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Calm Down Time in PK

Our PK classrooms are blooming! Children are having a wonderful time learning new routines and getting to meet new friends.  As promised during our first meeting we are going to continue providing parents with the behind the scenes of many of the activities that we have established in our PK.  Today we want to talk about quiet or calm-down time after lunch.  

The focus of our PK program is on the development of the whole child.  Our goal is to provide our students with the social- emotional and cognitive skills that they need to succeed through life.  So what does a quiet or calm-down time after lunch provide our students with? Quiet or calm-down time is really a learning opportunity for our students.  As suggested by research conducted by the National Institute of Health,  quiet time can enhance memory and support learning in preschool children.  As we can experience and see on a daily basis PK is a time of fantastic growth and learning so our young learners may be in special need of memory-consolidating daytime quiet or calm-down time to grow both cognitively and social emotionally.

Quiet or calm-down time also provides the child with a space to be on his own.  Our students wake up early and are in constant interactions with adults, older students and classmates.  Quiet or calm-down time provides a soothing time where they have their own space.  Some of our students really need this time to gain control of their emotions and continue acquiring social skills during the afternoon activities.

What do we do to prepare for quiet or calm down time?  As we recognize that different students have different needs for quiet or calm down time.  We prepare the environment; we have students set up their mats, bring their own blankets or pillows, and play soft music. We also know that for some students falling asleep is hard so we provide them with quiet activities such as books, colors, papers.

We establish routines in the classrooms that allow students to fall asleep or wake up at their own pace.  Teachers are in the classrooms supervising students and attending to their needs during quiet or calm-down time. 

Alida and Katherine

Elementary Open House Presentation

We are excited to be in our second week of school. Our annual open house recently took place, and it was a huge success! Please take a moment to review the presentation below for all of the information from our open house. We look forward to seeing you on campus again on Thursday, August 31 for our first family curriculum night.

From the Elementary School Counselors

Dear parents,

Welcome to all the new and returning parents and students to ISP! It is wonderful to have you all as part of our learning community. We are excited to start this new school year, and we have begun to work on assuring everyone that we are committed to delivering quality education that will help us all grow as individuals and as engaged learners.

We are getting ready to begin offering our traditional Parent Coffees. This is a special time we designate to sharing important information with parents, in order to  help support your child’s academic and social emotional development. We are excited to host our Conscious Discipline parent coffees on the dates below in the ES cafeteria, so mark your calendars and join us for some useful tips and strategies. We will learn about many different topics. We hope to see you all there and until then we wish you well.

Conscious Discipline Parent Coffees:

  • September 13 at 10:30 a.m., Becoming Brain Smart
  • October 12 at 10:30 a.m., Composure
  • November 15 at 10:30 a.m., Encouragement
  • January 18 at 10:30 a.m., Assertiveness
  • February 5 10:00 a.m., Choices
  • April 23 at 10:00 a.m., Positive Intent/Empathy
  • May 10 at 10:30 a.m., Consequences

Elementary School Curriculum Afternoon
As we come to the end of the second week of the semester the children are settling very well in to their routines. Thank you to the children for being so open and responsive to their learning, to parents for preparing them so well and to faculty for creating such a welcoming environment and embedding routines.

We would like to invite parents to learn in more depth about the curriculum your child(ren) will be engaging with this year at our Curriculum Afternoon on Thursday, August 31 from 3:00 to 4:45 p.m. These sessions are only for parents; childcare will be available for ISP pupils.You will leave with a more in depth knowledge of your child’s curriculum and how that learning happens in the classroom.

Please come and explore your child(ren)’s learning; experience some ‘lessons’, discuss the curriculum, find out how to help them at home, and spend time with your child’s teacher discussing their routines and curriculum. There will be specific grade level subject workshops as well as workshops looking at Standards Based Report Cards, Enrichment and Extension, STEM, Specials and Spanish. IT support will also be available to help parents with blogs, SeeSaw etc. Childcare will be provided so that you can concentrate on your learning. We look forward to seeing you then.

To help us plan, if you would like childcare on that afternoon please let us know.
A couple of other reminders as we begin the school year:
  • The lost and found is already starting to fill up. Please remember to clearly label all of your child’s clothing and belongings, including their reusable water bottle.
  • Please help your child’s learning and well-being by providing only healthy snacks.
  • If your child will have a school lunch every day, please sign him/her up for the meal plan.

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