March 2017 Newsletter

In March we will be implementing our Community Helper Unit.   The goal of this unit is to teach the children about important people in our community, about their prospective jobs, about the fact that both men and women can hold these jobs, and that people of all ages can perform these jobs.   We also focus on keeping our bodies healthy, about nutrition, about being safe around animals, etc.  This unit included visits from a dentist, a doctor, and other assorted community helpers. Love, Sheree

Music Benefits Your Brain (from Exchange Every Day)
 “Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout,” writes Maria Popova in her article, “How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity,” in Brain Pickings.  “Playing an instrument engages practically every area of the brain at once — especially the visual, auditory, and motor cortices. And, as in any other workout, disciplined, structured practice in playing music strengthens those brain functions, allowing us to apply that strength to other activities….  Playing music has been found to increase the volume and activity in the brain’s corpus callosum — the bridge between the two hemispheres — allowing messages to get across the brain faster and through more diverse routes. This may allow musicians to solve problems more effectively and creatively, in both academic and social settings.

“Because making music also involves crafting and understanding its emotional content and message, musicians also have higher levels of executive function — a category of interlinked tasks that includes planning, strategizing, and attention to detail, and requires simultaneous analysis of both cognitive and emotional aspects.

“This ability also has an impact on how our memory systems work. And, indeed, musicians exhibit enhanced memory functions — creating, storing, and retrieving memories more quickly and efficiently. Studies have found that musicians appear to use their highly connected brains to give each memory multiple tags, such as a conceptual tag, an emotional tag, an audio tag, and a contextual tag — like a good Internet search engine.”

Important Reminders
(1) Please make sure that you have extra clothing on hand at school that still fits your child and is weather appropriate.

(2) Don’t forget that we will be doing vision and hearing screenings for children 2 years, 11 months of age and up on Tuesday, March 14th in the am/pm and Wednesday, March 15th in the am.  These will be regular school days.

(4) Don’t forget that Scholastic Book Orders are due March 18th.

(5) Don’t forget that we are closed from Monday, March 27th through Friday, March 31st for Spring Break.   School will resume on Monday, April 3rd.

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