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Valentine’s Day Pizza Party

To celebrate this special day there will be a school-wide lunch time Pizza party.

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February Break Program

Please visit the Summer & Holiday Program Page to learn more about our February Break Program Food Detectives: Where does food come from?  Chase away the winter blahs by coming to Open House. 

 

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Saturday Movie and Pizza Party

January 20th 10:30 am — 1 pm

Drop off your kids for a morning of play, pizza and fun while you get a break — or get a little something done!

Showing this month: “THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR AND OTHER STORIES”

 The cost is $30 per child, $15 for siblings

(CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ONLY)

Open House teachers will be on hand, along with parent volunteers.

TO SIGN UP:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a4ae22a0fd0-saturday

TO VOLUNTEER (and bring your child free of charge!)       http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44a4ae22a0fd0-saturday1

This is a very popular event and space is limited, so don’t wait to sign up! Stay tuned for one more Movie & Pizza Party coming up in March . . .

BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE OPEN HOUSE PARENT LIFE COMMITTEE

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Open House Annual Fund

As you know, Open House Nursery School has been nurturing and educating Brooklyn children for more than four decades, and our ever-growing community of past and present students and parents is one of our greatest strengths.  Without you, we could not fulfill our mission to protect each child’s right to a joyful, unhurried childhood – a mission that grows ever more important.
 
Your annual support is an important part of our success.  Gifts from the families and friends of Open House enable us to improve our facilities and to provide specialized education–yoga, music, dance and science–in the classroom.  These funds also enable us to offer significant financial aid to families in need. Open House is one of the very few neighborhood preschools that offers financial aid, and we are proud that we have maintained our commitment to Brooklyn’s rich cultural and socio-economic diversity through these resources.

Won’t you consider helping Open House with an end-of-year gift? Your contribution, at any level, helps to guarantee that our school will flourish for many more decades to come. Not sure what your gift can do? Here are a few ideas:

  • $50 pays for finger paints and paper. 
  • $250 provides a day of classroom visits from a Teaching Artist.
  • $500 pays for a class field trip to the Botanical Gardens.
  • And $15,000–we know it’s a lot but a school’s got to dream!–grants a child-in-need one year’s tuition and an educational foundation that will last a lifetime.

Your tax-deductible gift can be made online at
http://bit.ly/DonateToOpenHouse

or through the Open House website (click Support Us.)  Please check with your employer to see if they offer matching gifts.

Thank you for all that you do to make Open House a vibrant, happy place. We couldn’t do it without you!

All our best, 

Eileen Shannon
Executive Director

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Halloween

As Halloween nears and holiday decorations abound, parades are planned and costumes are readied with much excitement. Most of the little ones at Open House will have no memory of last Halloween and may become confused and overwhelmed by the day’s events. Therefore we are passing along some tips for helping young children enjoy Halloween’s  “kooky” creativity while managing its “spooky” side.
 
Since most young children enjoy playing dress-up, eating sweets, and visiting neighbors, focus your child’s Halloween on these activities.  However, even with the best of preparation children can become overexcited and or frightened by Halloween costumes and decorations. Old anxieties, insecurities, and fears may become activated and compound with new ones, affecting your child’s behavior at home and in school. 
 
Children may show aggression to defend against vague threats and fear of the unknown. They may regress to clinging, and separation fears once thought resolved may reappear. Children may show a sudden drop in verbal communication as they try to process such abstract concepts as ghosts. The dividing line between fantasy and reality may become blurred; therefore this is a good time to talk with your child about what is real and what is pretend. 

To help your child enjoy Halloween, Open House has developed school-wide policies.

  • We will read about and discuss Halloween.
  • Classroom festivities will be developmentally appropriate.
  • Costumes and masks will not be worn at school.
  • “Dress-up” or face painting may be a choice in some classrooms.
  • Weapons of any kind may not be brought to school.

 
We also have some general suggestions, which may be helpful:

  • Reading books at home about Halloween will provide a forum for your child to ask questions and share feelings.
  • When adults or children wear a mask, they should remove it periodically so that young children can be reassured that there “really is a person behind there”.
  • Let your child know that there is no failure on his/her part to be afraid.  All feelings are valid and should be acknowledged.  Calmly reassure your child that you love them and that you will always do your best to keep them safe. 

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HALLOWEEN!

For more on Halloween see the links below:
https://families.naeyc.org/learning-and-development/child-development/whats-too-scary

http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/fear/4-ways-to-make-halloween-less-scary/

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You are invited to our Fall Social

The Fall Social  Saturday is October 14th  from 11:00-2:00. Your whole family is invited to join old and new Open House friends for brunch. Drop by the school for the whole time or just for a bit. There will be bagels, quiche, fruit and treats

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The First Days of School: A Workshop for Families

The first days of school bring a mix of excitement and anxiety. Join Tom and Eileen to talk about how to prepare your child for their Open House School experience. Learn to set realistic expectations and “tried and true” tips for easing the transition to school.

Thursday, September 7th at 6:30.

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Welcome All!

Welcome old and new friends to Open House.

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Summer Program

Our Summer Program is in full swing. We still have room here and there if you would like your child to join the fun.

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Our Spring Fling was a success!

Thanks to all for helping Open House raise $15,000. The party was fun. There were good drinks, good music and good company. Everyone’s thumbs had a work out bidding up items. Be sure to collect your winnings from the front desk.