dear families of the 2017-2018 school year…here are the forms! there are optional online forms for bringing snack, bringing play dough and a photo release. there are state required forms (the authorization for emergency medical care and the medical record forms) that are required on your child’s first day of preschool. we are also offering automated payment plans for tuition, look for that information in a separate email. let me know if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
PLAY DOUGH SIGN UP:
(recipes following sign up form)
1970s Play Dough
2 c flour
4 t cream of tartar
1 c salt
2 T oil
2 c water
boil water. add salt and oil and stir til dissolved. add remaining ingredients and stir/knead/mix in mixer. can add additional flour as needed. can also add essential oils or extracts for scent.
Kool-Aid Play Dough
1 pkg kool-aid
2 T oil
1 c water
1/4 cup salt
2 cups flour
heat water to boiling, add kool-aid and salt. stir til dissolved. add oil and flour. knead in additional flour as needed.
SNACK SIGN UP:
STATE OF KANSAS REQUIRED FORMS:
returning families will review forms from last year at the Parent Meeting/Open House to make any changes necessary. there is one form that needs to be completed every year for every child:
FOR RETURNING PRESCHOOLERS: click on the following form or this link to download. you can either print out and bring me the hard copy, or email it to me for me to print out.
FOR NEW PRESCHOOLERS: click on the following forms or these links (emergency release form, medical record forms) to download the medical record form. if your preschooler is already in a childcare facility/home, you can bring in a copy of these completed forms.
we had two “play days” (summer preschool) celebrating the coming of summer.
in anticipation of my own teenager kids coming to visit and help, i left this note at home to which they replied, “uh, obviously.” i was grateful.
our days had a fairly steady showing of animal puppet shows (this one was special because a younger sister was having her very first day of preschool this day!):
we had blue and yellow things in our almond-coconut-olive oils and flour “sand.”
we did sun painting with a salad spinner and sky painting with art rollers.
click here for a video recorded live.
we smelled sunscreen, orange oil and shea lotion, trying to guess which was which, then did body painting with the lotion. click here to see another video recorded live.
and finally, while still outside under the mulberry tree, we added a summer blessing and glitter to our sun and sky paintings…and our lotion legs.
l was for LOVE, dr. martin LUTHER king jr, LOOK, LIGHT and it was a lovely way to ease back into preschool.
perhaps the sweetest moment was baby LUKE visiting with his big sister.
we started our conversations about the work and legacy of dr. king.
this is the first year i didn’t offer the explanation of race as why the young martin luther king couldn’t go to certain restaurants, parks, schools.
i don’t know if it was right or not, i just know i looked at them as i started telling the stories and i couldn’t. i couldn’t stand the idea that i might utter words they hadn’t heard before that could instill fear or a lack of worth.
so instead, i spoke the words of what is worth fighting for, of what is decent and just. i spoke the words of what has been granted in part thanks to the work of dr king: the right for ALL people to show up and be treated justly and with respect and dignity. and that no matter what they hear on the news or from others in power, all people have this right.
and as true as the air, it seems they KNOW this to be true.
we had unseasonably warm weather that made it easy to spend time outside, including our show and tell time!
breastfeeding is welcome, accepted, honored, encouraged in our building, both during preschool hours and church hours, wherever parents want to breastfeed.
we have many comfortable places for adults to sit and all of those can be considered “breastfeeding spaces.”
we also have a separate nursery connected to the preschool classroom that is an option for a private breastfeeding/pumping space. this includes a glider chair, changing table (with pads and extra diaper changing supplies/spare clothing), bassinet, toys for older children, separate heating/cooling unit, adjustable lighting, speaker (for upstairs sanctuary), and electrical outlets. hand washing facilities and a refrigerator (for storing pumped breastmilk) are available near the nursery.
gratitude to the the Harvey County Breastfeeding Coalition with funds made available from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund for help in creating breastfeeding spaces.