Brenna’s Last Day

Hello Families,

As you can see from the title, our Palm Room teacher Brenna will be leaving us. Her last day will be this Friday. I know many of you have made a good connection with her and, like us, will be sad to see her leave. Brenna has enjoyed her time with us here at Little Chicks, but has made the decision to move forward with her long-term career goals. As such, she is making the transition to working on the surgical unit in a local hospital as a CNA, while continuing to pursue her nursing degree. We wish Brenna all the best in her new role.

To help ease this transition, Brianna will be returning to the Palm Room to work side by side with Ransom and Katlyn. While working in the nontraditional program, she has continued to visit with and check in with the Palm Room.

I know that this will be the second change for you and your children in the last 5 months, and that you may be feeling sad or frustrated. I completely understand, and share, these feelings. While Little Chicks’ goal is to provide consistent teaching staff, sometimes, things are beyond our control. As the teaching community shrinks and the need grows, I am continually on the lookout for well qualified and dedicated staff. I can not skimp on the required qualities of our staff, as your children are far too important to just have anyone call themselves a teacher in our program.

If you have any questions about these upcoming changes, please feel free to reach out to me.

Best,

Chanel

Here We Come 2019!

Hi Families!

We’re just two short days away from returning and welcoming 2019 in at LCLA. I hope that you have all enjoyed your time away and are looking forward to returning. I know I am.Especially, becuase we will have a few new children who are ready to join us!

This year we will continue our efforts to provide the highest quality of care to every family who comes through our door, no matter who you are or where you come from, I want everyone to know they are family at LCLA. Every child and every family deserves to know they are safe and respected. This will always remain our number one goal.

We will also continue to spend as much time being outdoors, engaging with loose parts and allowing the children to lead their experiences. To continue this theme we will look at joining the #150hoursoutside movement. Given our great summers, we will be able to surpass this but it will have helpful ideas to get your family out and exploring!

Check it out here: http://www.yournaturallearner.com/150hoursoutside-project/?fbclid=IwAR17AN-5YbOs7j-RJO_3LCDXP0rrTHviUs4zj1Ai6zXzDpadR3pFh3sdsrM

Lastly, I have included the January snack menu and special notes on our calendar. You will now be able to see when we are closed and training the staff are participating in as a whole. I hope this will better assist families in planning lunches and preparing for closings.

Snack Menu & Dates to Know!

I am looking forward to growing with you all in the 2019 year. As always, if ever you have questions, concerns or want to volunteer, I am just an email away!

Happy 2019!


Closings: Winter Break and 2019 Dates

Hi Families!

Today is our last day together before we say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019. Wow! It’s been an exciting, emotional, educational year for all of us. We have loved our year with you all and look forward to continuing to grow with you all next year.

We will be closed starting tomorrow through January 1st. Everyone returns to the center on January 2nd. If you are not planning on having your child attend right away please email your teachers or call the center to leave a message during the break.

Below, you will see the dates for the spring and summer of 2019.

See you next year!

Second Confirmed RSV


Hello Families, 

We have a second confirmed case of respiratory syncytial virus (also called RSV) in our 601 building.I have included the information from the previous email. Additionally. I wanted to let you know that staff DO NOT kiss children on the mouth. We all have seen the reccomendations against that. We also know how inaproproate and dangerous that could be for your children. 

What is RSV?

RSV is a common cause of respiratory illness among individuals in all age groups. Infection usually causes cold symptoms, but often in infants and younger children, RSV infection spreads to the lungs and may lead to bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lungs) and pneumonia.  Almost all children are infected at least once with RSV by 2 years of age, and reinfection during life is common.

What are the symptoms of RSV?

 Children and infants who are infected often have a runny nose and a decrease in appetite before any other symptoms appear. A cough usually develops 1 to 3 days later. Soon after a cough develops, sneezing, fever, and wheezing can occur. In very young infants, decreased activity, poor feeding, irritability and breathing problems might be the only symptoms. Most infants and children recover from RSV in 1 to 2 weeks. A very small percentage of children require hospitalization. Adults usually recover from RSV in less than 5 days. Children with weakened immune systems, prematurity, or heart or lung problems have greater difficulty when ill with this infection.

How does a person get RSV?

RSV is highly contagious and can be spread when droplets containing the virus are sneezed or coughed into the air. RSV can live on inanimate objects (such as cribs, door knobs or table tops) for many hours. Infection can be easily spread when a person gets the virus on her/his hands while touching a contaminated object, then touches her/his eyes, nose or mouth. 

How long does it take to come down with RSV after a person is exposed?

Symptoms appear in 2 to 8 days (but usually 4 to 6 days) after a child is exposed to the virus.

When is a person with RSV contagious?

A person with RSV can spread the infection for 3 to 8 days or the duration of the illness. In some cases, however, the virus continues to be shed for up to 3 to 4 weeks.

How can I help prevent the spread of RSV?

  • Wash hands well and often with soap and water, especially after wiping a nose or touching oral or nasal secretions.
  • Clean, rinse and sanitize toys and surfaces regularly at child care (especially mouthed toys).
  • Do not expose children to cigarette smoke because it can worsen the symptoms of RSV.

How will the LCLA work to prevent RSV?

  • Staff wash hands regularly and help children to do the same after meals, diapers, wiping noses, and many other times as needed. 
  • Toys are washed and sanitized frequently
  • Classrooms are sanitized as a whole at the end of every day.

What is the treatment for RSV?

Contact your child’s healthcare provider for evaluation and treatment. There is a lab test for RSV. The illness usually gets better on its own without any treatment. 

If my child develops RSV, must s/he stay away from child care?

Children are welcome to return one they have been fever free without the aid of medication and are able to comfortably particapate in care. 

Where can I get additional information?

Additional information can be found here:  https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/RSV-When-Its-More-Than-Just-a-Cold.aspx

Important Info: Active Shooter Training Monday Morning for Nearby School!

Hi Families,

We have just been notified that the Horizons Alternative School, located in the same parking lot and between both our buildings is having an active shooter training. This will start at 8:30 am on Monday morning.  You may notice lots of activity and police cars in the lot when you are dropping your child off.

With the increase in these types of events, it’s important that everyone has the skills and knowledge of how to respond, as those in the situation are always going to be the first who have to take action, call for help and, assist those around them.

To build our own skills last month, staff worked with Ed Lawson, a former FBI agent who is now the head of the UWPD Emergency Managment Unit. Your children’s safety is always our first priority.

I know that the sight and behavior of this type of activity could make you uncomfortable and concerned.  This is simply a training so that they can be as prepared as possible.  As we did in October, if there is an actual event happening and we have to lockdown I will send out a notice immediately.

I am happy to see that other schools around us are taking solid steps in keeping other children safe. If you have any questions about drop off on Monday morning, please send me an email.

Thank you,

Chanel