Getting the Most Out of Doctor Visits

There’s a lot of things for parents to think about when it comes to their child’s healthcare. What should I consider when choosing a pediatrician? How do I help prepare my child (and myself) for a visit to the doctor’s office? What’s the best way to bring up any concerns I may have about my child? In the November issue of Bay Area Parent Magazine, Dr. Melanie A. Atmadja answers these questions and gives helpful advice on how to get the most out of your child’s visits to the pediatrician.


Melanie A. Atmadja, M.D. is a board-certified pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Mountain View Center.

“Getting the Most Out of Doctor Visits”

More Than a Babysitter: Traditions For Grandparents to Start With Their Grandchildren

Grandparents are awesome. They are an extra set of grown-ups in our children’s lives who love them, care for them, and help them learn about the world around them. In the November issue of Bay Area Parent Magazine, author Kerrie McLoughlin shared some fun ideas for grandparents and grandchildren to experience together – and what better time than the holiday season, when many families get together and have the time to try creating new traditions?

“More Than a Babysitter: Traditions to Start with Your Grandchildren”


The Merry-Go-Round at Tilden Park features a festive “Winter Wonderland” theme through the months of November-December, and is always sure to bring a smile


The Environmental Education Center at Tilden Park’s Little Farm is full of fun displays to explore – a great way to learn more about our local wildlife!



Happy Hanukkah!



Happy Hanukkah to all our families and friends who celebrate it!

We Are Thankful

This month we asked our three, four and five year old friends what they were thankful for.  It’s a big concept for little people, so we asked “What/who do you really love?  What are your very favorites that you couldn’t imagine not having?  What/who is special in your life that you would say thank you for?”  We got a wide variety of answers from favorite new toys to special foods to siblings.  This is always a sweet read and we hope you continue to foster the idea of thankfulness and gratitude with your children.
What are you thankful for?
My digger with the two teeth on it  – Mark
My mommy and my horsey  – Isabella
Friends at school! – Mika
Sleeping with Piglet in my warm bed and having good dreams – Linus
Legos and watching videos – Nicolas
Mama and Mommy – Jacob
Me! – Isabel
My toys and the things I like to do – Jack N.
Having dinner – Peyton
The legos I got from Adam and Zachary – Benjamin
Snack – Xavi
Peas! – Tabitha
Stuffed animals and eating cheese – Luke
Pizza – Logan
My family, my neighbors, and my friends – Keelan
The lego set that I got and my favorite stuffed animals – Elliott
My sister – Beni
Spiders – Erin
Everything! – Cael
Getting a ticket to ride bikes and Matt – Jack R.
God making fish for us to catch and eat and the whole world – Beckham
Eating waffles – Chimali
Mommy and Daddy – Tyler
Eris – John
My giraffe – Lily
My school – Zaid
Chicken – Jeremy
Bentley – Whitney
That one of my neighbors gave me a really cute bear and it talks! – Harper
My lambs – Camille
My brother and sister -Jacob thankful
We are thankful for our wonderful Grace students and families!
– Marlene, Meg, Lavenia, Charie, Sarah and Joy

The eScrip Online Mall – Shop in Your PJ’s AND Benefit Everyone’s Favorite Little Preschool

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Did you know shopping online at retailers such as Amazon, Apple Store, Gift Card Mall, Target,, and hundreds more, will earn up to 16% of every purchase you make for Grace Cooperative Preschool?

It’s Easy! 
All you have to do is click on the link below to access the eScrip Online Mall and shop as you normally would. That’s it! No card registration, coupons or special downloads required.}?id=137956095

Thank you. We appreciate your support!

*Take that extra minute so Grace Preschool can benefit from your holiday shopping!*
Shelley Nelson, 2015/16 eScrip Coordinator

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Fall Food Drive for Food Bank of Contra Costa!

Let’s Shift Into High Gear For Our Holiday Food Drive!
Our annual food drive for the Contra Costa Food Bank kicked off on November 2 and will run until our winter break.

Why give to the Food Bank?

Because we can make a difference!  The Contra Costa and Solano County Food Bank feeds 188,000 people a month.  One out of four beneficiaries are children.  

What food items should I donate?

One great idea is to involve our kids in the process and let them pick out some of their favorite non-perishable food items.  

Most needed items listed on the Food Bank website:

Canned meat, fish & soups
Canned ready to eat meals
Canned vegetables & tomato products
Peanut butter (plastic container)
Iron rich cereal (45% or more of daily value)
100% Fruit juice (48 oz. or less plastic bottles)
Canned fruit (in juice)
Dry beans (any type)
Enriched rice or pasta
Powdered milk

Let’s fill those Food Bank donation boxes and show our kids that we care!

– Gina Gabriel (MWF) & Saher Beg (TTH), FBCCS-LogoFamily and Community Needs Coordinators

East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2015

Looking for a fun and educational family outing this weekend? The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is this Sunday! Featuring both established and emerging local “makers,” the East Bay Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly celebration featuring rockets and robots, digital fabrication, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique hand-made crafts, music and local food, and educational workshops and installations.

Where: Park Day School and Studio One Art Center, 360 42nd St., Oakland (entrance at 42nd and Opal)

When: Sunday, Oct. 18   10 am – 5 pm

Admission: Advanced Prices – Child: $13, Adult: $17 (good through midnight on 10/17); Day-of “Door” Prices – Child: $15, Adult: $20

For further information, go to:



Grace Kids on TV!

One of the local tv stations broadcast coverage of the 2015 Walnut Festival Twilight Parade, and at the 37 minute mark there’s a fun clip featuring our little box of preschooler crayons (and their families) marching down Main Street and showing off their school spirit for King Walnut! Thanks again to everyone who came out participated or cheered us on!


A group of tired and happy crayons, smiling after their big march down Main St!



“The Trouble With ‘Whyyyyyyy?'”

Parents of preschoolers will no doubt recognize this favored phrase among the the 2-5 year old set – often asked (or whined) when they are being told something they don’t necessarily want to hear (ie: It’s bedtime/bathtime/time to come inside!). In her article from the September issue of Active Family Magazine (page 18-19), child development and behavior specialist Betsy Brown Braun writes about the many different purposes that may be behind your child’s question of “Whyyyyy?”

The Trouble With “Whyyyyyyy?”