By Pat Sefton
Welcome to our brand new blog. The intent is to present current relevant communication from the staff and board of AACNS. Hopefully the casual ability to post when inspired will keep you informed of things you might not otherwise know. I am more familiar with blurbs then blogs so my first entry will be random thoughts as we jump into this new form of communication.
We had a smooth transition in September as we assimilated into our new classes. Tears were shed and heartstrings were pulled, just as expected. Children and parents soon realized that they were safe and trust replaced fear. Now the school is absolutely humming. Children are busy discovering new things daily. Committees are meeting and planning, groups gather and disperse, topics are shared, and individuals help individuals. It looks and feels like a healthy community. Today, when tears are shed it’s usually because it’s time to go!
I had the pleasure of observing a group of four year old boys in Nadia’s class last week.They gathered the necessary accoutrements for their favorite role playing activity as superheroes. They put on the glittered pastel wings with conviction. I was touched by their optimistic innocence. They haven’t learned yet that superheroes don’t have princess fairy wings. How fleeting it is.
Halloween is usually considered a favorite family activity, and hard to ignore. Walk in any store and one is bombarded with jack-o-lanterns, skeletons and candy.
Much time and effort are expended on what your child “will be” for Halloween. You may spend days sewing, ironing, gluing or searching websites for the perfect ensemble. Then when the big day finally arrives your child informs you that they must be a pirate instead of a piece of cheddar cheese. With my children, I found that the older they got the more fun we had with their costume development. So if there is a last minute costume melt down, don’t fear you have many more ahead to tickle your creativity.
All of the staff will fly to Atlanta on November 6 to attend the NAEYC conference, and the school will be closed from November 7-9 for us to attend. The staff appreciates the community’s support as we continue to grow, professionally and individually. We hope to bring back insights and ideas to share.
And one final clothing thought. Please make sure your child has a change of clothes, and a jacket or sweater as we move into the new season.