February 2018 Newsletter

Calendar of Events

Happy Valentine's Day!! 


Happy Birthday! 

1. Max Gonzalez 2/06 ♥♥♥ 2 Sophia Baumman 2/14 ♥♥

3.Cooper Muños 2/23 ♥♥♥ 4. Victoria Eckelberry 2/29 ♥♥

5. Ryan Hodges 2/27 ♥♥♥


Welcome to Our New Angels

  1. Isabel Sprowles
  2. August Mitchell

School News

We’re having a Petting Zoo at Les Enfants!! Friday, February 2, 2018 at 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Valentine’s Day Celebration – Arts, Crafts & Cookie decorating - Preschool Only

School closed in observance of President’s Day: Monday, February 19th, 2018

 

 


Late pick-up Parents

School Policy: Parents of Late Pick-Up are required to be in school by 6:05p.m. This allows time to pick-up your child and their belongings, sign out, etc.  Abiding by this policy enables our hardworking closing staff to turn off lights, lock-up the school, and get home after a long day.  Should you detain the staff past 6:15 p.m. you will be charged $10.00 late fee for the first 15 minutes.  Thank you for your cooperation.


Thank Yous

Thank you very much to all of the parents who have bought the teachers lunch on Fridays — We are truly grateful.

·      The Dragicevich family (Dylan & Emmie) for donating Plasma cars to the preschool.

·      Mr. and Mrs. Roethle (Milo’s parents) for bringing popcorn for the staff.

·      Mrs. Hodge (Ryan & Julia) for donating toys and books to the school.

·      To all the parents who donated food & items to the Westside Food Bank.

·      To all the parents who we forgot to thank!

 


Parents Moving

As the new year commences, parents move, get new jobs, etc. Please respect school policy by providing us with a ONE MONTH notice beginning on the 1st of the month should you be relocating. Thank you.


WORD FROM THE DIRECTOR

Encouraging Healthy Sleep Habits

by: Hattie Harvey, PhD, NCSP

Sleep is critical to children’s everyday functioning.  A good night’s sleep helps prepare children to attend to new experiences, positively engage with others, and build memory and attention skills.  When children sleep, their brains are actively working to form new connections, allowing them to be more physically relaxed and mentally alert when awake.  These positive effects can be observed over time, and as parent you play a critical role in helping your child establish healthy sleep habits.  Establishing healthy sleep habits early on helps to prevent children’s long-term sleep problems and other associated risk factors. Researchers have linked poor sleep habits to a greater risk for obesity, impaired memory and attention, and poor academic performance in school-age children.  Further, insufficient sleep also associated with higher rates of aggression and can negatively affect interpersonal relationships with family and peers.  Outlined below are some key concepts and strategies for establishing healthy sleep habits.

Key Sleep Strategies to Consider:

  1. Sleep Duration. The following table outlines basic recommended sleep duration by age.

AGE GROUP                                                  YEARS                                RECOMMENDED TOTAL SLEEP

     Infants                                            3 to 12 months                                                    14 to 15 hours

    Toddlers                                          1 to 3 years                                                   12 to 14 hours

  Preschoolers                                                  3 to 5 years                                            11 to 13 hours

   School-age                                        6 to 12 years                                          10 to 11 hours

  1. Naps. I s your child taking naps or do you sometimes skip nap?  Naps lead to optimal daytime functioning.  If you miss one, try to keep your child up until the next sleep period (or close to it) to maintain the child’s sleep pattern.  Consider the following:

·         By 4 months most children take three to four naps per day

·         By 8 months most children take two naps

·         By 21 months most children take one nap

·         By age 5/6 most children no longer nap

  1. Sleep Quality.  When sleep is continuous, your child can naturally learn to fall back asleep following a brief awakening.  Too many awakenings fragment sleep, disrupting brain growth and the natural sleep cycle.  After 4 months of age, naps of less than one hour do not provide enough time for the brain to benefit from the nap.
  1. Recognize signs of drowsiness.  Nap and bedtime should begin during your child’s drowsy stage, not when she is overtired.  Identify your child’s signs of drowsiness; they may include decreased activity, slower motions, drooping eyelids, yawning, and eyes that are less focused.  Drowsy children also may be less vocal, quieter, or calmer.  Your child may have more difficulty falling asleep if she is overtired; signs of overtiredness may include fussiness, eye rubbing, irritability, or crankiness.
  1.  Establish consistent bedtime and wake-up routines.  Your routines may be adjusted based on age or your family’s preference.  Avoid stimulating activities such as watching television or playing video games prior to bed, instead choose calming activities like reading or storytelling.  Whatever you choose, keep the sequence consistent!  Doing so helps maintain your child’s internal clock on a 24 hr. cycle.

Be a team player and communicate! Communicate with those who are involved in your child’s life, such as another parent, child care providers, a nanny, or relatives; Share your strategies and your child’s signs of drowsiness so that they can also support  establishing healthy sleep habits for your child.

 

Scientists have long known that children who don’t get enough sleep may be at an increased risk of obesity, among other health concerns but a new study suggests that having a late bedtime may be better.  After comparing the children’s bedtimes with their health as teenagers, the researchers found that only 10% of the children who went to bed at 8:00 pm or earlier during their preschool years were obese as teenagers. However, 23% of the children who went to bed after 9 pm as preschoolers were obese as teenagers.  For the children who went to bed between 8 and 9 pm as preschoolers, about 16% were obese as teenagers.

Preschool-aged children with early weekday bedtimes were half as likely as children with late bedtimes to be obese as adolescents. “Other research has shown benefits for children’s behavior, cognitive development and attention. Regular bedtime routines, including an early bedtime, also are linked to fewer sleep problems such as nighttime awakenings or difficulty falling asleep.  First, children who have a regular early bedtime are more likely to get enough sleep.  Not getting enough sleep can result in changes in the hormones controlling appetite and metabolism.” 

While an early and full night’s sleep for children can benefit their bodies, it also can improve their brains. Early bedtime benefits a child’s physical health as well as mood and mental health, because it allows time for restorative sleep, which is important for the repair and recovery of the brain and the body.”

A small three-week study published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology in 2013 involved 32 children between 8 and 12 years old, who were instructed to go to sleep either one hour later or earlier than usual.  They were asked to complete tasks that measured emotional functioning, memory attention and math fluency at the end of each week, and the researchers found that going to sleep one hour later impaired children’s performance on the tasks.

“Brain plasticity theory suggests sleep is correlated to changes in the structure and organization of the brain.”

 


COMMUNITY NEWS

SANTA MONICA SCHOOL ROUND UP

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Transitional Kindergarten and

Kindergarten round-up 2018-2019

Tours and orientations for all Santa Monica schools will be held on February 6th - 8th, 2018 – Call S.M.M.U.S.D. for more info @ (310)450-8338

Things to take: Your child’s birth certificate, health records and verification of residence in Santa Monica or Malibu a (gas, water or electric bill)

Please visit their website for more information on times, etc. www.smmusd.org