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  • Friday, Dec. 2: Friday Night Out
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6 & Wednesday, Dec. 7: Crazy Hair Day
  • Monday, Dec. 12 & Tuesday, Dec. 13: Pajama Day
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14: Winter Gathering celebration hosted by the Parent Committee at the San Diego Botanic Garden from 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 16: Last Day of 2016 School Year
  • Monday, Dec. 19 through Thursday, Dec. 29: Winter Camp
  • Monday, Dec. 26 & Friday, Dec. 30: School closed
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A FRIENDLY REMINDER:

Student Drop-Off

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With all the hustle and bustle these days, we understand it can be challenging to make it out the door on time—but we kindly ask that you ensure your children are not tardy to school. When students arrive late, it disrupts our classroom schedules.

In addition, we’d like to remind everyone to please avoid making u-turns in the parking lot once they have dropped off their children. And please do not use the handicap parking spot.

We thank you for your cooperation in making our mornings run more smoothly!

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PARENTS COMMITTEE CORNER

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Join us for the Winter Gathering Celebration at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas, on Wednesday Dec 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. As always, stay tuned for more details on the Facebook event page and look out for the upcoming flyer! We hope to see many of you there as we celebrate the season!

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Registration Now Open

 

Our school will be on holiday break the last two weeks of December, but winter camp is available during that time. Space is limited, so please secure your spot soon! Please click here to register.

Please note that this year we are only offering a Spanish-immersion winter camp. We apologize for not having French immersion option available.

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LET'S KEEP HELPING!

picture1The season of giving is upon us, and we encourage each Lingua Natal family to consider supporting the Chantiik Foundation, which helps at-risk children and teens in Chiapas, Mexico, by empowering them with education, training, and resources.

If every family donates $2 a month, we will achieve our goal of monthly contributions of $150 to Chantiik.

We are also collecting school supplies and clothes for Chaantik Foundation and we thank you in advance for your support for this very deserving nonprofit.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

recycle-points-iconsWe would like to extend a big thank you to all the parents who donated recyclable material to help us build a model city last month. Your contributions are always much appreciated!

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HOW TO DEAL WITH YOUR CHILD'S TANTRUM

There is no need to despair! There are easy solutions to everything!

The first and most important thing is to stay calm, cool and collected no matter how bad or embarrassing the situation might be! (In the middle of Target? We've all been there.)

Secondly,8e7680a4281f9baa00d1041c1371d33f_galleryimage_gallery never give in to tantrums, tears, screams and certainly violent behavior. Never go contrary to what you said you would or would  not do before the tantrum began. Allow your child to calm down before you talk and negotiate. Once your child calms down you can talk about the situation and acknowledge your child's feelings (anger, frustration, disappointment, etc.) Acknowledging their feelings about the situation is important! Use this as an opportunity to then reassert your original statement.

Was he or she crying because they wanted to open and eat from a box of cookies? Once they are calm you can talk about the situation like this, for example: "I know you're upset. Sometimes I get upset also when I want something, it's okay to be upset...but it's important to be patient. Crying and screaming is not the way we get the things we want. Like mommy said earlier, you can have a cookie after we go home and have dinner." 

Another suggestion is to assign a special peaceful and calm space in your home that your child can go to every time he or she spins out of control emotionally; a place of comfort perhaps with  music and/or sensory experience.

Please note that you should give your child "tools" to use when he or she feels angry/upset/disappointed; give your child tools to manage his/her emotions. Familiarize your child with this quiet and peaceful place- a kind of "refuge" for him or her in times of difficulty. Leave a special stuffed animal or blanket in this place for your child.

There are many options as far as "tools" you can give your child: breathing in and breathing out slowly; counting to 10; teach him or her a mantra,prayer, or poem that they can learn and say at times of despair, fear, difficulty, anger, etc.

It is also a good idea to spend the necessary time and find the reason why your child asks for attention in such a negative and sometimes violent way!

A child who throws a tantrum could be feeling that he or she is not being heard, seen, or understood. Perhaps they feel that their wishes are not respected, or they may also feel powerless and under too much control.

If you have a child who, for example, would rather choose his or her own clothes to wear, then make the time the night before so that they have the opportunity to do so. Make it part of their schedule.

If you have a child who loves routine and hates it when things change (actually all children love routine, simply some are less flexible with change) then make sure you keep your child's routine of activities and responsibilities stable no matter what! Have a set schedule for your child and have visuals on the fridge or in your child's room. The schedule could look like this:

  • Wake up : 7:00
  • Wash up: 7:00-7:10
  • Get dressed: 7:10-7:25
  • Have breakfast: 7:25-7:50
  • (using pictures to represent each schedule item is helpful also!)

Have a calendar for your child and mark the days he/she goes to school/goes to grandma/goes to the library/has lunch with dad etc.

Above all, observe your child and anticipate his or her needs. Perhaps your child needs an extra strong hug every morning, or would love to have 10 extra minutes of your attention in the mornings or at night.

Once you start observing more your child and anticipating his or her needs, you should feel completely remorse free to also say assertively: "this behavior is unacceptable and that we will talk when you calm down".

Please e mail me at lena@linguanatal.com if you have any questions or comments.

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In the Spotlight: When to Worry About a Nosebleed

By Sanaz Majd, MD

 

Last week, I was abruptly awakened to the most petrifying shrieks that no parent ever wants to hear, especially in the middle of the night. Chloe, one of my identical twin girls, was screeching in terror. Terrifying enough to trigger the most powerful fight or flight response and push it into full gear, with heart pumping fast and furious and nearly beating out of my chest. 

Was there an intruder in the home? And then I remembered that we thankfully have a fully engaged surveillance and alarm system fit for the Pentagon. Did my girls fall off the bed and sustain a fracture of some sort? Are they injured? The worst parental thoughts were running through my mind.

I instantaneously sprinted out of bed ready to take on anything in my way. Within seconds, I had invaded their room to find one of my girls dripping in a gruesome pool of blood. How did this happen?

Before panicking, I realized … blood was dribbling from her nose.

Yes, she was having a nosebleed.

I felt an immediate sigh of relief. As a physician, I fully realize that nosebleeds can be a rather frightening sight—for both the parent and the child. But I also know they are not life-threatening. Certainly nothing to deserve terrifying shrieks at 2 in the morning. But to a 4-year-old, it can be undeniably traumatic.

Anatomy of a Nose

The inner lining of our nasal passages are termed the “nasal mucosa.” The lining, not unlike the lining of our other orifices (mouth, rectum, labia, etc.), is smooth and holds an underlying layer of blood vessels in its superficial layers. This surface requires moisture, and if lacking, these blood vessels are easily irritated, and can therefore bleed.

The front, lower portion of our nasal passages, called the “anterior” segment, is by far the most common site of bleeding. This is the region that is closest in proximity to the air in our environment, and the region that is most easily accessible. Therefore, it tends to mimic the surrounding air—if you’re in the desert, it will quickly turn dry. If there’s humidity, it will absorb the moisture.

The upper/deeper portion of the nasal passages is termed the “posterior” segment, and nose bleeds from this region are much less common (especially in kids). Albeit, they are more concerning. Bleeding from the posterior region can cause severe bleeding, deeming it a more urgent situation.

Now that you know a little about the anatomy of the nose, you may be wondering what can cause it to bleed? How is it best treated? And when should you be worried as a parent? These are common every day medical questions for parents. For answers (due to lack of space), you can read the rest of this article here (or alternatively listen to the podcast on-the-go).