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. I 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 the conference process allows for a wonderful opportunity to celebrate at a fixed point in time your child’s growth and learning here at school, do remember that the staff at school is always available for more casual dialogue too, as we all work with you to support your child’s development. You might also take advantage of the monthly morning coffees for opportunities to bring questions for the consideration of staff and other parents alike — there’s a lot of collective wisdom on offer when our community gathers together!
Meanwhile, continuing on in our series that looks at the value of play in our children’s lives, we stop in the block room.
Did you ever stop to think?
When playing with unit blocks, a child may be:
•Thinking creatively to make and implement plans while working to represent a
thought or idea.
•Developing eye-hand coordination and mapping skills
•Exploring cause and effect as problem-solving techniques are developed
•Discovering mathematical relationships (one-to-one correspondence, parts-to-whole,
symmetry) and scientific concepts (gravity, stability, weight, balance)
•Gaining confidence in the ability to create, repeat, and extend patterns
While each of these accomplishments is a meaningful ‘building block’ in laying
a firm foundation for future cognitive growth, children may also experience
opportunities for role-playing, cooperation, and language development,
all of which are important in the pursuit of social growth.
At First Congo we believe that in play there is serious learning, and that play is really the work of childhood.
Upcoming Calendar Items
Please be certain to note that First Congo will be closed on the following dates: Feb. 16, 17, and 20.
The Third Thursday Coffee will actually take place on the 4th Thursday this month because of the school holiday noted above, so mark your calendar for Thursday, Feb. 23. The Fourth Friday Coffee is set for Feb. 24.
Make note on your calendar that First Congo’s Back-to-School event will take place on the afternoon of March 18th — details to follow soon!
Celebrating Our Teachers Event
First Congo parents (current and former) are invited to join the staff in the garden on the evening of May 12th.
Budget and Tuition for 2012-2013
2012-2013 Budget Approved
Each year the First Congregational Church Nursery School Executive Board meets to approve the budget proposed by the Director and the Treasurer. I am happy to report that next year’s budget has been approved by the Executive Board and we can now share our next year’s tuition rates with our parent body. After the thoughtful review of last year’s budget and hourly workload associated with each staffing position, the board approved a budget plan for 2012-2013 that minimally increases tuition by 5%. This 5% increase will cover additional work hours for the positions of Director, Programs Director, and Treasurer, and will cover a cost of living hourly wage adjustment of 2.72% for the entire staff.
FYI: In the near future you will receive registration forms for the 2012-2013 school year. Please note that tuition is divided into 4 equal payments, with the first payment due in early March to secure your child’s space.
2012-2013 Tuition Rates
Annual tuition per student
2’s Program – $2, 092
3’s (T/Th) – $2,864
4’s (M/W/F) – $4,000
First payment (due with 2012-2013 application)
2’s Program – $523
3’s (T/Th) – $716
4’s (M/W/F) – $1,000
Gratitude for all of your gifts…
Layette Donations: The Women’s Fellowship of the First Congregational Church and the Mayfield Clinic send along a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ for your generous layette donations. Your donations of infant clothing, toys, books, gift cards, and cash covered three eight-foot tables in the Social Hall and 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.
Donations for a Family in Need: Just after the holidays we let our community know about a family in need and asked for a few specific infant items. The outpouring of generosity was truly amazing. We had parents approach with an offer of a car for this family to use, medical help, cribs and changing tables, meals, offers for rides and play dates and any material item this family could need during their time here. We were able to procure every item on the wish list and more! We even opened up a spot for Sammy in our Thursday 2’s class. I cannot tell you how enveloped this family felt by the love and kindness of our community. On a happy note, this family has gotten great medical news that mom is well and can return to normal life with the expectation of full recovery. With that great news the family has returned home to and we bade farewell to them last week. All donated items will be passed along to a local charity unless you would like them back. Let Carrie know if you would like your donated items returned to you. Again, thank you for your thoughtful kindness.
First Congo Chefs: It can be hard enough getting dinner on your own table when you have little ones running around, so it is an especially generous donation of time and effort to create and deliver a meal to another family. First Congo has a long tradition of delivering meals to families after the birth of a child or, in the case of twins, two children! Over the course of the fall a huge number of meals were provided to the many families who welcomed babies, and we send a huge ‘Thank You’ to those First Congo Chefs who stepped up to the “plate!”
Two First Congo moms gave birth to three babies recently!
- The Uchidas, Andy, Sue, and Connor (3’s) welcomed baby Cooper to their family
- The Lee-Hwongs, Henry, Lisa, and Mina (3’s) welcomed Caden and Sasha to their family
Our warmest congratulations to all!