Happy February A. Sophie Rogers’ families! In this month’s newsletter, please find information about upcoming events in the school and the community, library updates, and more.
UPCOMING EVENTS & CLOSURES
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Tuesday, Feb. 7
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Monday, Feb. 20
Friday, March 17
Family engagement event at the school’s Town Square
Local author of A Girl’s Guide to Love and Magic and Simone Breaks All the Rules, Debbie Rigaud will visit the Schoenbaum Family Center to be part of the school’s Black History Month celebration. Debbie, who is Haitian-American, will share moments of cultural connection through play, music, and storytelling.
Kindergarten transition meeting 4:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Professional Development Day
Professional Development Day
Winter weather updates
The A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning and Schoenbaum Family Center is a part of Ohio State University and follows the university’s closure policies. When checking for school closings on local radio, television and internet sites, look to see if Ohio State main campus is closed. In case of severe weather closure, our automated system will send each family a text/email informing of closure or delayed start time.
Many thanks to Andy Ni for sharing their family’s Lunar New Year traditions during Family Storytime on January 17th.
Many thanks to Amrita Dhar and Alexey Morozov for sharing their family’s traditions for Saraswati Puja.
If you have a tradition or celebration that your family would like to share with our school – either through a program or a display – please contact Sarah by stopping in the library or by email at email@example.com.
Prosocial curriculum update
Over the month of February, our Couple and Family Therapy Intern will continue the prosocial curriculum lessons in each preschool classroom on Friday mornings. This prosocial curriculum was developed by Second Step Elementary, a leading research-based social emotional curriculum. The Second Step Prosocial Curriculum is designed to teach young learners about self-regulation and social-emotional skills to prepare for kindergarten. Each week there is a new lesson that includes activities, readings, and mentally stimulating games that help children to implement the new skills that they have learned.
- Child will learn about managing anger. This lesson will address that feeling angry is natural. However, hurtful, mean behaviors are not ok. Children will learn that their bodies let them know when they are feeling angry. This lesson will teach kids that learning to relax calms you down.
- The second lesson will teach kids how to manage the distress of waiting. Children will learn that calming down or counting can help to manage excitement while waiting.
- The third lesson will teach kids about caring and helping. Children will learn that when you feel empathy for someone, you can show them that you care. Kids will learn that you can show your care by saying something kind or doing something helpful.
- The final lesson in February will teach children about inviting others to play. Kids will learn that inviting others to play is a great way to make friends. This lesson will demonstrate that inviting others to play helps everyone to feel included as a part of the classroom.
Parents can access materials for the prosocial curriculum through the teacher’s weekly link in with curriculum guides. Each prosocial curriculum lesson comes with a flyer that parents can use at home to keep the learning process consistent for children across home and school environments. If you have questions about how to adapt these lessons to your home setting feel free to reach out to our Couple and Family Therapy Intern Annie. Annie can be reached via phone at 614-247-7007 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SFC Book Club
February’s books are Sing Aretha Sing! by Hanif Abdurraqib for preschool classrooms and The Button Book by Sally Nicholls for infant/toddler classrooms. This month’s literacy tips are pictured below.
February’s Featured project is all about the children exploring pumpkins by using all of there senses.
Black History Month Events in the Community
The Columbus Museum of Art is hosting a Black History Month Concert Pop-Up featuring the Columbus Cultural Orchestra.
Feb 12, 2023 at 2 – 3:30 p.m.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library is hosting a Urban Strings Community Concert.
Sunday, Feb. 26 from 2 – 4 p.m.
At Columbus Metropolitan’s Main Library
The Columbus Metropolitan Library will host Sogbety Diommande for a West African Rhythm program
Thursday, February 23 at 5 p.m.
At Columbus Metropolitan’s Northside Branch
The Tea Room
The Tea Room is a contemporary look at an African American Tea Ceremony that began in the mid-19th century. Annually on February 15, enslaved people joined together to fellowship over tea. This tradition evolved into gatherings held in churches and later tea houses. Designed to create an environment on unity and empowerment, the Tea Room will be a forum to learn about African American Culture.
Saturday, Feb. 18
As A Matter of Black: Film Screening and Discussion
The film, As A Matter of Black is a documentary that chronicled the work of local artists during a time of civil unrest. After a viewing of the film, Donte Woods-Spikes, the filmmaker will talk about the motivation behind his work and will lead a discussion with artists that were featured in the film.
Sunday, Feb. 26