The students at Open Arms are the proud parents of 8 little baby chicks that hatched today. For the last eight weeks the students have been watching and caring for the eight chick eggs with anticipation of this day. Congratulations to all the little hearts that made this day possible.
Congratulations to Little Ranch who received an “E” for Excellent rating on their most recent kitchen inspection – KitchenInspection
Congratulations to Ms. Dee at Little Ranch who is celebrating her 35 year anniversary at the school in April. Ms. Dee has touched hundreds of lives and generations of families while exemplifying dedication and commitment to everyone through her relentless pursuit of providing the best possible environment for children to learn and be loved while attending Little Ranch School. Thank you Ms. Dee for everything and we look forward to the next 35 years.
Congratulations to Open Arms Preschool for being named the Northwest Explorer’s 2016 “Best Child Care Facility”. This is the second time in three years that Open Arms has won the award.
All of Small Miracles schools are part of Bens Bells Kind Campus Project. Abundant research indicates the importance of school climate for student well-being, including factors related to school safety, such as mental health, aggression, substance use, and other risk behaviors. Relatedly, behavioral theories and research point to the profound importance of social norms and the behaviors of others in shaping one’s actions. Context is so deeply influential that research has found that a single child’s behavior in different places was more varied than the behavior of multiple children in a single place.
The Kind Campus program is a unique outreach program provided free-of-charge to elementary, middle, and high schools. Instead of focusing on negative behaviors, the components of the Kind Campus program focus on the five core competencies of social- emotional learning described by Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL): self-awareness, social awareness, responsible decision making, self-management, and relationship management. The Kind Campus program includes individual, classroom, and school-wide exercises in practicing kindness recognition, active gratitude, and intentional kindness towards oneself, one’s peers, one’s community, and one’s overall environment. Additionally, students are taught to recognize and acknowledge acts of kindness by others. Kind Campus activities are designed to be easily implemented during the school’s normal routines. The activities are fun, and build community within the school, making it appealing to not only students, but also to teachers, staff/faculty, and families.
Kind Campus practices and activities are intended to be embedded into the daily routines of school, becoming a “way of life” for the campus community. When the whole community focuses on practicing kindness together, opportunities to integrate the kindness focus into existing routines and lessons become clear. Language arts teachers may pay special attention to the kindness or lack of kindness of a character in a novel or a poem while a science teacher may use kindness as a way to explain the importance of honesty in research. Rather than relying on stand alone lessons, Kind Campus provides a comprehensive, intentional and proactive approach for developing social-emotional skills. The more teachers and other adult role models integrate attention to kindness into regular curriculum and activities, the more profound the learning opportunities will be.
Small Miracles is proud to announce that we have joined forces with the State of Arizona’s Department of Health Services (AZDHS) “School Garden Sanitarian” Kathryn Mathewson. Little Ranch, Open Arms, Old Spanish Trail, Scottsdale Early Learning Center, and Pima Country Day School have been certified to grow, harvest, and eat the food that comes out of their very own gardens. The children will learn as early as age 1 healthy eating habits through sensory learning. Not only will our preschool children be exposed to a new way of learning where their food comes from, they will start to have a new appreciation for fresh fruits and vegetables straight from their preschools backyard.
Team members, their families and children of Small Miracles volunteered their time on Friday, November 20th serving a Thanksgiving Dinner to local refugees. Community service is a big part of Small Miracles and we want children along with their families and our team members to play an active role in giving back to the community through our charitable giving program – thank you to everyone that helped.
Just wanted to share pictures from our Thanksgiving raffle. We received more than could even fit in the box!! Families donated food for three families in need here at our school and LR will be donating a turkey for each of them. One grandmother started crying on the phone because she was so happy! Happy almost Thanksgiving everyone!!