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Jackson Early Childhood Center
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March 2019 Newsletter

Dear Families!

March has finally arrived, a time of seasonal changes, with the promise of warmer temperatures and more outdoor playtime. However, it seems that Winter wants to linger a little longer! Hopefully we will be saying goodbye to this snow and cold soon! The first day of spring falls on March 20th this year, less than three weeks away!

We begin this month celebrating the birthday of children’s author, Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss! Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904; this would be his 115th birthday! His birthday kicks off the National Education Association’s annual reading motivation and awareness program and runs the entire month of March.  In recognition of the NEA’s monthlong celebration of children’s literature and reading, we are dedicating our first week to several favorite storybooks of Dr. Seuss!

Our own Jackson PTA’s annual “Read to Me Week” is scheduled for the first week of March, including Clifford the Big Red Dog! I encourage all our families to continue to share your love of reading with your children, to model reading behavior and to simply have fun with storybooks!

 

3+ T/TH Conference Reminder:  I am looking forward to spending a little one-on-one conference time with each of my student families. It is one of the very few times a teacher has to talk privately and at length with parents.  My students are fun-spirited, curious little beings, filled with a love of learning and happy to be at school (most days)!  Thank you, families! *Just a reminder: Conference Sign-up sheets are in the hallway next to our information board.

 

*The Young 5’s Parent Information Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Jackson Early Childhood Center. The Fall 2019 Young 5’s Program is for children that will turn five years old between July 1st and September 1st, 2019 and for those not yet ready for Kindergarten.

*Young 5’s Registration is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 20th at the Livonia Board of Education Office located at 15125 Farmington Rd. in the Lower Level Board Room. *I would strongly suggest that all families whose children are eligible for Young 5’s should arrive early on Tuesday morning prior to 8:00 a.m.

 

 

F.Y.I - The importance of Sensory Play in early childhood educationChildren learn about their world through play and exploration, learning through their senses, by looking, listening, touching, feeling and tasting. As early childhood teachers, we intentionally create sensory play experiences on a daily basis. We select a wide variety of materials – water play, sand play, buttons, rice, play dough, and much more! Novelty is the key, both messy and non-messy!  The inherent benefits of sensory play are many – enhancing cognitive development, social skills, physical skills (fine motor), emotional development, communication skills and sense of self.

A big thank you to our Jackson Early Childhood Center PTA! We are so appreciative of everything this group of hardworking, dedicated parents continue to do on our young students’ behalf: enhancing our school and all of its programs throughout the year; providing educational programming (Beverly Meyers Music Lady Program; Mr. Nelson’s Wildlife Safari Show; the Spring Live Farm Animal Program, our Fall Pumpkin Fest; gifts to our library book collection; classroom money; etc. Please consider joining the Jackson PTA, it is never too late.

 

Zoophonics: Letters this Month will include – “Rr”, “Ss” & “Tt”

March Weekly Themes: 

1. Dr. Seuss Week! *(Clifford’s Read to Me Week also) - Clifford the Small Red Puppy by Norman Bridwell!

2. Conference Week – No School!

3. Wild Safari Animals *(Mr. Nelson’s Wild Animal Show)!

4. Pete the Cat Week!

 

March Events & Dates:  

  • The week of March 4th – 8th, our Jackson PTA sponsors the annual “Read to Me” week with Clifford the Big Red Dog! There are always exciting surprises!
  • Saturday, March 9th – Barnes & Noble PTA Fundraiser (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)! Come join us! There will be many fun activities including face painting and crafts! Jackson teachers will be reading favorite storybooks! *(Mrs. Oppermann is reading at 10:00 a.m.)!
  • March 11th – 14th Conference Week (No classes this week). Our 3+ Classroom conferences are scheduled for Tuesday (3/12), Wednesday Evening (3/13) & Thursday (3/14). *Sign-up sheets in the hall.
  • Tuesday, March 12th – Young Fives Parent Information Meeting (6:30 – 7:30 p.m.) at Jackson Early Childhood Center.
  • Sunday, March 17th – Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 
  • Tuesday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 20th – Young 5’s Registration beginning at 8:00 a.m., Livonia Board of Education Office.
  • Wednesday, March 20th is the First Day of Spring!
  • Wednesday, March 20th - Jackson PTA meeting, 7:00 p.m., in the staff lounge. *(Rescheduled due to conferences).
  • Monday, April 1st through Friday, April 5th – All LPS Schools are closed for Spring Break (unless you are contracted for the JCDC Childcare Program). School reopens on Monday, April 8th.

 

It is a daily pleasure and joy watching your children as they grow and mature, learning to control their impulses and self-regulate, practicing their listening skills and stretching their attention spans. These are very energetic, young classrooms, working very hard every Tuesday and Thursday. We must always remember too, that “play is the work of children”! Thanks again for all your cooperation and support. Please feel free to speak to me after class if you have any concerns or questions.

With appreciation, Mrs. Oppermann