Health Policies at SWS

Please do not send your child to school with a cold accompanied by excessive cough or nasal secretions, or any of the following:

  • Fever over 100 degrees
  • Mouth sores with drooling
  • If awaiting the results of a throat culture
  • Severe abdominal pain or discomfort continuing more than 2 hours and/or associated with fever or other signs/symptoms
  • Blood in stools
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore Throat or severe coughing
  • Yellow eyes or jaundiced skin: red eyes with discharge until treatment initiated
  • Infected, untreated skin patches
  • Difficult or rapid breathing or wheezing
  • Skin rashes
  • Vomiting illness: until vomiting free for 24-48 hours
  • Flu: please keep children home from school for 7 days from the start of illness

 

 

Six tips to keep children healthy during cold and flu season

Six Tips to Keep Children Health During Cold and Flu Season

What can parents do to lessen the chances of their kids getting a cold or the flu?

Here are six easy steps for parents to help keep their kids healthy and less apt to spread colds or flu due to their close contact with kids in school or daycare.

How to keep your kids healthy during flu season

Have kids wash their hands frequently at home and school.

Since kids often touch their mouths and faces, parents should make sure their kids’ hands are washed with soap and water to remove germs before eating, after using the bathroom, and when they come inside from playing. Hand sanitizer can be used for times it’s not possible to wash.

Indoors or outdoors, get active.

Kids should get regular, moderate exercise to boost their immune systems. Studies have shown that being active can help reduce cold and flu episodes.

Get plenty of sleep.

Children need between 9 and 14 hours of sleep a day depending on their age. Sleep deprivation can weaken the immune system and increase the risk of getting sick.

Eat a well-balanced diet.

Provide meals with plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables to help boost children’s immune systems. Look for foods rich in vitamin C and vitamin D, and avoid foods high in additives, preservatives, and sugars.

Decrease stress.

Elevated stress hormones can lead to decreased immunity. Give kids plenty of down time for rest and creative play to help lower their stress levels and keep them from getting sick.

Avoid germy sharing.

Sharing is good for kids, but many commonly shared items can be breeding grounds for germs. Teach children to never share straws and cups, caps and scarves, or anything that comes in contact with their mouths and faces.

When kids do get sick, it’s important for parents to keep them home and take steps to prevent germs from spreading to others.

If you’re unsure whether an illness requires a doctor’s visit, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

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Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

By: Reading Rockets

Kindergarten is where most children learn to read and write. Though some kids can do this before entering kindergarten, it is not required or expected. Being ready for kindergarten means having well-developed preschool skills, and being academically, socially, and physically ready for the transition. Here are some signs that your child is ready for kindergarten.

Academically (pre-reading skills)

  • Can retell a simple story
  • Speaks in complete sentences of 5-6 words
  • Writes name or recognizes letters in name
  • Recognizes the title of a book
  • Matches rhyming sounds
  • Counts to ten

Socially

  • Feels comfortable in a group
  • Asks for help when needed
  • Knows personal information (name, age, gender)
  • Follows simple instructions
  • Recognizes authority
  • Is able to share

Physically

  • Exhibits fine motor skills (holds pencil, traces shapes, buttons shirt, etc.)
  • Exhibits motor coordination (rides a bike with training wheels, hops, skips)
  • Manages bathroom needs

Is my child ready?

Most children start kindergarten at age 5. If your child’s birthday falls in late spring or summer and will have just turned 5 at the beginning of the school year, or if you feel your child would benefit from another year of preschool, you might consider waiting until the next academic year.

Consider your child’s academic skills, but also his or her temperament. Remember that if your child is on the older or younger end of the class, this has an impact not only on kindergarten, but also on middle school, high school, driving, and going to college. If he is the youngest in his class now, he will be then, too!

When in doubt

  • Discuss your concerns with your child’s preschool teacher.
  • Discuss your concerns with the future principal and kindergarten teacher
  • Tour the school and observe a kindergarten classroom
  • Trust your instincts! You know your child best. Listen to others, think about your child, and then go with your gut

 

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Happy Holidays from all of us at SWS!

The month of December was filled with much fun and excitement for our children! The classes started celebrating Hanukkah at the beginning of the month.  Spinning dreidels and making and eating potato latkes.

Last week we celebrated Christmas with a Holiday Sing a long a visit from Santa and a pancake breakfast.  This week we had pajama and pizza parties.

We wish you and your families a joyous holiday season and a healthy and Happy New Year!

SWS will be closed from Wednesday, Dec 19-Tuesday, Jan 1st School reopens on Wednesday, January 2nd.

On January 2, 2019 we open registration for our current and alumni families to register for the 2019-20 school year.  This gives you an opportunity to register for the class you would like before we open up registration to the public on January 31st.

All registration forms are in the SWS office or on our website.

Looking forward to a great 2019!

Roberta Cenci, SWS Director

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Special Events at SWS

Saturday, December 1st 10AM-12PM-OPEN HOUSE for the 2019-20 school year.

This event is for new, prospective students for the 2019-20 school year.  Please help me spread the word about how great SWS is but telling friends and family about this event.  THANK YOU!

Friday, December 7, 2018 6:30PM- The Purplicious Fashion Show

The Purplicious Fashion Show includes a pasta dinner, fashion show, raffle & music from our very own Mr. Benny.  This annual fashion show is in honor of Margaret Rose a former teacher at our school who passed away.  Her family started a memorial fund in her honor.  All funds from this event will go to SWS for teachers to purchase items for their classrooms.

One of our teachers, Chris Mallico is out on an extended medical leave all raffle prize funds collected at the fashion show will go to Chris Mallico to help offset medical expenses.

Let’s make this a successful event for both of these amazing ladies!  Here’s how you can help:

Buy a ticket to the Fashion Show only $20 includes dinner

Buy Raffle tickets only $1 a ticket with many prizes to choose from

Donate a Raffle Basket or Gift Card

THANK YOU!

Starting in December we will be collecting unwrapped new toys for boys and girls for the TEAM TOYS 4 KIDS-please bring in a toy and put it in the box in the EdWing hallway. THANK YOU!

 

 

 

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Tips for Parents of Preschoolers about Reading

 

The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. You can’t start reading to a child too soon!

  • Read together every day.

    Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.

 

  • Give everything a name.

    You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, “Where’s your nose?” and then, “Where’s Mommy’s nose?” Or touch your child’s nose and say, “What’s this?”

  • Say how much you enjoy reading together.

    Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about “story time” as the favorite part of your day.

  • Read with fun in your voice.

    Read to your child with humor and expression. Use different voices for different characters. Ham it up!

  • Know when to stop.

    If your child loses interest or has trouble paying attention, just put the book away for a while. Don’t continue reading if your child is not enjoying it.

  • Be interactive.

    Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what’s happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child’s questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child’s responses.

  • Read it again and again and again.

    Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.

  • Talk about writing, too.

    Draw your child’s attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.

  • Point out print everywhere.

    Talk about the written words you see in the world around you and respond with interest to your child’s questions about words. Ask him or her to find a new word every time you go on an outing.

  • Get your child evaluated if you suspect a problem.

    Please be sure to see your child’s pediatrician or teacher as soon as possible if you have concerns about his or her language development, hearing, or sight.

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4 Ways to Make Halloween Less Scary By Marisa Cohen

 

Some preschoolers love the spooky spectacle of this holiday (not to mention all the candy!), but others can get freaked out around creepy masks, costumes, and crowds of kids. “Halloween can present a challenge for parents of 3- and 4-year-olds because this is the age when children first truly show an interest in trick-or-treating, and yet they’re still young enough to get frightened or overstimulated,” says Bonnie Zucker, Psy.D., a psychologist in Rockville, Maryland, and author of Anxiety-Free Kids. It’s hard to know how much your child will be up for on Halloween. But you can try to anticipate any potential problems before then so you can keep the day low-key and fun for everyone.

Demystify Decorations

While kiddie parades and preschool parties are pretty tame (apple cider and candy corn, anyone?), it can be nearly impossible to avoid all deathly imagery that appears on front lawns, in malls, and on TV at this time of year. But don’t start mapping a detour around the cackling witches and graveyard scenes in your neighbors’ yards. Experts caution against completely going out of your way to bypass anything that could give your kid the creeps. “That can actually worsen any anxiety a child might be feeling, because it reinforces the idea that there is something to be afraid of,” says Dr. Zucker.

That doesn’t mean you should take your tyke into a haunted house that will scare the bejeezus out of him, but you can help familiarize him with the scary stuff. “Take mini steps. Go to a Halloween store. Find pictures of people in costumes online, or go to a local farm stand that has some decorations up,” suggests Dr. Zucker.

You can also desensitize your preschooler by doing a crafts project that portrays a scary character in a fun way, say, carving a smiling pumpkin or making crepe-paper ghosts.

Chill Out on Costumes

Posting an adorable photo on Facebook of your little one dressed as a pirate or a bumblebee the day after Halloween can be a rite of passage. But don’t be surprised if your preschooler upends that plan by suddenly refusing to get into character on the big day.

Last Halloween, my friend Deborah Starr, of Ithaca, New York, was delighted when her two daughters decided to make their own cupcake costumes out of pillowcases, tin foil, and fabric paint. But when Halloween rolled around, 3-year-old Dina wouldn’t wear the costume. “She loved making the outfit, but she had no interest in actually wearing it,” Starr told me.

Dina was just being a typical fickle pickle. “Preschool-age children are very changeable — they may be excited and absorbed by something on Tuesday and completely over it by Thursday,” says Susan Engel, Ph.D., professor of child development at Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and author of Real Kids. Not only have their interests moved on, but they may also decide that the costume is too itchy, that a heavy cape keeps them from running around, or they just don’t feel like putting on a hat that day.

If your child balks at wearing the costume you made or bought, offer a compromise — she can take it to school and put it on there for the class party, or she can wear the superhero boots but skip the cape. If she still won’t budge, then let it go. “Save your power struggles for more important things,” says Dr. Zucker.

To avoid disappointment, it’s best not to spend a lot of money on a costumein the first place, since there’s no guarantee she’ll actually wear it. Working with what you have at home — turning a favorite pair of overalls into a train-conductor costume or pairing jeans and a cowgirl hat from the dress-up box — may have better results, since your child is already comfortable wearing them. And remember, flexibility and on-the-fly creativity can go a long way. “When it was time for trick-or-treating, we just put a winter hat we had that looks like a strawberry on Dina’s head and we called it a costume,” Starr recalls. “She was happy, and it was cute!”

Unmask Goblins

Even if your child is only interested in dressing as an innocent puppy, there may still be lots of other people around him in elaborate face paint, scary masks, and creepy costumes, which can unnerve even the coolest cucumber of a child. “Last year my 9-year-old daughter dressed as a witch, which involved black lipstick and other dark makeup, and my 3-year-old was completely freaked out by her,” reports New York City mom Katie Reeves. “She refused to go trick-or-treating or anywhere near her until she took the makeup off.”

Although a preschooler may be aware that his sibling is underneath the grisly disguise, it can still be a difficult concept to get his head around, says Dr. Engel. “Research shows that young children can have trouble distinguishing appearance from reality, so it’s very common for kids ages 2 to 4 to be freaked out by masks or makeup — even their own,” she explains.

Rather than trying to tone down any big siblings‘ costumes, Dr. Zucker suggests letting your child be involved in the transformation, so he can absorb the fact that the scary witch is just his silly older sister. “Not only should he watch his sister put the makeup on, but he could participate, putting a few dabs of lipstick on her,” says Dr. Zucker. Visit the costume store together, and show him that masks are really nothing more than plastic and paint. Of course it may also help to limit your trick-or-treating to the daylight hours — even an innocent pumpkin costume can look a lot scarier in the dark.

Adjust Expectations

Your child may be thrilled to get a chocolate bar at the first two or three houses on your block, but by house number four, she may be done. “That’s fine–she still gets the experience of trick-or-treating,” says Dr. Zucker, who suggests having a backup plan: “If you have an older child who wants to stay out longer, you can take your preschooler home to hand out candy while your partner or another parent keeps going with the older one.”

And remember, a 3-year-old who doesn’t want to participate in the Halloween activities this year will be at a completely different developmental stage next year–she may become the 4-year-old who dresses like a ghost and runs around shouting “boooo!” And what a great Facebook photo that will make!

 

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How to Help a Child With Separation Anxiety in Preschool

Separation anxiety disorder in children who are heading off to preschool is extremely common. If your tot is struggling with the new routine or feeling anxious, follow these strategies for saying goodbye without tears.

The start of preschool is a milestone that’s often anticipated with great excitement and joy, but also with lots of crying, uncertainty, and heel digging—from both kids and parents! “For children, the main source of anxiety around entering preschool is that they have absolutely no idea what to expect,” says Katrina Green, a certified early childhood and early childhood special education teacher at the Just Wee Two program in Brooklyn, New York.

“They have spent the first three to four years learning the rules and routines of their family life and they are completely unfamiliar with the new rules and routines they will encounter. For parents, the main source of separation anxiety is worrying that their child will feel abandoned.”

Read on to learn the best ways to help a child with separation anxiety and to successfully start this new school adventure—together and apart!

Be Consistent

Many moms may see their child have a bad first reaction to preschool and immediately decide to pull him out of the classroom. But that’s a bad idea: “It denies the child an opportunity to learn how to work through negative feelings and sets a precedent of not having to face problems,” Green says. Instead, consistency is key when it comes to making preschool a part of your child’s new routine. Simply going together on a regular basis will provide your little one with a strong sense of anticipation. Keep your goodbyes short and sweet so that your child knows what to expect but doesn’t prolong your departure. When you pick him up at the end of the day, reinforce the idea that you came back, just like you said you would. This way, each day’s drop-off won’t feel like you’re both starting teary and upsetting goodbyes all over again.

Get the Teacher Involved

Ideally, your child’s preschool teacher will be a warm, caring, and experienced individual who can anticipate her students’ needs. But since she is new to you, too, brief her with necessary information that will help her and your child get to know each other better. “It’s helpful for me to know as much as possible about a child’s home life in order to ease their transition into preschool,” Green says. “Their eating, sleeping, and toileting patterns are just as important as knowing their favorite color, what games they like to play, or what songs they like to sing. It also helps to know what techniques the family uses to calm a child down when she is feeling upset or anxious [so I can] try to replicate those techniques in the classroom.” Be sure to let the teacher know about any medical issues, such as food allergies.

Prepare a Comfort Object

Have your child bring a little reminder of home to the preschool to ease his separation anxiety and reassure him. If he doesn’t have a favorite doll or blankie, even a beloved book or a sippy cup filled with his favorite drink can do the trick. “I had a child enter my preschool program who was experiencing major anxiety,” Green reveals. “In the beginning, we encouraged him to bring photos of his family and items from home. He filled an entire Whole Foods bag with toys from home!” Comfort objects may seem like small stuff to you, but they can provide a real sense of security to kids in an unfamiliar environment. “Children almost always outgrow the need to bring a comfort object to school,” Green says. “However, children may feel the need for comfort objects at school (even if they are separating with no problem) when transitions are happening at home (such as a new baby, a move, or Mom or Dad starting a new work schedule).”

Don’t Sneak Away

It might be tempting to bolt from the room, but your little one will feel more afraid if you suddenly disappear. “Moms should never be ripped away abruptly from their child,” says Fran Walfish, Psy.D., child and family psychotherapist and the author of The Self-Aware Parent. “Develop a good-bye ritual. This could be anything you and your child decide on, such as a special hug or handshake followed by a “See you later, alligator!” Once you’ve said your goodbyes, it’s best to skedaddle so that your child doesn’t become preoccupied by your presence. Seeing her involved in an activity is a good cue that it’s time for you to go.

Avoid Comparing Your Child to Others

Don’t chastise your toddler and say, “Nolan doesn’t cry when his mom leaves.” “Honoring your child’s process is the best way to make the transition to preschool as smooth as possible,” Green says. Don’t worry — eventually your child will outgrow the separation anxiety. “The child who never cries when his parent leaves him may act out the scene over and over again during play to process his feelings. Another child may need to cry at every separation for a while in order to work through his feelings,” Green says. “It’s okay to keep leaving the child if he keeps crying,” Green continues. “A complete and successful transition into school can take months, especially if there are family vacations or breaks from school, when children often regress, or if there are changes happening at home.” But in all her years of teaching, Green hasn’t encountered one student couldn’t overcome his separation anxiety.

Resist Surprise Visits

Once you’ve left your child, resist the temptation to go back and check on her, and don’t phone the school every hour. “If you’re always checking up on your child, you risk the reciprocity of your child checking’ on you constantly,” Dr. Walfish says. “It is extremely helpful for moms to develop a team approach with their child’s teacher. This way, mom can feel safe and confident that her child will be well cared for when she is not there.” Trust the teacher and trust yourself; have confidence that you made the best decision and chose the best preschool for your child.

Give Yourself a Pep Talk

Come up with a mantra such as, “This is best place for [your child’s name]” or “Bringing [your child’s name] here is the right decision” to remind you of why being apart is good for both you and your child. Then, keep repeating it as often as you need it! Kids can pick up on your mood, so if you’re nervous and anxious when you drop your child off, he will likely take on your attitude. Remain calm and be upbeat, even if you don’t feel 100 percent cheerful. But if your little one does pick up on your worries, just continue to provide him with reassurance. “Remind him that you will always return and that there are people at school to keep him safe,” Green says. Always remember that starting preschool is a positive step for both you and your little pupil.

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