So much has happened in the last couple of weeks! There are a couple of big things happening that I wanted to share with you.
I’m sure by now that you have noticed the Teacher Wall of Fame in the hallway. This is an area for you and the children to write a note to the teachers about what you see every day. Maybe you saw a positive interaction or maybe a teacher has made a significant impact on your family. If so, let them know! And thank you to all who have used the Wall of Fame these past weeks
Also, if you have suggestions of things that you would like to see or questions that you may have, write a note and stick it in the Suggestion Box. The Suggestion Box is on the table with the post-it notes for the Wall of Fame. Of course, if you would rather to speak to me, I am always available.
Our other big news is that Bell’s School has started our accreditation process. A National Accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a voluntary process. NAEYC accreditation is the gold standard for early childhood programs across the country. Families of young children who attend NAEYC-accredited programs can be confident that they deliver the highest quality early care and education. Currently there are no private early education programs in Western North Carolina that have achieved NAEYC accreditation. Bell’s School has been accredited in the past, when the school was in downtown Asheville. However, when we moved the school, NAEYC was revamping the accreditation standards and we chose to wait to begin the process again. Now we are ready.
NAEYC accreditation covers 10 Early Learning Standards. These are Relationships, Curriculum, Teaching, Assessment of Child Progress, Health, Teachers, Families, Community Relationships, Physical Environment and Leadership and Management. The accreditation standards are comprehensive. However, we know that this will help us improve out school and the quality of care offered for children. A copy of the standards (all 108 pages) can be found on my desk if you would like to take a look.
The accreditation process is a multi-step process that includes a self-study and self-assessment. We then gather evidence and complete improvement plans before we have a site visit from the national organization. We have just started the self-study process. This is a process that involves the whole school; families, children, teachers and administration. As part of this process, there is a family/parent survey. If you prefer to complete the survey online, it can be found at https://www.allcounted.com/s?did=3oamx9iazmoah. However, if you would prefer a paper copy, you can find them on my desk. Please complete surveys by Friday, March 3. After we collect all the surveys and compile all the responses, we will have a parent meeting so we can share with you all of our findings and to get your input on our improvement plans. This is an exciting process that will take more than a year to complete. We value your input so please help us by completing the surveys and staying engaged. If you have any questions, please come see me.
We have had some concern over cars running in the parking lot while parents are dropping off or picking up. Though it is easy to leave a car running because you know that you will be in and out, other families have younger children or multiple children and it takes them longer to get out of the car and transition into school. While they are getting out and transitioning inside, the children are breathing the car exhaust. If you need to leave your car running, please park on the left hand side near the wheelchair ramp. That way other families can park to the right and will be less likely to breathe the car exhaust.
It is also EXTREMELY important that you hold your child’s hand while in the parking lot. PLEASE do not let your child run around the car or down the ramp and into the parking lot. We have had some “near misses” in the past and therefore it is a rule that while in the parking lot you must hold your child’s hand. Thank you for helping us keep all our friends safe.
As most of you know, THE CIRCUS IS COMING! The Bell’s School Circus has been set for March 3rd at 10am. Please make sure that you mark your calendars now. We want everyone to join us. This is an important event here and I don’t want to give too much away but it is sure to delight!
Have a great week!