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September 2020: Sunshine Kindergarten to Start Sept 16

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We are pleased to announce that we are opening a kindergarten classroom at Sunshine Academy North to accommodate 10 children.  The teachers are Haley Bettinson, who is licensed to teach Pre-K through grade 2 in Massachusetts and has three years of experience teaching in the public schools, as well as Tessa Hansen, who has worked

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March 2020 Newsletter: Spring Nature Programs for Families

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Welcome Spring with your child at any of these amazing nature programs being offered in the Greater Boston area. You can learn how maple syrup is made at any of three events on Saturday, March 7.  From 8:45 am to 1 pm, Drumlin Farm sponsors a Sap to Syrup Farmers Breakfast (massaudubon.org).  From 10 am

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February 2020 Newsletter – Supporting 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 from

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January 2020 Newsletter – The Benefits of Multilingualism

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The diverse cultural origins of the families and teachers in our school benefit all of us and strengthen us as a community. 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 experience. Across our three schools are representatives from

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November 2019 Newsletter – Early Mathematics, Much More than Counting

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Young children actively engage in exploring math concepts as early as infancy. Research conducted by Elizabeth Spelke at the Harvard Laboratory for Developmental Studies demonstrates that children as young as six months can distinguish quantities as they observe objects around them. Some studies suggest that even newborns have number sense (www.mathematicalbrain.com/reviews.html). As children engage with

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November 2019 Newsletter – NAEYC Re-Accreditation Achieved!

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We are very proud to announce that we received our re-accreditation report from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in October, and it showed that our assessors passed us on each of the ten standards and gave us a perfect score (100%+) on five of the standards (relationships, curriculum, family engagement,

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October 2019 Newsletter – Protecting All of Our Children from Illness

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As flu season begins, please review our illness policies (Parent Handbook, page 31) and note that we will send home any child with a fever, diarrhea, unexplained rash or other symptoms at the discretion of the director. Children must remain home for a full school day fever-free without the aid of medications and must no

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September 2019 Newsletter – Communicating with Your Child’s Teachers

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As we start the new school year, we want to invite you to participate in your child’s classroom experience. The upcoming Meet-and-Greets start a conversation about expectations and routines. Please use the time to meet fellow parents, communicate concerns and coordinate on common goals for the children. Please also feel free to schedule Parent-Teacher Conferences

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August 2019 Newsletter – Art Experiences for Young Children

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   Many of our classrooms are exploring Art in August in preparation for our annual Stepping Up Day Art Show. You, too, can create an art space for your child with basic materials such as paper, crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint, chalk and clay. For sculpture and collage work, you can add glue, contact paper,

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July 2019 Newsletter – Summertime Family Fun

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Summertime brings lots of great family-friendly events to Brookline and the Greater Boston area. Please check out some of our favorites. The Farmers Market on Centre Street in Brookline has begun and is operating every Thursday through November from 1:30 pm until dusk. Brookline Recreation’s Free Summer Concert Series begins July 10 at 6 pm

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