At CFNC, we’re always looking for the best ways to keep you up to date about what’s happening, both in the classroom and the office. With school kicking off in just 5 days (September 5th – whoa!) we’re trying something new! Each week, we’ll do a “weekly roundup” so you can see the inner workings of our organization. From teachers implementing new activities that align to our new curriculum, to volunteer events, to CFNC out in the community, we’ll share as much as we can.

 

All you need to do is read and enjoy. If you have any friends or family who support CFNC and you want to keep them in the loop, go ahead and send them this post.

 

CFNC teachers are BACK!

 

On Monday, CFNC held our first all-staff meeting of the year. And BOY we were happy to see everyone. It’s cheesy, but we really are a family at CFNC. First on the staff meeting agenda: lots of hugs. And then, of course, we got down to business. We got everyone up to speed on our new strategic plan (which we are happy to share with you, too), and started to create CFNC’s core values. The rest of the meeting might not interest you too much, but here’s an adorable picture of our amazing staff:       

  

 

Teachers take on the Creative Curriculum with GUSTO!

 

Thanks to the Bruhn Morris Foundation, CFNC is transitioning to the Creative Curriculum over the next three years. Our first training was in June, and it spurred creativity and inspiration among the whole staff. On Tuesday, teachers had their first GOLD training. No, unfortunately we weren’t trained on turning ordinary objects into precious gold. GOLD is the new assessment that aligns to the Creative Curriculum. It’s similar to COR Advantage, which we’ve been using for the past few years. We assess our little ones 3 times throughout the year, and will use GOLD to measure their academic progress throughout the year. For those of you outside the education world, learning a new curriculum and assessment is a huge undertaking, so a huge shout out to our incredible teachers for getting into the nitty gritty as soon as possible. Thank you to Alexandria Renew Enterprises for lending us this incredible space. the And of course, more pictures:

 

Moving on out… and in!

 

As you know, CFNC’s model is to be in the community we serve. That means our classrooms are in unique locations like rec centers and apartment complexes. CFNC moves furniture out of two classrooms at the end of the school year so those spaces can be utilized by other programs over the summer. But… that means the furniture must be moved back in before school starts! And preschool furniture is surprisingly heavy. With a lot of team work and a little (okay, a lot) of sweat, all classrooms are almost kid-ready!

 

Wells Fargo Volunteers to the rescue!

 

What we do without volunteers? A group of Wells Fargo volunteers got their hands dirty this week, helping CFNC with a variety of much needed back to school help. Some cleaned classroom furniture, others put together new easels and new water tables. Our playground got a much needed face lift, too. We even had volunteers helping us flyer in the community to make sure that we can serve as many children as possible. A HUGE thanks to Wells Fargo for always thinking of our kids and families. If you’re interested in volunteering as an individual or group, just fill out this quick form. 

 

Welcome Days, School Supplies, and Books, OH MY!

 

Getting ready for 138 4-year-olds is an “all hands on deck” situation. Teachers held Welcome Days for all of our families and students. This gives parents an opportunity to see the location, meet the teacher, and ask any questions. The kids also get a feel for the classroom, get to know their teacher, and last but not least – a snack. While teachers have been busy putting their classrooms together, our development staff has been busy collecting school supplies from many generous donors, including Booz Allen, Rebel Fit, NBC4, and incredibly thoughtful community members. The school supply drive not only means the classrooms are stocked, but it also means each child goes home with a backpack full of school supplies on the first day of school. Having the right school supplies is often times the first step to success in the classroom. Thanks to everyone who participated.

 

Next week is our first day of school! Be on the lookout for some adorable first day photos, and check back next Friday for our second weekly roundup!
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