2019 Mendocino Summer Day Camps

You may have seen this, but I thought I would forward. These camps are for kids age 7 and up.

It is good to see Tibor Madden as instructor. He and I attended Children’s Garden when he was 3 & 4 yrs old!


Monday–Friday 12-5 PM | $200/week | $5 registration fee per family
JUNE 24-28, 2019 – CAMPS #1 AND #2
#1 – SUMMER OUTDOOR GAMES: fun indoor & outdoor activities – Instructor: Scott Hughes – Ages 7+
#2 – GARDEN EXPLORERS: organic gardening, nutrition – Instructor: Michelle McWhorter – Ages 7+
JULY 1-5, 2019 – CAMPS #3 AND #4 (no classes on July 4th)
#3 – S.T.E.M.: Science, technology, engineering, mathematics – Instructor: Tibor Madden – Ages 7+
#4 – THEATRE CAMP: script reading, production – Instructor: Alice Williams – Ages 7+
JULY 8-12, 2019 – CAMPS #5 AND #6
#5 – “WE CARE” CLUB: empowerment, games, arts and crafts – Instructor: Alexandra Corzano – Ages 7+
#6 – PIRATE CAMP: ships, swords, booty, all things pirate – Instructor: Scott Hughes – Ages 7+
JULY 15-19, 2019 – CAMPS #7 AND #8
#7 – OPERATION OPERA: singing, sets, costumes, opera 101 – Instructor: Sarah Cullur – Ages 8+
#8 – FILM MAKING: scriptwriting, filming, editing – Instructor: Alice Williams – Ages 7+
JULY 22-26, 2019 – CAMPS #9 AND #10
#9 – OPERATION ORCHESTRA: instruments, music, fun – Instructor: Catherine Heusner – Ages 8+
#10 – S.T.E.M.: science, technology, engineering, mathematics – Instructor: Tibor Madden – Ages 7+
JULY 29-AUG 2, 2019 – CAMPS #11 AND #12
#11 – LEGO CAMP: everything Legos, towers, armbands, games – Instructor: Scott Hughes – Ages 7+
#12 – SCIENCE EXPLORERS: fun with scientific concepts – Instructor: Tibor Madden – Ages 7+
AUGUST 5-9, 2019 – CAMPS #13 AND #14
#13 – FIBER ARTS: raw fleece, embroidery, needling – Instructor: Patty Parks-Wasserman – Ages 7+
#14 – LITTLE NINJAS: team building, martial arts, arts and crafts – Instructor: Morgan Shook – Ages 7+
AUGUST 12-16, 2019 – CAMPS #15 AND #16
#15 – ORGANIC GARDENING: permaculture, plants – Instructor: Patty Parks-Wasserman – Ages 7+
#16 – KID’S “CHOPPED” COOKING: cooking, kitchen safety – Instructor: Amanda Ficili – Ages 8+

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Scholastic My Big World Magazine Online Sign-in

Hello all,

I thought I sent this log in info out before, but it looks like I didn’t. The Scholastic educational short videos are well done. We sometimes watch them at school when we can fit them in our activity filled day. You may want to tune in on these rainy days for the outdoor info. to do list.


Dear Parents / Caregiver,

This year, our class is receiving My Big World with Clifford™, a magazine just for preschoolers. It features engaging nonfiction articles that help build knowledge and vocabulary. It also has many early-learning activities on its website.

You can visit the My Big World website at home. You and your child will be able to:

  • listen to articles being read aloud
  • watch short videos that build knowledge
  • play simple educational games
  • print activity pages


  • Go to www.scholastic.com/mybigworld
    (It’s safe and free of advertisements.)
  • Click the “Sign in” button, select Students, and Enter the Classroom Password.


  • Visit the iTunes® App Store℠ and search for Scholastic Classroom Magazines.
  • Download the FREE Scholastic Classroom Magazines App.
  • Open the app. When prompted, enter your child’s Classroom Password.

For more info., visit the Scholastic website.

Please contact us with any questions.

Rainbow Summer Program 2019

Our Rainbow Summer School Program will be from July 2 through August 8, 2019.

We’re offering a fun-filled 6-week summer school program for the Playgroup class 9:00-12 noon and Preschool class 9:00 – 12:30  with additional “stay & play” time to 2:00 for each class.

Teachers Laranda and Kaija will provide fun and engaging activities for the Playgroup kids ages 2-3 years.  The playgroup class will meet Tuesday and/or Wednesday.

Teachers Donna and Celia Chaya will have fun and creative activities for older young ones 3-6-years old. Celia works at Children’s Garden during the school year and takes care of little ones Sunday mornings during the Mendocino Presbyterian Church services. I also worked with Celia for many years at Caspar Children’s Garden 10 years ago. She loves children and creative play!

The preschool class will meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday.

Families may choose any days or weeks. PlayGroup and Preschool Summer Contracts are available at school or can be emailed to you.

We’ll schedule the weekly classes & teachers upon return of summer contracts. If less children are signed up, we may combine into one  mixed age group.   Though we are receiving summer contracts daily now, so we hope to have 2 classes.

Please call or email the preschool for more information and if you’d like a summer contract emailed to you.

Yea for summer fun!   Georgia

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New Year 2019

Good New Year 2019!

The children and teachers were happy to return to school. We all are especially happy to have Teacher Nancy return to Rainbow after being out on medical leave for 7 weeks. She’s well and doesn’t require chemo or radiation. Yeah! She’ll start back to school slowly: this week (January 14) just 2 days a week for now, Tuesday and Friday.

Monday, January 21 – Rainbow Preschool is closed for Martin Luther King Day

You may want to share Dr. King’s dream with your children of wanting all children (and adults) to be judged by the content of their character and heart, not by color of their skin.

Children’s social-emotional growth is most important in their early years. A National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) article, “Preschooler’s Social Skills Steer Life Success” states, “brain research continues to show positive early experiences promote optimum brain development and impacts all areas of development: social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. Children’s overall growth is optimized with support in developing their social and emotional intelligence. There is an inextricable link between children’s social and emotional competence, learning, and school readiness.

Teachers and parents can foster children’s school readiness by focusing and building on some key factors: confidence, curiosity (ask open-ended questions: “I wonder what would happen if…?”), self-control, cooperation, communication (being “fully present” when listening), relating to others (look for opportunities to discuss empathy – when a child is hurt, involve other children in comforting him/her), and intentionality (in modeling and coaching).

In preschool and peer interactions, children encounter experiences that will further their social and emotional development. These experiences with others help them to understand, express, and regulate their own emotions, learn to recognize social cues from teachers and peers, and learn and play together well in groups.

It’s a treat to hear children’s voices, laughter, dialogue, singing, etc. I like to watch the children from the “viewing” windows into classrooms and pop in to observe, visit, or help with the children. There is sweet camaraderie growing among children in all the classes. Lasting friendships often begin in preschool; I’ve heard this from many of our alumni: young adults and teenagers.

Please feel free to ask a teacher or myself anything regarding your child, our school, etc. or to set up a time to talk. A couple of children are transitioning from the Playgroup to the Preschool class.

We have openings in all our classes so please spread the word. However, the smaller classes are wonderful.



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