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Upcoming Events in September 2014

Monthly Theme:

"Fall"ing Into Another School Year 

Healthy Plate


The traditional food pyramid is now being replaced with a food plate. The plate consists of fours equal areas for fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein. Here are some suggestions for the little and big kids in your household to have a balanced and healthy meal:

  •   Be a role model for your children and eat healthy options with them.
  • Have a "colorful plate" with numerous colors of food.
  • Take your time eating and savor your meal with the kids.
  • Don't reward your children with sweets, but give

    positive words of encouragement when they do good

  • Have your kids try new meals, fruits, and vegetables, so they have a variety of food items to eat.

  • Eat at home as much as possible, that way you can control the amount and what you are serving.




Be a Healthy Role Model for Children

 10 Tips for Setting Good Examples 


You are the most important influence on your child. You can do many things to help your children develop healthy eating habits for life. Offering a variety of foods helps children get the nutrients they need from every food group. They will also be more likely to try new foods and to like more foods. When children develop a taste for many types of foods, it's easier to plan family meals. Cook together, eat together, talk together, and make mealtime a family time!
  1. Show by Example: Eat vegetables, fruits, and whole grains with meals or as snacks. Let your child see that you like to munch on raw vegetables. 
  2. Go Food Shopping Together: Grocery shopping can teach
    your child about food and nutrition. Discuss where vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy, and protein foods come from. Let your children make healthy choices.
  3. Get Creative in the Kitchen: Cut food into fun and easy shapes with cookie cutters. Name a food your child helps make. Serve "Janie's Salad" or "Jackie's Sweet Potatoes" for dinner. Encourage your child to invent new snacks. Make your own trail mixes from dry whole-grain, low-sugar cereal and dried fruit.
  4.   Offer the Same Foods for Everyone: Stop being a "short-order cook" by making different dishes to please children. It's easier to plan family meals when everyone eats the same foods.
  5. Reward with Attention, NOT Food: Show your love with hugs and kisses. Comfort with hugs and talks. Choose not to offer sweets as rewards. It lets your child think sweets or dessert foods are better than other foods. When meals are not eaten, kids do not need "extras"-such as candy or cookies-as replacement foods.
  6. Focus on Each Other at the Table: Talk about fun and happy
    things at mealtime. Turn off the television. Take phone
    calls later. Try to make eating meals a stress-free time.
  7. Listen to your Child: If your child says he or she is hungry, offer a small healthy snack-even if it is not a scheduled time to eat. Offer choices. Ask "Which would you like for dinner: broccoli or cauliflower?" instead of "Do you want broccoli for dinner?"
  8. Limit Screen Time: Allow no more than 2 hours a day of screen time like TV and computer games. Get up and move during commercials to get some physical activity.
  9. Encourage Physical Act ivity: Make physical activity fun for thewhole family. Involve your children in the planning. Walk, run, and play with your child-instead of sitting on the sidelines. Set an example by being physically active and using safety gear, like bike helmets.
  10. Be a Good Food Role Model: Try new foods yourself. Describe its taste, texture, and smell. Offer one new food at a time. Serve something your child likes along with the new food. Offer new foods at the beginning of a meal, when your child is very hungry. Avoid lecturing or forcing your child to eat.


Johnny Appleseed Facts

  • Johnny Appleseed's real name was Johnny Chapman.
  • He was born in Massachusetts in 1774.
  • To the men and women he was a news carrier; to the children he was a friend.
  • He always carried a leather bag filled with apple seeds he collected for free from cider mills.

  • His adventures began in 1792, when John was eighteen years old.

  • In 1842, Johnny made his last trip back to Ohio after spending 50 years walking throughout the countryside.

Thought for the Month...

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. "

~John Dewey 

Kids in the Kitchen

In honor of Johnny Appleseed Day, have the kids make:


Homemade Applesauce!

  •  Medium Apples
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • pan
  • spoon
  • cinnamon
  • paper cups and spoons

Peel, core, and slice the apples.

Cut the apples slices into small chunks.

Put the apples in the pan with 1/2 cup water and simmer for 15 minutes.

Stir in 1/4 cup sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Wait until the applesauce cools, and you can eat this warm.

Or refrigerate and eat it when it's cold. 

Back to School Book List

  • How I Spent My Summer Vacation
    • By: Mark Teague
  • Oh My Baby, Little One
    • By: Kathi Applet
  • The Awful Aardvarks Go to School
    • By: Reeve Lindbegh
  • Once Upon an Ordinary School Day
    • By Colin McNaughton



Books for Children Going to Kindergarten 

  • Wemberly worried about spilling her juice, about shrinking in the bathtub, even about snakes in the radiator. She worried morning, noon, and night. "Worry, worry, worry," her family said. "Too much worry." And Wemberly worried about one thing most of all: her first day of school. But when she meets a fellow worrywart in her class, Wemberly realizes that school is too much fun to waste time worrying!
  • Stuart's got problems. It's raining. He's bored. And worst of all, he's new in town, so he's got a lot to worry about. But what does a kid like Stuart need in order to have an adventure ... and to stop worrying? A cape, of course! Sara Pennypacker's story captures the daily dilemmas that every child must face. Her words are perfectly complimented by illustrator Martin Matje's combination of weirdness and wit.

Source: Scholastic, http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/book-list/school/starting-school  


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Did You Know?

Energy Balance:


How to do the worksheet
Look at the meals on the next page.

  • For each meal, find the ENERGY IN. Those are the calories you get from eating the meal.
  • Look at the ENERGY OUT Table. It lists physical activities and the calories burned for each.
  • Choose an activity for each meal.  Write it in the blank.
  • Figure out how long you need to do the activity to burn the calories from the meal. Write that in the blank.

Here's an example: 

Let's say you have a turkey sub meal and you choose the jump rope activity. 


To balance ENERGY IN and ENERGY OUT, you need to burn about 750 calories.


The ENERGY OUT Table says jumping rope for 15 minutes burns 150 calories.


To burn about 750 calories, you would need to jump rope for 15 minutes, 5 times-for a total of 1 hour and 15 minutes.  




Back to School FUN!

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In This Issue
September Donations

Thank you for your extreme generosity! The donations that are coming in are greatly appreciated. Remember to bring in your three September donations by Tuesday 9/2/2014.


Monthly Theme:

"Fall"ing into another  

School Year  




TUESDAY 9/2 -Monthly Donations  


SUNDAY 9/7 -Grandparents Day

TUESDAY 9/9 -Grandparents Brunch 10:00am 


THURSDAY 9/11 -Patriots Day- wear: red, white, and blue


WEDNESDAY 9/17 -Scholastic Due 


FRIDAY 9/26 -Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed 



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Going Back to School


It's school time again! You're probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over.

Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school.

Luckily, these "new" worries only stick around for a little while. Let's find out more about going back to school.

The First Day
Most teachers kick off the school year by introducing themselves and talking about all the stuff you'll be doing that year. Some teachers give students a chance to tell something about themselves to the rest of the class.

When teachers do the talking on the first day, they often go over classroom rules so you'll know what's allowed and what's not.

Pay close attention so you'll know if you need to raise your hand to ask a question and what the rules are about visiting the restroom.

You might already know a lot of kids in your classes on the first day. But it's a great day to make a new friend, so try to say hello to kids you know and new ones that you don't.

Make the first move and you'll be glad you did and so will your new friend!

Source: Kids Health at www.KidsHealth.org





First Day 


Zip-a-dee-do-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay-
I'm excited because  

it's my first day!
I'm gonna learn and  

I'm gonna play!
Zip-a-dee-do-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay!

It is time for us to go, now.
We're gonna ride the

school bus-
Our new teacher's  

waiting for us!

Zip-a-dee-do-dah, Zip-a-dee-ay-
Wonderful feeling,  

on my first day!



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Transportation Safety

Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels to school.

Walking to school
  • Review your family's  walking safety rules.
  • Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available. When on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic.
  • Before you cross the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming.
  • Never dart out in front of a parked car.
  • Practice walking to school with your child. Cross streets at crosswalks when available.
Riding a bicycle to school
  • Make sure your child always wears his/her helmet when leaving the house.
  • Make sure helmet is fitted and secured properly.
  • Teach your children the rules of the road.
  • Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic, and in a single file.
  • Come to a complete stop before crossing the street. Walk bike across street.
Riding the bus to school
  • Go to the bus stop with your child to teach them the proper way to get on and off the bus.
  • Make sure your children stand six feet away (or 3 giant steps) from the curb.
  • If your child and you need to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the side of the road until you are 10 feet ahead of the bus. You always should be able to see the bus driver, and the bus driver always should be able to see you.
School Safety
Many school-related injuries are completely preventable. Follow these steps to ensure your child's safety at school.

Preventing backpack-related injuries
  • Chose a backpack for your child carefully. It should have ergonomically designed features to enhance safety and comfort.
  • Don't overstuff a backpack; it should weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of your child's body weight.
  • For example, a child that weighs 60 pounds should carry a backpack no heavier than 12 pounds.
  • Ask your children to use both straps when wearing their backpack to evenly distribute the weight on their shoulders.
Preventing playground-related injuries
  • Encourage your child to use playgrounds with a soft surface. Avoid playgrounds with concrete surfaces, as they are too hard if your child falls.
  • Children under the age of four should use climbing equipment with assistance and adult supervision, and watch older children when they're climbing, especially on monkey bars.
Reminders to Parents 
PAYTON'S PROMISE- Many of you have received information about our new initiative called Payton's Promise. If your child will not be at the center or will be arriving late, please call to inform your director. Please see your classroom teacher or director if you would like more information. We appreciate your cooperation and support.

EMAIL ADDRESSES- We have begun to distribute important information via email. Please make sure your most up to date email address is on file with the office. If you are not receiving emails, please let us know.


OUT SICK- Please be sure to call and notify the center if your child has been seen by a doctor and has been diagnosed with anything contagious. It is our responsibility to notify the parents of the children in your child's classroom in a timely manner.  Illness Policy


DONATIONS - We can always use donations of empty food boxes and dress up clothes for our dramatic play centers. And we are always looking for empty shoe boxes!


TUITION CHECKS - Remember, payment is due on the first day that your child attends the center for the week. We will start to assess late fees at $5 per day that payment is late. In the "memo" section of your check, please write the week that you are paying for along with your child's name (if the last names are different). If you are paying for particular days, please write that in the memo section as well. This is CRITICAL for book-keeping!


VACATION REQUESTS- If you are a full-time family and would like to use vacation days, please submit them in writing at least 2 weeks prior. Vacation days cannot be used for holidays or sick days. 

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