Volume 36

August 16, 2021

Message from your teachers! 

Hello Parents! 

We appreciate your patience as we continue to prepare for the new school year 2021 – 2022.  Our priority is ensuring the best way to open the doors safely.  We will continue talking with you every week and hope you will share any concerns.  Please look for the weekly Learning Resources and Tools of the Mind link.   There are many activities to do at home and your child for your child to do alone.   Always feel free to contact your child’s Teacher with questions or concerns. 

Useful Links:

                Public Health Insider blog post 

A recent post in Public Health Insider highlights three COVID-19 outbreaks, including a child care, and helps shed light on what our whole community can do to be safer: https://publichealthinsider.com/2021/08/05/three-recent-covid-19-outbreaks-and-what-the-data-says-about-how-to-prevent-a-larger-surge-in-cases/ 

            Back to School Vaccine Clinics for Children 4 – 18 years of age.  

Scores of kids have missed  routine childhood vaccines over the course of the pandemic – vaccines that prevent serious diseases like measles and whooping cough. Getting kids up-to-date on routine vaccines now helps prevent outbreaks, illness, and more missed school days. Free back-to-school vaccine clinics will offer all vaccines required for school for children ages 4-18 and COVID vaccine for anyone eligible.  

  • Saturday, August 7, 10am-2pm at the Kent YMCA. This is part of a bigger health fair hosted by Latinos Promoviendo la Buena Salud. No appointment needed.  
  • Wednesday, August 11, 3pm-7pm at the Renton High School Health Center. Appointments encouraged but not required.   
Teacher Bea Email: meksavanhs@nhwa.org Work Cell: (206)313-2646Teacher Lisa Email: lisap@nhwa.org Work Cell: (206) 480-7230Teacher Margie Email: margiec@nhwa.org Work Cell: (206)779-3881Teacher Suzanne Email: suzannep@nhwa.org Work Cell: (206)398-9699

Our four program-wide expectations are:

 Be Compassionate, Be Curious, Be a Community and Be Courageous. This week we will focus on how children can  Be a Community.

We are a Community when we:

– Are kind to one another

– Take care of one another

– Embrace our differences and cultures

– Share what we know and care about

– Solve problems together

In this week’s learning resource, you’ll find an activity related to this week’s expectation. Let us know how it went!

Social Emotional

Be A Community:

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman

Read this book with your child and talk about the different types of food you see in the book. Talk about the food you eat at home and foods from other cultures that you have tried. Plan to try a new dish together from a culture not of your own. https://video.link/w/TYL3c

All Are Welcome: Penfold, Alexandra, Kaufman, Suzanne: 9780525579649:  Amazon.com: Books

Movement / Play

Activities from Teacher Bea

Some of your children enjoyed the Freeze Dance music and movement activities during sessions.  Click on the link below to try this at your home and help your child listen and respond to Directions while having fun.

https://video.link/w/gni5c

Math / Science

Activities from Teacher Lisa

Bake Bread with Teacher Lisa!

Follow along and see how the ingredients are measured! Perhaps you could try baking some bread in your home! (Picture of bread below)

Talk about the food you eat at home and foods from other cultures that you have tried. Plan to try a new dish together from a culture not of your own. https://video.link/w/TYL3c

Baking Bread part 1 https://vimeo.com/443124688

Baking Bread part 2 https://vimeo.com/443125479

Social Emotional

Activities from Teacher Suzanne

Read or listen to the Book from the link below.  Talk with your child about what happens when they visit the Doctor or Dentist and why it’s important.  Let them draw what they think it will look like and write the words they use to describe their pictures. 

https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/unite/healthyme/book?BookId=218

Let's Get a Checkup

Math / Science

Activities from Teacher Margie

Sorting colors in nature

Outdoor color hunt

An outdoor color hunt is as simple as it sounds. The object is to find items and sort them into different color categories. 

Instructions: Grab a box that we already owned and color it in each section with crayons. You can use a cardboard box to do this or just skip the box and sort the colors on a table at home if a box is unavailable.

This outdoor color hunt/sorting helps kids to pay closer attention to details in their environment. As your child chooses the colors I would say what the item is and match it to the correct color. 

  • Examples: You found brown bark and it comes from the tree. Look at these yellow petals. Let’s match these yellow petals to the flowers in our book to see what it’s called. You found green grass. I see you put it in the green section or sorted it with the green leaf.