NCC News Fall 2015
Celebrating our 35th year of learning and fun!!
NEWS & NOTES
On Friday October 30th we were out and about for our Annual Halloween Stroll. We have been strolling through town for 35 years. The businesses in town look forward to our visits each year. Thank you to all who joined us for this fun NCC event we all had a wonderful time!
This fall, we welcomed Erin Gerrity to our PreK and Afterschool teaching teams and Nikki Torday to the Infant and Toddler teams. We are so pleased to welcome Erin and Nikki, their ideas and enthusiasm are a wonderful addition to our classrooms. Welcome, too, to all of our high school assistants;Tyler, Fareha, Ally, and Sydney. It’s great fun to have them back at NCC. They all bring a fun dynamic to the classroom and all of the children look forward to seeing them in the afternoon!
The NCC children have been out visiting in the Needham community! Our PreKindergarteners visited Avery Crossing assisted living and performed their favorite circle songs. They also made bookmarks with the residents. The Kindergartners visited Avery the week of Halloween to show off their costumes, sing and tell some really funny jokes. The residents loved it! The room was filled with bright smiles and lots of singing and dancing. To finish our visit the children decorated pumpkins to leave with the residents.
Needham Lights will take place again this year in and around Powers Hall from Noon-8:00PM on Saturday, Dec 5th in conjunction with the annual lighting of the Blue Tree! Needham Children’s Center students will be making lanterns for our own luminary night the week of November 30th. We will also be sending a group back to do lanterns at Avery Crossing for a luminary night there. Please help us by collecting soda bottles especially 2 liter bottles for this project. Receptacles will be set up at various places at NCC. We are going to need quite a few, your help is greatly appreciated.
We are also collecting scarves for the Fit to be Tied program sponsored by the Needham Community Council. Please participate by donating scarves for the month of November. They are being collected for those dealing with medically induced hair loss. For more information about this wonderful initiative please check out www.needhamcommunitycouncil.org
We hope everyone enjoyed the Harvest Breakfast! It was wonderful to have you all here and your children loved sharing their learning space with you. They have all been so busy working hard with their friends. Thank you for all your support!
Mark your calendars: Thursday, December 17th
7:30-9:30 will be our Holiday Breakfast for parents in our Infant, Toddler and Preschool Rooms
5:15-6:00 will be our Holiday Concert featuring the Needham Children’s Center Chorus with a special musical program from our Pre-Kindergarteners, Kindergarteners and Afterschool members.
A reminder that we will be closing at 4:00 on Wednesday the 25th through Friday the 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy the holidays and a happy Thanksgiving to our NCC families!
Make sure to check program boards for information on classroom Thanksgiving celebrations.
We have been very busy this Fall. September and October have flown by. September we spent time getting to know our new friends and families. October was filled with spooky art projects. Everyone loved to see the fun costumes on our Halloween stroll. It was great to have you with us thanks for making it so much fun!! We have lots of activities and events planned for the month of November.
We will be giving thanks for our families and friends. Please be sure to send in a family photo. We will be exploring and trying new foods make sure to be on the look out for our Native American art and turkey handprints.
The toddlers had a wonderful month of October discovering fall and exploring the color orange in preparation for Halloween! Some of their favorite activities were bobbing for apples and creating paper bag pumpkins. They also had a fabulous time during our Halloween stroll and spooky lunch! Everyone looked amazing in their costumes
November is going to be a fun-filled month for our toddler friends. We will be exploring themes such as farm, little chefs, gobble gobble and thank you. Our activities will include tractors, baking cupcakes, turkey bowling and turkey day place mats. Thank you for joining us for Breakfast it was wonderful to see everyone!
The children have thoroughly enjoyed the season of fall with a successful Halloween stroll and party. We loved looking at the variety of costumes. Thank you to all who came to lend an extra hand.The preschoolers enjoyed the tasty treats, goody bags, and spooky songs and stories. In addition, there was leaf collecting for our science tables, experiments, cooking with the children, and fun at the fire station! What a great time we had!
November will be another exciting month with our author study of Kevin Henkes. Our themes will be “Changing Weather”, Thanksgiving, and “Preparing for Our Feast”. We will also be practicing and printing and working with the letters E, F and G.
We will have our Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday, November 24th from 11:30-12:15. A sign up sheet will be posted for parents near the bulletin board.
We will visit Greensfield to play at the playground again this month. This is something that the kids have really enjoyed and we hope to continue the tradition of visiting a few times per year!
As the cold weather sets in Please remember to send your child with an extra set of warm clothes as well, including hats, mittens, snow pants and label with your child’s name. We know it’s early, but winter will be here before we know it!
Happy Harvest! The PreK friends have had a very exciting start to Fall! Some highlighted activities were apple picking at Lookout Farm, singing songs to new friends at Avery Crossings making spiders, X-rays and our Halloween Stroll. Thank you to all parents who joined us on the stroll, you all made it so fun!
Our November curriculum will focus around Harvest and Giving Thanks. Diane will be sharing her Wampanoag activities and literature. We will be making pet rocks, mixing pumpkin play-doh and making a scarecrow for the playground. We will also be exploring Pilgrims and their ships, and taking many nature walks. Be sure to stop by and take a look in the classrooms to see what we have been up to, there is lots to see and learn about!!
PreK Zucchini Bread
Kindergarten has been spending everyday exploring the many learning opportunities that surround us! We have gone on nature walks and have noticed how the season is changing. We logged what we saw in our in science journals and we collected “special and unique” leaves to create fall placemats for home with contact paper. We traveled to the Blue Hills Trailside
Museum to observe animals in their natural habitat and talked about what they need to survive in the wild. We have conducted a few fun science experiments, like “erupting apples”, where we made volcanoes out of scooped out apples. We also really enjoyed dying dried rice with beautiful fall colors and adding fall scents, like cinnamon, pumpkin pie, and vanilla! Measuring and pouring (and smelling) rice at the sensory table has become a very popular activity!
We have been building our math skills, too. So far we have been using dominoes, uni-fix cubes and tally marks to show number values. We practice number and letter writing daily and enjoy creating our own stories in our journals.
We explored our own and our friend’s feelings during our Emotions Unit. We had fun making “Jack-o-Happy,” “Jack-o-Sad,” and other feelings themed Jack-o-Lanterns. We have been working hard to learn new poems almost every week! We have been compiling them into a poetry journal for a reading throughout the year. We also sing and dance at one point or another everyday! All our new Kindergartners seem to agree that Kindergarten is the place to be! Happy Fall!
NCC Afterschoolers have all settled into their new routines at school and everyone is very excited to get to NCC with our friends each day! This fall one of our highlights was Too Tall our giant hand crafted giraffe. The children followed Pat’s African Adventures and our safari times will continue. Our Halloween Party was one of the first of many events of the year. The children were so involved in creating a festive environment with ghosts bats, and creatures encircling their room. Their homemade cupcakes were delicious. We did a costume parade and individually got to show off our cool costumes on the stage. Thank you to all of our parents for attending. It was a great night!
The next couple of months will showcase our very talented children with Skating Club, Spanish Club, Martial Arts and many activities that will challenge and peak their curiosity. Soccer Shots will finish up mid month. Coach Brian will be back in the Spring for more soccer fun.
Our Afterschoolers are all about Communiy Service. Please help them collect scarves for the Needham Community Council’s program Fit to be tied! We have a collection bin located under our program board. We will also be participating in the Luminary event and would love the help collecting bottles. Please save any 1 and 2 liter bottles for us!