Teacher News

Open Door Team

Posted April 10, 2017

Hello, Open Door Team!

We hope that this finds everyone well. Spring break is almost upon us and we hope that everyone will have an opportunity to enjoy some much deserved time off with family and friends. With that being said, thank you in advance to those individuals who have volunteered to work providing care at the Open Door office during spring break. We greatly appreciate your commitment.

We have just a few topics to touch upon this week.

Open Door Summer Camps are scheduled for Piney Orchard and Jacobsville in Anne Arundel County, and Gunpowder, Fullerton, Carney, and Villa Cresta in Baltimore County. Flyers have been distributed at all centers. If you need more, please let us know. Please continue to share this information with parents. Posting a flyer near your sign in sheets would be a great reminder for families. Downloadable Summer Camp Registration Contracts are available on-line for parents.

Registrations for the fall are going very well. There are several schools at capacity or very close. Please remind parents to register for next year by sending in the forms they received, calling the office or going on line. On-line registrations are in place for all centers for the fall.

On, Tuesday, April 4th, Sharon and Karen had an opportunity to attend the BCPS State of the Schools Event. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with our school partners and continue to nurture relationships with school administrators. Thanks for all you do at your centers to build and maintain your relationships with school staff. It starts at the centers. Administrators were complimentary of our programs and, as you know, a high quality program at all centers is the key to our success. Your hard work in this area does not go unnoticed.

On, Saturday, April 1st, a group of 28 individuals had the opportunity to receive additional yoga and mindfulness training at the Holistic Life Foundation’s headquarters. It was taught by Andy, Atman, and Aly and it doesn’t get better than that. Everyone attending was complimentary of the day and grateful for the additional information. The information will be very helpful in utilizing the yoga with children at the centers. Thanks to all who were willing to give up a Saturday to attend this training.

And, last but not least, it was brought to our attention that some staff members were having trouble locating sick/personal hour totals on their pay stubs. Please note that your sick/personal hours are located on the right hand side as Per Balance under the heading Other Benefits and Information.

Congratulations to the folks being recognized this week.

More than Six Children at the Camelot Lesson
Odenton – Pam Queen

Perfect Pop Inspection
Joppa View – Robyn Benjamin, Shaunacey Gilchrist, Mary Ludtke, Lyn Vu, Donna Johnson

Perfect Full Inspection
Harford Hills – Casey Bermanski, Pam Schuller, Jodi Vautier, Maya Wright

Perfect Pre-inspection
Chapel Hill – Joyce Petrovich

Shout Outs
Thank you, Anne Thommen-Rollins, for being so helpful in ensuring a smooth transition while the director is out on leave.
Thank you, Simmone Hardy, for your extra care in making sure that all students could participate and do well during the yoga session on Tuesday.

Theater Ticket Raffle
We held another drawing for theater tickets. The tickets are for Something Rotten presented at the Hippodrome. Everyone who received a recognition award this school year was entered in the drawing.

We have two winners, each receiving a pair of tickets. The winners are:

Brittany Williams – Pine Grove Elementary
Vicky Arbaugh – Piney Orchard Elementary

Congratulations to Brittany and Vicky.

Again, have a wonderful spring break and come back rejuvenated and ready to have fun for the final stretch of this school year.

Jeanne Murphy
Founder and Executive Director

Sharon Moxey
Licensing & Training Director
smoxey@opendoorcare.com

Karen Grannas
Chief Operating Officer
kgrannas@opendoorcare.com

Office – 410-825-6300
www.opendoorcare.com


Bonus Opportunity for New Teachers

Posted September 2, 2010

For all staff who complete and submit their paperwork to the main office within 2 weeks of hire will receive a $100 bonus. 

All staff hired from September 7 forward will have 2 weeks from the date of going over their new hire packet to complete and submit paperwork in order to receive the bonus.


Outdoor Play is Healthy for Children

Posted September 19, 2008

Outdoor Play is healthy for children after spending six and a half hours in a classroom. Structuring that play so children learn teamwork and conflict resolution skills is a key component of Open Door. Having a teacher directly involved with each group activity, prohibiting Dodge Ball and like games, encouraging team spirit, and being referee are important roles for staff when children are involved in active play!

See article – The Recess Regimen by Bill Turque