Posted by Kathryn (Tiana) Jusino on 6/5/2020 12:00:00 PM
Hi, Preschool Family. I hope this message finds you well. I want you ALL to know (parents and preschoolers) how much I care about each and every one of you. I know I see many of you in our Zoom Circle Time, but I really miss our face-to-face interactions. Your safety and well-being is always on my mind.
The social distancing and isolation required due to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the closure of our campus and major changes in our everyday lives that left many of us feeling unsafe. Now we have protests and (unfortunately) riots in response to the horrific effects of racism back in the nation's spotlight as well. This is a difficult time for us all.
Social connections are vital to us as human beings. In Preschool, and district-wide, we spend a significant amount of time teaching and helping children develop good social skills. We are constantly learning how to express our thoughts and feelings in appropriate ways. We are working to understand that our thoughts, feelings, and actions result in consequences for others (both positive and negative).
I would like to share something I saw/heard in a recent professional development class titled Conscious Discipline that I am currently taking. It's called an "I Love You Ritual". It's an activity that communicates unconditional acceptance, sensory integration, caring touch, and messages of hope. If we were at school, I would do this with all of our kids (with your permission, of course) and staff in the class. Since that is not possible at this time, I ask you to at least watch the video, and then if you're willing, try it with your preschoolers and those in your life who matter to you. The link below will take you to a YouTube video of the I Love You Ritual.
I am here, as always, to listen to your concerns and I am open to your feelings/thoughts/suggestions about how we can continue to help our kids learn and grow as the amazing human beings that we know they are.
Posted by Kathryn (Tiana) Jusino on 3/27/2020 3:00:00 PM
Hello, families. I hope this post finds you well. I have to tell you--just when I think I've got things sort of figured out, something else changes. My family and I have gone through a range of emotions in response to all of the activity (or lack thereof) surrounding COVID-19, as you may have too. I've been doing everything I can to keeping you all informed, but I'm thinking that frequently checking e-mail may not be one of your favorite things to do. So, in the hopes of making things easier, I'm going to post as much as I can on the classroom website so you can check that and see all of the important stuff in one glance. Please let me know if that works for you and/or if there is something else that would work better. Stay safe, be well, and I hope to see you soon.
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