MDO Newsletter - March 2016

Class Themes

  • Baby Class - Animal Sounds
  • Spring 2s - Colors & Counting
  • Falls 2s - Rainbow Bright
  • Spring 3s & Fall 3s - Dr. Seuss & Opposites
  • Turning 4s & Pre-K - Our Earth & the Solar System

Important Dates

March 3rd: Worm Composting PSP
March 4th: Alliance Theater performance, 10:00am
March 10th: Play-doh PSP, 10:00am
March 11th: School Closed for teacher work day & Spirit Day at Hippo Hop, 3:00-6:00pm
March 17th: Dr. Suess PSP, 10:00am
March 21st: Class Pictures
March 24th: Library visit, 10:00am

Director's Notes

Little ones love the new sensory ball pit!

Spring is almost here and with all of the sunshine and early blooms, I definitely have a touch of spring fever!  The children do too and the teachers have been spending lots of time outdoors and planning extra movement activities.  Everyone loves it when it’s warm enough to have lunch picnics on the playground.  All of the fun sensory activities the teachers are doing are also great to keep the kids engaged during this energetic time of the year.  

MDO's beautiful bulletin boards!

Doesn’t the hallway look nice?  I am sure by now you have seen the adorable class bulletin board decorated by Ms. Rosario. It’s such a cute presentation!  We love our MDO babies! I hope you have also noticed the other bulletin board make-overs and the addition of a new Enrichment/PSP bulletin board.  These were created by Ann Pearman, who also decorates the entrance way boards each month.  Ann is so creative and finds many ways to volunteer at MDO.  We are so grateful for her time and talents!  When parents invest sweat equity in our little school the products and benefits are amazing.  I encourage you to find a way to plug in if you haven’t already.  Not only is it fun and a way to make new friends, it really does make a difference. If you aren’t up for hosting a PSP for the school, you can just do something with your child’s class.  In February, Olivia’s mom, Pinar read a story in Turkish and introduced the children to numbers and colors in Turkish. What a great way to share at MDO!

Picnic Lunch!

Speaking of plugging in, I have to mention Chaffraix Rowles, who has helped in so many ways with a variety of things (too many to list).  Her adorable twin boys are in Pre-K and although she won’t be here next year, Chaffraix is proactively involved with volunteering outside her board position as Volunteer & Room Rep Chair.  She helps with MDO purchases, playground and facilities tasks, and this spring she will be sharing her gardening knowledge with the children by leading the worm compost and spring plantings.  Her passion for MDO is infectious and her efforts extremely valued.  Needless to say, Chaffraix will be greatly missed!

March is an exciting month here at MDO!  In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Ann Pearman is hosting a PSP called Dr. Seuss Extravaganza. It is sure to be a blast!  In addition, all of the classes will be reading Dr. Seuss books and doing fun Seuss activities.  We also have the worm compost activity, a visit from the Alliance Theater, and a Play-doh PSP on March 10th. We may even have a secret visit by the Leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day. Sshhh…..!

In March we are also kicking off the make-over of the upstairs room to create a Reading Nook and Play Area.  I am SO excited about this!!! What started with the library move is progressing into a fun make-over to the upstairs room. Gracious monetary donations to MDO have afforded us the opportunity to purchase some rugs, beanbags and a few other items.   We have great plans for this room and but will need your help to complete the vision.  Later this month you will learn more about our plans and how you may contribute!  

Lastly, a reminder, Friday, March 11 is a Teacher Workday so MDO will be closed.  The teachers will be doing some spring cleaning, training, and making plans for the rest of the year.

Happy Spring!

- Patty

March Spirit Day: Hippo Hop 3/11 3-6pm

See you there this Friday! Be sure to tell them you're with MDO. 

Hippo Hop
1936 Briarwood Ct. NE, Atlanta, GA 30329

 

 

 

Housekeeping

The Spring 2s are the Laundry Fairies this month. Please check with Ms. Catherine to find out when you should help with the laundry!  

Welcome to MDO!

This month we welcome Benjamin C. (Owen C.'s big brother) and Gabrielle P. to the Spring 2s class as well as Grayson A. to the Fall 2s class and Nicolas S. to the Baby class. 

Ongoing Fundraisers

Amazon Smile

Does your household shop on Amazon? If so, please shop via the www.smile.amazon.com link and choose MDO as your organization. Amazon donates a percentage of your purchase to the school every time you shop, and it costs you nothing! Doesn't get much better than that!

Kroger Community Rewards

If you shop at Kroger you can help raise money for MDO just by using your Kroger Plus Card! Through their Community Rewards Program a percentage of our purchases will be donated back to MDO. Enrollment is simple - follow the steps below to add MDO as your organization of choice. 

  1. Log in at www.kroger.com (if this is your first time on the site you will need to create a login)
  2. Click on your name at the upper right corner of the page. This will take you to "Account Settings: Account Summary."
  3. At the bottom of the "Account Summary" page you will see a section called "Community Rewards" - click Enroll.
  4. You will be taken back to your Account Summary where you can verify enrollment at the bottom of the page. 

That's all! Just keep swiping your card every time you go to Kroger and MDO will receive quarterly checks thanks to all of our grocery shopping. 

Parent Volunteer Spotlight

Ann Pearman is mother of Emmy. You have definitely seen Ann's contributions to MDO's hallways - she has been doing the entryway bulletin board for the past two school years, and has been tasked with updating the other general bulletin boards through the hallway.  In addition, she was in charge of the Pancake & PJs Breakfast for the past two years.  Last year, she was also on the Chili Cookoff Committee.  

How long has your family been with MDO? Emmy started at MDO in Miss Megan's Spring 2s last year (2014-2015), and is in Ms. Kim's Falls 3s class this year.  

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?  Not familiar with that term.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure? Playing Pot Limit Omaha poker at Gino's on Thursday nights.

What is your favorite part of being a mom?  Every single thing. 

What do you do for a living?  I am a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Buckhead, as well as Research Scientist at Georgia Tech.  

Teacher Feature

Evelyn Morgan is the teacher of the Fall 2s Class.  She started working with children when she was 10 years old as a mother's helper, and began working at MDO when she was 15. This is her fifth year as the Fall 2s teacher, and her tenth year at MDO!

What do you love most about being a part of MDO? I love the sense of community at MDO. We all work really hard to make MDO a special place for the children. 

What made you choose to be a teacher? I love working with children and teaching them new things. I like watching their little faces light up when they figure something out or do something by themselves for the first time. 

What is your favorite...
   Activity to do with the kids? I like dancing with the kids. It's fun to watch them get their groove on! 
   Book to read to the kids? My favorite book/song is Giraffes Can't Dance and
   Song to sing to the kids? Little Rabbit Foo-Foo

What's something fun we might not know about you? I went to MDO as a child. I started in the baby room at 6 months and went all the way through!

What's your favorite thing to do in your free time?  I love brewing beer with my friends!

Class Notes

Turning 4s

The year is Marching on, and spring comes this month!  It feels like yesterday I was telling the kids all about winter. We’ve had a great time talking about animals and their different habitats, the kids just can’t get enough of it.  They especially enjoyed learning and talking about the animals of the rainforest.  March and April will be equally exciting, if not more, as we explore our next theme: Our Earth and The Solar System.

In February we had a fabulous Valentine’s Day party, We had a PSP participant come in to talk about the Chinese New Year, and even brought dumplings and rice cakes, what a treat that was! Aizah’s Mommy (Qurat) brought in her stethoscope during “S” week and taught us about our hearts, we also got to listen to our hearts beat as well, it was very informative and the children enjoyed it.  Nina’s Mommy (Zoe) was a mystery solved when she came in to be a Mystery Reader. The children get such a kick out of trying to guess who will read to them, they’re such great listeners!

I would like to welcome our newest members to the Four Year Old Club:  Alexis (2/23), Anais (3/9), and Aizah (3/14).  Happy Birthday friends!

Thank you for all that you do and being apart of our wonderful school, "We love our MDO, don't you know!"

- Ms. Lisa

Spring 3s

The year is flying by in Spring 3s! We spent the month of February among hearts and shapes. These little ones of yours had so much fun making hearts for the Valentine's holiday, making shape art, playing with our new shape puzzle and going on a shape scavenger hunt. I am so proud to say that more of these little ones are saying goodbye to diapers and hello to big kid undies! In our class we have introduced the treasure chest. 

This coming month, in March, we have a lot of fun ahead of us. Three of our friends are having birthdays - Madison, Frances and Christian! We will also be celebrating Dr. Suess's birthday this month. Each week will be a different Dr. Suess book, filled with games, art and more. 

- Ms. Giselle

Spring 2s

We are having so much fun in the Spring 2s class as everyone nears their second birthday!  The children are interacting more during play-time and their communication is definitely improving. We have been learning some nursery rhymes in the classroom.  Ask your child about “Jack Be Nimble” and “Pat-a-cake.”  

The children enjoyed the Valentine's party immensely and sharing Valentine's cards with their classmates.  Thank you for all the delicious goodies!  We will miss Jaewon who moved back to Korea with his family in February.  But we welcome Ben to the Spring 2s.  He is already into the class routine and making new friends.  Ben’s little brother, Owen, is in the baby class.

- Ms. Catherine

Last Month at MDO

In case you missed the Pancake Breakfast, we had so much fun eating delicious pancakes in our PJs! Thanks to everyone who helped out and attended!

In February we had a PSP about Chinese New Year hosted by Ming Juan. The kids had a fun time making lanterns and tasting homemade dumplings and rice cakes. Thanks Ming!

The kids always enjoy making (and playing with) Play-doh!

Pre-K was very busy in February! Here are snapshots from their Melted Snowman art project, 100th Day of School, Pizza & Pajama Day, Soap Snowman science experiment, and of course Looney Leap Day!

Here are the Fall 2s conducting serious pizza business and having fun with costumes, and the Fall 3s on a Library Excursion with Miss Kim!

All the kids enjoyed the class Valentine's Day parties, too! 

Look at all the caps! Keep them coming!

MDO's new couch modeled by the Fall 2s Crew!