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Friday Packet for November 5, 2010

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MCH Friday Packet

Friday, November 5, 2010

Calendar Reminder:

Nov. 5, Fri................Oak Room Cocktail Party, 7:00-9:00pm

Nov. 6, Sat...............Family Park Play, Presidio Heights Playground (Clay St. Park)

Nov. 9, Tu…………..Music Demo Class with Amanda Hahn, 3:15pm, Bunny Room

Nov. 10, Wed...........2nd Kindergarten Workshop, 6:30pm, Redwood Room

Nov. 12, Fri..............Redwood Room Cocktail Party

Nov. 18, Thu............Book Fair at Books, Inc. @ Laurel Village, 6:00-8:00pm

Nov. 24-26...............Thanksgiving Holiday


The Book Fair is almost here!  We hope you can join us on Thursday, November 18 from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Books Inc. in Laurel Village.

If you would like to reserve your books ahead of time, you can drop by Books Inc. or call Books Inc. at 221-3666 and ask them to hold your books.  That way you can purchase your books when you arrive and spend the evening socializing, and maybe buy a few more books you hadn’t thought of!

If you are not able to join us, you can still support the school by placing a book order. Book order forms are available on the bulletin board.  Once you complete your book order form, you can place it in the designated envelope on the bulletin board.  I will collect the book order forms on the day of the event and bring them to Books Inc.  You can pick up your books at Books Inc. at your convenience.  And please feel free to pass the book order forms along to family and friends who want to support the school but cannot make it that night!

We hope to see you on November 18!  Happy book shopping!

Heather Bell

(Lillian, Oak)

From the Director’s Desk

Kindergarten Workshops!

The 3rd Kindergarten Workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 10th at 6:30pm in the Redwood Room.  A panel of alumni parents will there to answer your questions and share with you their experiences of the application process and the schools of their choice.   This will also be a valuable time to share your own experiences.  Please join us.  A childcare sign-up will be up next week.

Redwood and Oak Room Cocktail Parties

The staff and I are looking forward to attending the classroom cocktail parties for the next two Fridays.  It is always fun and interesting to meet parents in a social situation outside of school. We learn a lot about parents.  That also goes for parents about staff.  The staff members have very interesting lives away from school too, and we are most happy to share who we are with you.

Unfortunately, in these social situations some parents like to ask questions about their child at school.  We love your children and are more than happy to share our thoughts and observations about them with you, but… at school.  So, I would kindly ask that parents during these social occasions, please, refrain from entering into this kind of conversation with your teachers.  Thanks for your understanding.

Re- Accreditation

MCH is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Accreditation validates the “best practices” we implement everyday here at MCH and ensures that we adhere to the basic standards as proscribed by NAEYC.  It also provides us with valuable feedback on areas where we might do better.

This year we are preparing for re-accreditation.  To prepare for the actual accreditation process there are many forms of evidence we must produce to prove that we adhere to NAEYC standards.  Teachers are creating classroom portfolios to provide physical evidence that we are adhering to the 10 program standards set down by NAEYC.  This will involve considerable work from each of our teachers.  In order to give teachers time during their day to work on these portfolios they have asked to stay back at school during Park Time.  

You can help them by volunteering to take their place at Park Play for the next 2 months.  Just sign up on the Park Play volunteer sign up sheet as an extra parent volunteer.  This will enable a teacher to stay back at school.

Our Children’s Love for Science

A few days ago I was approached by one of our students and he said that he had something to tell me. I sensed that what he was about to tell me was very important to him so I gave him my full attention. Giuliana, did you know that there are three dormant volcanoes in San Francisco? I told him I did not know, that I never heard about that before: actually I had doubts about it. He reiterated that in fact this was true. I did not contradict him and I thought that this was the end of the conversation. Not so! That was merely the introduction to a very lengthy expose about this fascinating topic. I was standing by the office door, but soon I had to stoop down to give a full hearing to what he had to tell me. Magma, lava, volcanic ashes, volcanoes that located under the ocean, shield volcanoes, volcanic explosions and a host of other terminologies were employed by this young scientist. His vocabulary was impressive but this was the less important factor in this conversation. As he was talking he conveyed his amazing knowledge with his whole body. Every cell of his body participated; his voice was charged with an emotion that was contagious. He talked uninterruptedly for at least twenty minutes.

Pretty soon our conversation had to stop because circle time was announced. At circle time he proudly sat next to me and said, “Giuliana, I love to talk about volcanoes to you!”

A couple of days later he brought a book from home and our conversations resumed in the library. By this time other scientists joined the conversation and nothing in the environment could distract them from exploring this “hot” topic.

Of course the leading scientist would not tolerate much intervention from other children, sometimes of silly nature, as their imagination was fired and employed to its fullest capacity. It was his turn most of the time and, if someone interrupted him, he protested vehemently claiming that it was not fair to be interrupted.

If Maria Montessori had walked in our classroom, she would have been proud and delighted that her disciples had acquired such a thirst for science.  


From Ninas Desk

Sibling Applications are due November 15

Please be sure to pick up an application if you have a younger child who will be ready to become an MCH student in September 2011.

The Best Holiday Gifts ever MCH T-Shirts

The t-shirts are here in great styles and colors! The hoodies and the long sleeved tees are new this year and the MCH logo has replaced Houdini, at least for this year. You should already have the order forms. There are extra order forms in my office.

Please, place your order by Monday, November 1st in order for Kristina to get them ready for the holidays.

If you have any questions, please email Kristina at kristina@gigiandrose.com.

Kindergarten Information

Alta Vista School:  Brianne (Redwood teacher) and I had an opportunity to attend a preschool director’s tour of Alta Vista School located at 245 Valencia Street.  Alta Vista is located in a Greek Orthodox Church across the street from San Francisco Friends School.  It is a “new independent elementary school providing a progressive learning environment with an emphasis on science, math and technology”.  Alta Vista just opened it doors this last September and currently serves a small group of kindergarten and 1st grade students.  Its long term strategic plan is to grow each year to include a middle school.

Curriculum:  Project based and hands on, with an emphasis on science, math and technology.

Enrollment:  24

Class sizes: Very small

Language Offered: Spanish infused lunch and play time

Before and after school programs 7:30-6:00pm

Hot lunches offered through a neighborhood Thai restaurant

Family Open House:  Saturday, November 13 and Saturday, January 9. , 10:00am – 12:00pm.  RSVP to info@altavistaschoolsf.org or call 415-437-4700

Visiting Children’s Day School – 333 Dolores Street,  Preschool - 8th Grade

Open Houses:

·         Saturday, November 13, 10am-noon, children welcome

·         Wednesday, December 1, 6:00-8:30pm, adults only

Grade K-4 Group Tours: November 16, 30 and December 7,  8:45-10:15pm

Contact Amanda Richard t 861-5432 x337 0r amandar@cds-sf.org to schedule a visit.

Live Oak School - 1555 Mariposa Portrero Hill K-8th Grade

All School Open House: Saturday, December 4, 1:00-3:00pm Adults only RSVP to admission@liveoaksf.org or call 861-8840

Live Oak Tours:  Selected Tuesdays and Thursdays through December.   Visit www.liveoaksf.org for schedule and reservations.

Town School

Families of Color Event -   Monday, December 6,  6-7:30pm, Casual Family Pizza Dinner and Conversation.  RSVP to Lynn McKannay 921-3747 or mckannay@townschool.com

LGBT Family Event - Tuesday, November 30, 6-7:30pm.  RSVP to Lynn McKannay 921-3747 or mckannay@townschool.com