Saturday, September 16, 2017

September Newsletter 2017


Hi Everyone!

This has to be some of the sweetest kiddos looped together, what connections forming!  Some photos from the week are posted on Klahanie School Facebook of children who have parental permission to post images of.  We practiced circle time (beginning and ending circles where we sing songs, learn to take turns sharing ideas, learn Spanish and read stories) and lining up as well as walking in the class spaces.  We practice walking heel-to-toe with the following song:

Heel to toe and heel to toe.
We are walking heel to toe.
We are not too fast and not too slow.

Work rugs and mats have been introduced.  The work rugs are for the child to pick an activity off the shelf or form a project and has the choice to work independent or share space with a friend.  

In the garden we focused on group team play and the following statement when a friend asks to join an imaginary play:

"Sure, we'll figure it out."  This statement becomes a bridge for connection building, confidence creation and the foundation of inclusion and empathy building.  If a person is happily playing or concentrating on a project independent, he/she may say "Maybe in a little bit, I am concentrating on my own."  This also offers children time to evaluate self needs and polite response that nurtures continued connection while integrating self care.  I am beginning lessons in Sandpaper letters, geography maps, math bead counting and sensorial lessons and both teachers are introducing loads of Practical Life and art lessons.  This will continue and increase as the year progresses.  Areas such as this will be focused on during our Parent Curriculum night, please come join us 5:30-7pm Thursday, September 28th.

*We would like to expand our Monday class and fill three more spots so two teachers can be present all four school days.  Please let us know soon if you would  like to add Monday and/or have a recommendation of a child/family interested in Monday enrollment.  

Next week (18th-22nd) the Rains are coming!  Yeah for our gardens and state and here we go for our classes of little ones!  

Thank you for bringing your child with name labeled coat and layers, extra socks and name labeled boots.

Thank you for practicing our flipping on coats technique at home: 
Coat flat on floor, hood/tags by the toes, hands in the holes and flipped over the head.  We say the following:  "Tags by the toes, hands in the holes and we flip it over our head."

*Please bring a photo of your child for his/her cubby (can be printed on any paper and any size) and name labeled water bottles.  

Thank you for continuing to spread the word about our Scholarship Fundraiser October 21!  Pie yummies approaching!  

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and excited to continue this amazing school year with you all!  

Warmly,

Emmy and Jordan

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Klahanie School
PO Box 13376 
Burton, WA. 98013
(206) 491-9465

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Pie Auction Parent Contribution List! 2017

2017 Scholarship Pie Auction Dinner Fundraiser!

Saturday October 21,
6-10pm Vashon Books old VFW Hall off main Hwy, north of Burton
Tickets $35 Dinner included, adult event

Klahanie School 2017-18 Parent Contribution Donation:
1.     Attendance
2.     Non-Alcohol Beverage
3.    Selling Tickets, Spreading the Word:
Please use and keep track of sales in the attached envelope to collect funds and document in attached sheet if a Gift to school or Ticket Entry to event.


You help create our Second Annual evening of fun and support our school Scholarships!

Parking, Separation Anxiety Support, Important Dates Autumn 2017




Parking
Please drive 10 miles an hour on our neighborhood road.  Please use the lower parking spots and double-park in the main driveway (in-front of the house).   Carpooling is encouraged.

Upper lot/1 Spot is Reserved for cars transporting Infants and Elderly passengers, asking again to allow parking for one car so thank you for taking your driving time. 

If drivers find they have gone too far up the hill, please slowly back down the road.  Thank you for refraining from pulling around in our neighbor’s driveways.  No Street parking off 201st.  Parking is also available across the street off 201st in the shared Starbreak lot as well as the lower driveway off 81st.   Thank you for your help taking your time and being on time. 

Drop Off Routine
To help children transition smoother to the school and feelings of safety with teachers, staff will offer the following drop off routine:

Drop Off Routine:
1.     9:25am-9:35am meet at the entry tent (upper lot)
2.     9:30am Teacher welcomes and holds hands with first group, remaining group waits in tented area
3.     9:35am Teacher greets second group (Room Rep helps solo Teacher during second round on Mondays)
4.     THANK YOU FOR BEING ON TIME during this new drop off and making conversation light, low and calm
5.     First week of school we will allow some time for photos and Jordan will take the second/third group at 9:40 

Please help your child get ready for a smooth drop off by helping your child place all needed items in his/her backpack and encouraging your child to carry his/her own things. 

Walk to the gate/tent where Jordan will greet children and a brief and warm hello to parents with all attention on helping children walk to disburse items in cubbies, cooler, shoes and inside classroom. 

Please move all greetings and check-ins for the tented areas (we want to make it cozy so Room Rep have fun!).  We seek to maintain low volume noises and teachers will talk directed to the children within and around the class spaces. 

Please email info@klahanieschool.org or call 206-491-9465 before school with specifics about your child, pickup info, etc or leave signed note with details on the magnetic board.

Children excited to enter school, helpful for parents to offer hugs and farewells at the gate/tent so children can smoothly move to concentration of independence and pride of taking care of self to transition to class.

For children needing a bit more time to transition, parents are asked to please sit in the covered tent area to cuddle quietly until child is ready to have Jordan’s help in transition to school.   When you are ready, we cuddle and call if inconsolable for 15 minutes straight.  You will receive a phone call if that is the situation.  Typically, that is rare and children find deep connection smoothly with us the first couple weeks while we show safety to them.

A helpful hint is going over the Daily Needs list with your child and only placing items he/she needs for school inside the backpack the night before.

DAILY Needs (All items names labeled please and thank you!):
1.     Shoes/Boots child can place on and off self directed and good balance
2.     Backpack
3.     Coat
4.     Hoodies/sweater, long-sleeved shirt, etc
5.     Two pair of underwear, sweatpants/waste band, socks
6.     Water-bottle (this can be stored at school if easiest, please specify to teachers)
7.     Rain slickers (pants, coat shells)

 We have a Sharing Bag and request all special home items stay at home until the child has sharing his/her week.  If a snuggly is needed for transition, parents are asked to remind child the special item must stay inside his/her backpack and only items that can be fully shared when out in garden for imaginative play, with all classmate friends at school, are allowed at Klahanie School.  If an item for Sharing bag or imaginative play is breakable or worrisome about damage, please keep at home.   Things get messy and fun here!

Teacher/Director is available for support ideas if child is showing signs of extended days of separation anxiety.  Please call office hours for additional support.

Separation Anxiety & Drop-off Information
The first couple weeks of school and a new drop off can be re-adjustments to the transitioning back to school, new students and families.  We are here to help and have giggles in the process! And it can be difficult so do not be concerned if your child is weepy coming to school. This is normal and natural to observe young children showing more emotion during times of transition. If your child cries without consoling for more than 15 minutes following drop-off, then parents will be called, as we never want children to feel discomfort-surrounding school.

A week or two before school starts as well as when a change in the drop off/pickup person and schedule occurs, we suggest beginning very brief, fun reminders to your child that school will be starting soon and how much fun your child will have and sharing who drops and picks them up. Teachers need to be aware in writing of names, days and contact information for each individual dropping off and picking up children.

Parents/Pickup people will get brief check-ins at pickup about your child’s day. Thank you for dropping all notes on the magnetic board.

Please note: Mondays will be one teacher with smaller group and help with smooth drop off is very helpful. 

If your child is toilet transitioning please help him/her use the bathroom before either coming to school or before beginning class.  We will do gentle reminders to “try” throughout the class time.

If your child shows signs of illness or did not get enough sleep the night before, causing more school anxiety thank you for choosing a day at home or later drop-off with teacher notification.


Please note: We continue to have construction within the garden and children will need to be in shoes.  Sorry no barefoot!   

Important Dates:

Tuesday September 5th
            10-11:30am Meet and Greet Teachers, walk through new drop off, hand in release form and supplies, hear about Pie auction, check out the spaces again please bring:
1.    Picture of your child
2.    Name Labeled slippers
3.    Name Labeled Emergency packet (please refer to Vashon school district website for list, packets are also sold at True Value)
4.    September Tuition and $50 Art Fee

5.    Signed Emergency form 

Wednesday/Thursday September 6th and 7th
            Intro days/split classes 9:30-11:15/11:45-1:30pm
  9:30-11:15 
 11:45-1:30pm 

Monday September 11th
            Regular schedule begins 9:30-12:30/1:30PM

Thursday September 28th
            5:30-7pm Curriculum Night in Klahanie Classroom, parents only

Saturday October 21st
            6-10pm Vashon Books, Scholarship Pie Auction Fundraiser

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday October 23, 24, 25th
            Autumn parent conferences

Daily Needs List & Drop Off Routine

DAILY Needs (All items names labeled please and thank you!):

1.     Shoes/Boots child can place on and off, self directed and good balance
2.     Backpack
3.     Coat
4.     Hoodies/sweater, long-sleeved shirt, etc
5.     Two pair of underwear, sweatpants/waste band, socks
6.     Water-bottle (this can be stored at school if easiest, please specify to teachers)
7.     Rain slickers (pants, coat shells)

Drop Off Routine:
1.     9:25am-9:35am meet at the entry tent (upper lot)
2.     9:30am Teacher welcomes and holds hands with first group, remaining group waits in tented area
3.     9:35am Teacher greets second group (Room Rep helps solo Teacher during second round on Mondays)
4.     THANK YOU FOR BEING ON TIME during this new drop off and making conversation light, low and calm
5.     First week of school we will allow some time for photos and Jordan will take the second/third group at 9:40 

Pick-Up:
12:30 or 1:30pm off the south bench, THANK YOU FOR BEING ON TIME!