June 2017 Newsletter

Calendar of Events

Happy Father’s Day!

There will be a special activity for the children each day of the week – Monday – Friday. Please sign up in the lobby to volunteer to help with these activities.

PICNIC — Sunday, June 11th, 2017
Celebrating the 28th Anniversary of Les Enfants @ Airport Park in Santa Monica – 11:00am-2:00 pm

Friday June 16th, Father’s Day morning treats for all dads in the lobby. Please stop by and enjoy!!

School Closed: Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day

Pre-K Graduation
Graduation will be held on Friday, July 28th, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. Please sign up with teacher Eunice for snacks. Thanks!

Don’t forget your donations to the Westside food drive every Friday.

Happy Birthday!

  1. James 6/4 ♥♥
  2. Anika 6/11 ♥♥♥♥
  3. Kilian 6/26 ♥
  4. Anna 6/28 ♥♥

Welcome to Our New Angels

  1. Maximilian
  2. Logen
  3. Soraya 

School News

Les Enfants is Celebrating its 28th Anniversary with a Picnic!

Les Enfants is pleased to announce the celebration of its 28th anniversary with a potluck picnic. Please come and enjoy a day at the park with your family and other Les Enfants’ families and join the celebration. Where: Airport Park in Santa Monica at 3201 Airport Ave. (cross street is Bundy / Centinela Ave.).

Potluck: (Please sign up to bring something for the picnic) – 

  1. Infants — Drinks (water, juices, sodas), picnic supplies, etc.  
  2. Toddlers — Main dishes
  3. Two’s — Main dishes
  4. 3’s — Salads, veggies & pastas
  5. 4&5’s Pre-K — Desserts & fruit

Expecting Parents

We are happily witnessing a rise in sibling births!  As you know space in infant/toddler is extremely rare in Santa Monica and vicinity.  Most schools accept children ages 2 1/2 and up that are toilet trained. 

Therefore, this is just a friendly reminder that if you are expecting and plan to have your infant/toddler at Les Enfants, please inform Cindy as soon as possible to receive an application and save your space.

Thank you for your cooperation and your continuous support!

Thank Yous

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

  1. Mrs. Smith (Emma & Mary) for donating an easel to the school.
  2. Mrs. Hodge (Ryan &Julia) for donating a Bumbo chair to the infant room.
  3. To all the parents that helped set-up and clean up at the picnic.
  4. To all the parents that brought food and supplies to the picnic.
  5. To all the parents we forgot to thank!
  6. To all the parents who donated toward the Westside Food Bank.

Parents Moving

As summer is approaching, 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


Saluting Our Wonderful Dads

For decades, social scientists observed a growing gap between what men would say it means to be a man and what they were actually doing.  While they clung fast to traditional definitions of emotionless, dutiful, hardened creatures who never cry and win at all cost, they also were spending more time with their families.  This gap has begun to close- because men have begun to shift their attitudes about masculinity. Right alongside that archaic manly stoicism comes being caring, nurturing and being emotionally present.

For decades, fathers were viewed as “absentee landlords” or as “Sunday institutions.”  In order to be seen as heroes, dads must be present in the child’s life.  So this shift can be attributed to the fact that women and men are equally committed to family life and being involved parents. Men are doing more childcare than they have ever done, including diaper changing! Go dads!  Not only are men contributing more, their attitudes about being labeled as caring and nurturing don’t take their “manliness” away.  Dads are being more present now than ever.  They are the modern day heroes, riding off into the sunset to be home with their family, cooking, washing dishes and putting the kids to bed.

When you think of heroes in a traditional sense you probably think about Superman, Batman, Spiderman, etc.  You’re not alone.  When Michael Kimmel first began asking his students 30 years ago about their heroes, their responses were very traditional in addition to athletes and musicians.  The answers he gets today still include those responses, but the single most common answer he gets today is “my dad” and “my mom.”

We see the heroism every day at Les Enfants when dads greet us with a smile, carrying a child on their hip, and then head off to start the rest of their day. And again when dads pick up and we see the smiles on the kids’ faces as they embrace in a giant hug.  Our dads at Les Enfants are heroes in their children’s eyes as well as ours.  We tip our hat every day, and especially in June, to all the dads for all that they do for their families, friends and communities.  THANK YOU!

Why is sleep so frustrating for so many people?

Why is sleep frustrating for so many people? Why do we spend so much time and money managing sleep, medicating it, and training ourselves and our children to do it correctly? In Wild Nights, Benjamin Reiss finds answers in sleep’s hidden history-one that leads to our present, sleep-obsessed society, its tacitly accepted rules, and their troubling consequences.

Today we define a good night’s sleep very narrowly: eight hours in one shot, sealed off in private bedrooms, children apart from parents.  But for most human history, practically no one slept this way.  Tracing sleep’s transformation since the dawn of the industrial age, Reiss weaves together insights from literature, social and medical history, and cutting-edge science to show how and why we have tried and failed to tame sleep.  

In lyrical prose, he leads readers from bedrooms and laboratories, to factories and battlefields, to Henry David Thoreau’s famous cabin at Walden Pond, telling the stories of troubled sleepers, hibernating peasants, sleepwalking preachers, cave-dwelling sleep researchers, slaves who led nighttime uprisings, rebellious workers, spectacularly frazzled parents, and utopian dreamers.  We are hardly the first people, Reiss makes clear, to chafe against our modern rules for sleeping.

A stirring testament to sleep’s diversity, Wild Nights offers a profound reminder that in the vulnerability of slumber we can find our shared humanity.  By peeling back the covers of history, Reiss recaptures sleep’s mystery and grandeur and offers hope to weary readers: as sleep was transformed once before, so too can it change today.