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 Monthly Newsletter March 2020.pdf


FAMILY INFORMATION AND HEALTH/SOCIAL SERVICES RESOURCES


June 3, 2020


Dear Families,


At our Children's Center we teach kindness and practice acts of kindness.  Children learn more about how to treat others in kind and respectful ways from what they hear and see, more than anything else.  Talking to and supporting children during these challenging times is not easy.  Here is a link to a website with content that may be very helpful:

Also attached are first steps to the plan for our re-opening given the impact of the pandemic. Once again, our return date is uncertain. Nevertheless, we look forward to meeting the many challenges of this emergency closure in order to re-open. 

 

Please feel free to contact me or respond to this email, if you have any questions.

 

Be safe and stay well!

 

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June 3, 2020


Dear Families,

 

We hope you are all staying safe during this difficult time.  

 

We would like to take a moment to thank you for our Children's Parade…what a time of gratitude and joy!  It was great to see everyone who attended! 

 

We remain closed and weekly updates will continue to be sent.  As information becomes available it will be immediately sent for your convenience and to allow you the ability to make the best decisions regarding child care services.  We have no return date yet but expect to re-open in the future with consideration for all that will be required, including all impacts related to the pandemic and emergency closure across our District. 

 

Staff Highlight:  Our PS4 Pre-K teaching team of Teachers Debbie and Kevin who delivered activity packets, planned activities, such as, kick the can ice cream making, victory gardens, patchwork victory quilt, ponder journals, robot building, and critter tracking, just to name a few, worked non-stop!  They engaged children in wonder and magically meaningful, fun activities, from moth spotlight, to the jump rope challenge.  They wrote songs and stories, played music and games, and the list was endless!  Their amazing dedication was awe-inspiring and to be commended at the highest level.  Thank you, Teachers Debbie and Kevin for all the joyful learning you provided! 

 

Much more to follow…

 

Be safe.

 

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May 28, 2020


Dear Families,

 

Our big day is Friday, May 29th!  Our Children's Drive Thru Parade begins at 10am.  If attending, you will enter at the designated area on Merrimac Way.  You will proceed to the Staging Area on the parade route. Please drive through slowly on the parade route and do not exit your vehicle.  Teaching teams have sent reminders on Learning Genie to help all of our little ones to stay in their cars and they will see our teaching teams on the sidewalk wearing masks.  If dropping off appreciation page for classroom books, please mark it clearly and you may place it in envelope.  You may drop off the page and/or cards at the second go around in front of the Children's Center.  Please stay on the parade route, you will eventually circle back in front of the Children's Center on the second go round. 

 

Thank you for everything.  Be safe and stay well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

We remain closed until further notice and hope we return soon.  We will continue to send weekly updates. We will send information as soon as we know more.  Our 10-month employees work through the end of May and return in August, pending our safe clearance to re-open. Our 12-month employees work through the summer remotely.  Our office remains closed. 

 

If your child is Kindergarten-bound, we wish you all the very best!  There are great Kindergarten programs and we know that your child has the foundation for learning, exploration, inquiry, wonder and joy!  It has been our pleasure to serve you! 

 

With gratitude and appreciation!

 

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May 22, 2020


Dear Families,

 

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Children's Center Drive-thru Parade.  It will be on Friday, May 29th at 10am!  You and your child are the parade! 

 

You may decorate your vehicle or make a sign or just bring your joyful smiles!  Our staff will be standing on the sidewalk waving and cheering, standing 6' apart, wearing masks as they have chosen.  Please no gifts; although, it is a time to celebrate all our staff have done!  They have provided amazing learning opportunities with joy and inspiration! 

 

Our campus security will be helping to lead the parade and maybe even Costa Mesa Fire Department and PD will join!  If you plan to attend, please respond to this email.  Our staff will also send out a message on Learning Genie to encourage children to stay in car and what they can do at the Parade.

 

Per our Campus Security, parents and children must remain in their vehicle.  The parade route will be directed by Campus Security and the staging area will begin from the Merrimac Way double-entry as designated by Campus Security.  Please drive slowly.  There will be two passes in front of the Children's Center, after the first pass the parade proceeds towards the Lab School then loops back to the Children's Center for a second pass in front of the Children's Center.  During the second pass is when you may drop off cards in the drop system we will have set up in front of the Children's Center.  Campus Security has set up the parade route due to safety as they maintain the parade route on campus with enough space including the use of access road.

 

Attached please find the appreciation page that you may print out and decorate to drop off in a basket or bin.  You may not exit your vehicle so we will have a way to safely receive the page, either by dropping in basket or stationed bin at the front of the Children's Center.  Please mark it clearly with classroom name or name of teacher. 

 

We know you may love to show your appreciation for our wonderful teachers or staff so if you drop off a card, please indicate clearly who it is for.  We are unable to receive any food item, flowers, or gifts, other than cards or what may fit in a card.  All teachers and staff are asking is that you bring your smiling faces because they work hard for every little one!

 

What a very sweet day it will be to see all of you! 

 

Have a great 3-day weekend!

 

Be safe, be encouraged, be well.

 

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May 16, 2020


Dear Families,

 

We hope you are all doing well and staying safe.  These have been uncertain times, even challenging, and we are sorry if anyone has suffered any losses during this pandemic and during our closure.  We have included resources at the end of this weekly update for your convenience. If you need any further assistance, please feel free to respond to this email

It's also a time to be grateful, a time for peace, a time for love…  We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.  Be encouraged, be strong, stay hopeful…we are all in this together and will get through this together.  We can do this!

 

We love a parade!

We wanted to update you on our drive-thru parade.  One of our parents, Jackie Mazur, had this fantastic idea that has rolled into one of the most meaningful activities of this season.  As mentioned in last week's update, we are having a drive-thru parade!  We received approvals yesterday and details for May 29th at 10am to 12pm.  We are working on the drive-thru parade route and additional details. 

 

Campus Security would like to know how many families will participate. If you plan to attend on the date indicated above, please respond to this email if possible by Monday, 5/18th.  We will then forward the count to our Campus Safety as they coordinate with Costa Mesa Fire and Police Department who may also lead the parade! 

 

We would like to invite you and your child to join us and drive through the parade route in your vehicle as you and your child are the parade!  Children and families must stay in their car with their family as you drive through the parade route.  We are checking to see if we can have families re-join the parade and go around more than once.  We are still working on details but very likely our staff will be standing on the sidewalk 6 feet apart using physical distancing wearing masks.  Some parent responses have indicated they would like a box, basket, or station for appreciation cards that children can make for their teachers, have their child work on a page for an appreciation book, whatever is appropriate to show thanks for all they do, make signs and maybe, even decorate their cars.  It should be great fun! The parade route and more information will follow next week as Campus Safety coordinates with Costa Mesa safety departments for details. 

 

We love you and your child!

Thank you for your patience and kindness during this time.  Please give your child a gentle hug from all of us as we so look forward to the future.  We look forward to seeing you and all of our children at the drive-thru parade. 

 

We love our staff!

Staff Highlight:  I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge all the work that Teachers Barbara and Tracey are doing!  From posting on Learning Genie, attending mandatory training and helpful webinars, to making curriculum, sending activities, singing, reading, doing fingerplays, caring for our garden and Hopper! See attachments and enjoy!  I'm so inspired by their wonderful activities as they focus on your little ones!  We thank them for all the good work they have done.   Great job!

 

We love being safe! (we don't love being closed but agree everyone needs to be safe, first and foremost)

We continue to be closed until further notice and very likely closed through June and July.  We don't know for certain when we will re-open.  We will continue to send weekly updates and as soon as we have information, we will send the date that we will re-open.  The District is continuing remote learning for the Fall.  It is a difficult time as our District is also facing additional losses due to the pandemic with next year's State budget also facing reductions. 

 

We love resources available!

OCC Student-Parents may find many resources, including health and social service resources at:

http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/c/covid19/student-info/Pages/default.aspx

 

OCC Nurse Tele-Medical Health Line is (714) 714-7705.

OCC Counseling information Tele-Mental Health Line is (714) 432-6858.

 

For assistance, go to the OCC Website listed above and click on OCC CARES, for food resources, Pirate's emergency funds, Target gift cards, grocery vouchers, and much more! Or email:

occassistance@occ.cccd.edu

 

The Children's Home Society of California has a resource page you might find helpful:

https://www.chs-ca.org/covid-19/resources 

  

Here is a link for Diaper assistance in Orange County:

https://www.capoc.org/diaperbank/?fbclid=IwAR16CVV0qvNCOga6hUja_AaY7tWEpZX-iMWoaVXwgaS0UBr-OFLWgtdtO3s 

 

For Family Resource Centers in Orange County, go to the following link:

https://www.factoc.org/ 

  

If you need any further assistance, please respond to this email.

 

Have a good weekend!

 

Be Safe. Be Kind. Be Hopeful.

 

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May 9, 2020


Dear Families,

 

We hope that you and your family are well.  Our weekly communication is intended to keep you updated.   We are sorry to hear if anyone has had a loss due to the pandemic.  We remain grateful for every day and for the safety steps everyone is using to keep others safe.  Washing hands, physical distancing, sanitizing, and following all guidelines for safety we understand is intended to be helpful.  Although, we expect to re-open, we continue to remain closed until further notice with no specific return date.  This certainly is the time to teach children resilience, by showing patience, helpfulness, kindness as children are watching.  Celebrate any small thing, enjoy playing, go outside take in a deep breath, nature naturally renews, practice gratitude, and give yourself permission to put yourself first, to take care of yourself, in order to take care of your children.  Of course, all of our little ones need constant care but during their nap time think about relaxing near them or with them. 

 

Remember laughter… and to that point, attached is our garden brigade busy maintaining our large garden!  Also, thank you, Teacher Barbara, from planning and sending activities to our infant classroom which are received with squeals of joyful laughter, she has been busy in our garden, too!  That brigade has brought laughter to me at the end of some very long days!  Hopper is doing well, too!  By the way, our aquarium is being maintained by our marine biology department, thanks to the courtesy of Rob Ellis!

 

We continue to provide virtual learning opportunities for your child and resources to all families that may be of help during this time.  If your child is going to Kindergarten, we wish each continues their joyful learning journey! We know that their experience with our teaching teams provided the foundation for life-long learning.  Our teaching teams have made a difference in your child's life.

 

We also want to take a moment to say Happy Mother's Day! 

We want to acknowledge you and send this message:                                   

We appreciate you!  We notice all that you have done for your little ones and we thank you!  You are doing a great job!  ❤️

 

On a very happy note, in the works, is a plan to have a drive-thru parade, to see faces, to laugh, and joyfully be grateful for each other!  A time for celebration!  You might want to have your child make a thank you sign for their classroom teaching teams.  We would use physical distancing, everyone stays in their vehicle because you and your child would be the parade!  Our staff will be on the sidewalk waving, cheering, and following safety requirements.  More info on this to follow.  A time to be thankful and a time for hope!  It's time for a parade!  Details, guidelines, date, time, and parade route to follow! 

 

A Team Highlight:  Our two-year-old classroom is benefiting greatly from the remote work of our Teachers Rayline and Sherri.  They both post activities on Learning Genie and when one recently mastered technology in order to complete an on-line training felt she won the lottery!  They are completing a number of training requirements as well as learning opportunities that are very helpful.  Their commitment and dedication are commendable.  We are so grateful for their service to our children and families.  It's a tremendous amount of work they're doing during this time!  Keep up the great work, Teachers Rayline and Sherri!  As the children would say, "we love you!"

 

We continue the list of resources each week for a quick reference and for your convenience. There are more resources available to you at the OCC website with tutorials on how to take on-line classes, including how to enroll in college classes to OCC department contacts.

 

OCC Student-Parents may find many resources, including health and social service resources at:

http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/c/covid19/student-info/Pages/default.aspx

 

OCC Nurse Tele-Medical Line is (714) 714-7705.

Counseling information Tele-Mental Health Line is (714) 432-6858.

 

For assistance, go to the OCC Website listed above and click on OCC CARES, for food resources, Pirate's emergency funds, Target gift cards, grocery vouchers, and much more! Or email:

occassistance@occ.cccd.edu

 

Any OCC Student-Parent can remotely connect to the OCC Computer labs that utilize VDI stations:

http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/c/covid19/student-info/Documents/VDI-Connecting-from-off-campus.pdf

 

If an OCC Student-Parent needs to borrow a computer, please contact:

occassistance@occ.cccd.edu

 

In addition, District Information Services has created a website with information for OCC Student-Parents about working remotely:

http://Telework.cccd.edu

 

Our OCC Student-Parents may also benefit from the many resources offered through OCC from Registration on-line enrollment, Financial Aid, Cranium Cafe, Library with eResources, CalWORKS, EOPS, Veteran Services, which can all be accessed on-line though the OCC website under Enrollment, Student Services, Academics, and Student Life.

 

Community Resources for all families:

There is a 24-hour emergency help line by dialing 2-1-1 that is staffed by trained specialists 24 hours a day.  Additionally, there is a website with very helpful resources at 211OC.org that covers information for financial assistance, food, housing, bills, counseling, unemployment and much more!

 

Please feel free to respond to this email for further assistance and we will connect you to additional resources.

 

Be Safe and Stay Well!


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May 2, 2020


Dear Families,

 

We hope that this weekly communication finds you and all of your family well.  Although, we remain closed until further notice with no specific return date, we expect to re-open.  In the meantime, we are providing virtual learning opportunities for your child and providing resources to all families that may be of help during this time.

 

A Staff Highlight:  We have a beautiful Toddler Teaching Team with Teachers Janae and Amy!  They are working diligently together, scheduling our animal care, making sure we have enough food for our animals, sending activities to our toddlers. They plan fun curriculum activities based on their child assessments, individualized child needs, and DRDP Developmental Domains.  They have time to attend many mandatory trainings, webinars, staff development opportunities, and on-line courses. This team makes our Children's Center proud and our toddlers joyful!  We give a very special thank you to Teachers Janae and Amy!  They are both a most amazing team!  We remain ever so grateful for their dedication and service!

 

Here are some tips for Supporting a Daily Routine:

Safe at home not stuck at home. The Stay at Home period might take longer than we first thought, but it is for the best to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. So, how do you make the best of the situation? Keep the kids productive and on schedule? Research shows that consistency helps children thrive and during these uncertain times it's more important than ever. It won't be like this forever but we hope that it will help make the transition easier for you and your family.

 

The Morning Routine Continues:

Wake up, brush your teeth, get dressed, have breakfast with your family. This should continue. There may be nowhere to go but continuing your morning routine will help set you, and your little ones, up for the rest of the day!

 

Develop a Schedule:

Set up blocks of time for distance learning, story time, lunch, outside play, and more so that your children know what's happening that day. Maybe dedicate a block of time for a new skill? This way everyone can continue to have their learning – or work - time and downtime at home. Once ready, be sure to post it up on your refrigerator so that your whole family knows!

 

Keep Moving and Grooving!

Whether it's dancing or a walk around the block, while keeping physical distance at all times, there should be at least 30 minutes of physical activity during your day! Exercise offers many benefits for children and adults including better sleep, less stress, and help keep learning going!

 

We will continue to share resources that may benefit you and your family.

Health and Social Services Resources: 

 

Attached please find the California Surgeon's General Playbook with resources and very important help lines that may be beneficial during this time.

 

Also, here is a resource from CDC about how to make your own masks (of course, not recommended for children 2 and under). CDC offers information on how to wear, create your own face covering, with sew and no sew instructions. Click here for instructions:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf 

 

OCC Student Parents:

There are more resources available to you at the OCC website with tutorials on how to take on-line classes to OCC department contacts from the Guardian Scholars program to how to enroll in college classes.

 

The largest collection of campus-wide resources for OCC Student-Parents may be found at:

http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/c/covid19/student-info/Pages/default.aspx

 

OCC Nurse Tele-Medical Line is (714) 714-7705.

Counseling information Tele-Mental Health Line is (714) 432-6858.

 

For assistance, go to the OCC Website listed above and click on OCC CARES, for food resources, Pirate's emergency funds, Target gift cards, grocery vouchers, and much more! Or email:

occassistance@occ.cccd.edu

 

Any OCC Student-Parent can remotely connect to the OCC Computer labs that utilize VDI stations:

http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/c/covid19/student-info/Documents/VDI-Connecting-from-off-campus.pdf

 

If an OCC Student-Parent needs to borrow a computer, please contact:

occassistance@occ.cccd.edu

 

In addition, District Information Services has created a website with information for OCC Student-Parents about working remotely:

http://Telework.cccd.edu

 

Our OCC Student-Parents may also benefit from the many resources offered through OCC from Registration on-line enrollment, Financial Aid, Cranium Cafe, Library with eResources, CalWORKS, EOPS, Veteran Services, which can all be accessed on-line though the OCC website under Enrollment, Student Services, Academics, and Student Life.

 

Community Resources for all families:

There is a 24-hour emergency help line by dialing 2-1-1 that is staffed by trained specialists 24 hours a day.  Additionally, there is a website with very helpful resources at 211OC.org that covers information for financial assistance, food, housing, bills, counseling, unemployment and much more!

 

Please feel free to respond to this email for further assistance and we will connect you to additional resources.  We're in this together and we will get through this together.  We can do this!

 

Enjoy your little ones and give them a gentle hug from all of us!  Be Kind to one another.

 

Be Safe and Stay Well!


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April 25, 2020


Dear Families,

 

We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.  We are busy working remotely providing daily activities through our mobile school app, Learning Genie! Planning for each child's individual needs, making videos, postings, activity packets, reading, singing, playing games, just to name a few activities, with the most inspiring teaching teams as we are still closed until further notice. 

 

This week we want to highlight Preschool Room PS1 and the teaching team of Teachers Emily and Mariya!  They are busy posting on Learning Genie, reading, using flannel stories, preparing activities, and working on their curriculum binder!  Teacher Emily is about to get ready to have her baby boy soon!  We are so excited for her and her husband, David!  Here is a flannel story she posted on Learning Genie!  Enjoy!

 

Learning Genie is our school mobile app which we use for on-line learning and has additional activities parents can use at home with their child. The application has a parent's page with songs, and activities to do at home. This resource is at https://www.learning-genie.com/parent/

 

If you want us to add you to your child's classroom activities, please respond to this email. 

 

Resources for all families:

 

Wide Open School is a free collection of online learning experiences at https://wideopenschool.org/

 

Ready4K provides virtual family activities and parenting curricula that will be free until the end of the school year during the COVID-19 period. This is at https://ready4k.parentpowered.com/covid.html

 

The First 5 Association of California has created a website that provides resources to help families.  This resource can be found at http://first5association.org/covid-19-information-and-resources/

 

Resources includes topics specific to:

• Social/Emotional Resources and Coping with Stress for Children and Families • Education and At-Home Learning and Resources for Children and Families • Spanish-Language At-Home Learning Resources for Children and Families

 

The Council for Exceptional Children is offering free membership through May 31, 2020 to support families with applying good teaching practices remotely. These resources include access to journal articles, member discounts on publications and events. This resource can be found at https://www.cec.sped.org/Tools-and-Resources/Resources-for-Teaching-Remotely

 

Activities for Early Learning Ages 0 to 5

 

The California Department of Public Health (DPH) created the Farm to Preschool Harvest of the Month which features ready-to-go tools and resources that can be used to engage in hands-on opportunities to explore, taste, and learn about eating fruits and vegetables and being active every day. This resource is at https://harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/default.aspx.

 

Kidango has created Learn at Home kits and online resources to provide parents with the tools to play together, read together, and learn together while maintaining your physical and mental health. This resource can be found at https://www.kidango.org/kidango-at-home/

 

Kindermusik provides a fun and musical way to stimulate learning in young children at each developmental level. As your child learns and grows Kindermusik has activities to match. This resource can be found at https://www.kindermusik.com/

 

Resources for Parents and Families

 

First 5 California has a parent site that provides resources around early brain development and parenting. It contains a Learning Center, Activity Center, Health Center, Services and Supports, and a section on Free Resources. In addition, it's the home for Talk. Read. Sing. It changes everything® and its corresponding materials. This resource can be found at http://www.first5california.com/

 

The First 5 Association of California has created a website that provides resources to help families in California cope with and understand the COVID-19 pandemic and response. This resource can be found at http://first5association.org/covid-19-information-and-resources/

 

Teachstone provides free articles about how to support your child's learning in the home and how to establish daily routines for learning. This resource is at https://teachstone.com/coronavirus-resources-educators-and-parents/

 

The Early Math Project promotes awareness of the importance of math in early education (birth through age eight) and provides tools to parents. This is at https://www.earlymathca.org/parents.

 

And finally, Scholastic provides weekly learn-at-home activities for parents to keep their preschool children engaged and keep learning happening. This is at https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-prek-k.html.

 

Additional Resources for our OCC Student-Parents will be shared weekly for your convenience.

 

The largest collection of campus-wide resources is available on the OCC Website for OCC Student-Parents:

http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/c/covid19/student-info/Pages/default.aspx

 

OCC Nurse Line is (714) 714-7705.

Counseling information is (714) 432-6858.

 

For assistance, on the OCC Website click on OCC CARES, for food resources, Pirate's emergency loans, Target gift cards, and much more or email:

occassistance@occ.cccd.edu

 

Any OCC Student-Parent can remotely connect to the OCC Computer labs that utilize VDI stations:

http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/c/covid19/student-info/Documents/VDI-Connecting-from-off-campus.pdf

 

If an OCC Student-Parent needs to borrow a computer, please contact: 

occassistance@occ.cccd.edu

               

In addition, District Information Services has created a website with information for OCC Student-Parents about working remotely:

http://Telework.cccd.edu

 

Our Student-Parents may also benefit from the many resources offered through OCC from Registration on-line enrollment, Financial Aid, Cranium Cafe, Library with eResources, CalWORKS, EOPS, Veteran Services, which can all be accessed on-line though the OCC website under Enrollment, Student Services, Academics, and Student Life. 

 

Please feel free to respond to this email for further assistance and we will connect you to further resources.

 

Community Resources:

There is a 24-hour emergency help line by dialing 2-1-1 that is staffed by trained specialists 24 hours a day.  Additionally, there is a website with very helpful resources at 211OC.org that covers information for financial assistance, food, housing, bills, counseling, unemployment and much more! 

 

Together we will get through this!  There are HEROES all around us! Thank you to you, to our teaching teams, our support staff, to our front-line warriors, our doctors, our nurses, our paramedics, our grocery store clerks, our pharmacies, emergency workers, restaurant workers, our mail deliverers, our truckers, our community...thank you for holding us up together!  Thank you to all of our little ones, for those smiles and laughter...it renews us every day!  Great job, everyone!

 

Have a happy weekend!

 

Be Safe, Be Kind, and Stay Well

 

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April 17, 2020


Dear Families,

 

We hope you are doing well.  This is an update with some additional resources that may be helpful to some of our families. 

 

Our teaching teams remain busy as ever while our center remains closed until further notice.  Many of our teaching teams are doing on-line training, planning amazing activities for children, mailing activities for children to use at home, the list seems endless!  Our teaching teams are the most inspiring teachers in the whole wide world bringing joy every step of the way!

 

Our highlight this week is on the teaching team of Preschool Room PS2!  Teachers Peggy and Heather are amongst the busiest!  Teacher Heather has performed flannel stories, made11 different videos of her with Miss Tiger puppet, reading felt stories and posting her singing with some favorite songs on the Learning Genie. Teacher Peggy has read stories and left beautiful, encouraging messages!  They posted pictures of the goats and the beautiful garden as well. Heather has posted a great recipe for play dough. ❤️ This teaching team is a beautiful example of the great love and service to the children in their classroom!  We are so thankful to each of them for their dedication and creativity!

 

Community Resources for all families:

There is a 24-hour emergency help line for any family by dialing 2-1-1 that is staffed by trained specialists 24 hours a day.  Additionally, there is a website with very helpful resources for all families at 211OC.org that covers information for financial assistance, food, housing, bills, counseling, unemployment and much more!  Attached is on-line information about food resources if any family is affected by loss of income. 

 

Educational Resources for all families:

Please check out our Learning Genie and if you need access, please respond to this email.  We will be happy to add you to our mobile school app with on-line learning and many fun, joyful activities!

 

Resources for our OCC Student-Parents:

 

1) As shared in last week's email, the largest collection of campus-wide resources is available on the OCC Website for OCC Student-Parents:

http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/c/covid19/student-info/Pages/default.aspx

 

2) Student Health OCC Nurse Line is (714) 714-7705.  Student Health Services Counseling information is (714) 432-6858.

 

3) For assistance for OCC Student-Parents for food, emergency loans, and more:

occassistance@occ.cccd.edu

 

4) Any OCC Student-Parent can remotely connect to the OCC Computer labs that utilize VDI stations:

http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/c/covid19/student-info/Documents/VDI-Connecting-from-off-campus.pdf

 

5) If an OCC Student-Parent needs to borrow a computer, please contact: 

occassistance@occ.cccd.edu

               

6) In addition, District Information Services has created a website with information for OCC Student-Parents about working remotely:

http://Telework.cccd.edu

 

7) Our Student-Parents may also benefit from the many resources offered through OCC from Registration on-line enrollment, Financial Aid, Cranium Cafe, Library with eResources, CalWORKS, EOPS, Veteran Services, which can all be accessed on-line though the OCC website under Enrollment, Student Services, Academics, and Student Life.  Please feel free to respond to this email for further assistance.

 

We always encourage kindness, to your child and to one another.  Please give your child a hug from us as we send our virtual hugs to each one!  Enjoy their smiles because they are the reason we all do what we do!

 

Take care, be safe, and stay well!

 

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April 10, 2020


Dear Families,

 

We hope everyone is safe and doing well.  Our incredible staff at the Children's Center continue to work remotely while our center remains closed until further notice.  By now, you have probably noticed the amazing work our teachers are doing from their homes to yours through our Learning Genie app.  It is awe-inspiring, creative, and fun! 

 

In PS4, Teachers Debbie and Kevin are joining the Jump Rope Challenge or planning, completing child assessments, and continuing their Kindness curriculum, with Teacher Debbie singing, dancing, reading, posting activities to Learning Genie, and mailing letters to each child including activities for children to do with their families!  In the Infant Classroom, Teachers Barbara and Tracey are completing child assessments, planning, posting activities for Learning Genie with Teacher Barbara mailing hand-made flannel puppets to each one in her classroom!  The work is non-stop and our teaching teams have time to join on-line training, webinars, and continue planning activities for children.

 

In our Toddler classroom, Teachers Janae and Amy have posted activities on the Learning Genie from having a picnic, healthy meals, to building a music wall for the toddler playground when we return!  In our YP classroom, Teachers Rayline and Sherri are completing child assessments, working together to send play dough recipes to families, posting on Learning Genie, and participating in wonderful webinars and on-line training.  Very resourceful!  In PS1, Teachers Emily and Mariya are working on so many activities from posting on Learning Genie (Teacher Emily's baby bump!) to creating a Curriculum Project Binder full of activities children love to do!  In PS3, you may have Becca providing individualized activities for children in PS3 to sending activities on Learning Genie, working with Teacher Debbie, or completing child assessments. The work is stellar and commendable!

 

Office is Closed:

Regarding our temporary closure in order to meet safety requirements for everyone at this time, we have no specific return date.  We are working remotely and our office is closed.  We cannot make

arrangements for parents to come on-site for any reason at this time.  We are in full closure. 

 

Full-cost Families: 

Regarding tuition for full cost families, some families have requested a credit be applied to their account.  This is possible.  If you continue to want a credit applied to your account, then we will keep it in your account. For full cost families that would like a refund for the days paid during our full closure, please respond to this email with your name, child's name, and current address so that we may process this request, now that we know we remain closed at this time, and the refund will come to you by mail.  We are uncertain of our return date at this time.  We plan on our return but do not have a date. 

 

State grant-funded Student-Parents:

Regarding child care tuition for our State grant-funded Student-Parents, per CDE we are not able to refund anything for March; however, for our State grant-funded Student-Parents, per CDE we will not charge any child care tuition for April, May, or June.  We are uncertain of our return date at this time.  Our Student-Parents may also benefit from the many resources offered through OCC from Registration on-line enrollment, Financial Aid, Cranium Cafe, Library with eResources, Student Services emergency loan program, Student Health Services with a nurse line for medication, consulting, telephone counseling, CalWORKS, EOPS, Veteran Services, just to name a few.  It can all be accessed on-line though the OCC website under Enrollment, Student Services, Academics, and Student Life.  Please feel free to respond to this email for further assistance.

 

Community Resources:

Other community resources for all families include Second Harvest Food Bank who will provide drive-thru food pick up at the Honda Center this Saturday, April 11th from 9am to noon.  There is a 24-hour emergency help line by dialing 2-1-1 that is staffed by trained specialists 24 hours a day.  Additionally, there is a website with very helpful resources at 211OC.org that covers information for financial assistance, food, housing, bills, counseling, unemployment, and much more! 

 

Learning Resources:

You can access over 250 English and Spanish electronic books, activities and songs from the "Empowering Families" and "Sing & Read" collections. Access to these collections is FREE during school closures due to COVID-19.  Go to parents.frogstreet.com and there is also eStories Literacy and Math Collections in English and Spanish that use familiar songs to promote oral language development and early literacy skills – bringing joyful instruction to children one song at a time! This program includes nearly 200 titles that provide the springboard for learning early literacy skills (including phonological awareness, vocabulary comprehension, alphabet knowledge, writing skills) and essential math concepts.

 

Thank you for your understanding and kindness for your child and for one another.  We wish everyone the very best!

 

To all those who celebrate Easter...Happy Easter!  To those that celebrate Spring...Happy Spring!  To those that celebrate everything...Happy Everything!

 

Please feel free to contact me by email anytime.

 

Stay safe and be well.

 

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March 26, 2020


Dear OCC Children's Center Families,


We hope everyone is doing well, staying healthy, and adhering to the various mandates to curtail the spread of COVID-19.  We are all experiencing an unforeseen world crisis that has resulted in the various closures of institutions of higher education across the county. To adhere to these mandates and to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone, our campus remains in full closure until further notice per Coast Community College District. This includes Orange Coast College's Children's Center.


In this rapidly changing time of serious concern for the well-being of ourselves, our loved ones, the people we serve, and our country, I want you to know that I realize your world has been turned upside down. In spite of being asked to work from home, the reality of still managing an escalating and changing workload from our jobs, more responsibilities for managing your life at home - especially if you have children who are home due to their school closure, and the complexities with providing for and protecting yourself and others, you persist.


We look forward to the time in the very near future when all is well and your children return to us at the Children's Center. During our closure, our most amazing staff will continue to use our mobile school app called Learning Genie where they will post activities for children.  These meaningful learning activities may include curriculum with familiar stories, songs, movement, dance, science, math, and games.  You may also receive information about child development, research, or areas specifically individualized for each child.  Our wonderful staff are very creative and will help make learning fun.  


Please continue to follow illness prevention measures such as social distancing, hand hygiene, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, cleaning of commonly touched surfaces, and keeping yourself healthy.  

Prevention strategies for keeping yourself and others healthy can be found at: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/caring-for-youself-at-home.html


Thank you for your great patience.  


Be well and stay safe!


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March 16, 2020


Dear Families,


For the safety and well-being of everyone, our campus is in full closure effective tomorrow, March 17th through March 29th per Coast Community College District, which includes all of its campuses and children's center. 

 

All facilities are closed. 

 

Thank you for your great patience


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March 15, 2020


Dear Families:

 

Please note that classes at Orange Coast College have been suspended from March 16 – March 29.  While there have not been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Orange Coast College, all classes, including online, have been suspended out of an abundance of caution.

 

We ask that students and the public do not come to the OCC campus during this time. This continues to be a fluid situation, so please, visit http://www.orangecoastcollege.edu for updates and further information. These steps are to protect the health and welfare of our students, employees and the community.

 

In an effort to allow you to make alternative childcare plans, the Harry and Grace Steele Children's Center will remain open on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, provided we are able to meet the required children-teacher ratio.  Effective Wednesday, March 18, the Center will be closed through March 29. We hope that the additional two days will be helpful to you as you make other arrangements. 

 

We will continue to update you as additional information is available.  Our staff will be in the office and can assist you via telephone or email if you have any questions.

 

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March 12, 2020


Dear Families,

 

Just a reminder that today is our Mi Casa event mentioned in our newsletter.  Attached please find the flyer for Mi Casa as we want to share that take-out orders also apply if you mention the Children's Center

 

The Book Fair Teacher Preview is today in our living room.  Our Book Fair goes through next week

 

Reading Rita will be rescheduling her reading day as she isn't able to conduct her reading activity tomorrow. 

 

We conduct daily heath checks and send children home if they are ill or have a fever.  Please remember to wash hands for 20 seconds upon entering our classrooms, use tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw tissue in trash, avoid touching face, mouth, eyes, and stay home when ill.   

 

More updates to follow shortly.

 

Thanks everyone!


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March 11, 2020


Dear Families,

 

This information was generally shared today:

 

1)   The Coast Community College District is actively monitoring the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and is committed to fulfilling our duty to provide a safe educational environment.  The best way to achieve this goal is to work together to minimize the spread of illness by staying home when sick and practicing good hygiene.  Along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the District recommends that individuals wash their hands frequently, maintain social distance, avoid touching of the eyes, nose and mouth and practice good respiratory hygiene.  We hope this guidance will help you to take the appropriate steps to help keep our community safe.

OVERALL: All employees, students, members of the general public, and vendors shall be treated with courtesy and respect.  A person's risk for COVID-19 depends on a variety of factors that do not relate to the person's race or ethnicity.  As a reminder, the District prohibits all forms of discrimination. Caution should be exercised to ensure that actions are not taken against anyone based on their national origin, as that would be unlawful. Retaliation or discrimination against any employee is prohibited.  The District is also committed to maintaining confidentiality per state and federal privacy laws including HIPAA.  

GUIDELINES: The District is committed to maintaining a safe and secure workplace.  Social distancing is a public health safety intervention used to reduce the likelihood of transmitting communicable disease.  Social distancing involves minimizing exposure by adhering to spacing requirements in the workplace and following proper personal hygiene practices.  

Those who have symptoms associated with COVID-19 (flu-like symptoms, cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches or feel ill) and/or have travelled to or through, in the last 14 days, to an area identified as a Level 3 Travel Health Notice are recommended to stay home until they are free of fever (100.4℉ or greater), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). 

We will all need to be as flexible as possible, kind, and helpful to everyone.

2)   State and local guidance in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing by the hour. This is putting a great deal of pressure on everyone, but it is important that we take steps now to protect our students, peers, and communities.

The risk in Orange County continues to be believed to be low and the majority of our students seem to be in a demographic that generally has good health outcomes.

 

At this time, the Children's Center plans on remaining open unless directed otherwise. 

3)   Student-Parent information generally shared today is as follows:

Those site-based college classes, in-person college classes that are not able to change format immediately should continue to meet next week as scheduled. Alternative format classes (including online instruction) should also   continue as usual.  Please check with your instructor.

Some college courses will need to continue in-person if alternative instruction is not possible, (e.g., laboratory, performing-arts, and physical-education courses). Social distancing options should be considered for these college courses. There will be ongoing support to faculty who need training. 

SOCIAL DISTANCING: While the Colleges remain open at this time, the District encourages switching planned events to alternative formats if possible (using existing tools, like ZOOM).

TRAVEL: Travel is banned to countries with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea as of March 11).

As things change, we'll keep you informed.

Have a good evening.

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March 2, 2020


Thank you to everyone that attended our last Family Social dine-in event!  It was so delicious!

Attached please find our March Newsletter with events, important reminders, and special tributes to our amazing staff. 

Also, attached is our flyer for the next Family Social dine-in event at Descanso Restaurant. 

Have a good evening.