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December 2019

Please find all upcoming notices listed below.

– Half Day Friday Dec. 6th. Sign up today!

– Friday Dec. 13th Kids Night Out! Sign up to join in on the fun!

– SHED closed Dec. 23 – Jan. 1st! Happy New Year’s to you and your family!

– Jan. 2nd SCC back from break! 

– Nature is one of our five foundations for learning and as the seasons start to change we want your little one to be prepared to play outside. Please make sure to pack your child the appropriate weather gear for heading outside so we can support their natural love of being outside & exploring the elements. 

Below is a helpful weather/clothing guide to help treat each daly like a Forest Day.

– Please keep in mind there is a 30 day notification policy to change your child’s schedule and adjust tuition fees. 

CLOTHING FOR FOREST DAYS:

New England weather can be quite unpredictable but we have compiled a guide to help your family prepare for each season. Please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance with any of the items. We will do our best to get your child what he or she needs; gear should not be a barrier to participation, and a warm child is a happy child who is ready to learn.

Getting dirty is an important part of outdoor learning. We will often send home muddy wet children! Please use old clothes and let your child know that on Forest Days they CAN GET DIRTY and you don’t mind!

“If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.”

David Sobel

Layering is Key!

LAYERING is key!

Sometimes we will be very active outdoors and sometimes we will be sitting. Layered clothing allows for flexibility–not too hot, not too cold. It’s a good idea to pack all three layers on forest days: we can peel off layers if things heat up, but we can’t put on layers if we didn’t bring them along in the first place.

1. Base layer (underwear layer): Snug fit that wicks sweat off your skin.
2. Middle layer (insulating layer): Insulates and retains body heat to protect you from the cold.
3. Outer layer (shell layer): Shields you from wind and water. Allows for waterproofing or water resistance. Should be easy to move in.

Below is a list of recommended items to keep your child warm and dry in all weather:

Rain boots: These keep our feet dry, warm, and act as a barrier for ticks. Some children wear insulated rain boots all year round and just add wool socks when it gets cold. We recommend BOGS and Mucks.
Insulated waterproof snow boots: A necessity for cold snowy days.
Rain pants and jacket, or rain suit with hood: Rain gear is great all year round! It can be layered over
clothing or snowsuits and keeps us warm and dry. We highly recommend getting a rain suit or rain pants with suspenders and wrist and ankle closures for a customized fit. See discount codes below. We recommend Grundens.
Long-underwear bottoms and top: Moisture-wicking fabrics include wool, silk, and capilene.
Wool sweater or fleece top: These are great for layering and can be taken on or off as needed.
Snow pants: These should be insulated with elastic closures at the legs.
Snow jacket: This should be insulated and water resistant. Also, make sure to check the zipper—does it work?
Hat: A baseball hat for hotter days can help protect us from the sun, and a wool or fleece hat for colder days is a necessity to keep warm.
Socks: Wool or fleece socks are recommended for cold weather, and cotton socks for warm weather.
Waterproof mittens: We suggest bringing two pairs: one to wear and one to keep dry in our backpacks. Please, NO gloves.
Neck warmer or scarf: Bring one but we will be making these during winter sessions.
Extra clothing: Children should bring an extra pair of clothing in a labeled bag with an additional bag for wet or dirty clothing.
Insulated water bottle: This bottle should be able to contain hot and cold beverages.

Please pack a plastic bags for bringing home muddy clothes or have a trash bag in the car to change before leaving. Some families find it helpful to throw a tarp or old sheet over the backseat of the car for changing and transporting gear.

Where to buy:

  • Check with other parents for hand me downs first! This is an excellent way to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
  • Thrift stores and consignment shops are a great next step. As we will be playing outside, our clothes will go through the elements so brand new is not necessary.
  • Marshalls and TJ Maxx typically have a fair selection of wool socks, base, and mid layers at reasonable prices.
  • Kittery Trading Post and REI are more expensive but often have deals and sales.
  • Polarn O. Pyret: For a 20% discount follow the below link and use the promo code OUTDOORPOP at checkout. http:// www.polarnopyretusa.com/ outdoor_schools_form
  • OAKI: Use discount code OAKISCOOL at checkout for 10 percent off.

We would love to start the tradition of having a clothing swap for families to trade gear at the beginning of the season. Also, in the future we hope to partner with more outdoor companies to get discount codes or funding. Please let us know if you are interested in assisting us with grant writing or research in support of our efforts to get all children and adults outside in all types of weather.

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