From the Director
Is there someone famous you would love to have dinner with? One of my choices would be T. Berry Brazelton, MD. I got the opportunity to hear him speak in a small group setting a few years ago in New Haven, CT. It was amazing to hear him talk from his heart and share his concerns about the new age of technology and how it will impact our young children. He also got side tracked and spoke about looking babies in the eyes and how with some babies when they first meet you, it is best to not look at them directly in the eyes. This is something I had been doing for years and never realized the science behind it. NAEYC is now bringing his wisdom to parents through a website called “Families Today”. I highly recommend that you check it out and read some of the articles. He is a legend, if you don’t believe me ask your mother.
Letter from T. Berry Brazelton, MD and Joshua Sparrow, MD
We are deeply honored that the National Association for the Education of Young Children is bringing “Families Today” to its website. This column, formerly syndicated by the New York Times, appeared every week in newspapers and magazines around the country and abroad for more than 20 years. It has long been a widely read forum for the everyday as well as unusual questions and concerns about children’s behavior, development, learning, and health posed by parents, grandparents, teachers, pediatricians, and other adults everywhere who care for and about children. Over the years, the column has also addressed the broad range of events—the Columbine killings, 9/11, Katrina, and others—that have changed our world and challenge us to find new ways of protecting our children, of helping them to understand, to cope, and to prepare for the future that—for better and for worse—we will leave them.
We have always sought not simply to dispense tips and advice, as if raising and educating children were as simple as 10 easy steps, and as if parents and teachers didn’t already know better than anyone about the children in their care. Instead, we have tried to help make children’s behavior meaningful, and to help adults see the world through their eyes, while honoring the understanding that adult caregivers already have of the children they know best. Raising and educating children isn’t always simple or easy, and we are often humbled by the challenges that families and schools face. We don’t always have the answers, and more than once have been wrong. But we’ve come to count on our readers to help us out when we’re at a loss, and whenever they know better.
It is with intense interest and great enthusiasm that we await your questions, opinions, ideas, wisdom, and the richness of your diverse experience. Every now and then, someone writes in just to tell us about one simple, magical moment with a child. We welcome those from you as well!
T. Berry Brazelton, MD
Joshua Sparrow, MD
Spring into music! Music is a wonderful way to develop self-expression. I encourage all families to explore the world of music by making up funny dances or forming your own band. This month, the music classes will be using all those instruments we explored earlier to form a band. Old MacDonald’s farm has been taken over by drums, sticks, triangles, and much, much more. You may have heard about our Bebop band. Bebop or bop is a style of jazz characterized by a fast tempo, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisation based on the combination of harmonic structure and sometimes references to the melody. It was developed in the early and mid-1940s. In music class, this is a time for self-expression as various musical instruments are passed around as we play to a variety of jazz or other multicultural tunes during the year.
The Fours will be learning their songs for the spring program on May 14th at 6:30.
Thursday, April 2nd – Easter Egg Hunts and Autism Awareness Day
Friday, April 3rd – Good Friday – NO SCHOOL
Wednesday, April 8th – Parent/Teacher Conferences
Tuesday, April 14th – Spirit Day
Wednesday, April 15th – Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thursday, April 23nd – Yellow Day
Tuesday, April 28th – Petting Zoo to Visit the Preschool
April 26th – Ms. Dolores (Polar Bear Class)
April 26th – Ms. Denise (Tiger Class)
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Compass Church Colleyville
Saturday, April 4th – 3:30pm, 5:00pm and 6:30pm
Sunday, April 5th – 9:00am, 10:30am and 12:00pm
Compass Center Colleyville
Sunday, April 5th – 9:30am and 11:00pm
We will have a free meal catered from Blue Mesa before each of these services for those who attend church at Compass Center.
Compass Church Roanoke
9:30am and 11:00 am
Please check the church website for parking information.
Becoming a Man of Character Men’s Retreat!
All Retreat Programming & Materials.
Bowling & Laser Tag at Main Event following the Friday Night Session.
Saturday Morning Man Challenges!
Ranger Tix, Golf, Dinners, and other great Give-A-Ways!
Friday for a Men’s Golf Outing. (Extra Cost for this Activity)
Event Times: (pre-event Golf Friday 10am)
Friday 5:30pm (Check-in) to Midnight
Saturday 7:00am to 2:00pm
ROD HANDLEY: is the Founder and President of Character That Counts, a ministry that was established in July 2000. Rod is also the co-founder of TGIW (“Teaching Guys Infinite Wisdom”) a ministry which began in Lee’s Summit, MO in September 2001. Today, TGIW groups are meeting all over the world. Rod is a popular retreat and banquet speaker with men’s and women’s groups, singles and married. Rod averages about 250 speaking engagements each year.
BRIAN BAKER: is a 19 year veteran defensive coach in the NFL. Brian has a proven record of success achieving at the highest levels of the NFL and college football. Most recently spending time on the defensive staffs of the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, and the Washington Redskins. Brian has coached at least one player to double digit sacks in 11 seasons by developing and motivating players to reach their full potential.