FROM THE DIRECTOR
Does your child get enough sleep, do you? Children are sleeping less and in return their parents are also
getting less sleep. There are a number of reasons for this, our increasing dependence on technology, a
more child-centered style of parenting and poor diet. Another reason is the example set by parents who
work longer hours, come home later and those who are constantly checking their phones. Many doctors
suspect that many children are misdiagnosed with ADD and ADHD when they are simply not sleeping
properly. Sleep deprivation can lead to behaviors that mimic both ADD and ADHD. In adolescents, sleep
deprivation can also lead to mental illness, especially depression.
So what can you do to help your family get more sleep? Webmd.com lists the following suggestions –
1. Make sleep a family priority.
Set regular go-to-bed and wake-up times for the entire family and be sure to follow them — even on
weekends. You can tell that children are getting enough sleep when they fall asleep within 15 to 30 minutes
of going to bed, wake up easily in the morning, and don’t nod off during the day.
2. Deal with sleep troubles.
Signs of sleep struggles include trouble falling asleep, waking up at night, snoring, stalling and resisting
going to bed, having trouble breathing during sleep, and loud or heavy breathing while sleeping. You might
notice problems in daytime behavior, as well. If your child seems overtired, sleepy, or cranky during the
day, tell her doctor.
3. Work as a team.
It’s important to discuss and agree on a sleep strategy for your child with your spouse or partner beforehand
and work together as a team to carry it out consistently. Otherwise, you can’t expect your child to
learn or change her behavior.
If you are starting a new sleep routine for your child, make her part of the team by explaining the new plan
to her if she is old enough to understand. For a young child, try using a picture chart to help your child
learn the new routine, showing actions like changing clothes, brushing teeth, and reading a book.
4. Routine, routine, routine.
Kids love it, they thrive on it, and it works. One study found that a consistent nighttime routine improved
sleep in children who had mild to moderate sleep problems. It helps your child learn to be sleepy, just like
reading in bed often puts adults to sleep. It can also make bedtime a special time. That will help your child
associate the bedroom with good feelings and give her a sense of security and control. There is no single
routine that’s right for everyone, but in general, yours should include all the things that your child needs to
do before going to sleep, including brushing teeth, washing up, putting on PJs, and having a snack or drink
of water. Your child may want to read a book with you, talk about the day, or hear a story. Whatever you
choose to do, keep the routine short (30 minutes or less, not including a bath) and be firm about ending it
when it’s time to sleep.
5. Bedtime snacks.
Children may need more than three meals a day to keep them going, so a small snack before bedtime can
help their bodies stay fueled through the night. Healthy options include whole-grain cereal with milk,
graham crackers, or a piece of fruit. Avoid large snacks too close to bed, especially with older kids, because
a full stomach can interfere with sleep.
6. Dress and room temperature.
Everyone sleeps better in a room that is cool but not cold. A rule of thumb is to dress your child basically as
you dress yourself, keeping in mind that very young children often kick off the covers at night and can’t
7. Sleep environment.
Make sure the bedroom is dark and quiet and the noise level in the house is low. If your child does not
like a totally dark room, turn on a small night light, or leave the hall light on and the door to the
8. Security object.
Bedtime means separation, and that can be easier for kids with a personal object, like a doll, teddy
bear, or blanket. It can provide a sense of security and control that comforts and reassures your child
before she falls asleep.
9. One last thing.
Kids will always ask for that one last thing — hugs, a drink of water, a trip to the bathroom, just one
more book. Do your best to head off these requests by making them part of the bedtime routine. And
let your child know that once she is in bed, she has to stay in bed.
Vogel Alcove Donations
We are collecting used and new swimsuits for children off all ages for Vogel Alcove in Dallas. Vogel
Alcove provides many services for homeless families in Dallas. They have a wonderful early childhood
center for homeless children and provides many services that they need. Donation crates will be
placed by both of the preschool offices.
Summer Camp Jerusalem Marketplace
This camp will be taught by Compass Christian Preschool staff and is only open to currently enrolled
students in our 2017-2018 classes who are fully potty trained. AGE REQUIREMENT: Current Twos
students entering the 3s and older for the 2018-2019 school year.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis as spots are limited.
We will spend the summer learning about Jerusalem Marketplace. The campers will participate in
numerous hands on science, math and cooking activities, as well as fun games and art activities.
Registration Fee & Full payment for each camp session is due by Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Camp days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am-2pm.
Week 1 May 29 – June 1 Week 4 July 10 – July 13
Week 2 June 5 – June 8 Week 5 July 17 – July 20
Week 3 June 26 – June 29 Week 6 July 24 – July 27
SUMMER CAMP FEES:
This fee is non-refundable and is $25 per child. This fee is not discounted.
Weekly Camp Tuition:
$125.00 per week. ALL Camp Tuition fees are due in full Tues. April 10, 2018. A $25 per child tuition
discount applies for families with two or more children enrolled in the program beginning with the
second child. NO refunds will be given for camp session fees after Tues. May 8, 2018
3rd – Loey Venable
24th – Crystal Lentz
Spring is in the air! It is hard not to wiggle like a worm, hop to it like a bunny, soak in the sunshine, or listen
to the rain hitting on the windows. Spring time is full of life and movement. I encourage you to find the
music around us with your child. Music is an important element in a child’s development. Very early in their
life, children will start to identify rhythm and even move to the beats of music. After all, music is meant to
touch our souls! And it is a great chance to awaken our inner child and be silly with our children. Last
month, we got a jump on spring by pretending to be frogs and bunnies. In April, we will be learning about
animal sounds when we travel to Grandpa’s Farm and pretend to be cows, sheep, dogs, and horses. Every
month we explore a new instrument. This month, the music classes will be using all the instruments we
explored during the year to form a band. Old MacDonald’s farm has been taken over by drums, sticks,
triangles, and much, much more. The Fours will be learning their songs for the spring program on May 15th
at 6:30pm. TK will be learning to play the hand bells for their open house on May 4th.
1st – Easter Sunday
3rd – Autism Awareness Day – Wear Blue
5th – Wacky Day – Dress Wacky!
10th – Spirit Day
11th – Parent Conferences
17th – Petting Zoo to visit
18th – Parent Conferences
26th – Yellow Day
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