The Growing Times – January 2022

January 5, 2022
Number 01

NOTE FROM MS. JANE:

Happy New Year!  I pray that 2022 is full of promise, healing, and peace!  I hope you savored every moment of the holiday season with your families! 

Thanks to everyone that brought goodies, gifts, cards to the GTK staff throughout the holiday season.  Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.  Thanks to your generosity, the GTK staff had lots of prizes, gift certificates, and fun throughout the month of December.  The GTK families are THE BEST!

Please continue to keep Grow to Know,  the staff, and the GTK families in your prayers throughout the year.  We have about 85  employees and 150+ families with many needs.  There are college students trying to plan their future, parents trying to manage work and children, and staff with various needs, health concerns, and the list goes on.    Pray that we will find the right people to work at GTK as we work through a staffing shortage. We need prayers for wisdom, patience, creativity, and safety.   The staff are encouraged to pray for the children and families in their classrooms.  As we move into 2022, let’s be a people that pray for each other!

A shout out to Christi Sudbrock, a GTK parent.  Christi teaches at MSU and offered to work at Grow to Know during her winter break! She has been in the Peach Classroom working with the one year olds and has done an outstanding job!  Thanks to the GTK families for always stepping up to help with your nice words, gifts, time, and especially your children. 

DECEMBER FOLLOW-UP

Wasn’t it wonderful to have the Christmas program this year?  There is nothing like hearing the sweet voices of children singing praises.  Hopefully we can continue with programs and meeting together.  I failed to publicly give thanks for the people that helped make the programs happen. Thank you to:  Miss Molly Hatley (Turquoise) who directs, teaches, and had the vision for the program.

Mrs. Cheryl Moll  (church staff) who played the piano and organ for the programs.

Mr. Taylor Likes (church staff) who did the sound and lights for the programs.

The GTK teachers and staff who taught the children the songs (singing them millions of times a day), got the kids ready to go, soothed and calmed their fears/anxieties, and appeared calm, cool, and collected. 

Thank you for the donations for the STEAM Room.  So many things were donated and we are excited to get it ready to go.   We hope to have it ready for viewing in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned.

December was full of fun at GTK.  There were parties, crafts, singing, warm days, and lots of fun.  It’s always a good time.

WINTER WEATHER

As we move into January, the reality of snow/ice/sleet becomes more “real.”  Here is the what you need to know:

  • The goal is to open GTK.  We reserve the right to have a “late start” which allows the maintenance crew to clear the parking lot/sidewalks and the staff to get to GTK safely.  (In years past, we have have opened an hour late.)
  • If we need to close or open later, it will be announced on Class Dojo, the GTK Facebook page, and media outlets.  IF we need to close early during the school day, we will notify you by Class Dojo, Facebook, and/or phone call. 
  • It’s never an easy decision but we check on the following:
    • The actual weather/snow accumulation
    • The weather forecast
    • Staffing
    • The maintenance staff getting the parking lot/sidewalks cleared.
  • We do our best to have a decision made by 6:00 AM. (Thanks for your patience as we do our best to do the right and safe thing.)
  • VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER:  Pray for winter weather on the weekends so the GTK  families can enjoy some family fun and Jane/Crystal don’t have to make those tough decisions!!!

2022 CALENDAR

May 30:  CLOSED for Memorial Day

July 4:  CLOSED for Independence Day

August 12:  CLOSED for staff professional learning day

August 15:  First day for the GTK school year

September 5:  CLOSED for Labor Day

November 23-25:  CLOSED for Thanksgiving

December 26-30:  CLOSED for Christmas

January 2:  CLOSED for New Year’s Day

SUPPORTING GTK

  • GTK can always use the following items:
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Wipes
    • Tissues

PAYMENTS

End of the year statements will be sent out by the end of January. 

GROW TO KNOW UPDATES

  • Mrs. Katie Sapp (Red Room) decided to retire at the end of 2021.  Katie had been at GTK 16 years and decided she wants to spend more time at the lake AND with her new grandbaby.  Thank you, Mrs. Katie,  for your time and dedication to GTK.
  • Mrs. Kathy Land will be the new Lead Teacher in Red Room beginning Monday, January 3, 2022.  Ms. Olivia will be the aide in the Red Room.
  • Ms. Callie Williams (Peach Room) has had a family emergency and is taking some time away from GTK.  In the interim the following changes will take place:
    • Ms.  Kaytlin (Lavender) will step in as the Lead Teacher in the Peach Classroom for the immediate time.
    • Ms. Hannah Crain (Peach) will assist as the aide in the Lavender Classroom.
    • Mrs. Kathy Pope, Mrs. Taylor Zen, Ms. Stephanie Kerr, Kayla Rash, Meghan Flynn, and others will assist in the Peach Room. 
  • GTK is working on getting new mulch for the big playground.  When everything is finalized, we may schedule a work day to spread the mulch….clear your calendars to help!  More to come… 
    • The next goal is to get a new ground cover for the little playground. 

COVID-19 UPDATES

Please continue:

  •  to wear masks at drop off and pick-up. 
  • to take temps as you enter the center.

The CDC and the Greene County Health Department have updated the quarantine guidelines.  At this time, the quarantine guidelines are basically 5 days with masking for 5 days following the quarantine.  

At this time, GTK will require a 10 day quarantine for children (under 2 years of age) due to the requirement of masking following a quarantine.   Children , over 2 years of age, will be required to wear a mask at GTK following a quarantine of 5 days. 

Check out the CDC and the Greene County Health Department website for updates.  website for the updates. The Greene County Health Department website has the

 If you or your child is symptomatic, please stay home.  Symptoms to watch for include:  fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. 

Thank you for your diligence as we do our best to keep everyone healthy.  GTK will continue to limit close contact to less than 15 minutes and keep a distance of at least 6 feet. 

If you have any questions concerning a quarantine, call the office. 

PARENTING TIPS from CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE

How can I say “no” and be heard?

In its simplest terms, saying “no” and being heard is called “assertiveness.” It is a key skill that both adults and children must cultivate in order to develop healthy relationships. Assertive commands focus on what you want to have happen, give clear information about what to do, and are given in a tone of voice that says “just do it.” Conscious Discipline (educators) and Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline (parents) spend ample time focusing on the skill of assertiveness. The following tips from these publications will get you started:

Focus on What To Do: When you are upset, you are always focused on what you don’t want. Use active calming techniques to regain your composure as necessary, and then shift your focus away from what’s wrong. Instead, focus on what you want to have happen. Have you ever heard an Olympic athlete visualize “not losing?” No! They focus on diving their cleanest dive or running their fastest race in order to achieve their goal. You must do the same with your goal is to paint a picture with your words and gestures of exactly what you want the child to do.

“Don’t you dare touch anything in this store” focuses on what you don’t want (don’t touch). Pivot and reframe it in the positive, “Keep your hands in your pockets.” All assertive commands give usable information. “Don’t ____” is not usable information because it doesn’t tell what to do. “Don’t hit your brother” becomes: “When you want your brother to move say, “move please.”

Give the Command Assertively: There are three tones of voice we use when we communicate: passive, aggressive and assertive.

A passive approach says, “Approve of me, love me, is it okay with you if___.” A passive approach does not engender respect or compliance, so a passive person often resorts to manipulation or ‘going through the back door’ to get their needs met. Passive communication is not effective communication.

An aggressive approach says, “I am right and you are wrong, no matter what.” It often includes threats, blame, severe consequences or “you” statements that are focused solely on the other person. An aggressive approach invites a defensive response and engenders fear. Aggressive communication is not effective communication.

An assertive approach says, “Do this,” in a clear and respectful manner with a voice of no doubt. With children, follow these steps to deliver an assertive command:

  1. Establish eye contact by approaching the child, getting down on his/her level and moving closer until he/she notices you. For easily distracted children, you may need to get as close as six inches.
  2. Verbally tell the child what you want him/her to do. State your expectations clearly and simply. Be certain that the statement is formulated in the positive… focus on what you want them to do and paint a clear picture with your words. “Hold my hand so you are safe when we cross the street.” “Give me the scissors. They are sharp and could cut you.” “Use a quiet voice while we are in the museum.” “Pick up the markers and put them in the shoe box.”
  3. Give visual, auditory and tactile cues as often as possible. Demonstrate a gentle touch, gesture in the direction you wish the child to move, practice what a soft voice sounds like, etc.
  4. Send the nonverbal message “just do it” with the tone of your voice and with your nonverbal stance as you give the command. If your nonverbal cues are passive, your child may easily refuse. If your nonverbal cues are aggressive, your child will resist in self-defense. When nonverbal and verbal communication both say, “Just do it,” you let the child know your command has meaning.
  5. Celebrate your child’s success. The minute the child begins to show any degree of compliance, jump in with praise. Even if s/he wasn’t really going to comply, s/he likely will comply once you begin to praise him/her. “Good for you,” “You did it,” and “way to go” followed by a description of the child’s action are great ways to celebrate them without judging. “Way to go! You’re reaching for my hand so we can cross the street safely!”
  6. If your child chooses not to comply, repeat the request and say, “I’m going to show you what to do.” Lead the child gently and instructively in completing the request. Say, “I’m going to show you how to cross the street safely” and take the child’s hand in yours.

                                                                                                                                DID YOU KNOW????

  • That parents are encouraged to sign their own child in/out each day?
  • That the 2022 calendar is posted within this newsletter?  Check out the scheduled days that GTK will be closed. 
  • That there are some great resources for family devotions?  Check out:  The One Year Devotions for Preschoolers by Crystal Bowman or Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado.

SCHWEITZER CHURCH

  • Check out the Schweitzer website at www.schweitzer.church for classes, updates, and news.
  • Do you want to know more about the Apostles’ Creed?  The pastors will lead Schweitzer through the Apostles’ Creed beginning January 9.  Service times are:  9:00 and 10:45.

INFORMATION

  • Grow to Know Hours:  7:00-5:30.   You will charged $5.00 per minute after 5:30 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 starting at 9:00.)
  • 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 January: 

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. 

Proverbs 18:10

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:                                

January :

17:  Martin Luther King (GTK will be open.)

26:  Zoo Visit

February: 

14:  Valentine’s Day

19:  President’s Day (GTK will be open.)

23:  Zoo Visit

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