Wednesday, March 14, 2018

SCS Happenings in March

 Sunset Gala Needs You! On Friday April 6th our largest fundraising event of the season will launch off at the 3S Artspace in Portsmouth and WE NEED YOU TO ATTEND!  This super-fun event will feature great eats from local restaurants such as Nibblesworth, Durbar Square, and Tasty Thai, great music, lots of prizes including a weekend getaway for two, and the awesome live giving event where you can help us reach our fundraising goal.  Tickets are on sale now so don't miss it.


 Sitter Services for Sunset Event!   Now you can use pre-scheduled sitter services on the evening of the Sunset Event so you can attend and your kids can have a great time too!  The following special options for SCS families are available on Friday, April 6th:
  • Airzone Exeter’s Parents Night Out:  This option is for ages 3+ and includes 3 hours of bounce time, pizza, drinks, and a craft.  Coverage from 5:30-8:30. It is $30/child. Call 603-580-1406 or register online and mention 4/6 Parents Night Out. Spaces are limited so call today!
  • Firefly Pottery’s Parents Night Out:  Ages 3+  This option includes a clay project with painting and more depending on time.  Pizza and drinks will be provided. Coverage from 5:30-8:30. Cost is $30 per child.  Call 603-431-7682 to sign up.  Spaces are limited so call today!
  • Rumble Tumble: Supervised indoor recreation center for younger children ages 3,4,5 in Portsmouth.  Coverage 5:30-8:30.  Phone: 603-427-5437

 SchoolCareWorks for PEAK launches!  Parents of PEAK children will start logging into iPads this week so please read your instructional emails and be ready to use your passwords given to you during the launch days at your child's site.  The programs at New Franklin and Greenland will be the first ones to start this week - children will be checked in by PEAK teachers and checked out by parents/guardians.  The morning and afternoon PEAK programs at Dondero and Little Harbor will start next week.  All sites will be adding secure pictures of the children to their files as we set up.  Look for information soon about setting up your Parent Portal accounts too!

 St. Patrick's Day Breakfast for Older Toddlers:  On March 15th at 8:30AM the Campus Gym will once again be filled with little leprechauns as the Older Toddler classes will sponsor their annual breakfast for their families.  Are you ready for Green Eggs and Ham?  Well, we will spare you the coloring but this is a full breakfast.  Please be sure to RSVP to your teacher to let them know who is coming.

 Accreditation and Licensing for SCS:  This year our school and each of its programs will undergo rigorous evaluations by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, as well as a visit from a team of educators representing our accrediting body - NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children).  Both PEAK and ECE programs are regulated by the state and require that we uphold rigorous standards of staff ratios, staff training, health conditions, etc.  Announced and unannounced visits happen fairly regularly.  NAEYC accreditation focuses on the curriculum, teaching techniques, teacher training, and other areas of education, and requires that our organization hold very high standards in all of these areas.  The NAEYC visiting team will arrive unannounced this Spring.  We take these visits very seriously and live by all these standards every day.  Children are at the heart of everything we do, so naturally we care about how we do it!