Pandemic Style Back to School

We will be starting school on Wednesday, August 19th as previously planned. We are planning to stick to our original school schedule as best we can and only make changes if necessary. Please continue to watch your inbox for email updates and for “Social Distancing Details” for Back to School Night.

We will be opening as scheduled with the following precautions:

  • During arrival to school please stay with your car and wear a mask. Teachers may take your child’s temperature and ask you health related questions. Please be considerate about you and your child’s health when coming to school. If you or your child have any flu-like symptoms or other suspected illnesses please keep your child home and share this information with staff via email, phone call or text message to the Director. Please share even if of questionable importance. Do not bring a student if suspected of exposure to COVID-19 or other contagious illness. You can also text the Director if your child will be absent for any reason.

 

  • Wearing a mask will be mandatory for all inside of the school. We realize this will be difficult and because of this we will try to have part of our school day and activities outside as much as possible while the weather is warm.

 

  • We typically are more than happy for parents to visit us inside the school, but this year we are going to request that parents do not enter the school unless absolutely necessary. Everyone will be required to wear a mask if they enter the school. If a parent arrives at the school and needs to speak to staff or pick up their child, they can call or ring the doorbell and a teacher will assist them.

 

  • When students arrive at school, we will help them to hang up their backpacks and then wash their hands before playing with toys or looking at books. As long as the weather is nice, we will start our days outside. We will also be using hand sanitizer as we see necessary. Please label everything: coats, backpacks, masks, etc. We will provide one reusable mask for students and we will have disposable ones at school if one is forgotten. This year we will ask that your child does not bring toys from home or anything that is not necessary. No water bottles, we will provide disposable cups, etc.

 

  • The school will be sanitized each day between AM and PM sessions and as necessary. A more intense sanitizing will take place each day after school.

 

  • We ask that you please help prepare your child for school by practicing wearing a mask and taking temperatures at home.

We can’t wait to see you in a few weeks for our 50TH YEAR OF SCHOOL! Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this pandemic. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Director with questions or concerns.

 

 

 

COVID-19 School Closure, 2020-21 Enrollment, & Tips for Talking to Children about School Closures

On April 14th, Governor Herbert and State Superintendent of Public Education Sydnee Dickson announced that the school dismissal for all Utah schools will be extended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We recognize that this is a very difficult time and we are here to answer any questions that you may have. We deeply miss being together at school and are keeping hope that life can normalize soon.

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions:

We are currently enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year. You can secure your spot by filling out a registration form here http://morningsidepreschool.com/enrollment-and-tuition/ As of now, we plan on school resuming on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

All events for the 2019-20 school year, such as Kindergarten Graduation and the Spring Program, are cancelled.

If your family could use help with meals here is a link for Grab and Go Meals: https://www.ccsdut.org/grabandgo?fbclid=IwAR38WEWkyDqcuudhLTqKmwcxybiwoYKfJ3SROipKF3me1D14ti_-g4tHzYo

Here is a link with suggestions to talk to your child about the school closure:

https://medium.com/waospi/talking-to-your-children-about-school-closures-aeb3e6be6456

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.  director.morningside@gmail.com

Coding in Kindergarten!

This year our Kindergarten classes have been involved in some research with USU’s Math Department using Coding Toys in the classroom. Our students completed an individual pre-assessment interview with a member of the research team, which consisted of 1) the IGDIs Problem-Solving tasks and 2) a researcher-created coding skills measure. Our students then participated in a series of five coding toys lessons over five days for 30-40 minutes per session. A co-investigator taught  the lessons, and a different co-investigator  video recorded the lessons and took direct observation field notes, and the teacher took direct observation field notes. The research team then met  to discuss, design, and refine the lessons. Following the conclusion of the five lessons, our students completed an individual post-assessment interview, which consisted of the coding skills measure. The teacher participated in an interview about her observations of the students’ interactions with the coding toys and learning.

 

Morningside’s Conclusion: coding is fun! 😀 Thank you to Dr.  Jessica Shumway for inviting our school to participate in this study! Thank you as well to all of the researchers and teachers for their hard work in carrying out the study.

 

Morningside Accepts Funds from 529 Accounts for Kindergarten Tuition

Did you know you can contribute to the Utah Savings Educational 529 Account and use that money to pay tuition for children in Kindergarten-12? The money withdrawn from this account will not be subjected to income tax on its earnings. And, Utah taxpayers’ contributions to the 529 account yearly receive a 5 percent tax credit against income tax up to $1,960 ($3,920 for husband and wife)!

Possibly the coolest thing about this account is that it has no relationship limit! So whether you’re the student’s parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or family friend you can use 529 funds to pay K-12 tuition. The 529 is huge because public schools offer only half-day kindergarten so you could pay for a Kindergartner to attend a private school the other half of the day and further their early education using tax savings! The state-sponsored program in Utah is my529.org.

 

Having so much fun in Fall 2017 Semester!

Our 2017-18 school year is off to a great start! The children are busy working and playing!

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” — Fred Rogers

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Let Them Play!

This is a wonderful article that appeared in our local newspaper. Children need to PLAY– that is the work of childhood! It makes me so sad that children in other schools miss out on the play of early childhood.
 
Both our Preschool & Kindergarten classrooms have a sensory table and dramatic play area. Each session gets a 30 minute recess and they participate in Art & Science Projects. Guess what… even with all that “play” our Kindergarteners are still reading, writing, and doing math at the end of the school year! #advocateforplay
 
http://theconversation.com/kindergartners-get-little-time-to-play-why-does-it-matter-57093play

Ballerinas, Zoo Animals, & Fire Trucks… Oh My!

March is the only month in our school year that the children don’t have a day off. It is often a month that has a lot of indoor recess due to crazy changing weather in Utah. For this reason I try to plan as many special activities as possible to keep the children happy.

This March we had Cache Valley Civic Ballet come during Fine Arts week and do a special presentation. The children adored their ballerina– she read them a story and taught them some basic ballet moves.

We also had Willow Park Zoo come and bring some different animals for the children to learn about. They were fascinated with it all and it was so fun to try to see the world through their eyes.

Lastly, we took our annual field trip to the Fire Station that is just down the block from our school. Our local firemen are so wonderful and patient with our student’s many questions. We had awesome parent volunteers come with us and that made it even more fun! It was the perfect addition to Community Helpers Week! turtle shell 20170314_085535 20170314_085911 20170314_125531 120170328_091410 20170328_091650 20170328_093626 20170328_095842 20170307_091503 20170307_090850 20170307_090925 20170307_091039 20170307_091421