Nov 29

Reminders

Reminders:

Help us celebrate Vicki’s outstanding work for our preschool department as she begins her journey into retirement.  The party will be at the Pumphouse from 4:00 – 6:00 on Thursday, December 7th.  Hope to see you there.

Chocolate and Chats will be this Friday beginning at 2:00 here at Student Services.  I would love to honor and spoil all of you with some yummy baked goods and a good time connecting with each other.  I hope you can come.  There will be a white elephant gift exchange at 2:45 if you wish to participate by bringing either a pair of  holiday sock(s) or a Christmas ornament wrapped or in a gift bag.

Book clubs are ready to rock and roll.  We are pleased to announce that preschool teachers are helping facilitate two of the book club options for us this year. YAY!  Please see sign up regarding book club opportunities.  Don’t forget to sign up through the Office of Professional Development also if you wish to get salary credit.  Book Club Sign-up

Preschool registration is right around the corner, beginning January 2nd through the 17th.  Please ensure your families who wish to return get their applications in.

January 19th is our next Professional Development day with five break-out options.  Please get in and sign up before you go on break so that we can provide group size information to the presenters.  PD day sign-up
-Check out the great Behavior Management/ Social Emotional resources that have been added to the blog.  They can be found under the Resources tab by selecting Teaching Resources.
-If you have not already done so, please go to this link and enter your contact information that will be kept confidential.   Staff Contact Information Link
 Have a wonderful day!
Shela

Sep 19

Preschool Meeting Follow Up

Based on some questions that came up during the licensing training, please see below the clarifications:

Transition Tracking

  • Purpose is to ensure that all students are accounted for when transitioning to avoid a lost child
  • Body to name checks should be done prior to and upon arrival for any transition outside your classroom
  • A copy of student emergency information should be with you any time you are outside your classroom

Restroom Protocol

  • Just a reminder the next step is to meeting with your principals to determine process specific to your building
  • Intent of this protocol is to avoid being one on one while restrooming or toileting a student
  • If you are experiencing challenges around this protocol while on the playground and may need a walkie talkie please contact Vicki Hergott
  • Consider using a curtain and curtain rod to cover the lower half of the restroom door to allow visibility

Licensing

  • Volunteer Training power point is almost completed and will be shared shortly for your use with classroom volunteers.  Details to come when the power point is shared
  • Maximum student group size is 20 which also pertains to your outside playground
  • Thank you for being diligent in ensuring the awareness of the stipulations around  Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) qualifications as it applies to the requirement regarding who can be in charge of a group of children.  Only ECT staff can be in charge of a group wheras an assistant must be in the supervision of an ECT qualified staff at all times.  This applies to restrooming if outside the classroom and any other tasks that require them to outside the view of the teacher.

LENA Start

  • Reminder – LENA Starts fall class referrals are due by the end of this week.  Please refer families that you feel will benefit from this program to Claudia Orona Perez at The OUR Center 303-772-5529, ext. 242

 

If you have additional questions, please contact Shela.

Please welcome our new preschool teachers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 14

Early Childhood Resources and Information

Hi all!

We wanted to share the information below as a resource for you that was sent to us from Melanie Kelsea from Longmont Children, Youth & Families.

 

Hello!

I wanted to share some resources and information on Early Childhood:

1)      For those who weren’t able to attend the Early Learning Summit, please visit the Bright EYES website for resources from the trainers:

https://www.longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-a-d/children-youth-and-families/early-education/early-learning-summit

2)      Here is a resource titled “Fostering Healthy Social & Emotional Development in Young Children Tips for EARLY Childhood Teachers and Providers” from the website Too Small to Fail: http://m.toosmall.org/blog/body/HHS-SED-Tips-for-Early-Childhood-Teachers-and-Providers.pdf?utm_source=Early+Childhood+Colorado+Partnership&utm_campaign=6653d5e7d4-Our_Voice_EC_Newsletter_March2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2297e501f3-6653d5e7d4-106263885&goal=0_2297e501f3-6653d5e7d4-106263885&mc_cid=6653d5e7d4&mc_eid=ae0ecc43aa

3)      There is a training in May in Boulder for those who have already attended Pyramid Plus training and want to provide parent trainings: Positive Solutions for Families Train the Trainer – https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1958410&utm_source=Early+Childhood+Colorado+Partnership&utm_campaign=6653d5e7d4-Our_Voice_EC_Newsletter_March2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2297e501f3-6653d5e7d4-106263885&goal=0_2297e501f3-6653d5e7d4-106263885&mc_cid=6653d5e7d4&mc_eid=ae0ecc43aa

4)      Don’t forget to visit the website for the Early Childhood Council of Boulder County for trainings, job postings, and more: https://www.eccbouldercounty.org/

5)      Here is some recent legislation affecting families and child care providers:

  1. Family and Medical Leave Insurance for all Coloradoans Act http://www.cofamli.org/ https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B68wfyXlGQEwd1FjM3ZGQ3pncFU/view This will most likely be introduced in state legislation in the next few weeks.
  2. HB 17-1210 Addressing Out-of-School Suspension & Expulsion of Young Children http://www.coloradokids.org/hb-17-1210-lontine-bucknerfields-priola-addressing-out-of-school-suspension-expulsion-of-young-children/
  3. HB 17-1211 Disciplinary Strategies Professional Development for Educators http://www.coloradokids.org/hb-17-1211-colemanpriola-disciplinary-strategies-professional-development-for-educators/
  4. If you would like to receive updates about legislation affecting Early Childhood issues, sign up for Kids Flash from the Colorado Children’s Campaign: https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50897/signup_page/kidsflash-sign-up

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or comments.

Thank you,

Melanie Kelsea, M.S.

Community Coordinator/Early Childhood

Longmont Children, Youth & Families

Phone: 303-774-3762

Nov 20

Welcome!

Welcome to the SVVSD Early Childhood Blog.  We hope that you will find some useful information and tools to make your job easier.  Please browse the blog and get to know it’s different categories and content.