Director's Blog

Zach Klausz

A Child's Place School

A Child's Place School is preparing to open full-time in the fall.

Until that time please feel free to use the resources on this blog throughout the summer.

Inside you'll find: articles for parents, resources for children, music classes, read aloud stories and more!

We hope that your family is staying safe at home. We will see you soon!

Weekly Update

5/1/20

Dear ACP Families,

Happy May! When we first started our stay-at-home schooling never did I think that we would still be sitting at home in May. The challenges that we are all facing are nothing like anything we have experienced before. I know some of us are worried and/or exhausted as we face this new normal every day. Some of us are feeling guilty that as parents we aren’t doing enough, that our kids are “falling behind” or that life will never be the same. I want to remind you all that at A Child’s Place we are a family. What that means is that we are here to support one another, to help, to listen and share. If you need any kind of additional support we are here and we are ready. Please reach out to your classroom teachers if you are having any challenges. We are happy to work directly with each of our families to design an at home experience that meets you where you are and addresses the particular interests of your child. We are also aware that our current daily emails might already be a lot for some of you. That is okay too! Everyone needs to find a rhythm and routine that works for their family. I am also available to speak on the phone with anyone who needs support, has questions or just wants to chat. If you would like to talk just email me to set up a time for a phone call.

We are eagerly waiting to hear from Governor Murphy about schools reopening this year. He has announced that further guidance will be given sometime in the next two weeks. We did hear this week that NJ county and state parks will be reopening tomorrow! I would encourage all of you to (carefully) take advantage of this. The one silver lining in this time period has been watching nature thrive as we turn off the cars and the machines. Who knows what discoveries await us in our parks that have been owned by the animals for the last month!

We are still making preparations for our summer camp. It has now become even more important to get our children outside! At A Child’s Place School our summer camp is 100% outdoors with a wide variety of activities for children ages 3-9 years old. Click here to view the Summer Camp website for information on all the fun this summer. Though it is still too early to tell if we will be able to open, I want to reassure everyone that if we are unable to open summer camp we will be refunding 100% of all payments made for camp. So go ahead and register to reserve your child’s place for outdoor fun all summer long!

Weekly Update

4/24/20

Dear ACP Families,

Another week has passed as we continue our new normal of remote learning and stay-at-home life. I don’t know about you, but for me the days are starting to blur together. I am finding great comfort in the teachers’ emails as they give my kids (and my family, by extension) valuable structure in our week. As I have said before, all of us need to find the right balance for our own families. I would encourage you to continue sharing with the community all of the great ideas you have found in your quest for successful homeschooling. One thing I just found was a “town hall” meeting tomorrow (Saturday) at 9am on CNN with Sesame Street. Titled the ABC’s of COVID-19, they will be taking questions online about the pandemic and helping start a dialogue between parents and their young children. Click here for more information.

Last Sunday I sent out an email with an offer of a 10% credit, due to the Coronavirus pandemic school closure, for all families who wish to take it. We have been overwhelmed by the responses and the support we have received from the community. We are all so lucky to be a part of ACP! If you wish to take advantage of this offer we would appreciate a response by this Monday, April 27th.

I want to also continue to highlight the Director's Blog as we are continuing to update it with tons of resources, videos, articles, etc. If you need a break why not cue up some video stories from your child's favorite teachers.

Lastly, I want to remind everyone that we are here to help you. Please feel free to reach out to any of us with questions you have or help you may need. No request is too big or too small. Together we will get through this and emerge a stronger community through the love and care we are all giving and receiving from each other.

Weekly Update

4/17/20

Dear ACP Families,

“Welcome back” from your spring break. After a week off, it was so good to reconnect with everyone. All of us at ACP continue to be amazed at the work that is taking place at home. You are all doing a fabulous job during this unprecedented time.

I wanted to take a moment and focus on parents and self-care. This is SO important. We must, as parents, take care of ourselves so we can take care of our families. So how do we do that? I came across a great email this week from Aha Parenting by Dr. Laura Markham in which she talks about 5 questions to ask yourself each day:

1. How will I center and replenish myself today?

2. How will I connect with each of my children today, to help them to feel safe, seen, soothed, and appreciated?

3. How will I get our family outside, moving our bodies and connecting with nature today?

4. How will I get our family laughing today?

5. How will I model grace under pressure for my children today?

I would encourage all of you to follow this advice and ask yourself these questions every day. Taking care of ourselves not only makes us better parents, it also models this self-care for our children as they see their adults making it a priority in addition to parenting. If you click this link, you can read about these questions in more detail. I also think Elmo’s dad does a good job of explaining this in a video.

You may remember that we sent out two documents, in lieu of a Roundtable, regarding speaking with children about sensitive issues. As a follow up to this we are considering hosting an actual Virtual Roundtable discussion over Zoom. We would first like to see if there is a true need in our community for an event like this. If you have a moment please fill out this survey to help us gauge interest.

Governor Murphy announced this week that all NJ schools will remain closed until at least May 18th. We will, of course, follow this directive at this time and extend our temporary closure until May 18th. Our hope is that we can still get in some final weeks of “in-person” school, but at this time there is still not enough information to make any decisions or promises. As soon as we have more clarity we will communicate with you all.

I hope everyone continues to stay safe and has a great weekend.

Weekly Update

4/10/20

Dear ACP Families,

I hope everyone is making the best of this stay-at-home period. This week the faculty took their much-deserved spring break. I hope that all of you were also able to take some sort of “break” this week. It is worth remembering and repeating that this is an unprecedented time. All of us are doing our best to maintain some sense of normalcy at home for our children. No one should be feeling guilty that they aren’t “doing enough.” From where we sit all of you have been doing a tremendous job with your children at home. Kudos to you all!

Our daily emails will start back up this Tuesday, April 14th. If you have any specific requests or needs for your child I would encourage you to reach out to your teachers as they are ready and willing to work personally with each of you to develop a curriculum that meets you and your child’s needs.

Lastly, I refer back to my email of March 31st. Discussion is still taking place while we await further guidance from our Governor. Governor Murphy stated that he will not even be talking about this until April 17th. Once we have more information, we will be in touch with a plan for compensating our families for this lost time at school

Best wishes to everyone celebrating holidays this week. I hope that even without our friends and family physically present we all can still find some joy and peace during this time.

Stay safe,

Weekly Update

3/27/20

Dear ACP Families,

I hope this email finds you all safe and sound in your homes, enjoying your families and adjusting to the new rhythm of our daily lives. At my house we have been spending the days outside visiting Sandy Hook, walking the dog and collecting items in the yard. I have also found a great sense of peace in baking and cooking (both with the kids and without). As we all continue to adjust to our new realities I encourage you all to find your peace, whatever that is, and schedule it daily! Use this opportunity to connect with your children on a deeper level. During this process I have learned just as much about myself as I have my children. However you are choosing to fill your days I hope that everyone is staying safe and making the best of this unique time period.

We continue to be astounded by the feedback, photos, videos and other communication we are receiving from families. There is so much great learning going on in ACP households. Please continue to share this documentation with us as it helps the teachers respond more specifically to the present interests of their students. This week we also started Zoom meet-ups with a select group of classes. Our goal is to have every class/small group have a meet-up by the middle of next week. Please bear with us on these meet-ups as it can be tricky to mix technology with young children. This also brings up another great point about young children and technology in that we don’t recommend any sort of frequent or constant usage. Making a statement like that is easier said than done, but I want to urge everyone to continue limiting screen time. When screen time is necessary, consider a choice that is active (the child is asked to do something) rather than passive. Whether it is an art app or a bug finder, there are some good choices out there for using technology as an active tool to bring about deeper creative processes as well as facilitating research and inquiry. Above all else, give yourself permission to do what works for your family (yourself included).

This week we also communicated to you the upcoming online music classes with Amanda and her company Coastal Melodies. Our other music teacher, John (Primary and All Day), has also shared a special weekly video for the children. Stay tuned for more videos from John in the coming weeks. I do want to also highlight that all of the resources and information we are sharing with you can also be found on the Director’s Blog. In addition, the blog also has an archive of our read aloud stories, music links, and a ton of resources/ideas for both parents and children. All of it is meant to help you parents as you continue to navigate this stay-at-home period.

We are very eager to reopen school and we miss the children and all of you families dearly. Right now the decision to reopen school lies in the hands of Governor Murphy. Yesterday he announced that the earliest he would even consider opening schools is April 20th. That means that we are extending our temporary closure until at least April 20th. We will continue to update you as soon as new information becomes available.

Lastly, I have included a special message from Linda Littenberg, the owner of ACP. Please click here to read Linda’s letter.

As a final reminder, the staff at ACP is here and ready to help. If you or your family has any specific needs, questions, or concerns please reach out to us as we are ready to work individually with each and every one of you should you need some help.

Weekly Update

3/20/20

Dear ACP Families,

Congratulations, you made it through the first week at home! All of us at ACP are completely blown away by the emails, photos, recordings, and videos we have been receiving from all of you. It seems like everyone is finding their niche and doing what is best for their family. This is exactly what we had hoped would happen! The emails from the teachers are meant merely as a guide to help you make the most of this situation. If you are finding your ideas are wearing thin or you need some specific help I urge you to email your classroom teachers. They are a tremendous resource and their expert opinions can be very useful to all of us!

You can also continue to visit the Director’s Blog as we have quite a few recorded stories posted at this point. I would encourage everyone to take the time and record a story to share with the community. There is even a tutorial on how to do this (with an iPhone) on the blog. We have also added a section with various articles and resources that may be helpful to you, your children and your whole family.

I am sorry to announce that we will be extending our temporary closure at least until April 13th. It has become clear that we will all need to remain at home for a longer period than we initially thought. This is serious and social distancing is really the only way we have right now to fight the spread of the virus and help keep everyone safe. The teachers will continue with their emails and I hope you all continue enjoying your families at home. We will remain ready and able to help (digitally) should anybody have any specific concerns.

I am also sad to inform you all that we are going to have to cancel our ACP Blood Drive which was planned for April 17th. We are hoping to reschedule the blood drive when it is safe to do so. There are no remote blood drives going on in the country right now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a real need for donations. I urge all of you, if you are able, to reach out to the Red Cross or the NY/NJ Blood Center and donate blood at one of their centers which will remain open, sanitized and ready for donations.

I want to thank everyone for submitting questions about sensitive issues. In lieu of the Roundtable discussion we are going to share a document with you all that attempts to answer the questions we received. We will be emailing you the first part of our responses which focus on the Coronavirus and how to speak with young children during this unprecedented time. That email will immediately follow this one. Let’s keep the conversation going!

Lastly, please also remember to take care of yourself. As parents, we also need a break, a chance to catch our breath and refocus. Everyone should give themselves permission to relax and enjoy this time. Do what makes sense for you and your family and forget the rest. We are all taking this one day and a time, doing the best we can within a very challenging situation. We are here to help if you need us!

Stay safe

School Closure Update

3/15/20

Dear ACP Families,

These are certainly extraordinary times in which we find ourselves. As a reminder, A Child’s Place School is now closed due to Coronavirus until circumstances allow us to reopen. We will be closed for at least two weeks. Your classroom teachers will be emailing you with ideas and suggestions as to how to continue learning at home. These are merely suggestions and all families should feel free to pick and choose from the suggestions as to what makes sense for them.

I will also be emailing you on Fridays. My Friday email will let everyone know the status of the school closure for the following week. But, as stated above, we will be closed for two weeks at the minimum. We are getting frequent updates from the CDC and NJDOH as to the recommendations for school closures. We will open up the school once the experts have deemed it safe and appropriate.

We also ask that if you or anybody in your immediate family is ill that you report it to us. Best practices dictate that we track any illness in our community to help the authorities account for all known cases. Thank you for your help with this.

That being said, we need to make the most of this unique opportunity. I invite everyone to reconnect with your family during this time. Paint a picture together, read stories, go on a nature walk, etc. Above all, take this opportunity to enjoy your family and build a stronger bond.

The staff at A Child’s Place is ready to respond to any questions, suggestions or ideas you may have during this time. Feel free to reach out to us at any time.


Weekly Update

3/8/20

Dear ACP Families,

I am told that the Ladies Luncheon was a huge success yesterday. I want to thank everyone who attended the Luncheon as well as all the volunteers and members of our community who donated items for the raffle. Together you raised a lot of money for our scholarship fund while having a wonderful Saturday afternoon. Thanks!

Last week we emailed you all about what we are doing at the school to keep us safe and healthy and prepare for the Coronavirus. We will continue to emphasize proper hygiene practices with the children as well as review daily updates from the CDC and the State of New Jersey. Please help us all stay healthy by keeping your child home if they are ill. With so much talk in the news and elsewhere about the Coronavirus, your child may start to ask questions about what it is and how it affects them and their families. When speaking with young children it is always important to start with what they know and what questions they might have. GIve short, age-appropriate responses and reassure them that they are safe and that the adults are doing everything we can to keep them safe. Remind them about washing their hands and not touching their face. Oftentimes, humans also need to take action in the face of a crisis. Being proactive can help us manage our fears and give us a sense of purpose. If you feel this would help, consider donating to your local hospital and/or health clinic. We also have a Roundtable coming up that focuses on speaking with young children about sensitive issues (details below). Here is a good article from Aha Parenting that could be helpful if you need to speak with your child about the Coronavirus

Summer Camp

Do you remember when children used to spend every moment of summer outside? At A Child’s Place School we do! Our summer camp is 100% outdoors with a wide variety of activities for children ages 3-9 years old. Registration is now open! Click here to view the Summer Camp website for information on all the fun this summer

Weekly Update

3/1/20

Dear ACP Families,

We had a wonderful One-on-One Saturday yesterday with about half of the school in attendance. Everyone got a chance to experience a modified morning of school as children and their guests explored blocks, clay, games, painting and more! I hope everyone had a wonderful morning.

This Friday was the end of the priority enrollment phase for next year. We are now opening up the enrollment to new families interested in joining our community. If you know of anybody who might be interested in learning about our school please refer them to us for a personal tour. To those of you who are still on the fence about next year please feel free to reach out to us as we would be happy to guide you through this important decision and answer any questions you may have about the program.

I also realized today that we haven’t had a book club meeting in a while. We are still reading Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. If you are interested in meeting to discuss this book or if you would like to switch to a new book please email me. I am hoping to have a meeting set for sometime next week!

This Wednesday Jen Forrar, our school nurse, will be at school in the morning to teach all of the classes about proper handwashing techniques. This is crucial as handwashing is one of the most important steps we can take to keep everyone safe and healthy. Jen has been our nurse for a while now and she does a great job of making this topic fun and exciting for all of our students.

Announcements

ACPSF Ladies Luncheon, Saturday, March 7th

Tickets are still available for next Saturday's luncheon. Click HERE to see details and r.s.v.p. or make a donation.

Saturday, March 7 at 11:30am

Triumph Brewing Company

1 Bridge Avenue

Red Bank, NJ 07701

Summer Camp

Do you remember when children used to spend every moment of summer outside? At A Child’s Place School we do! Our summer camp is 100% outdoors with a wide variety of activities for children ages 3-9 years old. Registration is now open! Click here to view the Summer Camp website for information on all the fun this summer

Roundtable

Our next Roundtable is just under a month away on Friday, March 20th at 1:30pm. You will notice that this is in the afternoon, as we are hoping that this new time might be more convenient for certain families who were unable to attend the evening ones. We thought we would solicit your feedback for the topic of this next discussion. We have narrowed it down to 4 possible topics. Please help us decide by filling out this survey about the next Roundtable topic. Thank you for all your help!

Upcoming Events:

3.7 - Ladies’ Luncheon -11:30am @ Triumph Brewery

3.20 - Afternoon Parent-Teacher Roundtable - 1:30-3:00pm


Weekly Update

2/23/20

Dear ACP Families,

What a wonderful week it was! We had a great Roundtable meeting on Thursday night about Reggio Emilia with all participants getting a sneak preview of the Primary exhibit. The next day was the official exhibit with so much incredible work on display. These exhibits are important! They show a respect for the children's thoughts, ideas and processes as they work in school. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Our next Roundtable is just under a month away on Friday, March 20th at 1:30pm. You will notice that this is in the afternoon, as we are hoping that this new time might be more convenient for certain families who were unable to attend the evening ones. We thought we would solicit your feedback for the topic of this next discussion. We have narrowed it down to 4 possible topics. Please help us decide by filling out this survey about the next Roundtable topic. Thank you for all your help!

This week is the final week for priority enrollment for the 2020-21 school year. If you are still working through your plans for next year we would love to help. Feel free to reach out to us with any specific or general questions/situations you may be dealing with in your decision making process. I am always available to meet with you and go through all of your options for next year to make sure we do what is best for your child(ren). At the end of next week we will open our enrollment to new families and begin filling spots on a first come first served basis.

This SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29th from 10am to 11:30am we have One-on-One Saturday. If you were not able to attend our January One-on-One Days or would like to come back and experience it again, we have set aside this day for you. On One-on-One Saturday students share their school environment and experiences with a parent or another important adult in their life. These visits are very special to the children. Please R.S.V.P HERE by Wednesday, February 26th.

Please also note the following about One-on-One Saturday:

  • Please arrive on-time as the day is only 90 minutes long
  • Only ONE adult per child for ONE-ON-ONE DAY!
  • If you have two children in our school, each child should attend with a designated adult. Splitting time between two children does not afford each one the opportunity to benefit from this special day even if they are in the same classroom.
  • Siblings (older or younger, including babies) may not attend

The annual Ladies' Luncheon is coming up on March 7 at Triumph Brewery in Red Bank. All proceeds from this event will go towards the ACP Scholarship Fund. Please consider attending and/or donating to this worthy cause to make our school accessible to more families. All families should have received an E-vite for the event. If you need help registering or have any questions about the event you can always contact us in the office or our board chair, Emily Kuskin.

Announcements:

Summer Camp

Do you remember when children used to spend every moment of summer outside? At A Child’s Place School we do! Our summer camp is 100% outdoors with a wide variety of activities for children ages 3-9 years old. Registration is now open! Click here to view the Summer Camp website for information on all the fun this summer

Upcoming Events:

2.28 - 2020/21 Registration Application Deadline

2.29 - One-On-One Saturday - 10-11:30am All Classes

3.7 - Ladies’ Luncheon - 11:30am @ Triumph Brewing Company

3.20 - Afternoon Parent-Teacher Roundtable - 1:30-3:00pm

Weekly Update

2/9/20

Dear ACP Families,

As a reminder, school will be closed from Thursday, February 13th through Monday, February 17th for mid-year recess.

I hope everyone enjoyed their parent-teacher conference this week. These are such valuable meetings meant to inform you regarding your child’s development and socialization. This is also a time to communicate with us your hopes for your child. If you feel as if you needed more time to discuss your child we are always available to meet at any time. The stronger our partnership the better the experience of the child in school.

Another purpose of the conferences was to help you make an informed decision regarding placement/enrollment for next year. Priority registration is now open and will continue until the end of the month. During this time all current families who enroll are guaranteed a space for their child next year. After this period we can no longer guarantee availability and spaces in classrooms will be filled on a first-come first served basis. I recommend that everyone submit your enrollment forms before the end of this month. If you have any questions about this process we are always here to help.

Yesterday we hosted an NJEEPRE (NJ Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia) meeting at school. We were fortunate to have around 30 educators from other schools across the state. It was a wonderful meeting with so many Reggio Emilia inspired schools in attendance sharing questions and inspiration. By now you have probably come across the term Reggio-Emilia in our literature and in the larger preschool world. This term has become so ubiquitous that I worry its meaning may be diluted and/or misunderstood. Therefore, our next Parent Roundtable discussion will focus on this very topic. Entitled Reggio Emilia: Putting Theory Into Practice, our meeting will focus on how we use the philosophy every day at ACP with your children. We hope you can join us on Thursday, February 20th from 7-9pm. RSVP here.

Announcements:

Summer Camp

Do you remember when children used to spend every moment of summer outside? At A Child’s Place School we do! Our summer camp is 100% outdoors with a wide variety of activities for children ages 3-9 years old. Registration is now open! Click here to view the Summer Camp website for information on all the fun this summer!

Lunch Break

Our annual drive for Lunch Break will conclude this week on Wednesday, February 12th at drop off.. Located in Red Bank, Lunch Break freely provides life's basic necessities-food, clothing and fellowship for community members in need. Their mission is to alleviate hunger and lead those they serve to self-sufficiency and healthier lifestyles. They serve everyone, with compassion and dignity through their soup kitchen, food pantry, clothing closet and more. If you would like to donate to Lunch Break please see the list below for specific items needed. We have divided the items needed by classroom. Thank you in advance for helping us help this wonderful organization.

Donation List

  • Primary: Toothpaste and/or Tooth Brushes
  • All Day Nursery: Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Debbie: Bar Soap or Body Wash
  • Susan and Karen: Body Lotion
  • Arlene: Tissues.

Valentine’s Day Policy

Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year while we are on mid-year recess. We ask that you DO NOT send in any Valentines cards/treats to school. We find that it can create a competition between children with the potential for hurt feelings as well as a distraction to the work at school. Should you want to give Valentines to the children in your class, we ask that you mail your Valentines directly to each student’s house. All addresses can be found in the updated Parent Directory.

Upcoming Events:

2.13-17 - Mid-Year Recess - SCHOOL CLOSED

2.20 - Parent-Teacher Roundtable: 7 – 9pm

2.28 - Registration & Scholarship Application Deadline

2.29 - One-On-One Saturday - All Classes


Weekly Update

2/2/20

Dear ACP Families,

As a reminder, there is no school for students this Thursday, February 6th, due to Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Thank you to everyone who attended one of our registration meetings this week. It was such a treat to hear from our parent panel as they shared their experiences with ACP, how it has helped their family and their child. As I sat in the big room and listened to their stories I noticed a couple of themes. They all spoke of the confidence, creativity and problem solving skills that ACP had instilled in their children. Most importantly they talked about how ACP has given their child(ren) a lifetime love for learning which they have all carried with them into their next school. I feel truly honored to be part of such a wonderful school, with amazing teachers, students and families!

The registration meetings were meant to give you more information about our programs to help you make an informed choice regarding placement for your child next year. The next step in this process is your Parent-Teacher conference coming up this week. Your child’s teacher is prepared to discuss next year’s placement in addition to progress your child is making this year. If you have further questions, I am also always available to meet with families on an individual basis throughout the year. We are a small school and it is important to us that every one of our families gets personalized attention as they navigate the process of raising a young child.

Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year while we are on mid-year recess. We ask that you DO NOT send in any Valentines cards/treats to school. We find that it can create a competition between children with the potential for hurt feelings as well as a distraction to the work at school. Should you want to give Valentines to the children in your class, we ask that you mail your Valentines directly to each student’s house. All addresses can be found in the updated Parent Directory.

Announcements:

Summer Camp

Do you remember when children used to spend every moment of summer outside? At A Child’s Place School we do! Our summer camp is 100% outdoors with a wide variety of activities for children ages 3-9 years old. Registration is now open! Click here to view the Summer Camp website for information on all the fun this summer!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences will take place this week on February 5/6. We will be offering complimentary care for children while parents are conferencing with the teachers. If you did not RSVP for this care when you signed up please contact the office to notify us that you need care for your child during the conference. Please use the links above to review your Parent-Teacher conference date/time.

Lunch Break

Our Annual drive for Lunch Break continues this week. The drive will conclude on February 12th. Located in Red Bank, Lunch Break freely provides life's basic necessities-food, clothing and fellowship for community members in need. Their mission is to alleviate hunger and lead those they serve to self-sufficiency and healthier lifestyles. They serve everyone, with compassion and dignity through their soup kitchen, food pantry, clothing closet and more. If you would like to donate to Lunch Break please see the list below for specific items needed. We have divided the items needed by classroom. Thank you in advance for helping us help this wonderful organization.

Donation List

  • Primary: Toothpaste and/or Tooth Brushes
  • All Day Nursery: Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Debbie: Bar Soap or Body Wash
  • Susan and Karen: Body Lotion
  • Arlene: Tissues.

Upcoming Events:

2.5 (W) - Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:30 – 7:30pm

2.6 (Th) - Parent-Teacher Conferences - 8:00am - 4:00pm NO CLASSES TODAY

2.13-17 - Mid-Year Recess - SCHOOL CLOSED

Weekly Update

1/26/20

Dear ACP Families,

This week you received your Notes Home in your child’s school folder. These reports are a crucial part of the educational experience at A Child’s Place School as we share with you our assessment of your child and how they are experiencing the school program. There has been so much investigation, discovery and joy this year and we are excited to share it with you. These reports should also be seen as the beginning of a conversation that will continue with our registration meetings this week and ultimately culminate with a parent-teacher conference the following week.

At A Child’s Place School we strive to help our students to become:

  • Self-motivated learners with a strong desire to know and to understand
  • Thinking, feeling, questioning problem-solvers
  • Cooperators who possess a sense of community
  • Self-aware people able to respond to other people, to beauty, and to nature
  • Intellectually flexible and emotionally resilient individuals

I invite you all to attend one of the registration meetings on Thursday, January 30th at 7pm and Friday, January 31st at 1:30pm to find out how we instill these core qualities in our students. These meetings are meant to educate parents about our programs so that they may make an informed choice about placement for the following school year. We look forward to partnering with you in deciding the next steps for your child. Your child’s classroom teacher is also an excellent resource when considering placement. Plan to bring your questions and goals to the parent-teacher conferences during the first week of February. Sign-ups and RSVP’s for both of these events can be found in the announcements below.

This week we will also start our annual drive for Lunch Break. Located in Red Bank, Lunch Break freely provides life's basic necessities-food, clothing and fellowship for community members in need. Their mission is to alleviate hunger and lead those they serve to self-sufficiency and healthier lifestyles. They serve everyone, with compassion and dignity through their soup kitchen, food pantry, clothing closet and more. If you would like to donate to Lunch Break please see the list below for specific items needed. We have divided the items needed by classroom. Thank you in advance for helping us help this wonderful organization.

Lunch Break Donation List for Personal Hygiene Items

  • Primary: Toothpaste and/or Tooth Brushes
  • All Day Nursery: Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Debbie: Bar Soap or Body Wash
  • Susan and Karen: Body Lotion
  • Arlene: Tissues.

Announcements:

Summer Camp

Do you remember when children used to spend every moment of summer outside? At A Child’s Place School we do! Our summer camp is 100% outdoors with a wide variety of activities for children ages 3-9 years old. Registration is now open! Click here to view the Summer Camp website for information on all the fun this summer!

Registration Information Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, January 30th at 7pm OR Friday, January 31st at 1:30pm to hear from our staff and parents about the different programs available at ACP. We will provide an overview of the programs, an opportunity to tour the classrooms and a time for Q&A with both staff and current/former parents. We will provide childcare for ACP students ONLY during the Friday afternoon meeting.

Please click here to RSVP for a registration meeting.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences will take place on February 5/6. These meetings are an important part of the experience at ACP as they give you valuable information about your child’s experience at school. This is also a great time to discuss next year's placement and inform them of your priorities for your child. Please use the links above to sign up for a Parent-Teacher conference.

Upcoming Events:

1.30 (Th) - Registration Information Meeting 7 – 8:00pm

1.31 (F) - Registration Information Meeting 1:30 – 2:30pm

2.5 (W) - Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:30 – 7:30pm

2.6 (Th) - Parent-Teacher Conferences - 8:00am - 4:00pm NO CLASSES TODAY

Weekly Update

1/19/20

Dear ACP Families,

As a reminder we have no school tomorrow, Monday, January 20th, in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

It was a great week including a special One-on-One School Day visit for every student. I want to thank you all for spending the morning at school with your child. These visits mean so much to the children. When you think about it, going to school is one of the first opportunities a child has to define themselves away from their parents. Children are often confronted with the internal questions of: “Who am I?” “How do I fit into this new place?” and “What do I want to learn/what is important to me?” As the months pass the children start answering these questions and have thus begun the process of self-determination. This process is cumulative with each new idea and experience building off of the last, and it references relationships and ideas from their past. One-on-One School Day is one of many chances that the children get to reintroduce themselves and their new world to a special person in their lives. What they showed us and how they presented their classrooms gives us a wealth of knowledge and insight into who they are and how they learn. I hope everyone enjoyed their experience, and if you were unable to attend please mark your calendar for the next One-on-One School Day on Saturday, February 29th at 10am. This is held on Saturday intentionally for those parents/special guests who cannot attend on a week day (but all are welcome and encouraged to attend).

Sign-ups for parent teacher conferences went out on Friday. If you missed this email the links are below in the announcement page. If you are unable to attend during those times, please reach out to your teachers to find a different date/time for a conference.

On Friday we also announced our upcoming Registration Information meetings on January 30th/31st. Please consider attending one of these meetings to learn more about all of our programs and their benefits to the developing child. We will have alumni parents on hand who have been through our program and can offer valuable wisdom about their experience at the school and its impact on their family.

This Friday we have our second book club meeting right after drop-off in the foyer. We will continue to discuss Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. All are welcome to join us, even if you can’t read the book, as the discussion will also be about parenting in general. I hope to see you all there!

Announcements:

Summer Camp

Do you remember when children used to spend every moment of summer outside? At A Child’s Place School we do! Our summer camp is 100% outdoors with a wide variety of activities for children ages 3-9 years old. Registration is now open! Click here to view the Summer Camp website for information on all the fun this summer!

Registration Information Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, January 30th at 7pm OR Friday, January 31st at 1:30pm to hear from our staff and parents about the different programs available at ACP. We will provide an overview of the programs, an opportunity to tour the classrooms and a time for Q&A with both staff and current/former parents. We will provide childcare for ACP students ONLY during the Friday afternoon meeting.

Please click here to RSVP for a registration meeting.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences will take place on February 5/6. These meetings are an important part of the experience at ACP as they give you valuable information about your child’s experience at school. This is also a great time to discuss next year's placement and inform them of your priorities for your child. Please use the links above to sign up for a Parent-Teacher conference.

Upcoming Events:

1.20 (M) - SCHOOL CLOSED - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1.24 (F) - Book Club Meeting 9 – 10:30am

1.30 (Th) - Registration Information Meeting 7 – 8:00pm

1.31 (F) - Registration Information Meeting 1:30 – 2:30pm

2.5 (W) - Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:30 – 7:30pm

2.6 (Th) - Parent-Teacher Conferences - 8:00 - 4:00pm NO CLASSES TODAY

Weekly Update

1/12/20

Dear ACP Families,

We are off to a great start this year! Last week was our first official full week of 2020 and it was great to see everyone getting back into the “school groove.” Many students took the time to share winter break adventures with their classmates and everyone seemed delighted to reconnect.

Many of our Primary and All-Day Nursery students were busy making letters, artwork and even a dance video for Freja. I am also told that these were well received by Freja as she continues her treatment. We will be working closely with the family to help Freja maintain her connection to her class through the coming months. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to express love and support through this challenging time. We look forward to putting all of this goodwill to use soon. Stay tuned!

This week we welcome a new student to ACP, Mikey DeMayo. He will be joining the Half-Day Nursery as his family just finished a move from New York City. Please join me in welcoming the DeMayo family to ACP.

On Friday we had a wonderful Walk-Through for our Half-Day Nursery families. On display were various works in progress from the class. Students were given the opportunity to tour their families and speak about their theories, work, ideas, and questions. This pushes the learning process forward as children must reflect and summarize for themselves and their families. Both the teachers and the students worked hard on this event and it was evident on Friday that their efforts paid off!

Coming up this week we have One-on-One School Days on Wednesday and Friday. These days are different than the walk-through as it is a more personal experience for each child as they guide their special adult through their morning routine at school. Please RSVP if you have not already done so. The calendar below has the scheduled days/times for each class.

Announcements:

Summer Camp

Do you remember when children used to spend every moment of summer outside? At A Child’s Place School we do! Our summer camp is 100% outdoors with a wide variety of activities for children ages 3-9 years old. Registration is now open! Click here to view the Summer Camp website for information on all the fun this summer!

Nursery Beginnings

We are off to a great start with the first class meeting last Thursday. There are still a few spaces left so please pass this along to anyone you know who might be interested in an adult/child program for 2.5-3.5 years olds. Our master teachers in the Half Day Nursery will be leading this program as they introduce children to the ACP way of preschool. The classes will take place on Thursday afternoons from 1:30pm to 2:45pm and caregivers are required to attend with their children. The cost is $250 for the first child and $150 for siblings. Group time, materials, outside time, snack, creativity, songs...these are the general components of the program which will help ease the children into the classroom routines and familiarize them (and their caregivers!) with our teachers.

Winter 2020 dates are: January 9, 16, 23, 30 February 20, 27 March 5, 12, 19, 26

The link to the registration form may be found HERE . If you have any friends or neighbors who you believe would be interested in the program for their children, please feel free to pass on this email or ask them to call.

Upcoming Events:

1.15 (W) - One-On-One Days - Primary from 8:30-10am & 1/2 Half Day Nursery (3am groups - Susan and Karen) from 9-10:30am

1.17 (F) - One-On-One Days - All Day from 8:30-10am & 1/2 Half Day Nursery (5am groups - Arlene and Debbie) from 9-10:30am

1.20 (M) - SCHOOL CLOSED - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1.24 (F) - Book Club Meeting 9 – 10:30am

1.30 (Th) - Registration Information Meeting 7 – 7:30pm

1.31 (F) - Registration Information Meeting 1:30 – 2pm

2.5 (W) - Parent Conferences 1:30 – 7:30pm

2.6 (Th) - Parent Conferences - 8:00 - 4:00pm NO CLASSES TODAY

Dear ACP Families,

I am writing to you with some difficult news. The Issing family informed us that over the break their daughter, Freja (Primary), was diagnosed with leukemia. We are heartbroken over this news and are working closely with Pia and Corey on how to best support Freja and their family. Freja will be absent from school as she receives treatment at Sloan Kettering. Freja's sister, Isla (All-Day Nursery), will continue to attend ACP during this time. As you can imagine, this is a very challenging time for the Issing family as they learn more about their daughter's condition.

Today we spoke with the children in the Primary and All-Day Nursery classes to discuss this news. We have not discussed this with the Half-Day Nursery children but we feel it is important to inform all families about the situation. If it should come up at home, I would encourage everyone to mimic the strategies and techniques we used when discussing this with the older children in the school. We told the Primary and All-Day children that Freja has a disease and she needs special treatment in a hospital to get better. The word “disease” is a deliberate choice as using the term “sick” could confuse children. Many people get sick all the time and this is something different. We told them that she has leukemia and she will be getting treatment in the hospital for a while to get better. We told them that this disease will make her tired and weak and that she will need to focus on rest and treatment for now. We have offered the children the opportunity to create cards for Freja to let her know that we love her and that we are all thinking of her.

Children can react in many different ways to the idea of a friend/peer being in the hospital. It is important that we listen to the children for cues to their understanding of these events. Giving too much or too little information can create anxiety. Children need to feel safe, they need to understand for themselves what is happening, and they need supportive adults around them to help them process this understanding. If your child is asking questions about this, take the time to listen first. Reassure them that Freja is getting the best care she can, that it is okay to miss her, feel sad, etc.

The Issings will still be at school regularly to drop off their other daughter Isla (All Day). They welcome any conversation, thoughts or other communications at this time. They have also requested that those looking to help the family consider donating blood to a national registry as this experience has taught them about the very real need for blood donations in our country. Please keep Freja and her family in your thoughts.

If you have any questions, ideas or just want to talk we are always here to help.

Weekly Update

1/5/20

Dear ACP Families,

Welcome back, again! We had quite a few families out this week as I suspect many of you were extending your winter vacation. If you are one of these families please understand that we recognize the value of family time and having shared experiences, vacations, trips for our children to further expand their understanding of the world. We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

One-on-One School Days are coming up. Please check the calendar below for your child’s specific day/times and also note that in my previous email I had incorrect times for these events. One-on-One School Day is a morning set aside for our students to share their school environment and experiences here with a parent or another important adult in their life. The experience should last about an hour and a half from the start of the normal school day.

Over the years, we have witnessed wonderful interactions unfold as the children allow their special adult to enter into their school experience. We are aware that very often it is impossible for a parent to attend on this day, but there are many special adults in your child’s life, so One-on-One Day may also be shared with a grandparent, an aunt, a special friend, etc. If you have two children in our school, each child should attend with a designated adult. Splitting time between two children does not afford each one the opportunity to benefit from this special day even if they are in the same classroom. Additionally, siblings (older or younger, including babies) may not attend. Please only invite one adult per child. Additional adults or siblings will be asked to leave. We will be sending a separate email about this event that contains more details. Please RSVP here so that we can prepare accordingly.

Announcements:

Summer Camp

Do you remember when children used to spend every moment of summer outside? At A Child’s Place School we do! Our summer camp is 100% outdoors with a wide variety of activities for children ages 3-9 years old. Registration is now open! Click here to view the Summer Camp website for information on all the fun this summer!

Nursery Beginnings

This is the last chance to register for Nursery Beginnings. This is an adult/child program that meets once a week and is meant to ease children (2.5-3.5 years old) into the upcoming year of preschool. Our master teachers in the Half Day Nursery will be leading this program as they introduce children to the ACP way of preschool. The classes will take place on Thursday afternoons from 1:30pm to 2:45pm and caregivers are required to attend with their children. The cost is $250 for the first child and $150 for siblings. Group time, materials, outside time, snack, creativity, songs...these are the general components of the program which will help ease the children into the classroom routines and familiarize them (and their caregivers!) with our teachers.

Winter 2020 dates are: January 9, 16, 23, 30 February 20, 27 March 5, 12, 19, 26

The link to the registration form may be found HERE . If you have any friends or neighbors who you believe would be interested in the program for their children, please feel free to pass on this email or ask them to call.

Upcoming Events:

1.10 (F) - Half Day Nursery Walk Through 11:30am

1.15 (W) - One-On-One Days - Primary from 8:30-10am & 1/2 Half Day Nursery (3am groups - Susan and Karen) from 9-10:30am

1.17 (F) - One-On-One Days - All Day from 8:40-10:10am & 1/2 Half Day Nursery (5am groups - Arlene and Debbie) from 9-10:30am

1.20 (M) - SCHOOL CLOSED - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1.24 (F) - Book Club Meeting 9 – 10:30am

1.30 (Th) - Registration Information Meeting 7 – 7:30pm

1.31 (F) - Registration Information Meeting 1:30 – 2pm

2.5 (W) - Parent Conferences 1:30 – 7:30pm

2.6 (Th) - Parent Conferences - NO CLASSES TODAY

Weekly Update

1/1/19

Dear ACP Families,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had/is having a relaxing and restful winter break. Thank you to everyone who attended the Winter Solstice. It was a wonderful event with singing, decorating and planting. It was so nice to see so many families come out and brave the cold weather. Our founding director, Alba Di Bello, was on hand to observe the festivities and I was truly touched by the tree planting in honor of our late director Barbara Meinberg. It is these traditions at ACP that bind us together and help us create our community. After a successful first semester of school I couldn’t think of a better way to close out 2019. Together we move forward with the understanding that all children are born curious and it is our job to turn this curiosity into a lifelong love of learning.

2020 is here, and with it a whole new schedule of events and activities to fill up your calendars. This month we will have one-on-one days, registration meetings, parent/ teacher conferences and notes home. Please check the calendar below and plan to attend all of these upcoming events.

Tomorrow is the first school day of 2020 and with it a chance to get back into a routine. It should be expected that some of the children might struggle reestablishing all of the routines that go along with school (bedtime, mealtime, earlier wake up). As you read this, it might be a good idea to go over this routine with your child to remind them of the schedule change. If your child is struggling don’t worry! We are here to help you and your child get back into the flow of the school day.

Announcements:

Summer Camp

Do you remember when children used to spend every moment of summer outside? At A Child’s Place School we do! Our summer camp is 100% outdoors with a wide variety of activities for children ages 3-9 years old. Registration is now open! Click here to view the Summer Camp website for information on all the fun this summer!

Nursery Beginnings

This is the last chance to register for Nursery Beginnings. This is an adult/child program that meets once a week and is meant to ease children (2.5-3.5 years old) into the upcoming year of preschool. Our master teachers in the Half Day Nursery will be leading this program as they introduce children to the ACP way of preschool. The classes will take place on Thursday afternoons from 1:30pm to 2:45pm and caregivers are required to attend with their children. The cost is $250 for the first child and $150 for siblings. Group time, materials, outside time, snack, creativity, songs...these are the general components of the program which will help ease the children into the classroom routines and familiarize them (and their caregivers!) with our teachers.

Winter 2020 dates are: January 9, 16, 23, 30 February 20, 27 March 5, 12, 19, 26

The link to the registration form may be found HERE . If you have any friends or neighbors who you believe would be interested in the program for their children, please feel free to pass on this email or ask them to call.

Upcoming Events:

1.2 (Th) - School reopens

1.15 (W) - One-On-One Days - Primary & 1/2 Half Day Nursery 8:20 – 9am

1.17 (F) - One-On-One Days - All Day & 1/2 Half Day Nursery 8:30 – 9am

1.20 (M) - SCHOOL CLOSED - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1.24 (F) - Book Club Meeting 9 – 10:30am

1.30 (Th) - Registration Information Meeting 7 – 7:30pm

1.31 (F) - Registration Information Meeting 1:30 – 2pm

2.5 (W) - Parent Conferences 1:30 – 7:30pm

2.6 (Th) - Parent Conferences - NO CLASSES TODAY

Weekly Update

12/15/19

Dear ACP Families,

Last week was very busy as we started preparing for the Winter Solstice and the end of school before the winter break. The school smelled delicious from all the treats being baked in ovens, and you could find every classroom diligently working on bird feeders. Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who did, or will, help with baking or other Winter Solstice logistics.

I would also like to thank all of you who donated to our 180 Turning Lives Around gift drive. Lynn from 180 arrived this past Wednesday, and we presented her with our donations during the birthday assembly. She was very grateful for all of our help!

I would like to thank each and every one of you for a wonderful first half of the school year. I feel so lucky to serve a community that recognizes the power of progressive early childhood education where children are given the respect they deserve as fully capable learners able to form their own theories and make their own meaning out of the world around them. We have come together many times this fall to celebrate community and support our school. I hope to see you all again this Friday, at 10:30am, for our Winter Solstice. We will sing, plant a tree, hang bird feeders and enjoy all of our delicious school-made treats. Everyone in your family is welcome to attend.

Happy Holidays!

Announcements/Reminders:

Winter Solstice

Each year A Child’s Place School celebrates the winter solstice by planting a tree in our yard on the last day of school before winter break. Your entire family is invited to participate outdoors (weather permitting) with songs, hanging bird feeders and tasting the delicious treats baked by the children. Come celebrate with us on Friday, December 20th at 10:30 am. M,T,W 3AM children are welcome to attend the whole school day on this day.

We need to know if every child will have a family member or adult friend with them during the celebration, so please R.S.V.P. on this FORM to let us know. Any children without an adult accompanying them will be placed in the care of a teacher and pick-up will be at the regular Friday dismissal time for their class.

The school will close immediately following the event. Children who do not have a guest with them during the event will be dismissed at their regular Friday dismissal time. We will not have Extended care, Lunch Bunch or Fridays are Special on Friday, December 20th.

Summer Camp

Do you remember when children used to spend every moment of summer outside? At A Child’s Place School we do! Our summer camp is 100% outdoors with a wide variety of activities for children ages 3-9 years old. Registration is now open! Click here to view the Summer Camp website for information on all the fun this summer!

Nursery Beginnings

This is an adult/child program that meets once a week and is meant to ease children (2.5-3.5 years old) into the upcoming year of preschool. Our master teachers in the Half Day Nursery will be leading this program as they introduce children to the ACP way of preschool. The classes will take place on Thursday afternoons from 1:30pm to 2:45pm and caregivers are required to attend with their children. The cost is $250 for the first child and $150 for siblings. Group time, materials, outside time, snack, creativity, songs...these are the general components of the program which will help ease the children into the classroom routines and familiarize them (and their caregivers!) with our teachers.

Winter 2020 dates are: January 9, 16, 23, 30 February 20, 27 March 5, 12, 19, 26

The link to the registration form may be found HERE . If you have any friends or neighbors who you believe would be interested in the program for their children, please feel free to pass on this email or ask them to call.

Holiday GIft Policy

The school has a policy that no gifts are given to teachers and staff members at holiday times. We have always been reluctant to dictate policy regarding issues of personal choice and expression but do feel this policy is necessary. We know that many parents wish to express their feelings of appreciation for their children’s teachers and other school personnel around the holiday season. There are many ways that can be done without buying a gift.

Teacher appreciation gifts may be given at the end of the school year if parents desire to do so. Should this be done, it is preferable that the gift is given by the parent and child together so that other children do not feel diminished or confused if they are not participating.

Upcoming Events:

Friday, December 20th: 10:30-11:30am: Winter Solstice

Saturday, December 21st-Wednesday, January 1st: SCHOOL CLOSED-Winter Break

Thursday, January 2nd: School Reopens

Weekly Update

12/8/19

Dear ACP Families,

Thank you to everyone who came out this Friday for our Family Social. It seemed like everyone enjoyed putting the tech away and building together as a family using simple recycled materials. In school we provide this opportunity often to your children as the lack of direction the materials offer demands creativity, problem solving and out-of-the-box thinking. I observed so much creation and collaboration with this limited selection of materials. I hope you all continue this creative process at home.

We also had a wonderful book club meeting this Friday. We will continue to meet once a month throughout the year. It is never too late to join us! The book is a great conversation starter about parenting and early childhood education. Look out for the next meeting date in late January.

We have two weeks left before winter break and we have a lot to accomplish. This week we will present all of our donations to 180 turning lives around. Thank you all for your generosity! Winter Solstice is also just around the corner. Look out for invitations to get involved in baking treats with your child’s classroom.

As a reminder, the holidays can be a stressful time with lots of special events and changes to the routine. Look to your child for signs as to how they are processing all these changes. It may be necessary to bring back as much of your daily routine as possible to set your child up for success this time of year.

Happy Holidays!

Announcements/Reminders:

Winter Solstice

Each year A Child’s Place School celebrates the winter solstice by planting a tree in our yard on the last day of school before winter break. Your entire family is invited to participate outdoors (weather permitting) with songs, hanging bird feeders and tasting the delicious treats baked by the children. Come celebrate with us on Friday, December 20th at 10:30 am. M,T,W 3AM children are welcome to attend the whole school day on this day.

We need to know if every child will have a family member or adult friend with them during the celebration, so please R.S.V.P. on this FORM to let us know. Any children without an adult accompanying them will be placed in the care of a teacher and pick-up will be at the regular Friday dismissal time for their class.

The school will close immediately following the event. Children who do not have a guest with them during the event will be dismissed at their regular Friday dismissal time. We will not have Extended care, Lunch Bunch or Fridays are Special on Friday, December 20th.

Summer Camp

Do you remember when children used to spend every moment of summer outside? At A Child’s Place School we do! Our summer camp is 100% outdoors with a wide variety of activities for children ages 3-9 years old. Registration is now open! Click here to view the Summer Camp website for information on all the fun this summer!

Nursery Beginnings

This is an adult/child program that meets once a week and is meant to ease children (2.5-3.5 years old) into the upcoming year of preschool. Our master teachers in the Half Day Nursery will be leading this program as they introduce children to the ACP way of preschool. The classes will take place on Thursday afternoons from 1:30pm to 2:45pm and caregivers are required to attend with their children. The cost is $250 for the first child and $150 for siblings. Group time, materials, outside time, snack, creativity, songs...these are the general components of the program which will help ease the children into the classroom routines and familiarize them (and their caregivers!) with our teachers.

Winter 2020 dates are: January 9, 16, 23, 30 February 20, 27 March 5, 12, 19, 26

The link to the registration form may be found HERE . If you have any friends or neighbors who you believe would be interested in the program for their children, please feel free to pass on this email or ask them to call.

Holiday Gift Policy

The school has a policy that no gifts are given to teachers and staff members at holiday times. We have always been reluctant to dictate policy regarding issues of personal choice and expression but do feel this policy is necessary. We know that many parents wish to express their feelings of appreciation for their children’s teachers and other school personnel around the holiday season. There are many ways that can be done without buying a gift.

Teacher appreciation gifts may be given at the end of the school year if parents desire to do so. Should this be done, it is preferable that the gift is given by the parent and child together so that other children do not feel diminished or confused if they are not participating.

We remind you again not to give gifts in December or for any of the holidays on your calendar. If you wish to express your feelings about this or any other school policy, please do so, either by writing to us or talking to your group parent leader.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, December 11th: Last day for 180 gift drive

Thursday, December 12th: 7-9pm: Parents Night at School - Primary only

Friday, December 20th: 10:30-11:30am: Winter Solstice

Weekly Update

11/24/19

Dear ACP Families,

What a busy week it was! The All-Day Nursery and the Primary class hosted International day on Tuesday with over 15 families participating in the event. It was truly a special event with many parents and grandparents on hand to share their culture/heritage with us. We had the opportunity to learn about different cultures and sample their cuisines. Thank you to everyone who participated. I love these events for so many reasons. First, it builds a bridge from the school to the home, which is an essential ingredient of child development. Second, it builds community and gives us all a chance to learn more about each other. This is crucial as our school should be a place where we come together around the shared values of educating our children.

Our next community event is the Friday evening after Thanksgiving. From 6-7pm we are hosting our Family Social: STEAM and Engineering at the school. Families are invited to come and build together. We need your help with collecting cardboard boxes and shoe boxes for the event. Please bring in any extra boxes you may have this week and next for the Family Social. See below for RSVP and more information.

Registration opens soon for Summer 2020! At 9pm tomorrow night, Monday, November 25, we will send out a registration intent email. The first 5 families to register for a minimum of two weeks will receive 50% off their total camp fees. In the meantime, you can check out the Summer Camp section of our website for more information on all the fun happening this summer!

This week is a short week at school. ALL students are welcome to attend Monday and Tuesday (including 3am W, Th, F group). The classes have been preparing for their Thanksgiving meals on Tuesday. I can’t wait to see everyone sitting and enjoying a meal/snack that they all worked so hard to prepare. To me that is what Thanksgiving is really about: Coming together with people we care about to give thanks and share some delicious food together!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Announcements/Reminders:

Summer Camp: Do you remember when children used to spend every moment of summer outside? At A Child’s Place School we do! Our summer camp is 100% outdoors with a wide variety of activities for children ages 3-9 years old. We will open registration tomorrow, Monday, November 25, at 9pm. At this time we will send out an email to all current families with a special sign up offer: The first 5 families to register for a minimum of two weeks will receive 50% off their total camp fees. Click here to view the Summer Camp website for information on all the fun this summer!

Family Social: On Friday, December 6, from 6-7pm, we are hosting our Family Social: STEAM and Engineering night at the school. Families are invited to come and build together. The whole school will be open with many different opportunities to build and construct together as a family. The teachers will be on hand to assist and facilitate collaboration. Plan to arrive on time as this event is only one hour long! RSVP here

Donations:

Wood scraps: We are in need of soft wood scraps for our woodworking areas. Boxes/Shoe Boxes: We need more boxes and shoe boxes (tops too) for our family social.

Holiday gift drive for 180 Turning Lives Around: We sent home a wish list from many of the children who are residents of the shelter. Please consider purchasing a gift from this list and dropping it in on of the donations bins in the foyer. When we discussed this drive with the children we told them that the gifts were for children whose families had to quickly leave their homes and needed our help. The due date for all gifts is the morning of December 11 (Wednesday).

Book Club: Our first meeting will be on December 6 at 9am right after drop-off in the foyer. We have chosen a book: Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. There is still time to join us, even if you can’t read the book, as the discussion will also be about parenting in general. I hope to see you all there!

Upcoming Events:

Monday and Tuesday, November 25-26th: Nursery 3am Weds-Fri children come to school regular schedule

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29th: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, December 6th: 9-10am: Book Club Meeting

Friday, December 6th: 6-7pm: Family Social

Weekly Update

11/17/19

Dear ACP Families,

Photo day (week) was a huge success! Sharon and Sarah did a fabulous job capturing really special and unique candids of all the children. We can’t wait to share them with you all. Our hope is to email everyone the digital masters by the end of the month. A physical copy of the class shot will also go home to everyone around that time. I want to also thank you all for bearing with us as we adjusted to the weather and the limited time-frame it allowed us to take photos. We will learn from this initial attempt at in-house photos and revise our procedures for next year to make the process even smoother.

We also had another wonderful Roundtable discussion this past Thursday on parenting. Thank you to everyone who attended. I thought there were many lively discussions going on throughout the evening with everyone listening and sharing strategies for parenting. It truly does take a village to raise children and I think these discussions are wonderful resources for all of us parents to collaborate, connect and reflect. Parenting is an on-going process and we at ACP are always here to help. We have a well stocked library in the office with various books on parenting and other Early Childhood topics that anyone is free to borrow from. The Director’s blog also has an Article and Resources section that has links to many insightful articles about parenting. Both myself and all the teachers are also available to meet with parents to discuss specific strategies for your child. We are here to help so please don’t be afraid to reach out if you need it!

As is the tradition at ACP, we will be conducting our holiday gift drive. This year we will once again be working with 180 Turning Lives Around. 180 Turning Lives Around empowers survivors and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to find the courage and strength to turn their lives around. 180 supports this mission through: 24/7 hotlines – including the 2NDFloor Youth Helpline, counseling, legal advocacy, emergency shelter and transitional housing and art, play and music therapy for children. This past week we sent home a wish list from many of the children who are residents of the shelter. Please consider purchasing a gift from this list and dropping it in on of the donations bins in the foyer. When we discussed this drive with the children we told them that the gifts were for children whose families had to quickly leave their homes and needed our help. The due date for all gifts is the morning of December 11th (Wednesday). Thank you in advance for all your help.

Though we are closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Thanksgiving week, we are inviting all students to attend school on Monday and Tuesday (November 25-26th), including our 3am W-F students. We hope to see everyone at school on those two days!

Announcements/Reminders:

Book Club: Our first meeting will be on December 6th at 9am right after drop-off in the foyer. We have chosen a book: Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. There is still time to join us, even if you can’t read the book, as the discussion will also be about parenting in general. I hope to see you all there!

Summer Camp is back! We are excited to announce the return of ACP Summer Camp. With a fresh new look and an even better program, we are excited to bring this back to the community. We will be featuring discounts for early registration, and we will be announcing these exciting details in the next few weeks.

Upcoming Events:

Monday and Tuesday, November 25-26th: Nursery 3am Weds-Fri children come to school regular schedule

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29th: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, December 6th: 9-10am: Book Club Meeting

Friday, December 6th: 6-7pm: Family Social

Weekly Update

11/10/19

Dear ACP Families,

It felt like we managed to cram a lot into the three days we had together last week! I want to thank the parents that participated in Game Day. Parents are invited once a month to bring in a board game for our Game Day and help interested children learn and play the game. I love this tradition in the school as it gives you all (the parents) a great opportunity to be teachers and interact with a wide variety of children in the school. Please contact the office if you would like to get involved in the next Game Day.

On Thursday all of the ACP teachers/staff visited The Scandinavian School of Jersey City. We are so lucky to have these professional development days to help us hone our practice through exposure to new ideas in the field of Early Childhood. We were truly inspired by our visit as the ScandiSchool (their own nickname) is also a Reggio-inspired school that believes in respecting young learners through an inventive curriculum that meets the children where they are in their development. We toured the school in the morning and then met with the school’s director/founder Maria Germerud-Sharp. We will be reflecting on our visit this week to see if there are new ideas we can incorporate into our school and our practice.

This week we have Picture Days on Tuesday and Wednesday. See below for further details. We are watching the weather closely and will email an update about picture day tomorrow. Our hope was to do away with expensive photography companies that own the negatives and sell families prints of those negatives. We will be using our own in-house photographer extraordinaire, Sharon! Every family will get a free group photo print of their child’s class. In addition to this, for a small contribution to the ACP Scholarship fund, each family will get 3-5 digital prints of their child(ren). We will also take photos of siblings together. Once you have these digital files you can feel free to print up what you want from your preferred photo printer at a fraction of the cost of a “professional” photography company. Again, please see below for all the details of the day(s).

This Thursday night we are hosting our second Parent Roundtable Discussion entitled Parenting 101: how to set limits and foster emotional intelligence. We had a great turn out last time and we hope to continue that trend this Thursday. This time around we will be breaking into small groups to be more inclusive and to help facilitate a richer conversation. See below for more details and RSVP.

Announcements/Reminders:

Picture Day: Our Picture Days are coming up this week on November 12th and 13th! As of writing, the weather looks to be cooperating but we will be monitoring the forecast and will update you tomorrow(Monday, November 11th) with any changes to the schedule.

Tuesday, November 12

All children in the ALL DAY NURSERY and PRIMARY CLASSES will be photographed. All siblings with both children in these two classes ONLY will have their sibling shots taken:

  1. Cali & Clayton Anastasiou
  2. Henry & Teddy Clark
  3. Freja & Isla Issing

Wednesday, November 13

All children in the HALF DAY NURSERY will be photographed. All siblings with one or both children in the Half Day Nursery will have their sibling shots taken:

  1. Theo & Callum Thomas-Cunniff
  2. Penelope & Juniper Klausz
  3. Luke & Rosie Fleischner
  4. Max & Luke Carle
  5. Maddie & Alexa Robinson
  6. Lillian & Josephine Vallese

The older siblings highlighted above should be dressed appropriately for BOTH Picture Days.

Clothing

  1. Dress your child for an outdoor photo shoot. The weather will be cold, so warm sweaters, pants and suitable footwear are advised.
  2. Try to avoid clothing with characters.
  3. Photos will be taken in the morning so send your child into school in their Picture Day clothing. If you wish, you may send in a set of clothes to change into after the photos are taken.

Other Information

  • If you have not yet indicated whether you would like to purchase the photos, please visit this LINK to be taken to the form.
  • As mentioned in the original email, all proceeds from Picture Day will be donated to the ACP Scholarship Fund.
  • We hope to have the photos ready to be emailed by the end of November. Class photos will be sent home in the children's bags.
  • There will be NO RETAKES; however, we WILL schedule MAKE UP sessions for any children who miss the scheduled Picture Days due to absence.
  • Kindly remit your payment before Picture Day either by check/cash to the office or by credit card found at this LINK. Please note that credit card fees are charged the cardholder.

Roundtable: Our next Roundtable discussion is entitled Parenting 101: how to set limits and foster emotional intelligence. Is bedtime always a battle? Do the rules of dinner time seem like they are always up for negotiation? Please join us on November 14th to discuss various parenting strategies to help you and your child(ren). Though we are a school for young children, the themes of the evening will be applicable to parents of older children as well. We will be featuring a slightly different format this time around with a mixture of whole group and small group discussions. Our hope is that this will give everyone some choice as to what they would like to discuss within a smaller group while still getting the benefits of a large whole group. We hope to see you all there next week! Please RSVP here to attend the Roundtable discussion on November 14th from 7-8:30pm

No Candy in School: Halloween is over, but those giant sacks of candy are still sitting in most of our homes. Please do not send in candy with your child for lunch as too much sugar can over stimulate children and make it difficult for them to focus on their work at school.

Book Club: We have chosen a book: Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. There is still time to join us! Our first meeting to discuss the book will be in early December.

Summer Camp is back! We are excited to announce the return of ACP Summer Camp. With a fresh new look and an even better program, we are excited to bring this back to the community. Be on the lookout for more information soon as we will be featuring discounts for early registration.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, November 12th - Picture Day for All Day Nursery and Primary

Wednesday, November 13th - Picture Day for Half Day Nursery and Siblings

Thursday, November 14th - Roundtable discussion from 7-8:30pm

Weekly Update

11/3/19

Dear ACP Families,

As a reminder, the school will be closed this Thursday and Friday, November 7-8, for professional development and fall recess.

What an incredible week it was a school. On Wednesday we had our annual Pinata Party. The entire school was open to all the children as they explored every classroom and enjoyed various games and activities during the morning. This was followed by the classes enjoying a special baked treat that they made earlier in the week with Babs. Finally, we finished the day with each classroom taking turns smashing their pinata. Once the pinatas were broken there was a bit of orderly chaos as every child scrambled to collect their prizes to take home. For us, this event is about community and coming together as a whole school to enjoy a unique ACP tradition. These are extremely valuable opportunities for the children as they start to see themselves as members of our community. The developmental psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner recognizes this idea as an important part of child development in his ecological systems theory. As children grow, their environment and the relationships that encompass these environments play a crucial role in the child’s image of themselves and how they fit into the world. Our hope is that the rituals and traditions of the school will allow every child to see themselves positively within the context of our microsystem, the school.

On Friday we hosted Kasey Sanders (Baiano) and friends from the Rising Sun Cultural and Wellness Center of NJ for a special assembly on the Afro-Brazilian Martial Art of Capoeira. We were treated to a number of demonstrations and even got a chance to practice (safely) some of the Capoeira moves. Kasey taught us about the berimbau and some of the other Brazilian instruments which are used in conjunction with this dance/martial art hybrid. I want to thank the Lima family (Alice - All-Day Nursery) for helping bring this to the school and for sharing with us some of their Brazilian heritage. We would love to have more families share a piece of their heritage with the school. Please contact us if you would be interested in sharing your culture with our community. We are open to many different ideas on how this can be done as it is another crucial part of building a bridge between the home and the school, as well as expanding our understanding of the cultures at our school.

I want to thank everyone who attended last night’s ACPSF cocktail party. It was an amazing evening with lots of great prizes, food, music and company. Most importantly, we raised a lot of money for our scholarship fund which enables more families to attend ACP and enriches our entire community by continuing our commitment towards diversity and inclusion. It takes a village to put on a spectacular event like last night and I want to thank everyone who helped out in any way with this event. A special thanks goes out to Kara Zappacosta, Christine Siravo and Emily Kuskin. Their hardwork and dedication truly made the evening a huge success! I also would like to give a big congratulations to Karen, our winning brownie chef. On a personal note I was sad to lose the tricycle race, but I want to congratulate Lightning Linda on her amazing win!. I will have to think long and hard about my training regimen and get started earlier next year for our rematch! In case you missed the evening or the race you can view video below.

Announcements/Reminders:

No Candy in school: Halloween is over, but those giant sacks of candy are still sitting in most of our homes. Please do not send in candy with your child for lunch as too much sugar can over stimulate children and make it difficult for them to focus on their work at school.

Book Club: We are getting ready to start our parent book club. We will use the upcoming foyer party on November 5th as our first meeting time. We will be picking our book together in this meeting so bring your ideas and your friends! Even if you don’t want to participate in the book club we would love to have you attend as we will be talking about parenting in general as well.

The next Roundtable is November 14th. This is a parenting 101 discussion with the ideas of limit setting and emotional intelligence as the focus. Look out for an RSVP email going out this week with more information.

Summer Camp is back! We are excited to announce the return of ACP Summer Camp. With a fresh new look and an even better program, we are excited to bring this back to the community. Be on the lookout for more information soon as we will be featuring discounts for early registration.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, November 5th - Book Club Coffee with Zach

Thursday, November 7th - School Closed - Faculty Professional Development

Friday, November 8th - School Closed - Fall Recess

Thursday, November 14th - Roundtable discussion from 7-8:30pm

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Weekly Update

10/27/19

Dear ACP Families,

Yesterday we held our first Open House. I want to extend a big thank you to all of our current families who joined us for this event. I think it is so important to have current parents available at these events to give their perspective to inquiring families. It is also just more fun to have your children around, enjoying a unique day at the school. We would love to see more of you at future open houses. Once we have dates set we will notify you.

This Saturday, November 2nd is our annual ACP Scholarship Cocktail party at The Downtown. This is such a crucial event as it provides the bulk of the funds used to provide scholarships to ACP. I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who has helped prepare for this event with a special shoutout going to Kara Zappacosta, Christine Siravo and Emily Kuskin, who are the Co-Chairs of this event. Please help us spread the word and invite your friends and neighbors. There will be food, drinks, live music and a number of items to bid on from vacation villas to sports tickets (GO Giants!). Every dollar raised will go towards the scholarship fund. Linda and I will also square off for the race of the century! In case you missed the previous email you can view a preview of this race here.

I am excited to announce that we will be adding Mary Lynn to our staff for the fall. Mary Lynn will run the studio in the Primary room this fall. Those who have been at the school for a while may remember Mary Lynn as one of our many master teachers from the past. We are so excited to welcome her back as she uses her years of expertise to work with the children.

Announcements/Reminders:

Carline: Please help us keep the line moving by quickly loading your child into the car and exiting the parking lot. If you feel you need more time to debrief/eat a snack/etc with your child before your car leaves the school we ask that you park your car so that we can get everyone out in a timely manner. Thank you in advance for your help.

The Pinata Party is Wednesday, October 30th. All Party items are due tomorrow. Please read this document to understand how and why we do this celebration at ACP. In connection with this event I would like to remind everyone that no costumes are allowed in school. Please help us enforce this policy as they can be distracting to the learning environment as well as prohibit the child from a full range of physical movement.

Book Club: We are getting ready to start our parent book club. We will use the upcoming foyer party on November 5th as our first meeting time. We will be picking our book together in this meeting so bring your ideas and your friends!

ACP Scholarship Fund Cocktail Party is Saturday, November 2nd. This is a wonderful evening filled with music, auctions, raffles, contests, etc. It is still not too late to donate interesting items/experiences to auction/raffle off at the cocktail party. If you have sports tickets, timeshares, artwork, memorabilia or anything you think could raise money for the scholarship board we would welcome the donation. Please contact Christine Siravo, Emily Kuskin or myself to make a donation.

Summer Camp is back! We are excited to announce the return of ACP Summer Camp. With a fresh new look and an even better program, we are excited to bring this back to the community. Be on the lookout for more information soon as we will be featuring discounts for early registration.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, October 30 - Pinata Party

Saturday, November 2 - ACP Scholarship Fund Cocktail Party

Sunday, November 3 - Daylight Savings time ends - Remember to set your clocks

Thursday, November 7th - School Closed - Faculty Professional Development

Friday, November 8th - School Closed - Fall Recess

Thursday, November 14th - Roundtable discussion from 7-8:30pm

Weekly Update

10/20/19

Dear ACP Families,

This past week Debbie, Caitlin and I traveled to Ann Arbor for the ACT conference. Debbie and Caitlin did a fabulous job presenting to a room full of educators about a Bird Garden Project. This project served as a catalyst to engage other educators about constructivist teaching methods, building community and sustaining real engagement through the project method. It was truly an amazing experience for me to watch as these two experts captivated the audience and facilitated a meaningful discussion/reflection. We also had the opportunity to attend many other sessions and learn from other professionals in our field. We are returning to New Jersey invigorated and inspired by our trip.

We have an Open House coming up this Saturday, October 26th from 9:30-11:30am. You are all invited to attend with your children. We will have the playground open as well as activities available in a classroom for the children. Our hope is to have some of our current families participate and speak with prospective parents about their experience at ACP. It should be a fun (free) morning for the children. If you know of anybody who would be interested in learning more about our school please invite them to attend.

I would like to thank everyone who provided feedback on our first Roundtable. This is so valuable to us as it gives us a sense of what our community needs from these events. We want everyone to be included and one of the ways we can do that is to use this feedback to make these events relevant to you (the parents). If you missed this event don’t worry, we have another Roundtable scheduled for November 14th. We will be announcing the topic shortly in a separate email. We hope to see you all there!

Announcements/Reminders:

The Pinata Party is Wednesday, October 30th. Please read this document to understand how and why we do this celebration at ACP.

No costumes are allowed in school. Please help us enforce this policy as they can be distracting to the learning environment as well as prohibit the child from a full range of physical movement.

Book Club: We are getting ready to start our parent book club. We will use the upcoming foyer party on November 5th as our first meeting time. We will be picking our book together in this meeting so bring your ideas and your friends!

ACP Scholarship Fund Cocktail Party is Saturday, November 2nd. This is a wonderful evening filled with music, auctions, raffles, contests, etc. We are also always looking for interesting items/experiences to auction/raffle off at the cocktail party. If you have sports tickets, timeshares, artwork, memorabilia or anything you think could raise money for the scholarship board we would welcome the donation. Please contact Christine Siravo, Emily Kuskin or myself to make a donation.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, October 26th - OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, November 2 - ACP Scholarship Fund Cocktail Party

Thursday, November 7th - School Closed - Faculty Professional Development

Friday, November 8th - School Closed - Fall Recess

Thursday, November 14th - Roundtable discussion from 7-8:30pm

Weekly Update

10/13/19

Dear ACP Families,

As a reminder, School will be open tomorrow, Monday, October 14th for Columbus Day.

This past Monday we had a number of parents come in to work with the children in the community garden. Thank you to all the parents who participated and/or are helping with the garden. In our modern world it has become even more important for children to have a connection to the natural world. The garden is just one more way that we do that at ACP. Knowing where food comes from is a powerful thing. It reminds us of our place in the world and the connection to nature fosters new opportunities for discovery and exploration.

On Thursday evening we hosted our first Roundtable discussion on Technology. Thank you to everyone who attend this evening. We had a lively discussion that felt like it could have continued for many more hours. Clearly, modern technology is progressing at a pace never seen before in human history. This speed necessitates that we stop, slow down, and reflect on both our own usage as well as our children’s. At ACP we believe that children live in the now and it is our job to meet them where they are. We recommend limiting technology use for your children as much as you can and we also want to encourage everyone in the community to be mindful of the overall effects of the digital age we find ourselves in. I am really looking forward to our next Roundtable on November 14th. We would love your feedback. If you have a moment please fill out this short survey so that we can better tailor these events to the interests of our community.

This coming week we have Game Day on Wednesday. This special event allows all the children to participate in various games throughout the morning. This is a mixed age event, with all the children in the school participating. Call us if you would like to get involved.

Debbie, Caitlin and I will be absent this Thursday and Friday as we are headed to MIchigan to present at the Association for Constructivist Teaching (ACT) conference. The topic for the presentation is Children, Parents, Teachers, and Community as True Partners in a Social Constructivist Classroom. We will be discussing the idea of teaching the whole child and how really listening to and understanding a child can create a deeper and more meaningful learning experience. When teachers understand the unique talents, abilities, strengths, interests, and knowledge of all learners they can create authentic learning experiences that are both engaging and intrinsically motivating. We will return to school on Monday, October 21st.

Announcements/Reminders:

Game Day: We have one more parent spot left for this Wednesday’s Game Day. Call the office (732-747-0141) if you are interested in coming in Wednesday morning to help!

No costumes are allowed in school. Please help us enforce this policy as they can be distracting to the learning environment as well as prohibit the child from a full range of physical movement.

Book Club: We are getting ready to start our parent book club. We will be picking our book shortly, but I wanted to first make sure everyone in our community knew about this club. If you have ideas for books and/or want to participate, please let me know.

ACP Scholarship Fund Cocktail Party is Saturday, November 2nd. This is a wonderful evening filled with music, auctions, raffles, contests, etc. We are also always looking for interesting items/experiences to auction/raffle off at the cocktail party. If you have sports tickets, timeshares, artwork, memorabilia or anything you think could raise money for the scholarship board we would welcome the donation. Please contact Christine Siravo, Emily Kuskin or myself to make a donation.

Roundtables: Helps us make them even better! Click here to fill out this short survey.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, October 14th - SCHOOL OPEN - Columbus Day

Saturday, October 26th - OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, November 2 - ACP Scholarship Fund Cocktail Party

Thursday, November 14th - Roundtable discussion from 7-8:30pm

Weekly Update

10/6/19

Dear ACP Families,

As a reminder, School will be closed this Wednesday, October 9th in observance of Yom Kippur. We will be open the following Monday, October 14th for Columbus Day.

I hope everyone enjoyed their intake conferences this week. This is a crucial step in your child’s education as the conferences allow us to learn more about your child as well as establish a strong home-school connection. It is this connection that enables us to build off of the psychological foundation of the home environment and use it within the context of school. If you have not already attended your intake conference I urge you to contact your teachers and schedule one ASAP.

On Monday the gardening committee will be meeting at school to work in the garden and plant fall crops. Our garden is parent-run and we rely on this crucial support to keep up the garden. Thank you to all our parents who lend a hand. I invite anyone who would like to join them to attend from 9:30-10:30am. Bring your enthusiasm and get ready to get to work!

This Thursday is the first Roundtable discussion of the year. These monthly adult discussions are meant to inform the community, bring new ideas to the table and serve as a support structure for everyone involved. Our first topic is technology. Is it good? Is it bad? Does it even matter since it has become an inescapable part of our lives (hint: yes)? Come join us as we review the current theories and look for answers in raising our children in the digital world. Learn what we do at school and how intentionality guides our curriculum and pedagogy (including limited technology use). Learn how parents can manage technology use at home and throughout their children’s lives. Bring your questions and ideas on October 10th from 7-9pm. Tea and coffee will be served. Click here to RSVP.

This past Friday, the Primary Class was fortunate to have a visit from Samuel’s family to learn about Rosh Hashanah. We love learning about the holidays and traditions that our families celebrate. If your family has a holiday or tradition that you celebrate and would like to share in the classroom please reach out to the teachers to schedule a visit.

Announcements/Reminders:

Please send in a warm sweatshirt and/or jacket as the weather can be unpredictable. LABEL EVERYTHING!

Book Club: We are getting ready to start our parent book club. We will be picking our book shortly, but I wanted to first make sure everyone in our community knew about this club. If you have ideas for books and/or want to participate, please let me know.

ACP Scholarship Fund Cocktail Party is Saturday, November 2nd. This is a wonderful evening filled with music, auctions, raffles, contests, etc. We are also always looking for interesting items/experiences to auction/raffle off at the cocktail party. If you have sports tickets, timeshares, artwork, memorabilia or anything you think could raise money for the scholarship board we would welcome the donation. Please contact Christine Siravo, Emily Kuskin or myself to make a donation.

Rhythm Kids after-school class starts tomorrow and on following Mondays from 2:45 to 3:30. This class is open to children ages 4 through 7. All Day Nursery and Primary Class students may bring a snack to eat after dismissal and before class begins. Half-Day Nursery students may be dropped off for the class at 2:45. This is a drop off class and parents do not need to attend. Dates for the 8 week fall session are Mondays, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18 and 25. Tuition for this program is $170 for the first child/$95 and for siblings and covers weekly classes and the take-home materials (CD, songbook, and code for access to online activities and drumming practice videos). Registration is handled through the Coastal Melodies website at www.coastalmelodies.com/classes.htm. Contact Amanda Munice at amanda@coastalmelodies.com with any questions.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, October 9th - SCHOOL CLOSED - Yom Kippur

Thursday, October 10th - Parent-Teacher Roundtable (7 – 9pm)

Monday, October 14th - SCHOOL OPEN - Columbus Day

Weekly Update

9/29/19

Dear ACP Families,

As a reminder, School will be closed tomorrow, Monday, September 30th (Rosh Hashanah) and Thursday, October 3rd (Intake Conferences).

Last Thursday night was Parents Night at School. Both the Primary and the All Day Nursery classrooms were filled with parents exploring materials, creating art and making social connections as they learned about the curriculum and pedagogy of the school. It was so nice to see so many families attend this night. Next week we will have Intake Conferences on Wednesday and Thursday. This is a chance to share more information with us about how your child is at home and what goals you have for your child. Scroll below to sign up if you have not already done so.

This week we also conducted our first “silent” fire drill. The state of New Jersey requires us to conduct these drills monthly. For our first drill we did not set off the alarm and instead had the children evacuate the building without the noise. I am happy to report that everyone did a fabulous job of lining up and following the teachers’ directions. Once the drill was completed each class had a small meeting to reflect on the process and talk through any emotions that a drill can naturally bring about.

The ACP Scholarship Fund is the organization connected to our school that distributes scholarships to enrolled students. This is a very important part of our program as it helps to offset the cost of tuition for families. It is important to us to maintain a diverse community in our school and this fund is a critical part of that mission. This fund relies solely on the generosity of our families, alumni and supporters to carry out its mission. If you are interested in supporting this fund there are many ways you can do so:

  • AmazonSmile - Add “ A Child’s Place Scholarship Fund Inc” to your Amazon account. When you do this a portion of your purchase gets donated to our scholarship fund. Click here to visit the smile.amazon.com to enable this service. Please make sure you search for “A Child’s Place Scholarship Fund Inc” as there are many other similar organizations listed.
  • ACP Scholarship Fund Cocktail Party - Saturday, November 2nd - Attend our annual fundraiser. This is a wonderful evening filled with music, auctions, raffles, contests, etc. All proceeds from the event will benefit the scholarship fund. Look out for an invitation in your inbox(email) soon!
  • Donations - We are always looking for interesting items/experiences to auction/raffle off at the cocktail party. If you have sports tickets, timeshares, artwork, memorabilia or anything you think could raise money for the scholarship board we would welcome the donation. Please contact Christine Siravo, Emily Kuskin or myself to make a donation.

Announcements/Reminders:

Please send in a warm sweatshirt and/or jacket as the weather can be unpredictable and LABEL EVERYTHING!

Intake conferences are next week on Wednesday, October 2nd and Thursday, October 3rd. School will be closed for students on Thursday, October 3rd. This year we are using SignUpGenius to register for intake conferences. We will be offering complimentary care for your child and their younger siblings during your conference time. If you would like to take advantage of this please check where indicated on SignUpGenius. If you have any trouble using SignUpGenius please feel free to contact us for support. Please note that each class/small group has a different sign up. Click the appropriate link below to sign up for a conference time:

Primary

All Day Nursery

Debbie’s Half Day Nursery

Arlene’s Half Day 5am

Karen/Susan Half Day 3am

Book Club: We are getting ready to start our parent book club. We will be picking our book shortly, but I wanted to first make sure everyone in our community knew about this club. If you have ideas for books and/or want to participate, please let me know.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, September 30th - SCHOOL CLOSED - Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday, October 2nd - Intake conferences afternoon/evening

Thursday, October 3rd - Intake conferences all day - SCHOOL CLOSED

Weekly Update

9/22/19

Dear ACP Families,

This past week saw many firsts for our students. The Primary had their first Wednesday field trip to Sandy Hook and music classes started with John for All Day Nursery and Primary. Half Day Nursery will start their music classes with Amanda this week. Our final Parents Night at School for the Primary and All Day Nursery classes is this Thursday. Please RSVP If you have not already done so. All in all we are off to a great start with the seeds of potential projects developing in all the classrooms.

Unfortunately, this past week also marked a tremendous loss for a member of our faculty. Carrie Sniffen, one of our master teachers in the All Day Nursery, lost her mother after a 3 year battle ALS. The community rallied around Carrie with Arlene stepping into the All Day Nursery and Rosanne entering the Half Day Nursery. We continue to think about Carrie and her family in their time of grief.

Arlene will continue to teach in the All Day Nursery until Carrie returns. The Half Day Nursery will have an additional teacher throughout this period to preserve the low ratios that facilitate the depth and breadth of the children’s work. At this time we are telling the children that Carrie is away to be with her family. If the opportunity naturally arises in the classroom we will discuss the loss with students. You will be notified if we have this discussion.

Announcements/Reminders:

Please send in a warm sweatshirt and/or jacket as the weather can be unpredictable and LABEL EVERYTHING!

Intake conferences

We call this conference the “Intake Conference” because we need to take in as much information as possible to help us to better understand your child. It is helpful if you are prepared to tell us about your child’s at-home behavior. How do they handle their time, interests, eating habits, sleeping routines? How do they handle new events, surprises, friends, conflicts, relationships with sibs, other adults? Any pertinent past history that you are willing to share is valuable. These conference will take place on the following days and times:

Wednesday, October 2nd:

Half Day Nursery from 1:30pm to 7:30pm

Primary and All Day Nursery from 3:30pm - 7:30pm

Thursday, October 3rd

All Classes from 8am to 4pm (School closed for students)

This year we are using SignUpGenius to register for intake conferences. We will be offering complimentary care for your child and their younger siblings during your conference time. If you would like to take advantage of this please check where indicated on SignUpGenius. If you have any trouble using SignUpGenius please feel free to contact us for support. Please note that each class/small group has a different sign up. Click the appropriate link below to sign up for a conference time:

Primary

All Day Nursery

Debbie’s Half Day Nursery

Arlene’s Half Day 5am

Karen/Susan Half Day 3am

Upcoming Events:

Parents Night at School for the Primary and Nursery All Day programs is this Thursday, September 26th from 7-8:30pm. This is a unique opportunity for parents to come and experience a sampling of the curriculum and pedagogy we use at ACP. Intentionality is key as every area, material and experience is meticulously planned during the day. Our hope is that this evening will give all of you a greater understanding of how we work with your children. Please plan to arrive on time and stay for the whole evening as the teachers have gone to great lengths to prepare a full program that is both entertaining and informative. R.S.V.P. for Parents Night at School HERE.

Coffee with Zach is this Friday, September 27th from 8:30 to 10:00am. There was a lively discussion last week about technology and its place in our (and our children's ) lives. Many of you contributed some wonderful ideas to the conversation regarding limits, app suggestions and creativity. This week we will continue this discussion as well as move into the topic of play. Is it important? Only for kids? This video by Stuart Brown highlights some emerging thinking on the subject. Come join us for a lively discussion as well as some Starbucks coffee and the usual decaf, tea, and snacks.

Weekly Update

9/15/19

Dear ACP Families,

The first official full week of school is behind us. It was so nice to have such a large turnout this Friday for our Family Picnic. I hope everyone enjoyed the afternoon and took this opportunity to make new connections and strengthen existing ones. Our Parent Night at school for the Half Day Nursery is tomorrow night. While this is another opportunity to meet families in the class, our hope is that this evening will be an informative one where we illuminate both our pedagogy and curriculum to the community. I hope to see everyone tomorrow!

It remains of utmost importance for all of us to continue our morning/afternoon routines as we establish your child’s schedule. This predictability will be crucial to success in school. We are always here to help if you find yourself struggling with arrival or pick up. Please feel free to reach out if you have special/difficult circumstances and are in need of some guidance or adjustments.

This week the All Day Nursery and Primary programs will be beginning their weekly music class. The following week will mark the beginning of music for the Half Day Nursery Class. Music is yet another language that children use to interpret the world around them. Our music teachers work closely with the classroom teachers to create an experience that supports and extends the curriculum in the classroom. Overall, the music program is just another component of our philosophy of educating the whole child.

Announcements/Reminders:

Please remember to bring in boots and changes of clothes ASAP

LABEL EVERYTHING!

NO NUTS - we are a peanut/tree nut free school. Please DO NOT pack/bring to school for lunch, snack or other events. Also check prepackaged foods to ensure they have not been processed on the same line as other nut products!

Parent Committees

We have a number of ways parents can get involved in the life of the school. Fundraisers, The Parent Show, the Garden Committee, and the Community Resources Committee are just some of the opportunities available. Take a look at the online PARENT COMMiTTEE VOLUNTEERS form to review a short description of each and sign up. There is NO OBLIGATION by indicating your interest on the form.

Upcoming Events:

Parents Night at School for the Nursery Half Day program is tomorrow, September 16th from 7-8:30pm. This is a unique opportunity for parents to come and experience a sampling of the curriculum and pedagogy we use at ACP. Intentionality is key as every area, material and experience is meticulously planned during the day. Our hope is that this evening will give all of you a greater understanding of how we work with your children. Please plan to arrive on time and stay for the whole evening as the teachers have gone to great lengths to prepare a full program that is both entertaining and informative. R.S.V.P. for Parents Night at School HERE.

Coffee with Zach is this Wednesday, September 18th from 8:30 to 10:00am. Please join me for an informal chat about all things ACP and Early Childhood Education. Also, since I am a self-identified coffee snob you can always expect quality beans being roasted/brewed during these talks. We will be featuring a blend from Avon Coffee Roasters this week as well as the usual decaf, tea, and snacks. Please stop by if you can!

Weekly Update

9/8/19

Dear ACP families,

Congratulations on completing a successful first week of school! All of our students (and families) did a fabulous job transitioning from the summer schedule. Separation and transitions are different for everyone. As we launch into our first full week of school, it will remain important to establish and stick to your family’s personal schedule/routine so that the children can begin to predict the steps in their day. This includes arriving and picking up on time. If you are going to be late, either arriving or picking up, please let us know. In the case of pick up, we can warn your child that you will be late, which can be extremely helpful to children who are expecting to see their grown up at the normal pick up time. If you need help with this transition please feel free to reach out to us as we are ready to adjust and assist to make this procedure work for your child.

Please take a second to view these two slide shows prepared by Sarah in our office:

The First Week of School - A photo montage of the first week of school

Welcome Back Parents - Ideas and information about the many opportunities for parents to get involved in the life of the school.


Announcements/Reminders:

Please remember to bring in boots and changes of clothes ASAP

Cell Phones and Photography in school

Parents and other visitors are not permitted to take photographs or videos in school, even if the intention is to only capture the image of their own child. Please leave cameras at home. We also ask that phones and other electronic devices are kept out of sight. This is a child’s place and as such we show the utmost respect for the children by being fully present with them in school as well as protecting the privacy of other children. Thank you for your cooperation

Parent Committees

We have a number of ways parents can get involved in the life of the school. Fundraisers, The Parent Show, the Garden Committee, and the Community Resources Committee are just some of the opportunities available. Please contact us or stop by the office to get involved!


Upcoming Events:

ACP Parent Mix & Mingle Social

Tuesday, September 10th from 7 pm to 9 pm

Albariño Tapas & Wine Bar, 508 Broad St, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

This is the first parent social event of the year. This is a great way to connect with other ACP parents in an adult-only, relaxed atmosphere! PLEASE R.S.V.P. HERE

Family Welcome Picnic

Friday, September 13 from 12 noon to 1pm

Our annual Family Welcome Picnic will take place in our very own backyard. Bring something to sit on (blanket/lawn chair) and a picnic lunch for your child and yourself. This is another great opportunity to meet other families, and extended family and friends are welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult for the picnic. If you will not be coming, please pick up your child at their regular Friday dismissal time from the foyer. R.S.V.P. HERE for the picnic by Wednesday, September 11. We must receive an R.S.V.P. to ensure that we know which children will be staying for the picnic and who the attending adult(s) will be.

Parents Night at School

Half Day Nursery - Monday, September 16 from 7pm to 8:30pm

All Day Nursery and Primary Class - Thursday, September 26 from 7pm to 8:30pm

Parents Night at School is a unique opportunity for you to come and experience a taste of what it is like for your child at "work time" at ACP. With the guidance of the teachers and along with your "classmates" you will have the opportunity to paint, work with materials, build in the block area, write/draw, play games, etc. Come and find out what the teachers have planned! This is always a popular evening and the best way for you to build an understanding that will help you connect with your child when they tell you about their day at school. R.S.V.P. for Parents Night at School HERE by Friday, September 13.

It is truly my pleasure to be a part of this community. The care and thought that everyone at ACP puts into the functioning of the school is astounding. I feel so lucky to be able to serve this school community. We meet children where they are and we build a curriculum based around the interests/needs of each individual student. My office is always open and I would love to meet with families on a more personal basis. Feel free to stop by and chat during the day.

Welcome back

September 3rd, 2019

Dear ACP Families,

I hope everyone had a relaxing Labor Day weekend. The first day of school is tomorrow, September 3rd. I imagine that there are a range of emotions in your household about the start of school. This is normal. We all process change differently and do best when we are given love and support from those around us. This week is a transition week as we meet each other and establish our routines in the classroom. Young children do best with a routine because it is predictable and removes some of the fears of the unknown. In order to set your child up for success please establish a household routine that works for your schedule but allows your child to arrive on time every day. If possible, let your child help create some part of this routine to give them ownership over the process. We understand that this transition may be hard for some of our students (and parents). We will be present to assist and guide you.

This past week the faculty was busy setting up the rooms and preparing for the children’s arrival. During this time we also engaged in professional development meetings to further enhance our practices. Please see the post below to learn more about the faculty development week.

For this upcoming year we have changed some of the teacher assignments and welcomed back a familiar face. Please see below for class/teacher assignments:

Half Day Nursery - Arlene, Susan, Debbie, Karen, Alyssa, Babs

All Day Nursery - Carrie, Sharon

Primary - Caitlin, April

*To learn more about our faculty please click About the faculty below or visit the Faculty page on the school's website*

Important reminders

  • Please note your child’s schedule for this week as it is orientation and every group is following a slightly different schedule.
  • If you have not already done so, please read the Parent Handbook and acknowledge receipt using the Parent Acknowledgment Form. This is required by the state of New Jersey and MUST be complete before school starts.
  • We also need all parents to fill in this Emergency Contact Form. This is also required by the state of New Jersey and MUST be complete before school starts.
  • Please remember to bring all medications, change of clothes, and outstanding paperwork with you and your child on the first day.
We believe 2019

Faculty Professional Development

This year we discussed the use of materials in early childhood. We focused on open-ended materials that demand the use of the imagination. We also talked about the classroom environment and how rituals, presentation, organization, etc. can serve as another teacher in the classroom. We revisited our values as a school and reaffirmed our commitment to child-centered education. I have created a slideshow showing some of the values that the teachers spoke about during this meeting. here is a fresh take on what we believe in 2019 about our school and early childhood education.