Update for families from The Center
Dear Center Families!
Thank you for your flexibility and support as we moved to Red/Remote learning in response to shortages in staffing. We have used this time to onboard new substitute staff. We are planning on returning to in person learning on Monday, November 30th. Please keep an eye out for any school district communications in case that plan changes.
With coronavirus numbers on the rise across the country, your family may be preparing for a different Thanksgiving this year. If you’ll be celebrating virtually with loved ones who aren’t in your quarantine group, here’s how you can make it special.
- Plan a shared experience. No matter the distance, you’ll feel close on the big day if you share the same rituals. Have your child come up with ideas for all five senses, and spread the word to everyone on the virtual guest list: For example, plan to light the same scent of candle or prepare the same food dish, and create a shared playlist to use as background music.
- Create connection with meal prep. Thanksgiving meal may be the hardest time for your child to be apart from family members who aren’t in your quarantine group, like grandparents. So focus on the steps that come before eating, which are easier to bond over from a distance: Schedule calls for family members to help your child brainstorm the holiday menu and make a shopping list. Ask for a loved one’s favorite recipe, and video chat while you and your child test it out. (Bonus: These are great ways to get your child involved in the kitchen!)
- Try a new twist on a pot luck. Since you’ll all be dining as separate households, a traditional pot luck is out the window. But you can still ask every person to “bring” something to contribute – like a brief toast or favorite family photo to share virtually.
- Keep the fun going! Once your Thanksgiving Day “program” has ended, you can prop your device up somewhere central with video chat for any loved ones who want to stay connected, or have your child send occasional text updates on the day’s events – from the big turkey reveal to lounging in comfy clothes while you digest.
However you celebrate the holiday, we want to wish you a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving!
Meals are available for all children 18 and under.
Please call Julie Mehle at 719-293-1040 for more information.
November 25-27 Thanksgiving Break – no school
November 30th In-Person school resumes
The Center Staff