At Little Ones we are lucky to have families from a variety of cultures, and one of our goals is to foster tolerance and respect for all people. When children are born, they come to us without biases about other people regardless of their race, culture, gender or abilities. We would hope that if we raise our children in a home without prejudice, that they would remain that way. Unfortunately, society’s messages are sometimes too pervasive. As parents and teachers, we need to take positive action if we want our children to grow up comfortable with who they are and respectful of others. In order to do this, at Little Ones we try to choose books, dolls, and even pictures on the walls that reflect a balance and show children what they see too little of elsewhere. We try to make a point of communicating that both men and women of all ethnic backgrounds can do a variety of jobs, that both men and women can do the same jobs, and that even though we are all different that we are all the same. We try to talk about how even though some things are easy for some of us, that the same things may be hard for someone else. We try to use terms like mail carrier instead of mailman, which implies that only men deliver the mail. We are committed to helping children grow up confident of their own identity, respectful of other people, and aware of the rich diversity of their community and the world. Thanksgiving is also a time that we can communicate respect for others. At Thanksgiving, we focus on families, corn, being thankful and a little bit on Native American culture. Talk about Pilgrims and Indians and “our” story of Thanksgiving tends to pass on stereotypes to our children. Also, even though this is time of celebration for Americans, it is also a time of mourning for many Native Americans, since it was a time that they gave up their land. Therefore, as a staff we have decided to respect this mourning time. What better way to communicate respect for others! You, as parents, are even more important than we are in your child’s development of attitude. If you have any questions about how we are addressing issues of bias and diversity or if you want to talk about issues that arise at home, please don’t hesitate to ask. We will be talking a lot about families, being thankful and giving to others less fortunate in November and wish you and your family a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
Holiday Giving Project
This year we are participating in a Holiday Giving drive during the month of November. We have chosen to support the Adopt a Family project through the Children’s Place Association. This project is an annual holiday giving drive to support children and families in Chicago who face extreme poverty. Please join us in helping families in need. This is a great way for you to teach your children the act of giving, instead of receiving, and is a wonderful way for children to learn about helping others. We will be giving the children the opportunity to choose which item form the list they might want to give to others, so watch your child’s mailbox next week for the sheet indicating what s/he has chosen to contribute. A box will be located in the Little Ones’ entryway from November 1-30. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have.
If you have time, take a minute to check out the video about Children’s Place at https://vimeo.com/214053732.
- Don’t forget Parent Teacher Conferences are on Wednesday and Thursday, November 8th and 9th in the late afternoon and evening. Therefore those days will be regular school days.
- Priority registration for the 2018-2019 school year for currently enrolled children and siblings will begin on Monday, November 13th. Please make sure to register on time to secure your child’s spot for next year. Registrations will be taken on a first-come first-serve basis. Registration will be open to new families in the community on Monday, November 20th.
- Don’t forget that there is no school from Wednesday, November 22nd through Friday, November 24th for Thanksgiving.
- Don’t forget to bring in extra clothes that are appropriate for the winter and switch them for the other clothes you have on hand.
- Don’t forget to read the wipeable board outside your child’s classroom everyday, so that you are aware of what your child has accomplished that day. This will also enable you to talk to your child about his/her day on the way home or at the lunch/dinner table.