Normally during OT groups in the preschool classrooms we focus on fine motor development, gross motor skills, prehension, following multi-step directions etc. But today, we focused on acceptance, kindness, and purpose. In the month of December, high school students, Garrett and Gloria, took time out of their day to prepare cinnamon salt dough for our preschool students to make their own ornaments for the holiday season. Later that month, they joined the preschool staff in leading “OT Group” within the classroom! Garrett and Gloria led the students through a variety of gross motor activities, followed by painting their holiday ornaments. At the end of the group, the preschool students thanked them with big smiles and a fist bump. As we walked out of the classroom, Garrett turned towards me, and with a big smile stated, “My heart is so full!” Meaning and purpose. Mission accomplished. Today our educators taught beyond content and curriculum, and provided an opportunity to bring meaning and purpose to helping the next generation of children. Stay tuned for next month’s “Today in OT!” Awesome job to our OT, Miss Mackenzy! Hope you enjoy the pictures :)
5 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
pre k class
Ot Team
Gloria and students
preparing
Students in Miss Laura's, Miss Rachel's and Miss Crystal's classroom invited their students to share about their family holiday traditions. Students and their families created a poster to share photos and other items. Students then presented to their classmates. What a great idea! Diwali, the Festival of Lights and Christmas traditions were shared on this day.
5 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
Christmas sharing
Sharing
Sharing
It's pajama day at the ECC today! Lucas (in photo) is staying home today but still wanted to show his ECC spirit! His mom sent me this photo. Great job Lucas!
5 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
Lucas
Students and staff have been celebrating December with themed days. Thursday was favorite sports team attire day. We had a little fun taking selfies with surprised/silly faces and proudly showing off our favorites sports. Today, 12/10 is Agawam schools attire or brown and orange day. Let's see those colors!
5 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
Patriots
Twins
Silly face
Go B's
We've got the ECC spirit! Pre-k student Chase is wearing his favorite holiday hat to show his ECC spirit and have a little fun. Today 12/9 is favorite sports team day. I have my Bruins shirt on. What will you wear?
5 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
Chase
ECC student Nathan has on his favorite hat! Great job Nathan and Bumble :) Today is favorite holiday hat day or headwear day. Let's have a little fun and celebrate the month of December.
5 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
Nathan
Today at the ECC is wear a holiday hat or your favorite headwear! Miss Laurie and Miss Cindy have on their favorites. What is yours? PM students, if you want a chance to be on our FB page wearing your favorite holiday hat or headwear, send a photo to csykes@agawamed.org.
5 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
Laurie and Cindy
Just a quick reminder that today is a half day of professional development for teachers. At the ECC, AM students ONLY have school. There is no PM session. The rest of the Agawam schools have a half day. Please call the ECC with any questions. Thank you.
5 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
Half Day
ECC families! Let's have a little winter fun! Please see the attached themes to celebrate as we move through the month of December. A paper copy is coming home today. This is for staff and students. Happy December!
5 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
12 Days of December
Hello ECC Families! Important December dates at the ECC: Wednesday, 12/8 AM ECC students only/one half day for rest of APS District Wednesday, 12/8 Parents of ECC Meeting 4:30-5:30 at ECC Perry Lane Wednesday, 12/15 January tuition is due at ECC Friday, 12/17 6-8 ECC Holiday Movie and Snack at Granger Auditorium hosted by the Parents of ECC Thursday, 12/23 ECC NO ECC Students/one half day for rest of APS District 12/24-1/31 NO SCHOOL ALL Agawam students
6 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
December
ECC students have been celebrating different holidays from around the World. Jessica Schmaelzle, whos daughter attends Miss Melinda's classroom came into share a celebration her family celebrates and read a story teaching us about Hanukkah. In Miss Debbie's classroom they are learning about and celebrating Kwanzaa. Students used marbles and paint to create pictures using the colors of Kwanzaa. Do you have a family celebration you want to share with us? Please let us know. We love visitors that we can celebrate with and learn from.
6 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
Hanukkah
Jess
Kwanzaa
Miss Marylou, our ECC ELL teacher made a great impression on one of our friends, Nathan today. She read the story, "A Little Spot of Kindness" to Miss Laura's class. Nathan tried to share his little spot with me when I didn't have one. Great job Nathan!
6 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
A little Spot o Kindness
It's so good to be back! It's been a busy Monday at the ECC. Check out some of our students showing they are happy to be back and working hard.
6 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
Dot of Kindness
Thumbs up!
Legos
We have been so busy playing, socializing and learning at the ECC that we haven't had the chance to post photos in a while. Enjoy some photos from the last few weeks. The ECC is the place to BEE!
6 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
Building with blocks
Playing the guitar for my friends
Selfie with Miss Cindy
Coloring
Upcoming NOVEMBER Dates for ECC Families: Tuesday, 11/2 is a PD for staff/NO school for ALL Agawam students Thursday, 11/11 is Veteran's Day/No School Thursday, 11/18 Pre K Conferences 5:00-7:00 PM Wednesday, 11/24 NO School for Pre K students Thursday, 11/25 Happy Thanksgiving Friday, 11/26 NO School ALL students
7 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
November
Learning never stops at the ECC. During our fun day of wearing costumes we had a fire drill. Practice is so important for safety. So naturally our thought was PHOTO OP! One of our students dressed as a fireman so of course we invited the Agawam Fire Inspector, Derek Myers to take a picture with him as he was here conducting the fire drill. Can you say future aspirations?
7 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
Firemen
Oh what fun it is to BEE when you come to the ECC! Students were invited to wear costumes to school on Thursday. One of our AMAZING teachers, MIss Laura came up with a GREAT idea. "Let's have a parade!" All classrooms went outside for a parade around the school, then met in one large circle to dance, cheer and have FUN! Great job ECC team!
7 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
two bees
dinosaur
Dancing
Bat Girls
The ECC is the place to BEE! We have been busy, busy, busy! We use beads to count, sort, identify colors and patterns. We use technology to identify shapes, letter, numbers and days of the months. We love puzzles and yell "YES!" when we finish them. Way to BEE ECC!
7 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
Yes! We did it!
Miss Jenny
Miss Cheryl
Tonight is the Agawam School District TRUNK or TREAT! It is from 5:30-7:30 at School Street Park. We have many ECC families hosting a trunk. All the Agawam schools are involved and rumor has it we have 70, yes 70 trunks! I'll be there dressed as a construction worker near a BIG truck. Can you find me? I hope to see you all there if you DARE!
7 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
truck
It's RED SOX day! Fridays at the ECC don't have many students, but that didn't stop us from cheering on the SOX! Families were invited to send us their photos showing their favorite SOX gear! Staff wore their favorites too. Go Sox!
7 months ago, Cinthia Sykes
Cole And Reed
Lucas