May 2015

Letter From the Director

TulipsDear Families-

Can it really be possible that spring is here?  Where did this year go?  As I look around our campus and see all of the natural signs that spring is here – the baby birds chirping and visiting our garden spaces, the flowers in full bloom – I can’t help but to notice all of the signs of growth in our children.  Each child has experienced an amazing amount of growth, not just in their physical being but also in their social, emotional and cognitive skills.  The timid three year olds are now confident, eager learners.  Where children once would jump right to grabbing a toy from another child, they are now using words to express their needs and wants with their friends.  Our Pre-K children are signing in each morning with their first and last names, utilizing upper and lower case letters appropriately.  All you need to do is look at the student generated work and art on our walls to see the tremendous growth that your children have achieved.

One challenge we have experienced this month has also highlighted the resilience and creativity of our children.  As you may have noticed, parts of our climbing structure have been blocked off, as it is in need of some repair.  Your students have not been deterred.  Some of the younger children have taken the toy tools and have gone about “fixing” the structure, and the older children have found new ways to climb around the outside of the structure, eager to take on the new challenge.  What growth and resilience they are showing!

I am certain that parents are well aware their child acquires more new skills in their first five years of life than anytime in their future.  Our staff is proud that you have selected our school to enhance your child’s continuing development.  If you look deep into your own hearts, you will see that you have grown right alongside your children.  The confidence in your parenting has increased tenfold.  You have learned the importance of providing a strong early childhood education to assist you in teaching your child.

Here are a few concepts I hope you have learned during your time here:

  1. YOU are your child’s most important teacher.  Children learn first by example.  What is important to you will be most important to them.
  2. Give your child your full attention when you are with them.  Turn off the cell phone and other devices and look at your child as you interact with him or her.
  3. Be involved in your child’s school.  Volunteer in their classroom, and get to know the teachers.
  4. Set firm guidelines for your children and ALWAYS follow through.  If you have trouble with the follow through, think of this as “anti-teenage rebellion insurance”!
  5. Love your children with all your heart and tell them so everyday.
  6. To show them your love and to help them get ready for their next stage in school, read to your child EVERY DAY!  Not only are children learning the importance of words, but also you are interacting with them, asking questions about the story.  “What do you think will happen next or I wonder if…” are excellent ways to help your child develop and verbalize their thought processes.

Enjoy all that the spring has to offer.

Happy Spring!

Jane Walker, Director


Window Display

Many thanks to Room Parents, Frances Alexanderson and Anita Lee from Mrs. Conkling’s Tuesday/Thursday class for their adorable and happy window display!

Rosemary Lay, Window Coordinator


Parent Education Series

A very excPortrait of a young boy crossing guard standing on the road holding a stop signiting Parent Education event is coming to SMCC.  Please join us on Wednesday, May 6, at 9:15, when Safely Ever After will present AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION: keeping your family safe from “tricky people” in a non-fearful way.  Childcare will be available.

Amanda Tracey, Parent Ed Chair



Join us for our Spring Coffee and Annual Meeting!


Save the date of Tuesday, May 12th at 9:15am for our Spring Coffee and Annual Meeting.  We hope you can join us for a relaxing morning featuring guest speaker Dr. Ann Corwin, who will present “A POCKET FULL OF FEELINGS.”  We will also vote into office next year’s SMCC Nursery School Board Members.  Don’t miss this fun tradition.  See you there!



Annual Fund


May 22nd is the last day to make a donation towards the annual fund for the class cookie party.  We are looking for class participation, and any amount counts!  Please look for the envelopes by the class check-ins, or put your donation in the annual fund box by Ms. Walker’s office.  Don’t forget to write your child’s name and teacher on the envelope.

There will also be an opportunity on May 12th at the Spring Coffee to make your donation.  The class with the most participation will get a cookie party thrown for them in the courtyard the last week of school.

Thank you!

Kelly Paulus, Annual Fund Chair


Other Upcoming Dates

Monday, May 25: School CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day

Thursday, June 4:  Last day of school for Tuesday/Thursday classes

Friday, June 5:  Last day of school for Monday/Wednesday/Friday and Monday-Friday classes

Tuesday, June 9 @ 10:30 – 11:30am:  Fun Fair for all Tuesday/Thursday classes, Mrs. Browns class, and Mrs. Eaton/Mrs. Chang’s classes

Wednesday, June 10 @ 10:30 – 11:30am:  Fun Fair for all Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes and Mrs. Talbot’s class

Tuesday, June 16:  Summer Fun Days begin!