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October is Spook-tacular!

Autumn weather is here and Halloween is quickly approaching! We have some spook-tacular things planned! But first I want to thank our Goddard Family for all their help and support! Our fundraisers were a huge success! We could not have done it with out you!

To get us in the Halloween spirit, we are hosting a Halloween Howl at our school on Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30 PM! Come out and join us! There will be light refreshments, fun games, pumpkin decorating and festive music!

Friday, October 30th we will be celebrating Halloween at our school! We will start off our day with a Halloween Magic Show in the morning! All Goddard families are invited to the Halloween Parade at 3:45 PM! The children will be parading in their costumes promptly at 3:45, so get here early! After the parade there will still be enough time to Trick-or-Treat with your family! Go out and have fun!

While Trick-or-Treating, remember these safety tips!

1. Remember to walk.

2. Take a flashlight so see where you are going.

3. Walk on the sidewalk.

4. Make sure your costume does not drag.

5. If you wear a mask, be sure you can see out of it.

6. Trick or Treat at the homes of people you know.

7. Go with an adult.

8. Have someone check your candy before eating it.

9. Wear something reflective or take a glow stick so people can see you in the dark.

10. Have fun! Boo!

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

It`s late and we are sleepy,
The air is cold and still.
Our jack-o-lantern grins at us
Upon the window sill.
We`re stuffed with cake and candy
And we`ve had a lot of fun,
But now it`s time to go to bed
And dream of all we`ve done.
We`ll dream of ghosts and goblins
And of witches that we`ve seen,
And we`ll dream of trick-or-treating
On this happy Halloween.

-Author Unknown, www.familyfun.ie

 

Written by: Kara Scott

Autumn is Here!

Happy Fall! Today is the official first day of Autumn! This has us thinking of all the fun cool weather activities ahead of us!

Which brings me to a couple of reminders:

-Please check your child’s extra clothes for school and make sure to add some pants and long sleeved shirts as well as t-shirts and shorts.

-Also, if it’s going to be chilly, please make sure your child has a jacket or sweatshirt to wear for outside play. We go out every morning and every afternoon.

 

Fundraising Time! We are currently doing two fundraisers for our school!

First is the Yankee Candle Fundraiser!  All the information was put in the parent mailboxes in the hallway.  There are two ways to shop this one! You can either shop from the catalog and use the order form or shop online! There are some online exclusive items you can buy as well!  Just visit www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and enter the Group Number (from the information in your fundraiser packet) in the “Start Shopping” box.  Then shop away!  This fundraiser started on September 14th and orders are due to the office by September 30th.  Delivery will take 2-4 weeks.  If you are paying with a check, please make the checks payable to Goddard Parent Organization.

Second is the Scholastic Book Fair! The Book Fair is at our school now and will be here until Friday the 25th.  Come on in and shop for some new books! This time we received many new titles, lots of board books for the younger children, some really funny Halloween themed books, and yummy cookbooks as well! Each classroom made a Wish List for their room.  You can shop from their wish lists and donate a book to your child’s class.  The Wish Lists are located at the front of the school next to Case 1.  You can purchase items using cash, checks made out to Goddard, or credit card!

Thank you so much for all of your support! It is greatly appreciated!

 

In Autumn
by Winifred C. Marshall

They’re coming down in showers,
The leaves all gold and red;
They’re covering the little flowers,
And tucking them in bed
They’ve spread a fairy carpet
All up and down the street;
And when we skip along to school,
they rustle ‘neath our feet

 

Written by Kara Scott

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back to school! We are so excited for all the fun things we have planned this year!

Here is what’s happening this month!

Our monthly theme is All About Me! This month we are learning about “All About Me, Manners, Family, Pets, and Sports I Like to Play!”

-On Tuesday the 1st we had Back to School Sundaes! What a great way to start the new year!

-The 4th we will be having a School Supply Scavenger Hunt! We also have Gym class this Friday!

-Monday the 7th our school is closed to celebrate Labor Day! Enjoy the day with family and friends!

-On the 8th, Miss Heather comes for Music Class!

-Wednesday the 9th is Wear Orange Day! Show your school spirit by wearing the color of the month!

-The 10th is Family Picture Show and Tell! Bring in those photos for your child to share with their friends and teachers!

-Grandparent’s Day Celebrations are being held on Friday the 11th! At 10AM all Grandparent’s are invited to spend some time in the classroom!

-We are doing a Yankee Candle Fundraiser this year! This will start on Monday the 14th and run until Wednesday the 30th when all orders are due! Thanks for your ongoing support of our school!

-Pajama Day is Tuesday the 15th!

-On the 17th, we are going to have a school-wide Tug-of-War! Bring your biggest muscles that day!

-We have Gym Class with Mr Lil Sports and Stretch & Grow Friday the 18th!

-Our biannual Scholastic Book Fair Begins on Monday the 21st! The Book Fair will be at our school until Friday the 25th!

-Tuesday the 22nd we have Music Class with Miss Heather!

-The 23rd is the First Day of Autumn! Get ready for sweatshirts and everything pumpkin!

-Wear Your Favorite Sports Team Gear Day is Thursday the 24th!

-Don’t forget every Monday is Chicken Finger Day and every Thursday is Pizza Day!

And all of this is just in September! Whew! We are going to have so much fun!

 

Welcome

September is here

And so is fall.

So welcome children

Welcome all.

I hope vacation

Was real fun.

And that you’re glad

School has begun

Author Unknown

 

Written by Kara Scott

Travel Tips!

It’s August and that means that the summer is almost over.  Everyone is trying to get that last minute vacation! One last hurrah! So here are a few tips for traveling with your children!

1. Be prepared and book things ahead of time if possible.

2. Bring plenty of activities for a flight or long car ride.

3. Wipes! Lots of wipes! They are great for the quick clean-ups!

4. Find some fun new learning Apps for their devices.

5. Apps are great, but don’t forget about the books too!

6. Make sure to pack plenty of patience and your sense of humor!

 

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

Written by: Kara Scott

Healthy Thoughts

Happy Summer! This week was the start of our Summer Camp. We are so excited for all activities and visitors that are planned!

One of our favorite visitors to the younger rooms through-out the year is Coach Amy with Stretch -n- Grow! She really gets the children moving and grooving! At the end of her class, she gives the teachers a hand out to share with the parents about what their child did in her class that day along with some helpful tips or recipes.  I would like to share the information from one of those hand outs with you today.

Healthy Thoughts…

1. Parents control the supply lines.  You decide which foods to buy and when to serve them.  Though kids will pester their parents for less nutritious foods, adults should be in charge when deciding which foods are regularly stocked in the house. Kids won’t go hungry. They’ll eat what’s available in the cupboard and fridge at home. If their favorite snack isn’t all that nutritious, you can still buy it once in a while so they don’t feel deprived.

2. From the foods you offer, kids get to choose what they will eat or whether to eat at all.  Kids need to have some say in the matter. Schedule regular meal and snack times. From the selection you offer, let them choose what to eat and how much of it they want. This may seem like a little too much freedom. But if you follow step 1, your kids will be choosing only from the foods you buy and serve.

3. Quit the “clean-plate club.” Let kids stop eating when they feel they’ve had enough. Lots of parents grew up under the clean-plate rule, but that approach doesn’t help kids listen to their own bodies when they feel full. When kids notice and respond to feelings of fullness, they’re less likely to overeat.

4. Start them young.  Food preferences are developed early in life, so offer variety.  Likes and dislikes begin forming even when kids are babies.  You may need to serve a new food on several different occasions for a child to accept it.  Don’t force a child to eat, but offer a few bites.  With older kids, ask them to try one bite.

5. Rewrite the kids’ menu. Who says kids only want to eat hot dogs, pizza, burgers and macaroni and cheese? When eating out, let your kids try new foods and they might surprise you with their willingness to experiment. You can start by letting them try a little of whatever you ordered or ordering an appetizer for them to try.

6. Drink calories count. Soda and other sweetened drinks add extra calories and get in the way of good nutrition. Water and milk are the best drinks for kids. Juice is fine when it’s 100%, but kids don’t need much of it – 4 to 6 ounces a day is enough for preschoolers.

7. Put sweets in their place. Occasional sweets are fine, but don’t turn dessert into the main reason for eating dinner.  When dessert is the prize for eating dinner, kids naturally place more value on the cupcake than the broccoli. Try to stay neutral about foods.

8. Food is not love. Find better ways to say “I love you.” When foods are used to reward kids and show affection, they may start using food to cope with stress or other emotions.  Offer hugs, praise, and attention istead of food treats.

9. Kids do as you do. Be a role model and eat healthy yourself. When trying to teach good eating habits, try to set the best example possible.  Choose nutritious snacks, eat at the table, and don’t skip meals.

Thank you to Coach Amy from Stretch -n- Grow for letting me share this information!

Enjoy the summer! We hope it’s happy and healthy!

 

Food Fight

Dinner began, silent and calm,
Delicious food, thanks to our mom.
Suddenly we noticed, something fly,
It wasn’t a plane, it was a pie.

A sight to see, crème pie in the face,
Chaos erupted, it was a race.
Salads, chicken, and lots of rice,
Hilarious food fight, with plenty of spice.

Grandpa received food in his ear,
Didn’t matter, he still couldn’t hear.
Mom had pies, under the table,
Dad surrendered, went to watch cable.

Laughter filled, the dining room,
They would need more, than just a broom.
It was much more, than a really bad mess.
A fun way to relieve, some of that stress.

by AnitaPoems.com

 

Written by Kara Scott

Do You Have a Picky Eater?

Do you have a picky eater?  As parents and teachers, we all know that children can be particular with what they do and don’t eat.  Eating (or not eating) is the one thing they have control of.  Many families struggle to come up with new ideas for meals that are fun and nutritious.  Here are some tried and true meal ideas we have come up with over the years!

-Chicken nuggets

-Home made Macaroni and Cheese

-Home made Pizza (whole wheat crust, naan bread, english muffin, etc.) 

-Pasta 

-Whole wheat wraps sliced to look like sushi

-Breakfast foods for lunch or dinner

-Waffle sandwiches (cream cheese, chocolate hazelnut spread, fruit spreads, or any nut butters)

-Grilled cheese

-Quesadillas (fill with all sorts of healthy veggies and proteins) 

-Sandwiches (lunch meats, cheese, fruit spreads, nut butters, ham/turkey/veggie burger) 

-Use cookie cutter shapes to cut sandwiches to make finger sandwiches

-Lunch meat and cheese rolled up then sliced like sushi

-Cheese and crackers

-Yogurt and applesauce with a straw through the lid

-Sweet potato fries and tots

-Baked potato

-Fish (try it, they might surprise you and like it) 

-Fruits and veggies (get them in anywhere you can) 

 

Please take notice of the most chokable foodsaccording to www.familyeducation.com!

-Hot dogs

-Carrots

-Apples

-Grapes

-Nuts

-Peanut butter

-Marshmallows

-Gum and hard candy

-Popcorn

 

PANCAKE?

Who wants a pancake,
Sweet and piping hot?
Good little Grace looks up and says,
“I’ll take the one on top.”
Who else wants a pancake,
Fresh off the griddle?
Terrible Theresa smiles and says,
“I’ll take the one in the middle.”

by Shel Silverstein

 

Written by: Kara Scott

Beach Safety Tips!

Memorial Day is already this weekend! With that in mind, here are some beach safety tips!

 

Top Ten Tips For Improving Family Beach Safety And Enjoyment

One of the favorite vacations for families is going to the beach.  When you are enjoying the sun, ocean and sand, just remember these few tips to keep your family safe!

  1. Wind, Waves, Currents: All parents should understand that wind generates waves.  The stronger the wind, the stronger the waves.  When the “surf’s up” it is often too dangerous for the average swimmer, particularly small children.
  2. Never Swim Alone: Whenever venturing into the water, make every attempt to swim with another proficient swimmer.  Swimming alone in the ocean can often be unsafe.
  3. No Diving or Head-First Entries– The sand under the water is not soft and forgiving.  Two-thirds of all catastrophic neck injuries (apx. 800 annually) occur in open-water areas, not swimming pools.  Feet-first is the only safe way for you and your kids to enter the water.
  4. Lost Children: The number one problem at beaches is lost children.  Go to the beach with a plan.  Your children should know where you entered, where you place the blanket and a meeting spot in case of separation.
  5. Close, Active Supervision: You must watch your child (ren) 100% of the time.  You have to be active, aggressive, and attentive at all times.  Remember it only takes seconds to drown.
  6. Learn How To Swim/ Wear A Life Jacket: If you don’t know how to swim, then waist-deep water can be dangerously deep.  Wear a properly sized and fitted United States Coast Guard Approved life jacket.
  7. Rip Currents: Rip currents account for more than 80% of near-drownings in our oceans.  Ask about rip currents at your beach.  If you get caught in one don’t panic, breathe deep and swim parallel to shore.
  8. Take Frequent Breaks– Fatigue, sunburn, hypothermia, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can all become problems.  For your health and safety, take frequent breaks from the sun and water with your family and take your children to the restroom.
  9. Look But Don’t Touch– Many birds, turtles and marine life forms often wash up on beaches.  Do not get too close and above all, do not touch the organism.  Your child (ren)  may hurt the creature or it may hurt them!
  10.  Follow You Flags, Check The Conditions Of The Beach– Learn the flag system at your beach and remember, “When in doubt, don’t go out!”  Red– Dangerous conditions, Yellow-Caution: Moderately Dangerous Conditions, and Green– Mild Ocean Conditions.

Source by:  Tom Griffiths

 

“A Day at the Beach”

A day at the beach
What could be
More fun
Than playing in
The sand
The surf
The sun

Building castles
And rivers
And splashing
In the waves
There’s no better
Way to spend
Hot summer days

Author: Sharon Froese

 

Written by: Kara Scott

 

May Days!

Can you believe it’s already May? Everything is starting to turn green and flowers are blooming! Spring is officially here!

 

We have a busy month ahead of us! This month our theme is “Shops All Around” and we are learning all about the different shops around our towns!  We will also be talking about money and other places where we can spend it!

We celebrated Cinco de Mayo at the school on Tuesday! The children enjoyed some festive treats and had a blast doing festive activities like hitting a pinata and dancing to “The Mexican Hat Dance!”

Yesterday was Pajama Day at our school!  We came to school in our favorite PJ’s to show our school spirit!

This Sunday the 10th is Mother’s Day! Don’t forget!  On Monday all the Moms are invited to enjoy a muffin at drop-off!

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week! We have some fun things planned to show our teachers how much they are appreciated!

On Tuesday the 19th, wear purple to show your school spirit!

We are going to enjoy some yummy ice cream sundaes with the children on Wednesday the 20th!

Our school is closed on Monday the 25th to celebrate Memorial Day! Enjoy the time with your family and friends!

Friday the 29th we are going to have a Goddard School Picnic!  Pack a lunch for your child to enjoy on a blanket outside with their friends! Rainy weather won’t stop us! We can lay out our blankets in the hallway!

 

 

Spring

by Kaitlyn Guenther

So many flowers are blooming.

Petite little squirrels come out to play.

Really big bears awake from their slumbers.

Imaginative children enjoy a walk with their friends.

No tree is left standing without any leaves.  So

Go ahead, jump for joy because spring is here.

 

Written by: Kara Scott

 

 

Happy Earth Day!

Today we celebrated Earth day! At 10 AM we shut off all the lights in the school and worked on some Earth day activities!  Each class decorated a letter to spell out “EARTH” with various art materials!  We also worked on Earth friendly projects with pieces of nature, recyclables, blue and green markers, crayons, and paper! We had so much fun doing our Earth friendly centers in the dark using flashlights!  Some of the children’s hard work will be hung in the hallway! Don forget to check it out!

In honor of Earth Day, here are some ways you can help the environment:

1. Turn off the lights when leaving a room.

2. Turn off the TV if you aren’t watching anything.

3. Unplug any appliances that aren’t being used.  They use energy even if they are turned off!

4. Recycle!  Paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum,  and some metals can all be recycled!

5. Throw trash and recyclables in the respective containers.  No littering!

6. Plant a tree!

7. Wash your clothes in cold or warm water.

8. Use both sides of paper.

9. Fill a reusable bottle for drinking water instead of bottled water.

10. Pay bills online instead of paper bills!

He that plants trees loves others beside himself.

— Thomas Fuller

Written by: Kara Scott

Showers of Fun!

April showers bring May flowers! It may be rainy this month, but at least it isn’t snow! We are all getting back into our routines after our Spring Break! We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays with their families and friends!

 

This month we are Ready for Spring! The children will be learning about Weather, Rainbows, Kites, Gardening, Flowers, Bugs and Earth Day!  Some fun things are coming up this month!

Bring a Joke to School on Tuesday the 14th.  We can’t wait to hear what jokes come in!

On Wednesday the 15th our classrooms will have Mystery Readers! Please let the office know if you would like to come in a read a book!

The Book Fair comes to school on Monday the 20th! We love the Book Fair! So many good books to earn for our school!

We are hosting a Mommy & Me Night on Tuesday the 21st! Come to the school after hours to listen to a story and browse the book fair in your pajamas!

Earth Day is Wednesday the 22nd!  We have some fun recycling activities planned!

Thurday the 23rd is Take Your Child To Work Day!

On Tuesday the 28th we are going to buddy-up the older kids with younger kids to get creative with art!

Wear the colors of the rainbow on the 29th to show your school spirit!

 

April Showers
April showers bring May flowers,
That is what they say.
But if all the showers turned to flowers,
We’d have quite a colourful day! There’d be bluebells and cockleshells,
Tulips red and green,
Daffodils and Chinese squill,
The brightest you’ve ever seen. You’d see tiger lilies and water lilies,
Carnations pink and blue,
Forget-me-not and small sundrop
Glistening with the dew. We’d have fireweed and milkweed
And many more different flowers.
Mexican star and shooting star,
Falling in the showers. And if all the showers turned to flowers
On that rainy April day,
Would all the flowers turn to showers
In the sunny month of May?

by Karen Chappell

 

Written by Kara Scott