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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

Summer Camp

Infants & Teacher with Bubbles A

Summer is here!!!!!!

Here is a friendly reminder of what to bring back with you on Monday, June 23rd.

1. Bathing Suit

2. Closed toed water shoes

3. Towel

4. Sun Tan Lotion

5. Change of clothes for Summer

We are looking forward to a fun-filled Summer with your child (ren)!! We will have new friends, cool treats, fun visitors, and never ending fun!

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent

We hope you have a safe and happy Summer! Enjoy your time with your families!

written by: Kim Hensinger

March News

“Fairytales & Fantasies”

During this month your child(ren) will learn about the following themes:

Folklore
Nursery Rhymes
Disney Fairytales
Poetry
St. Patrick’s Day
Giants
Dr. Seuss

Dates to remember:

Dr. Seuss Magic Show – March 3rd

Canned Food Drive – March 12th

Goddard Pajama Day – March 14th

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – March 17th

Wear Green Day – March 19th

Things to know:

Food Drive: We will be collecting NONPERISHABLE food items during the first 2 weeks of March. All food items need to be in the lobby by Wednesday, March 12th and will be donated to United Way of Bucks Country.

Paperwork Update: It’s that time of year again!!! Within the next few weeks a table will be set up in the front hallway during afternoons and the teachers will be updating the emergency contacts in the classrooms as well. All we need is for you to review your emergency contact information and to initial the required documents. We thank you for your cooperation!!

Summer Camp: In house Summer Camp 2014 registration has begun. If you are planning for your child to attend Goddard this summer, please complete your paperwork and return to the office as soon as possible. Registration will open to non Goddard families on March 15th.

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
~Anne Bradstreet

Written by: Kim Hensinger

THINK SPRING!!!!

February News

The Goddard School

Sounds of Love

This month’s themes are:
Valentines Day!
Genres of Music!
Instruments!
Dance!
Artists!
Musicals!

Things to know:
1. President’s Day – We will be Closed on Monday, February 17th for our teachers to attend a full day training on Early Childhood Education.

2. Progress Reports – Your child’s progress report was recently distributed. Please review and return to office by February 15th. If you are interested in a conference with your child’s teacher, please fill out form and return to office by Monday, February 10th.

3. Summer Camp – Registration will begin next week! We have a fun filled fabulous camp planned. Summer camp registration fees cover the costs of all of our special visitors! Look out for Early Bird Specials on your Camp Registration Fee!

4. Inclement Weather – Just a friendly reminder that there are 2 ways that we notify you if the school is closed or opening late due to weather. We will send out text and email alerts to those who signed up for the program. The notifications will be sent out by 6:30 AM. You can also log onto your personal Goddard Family Connect web page.

Fun dates to know:

February 4th – 100th Day of School
February 12th – Humane Society Visits!
February 17th – School Closed! Teacher-In-Service
February 18th – Create Our Own Instruments
February 28th – Family Picture Show and Tell

“A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others!” by: Frank Morgan

February is the month of love…give your loved ones an extra hug, kiss and smile! It’s always the best way to start the day!

Written by: Kim Hensinger

August Activities

The Goddard SchoolHere is what we are looking forward to in August:

Ice Cream Social– Please join us on Thursday, August 8th from 5-7pm. We will be celebrating our 10th Birthday with face painting, moon bounce, DJ, arts & crafts and of course ICE CREAM!!!!! Make sure to bring the whole gang for this is a family event. Hope to see you there!!!

School Closed– The school will be closed on August 30th for a Teacher In-Service Day, and Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day! Enjoy the time with your family!!

Here are the fun activities to look forward to for our last month of our Summer Camp:

Week 1- Going To The Beach
Week 2- The Wild, Wild West
Week 3- Food Frenzies
Week 4- Goddard Olympics

August 6th- Whale Watch Visits
August 9th- Water Safety Puppet Show
August 13- Singing Cowboy
August 14th- Wear Cowboy Hats to School
August 20th- Baker Visits
August 21st- Kona Water Ice
August 23rd- Ice Cream Man

August 26th- Pony Rides
August 30th- Closed for Teacher In-Service

Written by: Kim Hensinger

April News

Gardening - Kids & TeacherThe months are flying by and we have completed our Summer Camp Registration and are busy working on the 2013-2014 school year. We are now registering for September 2013. All current families will see the annual registration fee of $125 in their April statement. Please let us know if there are any changes to your child’s schedule for the fall!

The book fair is almost here! It will be arriving the week of April 15th! We take cash, checks and major credit cards. We hope you enjoy the new and exciting books with your family!

Spring has arrived! We can finally say goodbye to cold weather and hello to warm weather! Please make sure your child’s clothes are up to date for the weather and their current size. All children should keep a top, bottom, and underwear in their cubbie for emergencies.

Last but definately not least, Goddard is excited to celebrate our Earth and promote a healthier Earth for future generations to come as we kick off “Root For Earth” on Monday, April 22nd. We will start the week by flipping the switch with nearly 400 Goddard Schools nation wide. We will turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour. The children will also participate in fun environmental learning activities throughout the week to teach them about our earth and how to take care of it. Stop by and “Root For Earth” with us today!

“A gush of bird-song, a patter of dew, A Cloud, and a rainbow’s warning, Suddenly sunshine and perfect blue–An April day in the morning” Harriet Prescott Spofford

Written by: Kim Hensinger

March News

Music - Teacher & Infant BSpring is around the corner!!

We will be closed for our Spring Break on Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1st.

We have also completed our Summer Camp Registration and are working on the 2013- 2014 school year. You will be seeing the registration fee of $125 added to your April statement. Please let us know any changes for the Fall that we should be aware of.

We are all enjoying our new iPad system for checking your child in and out! If you still need to set up your password or need to be reminded of your password, please stop by the office.

With the change of seasons comes paper updating! It’s the time of year to update your contact information. Please stop by the table set up in the hallway to initial and/or correct the required documents as well as the binders in your child’s (ren) classroom.

We are looking forward to the fun holiday celebrations to do with your children that come with the month of March!!

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ” Let’s party!”~ Robin Williams

Written by: Kim Hensinger