everything possible to offer suggestions, advice, share our experience and brainstorm with you about a challenge you might be facing. Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can be of help!
If you live in Palo Alto, the time is upon us for Kindergarten registration for next year, and neighboring school districts will likely be following suit, so be sure to check in with your district office. The Priority Registration dates for Palo Alto are January 14 – February 13. The registration process MUST be started in person at the district offices at 25 Churchill by providing documentation of residency. Instructions may be found here.
I look forward to conferencing with MWF families in March, so that we may celebrate together your child’s growth this year!
The Women’s Fellowship of the First Congregational Church and the Mayfield Clinic send along a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ for your generous layette donations. The collection of infant clothing, toys, books, gift cards, and cash were presented to the group at the Women’s Fellowship Christmas Tea. These generous donations will be given to low-income mothers who are just starting out their journey into parenthood. Thank you for time that you took out of your busy holiday schedule to shop, purchase, and donate these items.
End-of-Year Charitable Contributions
We’d also like to offer our deepest thanks to the many families that made end-of-year charitable contributions to First Congo. Rest assured, your gifts will be put to good use to support and sustain our lively little community!
Here’s the poop (pun intended!) on another opportunity for giving:
There With Care is a local (Menlo Park) agency that provides support to families and children facing critical illness. We’ve learned that the agency is in need of a generous supply of disposable diapers (a child going through chemotherapy often uses 4 times the number of diapers a healthy child does), so the drive will be on later in February to collect what we can. Watch your mail pouch for more info soon!
Upcoming Calendar Items
- All-School Parent Party – February 7th, from 7:00-10:00 at the home of
Kim and Ping Li
925 Forest Avenue
- Reminder: there is no school on Feb. 13, 14, & 17
- Parent Ed night — Positive Discipline is the topic, Feb. 25 is the date, 7:00 is the time!
Welcome New Families!
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to two new families in our Youngers program: the Butlers (Henry is a Blue Tail); and the Solomons family (Jake is also a Blue Tail) — we’re so pleased to have them jumping on board!
Keep Those Photos Coming!
If you’ve taken photos at nursery school, we’d love to have you upload them to your class’s share site* on Shutterfly so that all of our families have a chance to order any photos they’d like to have. Thanks!
*Each class’s share site has a unique URL:
- firstcongo2016.shutterfly.com (Nursery class)
- firstcongo2015.shutterfly.com (Youngers class)
- firstcongo2014.shutterfly.com (Olders class)