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August 2017 Newsletter: Transitions as a Skill-Building Opportunity

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Over the next month, there will be many changes throughout the school as we graduate fourteen children into kindergarten, transition others into the next classroom, and welcome new children into the school. Transitions are an ideal opportunity for supporting and modeling socio-emotional skills in children. As you prepare your child for his or her next

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July 2017 Newsletter: Encouraging Children’s Physical Development

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Early childhood is a time of foundational growth in children’s physical abilities. To support your child’s core strength, balance, coordination, sensory integration, planning sense, flexibility and fitness, please keep in mind the following basic lifestyle choices that influence how your child develops and interacts with the world: – Avoid “Container Baby Syndrome”: Babies who go

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June 2017 Newsletter: Summertime Fun in Boston

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Check out the Farmers Market on Center Street in Brookline every Thursday through November from 1:30 pm until dusk. The Dragon Boat Festival is June 10-11 with boat races both days and activities along the Charles River on Sunday noon to 5 pm (bostondragonboat.org); the Chinatown Main Street Festival is July 8 from 10-6 in

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April 2017 Newsletter: Food Pantry Fundraiser

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Thank you very much to everyone who contributed to the Brookline Food Pantry fundraiser. Parents and teachers raised $8,758 which we matched for a total $17,516 donation to the pantry. We also collected three large bags of toiletry items which we will deliver this week.  We are immensely proud of our wonderful community. For information

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April 2017 Newsletter: Celebrate Spring at Boston-Area Events

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You can enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate spring with your child through many upcoming Boston-area events and activities. On Saturday, April 22 from 9 to 11 am, the Trustees of Reservations is celebrating Earth Day at the World’s End site in Hingham with activities and tours of their nature preserve (www.thetrustees.org). On Saturday, April

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March 2017 Newsletter: Support Services for Developmental Delays

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As children grow and develop, there is a wide range of what is considered normal for the emergence and mastery of different skills. We can support the differences by varying teaching strategies, grouping or partnering children or modeling appropriate behaviors. On occasion, however, we have seen indications of more serious developmental delays. When we do,

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Sunshine Academy Solar Installation

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Sunshine Academy in Washington Square has installed a massive solar array of 110 photovoltaic panels on our flat roof for an estimated electrical generation capacity of 35.2 kilowatts of green energy. This solar array is unique in that the system is 100% ballasted (or weighted) on the roof so that no penetrations of the rooftop

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January 2017 Newsletter: The Benefits of Early Music Education

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What can music do for young children? Quite a lot, according to a large and growing body of research on early childhood music education. Musicians and music teachers emphasize the enhancement to human life and enjoyment that music can bring regardless of other benefits, yet the other benefits are considerable too. Take language ability.  Research

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December 2016 Newsletter: Diverse Language Learning at School and Home

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The diverse cultural origins of the families and teachers in our school community  benefits all of us and is one of many gifts we are grateful for in our lives. Interaction with people of differing perspectives, social experiences and language abilities helps educate all of us and leads to our greater understanding of the human

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November 2016 Newsletter: Fall Family Food Activities

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Fall is an ideal time to teach children about healthy food and enjoy family food activities together.  Fresh apples, pumpkins, winter squash, sweet potatoes, apple cider and many other fall foods are the basis for fun cooking activities we are doing in the classroom and you can do at home too.  When children help cook

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