Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Welcome Back Letter for 2016-2017 School Year!

Klahanie School
Emily Graham, Director/Lead Teacher
Jordan Beck-Vroom/Co-Teacher, Language and Textiles Specialist
Elizabeth Mendana-Shaw/ Movement Specialist
Dear Klahanie School Families,
Welcome to a very exciting upcoming school year!

Our Peace Building curriculum continues to expand for this school year and mid year we will begin studies of South America!  I am thrilled to share our classroom is welcoming co-teacher Jordan Beck-Vroom to our classroom!  Jordan is Cooper and Calyx’s Mama, a dear family friend, trusted and experienced childcare provider, fellow early education enthusiast/supporter, fluent in Spanish as well as an artist.  Our school could not be luckier, thank you Jordan and welcome! To continue adding to our enriching school experiences, I am hoping to get some parents in class as well as fieldtrips this school year to share cooking, singing/music, environmental & farming talents, travels, share another language or growing up in other countries/continents.  Please contact me if you would like to contribute a talent.  We also need a monthly play-dough maker for our class, volunteers for subbing if a teacher is out sick, self-portraits and fieldtrip volunteers.  Our additional education continues to be offered through movement (dance, yoga, safe climbing exploration), music, language (English, Hawaiian, French and Spanish vocabulary introduction), exploration of the earth (introduction to plants and animals and the care of them) and exposure to compassionate listening/communicating.  Peace work introduction and implementation is focused on a daily basis.  Specialists Jordan Beck-Vroom will be focused in class every other month to share her talents in Textile/Craft Arts as well as introduction and practice of Spanish and Elizabeth Mendana-Shaw will offer her talents in movement every other month.  
Important Dates:

Please come meet/visit with teachers and help your young child get re-acquainted with the school environment. Please read below to know what to bring to the Open House.

Class Times: Mondays-Thursdays 9:30-12:30/1:30pm September 6th-June 17
*Adding Fridays October 2016 9:30-12:30 if enough families are interested*

Important Dates:
·       Tuesday Aug 30th:  Family Open House-Meet Greet 10am-11:30am 
o   Please come meet/visit with teachers and help your young child get re-acquainted with the school environment.  Please read below to know what to bring to the Open House.
o   Please sign up for Play-dough making, subbing, self-portrait help!
·       Tuesday Sept. 6th – Thursday Sept.8th Intro Days
o   Our class will be split in half to ease children to school routine and introduction to school environment
§  9:30-11:15 Zosia, Coralee, Cooper, Bodhi, Mei, Calyx, Madeline, Charlotte
§   11:45-1:30pm Pan, Maverick, Juniper, Cyrus, Solomon, Vaughn, (Cooper & Calyx), Livia 

·       Monday Sept.12th First Full Day and normal schedule

Open House 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, signed contract/field trip permission, $50.00 Art Fee

Daily Please Bring for your child:
1.    Easy to carry backpack for your child with name labeled bag of change of clothes
2.    Name labeled Snack and Lunch, Water-Bottle: PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE A PERSON IN CLASS WITH ALLERGY TO PEANUTS AND CASHEWS, PLEASE KEEP THOSE NUTS HOME.  THANK YOU!  We also have a couple of dairy allergies so sharing at snack/lunch will be a bit more limited. 
3.    Shoes your child can slip on and off him/herself—boots are fantastic!
4.    Weather Ready gear! Please note that we play outside in any and all weather!
Please apply sun block if sunny day.

Separation Anxiety & Drop-off Information
The first couple weeks of school are re-adjustment to the transitioning to school for the first time or returning. 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, 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.

While teachers are comforting child(ren) drop-off people are suggested to be swift and compassionately clear maybe saying something like: “I love you, I will see you very soon, have a wonderful time.” If parents and children choose a slower transition, there is a cozy tented space to the east of the deck stairs and cubbies. This space will allow families to share a more gradual transition to read a book or have a cuddle and talk of safety reassurance, while respecting the concentration of class and teachers during beginning circle. A teacher will be on the deck to help during transition from parent to school.

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

Please note: Tuesdays 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.

Tuition is due the 1st of Every Month. Tuition paid after the 5th a $25 late fee will be applied.
Please call school Director if needing to explore a different day of the month to pay tuition. We are here to support and problem-solve.

Parking : Thank you for sharing with your Pick-up Helpers
Please park in the property driveways as well as the shared parking across 201st street. There is a gate to garden from South driveway. Please back down the road slowly if no parking in upper lot (our neighbors prefer zero turn-arounds in their driveways. Please refrain from parking on the street off 201st. Our neighborhood requests people drive 10 miles an hour. Thank you for your help and arriving on time!

Emergency Closures and Pick-Up Protocol—Important PLEASE
In case of an Earth Quake or other emergency situation during school hours, Klahanie School asks parents to be prepared with a plan with other parents in your child’s class that can be your child’s emergency pick-up if you are unable to get to Klahanie promptly. Please pair up with two
or three (depending on how children you can safely transport) parents to be emergency backup drivers and list each other on the Emergency Release form. Whichever parent arrives for pick-up first will have the children released to them. Klahanie staff will alert other parents in the emergency group where the children are and where they will meet the other pick-up parent. Suggestion to set-up a place your group will meet. Parents might want to designate one house or a central location for pickup.
To help children with emergency transition and help the parent picking up (this bag will be stored at Klahanie and given to the parent picking up),
Please supply a named labeled gallon sized freezer bag with the following:
An emergency blanket, non-perishable snack (energy bar, box juice, etc). The emergency bags will be given back to families at the end of the school year.
Please feel free to review your Parent Handbook for all other school specifics.

Klahanie School Fundraiser Pie Auction Saturday October 22th 6-8pm!

Please help and sign-up to bake, help set-up and auction off island pies during a fun night of pies and fundraising for our school! Look for more information coming your way soon...

Thank you for adding to a beautiful school year,

Emmy and Jordan

2016-17 Calendar

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Info Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Info
SEPTEMBER           APRIL          
  30 OpenHouse 31 1 2 10-11:30am         1 RE-Enroll
5 H 6 Intro 7 Intro 8 Intro 9   3 4 5 6 7 Due
12 F 13 14 15 18 Intro Days: 10 B 11 B 12 B 13 B 14 B SpringBreak
19 20 21 22 23 9:30-11:15 17 18 19 20 21  
26 27 28 29 30 11:45-1:30 24 25 26 27 28  
3 4 5 C  5:30-7pm 6 7 Curriculum MAY          
10 11 12 13 14 Night 1 2 3 4 5  
17 18 19 20 21 22 6-8pm 8 9 10 11 12  
24 25 26 27 28   15 16 17 18 19  
31       Pie Auction! Info TBA 22 23 24 25 26  
29 H 30 31      
  1 2 3 4   JUNE          
7 8 9 10 11 H Autumn       1 2  
14 15 16 AC 17 AC 18 AC Conferences 5 6 7 8 9  
21 22 23 H 24 H 25 H Happy 12 13 14 15 Potluck 16 LG  
28 29 30     Thanksgiving       Last Day & Graduation: 11:30 Klahanie Sch
      End-Year Sch Family Potluck: 5pm Dockton Park    
      1 2   JULY          
5 6 7 8 9   Stawberry Festival Parade!          
12 13 14 15 16   Saturday of Festival, Meet at Methodist Church parking lot 10:30am dressed in your          
19 B 20 B 21 B 22 B 23 B Holiday Klahanie tie-dye and decorated wagons and bikes (lets get together and make a float!)          
26 B 27 B 28 B 29 B 30 B Break!            
Summer Session: July 24-27          
JANUARY             reserved for currently enrolled and alumni 3.5-6yrs  
2 B 3 4 5 6   AUGUST          
9 10 11 12 13              
16 H 17 18 19 20 MLK Parade!            
23 24 25 26 27              
30 31                    
Klahanie goes off of the Vashon Sch.Dist. Calendar (w/slight variances)
    1 2 3   B: BREAK NO SCHOOL C: Curriculum Night
6 9 10 11 12   AC/SC: Autumn&Spring Conference Days 5:30-7pm
13 14 15 16 17   F: First Full Day of school
20 H 21 H 22 H 23 H 24 H WinterBreak LG:Graduation Sing-A-Long/EarlyDismissal (Everyone please come promptly11:30am)
27 28         Holidays, Breaks, Non-School Days:
Sept.5 Labor D Nov26/27:ThanksG Jan16:MLK Day April10-45Spring
MARCH           Nov.11Veterans Dec19-Jan2 Winter Holiday Feb20-24 Winter Break May29:Memorial
6 7 8 9 10   Klahanie will follow Vashon School District closures with slight variances:
13 14 15 16 17 Spring * If Vashon Schools closed, Klahanie closed
20 21 SC 22 SC 23 SC 24 Conferences * If Vashon Schools have a 1 or 2 hour late start, Klahanie regular schedule w/late start
27 28 29 30     Parents will be called.
Snow days &/or Emergency days will not be made up.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 2016 Newsletter

Klahanie School
May 2016 Newsletter

I’m not saying we need to save the trees.  I’m saying that we need to not overlook their capacity to save us.  Put it in your yard and watch it for a while.  And pick it carefully because it’s hard to get a tree going.  You know if every seed turned into a plant, we’d be living in a very different world.  So choose well and open your eyes to give it everything.
Hope Jahren, NPR interview April 29th, 2016 “Lab Girl”
April 2016 Reflection
Our class has leaped into the spring with enthusiasm and creativity in imaginative play and classroom material exploration as well as amazing recycle art projects.  Please check out our school’s Facebook page and blog for wonderful pictures of the recycle art creations children appeared to thoroughly enjoy this month, expanding wonderful creativity with the materials.  The garden has taken new shape and inspired creativity in exploring play in the space as well as respect for the garden, hosting habitat to many insects, arachnids, oligochaeta (worms) and birds.  We began planting seeds and discussion of plant life cycle and plant care.  With the increase of imaginative role-playing during garden time we will be introducing more performance encouragement on the garden stage. 

Ending our month of Earth focus, I encourage many of you to listen to Hope Jahren’s NPR interview from last Friday April 29th as well as look into her recently published memoir “Lab Girl” focused on her geobiologist quest described in a deeply poetic way.  I found her study and focus of botany deeply inspiring.  Another fun find was Time magazine’s focus “The Science of Siblings” with some interesting articles and research focused on the inner workings of children within families of varying topic exploration.

May Curriculum Topics

Ten little eggs all in a mound.
Out they will crawl, crawling around.
And then they will sleep and we know why, out they emerge as butterflies.
Butterfly, butterfly what lovely wings.
Flutter by, flutter by how my heart sings.
Butterfly, butterfly I’d like to know, when it rains, when it rains where do you go?

We all have different gifts, so we all have different ways of saying to the world who we are.
Fred Rogers

·      Butterfly life cycle and habitat: egg, larva (caterpillar), chrysalis (pupa), butterfly.  Our painted lady butterfly larva is on display observation of the life cycle in class until ready for release.
·      Moms!  Amazing moms and how we show love to our Mamas as well as May Day celebration!
·      Amphibians: the amazing world of amphibians and habitats.
·      Insects: what is an insect, why are insects important and habitats.
·      Woodworking and sewing projects.
·      Self Portraits: self-portrait paintings.  These treasures will be on display in class until the end of school. 
·      Friends, Our Neighbors creating empathy development fun: what makes a friend and using Compassionate Listening models as foundation to practice listening games and role playing during circle time.  We will make Talking-Listening Sticks to bring home for family time (taking turns holding the Talking stick to speak and listen.  Each family member taking turns and repeating back facts, emotions/feelings, values).   
·      Thank you Klahanie School families for your scholarship raffle donations!  May 5th is the drawing! 

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force.  The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward.  When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.
·       - Karl Menninger

Reminders, Thank-Yous, Dates to Save & Changes
·      Thank you & Reminder: May 5th is our scholarship fundraiser raffle drawing, thank you for your donations, time-organizing and support! 
·      Thank you for the play dough donations!

·      Thank you for spreading the word for next year enrollment!  Would be great to enroll two four-to-five year old children to balance out our multi-age class ratios

Thursday, April 7, 2016

April 2016 Newsletter

Klahanie School
April 2016 Newsletter

“It’s the little things citizens do.  That’s what will make the difference.  My little thing is planting trees.”
Dr.Wangari Maathai

March 2016 Reflection
Happy Spring!
Thank you for fantastic parent conferences, this is such a value to my work with your amazing children and welcome and thank you for the continued communication.  And it is fun to share the joys and stories.  Imaginative play has increased to a fun level and everyone is in full, festive spring swing!

April Curriculum Topics
Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space.  Every one of s is a part of this jewel; and, in the perspective of infinity, our differences are infinitesimal.  We are intimately related.  May we never even pretend that we are not. 
Fred Rogers, Life’s Journeys According to Mister Rogers

·      Peace Maker Dr. Wangari Maathai: I was honored to listen to Dr. Maathai when she visited Seattle over a decade ago.  She is my favorite Peace Maker to share with the children.  Using a fictional story I wrote and orally tell during circle, I will share Dr.Maathai’s life mission for the earth, women and children of Kenya and beyond.  I welcome you to look up her work www.greenbeltmovement.org.  Each Earth Month our class plants seeds and a tree with the children in honor of her vital work.  She is dearly missed.
·      Earth Month, solar system creation and recycle Art: We will be using the wonderful recycle materials from Tinker Topia in Tacoma (www.tinkertopia.com) to create Art pieces as well as plant some seeds and tree in honor of our earth and Dr. Maathai.
·      Talking Sticks:  branching off our talking rock we use during circle time, we will make talking sticks for the children take home that can be used during family speaking/listening time. 
·      Parts of a Plant/Flower: seed, roots, stem, corolla, pistil, stamen, nectar and pollen.  During the month of April we will be planting seeds and working in the soil most of the month.  Thank you for dressing your children in cloths you do not care getting home muddy or paint on.  All paints are washable.
·      Life Cycles of Butterflies:  Yearly we hatch Painted Lady butterflies to the garden, we will be observing the cycle of the butterfly as well as art and science projects opportunities surrounding this fun unit.
·      Sewing/weaving, Wood-working and Food Preparation opportunities
·      Outside Painting and large science projects (solar system and nature plus recycle collage).  The last week of the month we will be acting out our solar system and sing some earth songs in the garden Thursday and Friday.

Reminders/Thank You
·      Spring Break   No school April 11th-15th

·      Thank you for turning in summer session contract.  Dates are July 18-22, 25-29 and August 1-5.  This is open to current, future and alumni entering Kindergarten. 

·      Thank you, Thank you Jordan Beck for organizing the Klahanie Scholarship Fundraiser and all the family donations!   Check your emails for the raffle flyer to distribute.  Tickets can be purchased through paypal.me/KlahanieSchool, drawing will be May 5th. 

·      Thank you Sara Bennett and Elizabeth Shaw for the play-dough

·      Thank you families for all the transportation volunteering and meals to families going through life experiences that need a little help.  This is a community, thank you all so much. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

March 2016 Newsletter

Klahanie School
March 2016 Newsletter
The Pasture
I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;
I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I shan’t be gone long.—You come too.

I’m going out to fetch the little calf
That’s standing by the mother.  Its’ so young
It totters when she licks it with her tongue.
I shan’t be gone long.—You come too.

-Robert Frost

February Reflection

 The Aloha Spirit Law of the Hawaii Revised Statutes
The Aloha Spirit is the coordination of mind and heart within each person.  It brings each person to the Self.  Each person must think and emote good feelings to others.  In the contemplation and presence of the life force.  Aloha, the following unuhi laula loa (free translation) may be used:

A  Akahai, meaning kindness, to be expressed with tenderness
L  Lokahi, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony
O  Olu’olu, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness
H  Ha’aha’a, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty
A  Ahonui, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance
Aloha means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. 

Aloha is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. 

Aloha means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.
By Pilahi Paki (1910-1985)

February was a very connected and sweet month for our class.  The children welcomed our friend Charlotte to class and continue to nurture her adjustment to school for the first time.  This shared experience has offered deep levels of empathy and sympathy development for all your children. 

Everyone has enjoyed our island projects and this will continue for March.  More and more children are exploring longer periods of concentration and exploration of more advanced lessons and projects.  A very fun time indeed! 
March Curriculum Topics
·      Finishing up Hawaii and Scotland’s Inner Hebrides and all the wonders of these rich islands.  Kaua’i (the Garden Isle) and Islay, Scotland will be a main focus for the age of the islands and how they were created from the big W’s: water, wind, wings as well as Hawaiian vocabulary and focus on the Aloha Spirit and how we Vashon islanders strive too kokua (help, aid, assist, support) a similar spirit. 
·      Home: what does home mean to each of the children.  We will make some house posters for the children to express in words and art how they feel about Home. 
·      Introduction to Human Body study ( http://www.innerbody.com is a great site for the human body systems).  In class we will take a basic look at the skeletal, muscular and digestive systems. 
·      Water: why our earth and bodies need water and fun exercises to learn about water conservation in our own backyards.
·      Reading introduction to writings of Robert Frost and Beatrix Potter (as well as her artwork) and introducing nature observation and inspiration and writing poetry for children interested.

Reminders, Thank-Yous, Dates to Save & Changes
·      Parent Conference sign-up sheet for March 28, 29 and 30th is on top of cubbies
·      Klahanie re-enrollment for 2016-17 school year is due Friday March 4th
·      Play dough volunteer? 
·      Thank you for supplying your child with easy to open snack/lunch and backpacks with rain gear and warm coat, water bottle, full set of extra change of clothes and warm layers (either on child or inside backpack: sweatshirts and hoodies work great!).
·      Thank you for keeping up on head checks on your children.  The lice preventative research Jordan offered us this autumn is on our school blog under Parent Resources http://klahanienurseryschool.blogspot.com/.  Thank you also for keeping children home when sick or in discomfort when healing from an illness. 

·      Thank you for your participation in the upcoming Scholarship Fundraiser gift basket!