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The Lanyard

~ For moms, from Susan

The Lanyard – Billy Collins
The other day I was ricocheting slowly
off the blue walls of this room,
moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano,
from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor,
when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary
where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard.
No cookie nibbled by a French novelist
could send one into the past more suddenly—
a past where I sat at a workbench at a camp
by a deep Adirondack lake
learning how to braid long thin plastic strips
into a lanyard, a gift for my mother.
I had never seen anyone use a lanyard
or wear one, if that’s what you did with them,
but that did not keep me from crossing
strand over strand again and again
until I had made a boxy
red and white lanyard for my mother.
She gave me life and milk from her breasts,
and I gave her a lanyard.
She nursed me in many a sick room,
lifted spoons of medicine to my lips,
laid cold face-cloths on my forehead,
and then led me out into the airy light
and taught me to walk and swim,
and I, in turn, presented her with a lanyard.
Here are thousands of meals, she said,
and here is clothing and a good education.
And here is your lanyard, I replied,
which I made with a little help from a counselor.
Here is a breathing body and a beating heart,
strong legs, bones and teeth,
and two clear eyes to read the world, she whispered,
and here, I said, is the lanyard I made at camp.
And here, I wish to say to her now,
is a smaller gift—not the worn truth
that you can never repay your mother,
but the rueful admission that when she took
the two-tone lanyard from my hand,
I was as sure as a boy could be
that this useless, worthless thing I wove
out of boredom would be enough to make us even.

Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Training

PITCOur Infant and Toddler classroom teachers have recently begun the Program for Infant Toddler Care Training (PITC) here at the CCC.

PITC Trainer Institutes are offered to educators, program managers, and other professionals responsible for training infant/toddler care teachers. Trainer Institutes are conducted three times per year, alternating between Northern and Southern California, and East Coast locations. Once participants have completed the certification requirements, they will receive a certificate of completion from WestEd and the California Department of Education. Upon completion of all four modules, a participant becomes a PITC Certified Graduate. Fellowships are available to California residents who meet eligibility requirements.

The CCC is very excited and honored to have our teachers trained in this high quality method of care giving for our youngest learners!

Warmly,
Susan

Annual Giving Campaign Update!

IMG_0050Hello CCC Community,

We want to thank you for your current pledges and donations totaling over $4,488! We are halfway through the Matching Campaign and are very close to reaching our goal. There is still plenty of time to donate by purchasing a gift for your classroom through the Amazon wish lists or by cash or check. The children love receiving new books and materials to work with!

IMG_1333Remember, with a $35 donation you will receive a CCC classroom t-shirt. Additional t-shirts are available for $25. Adult shirts are also now available at the front desk for $35 each!

IMG_3534In a celebration of your dedication and support of our program, we would like to have a CCC Spirit Day next week. Please wear your CCC shirts, adults and children, next Thursday, December 17th to show your CCC pride!

This year the focus of our work is on the “T” in STEM: Technology.

IMG_0815Among the new materials brought in for the year are new microscopes! Their capabilities vary, from 3D technology to digital capabilities with viewing screens, making the images more accessible to the children and the added feature of taking a picture to capture their discoveries. We are very excited to try them out and share our discoveries with you!

Thank you for all your donations that make fantastic learning experiences possible!

The CCC Fundraising Committee and the CCC Admin Team.

We reached our goal – Thank You!

A special thanks to all the CCC members for your contributions to the 2014 Annual Matching Campaign! We actually exceeded our goal-what a huge success! The children and teachers are enjoying new materials we received from the Amazon Wish Lists. Your generous donations helped support the CCC’s enriching program for the children.

Parking & Safety

Parking seems to have gone from bad to worse. Families have shared with me the following:

  • Parking in handicapped zone
  • Cars parked in undesignated spots such as behind the tree
  • Parking in the fire lane
  • Double parking

As a result it becomes impossible to exit the parking lot adding to the problem.

Additional Parking

The lot next door and the underground parking lots have a lot of available parking. For those without a permit, these spaces are available without a penalty of ticket after 5:00PM. The best advice is to allow a few extra minutes at pick up time.

Safety

In addition to the congestion, there are safety concerns. Children have been seen dashing into the parking lot. Since the children are still at school, we will be talking to them about parking lot safety rules. Some recommendations:

Stay on the sidewalk or in the designated cross walks until you are in front of your car
Always hold hands and this includes older siblings
Look all around before stepping into the parking lot

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

-Susan