October 7, 2019


Dear P.A.W.S. Families,

Just a reminder that there is no school on Wednesday, October 9, for the observation of Yom Kippur.


Tea With ‘Becca – Thursday, October 17th

Join School Psychologist, Terry Weksel and Director, ‘Becca Zieminski as we talk about Chapter 1 of the book: How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen and Listen So Little Kids Will Talk, by Joanna Faber and Julie King, called: Tools for Handling Emotions…What’s All the Fuss about Feelings?

If you’d like to read the first chapter, sign-up HERE at the Evite for the Tea and let me know in the comment section that you would like a copy of the book, and I will share a copy of the book with you through backpack mail.  Copies of the books are available through a grant from WEF, and we can make some books available to the first 10 people who sign-up. You are welcome to join us for the conversation and Tea, even if you don’t read the book, too! Here is a LINK to an article about the book you might enjoy exploring.


Terry and I look forward to welcoming you to the next Tea with ‘Becca!


Healthy Lunch and Snack Reminder – From Nurse Ann

Please remember that PAWS is a Nut Free School.  Please keep all foods with nuts at home to enjoy.

Healthy Lunch Ideas  (Photo of bento style lunch)

Packing healthy lunches for your preschool children can sometimes feel like a daunting task. We want to provide healthy choices for our active growing children that include; whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy including milk, yogurt and cheese (or dairy substitutes) and lean proteins such as beans, chicken, fish, turkey, tofu, and eggs. As you are planning lunches try to offer a variety of choices, encouraging your children to taste new foods. 


Remember children at this age are learning to identify when they are full, so don’t be surprised if they don’t always eat everything you have packed for them; they are not ready for adult size portions. 


The following websites have some lunch suggestions that you may find helpful.




https://www.realmomnutrition.com/15-lunch-box-ideas-for-toddlers/ (Photo of pita bread, dip and carrots in a lunch box)


Here are a few examples from the websites:


  • Southwest Quinoa (quinoa tossed with corn, black beans, avocado, and chopped tomato), chicken breast, ½ and ½ Greek yogurt (½ plain and ½ strawberry), steamed broccoli, grapefruit

  • Hummus and veggie skewers, chicken breast, pears, whole grain O’s

  • Mini quiches made with egg and cheese and customized for your child, fruit(Photo of turkey meat rolled up, cheese, crackers, and berries)

  • turkey or ham and cheese, crackers and fruit, veggies


Please remember as you are planning your child’s lunch and snack the preschool is a nut-free environment. Snacksafely.com is a helpful site when looking for allergy free snacks. https://snacksafely.com/ 


An Article to Share: The findings suggest that parents can have considerable influence over their children’s language and brain development by simply engaging them in conversation, the researchers say. “The important thing is not just to talk to your child, but to talk with your child. It’s not just about dumping language into your child’s brain, but to actually carry on a conversation with them,”  You can read the short article HERE.


Thank you for your support! Your positive participation, partnership, and care helps to make P.A.W.S. its very best!


‘Becca Z.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, October 9 – No School – Yom Kippur

  • Monday, October 14 – No School – Columbus Day

  • Wednesday, October 16 – PJs and PTO evening meeting, 6:00pm at PAWS

  • Thursday, October 17 – Tea With ‘Becca

  • Tuesday, November 5 – Early Release for Parent/Teacher conferences – dismissal for all classes at PAWS will be 11:45 a.m.

  • Wednesday, November 6 – Parent/Teacher conferences

  • Wednesday, November 13 – Parent/Teacher conferences


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