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September 22, 2016
Hello, everyone!

It is a busy time of year!  It is time to start switching gears from summer to fall!

School has started and the MECC has planned curriculum night for families on October 5. We will start in the conference room for about an hour, and then parents can go down to their child’s classroom and experience what a day in the life of a preschool student is!

The first Home and School meeting will take place on October 12 at the ECC from 6:30-8:00. Babysitting is provided for your child. Please come and join this great group of people who volunteer their time for the MECC students!

The Scarecrow Festival is on Friday, October 21, from 6:00-8:00 at the MECC!  Please come with your family and enjoy a great time with other MECC families!  Home and school will be selling pizza, drinks, and snacks.

Andy Bernabei, Marlborough Public School Early Childhood Center Director
Dear ECC Families,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at the Marlborough Early Childhood Center! I hope you have enjoyed your summer and are looking forward to a wonderful year of fun and learning with your child. We have been busy getting the preschool ready for all of the students!  We have an exciting year planned.

School Year Instructional Times:
AM Sessions meet from 9-11:30 a.m. 
PM Sessions meet from 12:30-3:00 p.m. 
The Full-Day session runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
All sessions will attend school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays.

The main entrance to the ECC is via the Rice Street parking lot entrance. The Washington Street entrance is used exclusively for the buses and cab traffic. All visitors should use the main entrance.

The MPS ECC Orientation is on Thursday, September 1. It is STRONGLY recommended that a parent or guardian attend the orientation with the student. Parking is limited in the parking lot, so please be aware you can park on Washington Street as well.

The first day of school at the MECC will be Tuesday, September 6!  I look forward to meeting you at the orientation, and to working with you and your child throughout the school year!

Andy Bernabei, Marlborough Public School Early Childhood Center Director
June 6, 2016
The end of the school year is here! I want to congratulate all of the students who are moving on to kindergarten! We will miss you here at the MECC, but we know that you are ready for kindergarten! Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21. It will be held here at the MECC in Conference room A. The times for each class are as follows:
  • Mrs. DeSantis AM 9:30, PM 1:00
  • Ms. Welch AM 10:15, PM 2:30
  • Mrs. Cunningham 11:00, PM 1:45
  • Ms. Simpson Full Day 12:00
The PK-2 classrooms will be having their end-of-the-year celebration on Thursday, June 16. The PK-2 celebrations will be held in your child’s classroom. The times for all classrooms in PK-2 are as follows:
  • AM Sessions 10:30-11:15
  • PM Sessions 2:00-2:45
Here are some important dates to remember in for the rest of the school year:
  • June 9: MECC Open House (No school for students)
  • June 10: Ice Cream Social 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • June 16: End-of-the-year celebration in PK-2
  • June 21: PK-1 Graduation
  • June 21: Last day of school for MECC
I hope you all have enjoyed the year and have a wonderful summer!
May 2, 2016
Happy Spring families! I can’t believe it is already the month of May! Everyone is happy for spring and looking forward to the summer months.

We will be busy here at the MECC for the rest of the school year. I wanted to let all PK-1 families know that the graduation date has been set. The PK-1 students will be graduating on Tuesday June 21. Individual times for each classroom will be sent home soon. I just wanted to make sure that all PK-1 families had the date and could plan accordingly.

We Just had Big Joe the Storyteller come for a cultural event. The month of May has the Science Fair and a visit from the Marlborough Fire Department! The kids always love the firetrucks and meeting the firemen and firewomen.

Last chance to order 2015-2016 MECC T-Shirts! The order form went home on Monday, May 2. Please get them back in if you would like one for your child or yourself.

Here are some important dates to remember in May and June:
  • May 4: Home and School meeting 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • May 19:  Cultural Event (Science Fair)
  • May 25: Purple Day
  • May 25: Fire Department Visit for PM Sessions
  • June 1: Fire Department Visit for AM and Full Day Sessions
  • June 6: Home and School meeting 6:30-8:00
  • June 9: MECC Open House (No school for students, details to follow)
  • June 10: Ice Cream Social 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm
  • June 21: PK-1 Graduation (Details to Follow)
  • June 21: Last day of school for MECC
March 9, 2016
Hi Families!  As most of you know, I was on a medical leave to have surgery on my back. The surgery was a success and I returned to work on February 22.  It was hard being out, I am glad to be back with the students and staff here, I missed it!

The staff did a great job holding down the fort when I was out; they all stepped up and made sure everything went smoothly. I am lucky to have such dedicated teachers, specialist, paraprofessionals, and support staff here at the ECC.

I wanted to remind parents in the drop-off line to keep their children in the car until staff come out to get them. It is a safety issue and we cannot allow children out in the parking lot. Our school is also the administrative building and they have staff coming and going all day for meetings and other events. So please be courteous of them when they are trying to get into the parking lot. Thanks for your cooperation!

The MECC T-Shirts came in before the Winter break.  They look great on the students and staff.  We will be doing another order for the spring, so be looking for the order form and please contact me if you would like one.
Here are some important dates to remember in March:
  • March 10: Early dismissal for full day PK and no PM Sessions
  • March 14: Book Fair begins at ECC 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • March 18: March Madness @ ECC 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • March 30: Green Day
  • March 31: Picture Day
Andrew Bernabei
Director, Marlborough Early Childhood Center
January 14, 2016
Dear Marlborough Early Childhood Center Families,
As some of you know, I have been dealing with a back issue for the last two months. Following many tests and many doctor appointments, I have been scheduled for back surgery on Tuesday, January 19.  Unfortunately, this means my last day for several weeks is Friday, January 15.
During my 2-6 week recovery time, David Cook, Marlborough’s out of district coordinator, will be the contact administrator in my absence. David is certified as an elementary principal and as a special education administrator. He also has experience running a school building and early childhood programs. David will be placed at the ECC as the Sub-ECC director.
We also named a sub-ECC teacher leader to support staff and to help David acclimate to the setting during this time. This position has been assigned to Jeanne Kittredge.
The administrative team is confident that this temporary leadership change will provide the best coverage for our school and the best continuum of services for our students. David and Jeanne will be located in the building on a daily basis, and you can reach David by calling the main ECC number (508-460-3503) or e-mailing him at dcook@mps-edu.org. You can reach Mrs. Kittredge by calling 508-460-3503 ext. 206, or e-mailing her at jkittredge@mps-edu.org
I hope to be back as soon as possible, but until then I know that the school is in great hands! 
Andrew Bernabei
Director, Marlborough Early Childhood Center
December 1, 2015

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! I enjoyed the time off with my family and friends. The next three and a half weeks of school with be very busy here at the MECC.

The next home and school meeting is Tuesday, December 2, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. We recently had a cultural event sponsored by the Home and School, Pumpernickel Puppets, and it was a huge hit with the children! The home and school are selling T-Shirts; I can’t wait to see how they look!
On Tuesday, December 15, the MECC will be having Blue Day. Please encourage your child to wear the color blue that day. On December 16, the PK-2 classrooms will be hosting their Winter Celebration for their families. The morning session will be at 10:45 a.m., and the afternoon session will be at 2:15 p.m. The snow date for the PK-2 Winter Celebration will be December 17.
The PK-1 classrooms will be having their Winter Celebration on December 22. The morning session will be at 10:45 a.m., and the full-day students and the afternoon session students will have their Winter Celebration at 2:15 p.m.  The snow date for the PK-1 Winter Celebration will be December 23.
Here are some important dates to remember in December:
  • December 2: Home and School Meeting 6:30-8:00
  • December 15: Blue Day
  • December 16: PK-2 Winter Celebration 10:45 and 2:15 (snow date 12/17)
  • December 22: PK-1 Winter Celebration 10:45 and 2:15 (Snow Date 12/23)
  • December 24-31: Holiday Recess
  • January 4: School Resumes
Hope everyone has a great month of December!
Andy Bernabei, Director
November 3, 2015

I can’t believe it is November already - the school year is going by so fast!  We have been very busy at the Marlborough Early Childhood Center.

The PK-1 and PK-2 classrooms recently finished their “New Beginnings” unit. They have been focusing on our schoolwide rules and classroom rules through the use of the districtwide anti-bullying program “Building a Caring Community.” Our current theme is “Falling into fall”. The students have been doing projects with apples, pumpkins, and leaves. In the next few weeks the PK-1 students will be having a “Friendship Feast.” It is a fun time of year to be in Preschool!

Last Tuesday we had professional development day. The teachers and paraeducators had a training on implanting iPads into the early childhood classroom. The workshop focused on using an iPad as an instructional tool in the early childhood classroom. In the afternoon the staff went to a training on Reaching our Youngest Readers: Strategies and Supports for Emergent Readers. They explored a variety of strategies to support emergent readers as they begin their journey into reading and writing. 
The Home and School parent group held the Scarecrow Festival on October 23! We had a big turnout. It was the last day of the book fair as well. The children and adults had a great time having pizza, doing crafts, and dancing in the gym. 
Below are some upcoming important dates for all to remember!
  • November 4: Literacy Night 5:30-6:30 @ ECC
  • November 4: Home and School Meeting @ ECC @ 6:30pm.
  • November 11: No school, Veterans Day
  • November 17: Parent Conferences (5:00 pm-7:00pm)
  • November 18: Parent conferences (3:20-4:10)
  • November 25, 26, 27: No school, Thanksgiving Break
Andrew Bernabei, Director
September 21, 2015

Hello everyone! I am sad to see summer officially end, but looking forward to some cool fall weather. Last week was another hot one, the students settled into class and adjusted to the heat. We are getting into our school routine here. Arrival and dismissal seem to be going smoothly.  If any parents have any questions or concerns with it, please feel free to contact me. 
Please remember that we do provide snack time for the students here at the ECC. You can send in fruit and vegetables, and yogurt. Please remember that we are a “Nut Free” school.
Last Thursday we had a half day. The staff all got together and we had a workshop on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). We starting to implement PBIS at the ECC. PBIS is a great tool to help prevent unwanted behaviors using evidence-based practices to teach new behaviors. PBIS teaches the new behaviors explicitly, mindfully, and step-by-step, keeping data to track progress toward meeting social skills goals. Ultimately, PBIS is an organizing framework for schools to determine how they want to operate as a community. The district as a whole is committed to this process, and you will see PBIS being implemented in all of the other schools as well!

The Home and School currently has the Write-a-Check Campaign and the Kid Stuff Coupon book fund-raiser going. The Kid Stuff Coupon books are great, lots of great value!
Below are some upcoming important dates for all to remember:
  • October 7 - First Home and School Meeting @ ECC @ 6:30 p.m.
  • October 8 - Picture Day at the ECC
  • October 12 & 13 -  No school, Columbus Day & Professional Development Day for Teachers
  • October 14 - Curriculum Night @ the ECC 6-8 p.m.
  • October 19-23 - Book Fair
  • October 23 - Scarecrow Festival 6-8 p.m.
Andrew Bernabei, Director
September 10, 2015

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year at the MECC!

The first week of school was a huge success. The students did a great job adjusting to their new classrooms and dealt with the heat wave like little champs! Separating from parents and guardians can be tough for both children and their families. Everyone did great this week with it, if any families have any concerns please let me know. 
The teachers and paraprofessionals also did a great job this week with the students and the heat! Everything was ready to go in all the rooms and the students were able to jump right in on learning. 
The first fund-raiser of the year has started, the KidStuff coupon books. The information regarding the fund-raiser went home today, 9/10/15. The Home and School parent group does a great job with all the fund-raising they do for the school. We wouldn’t be able to have the special events that we do without them!
Below are some upcoming important dates for all to remember!
  • Thursday, Sept. 17:  Early Release Day, full-day dismissal at 11:30 a.m., no PM sessions.
  • Oct. 7: First Home and School Meeting @ ECC @ 6:30 p.m..
  • Oct. 8:  Picture Day at the ECC
  • Oct. 12 & 13:  No school for Columbus Day 10/12 and Professional Development Day for teachers 10/13
  • Oct. 14:  Curriculum Night 6-8 p.m. @ the ECC
Andrew Bernabei, Director
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