CHILDREN'S HOUSE SOUTH - with Nicole Langone, Rosemary Gossman and Gerri Haynes

November's Newsletter

During the month of November we have been working on a new song that Ms. Leticia has taught us. The song is a oldie but a goodie, "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." She has given us the American Sign Language gestures that go with the song and the children are so excited to be learning the signs to one of their favorite songs.

We also had firefighter Keno as a special visitor in the classroom to teach us fire safety in school and at home. Firefighter Keno was extremely child friendly and went over, step by step, what to do if there is ever a fire in our homes. I believe he took some of the fear away for the children by explaining what all of his different protective clothing was for, and how the clothing felt and how the equipment sounded. When he was completely dressed he got down on his hands and knees and told the children that if you ever see someone like this in your house that it's ok because they are they're to help you and to keep you safe. He reassured the children that the firefighters would help them and please do not hide or run away from the firefighters - they just want to help. He asked that parents please do fire drills at home with the whole family so that you and your children know a safe route out to increase the safety of your families.

I would like to remind families that as the weather is changing day by day to please send your children to school with the following: Winter coats, hats, mittens (not gloves), and boots. When we start having snow please put their snow pants in their tote bags so we can all participate in outdoor recess. I would prefer that you not send scarves to school to avoid any choking concerns on the playground.

Thank you and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Nicole Langone

Pioneer Valley Montessori School, 1524 Parker Street, Springfield, MA 01129 • 413-782-3108

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