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Saturday, Oct. 24 is our Trike-a-Thon! This is our first big fundraiser of the year and will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school parking lot, rain or shine. Bring a bicycle or tricycle for your child to decorate and ride. Siblings, cousins, neighbors and friends are invited to join us! We'll be selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts and giving away free coffee, plus there will be lots of activities for the kids. You can help our school by sponsoring your favorite Federal Way Co-op student. 100% of your donation goes directly to our school and is tax deductible!

From Teacher Amy:


Hello Parents,

I would like to take this opportunity let all of you know how lucky I feel to be teaching such amazing children. All of your children have such unique personalities which add great enjoyment to the classroom. I would also like to thank all of you parents, I know this year is a new year with new expectations for the fours class, but from my view things seems to be going well.

October will bring themes of Apples, Leaves, Pumpkins, Squirrels and Acorns with a Scavenger Hunt on nature items; this will take place at the school. A BIG Thank you to the Frank Family, for all the work they have done at the school,

If you have any questions please feel free to talk to me before or after class. \

Thank you,

Teacher Amy
Wish List:

If anyone has the following and would like to donate to the school, we would be very grateful:

Plastic Farm Animals

Plastic Sea Creatures

Wooden Trains and Tracks

3’s News from Kristen:

Hello 3's families!  Amelia, Dolan and I are having a fun time being back in class with all of you and Teacher Cat.  Its great seeing how everyone is growing... Mia and Pippi, our two quietest friends from the 2's class, are letting us hear their voices.  Amelia and Adele continue to show their strong personalities and Dolan is venturing away from the horses and cars (every so often) to try his hand at the arts and crafts.  All good stuff.   Helping our children grow is what preschool is all about. This month at Parent Ed we will learn how to use our time in class to engage with the kids to encourage even more development.  In addition to what we do in class, there are fun and FREE things to do in the area to help our little ones along. Here are are three worth checking out:

* Preschool ABC Story Time at the Auburn Library in the Meeting Room.  Mondays 11-11:45 (Explore the alphabet through stories, songs, finger plays and action rhymes)

* Preschool Story Time at the Federal Way 320th Library, Wednesdays   11-11:45

* Sing Along with Caspar Baby Pants, Friday, October 9th, Federal Way 320th Library, 11-12.  Ages 2-5.  The lead singer of the Seattle rock band the Presidents of the United States, Chris Ballew, puts on a show that includes simple songs families can sing together to reinforce early literacy concepts.


Submission Deadline Nov. 1st



FAQ from JOAN:

Hello, new and returning parents!

I’ve visited each of your classrooms thus far and I am happy to report I had an enormous amount of fun with your children, plus I have received several inquiries regarding parent shares such as, what are they? and when is the first one?

I’m so glad you asked! Here are Answers to FAQ’s about Parent Shares!

  1. What the heck is a parent share?

An opportunity to sit with other parents in your child’s class and share concerns and joys about parenting. Think of it as a coffee klatch with focus and direction 

  1. When do they happen? Where?

Once a quarter. During your child’s class time. Our first share sessions are October 27th and 28th. Your class rep will notify you as we approach the date.

  1. Who do we meet with?

Me,Joan,your Bates Instructor. I’m happy to tell you of my educational and experiential background but it usually doesn’t matter because I’ve found that what you really want to know is have I raised any kids? Yes, my husband of 30 years and I are proud parents of two young men, ages 27 and 25. Still single; too busy traveling around the world while we worry about their safety (see? It doesn’t change).

  1. What do I do with my other child(ren)?

Bring them along. We are not in the classroom, so siblings can come along. I will bring a treat for all of us, but think about some entertainment for your child.

  1. Do I hafta go?

No, but you will want to stay when you do come (you get a parent ed credit). You will notice everyone has similar parenting issues to discuss, particularly when they have the same age child as you. Funny how development works that way.

  1. What will we talk about?

The concerns you bring with you that day take top billing, but I always have topics up my sleeve such as: sibling relationships; tantrums (yours and theirs); talking back; behaviors you can expect at each age and stage of development and some answers for why they do what they do. Almost no topic is off limits if it will help you understand human behavior better and approach your relationships with greater understanding and sensitivity.

What else? We also discuss concerns and questions about special needs and where you can find resources if you feel you need more help than our share session chat. I will bring some library books from our Bates library which you are

welcome to check out for a limited time.

  1. Is this my only opportunity for discussing parenting?

No. You are welcome to contact me through voice mail or email, or just make arrangements with me for a more private chat. If you really need to talk, you can pull me out of class during one of my observations and we can chat in the hall.

Additionally, remember our monthly parent education seminars at south campus. I will bring you a reminder flier about two weeks prior to each seminar. Plus, we have evening 6-week series classes: Effective Parenting/Positive Discipline classes as well as Love and Logic classes. Check the Bates Home & Family Life website or call 680-7500 for details.

I’ve met almost all of your children and I look forward to seeing you in the classroom and at the Fall Parent Share during the final week of October.

See you at preschool,

Joan Rapkoch, M.S.

Bates Home and Family Life Instructor

253-680-7510, jrapkoch@bates.ctc.edu

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