Dear Friends of The Playing Field,
I hope you will enjoy this issue of our newsletter which features our Pre-K graduates.
June has been a busy month for us. The children have been spending more time outdoors, and several of our staff had the opportunity to attend Conscious Discipline® training.
We are continuing to dream about our new playground and we are very grateful for the support of Attic Angels! Please continue to support their 130th anniversary celebration and the fundraiser that will build our new playground!
Wishing you all the best,
Our end of the year celebration was held on June 19th. Families were invited to a special evening that included dinner, parent-child activities, and a graduation ceremony for children heading off to kindergarten.
Following our picnic, families enjoyed activities including face painting, special art projects, an obstacle course, and a photo booth.
Regular family nights allow our School Family to build relationships. We focus these events on making connections between families and on helping to build connections between children and their parents.
These events are always very well attended. Thanks to volunteers from Bethany United Methodist Church who assist with set up, serving, and clean up, our staff are able to enjoy time with children and families.
During the week of June 9th, several of our staff had the opportunity to attend the week long Conscious Discipline® Summer Institute with a focus on Infant and Toddlers.
Our Executive Director, Abbi Kruse presented alongside Dr. Becky Bailey and Conscious Discipline® Master Instructor, Angela Fraley. She also offered two break out sessions. One of her sessions was for program leadership and the other was for staff who serve children impacted by trauma.
Program Director, Michelle Henner and Infant-Toddler Teacher, Nicole Remsik presented a break out session on I Love You Rituals. They were able to share the ways our program implements Conscious Discipline® and the importance of making emotional connections throughout the day.
Also in attendance was our Center Based Family Specialist Mykenzie Lemberger. We have several additional staff attending trainings throughout the summer. We are so grateful to be able to provide this valuable training to our staff!
The Outdoor Classroom
As the temperatures warm, our children are enjoying more time outdoors.
Time spent in nature has many benefits. Our staff take much of their curriculum outside. We frequently say, “Anything we do inside can be done outside.” Our children enjoy outdoor art projects, block play, dramatic play, sensory experiences and more.
We are grateful to Attic Angel for the support of our new playground project. Their investment in our outdoor environments is very much appreciated!
Win Ice Cream for a Year from Chocolate Shoppe!
The Playing Field is the beneficiary of a yearlong fundraiser being sponsored by Madison’s Attic Angel Association, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary in 2019. The organization seeks to raise $50,000 from throughout the community to help build a sensory playground that will support children with specific needs related to early trauma.
A gift of any size will automatically be entered to win one of two Ice Cream for a Year awards from Chocolate Shoppe. Make your gift online at www.AtticAngel.org/130 or in person at the Life is a Playground! birthday event on the Attic Angel campus (corner of Old Sauk and Junction) on Sunday, July 28, from 1 to 4 pm (online RSVP requested).
As an added bonus, your gift will be doubled, thanks to a generous donor who will match every gift up to a total of $25,000! To RSVP and/or make a gift, visit www.AtticAngel.org/130.
From time to time, people ask about donating used goods. While we greatly appreciate the thought, it is often not practical for us to receive such items.
The No Thank You List
Used Books – When we receive books, we have to have a staff person go through them to assure that they are culturally relevant and reflect the values of our School Family. We are also limited on storage space so, having multiple copies of each book can cause a challenge.
Clothing – Storage space is always a challenge in early childhood programs. In fact, we pay to rent storage space so that our classrooms can rotate furniture and materials. While we do occasionally see needs for clothing, we just don’t have the space to store items until a need arises. When we need clothing, we post the needed item along with the size on our Facebook page.
Car Seats – Due to concerns related to recalls and expiration dates, we can not accept used car seats. We also are unable to determine if seats have been involved in an accident.
Toys – Used toys are another item that we can not receive. We may not able to confirm the appropriate age for materials. Pieces are often missing and/or broken and we must devote staff time to assessing the condition of items.
Ways to Be Helpful
Gas or Grocery Gift Cards – We keep gift cards on hand to help families during difficult times. Even cards with a small amount are helpful.
Items from our Amazon Wish List – Our teachers put items that they would like to receive on the wish list. When these items arrive, it is like a birthday or holiday celebration! (The teachers are often as thrilled as the children!)
Packages of New Underwear – New, child-sized underwear is always needed and appreciated.
Volunteer – If you have time to volunteer, there are many ways to get involved. Consider the following opportunities: Help a teacher on our next staff work day, assist with prepping classroom materials, volunteer in the office or in classrooms.