The OWL Express – January/February 2017

Clip art image of a cartoon owl sitting on a branch.The OWL Express

We’re Opening the World of Learning

Donna Adams, Principal
Ralph Bunche Preschool
400 Belletta Drive | Canton, GA 30114 | 770.479.8506

The OWL Express – January/February 2017 PRINT VERSION

 

Dates to Remember

Clip art image of a snowman January:

1/3 Students return to school
1/11 Nurses Appreciation Day
1/16 MLK Day – no school

February:

2/20 – 2/24 February Break – no school
2/17 Make and Take

Important Reminders!

  • As the weather changes, please make sure your child has a weather-appropriate change of clothes!
  • In the event of inclement weather, please check cherokeek12.net or WSB-TV for school closures.
  • Please make sure your Early Dismissal information is up to date. This is how your child will go home during inclement weather.

For Your Information

Head Start currently has 1 opening in the 4-year-old classroom. We are still taking applications for 3-year-olds as well!

Clip art image of an owl reading a book.Family Partner Place

Male Involvement

Fathers play a critical role in the development of their children; however, many fathers are uncertain about the responsibilities and privileges associated with this role. Children need fathers who love and care for them on a consistent basis. Involved fathers provide a positive male role model, they are someone for their child to play with, and children with active fathers often do better in school. The latest research indicates that fathers who are actively involved in raising their children can make a positive and lasting difference in their lives.

Reminder…

Please label your child’s jacket – many jackets look alike!

Photo of preschool principal Donna AdamsPrincipal’s Corner

Parents,

Thank you for the outpouring of giving for our care projects during the holiday season. Preschool delivered many food products to Papa’s Pantry from the Ralph Bunche Center, as well as to families at Oak Grove and Johnston. Your children have seen the results of giving first hand and will carry that memory for years to come. In the holiday season, I was thankful for so much; however, I count my faculty and staff among my richest blessings. They not only “educate” your child every day, but they “love” them unconditionally. Our teachers go far beyond the expectation to make sure their students are receiving the best they have to give at this critical age in their life. They endure cold weather to escort your child safety from their cars to their classrooms; eat with their students instead of receiving a duty free lunch, receive no planning time during the school day as there are no music/art/PE teachers to accommodate this plan, and attend professional development trainings after school, instead of during the day, as preschool receives very little staff development money for substitutes. These are a few of the ways your child’s preschool teacher is always “giving” without complaint. I am also very thankful for our wonderful parent volunteers who help the teachers and staff provide for all children. Our community partners such as Soliel Optimist and Community Clubs, Cherokee Education Foundation, Christian Egner Foundation, Joseph Daniel Howard Foundation, and many business partners such as Menchies, Chick-fil-A, and more listed on the center website, are such valuable contributors to our centers. Please take the time to share your appreciation to your child’s teachers, parapros, and community partners. Together Everyone Achieves More!

– Donna Adams, Principal

Is my child smart?

Parents often wonder, “Is my child smart?” What they should really be asking is “How is my child smart?”
Howard Gardner of Harvard has developed a theory of multiple intelligences. His premise is: Rather than there being one single way of being smart that can be tested for with typical intelligence tests, there are at least eight aspects of intelligence which can be defined as ways of solving problems or creating products valued by one’s culture or community.

Each child probably has a unique profile, stronger in one or two of the intelligences and less developed in others. See which aspects you can identify in your child.

  1. Bodily-kinesthetic (The Mover) uses the body skillfully for expressive and athletic purposes. She likes to move around, touch, and use body language.
  2. Interpersonal (The Socializer) detects and responds appropriately to moods and temperaments of others. He likes to have lots of friends, and is skilled at understanding people and communicating.
  3. Intrapersonal (The Individual) discriminates inner feelings and uses them to guide her own behavior. She likes to work alone, pursue personal interests, and do original things.
  4. Linguistic (The Word Player) communicates through the use of words, and is sensitive to sounds, rhythms, and the different functions of language. He likes to read, write, tell stories, and is good at remembering names, places, etc.
  5. Logic-mathematical (The Questioner) detects logical or numerical patterns, and handles long chains of logical reasoning. She likes to do experiments, figure things out, work with numbers, ask questions, and explore patterns and relationships.
  6. Musical (The Music Lover) produces and appreciates pitch, rhythm or melody, and keeps time. He likes to sing, hum, listen and respond to music, and play an instrument.
  7. Naturalist (The Nature Lover) relates to the environment and adapts to its demands. She likes to be outdoors and collect things, and is good at noticing minute differences between things.
  8. Spatial (The Visualizer) perceives the visual-spatial world, transforms those perceptions, and re-creates them when they are no longer present. He likes to draw, build, design, and create things, and is good at imagining things, and doing mazes and puzzles.

Did you find yourself here, as well as your child? Besides being interesting, parents should realize that the differences in children’s interests and abilities explain why some children just don’t want to participate in particular activities, and need choices that suit their own style.

All forms of intelligence are valuable, so make sure children have the opportunity to explore and develop all potential intelligences.

School Nurse News

Flu Facts and How to Stay Healthy

Clip art image of a cartoon sick child in bed.Flu season is almost here! Influenza, or the flu, is a very contagious viral infection, which infects the nose, throat, and lungs. Peak flu season is between late December, and early March. The most common way to spread the influenza virus is by “droplet transmission,” which occurs when an infected person coughs, or sneezes droplets of virus into the air that then enter the nose, or mouth of people nearby. The flu virus can also be spread when a healthy person touches droplets from an infected person, and then touches his/her mouth, or nose without first washing hands.

Help protect yourself, and others from the flu this season by practicing the following habits:

  • Check with your doctor about getting the flu vaccine
  • Wash your hands thoroughly, and often
  • Don’t share drinks
  • Cover your mouth when sneezing, or coughing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, or mouth
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Stay home if sick, and keep students home that have symptoms of the flu, or a cold:
    • If you have a stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and cough, you probably have a cold!
    • If you have a high fever, headache, muscle and body aches, tiredness, and a dry cough, you probably have the flu!

What to do if the flu catches you? Contact your health care provider, and stay home from school! Your doctor will decide how to best treat your symptoms.

Healthy Happy 2017 from your school nurse!

Photo of a school bulletin board for winter, with the saying "Snow Many Ways to be Healthy".