Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Welcome to the new school year!

Welcome families to the beginning of the school year! We are so excited to get to know your family and to work with your child. We are going to have two early childhood interns working with us on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. In a few weeks they will be sending home a note to families introducing themselves, talking about their experiences in the classroom, and what they observe the children learning.

We are going to be spending a lot of time outside during the first few weeks of the school year. Be sure to sign the sunscreen permission slip form if you are comfortable with the Avon Skin so Soft sunscreen the school provides. You are welcome to bring in your own sunscreen beginning of the term, and we will give you a form to fill out giving us permission to put that sunscreen on your child.

The beginning of the school year can be very stressful for families when it comes to drop off. It is normal for children to be unsure or even upset the first couple weeks of school, as they get to understand the routine and to get to know the teachers. This transition will become easier for both you and your child. You will be receiving a drop off routine based on what we have found helpful transitioning children in the classroom. A copy of this drop off routine will be posted near the sign in sheet to remind families of the routine.  If you have any questions about this please let us know, and if you ever need to check on your child after drop off please call (313) 593-5424 and we will gladly update you.

About the Teachers

Catie Stone is a graduate of The University of Michigan-Dearborn and she has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a master’s degree in Special Education. She has been working with the toddler age group for eight years, and in her free time she enjoys playing with her puppy and going up north.

Rebecca Petee is also a graduate of The University of Michigan-Dearborn and she has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Language Arts. She was previously a preschool teacher at the ECEC, and she is looking forward to working with toddlers. Before she graduated, she worked with Catie in the toddler classroom for two years. In her free time she enjoys playing with her dogs, spending time with family, and preparing to welcome her baby in January. We are both excited to start the school year and to work with each other as co-teachers. 

Classroom Wishlist:

·         Non-toxic indoor plants
·        R ope and/or icicle lights
·         Used pots or pans
·         Clothing/items which represents your family’s culture
·         Your family photo in a plastic frame