October 30, 2022 • Weekly Update

Oct 31 – Staff Development Day, No School
Nov 10, 11 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, No School (Sign-up Sheet Online)
Nov 11, 12 – Raintree Fall Plant Sale Fundraiser

Stories From Around the Snack Table: Toddler Far East 

Toddlers are hungry beings and snack time is sacred in the Toddler Far East. It is a protected time as our snack table acts as a unifier and a place of community. 

Around our table, the children sit gracefully and enjoy every bite of food they serve themselves. They are food connoisseurs who enjoy exploring dishes from around the world.  In between bites, they use polite words and have a laugh. They also do chat ….. a lot. They talk about everything and anything and the stories vacillate between matter of fact, candid and sometimes outrageous. 

Below is an account of a conversation between friends: 

B, happily, serves herself some food and mid-snack, realizes she doesn’t have any cheese.  She looks at her table-mates and exclaims with tears streaming down her cheeks, “I want cheese. My hands are broken.”

M:”Awwwwww, your hands are broken?”
M:”You need ice-pack?”
B:”No. I need cheese, please”
C:”Are your feet broken?” 
B:”No. See, they are working”

Without another word, C guides B to the serving table and helps her get a Mozzarella stick. They return to the table and B stares at the cheese and sweetly says,”I forgot, I don’t like cheese.”  They, both, shrug their shoulders and continue eating like nothing was amiss. 

The moral of this story is that toddler friends support each other even when things don’t make sense.  They forgive, forget and move on with confidence. 

Here is to a world full of kindness and empathy!

~Thank you, Wafaâ Shank, Toddler Far East Guide

Halloween Parade

It was a beautiful morning for the annual elementary Halloween parade. Thank you, parents, for joining us to watch.

Can you spot Serena Williams, Bob Ross, Freddie Mercury, Alice in Wonderland, ‘Don’na, the lunch lady, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Frida Kahlo, and the Sun? 

Parent/Teacher Conference Luncheon for Staff

If you would like to contribute, they have created a GoFundMe page and the link is: https://gofund.me/eeba6e21 Thank you!

Welcome Samantha and Sallam to our Toddler Communities

This week the Toddler Mideast Community welcomes Samantha Goodrich and the Toddler East Community welcomes Sallam Rababah. Sallam previously worked in the late afternoons in the Toddler Far East Community. Please give them a warm welcome!

Girl Scout Opportunity – Learn More on Nov 2

Month of November: Just Food Drive

Twenty-one barrels will arrive to Raintree on Tuesday, November 1st for the annual food drive benefitting Just Food. Help fill up your child’s classroom barrel by bringing in non-perishable items. Thank you!

Request for Help for Edison and Family (Mom, Laura Sinkler, Lower Elem Guide)

Read more on the GoFundMe page…

Raintree Fall Plant Fundraiser • Save the Date! • Nov 11 and 12

Free Montessori Online Conference

The first years of a child’s life are the foundation upon which the rest of their growth and development relies. Dr. Montessori referred to the period from birth to the age of 6 as a time when the child has an absorbent mind, a mind capable of soaking in knowledge quickly and effortlessly through intense periods of focus and concentration. 

Introducing Montessori principles during the first few years of a child’s life can be truly transformational

Learn more by clicking the image.

With 50 speakers, we are confident there will be many topics presented that you will find engaging. Here are just a few of the topics you can expect: 

  • Setting up your home Montessori-style
  • Strategies to support your toddler’s concentration
  • Reframing the “terrible two’s” 
  • Choosing materials for infants
  • Toilet learning the Montessori way 
  • Helping toddlers handle conflict
  • Sleep & Montessori 

…and so much more!

Coming Soon…Raintree Wear

Our dear and talented, Ben Rumback, has been working on recreating vintage Raintree wear by digitizing graphics of shirt designs of the past. Here are a few that he has created with a few designs of his own! We look forward to sharing more information soon!

COVID Protocols 

*Children who have a fever, sore throat, skin rash, red inflamed eyes, vomiting, diarrhea, severe cough, swollen glands or nasal discharge which is not clear must be excluded from school.

*If your child has been ill, they may return to school if they have been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours.  

*If an antibiotic is prescribed, the child must be on medication for 24 hours before returning to school.  Be sure your child is completely recovered before sending him back to school. (2022-2023 Parent Handbook, pg. 88)

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Fundraiser for an Autism Service Dog

One of our Raintree students is fundraising for a service dog to support his life with ASD. Information about the fundraiser is below. It looks like it will be a fun event! The Griffin family is also collecting donations for the raffle. See below. If you have questions or wish to contribute items, please reach out to Leslie Griffin (lesliedianeg@gmail.com).

  • Handmade items (knit, sewn, crochet, embroidery, quilting, pottery, art, etc.)
  • Gift Cards (especially Lawrence related businesses!)
  • Sports Memorabilia/Tickets
  • Toys/Games (all ages)
  • Pet Merchandise (toys, necessities, treats, etc.)