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Friday Packet, December 10, 2010

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Calendar Reminder:

Dec. 17, Fri...........Winter Singing Celebration – 9:00 – 11:00 am, Early Dismissal

Dec. 20-Jan.3........Winter Break – School closed

Jan. 4, Tue............School Resumes

Jan. 8, Sat............Family Park Play @ Alta Plaza Park, 10am – 12 noon

Jan. 14, Fri............Morning Drop-Off Coffee Social, 8:30 – 9:30 am

Jan. 17, Mon..........School closed – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

From the Board:

Dear MCH parents,

We hope that you and your family stay warm and dry this holiday season.  Please be safe and happy during the winter break. We can’t wait to see you again on Tuesday, January 4!

Happy Holidays!


From the Director’s Desk:

Children and the Holidays 

Excitement is running high here at MCH as the holidays are approaching.  Teachers become acutely aware of the approaching holidays because they see not so subtle changes in the children’s normal behaviors.  Children begin to have difficulty focusing and concentrating on their work, conflicts between children escalate, there are more emotional melt downs and the energy of the children begins to flag or becomes more erratic.  To keep the holidays a positive experience for all and to counteract the effects of this excitement, we keep our daily routines as consistent as possible with little variation, and we try to keep the infusion of holiday activities simple and not too disruptive to the routine of their day.  The key is to celebrate the holidays without overtaxing the children. 


Here are a few simple suggestions for parents to help reduce the stress and create a joyful holiday experience for your child and your family: 

·    Keep your children’s routines and schedules as consistent as possible during the holidays.  This includes when they get up, when they go to bed and when they eat their meals.

·    Make sure your children get plenty of rest.  Naps or rest times should not be missed and hours of sleep need to be as usual if not longer.

·    Eat plenty of nutritious, long lasting energy producing food.  This will counteract the excess of sweets that are inevitable over the holidays.  Research has shown that it isn’t the ingestion of sugar that causes hyperactivity, but the replacement of sugar for more nutritious foods that causes the hyperactivity.  Sugar is digested for quick energy; more complex foods provide long lasting energy.  Children crash when they don’t have an energy reserve to fuel them.  This in turn fuels hyper-active behavior.

·    Take the time to explain a change of routine before it happens.    “Tonight we are going to grandma and grandpa’s house for a party and you will be seeing your cousins. We will be having dinner and opening presents.  It will be fun to see your cousins again but remember the rules of playing inside…….”

·    Alert them to holiday activities one day at a time.  Reviewing the entire holiday schedule with children is counter productive.

·    If your children are with you for a party try not to overstay their ability to cope with the event.  If this will be a long event, mostly for adults, maybe it’s best to get a baby sitter.

·    Adults are often over stressed from the holiday and patience runs thin.  Try to keep your stress out of your child’s life. 

Enjoy your holidays!!! 

From Nina’s Desk

Winter Sing Celebration and Brunch – WELCOME!

This is the schedule for the Winter Sing Celebration next Friday:

* Arrival time in the morning 8:00 - 9:00
* Winter Sing Celebration upstairs in the sanctuary 9:00 - 9:45
* Brunch – please check the Bulletin Board for sign-up 9:45-10:45

* School closes at 11:00 am.

Drop-off/arrival any time between 8:00 – 9:00. Parents, siblings, nannies, grandmas, grandpas, aunts and uncles are all welcome.

The song texts are attached at the end of this Friday Packet and as an attachment.


The Food Barrel is here!

We have one (1) week to fill it.

Please, help your child to select canned or packaged food items from home or at the grocery store and bring them to school.  Remember, NO GLASS containers.


Lost & Found

We still have two silicon pot holders and a couple of serving spoons left over from cocktail parties and staff appreciation lunches. 


Yellow Park Play Neck-ties

There must be a little stash of neckties hiding somewhere.  We used to have 60, then added 20 more and now we have 34!  Please, check if you have any of these “run-aways” at your house.


News from the Auction Team

Hello All,
The donations have started coming in, so a HUGE thanks to all the families who have contributed thus far!  As it is we are already going to have an incredible auction with the amazing array of cultural goodies, art, activities and trips to bid on!  If you are not able to get your donation forms in to Nina's bin by the end of next week, but still want to qualify for the Night at the Palace Hotel Raffle, you can also send the donation form in an email to any of us before the end of the year. To clarify, because a couple people have asked, for each donation you give you get your name put in to the pool.  Also if you are giving a joint donation with another family that is two separate entries per family.

And please don't forget to sign up for the Auction Volunteer Committee, we will be having a committee meeting right when we all get back from break and want to be able to include all of you who are planning on to helping out.

Thank you,
Ivy Tom; ivytsetom@gmail.com
Ann Morelli; annmorelli@gmail.com
Jordan Sullivan; bigmagee@gmail.com

Kindergarten Information

Parent Education Night at Hamlin School

Wendy Mogel, Ph.D, Monday, December 13th 7:00pm at The Hamlin School, 2120 Broadway Street or 2129 Vallejo St.

Wendy Mogel is an internationally known clinical psychologist and author of the book

The Blessing of a Skinned Knee and soon-to-be-released The Blessing of a B Minus.

Dr. Mogel addresses the question most often asked by parents, “How can I be an effective parent in a culture the breeds anxiety and entitlement in children?”


Winter Sing Celebration 2010 – the songs


I’d like to teach the world to sing.

I’d like to teach the world to sing

In perfect harmony,

I’d like to hold it in my arms

and keep it company.

I’d like to see the world for once

all standing hand and hand,

And hear them echo through the hills

for peace throughout the land.

That’s the song I hear

Let the world sing today.

A song of peace that echoes on

and never goes away.

Put your hand in my hand,

Let’s begin today.

Put your hand in my hand

Help me find the way.


Winter Wonderland

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,

In the lane, snow is glistening

A beautiful sight,

We're happy tonight.

Walking in a winter wonderland.

Gone away is the bluebird,

Here to stay is a new bird

He sings a love song,

As we go along,

Walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,

And pretend that he's a circus clown

We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman,

Until the other kids knock him down.

When it snows, ain't it thrilling,

Though your nose gets a chilling

We'll frolic and play, the Eskimo way,

Walking in a winter wonderland.


Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow

in a one horse open sleigh

O’er the fields we go

laughing all the way

bells on bobtails ring

making spirits bright

what fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight


Jingle bells

jingle bells

Jingle all the way

Oh what fun it is to ride

in a one horse open sleigh hey

jingle bells

jingle bells

jingle all the way

oh what fun

it is to ride

in a one horse open sleigh.


‘Tis a gift to be

'Tis the gift to be simple,

'tis the gift to be free,

'tis the gift to come down where you ought to be,

And when we find ourselves in the place just right,

It will be in the valley of love and delight.


When true simplicity is gained,

To bow and to bend we will not be ashamed.

To turn, turn will be our delight,

'Til by turning, turning we come round right

'Tis the gift to have friends and a true friend to be,

'Tis the gift to think of others not only think of "me",

And when we hear what others really think and really feel,

Then we'll all live together with a love that is real.



Peace is a world smiling.

(a round)

Peace is a world smiling.

Peace is a gentle dove.

Peace is caring

Peace is sharing

Peace is filling the world with love.


HA! HA! HA! Holiday

Let’s put some HA! HA! HA!

in the Holidays and LA! LA!

Laugh with joy.

Let’s put some HA! H! HA!

in the holidays and make it fun for ev’ry girl and boy.

Just put some giggle in your wiggle and flap your feet,

Have some fun with someone you're about to meet.

Let’s put some HA! HA! HA!

in the holidays and have a

HA! HA! Happy New Year


We wish you...

We wish you a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Happy Hannukah

We wish you a Happy Kwanzaa

And a Happy New Year





Unknown user,
Dec 10, 2010, 12:30 PM