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Upcoming Events in October 2014

Monthly Theme:

Fall Fun Down on the Farm!  

Pumpkins Around
the World



Pumpkins are used in a variety of ways all across the world. Here are some interesting ways pumpkins are used in different countries:


  • Belgium has a contest to see who can grow the largest pumpkin.
  • China uses pumpkins as medicine, to relieve pain and detoxify the body.
  • Germany has pumpkin auctions, competitions, and exhibitions. Funny shaped pumpkins are used for decoration purposes. Traditionally they were used in soups and compotes.
  • England has a guess the weight contest for their pumpkins.
  • American soldiers were able to grow and cultivate pumpkins in Iraq.
  • People in Poland really enjoy pumpkin seeds as snacks.
  • Switzerland uses pumpkin in many dishes, including pumpkin gnocchi, which is mainly pumpkin and flour. They also eat their pumpkin seeds chocolate!
  • Mexico does not grow pumpkins, but use zucchini and squash for cooking purposes instead.

  • Australia loves to roast pumpkins, it is one of their favorites!



  • The self proclaimed "Pumpkin Capital of the World" is Morton, Illinois where Libby has it's pumpkin industry and plant.
  • A pumpkin is really a squash!
  • Pumpkins are grown all over the world on six of the seven continents, with Antarctica being the sole exception. They are even grown in Alaska.
  • Early settlers made pumpkin pie by filling a hollowed out shell with milk, honey and spices then baking it.Whether they learned this from Native Americans is not known.
  • Native Americans and early colonists preserved pumpkins by drying them. First the skin was peeled and the insides scooped out. The pulp was sliced and placed on drying racks, or hung up to dry in the sun.

Thought for the Month...

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. "

~Eleanor Roosevelt  

Kids in the Kitchen

Pumpkin Pudding Recipe:
  • 1/3 can pumpkin pie filling with spices
  • 8 oz. whipped topping
  • 2 packages instant vanilla pudding
  • milk
  • crushed graham crackers

Let you child mix the ingredients together.  Mix pudding and milk according the recipe on the pudding box.  Then fold in the pumpkin pie filling into the vanilla pudding.  Put crushed graham crackers at the bottom of a cup (you can use the mini dixie bathroom cups).  Scoop some pudding mixture on top of the graham crackers.  Then frost their pudding cups with the whipped topping. 

Pumpkin Book List

Get your child into the fall spirit with these pumpkin books!
  • Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
  • The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
  • The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
  • Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
  • From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer
  • The biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll


Scholastic Book Club


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Did You Know?

PARENTING TIPS:  Get Started!  Eating Healthy and Moving More!

Try one of these tips each week to eat healthy and move more!


Eating Healthy (ENERGY IN)

  • Put berries or bananas on whole-grain cereal or oatmeal.
  • Order a green salad instead of fries.  Ask for fat-free or low-fat dressing "on the side" - and use only half of it.
  • Drink water, fat-free or low-fat milk instead of regular soda or other sweetened drinks.
  • Add flavor with herbs and spices, instead of salt.
  • Use fat-free or low-fat mayo, sour cream, and salad dressings.
  • Choose fruit for a snack or dessert.
  • Grill, steam, or bake food.
  • Don't eat late at night.
  • Use lean meats such as white meat chicken, lean ground turkey, or fish in place of beef or pork.
  • When you eat out, choose an appetizer for your meal or share a main course.

Move More (ENERGY OUT)

  • Take your dog on longer walks.
  • Ride bikes after dinner.
  • Park farther away from the store and walk.
  • Use the stairs instead of the escalator.
  • Dance with your children.
  • Walk your kids to school or walk to work.
  • Ask your kids to help with active chores around the house, like vacuuming or raking leaves.
  • Sign your kids up for community sports or lessons.
  • Walk along the sidelines at your kids' sports events.
  • Play ball at the park.
  • Choose video games that get your kids moving, like dancing or fitness games.

We Can! is a program from the National Institutes of Health that offers resources for parents, caregivers, and communities to help children 8-13 years old stay at a healthy weight through eating right, increasing physical activity, and reducing screen time.

To learn more, go to  

http://wecan.nhldi.nih.gov or call 1-866-35-WECAN.

Keystone Stars

How "FIRE-SAFE" Is Your Home?

More fires happen in the home than anywhere else. Yet we all tend to think "It won't happen to us!". No one ever expects to have a fire in their home.
Please take some time to use this issue of Safety Lines to make sure your home is fire and burn safe! Take your children with you as you inspect each area, and place a check mark in each box for each "true" statement. Ask older children to help you decide the best way to correct each statement that you are not able to check off. Then...make sure you correct each hazard! 
  •  Toasters, microwaves, grills, etc. are stored away from the edge of the counter. 
  • Cords of appliances do not hang down where children can reach them.
  • Nothing that can catch fire, such as paper towels, dish towels, etc., is stored in the oven or above the stove top burners.
  • When cooking, pot handles are turned toward the back
    of the stove.
  • Children's snacks are stored in an area away from the stove.
  • When cooking, pot holders and oven mitts are used to protect yourself from burns. Dish towels are never used as pot holders.
  • A large lid is kept within reach when frying to extinguish grease fires.
  • Cooking food is never left unattended.


  • Outlets are not overloaded with electrical plugs.

  • Electrical cords are not covered by carpets.

  • Candles are in jars or secure holders, and are well out of reach of children and pets. Candle wicks should be trimmed to 1/4 inch before each use.

  • Fireplace openings are protected with safety screens. Glass fireplace doors are gated to prevent small children and pets from contacting them.

  • Matches and lighters are hidden and stored in a safe place out of the reach of children.

  • All cords are in good condition. There are no damaged or frayed electrical cords.


  • Carbon monoxide detectors are installed in your home if you burn wood, oil, gas, propane, or kerosene for heat or cooking, or if you have an attached garage.



  • Dryer vents, exhaust hoses, and filters are free from lint.

  • Detergents are stored out of the reach of children.


  • Gasoline and all other fuels are stored properly in appropriate containers and never inside the house.
  • All car cleaning products, lubricating oils and fluids are stored out of the reach of children in original, tightly-closed containers, away from ignition sources.
  • Motor vehicle engines are "warmed up" outdoors only, never inside the garage.
  • Kerosene space heaters are filled outdoors and only with the recommended fuel.
  • All electric tools are unplugged when not in use.
  • Nothing flammable, like cardboard boxes, holiday decorations, or clothing, are stored near a heat source or pilot light.
  • Fire escape routes are clear and free of clutter.


  • Are installed on every level of your home.
  • Are installed on the ceiling just outside of every bedroom door.
  • Are dusted and vacuumed regularly.
  • Battery operated smoke alarms are tested every month.
  • Smoke alarm batteries are changed once a year.
  • Batteries are never removed from smoke alarms for any reason.
  • Smoke alarms are replaced every ten years.


  • Emergency phone numbers and other important information are posted close to the phone.

  • You have an emergency escape plan for your home, and you practice it at least twice a year! Your plan includes two ways out of every room, and an outdoor meeting place.
  • You have alternate routes planned for your escape if the main routes are blocked.
  • Someone from the family is responsible for helping small children and handicapped family members.

Older children in the home are aware of how to appropriately do the following:

  •  Report a fire by calling 911. 
  • Give their name and telephone number; identify the problem (fire, number of people trapped, etc.)
  • Provide address and location.
  • There is at least one charged fire extinguisher available, in or near the kitchen.

If there are smokers in the household, they:

  • ...avoid smoking in bed, when tired or ill, or when consuming alcohol or taking medication that makes them drowsy.
  • ...use large, sturdy ashtrays with flat, non-slip bottoms.
  • ...check the area for lit cigarettes and/or ashes after people who have been smoking leave the room.

Need help quitting? Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW

Visit www.tobaccofreene.com for more information  


 Cut on the dotted line above and hang the "Smoke Alarm Monthly Test" card on your refrigerator to remind you to test your smoke alarms EVERY MONTH!


In This Issue
October Donations

Thank you for your extreme generosity! The donations that are coming in are greatly appreciated. Remember to bring in your three October donations by Tuesday 10/7/2014.


Monthly Theme:

Fall Fun Down on the Farm! 


THURSDAY 10/2 -Fundraiser Begins   


TUESDAY 10/7 -Monthly Donations  


MONDAY 10/13 -Columbus Day


TUESDAY 10/14 - Fire Truck Visits

                     NY- 9:30 am

                    H - 10:30 am 


WEDNESDAY 10/15 -Scholastic Due


THURSDAY 10/16 -Fundraiser Monies and Orders Due  


WEDNESDAY 10/22 -Pajama Day!

WEDNESDAY 10/29 -Wear Orange Day!

FRIDAY 10/31 - Fall Festival Party / Parade                 NY- 3:30 pm
                               H - 4:00 pm



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Pumpkin Song 


Have you ever seen
a pumpkin, a pumpkin,
a pumpkin?

Have you ever seen
a pumpkin, that grows on a vine?

A round one, a tall one,
a bumpy one, a squashed one.

Have you ever seen
a pumpkin that grows on a vine?



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Your Health

Positive Parenting Tips for
Healthy Child Development

Developmental Milestones

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye-bye" are called developmental milestones. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (like crawling, walking, or jumping).


In the first year, babies learn to focus their vision, reach out, explore, and learn about the things that are around them. Cognitive, or brain development means the learning process of memory, language, thinking, and reasoning. Learning language is more than making sounds ("babble"), or saying "ma-ma" and "da-da". Listening, understanding, and knowing the names of people and things are all a part of language development. During this stage, babies also are developing bonds of love and trust with their parents and others as part of social and emotional development. The way parents cuddle, hold, and play with their baby will set the basis for how they will interact with them and others.


Positive Parenting Tips  

Following are some things you, as a parent, can do to help your baby during this time:

  • Talk to your baby. She will find your voice calming.
  • Answer when your baby makes sounds by repeating the sounds and adding words. This will help him learn to use language.
  • Read to your baby. This will help her develop and understand language and sounds.
  • Sing to your baby and play music. This will help your baby develop a love for music and will help his brain development.
  • Praise your baby and give her lots of loving attention.
  • Spend time cuddling and holding your baby. This will help him feel cared for and secure.
  • Play with your baby when she's alert and relaxed. Watch your baby closely for signs of being tired or fussy so that she can take a break from playing.
  • Distract your baby with toys and move him to safe areas when he starts moving and touching things that he shouldn't touch.
  • Take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. Parenting can be hard work! It is easier to enjoy your new baby and be a positive, loving parent when you are feeling good yourself.

 Child Safety First

When a baby becomes part of your family, it is time to make sure that your home is a safe place. Look around your home for things that could be dangerous to your baby. As a parent, it is your job to ensure that you create a safe home for your baby. It also is important that you take the necessary steps to make sure that you are mentally and emotionally ready for your new baby. Here are a few tips to keep your baby safe:

  • Babies have very weak neck muscles that are not yet able to support their heads. If you shake your baby, you can damage his brain or even cause his death.
  • Make sure you always put your baby to sleep on her back to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (commonly known as SIDS). Read more about new recommendations for safe sleep for infants here.
  • Protect your baby and family from secondhand smoke. Do not allow anyone to smoke in your home.
  • Place your baby in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat while he is riding in a car. This is recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Prevent your baby from choking by cutting her food into small bites. Also, don't let her play with small toys and other things that might be easy for her to swallow.
  • Don't allow your baby to play with anything that might cover her face.
  • Never carry hot liquids or foods near your baby or while holding him.
  • Vaccines (shots) are important to protect your child's health and safety. Because children can get serious diseases, it is important that your child get the right shots at the right time. Talk with your child's doctor to make sure that your child is up-to-date on her vaccinations.

Healthy Bodies

  • Breast milk meets all your baby's needs for about the first 6 months of life. Between 6 and 12 months of age, your baby will learn about new tastes and textures with healthy solid food, but breast milk should still be an important source of nutrition.
  • Feed your baby slowly and patiently, encourage your baby to try new tastes but without force, and watch closely to see if he's still hungry.
  • Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed your baby, but it can be challenging. If you need help, you can call the National Breastfeeding Helpline at 800-994-9662 or get help on-line at http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding. You can also call your local WIC Program to see if you qualify for breastfeeding support by health professionals as well as peer counselors. Or go to http://gotwww.net/ilca to find an International Board-Certified Lactation Consul­tant in your community.
  • Keep your baby active. She might not be able to run and play like the "big kids" just yet, but there's lots she can do to keep her little arms and legs moving throughout the day. Getting down on the floor to move helps your baby become strong, learn, and explore.
  • Try not to keep your baby in swings, strollers, bouncer seats, and exercise saucers for too long.
  • Limit screen time to a minimum. For children younger than 2 years of age, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that it's best if babies do not watch any screen media.

 CDCs "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Campaign
For more details on developmental milestones, warning signs of possible developmental delays, and information on how to help your child's development, visit the "Learn the Signs. Act Early." campaign website.  

Reminders to Parents 
PAYTON'S PROMISE- Many of you have received information about our new initiative called Payton's Promise. If your child will not be at the center or will be arriving late, please call to inform your director. Please see your classroom teacher or director if you would like more information. We appreciate your cooperation and support.

EMAIL ADDRESSES- We have begun to distribute important information via email. Please make sure your most up to date email address is on file with the office. If you are not receiving emails, please let us know.


OUT SICK- Please be sure to call and notify the center if your child has been seen by a doctor and has been diagnosed with anything contagious. It is our responsibility to notify the parents of the children in your child's classroom in a timely manner.  Illness Policy


DONATIONS - We can always use donations of empty food boxes and dress up clothes for our dramatic play centers. And we are always looking for empty shoe boxes!


TUITION CHECKS - Remember, payment is due on the first day that your child attends the center for the week. We will start to assess late fees at $5 per day that payment is late. In the "memo" section of your check, please write the week that you are paying for along with your child's name (if the last names are different). If you are paying for particular days, please write that in the memo section as well. This is CRITICAL for book-keeping!


VACATION REQUESTS- If you are a full-time family and would like to use vacation days, please submit them in writing at least 2 weeks prior. Vacation days cannot be used for holidays or sick days. 

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