Archive for the month “March, 2013”

The Science Center Visits the BECC

Today we were fortunate enough to have Wendy Pavlicek and Sean Musselman from the Burlington Science Center bring their Reptile and Light Show to the BECC.  Our preschoolers loved it!  For those of you not familiar with it, the Burlington Science Center supports the science curriculum K-12 by providing hands-on materials, kits, and experiments to teach our students about the world around them.  When the weather has kept us in for recess, Sean and Wendy have graciously allowed us to stop by the Science Center to visit the animals.  We are very fortunate to have Wendy and Sean supporting science at the preschool level.

 

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I have included links to the Cub Cadets and Lucky Ducks blogs so you can see more photos from the day.  I have also included the link for the Science Center blog in case you want to know more about this wonderful resource.  Thanks again Wendy and Sean!

 

Cub Cadets

 

Lucky Ducks

 

The Burlington Science Center

Ideas for Facilitating Play Skills

Play is an essential component of child development.  Play is also a great time for parents to engage with their child. Research shows that play contributes to a child’s development of cognitive skills, language skills, vocabulary, problem-solving skills, attending, empathy, motor skills, and social skills.  As parents and educators, we need to create opportunities for play as much as we can.  Your children engage in imaginary/dramatic play as part of their preschool program here at the BECC.  We though you might like some ideas to facilitate this type of play at home.

Below are links to guide about the importance of play and a blog to give you ideas to try some imaginary play at home. Check them out and by all means, have fun playing!

 

http://www.childaction.org/families/publications/docs/guidance/Handout13-The_Importance_of_Play.pdf

 

DIY Pretend Play Kits

New Post on Therapists Blog

If you haven’t had a chance, please take a look at our BECC Therapist’s Blog.  Our speech pathologists and occupational, physical, and behavioral therapists have been blogging weekly with activities you can do at home with your children to promote language, social and motor development.

This week’s blog has some great ideas for improving core strength from our PT Kim Russell.  Here’s the link:

https://becctherapists.wordpress.com

 

 

 

No School Today, Tuesday March 19

Due to the snow storm, the Burlington Public schools will be closed today, Tuesday March 19, 2013.

School Connect App

School Connect App Live Today!!!

We are excited to offer a new way for Burlington families and staff to get updates from Burlington Public Schools! The School Connect App is now live and it will allow users to get updates on school closings and other important news sent directly to their smart devices.In addition, there is a web-based service that also allows for users to get the same information. As we move forward, this will also allow individual schools, individual teachers, and clubs and activities to send out updates to interested parties.

Please click on the following link to watch the brief video below on how to get the School Connect App.

 

 

 

 

Change of Date for School Pictures

With the snow storm predicted for tomorrow, we have rescheduled our school picture day to Thursday, March 21. There will be no school pictures on Tuesday, March 19.

No School Today-March 8, 2013

All Burlington Public Schools are closed today, March 8, 2013.

Special Education Parent Survey

Dear Families,

The following is a request from the DESE regarding a survey for parents whose child/children are receiving special education services:

Each year the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MADESE) surveys parents to determine how well your child’s school is partnering with you and promoting your involvement in your child’s education. All states must collect these data as part of their State Performance Plans required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Your feedback is important in helping the State and local school systems to continue to improve education programs for children with specialized needs.

What is the purpose of the Parent Survey?
♦ The purpose of this survey is to determine how well your child’s school is partnering with
you and promoting your involvement in your child’s or guardian’s education.
♦ All states must collect these data as part of their State Performance Plans as required
under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Who completes the Parent Survey?
♦ Parents or guardians of children ages 3 to 21 who are receiving special education services
through their local school system.
♦ Parents or guardians of children ages 3 to 21 who are receiving special education services
who are placed in a nonpublic facility by the child’s local school system.

How will I get this Parent Survey? How do I return it?
♦ The survey can be accessed on the internet at: http://www.maparent1.com.

How do I complete the survey? How can I make sure that my answers are counted?
♦ You may use any computer with an Internet connection to complete the online survey.
♦ If you do not have access to a computer for completing the online survey, your local
school or typically public libraries may provide computers with Internet access.
♦ Submit the online survey by March 29, 2013.

Do I have to participate? If I choose not to participate, will it negatively affect my child’s
services?
♦ Participation is completely voluntary; however, we encourage you to participate to make
your opinions heard.
♦ Your child’s services will not be negatively affected in any way.

I have more than one child who receives special education services. Can I just complete
one survey for all of them?
♦ NO. You should complete one survey for each child receiving special education services.

How is the confidentiality of my responses protected?
♦ The survey is confidential. Survey results will only be reported to MADESE in total.

We are looking forward to hearing back from you. It is important for us to know how well
your child’s school is involving you in your child’s education.

Thank you!

For additional information please contact Barbara Dee at MADESE, (781) 338-3382 or
bdee@doe.mass.edu

The survey can be accessed through the following link:

MADESE Special Education Parent Survey

The Survey deadline is MArch 29, 2013.  We are looking forward to hearing back from you.  It is important for us to know how well
your child’s school is involving you in your child’s education.

Thank you!

For additional information please contact Barbara Dee at MADESE, (781) 338-3382 or
bdee@doe.mass.edu

Tips for Handwriting and Writing Readiness

The following link is for a blog post on “Imagination Soup” regarding activities you can work on with your child at home to facilitate writing readiness.  There are several multi-sensory activities as well as a few apps that can help with handwriting.

Imagination Soup Handwriting Link

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