• End of Residency Sharing and Celebration, next Friday, March 13: Ohio Arts Council sponsored Artist-in-Residence Migiwa Orimo has been an incredible addition to Overfield during the past week. She has inspired the children to think about places real and imagined through drawing, construction, painting and tie-dyeing, and we still have her with us for another week! The Kindergarten children have begun to plan a “bamboo jungle forest,” incorporating work from all the classes, to be displayed next Friday, March 13, from 6-7:00 in the Gathering Place. See images of our work in progress on our Facebook page.
  • Conference Prep Day, March 20: There will be no classes Friday, March 20 so that teachers can meet and prepare for spring conferences with parents at the end of April. This is a change from what is printed on the paper calendar that was distributed in the fall. Classes will be open as usual on Thursday, March 19.
  • Overfield Family Partnership Parent Connection, March 26: The next OFP meeting for parents to connect with one another will be Thursday, March 26 from 6-7:30. If you’re wondering how to set boundaries for your child while still nurturing curiosity and independence, this evening is for you. At previous OFP meetings, parents have asked for guidance in this department. Toddler teacher and Pedagogical Lead Jennifer Lightcap will be leading a discussion about setting boundaries at home.
  • New Substitute Teacher: We welcome Donna Brandenburg to our team of substitute teachers. Donna has vast experience working with children ages preschool through third grade as a teacher’s assistant and special needs assistant and shares our value of partnering with children in their learning. We believe Donna is a great addition to the Overfield faculty.
  • Inspiring Tomorrow’s Teachers: From time to time, we receive requests from area colleges and universities to allow their students to visit our school to learn more about the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach. For the next three Mondays, small groups of students from the University of Dayton will be visiting Overfield to observe classes. We have also received visitors from Wittenberg and Antioch University this year.
  • Free Money for Overfield! Last week we told you about earning money for the school by shopping at Kroger. Another way to earn money for Overfield is by saving Box Tops for Education. To participate in this program, collect “box tops” from participating products then turn them in to the collection areas in the classrooms and Gathering Place. Each box top is worth 10 cents at this time. We will check the collection areas regularly and submit box tops for redemption twice a year. It is especially helpful if you cut the box top labels on the line since this is how they must be submitted in order to be redeemed.