Volume 38

August 30, 2021

Message from your teachers!  

Hello Parents! 

Hope you are enjoying our late summer weather!

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 these weekly Learning Resources for school updates, community resources, and helpful activities.   There are many activities to do at home and for your child to do alone. Always feel free to contact your child’s Teacher with questions or concerns.

Helpful Resources:

Vaccination Information  

There are several options to find vaccine appointments. Vaccination is free and available regardless of insurance, citizenship, or immigration status.

  1. King County Community Vaccination Event Calendar 

PHSKC now has a google calendar to amplify opportunities for community members to get vaccinated at events closer to home.

  • King County Library System Vaccine Events 

King County library branches across the county are holding vaccination events in collaboration with Public Health and other community partners. Vaccinations are free for eligible community members ages 12 and older. On-site interpreter services are available. Vaccines are available regardless of insurance, citizenship or immigration status. Not sure if you’re ready to get vaccinated? Medical staff will provide information and answer questions on-site. Walk-ups welcome. Registration not required.

  • Shoreline: September 8th from 2:00-7:00
  • Skyway: August 23rd and September 13th from 2:00-5:00
  • Renton: August 24th and September 14th from 5:00-8:00
  • Kent: August 24th and September 14th from 1:00-6:00
  • Auburn: September 7th from 1:00-6:00
  • Tukwila: August 30th and September 20th from 11:00-4:00
  • White Center: August 25th and September 22nd from 1:00-6:00
  • Federal Way 320th: September 7th and September 28th from 2:00-7:00
  • Enumclaw: August 26th and September 16th from 1:00-6:00

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 Courageous.

We are Courageous when we:

  • Try new things for the first time
  • Ask questions
  • Make a mistake and try again
  • Share our own feelings
  • Stand up for what is right

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

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

Movement / Play

Activities from Teacher Lisa

A Fun way to be courageous is trying to balance in different ways.   If you need an adult to hold one hand at first that is okay.  Then try to balance without holding on.   Try again on a line of tape or a line drawn with chalk.   Add Bean bags, soft objects, or books to balance on your head.  Walk sideways.  Have fun and keep trying.

Problem Solving

Activities from Teacher Bea   

Floor Puzzles

Primary Objectives
Persists
Understands shapes

Why it’s important
In this activity, your child will gain confidence and use eye-hand coordination and fine-motor skills as they put together a simple puzzle by themselves.

Materials
Several large floor puzzles

What you do
1. Provide several large floor puzzles and invite your child to choose one. You can also make your own puzzle by outlining your child on a piece of cardboard, having them color it as they wish, and then cutting it out into puzzle pieces.
2. Invite your child to put the puzzle together in a large, uncluttered area on the floor. Encourage them to start with the corner pieces.
3. Observe your child as they work. Help them get started if needed, but let them take the lead. Notice when they need encouragement. Offer help when asked. “We can work on this together. I’ll do one piece, and then you do one.”
4. Ask your child questions about the shapes and colors of the pieces and how they might fit together. Engage them in discussion as they work. “What do you think this piece is showing us? I think you’re right, it looks like part of the picnic basket.”
5. When the puzzle is complete, encourage them to talk about the finished piece. Allow them to do the same puzzle again or ask them if they would like to try a new one.
6. You can make this experience more challenging over time by incorporating puzzles with more pieces and smaller pieces.

Social Emotional

Activities from Teacher Suzanne

 Click on the link below and enjoy listening to or reading the book “What Will You Choose?” This is a great time to talk with your child about what a favorite thing is to do. You can let them draw and write what they describe as their favorite thing to do.   They are learning as they enjoy something they really like!

https://www.uniteforliteracy.com/unite/healthyme/book?BookId=1621

What Will You Choose?

Math / Science

Activities from Teacher Margie

Shape scavenger hunt.

Find as many shapes as you can around your yard or out on a walk. 

There are many ways to have a shape scavenger hunt.

  • Set up challenges. Find 3 squares, 5 circles, 2 triangles, etc.
  • Find three-dimensional shapes: spheres, cubes, pyramids, etc.
  • Bring a notebook and sketch each of the different shapes you find.
  • For younger kids, you can concentrate on just one shape. Have them find as many circles as they can.