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Lifelong Learning

The Power of Play Workshop: Location Change
Last week we mentioned the Power of Play workshop that is coming up on April 29th. The workshop has had a location change and will now be held at the Johnson United Church on Main Street in Johnson. The time is 6-8pm. Additionally, there will be another training in nearby Waterbury on May 16th, stay tuned for more info on that as the date approaches. 

Lifelong Learning: MVS Teachers Spend Weekend as Students
Friday and Saturday the teachers of MVS attended early child childhood conferences in both Burlington and St. Johnsbury. In Burlington, the conference was hosted by UVM, and the theme was, "Creating Early Childhood Environments that are Ready for all Children: The Role of Observation, Reflection and Courage." In addition to this theme, the conference also celebrated the anniversary of the UVM Campus Children's Center, a preschool with deep roots in the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education. 

Presentations includ…

Announcements of All Kinds and Classroom Updates

Reminder: School Closed 4/24 A friendly reminder that we will be closed this Friday, April 24th for a staff  In-Service Day. We look forward to seeing you and the children when we reopen on Monday April 27th. 
Preparing for Warmer Weather Although the forecast for the upcoming week does not seem to be all too sunny and warm, last week we experienced the beautiful and strong power of the sun, hooray! More days like this call for sun hats, sunscreen, and water bottles. Fair haired kiddos will appreciate the sun protection on their heads, and sunscreen and water bottles help us stay healthy and hydrated with extended outdoor time. Thanks so much for sending these items along with your children. And, don't forget to label them as well!
But the Wet and Muddy Might Stick Around... Please do continue to take home wet and/or muddy clothing to be washed/dried on a daily basis. Your comfy cozy children will thank you, and so do we!
Save the Date: 5/22 Parent Potluck Keep that spot open on your cal…

The Brain on Play and Executive Function

The Brain Science of Play at Lamoille Family Center
As an avid reader of our newsletter, you'll know we've touched on the topic of play numerous times, here and again, here for example. As a play-based program, this is a topic of great interest to us, and we hope it is to you as well! We wanted to pass along some info on an upcoming presentation on play at the Lamoille Family Center:

“The Brain Science of Play” 

Play connections in the early years lay the foundation for life! Play is children’s work and is vital for learning and development…and now we have the brain science to prove it! Those who attend this free workshop will gain strategies to support children (birth to 5 years old) and learn how play relates to three important developmental skills: memory, behavior control and mental flexibility. This workshop explores how a parent’s and provider’s role is critical to a child’s development and growth as a competent and active learner. Participants will leave with a better unde…

The Joy of Spring

"It is Spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart." 
~Rainer Maria Wilke
It would be an understatement to say we have been reveling in the warmth and sunshine of last week. Friday brought us the warmest temps of the year, and you'll see the gladness in the children's faces. Be sure to check out all the pictures from the week below. Springtime joy abounds. 
Save the Date: Parent Potluck, 5/22 Join us on Friday May 22nd from 6-7 pm for a parent potluck at MVS. Bring a dish to share. If you have questions, let Sarah know. Thanks.
Welcome Mike We'd like to welcome a new face to MVS. Mike joins our team as a floating teacher, and he'll be spending time in all of the classrooms here at school. Mike comes to us with a ski school background and is excited to get his feet wet off the hill. Do be sure to introduce yourself!
Vermont Blue Ribbon Commission on Sustainable Childcare Funding Last month at Early Childhood Day at the Legislature, the Vermont Ea…