SYC Summer Newsletter 2022

Getting “Ready” for School…

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time for us to begin getting SYC ready for you and your family. We have the playgrounds to tidy up, classrooms to arrange and paint, carpets to clean, and supplies to buy. Whew!

You might be thinking, “Well, WE need to get ready for school, too!” Your next thought might be, “But, how?” We’d like to share with your our all-time favorite ways to get ready for school:

  • Play!
  • Enjoy the outdoors.
  • Read a book with someone you love (or look through one on your own).
  • Play!
  • Imagine.
  • Create (with boxes, sticks, toys, scarves,
    buttons, anything).
  • Play!
  • Snuggle up with someone you love and tell
    them a story.
  • Splash in a puddle or a pool or a bathtub.
  • Play!
  • Spend time with something fuzzy or furry.
  • Build something.
  • Play!
  • Tell a joke
  • Laugh.
  • Play!
  • Explore.
  • Dig.
  • Play!
  • Make something delicious.
  • Eat something delicious
  • Play!

You get the idea…

What NOT to do to get ready for school:

  1. Talk a lot about school. It’s still a LONG way off, especially in the mind of a child. Casual mentions here or there are fine, but too much talk can lead to stress.
  2. Use superlatives, “You’ll have a great time! It’ll be so fun! You’ll make so many friends!” because sometimes it won’t be fun, and sometimes they might be sad or mad at school, and they might not care about making friends. And that’s ok! When you do talk about school, keep to the facts. “You’ll go to school. I’ll stay with you for a little bit. The teachers will be there to help you. Kids will be there. You can play with them if you want. There will be toys and paints and dress ups. Then I’ll come pick you up and we’ll go home.”
  3. Get new school clothes – unless you want them to turn into old school clothes pretty quickly. We get messy. Often.
  4. Shop for school supplies (unless you really like them… which some of us do!).
    The only things your child will need to bring to school are:
    • An easy-to-open lunch container with a few things to eat (think snack rather than
    • Several masks that your child is familiar with and that fit well
    • An extra set of weather-appropriate clothes (and shoes if you have extras)
    • A lovey if you want
    • A bag or backpack to put it all in

Please joins us for the All-Family Playground Meet-Up Day on August27 if you’re able to. We’d love to meet you and your child(ren) before school starts.

..Susan Roscigno and Amy Rudawsky, SYC Co-Directors

Some important dates to add to your calendar now:

Saturday, August 27, 9 am -11 am—All Family Playground Meet-up Day.
All SYC students and families are welcome to join us for a meet-up on our playgrounds.

Sunday, September 11, 7:00-8:30 pm—SYC Parent Orientation Evening.
We request that at least one parent of each child attending SYC for the 2022-23 school year attend this important information session. This is for parents/caregivers only, childcare cannot be provided for this event, although babes in arms are welcome to come with parents. You will be receiving more information about this and other important information in your email in the coming weeks, so please check it regularly.

The SYC Silent and Live Auction Benefitting the SYC
Scholarship Fund

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, November 5, 2022

Our SYC Scholarship Auction will be on Saturday, November 5 and we need your help to make it a success.

  • Is there a local business you frequent – restaurant, service, shop – that might be able to donate an item, service, or gift card?
  • Do you make/sell/do something that might be of interest to other SYC families?
  • Do you have a hobby/talent you can share/teach?
  • Can you make phone calls to businesses that have contributed in the past (we can provide names and phone num-bers)?

Remember that ALL proceeds go toward SYC scholarships!

It takes an entire community to put on a successful auction and we need your help! It’s a great way to get to know some other families as well as a great way to give back to SYC. Please contact even if you’re not sure how you’d like to help. November will be here before we know it!