The Growing Times – March 2020

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NOTE FROM MS. JANE:

It’s time for spring!  Hopefully we have seen the last of winter!  We are ready to be outside!

GTK has had several cases of strep, influenza B, the stomach bug, and various viruses. The “sick” signs are posted throughout the center when we are alerted to the illness. The signs allow you to observe your child for symptoms. The signs are posted throughout the center and we will not identify the class or the child with the illness.

We do LOTS of cleaning at GTK to help eliminate those nasty germs! Cleaning the toys, books, tables, chairs, etc. is part of the afternoon routine for staff. We also run Lego blocks and washable toys through the dishwasher, plus wash anything we can in the washer. We encourage coughing/sneezing in their sleeve and hand washing. It’s also important for parents to keep their child home if he/she doesn’t feel well. 

Start training for the Run for the Son 5K/mile race on April 11. This is a great family event that helps GTK with some extra funds. We plan to use the money raised to start a playground fund.  (More information about the race and the playground fund is found within the newsletter.)

PARENT TRAINING

The Conscious Parenting training was great. It is our hope that we will be able to offer parent trainings every school year. The parenting role is a tough job so everyone can use a little help. Check out the book, “Easy to Love, Hard to Discipline” by Becky Bailey, as a great resource for parents. 

If you are interested in additional training in Conscious Parenting, check out the following website:  www.ccozarks.org/theonestop. There are free classes available. 

CLASS DOJO

All of the classes are  set up on  Class DoJo and are using it  for class/individual commumication. It’s a new process for all of us so ask your questions and we will get it figured out. Going forward we will hopefully be able to post the weekly menus, the monthly newsletters, and class information on DoJo. 

If your child is ill or not attending GTK, message the teacher directly by 8:00 AM so they have the information.  The teachers will look at their messages at 8:00, but will not be allowed to look at them until the children are napping in the afternoon. If you have an emergency, please the call the office @ 881-6800x 216 OR call the school cell phone @ 417-323-2051. 

PLAYGROUND

We are beginning the process of updating the playground.  At this point, we are looking at some preschool playgrounds to get ideas, and then we will start the actual planning/fundraising. We will use money raised from the Run for the Son and spring art show as seed money for the playground. Stay tuned. 

GTK CAN ALWAYS USE

  • Bags of sand for the sandbox on the big playground.
  • Pants, underwear, socks for accidents. Our stash is getting low so we will gladly take your gently used items.                 

STAFF TRAINING

Grow to Know will be CLOSED on Friday, July 31, to allow the Grow to Know staff a day for professional learning. 

YOU CAN HELP US

  • By keeping your child home if he/she is sick. 
  • By labeling your child’s things….coats, backpacks, etc. 
  • Send a jacket/coat for your child everyday as we will go outside as much as possible.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT

The Grow to Know  Family Fun Night is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3 from 5:30-7:00 in the gym.  With the theme of Dr. Seuss, you can expect lots of games, snacks, a book fair, and lots of fun.  Check out the calendar for Dr. Seuss spirit days March 2-6. Make plans to join the fun!

RUN FOR THE SON 5K/MILE RUN

For the last several years, Grow to Know has partnered with several other Methodist preschools in Springfield to host a 5K and mile run/walk. This year Grow to Know will be partnering with Small Wonders at Campbell United Methodist Church and Kingswood at King’s Way United Methodist Church. The proceeds from the race are split between the participating preschools. Here is what you need to know:

When: Saturday, April 11 @ 8:30 AM
Where: At Farmer’s Park (E. Republic and S. Glenstone)
How: You can help us by training and signing your family up for the race. OR you can purchase an business ad that will be printed on the shirts. The ad sales help with the t-shirt costs, timing system, and costs to run the race. 

You can can register at actnowracing.com

SAFETY

  • Lock your cars! 
  • SLOW DOWN on the parking lot. 

VISION SCREENING

Grow to Know will offer free vision and color blindess screening for everyone, including the infants, on March 6.  Vision screeings allow for early intervention to help with success in school. The persmission forms have been sent home. 

If your child doesn’t attend on Fridays, you can bring your child in for the free screeing. 

UPDATES AT GTK

  • Class lists for the fall will be ready in May. It’s a very long process as we prepare for the fall. 
  • GTK has a very long wait list in most of the age groups. 

PRE-K UPDATES

A survey was sent home to the children that will be five before August 1.  Completing the survey allows us to plan for the summer and the fall.  If you are uncertain about your plans for the fall, let us know. 

Pre-K Activities:

Graduation @ May 19, 2020 @ 6:30 in the sanctuary.
Each of the Pre-K classes will have a class field trip.
All of the Pre-K classes will have a play day at Sonic….date to be determined.
The Pre-K classes also visit Pittman Elementary (probably in May). The purpose of the visit it to see a school, the gym, the cafeteria, the nurse’s office, the playground, etc. We want them to feel comfortable when he/she goes to their school.
We will also practice using “lunch trays” at lunch for a couple of days. 

HELPFUL TIPS FOR PARENTS

Check out the following websites for great ideas for parents:

  • Conscious Discipline Facebook page and the Conscious Discipline website (www.consciousdiscipline.com)
  • Springfield MO Parents as Teachers Facebook page. 
  • Ask your child positive, intentional questions about their day. For example: What did you have for lunch?  Who did you play with?  What was the Bible story about? 

The following article is a great one to help you teach/learn with your child. 

Is a preschooler saying, “I hate you!” a normal developmental milestone?

Saying “I hate you” is one of many typical ways that preschoolers express feelings of frustration and anger. The ability to know what you are feeling at the time you are feeling it is the key to all emotional intelligence. Young children have not yet acquired the ability to label their emotions (I feel anger) or manage them enough to express them in socially acceptable ways.

Emotional intelligence allows us to manage our feelings, resolve conflicts and basically get along with one another. Emotional intelligence, like cognitive intelligence, takes decades to mature and requires certain experiences to bring about that maturity. Many adults, regardless of age, still have trouble identifying, managing and expressing their anger in helpful ways. Just think about your response when your own children are not ready to leave the house on time or your attempts to have children do their chores fall on deaf ears. Our own expression of anger can be very blaming and attacking. “What did I just tell you? Am I talking to thin air? Why can’t you just listen?” are all adult forms of “I hate you.” Our expressions of anger and response to children’s attempts at communicating their anger will lead to or impede their growing emotional intelligence.

Young children have immature emotional systems. There is a huge difference between feeling an emotion (sad, happy, disappointed) and expressing that feeling in a socially acceptable manner. Young children feel the emotion but lack the social and emotional skills to express what they feel. That’s where our emotional coaching comes in! It becomes our job to help children express their feelings instead of act them out (tantrum, stomp off, throw things, hide, etc.). It also becomes our job to help them verbally express them in helpful instead of hurtful ways.

Many children attempt to control their world so that everything goes their way in order to minimize the upset they feel and must deal with. Unless we help them deal with their feelings of frustration, anger and disappointment, they will grow more skilled at control and manipulation than at emotional intelligence. Without the skills of knowing what they are feeling, they will not learn to manage those feeling nor be able to empathetically recognize those feeling in others. In short, they will have trouble with close relationships throughout their lives.

Many adults give into children’s inappropriate expressions of emotions, giving them the illusion that acting out will make the world go their way. When we do this, we unconsciously teach them that hurtful actions yield positive results. These children grow up attempting to control others instead of modulating and expressing their own feelings. The ability to express their feelings is dependent on how we teach them through our modeling and responses to their upset. So when a child says, “I hate you,” overlay this expression with a socially acceptable one such as, “You seem angry? You were hoping/wanting ______.” (Fill in the blank with the desire you think they are blocking.) End by validating their feelings and encouraging them, “It’s hard to ________. You can handle this.” Remember to speak from the heart.

DID YOU KNOW????

  • That GTK will be renovating 5 classrooms beginning in April?  Last year we renovated 8 classrooms and now it’s time to renovate the last of the classrooms.  We will update you on the exact schedule as we get closer to the time.  The following classes are scheduled for the renovation: Infant, Peach, Lavendar, Teal, the 5th/6th grade classroom, and the office.  Prayers appreciated for patience, workers, quick work, etc. 
  • That we offer care for school age children in the summer? 

GROW TO KNOW KIDS (School Age)

Grow to Know Kids is using Pro-Care for signing up online!  You MUST reserve AND pay in advance.  The steps are listed on the GTK Facebook page OR call the office for more information.

  • Grow to Know Kids is available for school age children Kindergarten-4th grade.  The cost is $35.00 per day. 
  • Grow to Know Kids is available when Springfield Public Schools is scheduled out.  We do NOT offer GTK Kids on snow days.  We must have a minimum of 10 children signed up to offer Grow to Know Kids.
  • Grow to Know Kids is licensed for 50 school age children. 
  • Summer will be here before we know it.  We hope to have the summer information available in March.  We are planning field trips, fun activities, and lots of fun. 

GROW TO KNOW KIDS (School Age)-SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020

March 13-20
April 10

SCHWEITZER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

  • Check out Schweitzer United Methodist Church at sumc.co for more details on worship times, activities, and classes. 
    • Explore the New Testament beginning March 4 from 6:30-8:00.
    • Dialog Boot Camp beginning March 9 from 6:30-8:00.
    • Me, Myself, and Lies (Class for women) beginning March 4 from 6:30-8:00.
  • Schweitzer Children’s Ministry offers many activities for children.  Check out the Schweitzer website for details. 
  • The Schweitzer Children’s Ministry will post their monthly newsletter/updates on the GTK Class Dojo. Watch for upcoming events. 

INFORMATION

  • Grow to Know Hours: 7:00-6:00.  You will be charged a $1.00 a minute after 6:00 PM.  
  • Please call the office OR post on the GTK Facebook page if your child is going to be absent or will be arriving after 9:00.    (The kitchen staff does lunch counts during breakfast (9:00-9:30).
  • A $15.00 late fee is applied to late payments and balances carried over.  If you have specific questions, contact the office. 
  • Grow to Know has a private Facebook page for the GTK families and staff, so “Like” us on Facebook.  Check out the Grow to Know website (www.gtkpreschool.com). 
  • We bill on Mondays for the week. 

Bible Verse for March:  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  Psalm 147:3

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

March

3:  Family Fun Night
6:  Vision screening
2-6:  Dr. Seuss Week/Spirit Week

            2:  Cat in the Hat—Wear a hat
            3:  If I Ran the Zoo—Wear something wild
            4:  Green Eggs and Ham—Wear something green
            5:  Fox in Socks—Wear crazy socks
            6:  Oh the Places You’ll Go—Wear a school/college/team shirt

16-20:  GTK Kids

April

23:  Spring Concert/Art Walk
10:  GTK Kids

May

4-8:  Teacher Appreciation Week
8:  Muffins for Moms
19:  Grow to Know Graduation @ 6:30
31:  GTK CLOSED

June

19:  Donuts for Dads


July:

3:  CLOSED
31:  CLOSED

August:

13:  Meet the Teacher/Back to School Bash
17:  First Day of School

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