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March Notes from the Headmistress

In all schools the month of March is a bit like a revolving door.  Our administrative personnel is busy completing the outplacement of students who are matriculating out of our school, confirming contracts for and welcoming in the new students who will enter our school in September.more...

February Notes from the Headmistress

February is an important month for us. We are completing our Admissions cycle as part of the process when a parent has submitted an application they are invited for a visit and to spend time in the actual classroom their child will be placed in for the next year. Enrollment will be finalized and contracts will be sent in early March.more...

January Notes from the Headmistress

January is always a time of renewal and fresh beginnings which seems to elevate the spirit of even very young children.  We loved welcome all of the children back to school after the Christmas Holiday. As is the case every year it looks like everyone had a magic growth spirit over the holiday but of course they have been slowing growing and changes all of first semester but it is more discernable when you have not seen children for two weeks. more...

December Notes from the Headmistress

December is an exciting and busy month in all preschools.  It is a shorter month because of our Christmas break.  School will close at the end of classes on Friday, December 16 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.more...

November Notes from the Headmistress

November is a fantastic time in a preschool. Because children are such interactive and observational learners and there is much change occurring in nature it allows us to have an exciting experience every day. As little scientists we have enjoyed collecting specimens out of doors – seed pods, dried leaves, drying flower heads which contain literally thousands of tiny seeds.  We examine these under magnifying glasses and microscopes. We sort count and categorize the materials – often charting or graphing our results and discussing our findings in group time.more...

September Notes from the Headmistress

When the school doors open next week it will be to welcome the 42nd consecutive class of children and their parents to the Saint Chrysostom’s Day School. We are thrilled that many among the group represent a second generation who will experience the many benefits excellence in early childhood education within the context of a warm and nurturing community that is emblematic of Episcopal schools throughout the world.more...

April Notes from the Headmistress

April is an exciting month for all Early Childhood programs. Mother Nature provides us with some really exciting changes and opportunities to learn from the natural world. We look forward to charting the number of cloudy and rainy days versus the sunny ones and measuring rainfall with our homemade rain gages. We will also spend time in the garden watching for the worms that work with the rain to soften and aerate the soil and help the little green things that began as a seed to push their way up to the sun. We will also use the greenhouse in our outdoor classroom to sprout all kinds of things in peat pots and on trays. Additionally we will continue our study of transportation that includes all things that move on land, over water and in the air and will include some experiments on speed and velocity. Our Junior Kindergarten classes will do a two week study of Eric Carle, a very prolific author now 86 years of age who continues to write books that delight both children and adults. As is our practice the children will not only read and act out a number of his books but they will also create their own books in the style of Eric Carle. more...

March Notes from the Headmistress

I always think of March as a month of transitions. We transition from Central Standard Time to Daylight Savings Time, from winter to spring; in private schools it is the month when we mail out contracts to our incoming families for the 2016-17 school year and await the news of acceptances for our children who are old enough to matriculate to lower school programs of a number of area schools. It is also a short month for us because our Spring Vacation always begins at the close of school on the third Friday in March. Despite all of this it is a wonderful month packed with some exciting experiences for the children of our school.more...

January Notes from the Headmistress

We are happy to welcome everyone back to school for the beginning of the second semester.  It is always wonderful to see the children on the first day of school after Christmas vacation. Two weeks feels like a long time without seeing them and all of the growth and development that has been taking place gradually during the first four months of school is immediately apparent.  They are taller and much more confident versions of the children who began school in early September racing through the door, anxious to share with their teachers and classmates everything that happened over the vacation.  They thrive on the routine of being in school and frankly so does the staff, me included.  Although they do not completely understand the concept of a new year and the resolutions that are so much a part of the adult mindset during the first weeks of January but they have their own particular aura of anticipation as we return  to school.more...

December Notes from the Headmistress

December 1st marks the beginning of Advent, a season that is symbolic of waiting and expectation. Children understand full well the inherent appeal and excitement of waiting and have not yet learned to conceal their enthusiasm or lower their expectations. This is one of many delights for those lucky enough to teach young children. The joy they take in all things becomes self-evident. In a recent Monday morning mediation, by Dan Heischman, Executive Director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, he said: “It is very hard to become expert in something you don’t love”. His words resonated with me because it reminded me of what is most exceptional about the teachers in our school. Not only are they Master’s level teachers but their genuine concern and affection for the children they teach have made them true experts. To a person, they are focused and engaged with each of their students and their family; always searching for just the right strategy to maximize children’s understanding of themselves, their peers and the world around them. Madeline Levine in her bestselling book, Teach Your Children Well, focuses on how important it is to encourage your children to be resilient.  I witnessed a wonderful example of a resilient three year old this morning. The class has made a bulletin board including family photos. She comes from a family with a brand new infant. The request has been made several times for the photos and this morning when she arrived at school she said to the teacher, “look I brought my family photos”. The photos were in fact drawings that she herself had made. The teacher labeled them with the names of each family member and put them up in the bulletin board.  No one in the class commented because one of the greatest qualities that young children possess is that they are very accepting people who would not criticize or discriminate against one of their classmates. That kind of nastiness is learned behavior.  So for this little girl it was a question of problem presented and problem resolved. She is what David Elkind would call an “invulnerable”. This characteristic of her personality is going to prove to be an invaluable asset throughout her life.more...

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