OTTH

Below you will find class specific information as well as a note from the teachers. Be sure to download the attachments at the bottom of the page for more information.

Class meeting times:

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:15-12:00.

Staff contact information:

Drop off & pick up your child:

  • The class meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:15-12:00.

  • We meet in Classroom 2 in the Little School Main Building.

Additional notes from Lisa and Beth 

Welcome to the Tuesday/Thursday summer program!  This letter is meant as an addition to the parent handbook digest, which will give you a sense of our basic program.  If after reading this you still feel unclear about anything, bring your questions to our meeting on Thursday, June 6th @ 6:30PM.

Please email Lisa and Beth a digital copy of a family photograph as well as a photo of your child by May 31st.

We’re looking forward to a lot of fun, excitement, discovery and connection.  But first, we have a golden opportunity to help your child work through the developmental milestone of separation.  It can be challenging and a little scary, but handled sensitively, can be a source of tremendous growth and pride.  We ask that parents (or a trusted caregiver) be available to stay in the classroom for at least the first session and possibly a few more, to help us make a smooth transition.  Here is a general guide to how phase-in will work this summer:

DAY ONE:     Parent or caregiver stays all day.

DAY TWO:    Parent or caregiver leaves the classroom at some point but stays in parent lounge to pick up early if need be.

DAY THREE:    Parent or caregiver leaves at time suggested by the teacher and returns at pick up time.

Although this is a general guide, each child is an individual.  Teachers and families will collaborate to determine what works best for each child and family. Your child may need you to stay for four or five days before he or she feels comfortable letting you go.

We will cover all this and much more about separation at the Parent Meeting (see the attached letter), so we ask that you make every effort to attend.  If you can’t, we suggest that you email Beth (bethr@littleschool.org) and Lisa (lisat@littleschool.org) before the first day of class, and that you look over these guidelines:

Before School . . .

Talk about school a few times

Give specific information – teachers’ names, songs they may sing, routines of the day

Emphasize that you will always come back

Acknowledge any feelings your child may show  

Remind your child that, even with the above feelings, you know they will learn to say goodbye

At school . . .  (when you stay in the classroom)

Remain as unobtrusive as possible

Don’t talk with other parents (keeps the volume low and focused on kid stuff)

Bring a book or some paperwork

Be available to your child if they really seem to need you

At separation . . .

Wait for a cue from a teacher

Acknowledge feelings

Remind your child that the teacher will keep them safe and help them feel better

Try to remain confident yourself

Make a clear, definite departure even if your child resists

Do not remain in the hallway or re-enter the classroom (if you want to be on site,  you are welcome to be in the entryway)

Parents often feel apprehensive themselves about leaving their child, and that’s okay. We are looking forward to getting to know your child well and supporting them through this new challenge. And, we’ve found that even within our short summer program, most children master a large chunk of this big task and move on to the serious business of FUN!

See you soon! 

Lisa and Beth

IMPORTANT PRACTICAL INFORMATION

A NOTE ABOUT BACKPACKS