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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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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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October 2016 Newsletter: Keeping All Children Healthy

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Please review the illness policies for the school (Parent Handbook, page 31) and note that we will send home any child with a fever, diarrhea, unexplained rash, conjunctivitis and other symptoms at the discretion of the director. Your child must remain home for 24 hours fever-free without the aid of medications, and must no longer

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September 2016 Newsletter – Communicating with Your Child’s Teachers

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As we start the new school year, we want to remind you of the systems we have in place for you to participate in setting goals for your child and communicating with your child’s teachers about his or her learning. The upcoming Meet-and-Greets start a conversation about expectations for the classroom and learning goals appropriate

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August 2016 Newsletter – Eat Well and Keep Moving

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Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health have released new resources for parents and teachers to help teach children about good nutrition, exercise and healthy life choices. Please see their websites http://eatwellandkeepmoving.org/Home/Parents and http://foodandfun.org/ for resources in English, Spanish and Chinese about sugars, fats, whole grains, exercise, hydration, screen time limits and other topics. There

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July 2016 Newsletter – Splash and Swim in Brookline and Beyond

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Water play is a wonderful activity for young children, not only to stay cool in hot summer weather but also as a learning activity. Through water play, children learn about buoyancy, gravity, absorbency, evaporation, reflection, surface tension, paths of least resistance, wave motion, temperature and many other concepts.  We are fortunate to have our own

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