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Support Services

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

If you are seeking family support services, please explore the options below: Fairfax County Office for Children:  This agency’s programs include: Child Care Assistance 703-449-8484 Head Start and Early Head Start Program 703-324-8290 School-Age Child Care Program 703-449-8989 USDA Child Care Food Program 703-324-8100 Child Care Training Programs 703-324-3044 Free Translation Services:  Free, online translation of written communications. You can translate up to 750 words at a time. 211 Virginia: Work with a trained professional who listens to...

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Photo Policy – Protecting Your Privacy

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Changing Tykes | 1 comment

Photo Policy – Protecting Your Privacy

It’s so hard to be in the classroom observing all sorts of cute behavior, all while wanting to capture those moments for yourself and other parents.  We know you are excited to share photos of the kiddos, but there are some strict guidelines that you agreed to when joining the preschool. 1.  You are not allowed to take pictures of kids on school property with your cell phones or cameras of any kids except for the ones provided by the school. 2.  You are not allowed to give out the smug mug website information to relatives. that means...

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Saying Goodbye: Dealing with Separation Anxiety

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

With a few weeks of school under our belts, hopefully everyone is settling nicely into the preschool routine.  However, separation anxiety can crop up any time there is a change in routine.  In this “FROM THE TEACHERS” post, our amazing teachers give us some strategies to help ease separation, for both you and your child. Now that school has started, you and your child are becoming familiar with all the new routines. To aid your child in their transition, please try and follow the same routine when you say goodbye. A good-bye...

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Top 20 Things to Know

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

The first week of school is in the books!!!!  Hope it was enjoyable for you and your little ones.  Our teachers and staff are always sharing helpful hints for transitioning our children (and ourselves) to life here at Annandale Cooperative Preschool.  Here is an overview of 20 important things to know to ensure a smooth transition for your child from home to school. 1. Classroom Routines Daily classroom routines are planned to help your child feel secure and gain a sense of order about the school environment. Your teacher has developed a...

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The Many Joys of Playdough!

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Changing Tykes, Recipes | 0 comments

Making homemade playdough is part of the general spirit of Annandale Cooperative Preschool: thorough parent involvement, hands-on experimentation and fun, and an equal mix of imagination and resourcefulness. We use homemade playdough in every classroom as it is an invaluable tool for strengthening hand muscles, social relationships, and imaginative focus.  Playdough is easy and economical to make at home.   Ingredients (for a double batch) 2 cups flour 2 cups water 1 cup salt 2 tablespoons oil 2 tablespoons cream of tartar Creative Extras:...

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What is BigTent?

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

What is BigTent?

If you’re new to the school, you might be wondering “What Is BigTent?”  Put simply, it’s a website designed for busy groups like ours, complete with forums, a private classified ads sections, school calendar and important files.  MORE importantly, BigTent is a central repository that allows the administration, Board of Directors and members of the co-op to communicate with each other. If you’re a new member you will be receiving an e-mail from ACPS through BigTent inviting you to join our school community.   You’ll...

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School Starts September 8 & 9, 2014!

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

Welcome to School Year 2014-2015!  We are humbled by the many hours of work put in by so many people here at ACPS. We are especially grateful to be part of a community of parents and staff whose willingness to share their summer months helps us create a more organized and efficient school. Thanks are also due to the teachers and Board of Directors for all of the time and talent they’ve shared with the school. Reminders: (1) State licensing and regulations are quite strict. Please be sure you have completed the requirements necessary to be...

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Welcome!

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

Welcome!

Welcome to the Annandale Preschool Association! This blog will serve as our new “newsletter.”  Rather than the traditional style newsletter we’ve been using for many years, we’re converting to this format for easier access for parents (come here any time, day or night!) and also to provide an archive of the amazing information provided to us by the teachers and staff.  We hope to provide meaningful content and real-time updates on what’s happening at school. This blog is for YOU, the parents.  The heart of ACPS....

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Annandale Co-op is an Amazon Affiliate!

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

Annandale Co-op is an Amazon Affiliate!

Spread the word! Annandale Cooperative Preschool is also proud to announce we’ve become an Amazonsmile.com affiliate as a way to painlessly raise money through activities our members (and their families, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc) would be doing anyway. A portion of each purchase made through the Amazon links sprinkled generously throughout our website will go directly to our preschool.  ...

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Healthy Snack Ideas For Kids and For Co-oping

Posted by on Jun 14, 2013 in Changing Tykes, Parents Helping Parents | 0 comments

Ideally, follow a general rule of including a fruit or veggie, a protein and a carbohydrate. We are a nut-free school so please check the labels. Due to choking hazards, no carrots, popcorn, hotdogs, or celery to 2s and 3s classes. Grapes need to be cut in half for these classes. You are by no means limited to this list just suggestions, but they are a good starting point. Fruit or Veggie Bannans dried or fresh Oranges Cantaloupe Watermelon Strawberries Honeydew Applesauce Mango – dried or fresh Seaweed ‐ dried Cucumber slices Grapes – cut in...

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