From Your Director:
Last week, I attended 2 days of the annual conference of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. I love going to conferences! I always come back with a renewed sense of the importance of the work we do. This time, I attended a highly motivational session called “Staying Play-Based in a Readiness World”. The presenter talked a lot about how, in our changing world, child care centers are one of the few remaining places where children have the opportunity for free play with other children. Children need this sort of unstructured time for many reasons--one of the most important being that it teaches them how to resolve conflicts. Children are intrinsically motivated to
learn to resolve conflicts with other children during free play because PLAY IS FUN and they want it to continue.
If you are not certain of the value of learning conflict resolution, think about many of the big social issues facing our country today!
And if that doesn’t convince you of the importance of play: consider the words of a middle school algebra teacher who attended this same session who said that her middle school students would have benefitted from the ability to take risks, problem-solve, and think independently--skills that are learned through play.
Help us to protect your children’s play by spreading the word that play is important and that children can learn everything they need to know through play.
Thank you for trusting us with your children.
Mark Your Calendars!
Monday, October 10th: CDC closed for Staff Training Day
October 17-28th: Scholastic Book Fair
October 21st: Fall Festival!
November 17th: Picture Day
November 18th: Thanksgiving Feast
Wed-Fri, Nov. 23rd-25th: CDC closed for Thanksgiving
Supply Fee: The first installment ($125) of our annual supply fee will be charged in October. The second installment (also $125) will be charged in February. If you would prefer, you are welcome to pay the entire $250 in October. The first installment is due by October 31st.
Companion Cafe: It's back! If you are new to First English or haven't heard about Companion Cafe yet, it is a weekly dinner served on Wednesday nights in the Fellowship Hall starting at 6pm. Dinner is prepared and served by members of First English Lutheran Church as a way of bringing together church members, CDC families, and other members of the community. If you pick up your child close to 6pm, consider coming by and picking up a plate of food for a suggested donation of $5 adults/$3 kids. Companion Cafe is also a great way to plan a meet-up with other First English families.
Light the Night: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk is being held at Circuit of the Americas on November 12, and we wanted to round up a walk team in support of one of our dear First English families.
The Light the Night Campaign funds research to find cures and ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. If you're interested in joining the walk, let us know. You can also show your support by donating today.
To join our FELCDC team now, click here
(Thanks to Star parent Joanna Parigi for organizing this!)
Volunteers needed! Coming your way soon! Please watch your inbox for a sign up for Fall Festival and Book Fair.
Fall Festival: What is is? An evening of games and prizes, costumes, food, and fun. On October 21st, starting at 5:30, we’ll have pizza in the Fellowship Hall, followed by games and fun on the playground. We will send out envelopes before the event to collect money for the pizza. Children are invited to wear costumes--but don’t worry if your child refuses (some of them do!)
***We can’t run the festival without your help, so please sign up to help with the games.
Book Fair: Our Scholastic Book Fair will take place in the Fellowship Hall from October 17th through the 28th. Stop by and browse during drop-off or pick-up. Based on the amount of money we bring in, we are given “Scholastic Dollars” to spend on books and supplies for our classrooms. So please help us out, and get some new books for your home library at the same time!
October/November Staff Birthdays:
6th Anasia D. (Sunbeam Afternoon Assistant)
14th Abby L. (Fantastic sub and floater)
17th Martha C. (Star Lead)
24th Lauren E. (Sunbeam lead)