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Weekday School is a Christian preschool serving children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years.  Our school is known for its committed teaching staff, play-based learning environment, and personalized focus on each child. Small class sizes and a strong network of parent volunteers ensure that the Weekday School is an ideal place for young children to grow and learn.

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tune into temperament | august 2019

Vicki Rutledge

Tips for the new school year

Every child is born with his own way of approaching the world, known as “temperament.” A child’s approach to new situations and unfamiliar people is a very important temperament characteristic. The fact is that some children are naturally more comfortable in new situations and jump right in, whereas others are more cautious and need time and support from caring adults to feel safe in unfamiliar situations.

What have you observed about your child’s reaction to new people? Slow to warm up or came out of the womb waving? How does your child react to change? Does your child prefer to keep things the same? Or does your child take changes in stride?

Keep in mind, there is no “wrong” or “right” when it comes to temperament. Temperament is the unique wiring of each individual’s nervous system. It’s not something your child chooses, it’s biological. Understanding and supporting your child’s natural temperament is a critical parenting skill to help your child thrive. Here are some temperament-specific tips to support your child at the start of a new school year.

Reaction to Change

“Thrives on routine”

  • Prepare for school by talking about it in advance

  • Develop a goodbye routine

  • Expect to support your child at Meet the Teacher as they ease in. Remain calm if your child is clingy.

  • Plan to arrive early enough to allow your child time to get comfortable.

  • Accept your child’s feelings and offer support, “It’s okay to feel nervous when you do something new. I’m here to help you.”

“Goes with the flow”

  • Prepare for school by talking about it in advance

  • Develop a goodbye routine

  • Watch for signs that your child needs extra assurances from you. A new school year brings lots of change that even “go with the flow” children will need time to adjust to.

Reaction to New People

“Takes time to warm up”

  • Think of yourself as a safe home base. Introduce the child to new people from the safety of your arms. Place her on your lap near another child and talk about what the other child is doing in a soothing, reassuring voice. Communicate positive feelings toward others nonverbally. Use your facial expressions and body language. Children look to you for cues.

  • Engage in side-by-side play close to another child and make suggestions if needed to give some structure. For example, place a block out and ask your child if they want to stack one on top. 

  • Avoid labels. Telling someone who is slow to warm up to “try not to be so shy” is like saying, “Try not to be yourself.”

“Glad to meet you”

  • Provide social coaching. Even the most sociable child will sometimes need help resolving an argument or soothing hurt feelings. Watch for well-intended over-enthusiasm. Sometimes, children get so excited to be with their friends that they can knock another child over during a hug or even bite another child. Help your child learn to express their excitement in acceptable ways.

  • Teach your child about the feelings of others. For example, “Kayla is feeling sad because you took her toy car. Please give Kayla back her car and then you choose another one to play with.”

  • Encourage your child to play independently. Social children also need to learn how to be on their own. A set time of “playing quietly in your room” helps a child practice this skill.

faith and family | august 2019

Vicki Rutledge

We want life to have meaning, we want fulfillment, healing and even ecstasy, but the human paradox is that we find these things by starting where we are… We must look for blessings to come from unlikely, everyday places.  Kathleen Norris 

Whether you sit in an office each day or stay home with kids, travel the world or carpool teenagers, care for aging parents or complete chores around the house, I think we can all relate that sometimes our days are mundane or even down-right boring.  

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Throughout this year, our Faith and Family article will be based around the book Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren.  We will use this book as a template to guide us in finding Jesus in our day to day (Making the Bed, Losing Keys, Sitting in Traffic) and strive to understand that our accomplishments are not what defines us, but rather God’s grace sealed through the Holy Spirit.  Each month, we will dive into a chapter and provide applicable resources on how we can see more of Christ in our everyday relationships… with our children, spouses, co-workers, neighbors, etc.  

In the book’s foreward, Andy Crouch says this, “Our bodies, our pleasures, our fears, our fatigues, our friendships, our fights - these are all in fact the stuff of our formation and transformation….. Our moments of exaltation and our stifled yawns- somehow they go together, part of the whole life that we are meant to offer to God day by day.”  

I invite you all to read along with us and pray that through this year, we would each grow in seeing more of our Lord and Savior in the ordinary.        

Addy Kirven, Advisory Board Chair

from the director | august 2019

Vicki Rutledge

Hello, Weekday School Parents!

Welcome to the first newsletter of the 2019-20 school year. The goal of this space is to provide encouragement and helpful information about the preschool years. You are the expert on your child. We have expertise in how preschoolers learn and grow. Together, we make an incredible team!

I’ll also use this newsletter to highlight events and other to-dos as we move through the year. There’s a lot to catch you up on as we start the year. So here we go...

  • Lobby Renovation: The Christ School has completed a dramatic renovation of the first floor lobby. The new lobby has added security features and aesthetic appeal that benefit both schools. Please be aware that all visitors (including parents) who want to go beyond the outer lobby (past the new glass partition) during a non-carpool time will need to scan their license and receive a visitor tag.

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  • Prayer Walk: You’re invited to join us for our Prayer Walk on Wednesday, August 14 from 10:00-10:30 am under the Angel Wing (the space under the white canopy outside of our school). This is an annual tradition where staff, parents, and children gather for a brief devotion and prayer followed by a self-guided walk through the halls of Weekday School to pray over classrooms and the people who will occupy them.

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  • Water Bottles: New this year! We are asking you to send a labeled, sweat-proof water bottle to school each day with your child. Water bottles will be used in the classroom and on the playground and returned home in school bags each day.

  • Your Carpool Number: You will receive a carpool sign at Meet the Teacher. Security has requested that you display your carpool number in the morning and afternoon carpool lines. This helps the security guard at Jackson Street know who is authorized to be driving through the carpool during this transition time. Thank you for abiding by this request and helping to keep our campus safe for young children!

  • Fun Fair Informational Meeting: If you want to get plugged in at Weekday School, helping with our fall fundraiser is a great way to do it. You’re invited to the Informational Meeting on Thursday, August 29th right after morning drop-off to find out more. Email Karen Evans, WDS Events Coordinator (kevans@fpco.org) for details or questions

  • Early Care/Extended Day Coordinator: Elisa Quijada, mom to Amelia, is our new Coordinator for these important programs. She is the person to email (equijada@fpco.org) to see if there is room in Extended Day (or Early Care!) for your child on a particular day. Keep in mind that 24 hours notice is required. We’re so excited to have her on our team.

  • Openings in our Fun Friday program: If your child is in 2 Day, Mrs. Lee or Mrs. Rinka’s 3 Day classes, or 4 Day, we have openings in Fun Fridays for these age groups starting in September. If you’d like your child to stay a Friday or two, email Vicki Rutledge (vrutledge@fpco.org).

  • New School Year is a great time to make church a priority. We'd love to have your family join us on a Sunday. It's another way to connect with WDS friends & families. Here are the details: Visit FPCO Moms, here's an evening Bible study for women starting in September that you are invited to join: Women's Bible Study Intensive: Come Follow Me.

As we begin our year together, please know how honored we are to get to know you and your child. Preschool is a tender, magical phase of life. Your child is wonderfully and uniquely knit together by a loving Creator God. We anticipate a delightful year of learning and growing together.

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.’” Matthew 18:1-5

In Christ,

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keep it short | may 2019

Vicki Rutledge

Short Phrase to Use When You Know Your Child Is Lying

It is easy to react strongly when we catch children lying. Telling the truth is important. At the same time, wise parents recognize that experimentation with lying is a normal part of a child’s intellectual and emotional development. This awareness helps us respond in a way that will encourage truth telling.

When you know your child is lying, try this short phrase:

“What I know is…”

There are times when our kids tell us things we KNOW are not true. But when we jump to,"That's a lie!", they typically shut down or become defensive. Whether it's lying, magical thinking, or a complete misunderstanding, we can avoid an argument or an overreaction by calmly starting with what we know.

 Here are some helpful resources:

5 Reasons Your Children Lie And How To Help Them Tell The Truth

How Can I Help My Kids Stop Lying


faith and family | may 2019

Vicki Rutledge

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)

It’s almost Summer and I’m sure we’re collectively contemplating camps, chores, trips and boredom. My house is a mixture of what are we going to do to fill the days and the fear that it will end too soon. Our schedule is looking busy! I want to challenge myself to relax (a little) during what should also be a time to recharge.

Let’s look at what God says about rest. When we accept Sabbath, we begin to experience the joy of simply “being” and are freed from the burden of constant “doing.” Through God’s good gift of Sabbath, we’re invited to rest and draw nourishment. Our rest can be a simple rhythm of activity mixed with intentional times of slowing down to be still and contemplate our God. Even Jesus went alone to rest and pray during his ministry on Earth.

I am not sure why it is that some of us feel guilty if we are not perfect all the time. It’s important to realize that not everything needs to be done—at least not done right now. It may be more important to sit back and watch your child dig in the dirt, or go outdoors at sunset and watch the greatness of our God who is as faithful to us as the dependability of the seasons.

Dear Father,

Thank you for the time of refreshment and anticipation of Summer break so that we may be renewed in body and spirit. I pray that you would be with us as we spend time away from our school routine and take time to reflect. Let our months away be filled with fun and fellowship. Bless us to overflow with your joy and contentment. Watch over our journey as we travel and protect us from all difficulties and dangers. Help us to rest in you and return refreshed.

In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Roberta Smith, Faith and Family Coordinator