News & Events

Some planned activities and events to look forward to this coming month are as described.

Special Activities:

Magic BusDecade Day - Back to the 60's. Get out your bellbottom pants and tie-dye shirts, because you look groovy, man! Hop on the magic bus, because your mind is like a parachute, it doesn't work unless it's open. That's right; it's a flashback to really hippy times – the 1960s – a decade when we all wanted to change the world, everything popular was wrong, and the youth of America traded in their mop tops for longhairs. That's right! On Thursday, November 1st, 2012, it is a flashback to really groovy times. Do you believe in rock ‘n roll? Can music save your mortal soul? Let the sound take you away... as WASC takes a nostalgic journey back to the 60's and explores the fashion, music, dance, sports, cars, and pop culture of the time.

WASC Field TripWASC Field Trip. The children of WASC in Grades 2-5 visit an exciting indoor monster themed glow in the dark 18 hole miniature golf course that offers a host of family-oriented fun activities at every turn at Monster Mini Golf. The children of WASC in Grades K-1 visit the children of Burr Community Afterschool Program, located at Burr Elementary School in Auburndale, MA for a Play Date. Each field trip will take place on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th, 2012.

Friendship SoupFriendship Soup. Join us for our 11th Annual Friendship Soup to celebrate the Thanksgiving Season. This is a time where all of WASC parents, children, family, friends and educators get a chance to sit down and enjoy each other's company over a warm delicious bowl of vegetable soup. After we all get warmed up, we top-off the day with some sweets. This is a great day for all and we look forward to it every year. The Cafeteria is decorated with all of the Thanksgiving holiday projects crafted by the children of WASC throughout the day and everyone is entertained with a holiday themed play performed by the children in grades 2-3. We hope you can join us on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 at 4:30 PM.

Attention!Late Pick-Up. We understand that on occasion you may get stuck in a situation and arrive after 3:00 PM or 6:00 PM, depending upon the time of your normal child pick-up. If you find yourself in this situation, you must call WASC and inform us of your estimated arrival. This way we can inform your child that there is no need to worry, as well as inform the custodian that we will be leaving the building late in the case of later than 6:00 PM. Please note that according to WASC policy, you will be assessed a Late Fee upon your arrival and the fee should be given to the WASC educator who is in attendance with your child. The current Late Fee rates are as follows: (i) $10.00 for pick-up 1 to 10 minutes late; (ii) $25.00 for pick-up 11 to 20 minutes late; and (iii) $35.00 for pick-up 21 minutes or more. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Health Tip of the Month:

TurkeyKitchen Food Safety Cooking Tips. The holiday season is at many times typically synonymous with lots of festivities associated with food. Here are four easy tips to ensure proper handling and food preparation to keep food safe from harmful bacteria and the consumers safe from illness:

Clean – wash hands, cooking utensils and surfaces often with hot soapy water.

Separate – don't let bacteria spread from one food to another. Separate raw meat, poultry and seafood from other food at all times.

Cook – cook to proper temperatures. A turkey should be cooked at no lower than 325 degrees Fahrenheit to kill any harmful bacteria that cause illness. Check using a cooking thermometer.

Chill – refrigerate promptly. Refrigerate foods quickly, as cold temperatures help keep harmful bacteria from growing and multiplying.

More information relative to food safety may be found at the website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SUGGESTED Activity:

LegosBenefits of Legos. Children love Legos. From older kids to smaller kids, these toys have a lot of fans. It's a toy which is good for their minds and bodies. As your child moves through the many stages of early childhood growth, these toys can foster creativity and encourage the development of gross motor skills and fine motor skills, role-playing, and problem-solving abilities.

Not only do Legos stimulate creativity and lateral thinking, they also help build dexterity and developing math and pattern skills. By interlocking matching colors and styles, children learn the use of patterns which develops key math skills. With the color choices, and how they interlock, children learn important problem solving skills. On the Lego website you can find some educational materials, such as complete educational videos, articles and even training for working with Legos, that will help parents and educators alike. There are many other useful articles on their site which help develop learning skills with their product.