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In The News: Pittsburgh Area Goddard Schools Named Market of Excellence

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Contact: 
Mark & Jennifer Rebstock
School Owners
The Goddard School
724-935-1100
WexfordPA@goddardschools.com

Pittsburgh Area Goddard Schools Named Market of Excellence

Wexford, PA (Grassroots Newswire) November 27, 2012 – Pittsburgh area Goddard School owners joined more than 400 other Goddard School franchisees at the 2012 Goddard School National Franchisee Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to discuss the latest innovations and advancements for providing the highest quality, play-based educational childcare programs in a technology-driven age.

A highlight of the gathering was the award ceremony, where all Pittsburgh area Goddard Schools were recognized as the Market of Excellence. This award is presented annually and acknowledges a market that has demonstrated the best collaborative effort in representing The Goddard School’s in their community.

Honorees and additional recognition include:  

Mark & Jennifer Rebstock, owners of The Goddard School located at 3000 Brooktree Road in Wexford, PA, for their Circle of Excellence, 5 years in business and several other business awards;

Lori & Bob Santo, owners of The Goddard School located at 825 East McMurray Road in Venetia (Peters Twp), PA, for their Circle of Excellence, 5 years in business and several other business awards; and

Dina & Matt Speranza owners of The Goddard School located at 8065 Rowan Road in Cranberry Township, for Circle of Excellence President’s Club and several other business awards.

“We are proud to recognize Mark, Jennifer, Lori, Bob, Dina and Matt at this year’s Goddard School National Franchisee Convention. These school owners truly represent the Goddard School philosophy—learning through play. For the past 25 years, The Goddard School has focused on nurturing children into joyful learners. In Pittsburgh, these folks ensure this happens every day in The Goddard School. We have raised the bar even higher for the next 25 years,” said Joe Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School.

Inspired by The Goddard School philosophy of learning through play for its children and families, the convention blended education and fun to motivate inspire and energize franchisees.

During the four-day meeting, GSI, franchisor of The Goddard School unveiled new technological tools to help enhance ongoing collaboration with parents.

One new tool, Goddard Family Connect, is a web-based portal that will allow parents to engage in real time with the school and their child’s teachers.

In addition to the launch of new technology, GSI introduced an evolved brand, including a new logo, which will be rolled out to local schools  in 2013 for the brand’s 25th anniversary. Convention attendees also participated in a variety of workshops led by the GSI team, fellow franchisees and vendors on topics ranging from technology and curriculum to enrollment, human resources and operations.

To learn more about The Goddard School, visit www.goddardschool.com/pittsburgh or contact:

Mark & Jennifer Rebstock in Wexford at 724-935-1100;

Lori & Bob Santo in Venetia (Peters Twp) at 724-941-6464; or

Dina & Matt Speranza in Cranberry Township at 724-778-9999.

The Pittsburgh area will welcome a new Goddard School at 800 Commerce Avenue in Moon Township in 2013. For more details, call 412-262-1821.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.
Learning for fun. Learning for life. The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.™ Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in 390+ Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: Preventing Summer Learning Losses: The Goddard School® located in Wexford stresses the importance of maintaining daily structure and learning during "carefree" summer months

 

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Contact:
Jennifer & Mark Rebstock
The Goddard School® located in Wexford
724-935-1100
http://www.goddardschool.com/Schools/Wexford-PA/schools.gspx

Preventing Summer Learning Losses
The Goddard School® located in Wexford stresses the importance of maintaining daily structure and learning during “carefree” summer months

Wexford, Pennsylvania (Grassroots Newswire) July 1, 2011 — As the school year comes to a close, it is only natural for kids to look forward to the leisurely nature of the summer season. The arrival of beach trips, pool parties and sleepovers, however, doesn’t mean that children should depart completely from their daily routine. Keeping particular elements of a child’s day consistent throughout the summer months keeps the brain focused and helps prevent learning losses during the summer. In addition, this can potentially ease the anxiety that often accompanies transitioning into a new classroom or school come fall.

According to research conducted by the National Center for Summer Learning, which is based at the Johns Hopkins School of Education in Baltimore, Maryland, summer learning loss accounts for about two-thirds of the difference in the likelihood of a student pursuing a college preparatory path in high school. As these findings indicate, keeping children’s brains challenged throughout the summer is crucial, since the lack of learning that occurs during these months has both short-term and long-term consequences.

“Routine provides structure, which is often lacking during the summer months when children all too quickly become detached from the lessons they learned throughout the school year,” said Mark Rebstock, owner of The Goddard School located in Wexford. “Maintaining a schedule throughout the summer supports an environment that is less of a contrast to the classroom and provides a healthy balance between building skills, play and rest.”

According to Rebstock, families can incorporate the following habits into their child’s day to encourage and maintain a routine throughout the summer season:

  • Early to bed, early to rise: To the best extent possible, children should adhere to a regular bedtime each night and wake up at the same time each day. This will not only ensure proper rest but will establish a sense of discipline as well.
  • Clean up and get dressed: Upon waking up, it is important that children brush their teeth, get dressed and perform any other hygienic tasks that they normally would before a school day. Allowing kids to stay in pajamas or dirty clothes longer than necessary can result in lazy behavior.
  • Make eating an event: Keeping a child on a consistent meal schedule is critical to maintaining a sharp body and mind. Establish specific times for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and sit with children at the table to encourage conversation while eating.
  • Take a rest: If a child partakes in a scheduled nap time while at school, then he or she should be allotted time at home for regular rest as well. Make this time consistent, perhaps after lunch, and have the child rest in the same place everyday.
  • Perform daily chores: Asking a child to help around the house is an ideal way to get them involved in a daily routine. A morning chore and an afternoon chore can convey a sense of responsibility and supply a sense of rhythm to the day.

“In addition to providing consistency, routines can present children with security and comfort as they adjust to the changes that come along with their new summer schedules,” said Rebstock. “The purpose is not to create rigidity but to provide a flexible structure that establishes a sense of purpose kids need to grow and mature.”

The Goddard School located in Wexford offers a year-round program for children from six weeks to six-years-old. Children are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a warm environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers. The Goddard School FLEX™ Learning Program is based on a unique learning continuum that encompasses developmental guidelines, formative assessments and child-focused lesson plans that are delivered in a creative and fun environment with a child-centered approach to meet each child’s individual needs.

For more information on why The Goddard School located in Wexford is the place for fun and learning, please contact Mark Rebstock at 724-935-1100.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

 

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In The News: "Let's Go Exploring!" is offered as a Summer Program at The Goddard School® in Wexford

 

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Contact: 
Mark Rebstock
The Goddard School® located in Wexford
724-935-1100
www.goddardschool.com

 

“Let’s Go Exploring!” is offered as a Summer Program
at The Goddard School® in Wexford
Fun and Learning on a Flexible Schedule…

 

Wexford, PA (Grassroots Newswire) May 16, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 3000 Brooktree Rd in Wexford is offering Let’s Go Exploring! for a Summer Program.

“Let’s Go Exploring!” is the summer program for all budding naturalists – children who want to explore the big, wide world! Summer explorers investigate all sorts of phenomena through this program – from the bright lights of the big city to the twinkling stars of outer space. Children will learn about Locomotives, plant a garden, and even do a little camping – they’ll ‘travel’ to the beach, the farm, and the North Pole, too.

 The Let’s Go Exploring! calendar also includes special visitors and cultural events throughout the summer. Visitors provide exciting learning opportunities in a safe environment, and include community helpers; performances by storytellers, musicians, and magicians; as well as outreach programs through local museums.

 

“Our customized summer program ensures children have fun by incorporating developmentally appropriate activities with the opportunity to socialize and build memories that will last a lifetime,” says Jennifer Rebstock, owner of The Goddard School® located at 3000 Brooktree Rd in Wexford.

 

 

 

 

The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 9 years, which focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play.  Families have the convenience of extended hours from 7A.M. to 6P.M., the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

 

 Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Jennifer, Mark or one of the Directors directly to arrange a personal appointment at 724-935-1100.

 

 About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

 

 Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In The News: Media Alert

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Mark Rebstock
Owner
The Goddard School
724-935-1100
WexfordPA@GoddardSchools.com

Media Alert

Parents Become the Preschoolers During
“A Day in the Life of a Preschooler”

 

WHAT: The Goddard School’s A Day in the Life of a Preschooler event
It’s Back to School time and The Goddard School® is proud to announce A Day in the Life of a Preschooler. From circle time to snack time, to sing-a-longs and creative art projects, parents will find out what it’s like to be a preschooler. During a fun-filled evening on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 6pm-7:30pm, parents will get to know their classmates, participate in a number of group activities from Spanish to Yoga, and even wind down for nap time. By participating in the event, parents can discover how preschool can offer a fun-filled day with a lot of opportunities or learning.
 
WHO:  The Goddard School located in Wexford, PA

PRESS: PLEASE JOIN US FOR ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
 
WHEN: Thursday, Oct 8, 2009 at 6pm-7:30pm:  Parents have circle time and get to know their classmates. Parents will then participate in a variety of activities such as Spanish, singing songs, dressing up for Dramatic Play, coloring, nap time, Yoga and more.  
                       
WHERE: The Goddard School, located at 3000 Brooktree Rd. Wexford PA 15090
                       
Goddard Systems, Inc. is the leading child care company in the U.S., with more than 330 schools nationwide. To learn more about The Goddard School located in Wexford, PA, families are encouraged to call 724-935-1100 or visit www.goddardschools.com.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 330+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States. 

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Fun “Fall Leaves” Activity For Pre-Schoolers

Fall Leaves

 

The Goddard School® located in Wexford, PA, recommends trying new activities with your child!

 

Materials:

Contact paper (clear)

Colored tissue paper

Permanent marker

Double-sided tape

Scissors

Ruler 

*Children should have adult supervision throughout this activity.

 

How To:

  1. Cut two pieces of contact paper into 5” X 5” squares.
  2. Place double-sided tape on the dull side of one square and secure the square to a table or flat surface.
  3. Peel off the contact paper backing so the sticky side faces up.
  4. Cut or tear small pieces of different colored tissue paper and place them on the sticky side of the contact paper square until completely covered.
  5. Place the second square on top of the first square (sticky side down) so the tissue paper is sealed between the two contact paper squares.
  6. Trace a leaf shape onto the contact paper squares.
  7. Cut out the shape to make a colorful fall leaf.
  8. Use tape to adhere the leaf to a window where the sun will shine through it!

Visit our website for information about The Goddard School in Wexford PA: http://www.goddardschool.com/Schools/Wexford-PA/schools.gspx

Biting

Biting

by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D.

 

Why does a nearly universal event in a child’s development evoke such strong feelings?Odds are – as children we were either a biter or a victim – and often both.Plus, biting hurts and frightens us a lot. And though we know aggression is a normal part of development, regular cruelty is not, and we fear the connection between the two.

 

Some thoughts to help us manage:

 

  • When children first bite, it is often their mother while breast-feeding, and their motive is most probably curiosity – not aggression. Mothers should send the following message to their infant: “Ouch, no and if you bite, you lose the breast – end of discussion.”
  • Biting often begins as exploration, but may be quickly associated with out-of-control feelings or feelings of being overwhelmed – with excitement, fear or curiosity.Parents should manage these feelings by staying as calm as possible and firmly saying:
    • “No one likes biting, especially me.”
    • “You just cannot bite.” 
    • “I’ll help you stop until you stop yourself.”
  • Parents often fear biting at school most. Peers, especially close ones, are fascinated by each other’s aggression, and the dramatic reactions it evokes. Adult overreaction just makes things more exciting! Experienced teachers have radar for when ‘the chompies’ are in the air and become particularly vigilant.
  • If all adults involved in a biting incident are convinced that it was not an isolated but willful, premeditated event, both children should be kept safe. Adults should explore the language of what went on and be able to offer alternative responses.

 

Finally, it bears stating – parents should never bite children back. Believe me, I understand the impulse, but all you accomplish is establishing mutual violence as an acceptable value in your family, embarrassing yourself, and degrading the natural authority you have with your children. They want your help with this stuff, not your indulgence.

 

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for The Goddard School®.  Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development who has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty-five years.  He is a clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale University’s Child Study Center. 

For more information about The Goddard School located in Wexford PA please visit: http://www.goddardschool.com/Schools/Wexford-PA/schools.gspx