Mark your calendars... our next faculty training day is approaching.
Timberline will be closed on Friday, May 5th for inservice
Good Morning TLC Families,
I wanted to thank you for all of your support that contributed to an incredible year for all of us here at TLC. It is these meaningful partnerships that provide the foundation for such important work at our school. As we approach our 10th year of operation, it is exciting to reflect back on where we began and how far we have evolved thanks to our families and to the dedication and hard work of our Staff. We will be holding our Staff Holiday Party next week and hope that this evening full of fun and good cheer sets the stage for another wonderful year with this amazing team!!
I want to provide a few updates/reminders here that will hopefully guide our Timberline Family into a happy and healthy New Year.
*Car Seat check: January 4th @ 4:30-5:30pm at TLC. This is an opportunity to work with our Red White and Blue Fire Department to ensure that we are all traveling to and fro as safely as possible during the winter weather.
*Traffic Control: We all struggle with navigating traffic, especially with all of the holiday guests on the roads. Please accept this reminder that there is only one path to take during pick up and drop off- enter from Valley Brook Street and exit onto Airport rd. We have had several near miss accidents with drivers trying to exit onto Valley Brook St, so please follow this appropriate route and keep everyone safe.
*Volunteerism: this is an essential part of our school culture and we are grateful for everyone who regularly participates. We request that our families contribute monthly to 1 hour of volunteerism or $15 in materials- this allows us to enhance our existing family partnerships, model altruism for our students, and procure materials that allow for meaningful explorations. This works on an honor system, so please note your contributions on your family page in the log at the front desk. A $25 fee is assigned on the following month’s invoice if this has not been completed. The front desk as well as your child’s classroom always has a wealth of ideas that can be incorporated into your already busy lives, so please ask for ideas.
*Community Connections: Exploring the world outside our doors is an important component of our philosophy, so we are regularly looking for ways to connect. Our Little Grove developed a service project in the spirit of the Holidays and before we end it on January 15th, we are hoping for some more participation. There are boxes outlining what is most needed by the FIRC food bank so please take a moment to consider picking up a couple of extra items the next time you stop by the grocery store. If you have suggestions for further community connections, please share with us!!
*Family socials: We have received wonderful feedback about the pancake breakfast/bounce house social. So many of you came out to play and that was really wonderful to see, thank you. If you have ideas about ways to get our families together to meet and connect, please share them with me- we love helping to make these connections!!
We wish you all a healthy and happy New Year
The Timberline Team
As Reggio inspired educators our focus extends beyond the provision of a child's basic educational needs. It is a given that we will be tracking the major developmental domains of each child in our care, that we will provide a safe and healthy environment, that we will be fostering nurturing relationships, and that we will apply universally held early childhood education theories.
Our practices extend beyond the provision of needs and into the incorporation of Children's Rights. Loris Malaguzzi's definition of children's rights guides our teaching practices...
Children have the right to be recognized as subjects of individual, legal, civil, and social rights; as both source and constructors of their own experience, and thus active participants in the organization of their identities, abilities, and autonomy through relationships and interaction with peers, with adults, and with the real and imaginary events of intercommunicating worlds
Sunday, November 20th is International Children's Rights Day. We invite you to help us celebrate Children's Rights in the upcoming weeks.
Parents, please take a few minutes by Wednesday, November 23 to complete an ASQ 3 and ASQ SE2 for your child(ren). Click below to get started.
What is an ASQ?
Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition (ASQ-3™) is a screening tool that will provide a quick check of your child’s development. The information you supply will help reveal your child’s strengths, uncover any areas of concern, and determine if there are community resources or services that may be useful for your child or your family.
ASQ-3 is a set of questionnaires about children’s development. It has been used for more than 20 years to make sure children are developing well. It is called a screener because it looks at how children are doing in important areas, such as speech, physical ability, social skills, and problem-solving skills. ASQ-3 can help identify your child’s strengths as well as any areas where your child may need support.
As a parent or caregiver, you are the best source of information about your child. That’s why ASQ-3 questionnaires are designed to be filled out by you. You will only need 10-15 minutes. It’s that quick and easy.
Why is screening important?
Not every delay is visible to the eye. Developmental delays and disabilities, such as autism, emotional disturbances, and speech and language disorders, often go undetected until a child enters elementary school. Study after study has shown that the earlier a delay is recognized and intervention is begun, the better the child’s chance of substantial improvement. Developmental screening is one of the best things you can do to ensure a child’s success in school and life. (And that’s why so many organizations have made it a top priority.)
How does it work?
What happens next?
Parent teacher conferences based on ASQ results will be offered the first two weeks of December. If your child is developing without concerns, there is nothing more you will need to do. You may try the next ASQ-3 age level as your child grows and learns new skills. There are 21 questionnaires that you can use with children from 1 month to 5½ years old. If your child has trouble with some skills, your program will help you with next steps. Finding delays or problems as early as possible supports young children’s healthy development.
You are an active partner in your child’s learning and development. By completing ASQ-3 questionnaires, you are making sure your child is off to the best possible start!
For more information about the ASQ 3 and ASQ SE2 visit this link.
Timberline has an employee of the month program called SUPERSTAR OF THE MONTH. Votes are cast by teachers regarding staff members who exhibit specific attributes.
For October we would like to announce a superstar based on parent votes.
To cast your vote:
1. Make a nomination before Friday, October 14
2. Click on the Nominations Button below
In the body of your email:
The Superstar will be announced at our staff meeting on Wednesday, October 19
We hope that everyone is feeling settled into their new classrooms and new routines here at Timberline. We wanted to update you on three important policies that will be upheld beginning in October 2016.
1. Payment Policies:
We require that tuition is paid within the month that it is due. You are sent an invoice on September 1st for childcare provided in the month of September. Payment is due by September 30th or it is considered late. Within the 12 month cycle, beginning October 1st, the following guideline is now in effect:
1st late payment- $25
2nd late payment-$50
3rd late payment-$100 and care is suspended until account is paid in full (spot will be held for 2 weeks max)
2. Celebration Food:
No homemade food will be permitted at Timberline to be shared with any children other than your own. If you would like to provide a snack to celebrate your child's birthday or other meaningful occasion, you will need to provide a store prepared option. This is solely for use within your child's classroom during the course of the school day. When we have an all school event, potluck, or party- where parents are present- this rule is suspended. This is a policy policy established by Public Health, aimed at reducing the spread of illness. If you are looking for alternative suggestions for celebration of your child's birthday, please ask the admin or your child's mentor teacher.
3. Pick up policy:
We open at 7:00am, you are welcome to have your child here then. We close at 6:00pm. Your pick up needs to be completed prior to 6:00pm so that we can close in a timely manner. If you are unable to complete your pick up by 6:00pm due to work, traffic, construction, etc please make an alternate plan well in advance so that our school can close on time.