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Congratulations Graduates!

Hello Parents,

Please join us in congratulating our 2013 class of VPK graduates, and our first class of graduates from the Midtown campus. We hope you enjoy the videos below, and feel free to head on over to the Snapfish album to view the photos.

 

 

 

 

 

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Have a great weekend

Hello Parents,

This week we celebrated our one year anniversary. Thank you all for your support and your trust.

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We hope everyone has a safe Memorial Day Weekend! Remember school will be closed on Monday, May 27.

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Picture Day: May 15

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Everyone should have received a note from your child’s teacher letting you know this Wednesday, May 15th will be picture day at the school. The photo package will include prints in the following sizes: one 8×10, two 5×7, and eight wallets. Remember to get your kids excited for their photos by practicing their perfect smiles today and tomorrow, so they’ll be ready when the photographer says “Cheese!”

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Let’s Save Money

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It’s been a holidayish kind of  year. Going through the calendar it is fun to see how there is a day to celebrate just about everything, and every day in the calendar is assigned to a holiday special to someone. Today for example is Teach Your Children to Save Day. Many of these daily holidays celebrate something that you really should be doing ever day, but for those of us who slack off or forget they serve as great reminders. These holidays also help us be a little silly, and come up with ideas to teach our children something new, have fun with them, and be a little more festive. At CBLC we try to find activities that the kids will learn from and also have fun with.

Just 1% of Kids Save Any Allowance Money. Studies have shown that most parents are poor financial role models for their children. Check out this article on AllYou.com on How to Teach Kids About Money: spend, Save, and Share.

If you have kids getting ready for elementary school, there is a great book called The Penny Pot by Stuart Murphy. The blog, Carrots Are Orange has some basic activities you can do with your kid based on this book.

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For a creative and homemade activity that will help your children learn about money, there is a fun game you can make, using just paint chips and popsicle sticks. Found on Katherine Maries blog, have fun with this {Recycled} Coin Book Game.

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Lastly, we want to be sure to remind you that tomorrow, April 24th is Administrative Professionals Day – very important people in our lives if you have someone who helps you in your every day business life. So if you are grateful to an administrative professional who helps keep you on track and well-managed, be sure to send flowers, buy them lunch, and you’d be surprised how far a simple cup of coffee to show appreciation can go.

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Earth Day

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As many of you know, Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22. It is a day where events are held in support of environmental protection. Many places also hold a week-long observance of Earth Day, calling it Earth Week.

Working toward a better environment doesn’t and shouldn’t be our concern only one day a year, so we’ve collected a couple of ideas for you to do a little something for our kids’ future on this planet. Every little step counts.

  1. Plant a tree. If you can’t plant a tree, plant a flower or start a vegetable garden – do it with the kids, they will love this and give you an opportunity to talk to them about the soil and different kinds of plants.
  2. Reassess how you are using your electronics at home – unplug items you’re not using; consider switching to alternative power sources.
  3. Teach your kids to recycle – there are many ways to teach the kids how to help the environment, check out the 20 Activities & Crafts posted on Babble today to get you started.

To learn what many countries were doing head on over to Earth Day Network and read on about all the activities governments have put into place.

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Roses are red, Violets are blue

Hello Parents,

Spring flowers are blossoming all around us, the beauty and aroma gets all of us a little more in touch with our romantic side; so it is no wonder April was declared National Poetry Month – pretty fitting!

Children love to read and be read to, story time is always a big success at the school. How about in addition to stories introducing the kids to poetry while you’re reading to them at home. Here are a few books of poems especially written for children. There are many kinds of poems; sad poems, love poems, funny poems, etc. We do love to hear kids giggle, so it’s no surprise that if you search children’s poems you’re most likely to find funny poems.

Below are three age-appropriate books for kids at CBLC; check them out and let us know what you think.

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April 2: World Autism Awareness Day

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Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Per the CDC in March of 2012, the disorder affected 1 in 50 school-aged children. There are varying degrees of autism, for a parent with a child diagnosed as autistic it is difficult regardless of the point in the spectrum their child is in. It is equally difficult to answer all the questions other people have about autism. Huffington Post had many articles today on the subject, but one in particular caught our attention, 7 Myths About Autism by Hannah Brown, expert on autism and author of If I Could Tell You. Not only is dealing with autism hard, but dealing with misconceptions makes it harder.

Here are the seven myths Hanna points on in the HuffPost Parents article.

  1. People with autism are all “Rain Man” geniuses
  2. People with autism are all mentally disabled
  3. Autism comes from bad parenting
  4. Autism is just a kind of eccentricity
  5. People with autism feel no empathy or affection
  6. There are many treatments that cure autism
  7. Scientists understand what causes autism

Click here to read the entire article.

If you’re interested in learning how you can help raise autism awareness, see Autism SpeaksLight It Up Blue (LIUB) campaign, now in it’s 4th year. Sometimes all you have to do is turn on the light.

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It is PI Day!

Hello Parents,

As you know, it is never too early to get your kids excited about math, and today is the perfect opportunity to tell them a little more about pi. No, it’s not a misspelling, I’m not referring to the delicious cherry-filled kind, but the arithmetic pi: the mathematical constant that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, and is approximately equal to 3.14159. As long as we’re talking about circles and pi’s why not celebrate with a slice.

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For those of you with kids entering elementary school soon, here’s a little supply that is sure to have your kids always remember pi day. Why should we limit ourselves to number 2 pencils anyway! Click the image and you’ll be redirected to the Wacodis Etsy shop.

Pi pencils, at Etsy shop, Wacodis.

Pi pencils, at Etsy shop, Wacodis.

I leave you with a last note of genius fun fact, today would have been Albert Einstein’s 134th birthday!

Happy Birthday Mr. Einstein!

Happy Birthday Mr. Einstein!

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Housekeeping: Bazaar, News, and Valentines

Hello Parents,

You may have noticed the display of goodies in our lobby this afternoon, just in time for Valentine’s Day. There are many things for you to sort through and select. The Bazaar will be there through the week, we hope you find the perfect gift for someone else, or yourself!

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Additionally, we have some great news! The parents of one of our students opened a new Argentinean restaurant, and it is getting great reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor. We urge you all to visit Fiorito and come back to share your thoughts. Here’s a little preview of their delicious empanadas, bet you can’t have just one!

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Lastly, Valentine’s Day is this Thursday, our teachers have a sign by the door with a list of what your child can bring to class for the party. Be sure to sign up if you haven’t done so already.

Expect more photos soon.

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Picky Eaters

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Hope everyone had a great weekend, enjoyed the Super Bowl, and is now ready for a wonderful week ahead. As we get the week started, we came across an interesting article on Babble about picky eaters written last Thursday. Many of you probably have some great eaters at home, who will devour anything you put in front of them; many of you  however, encounter the total opposite day in and day out. You know children, while some are willing to experiment with all kinds of foods, others stick with the trusted chicken nuggets and mac-n-cheese for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Melissa d’Arabian, Cooking Channel hostess and winner of The Next Food Network Star, shares seven tips for addressing picky eaters on Babble’s interest page, Working Moms Lifestyle. See the seven tips below, and head over to the article for full details on each, here.

7 Tricks to Transform Your Picky Eaters

1. Let your kids pick the produce

2. Go to the farmer’s market, for entertainment

3. Serve at least two vegetables at dinner

4. Have the kids “present” dinner

5. Invite Your Kids to Plan the Menu

6. Make one meal for the whole family, and have the “no thank you” bite

7. Give them “taste-tester” notebooks

We thought these were great tips, and couldn’t wait to share them with you. Please share us your story with us when you try these with your kids.

Do you have any tried and tested tricks for getting your kids to try new foods? Tell us in the comments section below.

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