November 2015 News

Dates to Remember
11/6 Tuition Due
11/6 Cookie Orders Due
Make your holiday baking easier! The annual Cookie dough sale has begun!
11/12 PAB Meeting 7pm at CMP
11/26 and 11/27 Happy Thanksgiving (No School)

Parents Night Out 2015

Thank you to so many of you for all the help in making another CMP event such fun! A big shout out to the amazing committee members;
Leah Viola, Lisa Hoeme, Jen Trost, Jenna Gay, Amy Holste and Abby Riesen.  The funds used are going towards the CMP’s Spring inservice training trip to Chicago.

Montessori Small Hands
The cute catalog you will find in your child’s mailbox includes some wonderful gift giving ideas for your child(ren) this holiday.  We, at CMP feel that these are great choices in partnering all that your child does at school.  Many of these products are affordable, safe and great finds!  When you place your order and include CMP’s number: 104170 , a small portion gets sent to CMP that is used for the playgrounds.

When is My Child Too Sick to Come to School?
Licensing regulations require the director to call you to pick up your child should he/she show signs of:

  • An incessant cough
  • Green mucus/nose
  • Vomiting, Diarrhea, or Nausea;  These are symptoms that require a student to remain at home until a normal diet is tolerated. If child is sent home due to illness children must stay home the following day of school.
  • An unexplained rash; Rashes or patches of broken itchy skin need to be examined if they appear to be spreading or not improving.
  • Temperature above 101.5 F;  A fever of 101.5 degrees or more signals an illness that is probably going to make a student uncomfortable and unable to function well in class.  Your child should stay home until her/she is feeling better; your child should be fever-free for 24 hours without using Tylenol or advil/ibuprofen. If child is sent home due to illness children must stay home the following day of school.
  • Pink eye or other Infections Diseases; Diseases such as impetigo, pink eye with thick drainage and strep throat require a doctor’s examination and prescription for medication.  Contacting the doctor and using the medicine as directed for the full recommended length of time are necessary.  Once medication has been started and the child is feeling well, he/she may return to school.  Student’s with chicken pox may return to school when all the scabs are completely dried and no new lesions are developing (usually 5 – 7 days).
  • Complaints of a sore throat or earache
  • Injuries;  If a student has an injury that causes continuous discomfort, the student should not attend school until the condition is checked by a doctor or it improves.  Injuries that interfere with class participation need a medical evaluation.

If your child is picked up due to illness, the child may return to CMP after 24 hours and free from any symptoms.

  • If your child is ill in the morning we ask that you keep them home all day and not bring them in the afternoon.
  • All contagious illnesses will be posted on the bulletin board per state regulations.

Two commonly asked questions concerning sick children:

When can a child return to school?  If your child is sick and is unable to participate fully in the program and activities, including outdoor play time, then he/she should not be at school.  If you bring a sick child back to school too early, you risk getting them sick again and you expose all of the other children and staff to potential illness.  Please be sure your child is well enough to participate fully before returning to school.

What happens when a child becomes ill while at school?  If your child becomes ill while at school, we will contact you immediately and require that you come to pick-up your child.  After being contacted, every effort must be made by the parents to come and pick up the child as soon as possible.  If we do not reach you, then we will call your emergency pick up numbers.  While waiting to be picked up, your child will be isolated from the other children for their comfort and to prevent spreading illness.

REMINDER:  Please be sure to call the office if your child contracts a communicable disease so that we can post a notice (names are never posted).

We Need Your Help

*A woodpecker visited our CMP parking signs…Yikes!  It appears that a woodpecker thought that our sign were real wood and did some significant damage.
We are looking for a volunteer to carefully remove the signs.  Debby will bring them to the company in Verona, and then if that volunteer could replace back on the posts, it would be appreciated!
*The entry lights to Debby and Patty’s classroom needs some looking at. (inside the building)
*CMP needs bales of Hay… (4-5?) one for the gardens, and the rest for the bottom of the sledding hill.  If you have access to any, that’d be super!
*The vegetable gardens need to be put to bed…This can be done at any time, and we have helpful hands if desired!

Phone Directories
Phone Directories will soon be out!  A huge thank you to Elizabeth Zinger (and her mom) for this incredible work!  May it provide you with helpful numbers, and information!  (If you can assist with copies/stapling together, please let Debby know)

Reminders/Helpful hints:

-Check your child’s extra clothes box to replace the shorts with pants, etc.
-Slippers are great at this time of year and through the winter
-Hold hands in the parking lot, please do not leave your car engine on.
-Clean out mailboxes daily.
-Winter Clothing Help: mittens please (water proof ones, once the snow begins), slip on boots only, and please no scarves or gloves!

Inside & Outside Fun!

To allow your child to be as independent as possible in the coming colder weather, please try to outfit him or her in a coat (and hat, mittens, etc.) that is within their capabilities to put on and to remove; for ease and safety, it is best if all clothing allows freedom of movement (no gloves please) and a full range of vision. Putting names on every piece of clothing including each mitten, hat, sweater and coat is helpful. Thank you!

Welcome to a festive time of the year!

The next few months promise to bring excitement and many traditional family gatherings. It is the time for children to become aware of the traditions, etiquettes of behaviors and of listening to family stories. It is the time of sweet smells of food. One’s personality and characteristics draw heavily from the memories of our childhood. The values, norms and traditions are transmitted and behaviors are repeated and handed over to the next generation. History is a continuum… and history happens every day. We as parents are the writers of history and we must do it consciously! So, consider making the holidays NOT stressful, NOT cramped with shopping and work, but time that is balanced. Have festive and quieter moments with your children… Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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