As you may already know, we are hosting our annual Early Childhood STEM (ECSTEM) conference next week on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4. (See http://www.ecstem.org for more info.)
This conference draws experts in STEM education from all over the country. The presenters are at the top of their respective fields, and the CCC teachers are no exception. Our teachers are an integral part of our planning process for the ECSTEM Conference. They work throughout the year to create detailed PowerPoint presentations about our curriculum. These are used for training and presentations at the conference as well. We are proud that in addition to several of our lead teachers presenting, other teachers are volunteering to co-present to strengthen their presence in early childhood STEM education.
This year our teacher presenters include:
・ Monica Dolan and Vien-Vi Le – “STEM Environments” (Friday, 10:30 am)
・ Dayita Datta – “Sing, song, bounce, and jump” (Friday, 1 pm)
・ Olivia Garcia and Gretchen Kammerer – “Understanding Change and Growth Over Time” (Saturday 10:30 am)
・ Dayita Datta – “Sing, Play and Dance Creative and Improvised Patterns by Exploring Math in Music” (Saturday 1 pm)
・ Olivia Garcia and Daniela Perez – “Sewing, Weaving and Patterning” (Saturday, 1 pm)
・ Amanda Lawson and Angeline Picasso – “Variation: Constructing Knowledge about the World Around Us” (Saturday, 1 pm)
・ Peggy Ashbrook and Evelyn Sussman – Utilizing Free Resources” (Saturday, 3 pm)
・ Retha Jones and Vanessa Guerra – “Light and Sound with Toddlers” (Saturday, 3 pm)
・ Janet Nunez and Ingrid Ellegaard-Hansen – “Systems and Interactions in our Community” (Saturday, 3 pm)
We will also have parent presenters who support our research and STEM education:
・ Konstantin Batygin will be our Keynote Speaker on Friday at 8:30 am.
・ James Maloney and Julius Su will present “Inclined to Lend a Hand: Explaining and Visualizing STEM Concepts from The Little Engine that Could with American Sign Language (ASL)” on Saturday at 3 pm.
We would like to extend an invitation to all CCC parents to attend part or all of the conference. Registration is free for parents, but we do require that you register with us ahead of time. If you would like to attend, please send an e-mail or speak to Seadra no later than 5:30 pm next Tuesday, Jan. 31.
The CCC Staff and Board of Trustees
Last Friday we had a very successful and inspiring Staff Retreat. We wanted to extend our gratitude to all our families for this time together which allowed us to give thanks to each other and appreciate the unique, diverse, and wonderful community we create, live in, and serve daily.
To facilitate portions of our day, we had three of our CCC family members support: board member Jim Franke, Raccoon and Alumni parent Patricia Wong, and Raccoon Room Parent Rachel Schacht. Jim led us through a fantastic brainstorming session for the beginning stages of developing our new mission statement (more of this to follow). Patricia guided us through a team building cooking exercise! And, with Rachel’s support, the afternoon was spent at the Huntington, where we were inspired by their mission integrating art, literature, and botanical gardens.
We are so grateful to have had this time together. Thank you, from all of us at the CCC!
As you may have noticed, we have had several cases of Hand Foot Mouth (coxsackievirus) in our program in the Bunny, Dolphin and Koala classrooms. We have been working closely with the Pasadena Public Health Department to ensure we are taking all of the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of illness.
The CCC follows a cleaning and sanitation frequency schedule that is posted on each classroom refrigerator and on our website here. We also have a cleaning crew that comes to clean the center nightly. This past Thursday, the staff did a thorough deep cleaning in each of the classrooms, specifically focusing on dramatic play areas, chairs, tables, fixtures and materials the children use frequently. We are also re-introducing effective hand washing techniques in all rooms to ensure they are washing their hands properly throughout the day, which is the best method of prevention. We will be replacing all of the faucets in the children’s bathrooms with a more effective model to make it easier and more effective for use. We are waiting on parts to arrive for this replacement.
Here is a link to the information from the CDC regarding Hand Foot Mouth. To help us prevent the spread of illness, please help your children wash their hands well and practice good technique at home. If your child has any symptoms of illness, please check in with your doctor and keep your child home until he/she is symptom free and/or has been cleared by a doctor to return to school. Let us know if you have any questions.
Thank you for your collaboration in prevention,
The CCC Staff
Check out this fantastic video featuring our own Susan Wood!
Dear CCC families,
Every few months we like to remind our families how important safety is in our parking lot:
- Please DRIVE SLOWLY! Children are present and are difficult to see from the driver’s perspective. There are tight corners, and blind spots that make children vulnerable. Slowing down is one of the best preventive measures.
- Children should HOLD HANDS with an adult and AVOID RUNNING! Make sure that children are not leaving the front exit without a parent with them. Walk in designated, marked walkways or sidewalks when possible.
- As the lot is small and does not have the capacity to accommodate all of our families, please be considerate at drop off and pick up times and limit your parking time to 15 minutes. We love that our families are connected to each other, though conversations in person and on the phone should be reserved for the yard or playdates, not the parking lot while other parents wait to park. Remember, there is parking available in the lot adjacent to ours, and in the underground structure to the west. Families visiting during the day in off hours may extend this time as needed (such as family picnics, lunches, breastfeeding, etc.).
- Park in designated areas. Parking in fire lanes or areas that are not clearly marked for parking blocks drivers view and space for navigation.
- Don’t block the driveway. There are other cars coming in and out of the lot for other campus purposes. Please do not block their entry to either lot or structure.
These rules are set in place to ensure the safety of all of our children. Slow down, be considerate, and stay safe!
PS. Don’t forget to lock your car!
The CCC Staff