MDO Newsletter - February 2017

Important Dates

  • February 1: Registration begins for new families
  • February 7: Chocolate Play-doh PSP
  • February 14: Class Valentine's Day parties
  • February 15: Tuition deposit due for 2017-2018
  • February 17-20: School closed for Presidents' Day
  • February 23-24: Book Fair (after drop off and before pick up)

Director's Notes

Greetings, MDO Community!

My name is Angie Brabson. I am very happy to introduce myself as the Interim Director of MDO. As many of you know, I have been the Pre-K teacher here at MDO for the past three years. In addition to the personal experience I have gained here at our school, I have served in a variety of teaching and educational leadership roles over the past 15 years. My academic background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from LaGrange College and Master's Degree in Education from Mercer University. I am also a parent to Madison and Michael who both attend our wonderful school. I believe that my formal education background and my perspective as a parent of preschool age children makes me uniquely qualified to step into this role. 

I am committed to making MDO the very best it can be for you and your children. Parents are every child's first teacher, and I believe that by working together, we can make sure your child's social, emotional, and developmental needs are met. Thank you for the opportunity to serve your families in this role! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share. 

In other news, it has been an active winter here at MDO. The temperate weather has afforded lots of outside play time and the children have been making slime, play-doh and other foamy mixes! They have also been weaving with Ms. Lilia. The children are wrapping all sorts of fabrics and yarns around sticks and cardboard looms. Even the Ones are making pom poms! Weaving is terrific for building fine motor skills and it's also a creative and sensory experience with all of the color and textures of the fabrics. Each child chooses their own materials and creates their own unique piece. All of the weaving pieces are being combined into a large school-wide installation that will be in the MDO office for everyone to enjoy.

We are thrilled to have Ms. Lilia enrich the school experience teaching art and Spanish lessons to all of the students, even the babies. They are learning all sorts of Spanish songs, stories, and games. Several parents have recently  mentioned their children are saying Spanish words at home. In a world where arts programs are the first to be cut, technology seems to be taking over, and most child activities are organized, we cannot underestimate the value of preschool arts exposure and the opportunity for free-expression. 

Angie

Letter from the Board

Greetings, Parents!

As most of you will have read in my email over the weekend, MDO has a new Interim Director: Angie Brabson! Angie has been a cherished teacher at MDO for 4 years and I couldn't be happier that she is stepping up to lead our school. I encourage you to stop by the office and get to know her if you have not been fortunate enough to have her as your child's teacher. Angie is an accomplished educator and one of the most genuine, kind, and capable people I have known. She is going to do wonderful things for our beloved school!

As the new year presses onward into Spring, we have exciting events coming our way. Our classroom Valentine's Day parties are the sweetest of the year, and my personal favorite. Your room reps have probably already started planning festivities, which usually include crafts and yummy foods (sometimes parents choose to do a sign-up instead of sending in lunch). Children are encouraged to exchange Valentines with small treats (but still no nuts). And don't forget to send them wearing red, pink, and purple!

Coming up on March 4th is our third annual Pancake Breakfast, a fundraiser that truly embodies "fun." Parents show off their culinary breakfast skills by serving a plethora of pancake masterpieces, ranging from traditional to blueberry to whatever creative concoction YOU can imagine! Kids come in their PJs and ride a maple syrup high all the way to nap time. If you have a recipe that simply must be shared, keep an eye out for the SignUp Genius invitation to secure a chef role.

Finally, it's almost time for me to ramp up my search for next year's pool of volunteers. We have a couple of Board positions that will be vacated and several coordinator roles as well. If you already have an idea of what you'd like to do, please contact Lissy Pearson and/or me. If you've already been serving as a volunteer this year, expect an invitation soon for our annual Volunteer Appreciation event, a kid-free night of fun on March 18th with a St. Patrick's Day twist! If you haven't had a chance to volunteer this year and would like to next year, let me know so that you can receive an invitation. Thanks!

Sincerely,
Melody Crowley
Chair, Board of Directors

Parent Volunteer Spotlight

Rachel, Rachel and their son Wiley

Rachel, Rachel and their son Wiley

This month's spotlight is Rachel Garza! She and her family have been with MDO since October 2016. Rachel has helped with making applesauce and taken thank you gifts to the DeKalb County Firefighters. Wiley is in the Sprouts class with Miss Evelyn.   

I had a great time helping the kids make applesauce. I especially loved the 4 year old girls who were very keen to identify who was best friends with who. "So and so is my best friend” *link arms*. It reminded me of my own “first” best friend, also made in preschool. 

What is your favorite thing about MDO? I love seeing Wiley light up when he walks through the front door. He’s grown so much over the last year (he’ll be 2 in February) but the mornings he spends in Miss Evelyn’s class have definitely accelerated his development. He liked dancing and was pretty verbal and outgoing when we entered MDO but now, thanks to Miss Evelyn’s post-lunch dance parties, he LOVES dancing and he’s rapidly outpacing me with his vocabulary and ability to express himself. He’s also learning how to share and how to greet new friends without excitedly knocking them over or slapping them or putting them in a choke hold. 

What is your favorite part of being a parent? The wonder and excitement of watching Wiley grow. In two short years, we’ve watched him develop from an invisible-to-the-naked-eye speck in his first sonogram picture to the bright beautiful soulful little person he is today. What an honor it is to watch a miracle like that unfold.

What do you like to do in your free time? Nap.

What's your favorite guilty pleasure? Going to target alone. 

Parent Volunteer Shoutouts

We love all of our parent volunteers, but wanted to thank Keyana M. , Lissy P. , and Viri G. for helping with Original Works in the fall. They helped get packets and orders out for the fundraiser. Thanks, ladies!

We also want to thank Meredith K. for her hard work on the MDO graphics and marketing efforts this year. She has been a huge asset to our school - thanks for helping us look good, Meredith!

Housekeeping

This month's Laundry Fairies are the Sweet Peas! Check with Ms. Rosario or Ms. Lisa to sign up for your turn. 

Book Fair 2/23-2/24

Barefoot Books is coming to MDO for a Book Fair! Not only will parents be able to purchase books to raise money for MDO, but we will also have coffee and pastries for you to enjoy! The fair will be Thursday and Friday after drop-off and before pick up. Come to the upstairs room to shop and snack!  

You can also shop online (click here) through February 18th! Barefoot's mission is to "share stories, connect families, and inspire children." They offer books for ages 0-12+ perfect to add to your library or gifts for all children in your life!

Welcome to MDO!

We are excited to have several new friends this month! Owen (Caterpillars), Grace (Sparkles), Ella Rae (Wonders), and Emmy (Sweet Peas).  

Class Notes

Sweet Peas

The Sweet Peas are a happy bunch, and as always, love their ball pit (and taking it where ever they go!) 

Sparkles

The Sparkles have fun playing and learning with Ms. Jenna and the other classes. Here we see them making music, reading books, doing art projects, and learning that "A is for Apple!" 

Sprouts

The Sprouts are such a fun group! They love to play, dance and learn with Ms. Evelyn, Ms. Angie, Ms. Lilia and their friends. 

Sparrows

The Sparrows had a blast using the projector to trace and draw on the wall! They also love to create and make a mess with sensory projects! 

Caterpillars

The Caterpillars class is always busy! They have story time, make beautiful masterpieces, use their imaginations while playing dress up, and have special visitors teach them new things and games! 

Wonders

The Wonders class is so creative! They enjoy making art, being silly, playing games, and learning new weaving from Ms. Lilia. I can't wait to see their finished products!

Last Month at MDO

Parent Carrie H. hosted an Art Party for some of the kids over winter break. The kids had a great time playing and creating!

We celebrated the last day of school before Winter Break with fun and festive class parties!