We would love for you to join the fun as we prepare for our own Kentucky Derby, Running of the Roses Party on the 3rd of May. Next week the signup genius will be circulated to you via your class parent representatives. We need volunteers to assist with setting up and decor, the silent auction, the live auction, checking in guests, checking out, etc. Also, please consider working with your employer to sponsor our event. Sponsors are recognized on our promotional materials including the printed and mailed invitations.
Balancing Technology in Your Family
Please join other CCEP parents in a discussion led by Sue DeCaro, parenting coach, on how to make decisions regarding the use of technology with your children. This class, to be held on January 30 at 8:30 a.m., will be an honest and open sharing and question session with no shaming or blaming, but lots of support and collaboration. You are invited to bring a friend—especially one you’d like to introduce to our school culture and our commitment to families.
Please join us for a joint CCCH/CCEP movie night on January 26th at 4 p.m. The movies will be 101 Dalmatians on the big screen, and Incredibles 2 in the Commons Room. Children are invited to wear their pajamas and a bring a pillow & blanket or a sleeping bag. Pizza, snacks, and drinks are included. Please RSVP to Lynne Jensen. Movie Night is so much fun!
Please join us to celebrate the season with the 13th Annual CCEP Christmas Party on December 12th from 5 to 7 p.m. We will have child-friendly food, light bites for adults, crafts for families, a Christmas sing-along with Dr. D., and of course, a special visit from Santa. We will provide photographs with Santa at no cost to you. Your whole family is welcome. Please RSVP to Mrs. Gilliam at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up to help bring food, set up, or clean up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084faeaa29a02-ccep3 .
Sign up here to help with making soup for the Green Show. This is a great opportunity to meet new parents and connect with others. No experience is necessary. Wine and snacks will be provided. This is an adults only event. For more information, call Sarah Beebe.
First day drop off jitters? Our own Mrs. Stevens gives her perspective on drop off.
As a preschool teacher and a mother I know how hard it is to drop your baby off at preschool that first day! I have worked with children in some way since I was a teenager so everyone thought when I had my own kids it would be "old hat". Well that couldn't be further from the truth. While babysitting and being a nanny did give me experience with certain aspects of parenting, I was not prepared for the emotions! You know that saying about your heart walking around outside your body? Yeah that! Sure I loved the children I cared for, but never this kind of love, protectiveness and to be honest... sheer panic that my husband and I are now solely responsible for this little life!
I stayed home with Lily and I really savored that time together. But when she was about to be 2 I knew it was time to get her into a program, for her to get some socialization with children her age and interaction with other adults outside her little world. (and for me to get a few kid free hours to get stuff done) We researched and found a wonderful preschool about a mile from our home. On the first day of school we were all so excited! That is until it came time for me to leave! The look of panic in her eyes broke my heart and I felt so guilty leaving her. My brain knew this was ridiculous, we fully trusted the recommendations we got from friends. We met and loved the director and teachers. I knew she was going to be fine there...in fact thrive! But boy was that hard. I got down on the floor and started to try to engage her in play, but I knew I needed to go. When I got up to leave she clung to me! With tears in my own eyes I promised her ice cream and a trip to the park after school if she just stayed and played with her new friends. I barely made it down the hallway before I burst into tears.
Later, I was telling this story to a friend who was a "seasoned" mother and she said something that really resonated with me. She said "Girl you need to drop and run! Just hug and kiss her, tell her you love her and walk out the door! As harsh as that sounds you have to realize that she is looking to you to gauge her emotions. If you are crying and hesitant to leave, why would she feel safe? You have to show her that you fully trust the person you are leaving her with and that she will be fine! Its ok to cry but save it for the car!" From the next day on I did just that! I hugged and kissed her and peeled her off of my neck, handed her to her teacher and said "I love you and I will see you after lunch" and walked out the door. The crying stopped (for both of us) after a week or so. She grew to trust and love her teacher and made great friends! And I got to have a guilt free 4 hours!
Students and parents are invited to visit their classrooms on Wednesday, September 5 between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. This is a great opportunity to become comfortable in the new classroom, chat with the teachers, and meet other families with whom they'll be sharing the classroom experience. This is a short drop-in visit; plan on about 20-25 minutes.
We continue our ministry of feeding the residents of Andrew's Place on the first Wednesday of each month. You can help by preparing food at home (recipe provided) and delivering it to school, or by joining other parents and teachers at Andrew's Place to help serve at 5:30 p.m. It is a joy to not only serve the men, but to sit and eat with them, hearing their stories and sharing our own, providing the human warmth and compassion needed by all of us. If you wish to participate in this ministry or find out more, please contact Jo Harney at email@example.com.
We are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our children for their first full day of school on September 6. Teachers have been preparing their classrooms, unpacking boxes, sending welcome letters to their new students, and planning for a great year of learning and fun.