A Reminder About MCA's Health/Illness Policy:

The season for colds and flu is upon us. Please take a moment to review our Health/Illness policies below!

Ill children need to stay at home to prevent exposure to other children and adults at school and to let children rest.  Micah Children’s Academy illness policy is based on the Model Health Care Policies developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. If the symptoms below are noted, we will call you to come and get your child.  Children will be excluded from attending preschool for the following reasons (this list covers the most common illnesses, but is not inclusive of all reasons for exclusion):

  • Illness that prevents the child from participating comfortably in preschool activities, including lethargy, behavioral changes, irritability and/or difficulty breathing.
  • Illness that results in a greater need for care than our staff can provide.
  • Respiratory Illnesses & Colds: If mucus is profuse and cannot be controlled by normal wiping, the child will be excluded at MCA’s discretion. A child will also be excluded if the runny nose is associated with a fever, an infected throat, persistent cough or general irritability.
  • Fever of 100.4 (axillary)
  • Persistent Cough, with or without fever.
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (more than two loose stools).
  • Mouth Sores not associated with drooling.
  • Rash, unless a physician has determined it is not a communicable disease.
  • Purulent Conjunctivitis (defined as pink or red conjunctiva with white or yellow eye discharge) until the child has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.
  • Impetigo until 24 hours after treatment.
  • Strep Throat until 24 hours after treatment.
  • Head Lice until after treatment and all nits are removed. Must have receipt of treatment in order to return.
  • Chickenpox, until all lesions have dried and crusted (usually 6 days).
  • Pertussis (whooping cough) until 5 days of appropriate antibiotics.
  • Hepatitis A virus until one week after onset of illness, after immune globulin has been administered.

In order to assure your child’s comfort and reduce risk of contagion, we ask that sick children be picked up as soon as possible. Children must remain home for 24 hours without the above symptoms before returning to school. In the case of a suspected or confirmed contagious disease, rash or continuing symptoms, a doctor’s note is required before your child is permitted to return to school. We will ALWAYS err on the side of children and call you when anything unusual is detected.

Excluded children may return when:

  • They are free of fever, vomiting and diarrhea for a full 24 hours.
  • They have been treated with an antibiotic for a full 24 hours.
  • They are able to participate comfortably in all usual preschool activities, including outdoor time.
  • The child is free of open, oozing skin conditions and drooling unless:
    • A health-care provider signs a note stating that the child’s condition is not contagious,
    • The involved areas can be covered by a bandage without seepage or drainage through the bandage.

The final decision about whether a child must stay home or whether he/she can return to school is made by the Director.

MCA Scholastic Book Fair


We are excited to be hosting our first Scholastic Book Fair this week at MCA! Please stop by to check out the seriously impressive array of books to choose from, just in time for Chanukah! Eight nights of books, anyone?

You can also purchase online (hint, hint, grandparents)! Your purchase will be added to our total sales and shipped directly to the school at no charge. To shop online click here!

The book fair will be open each morning from 7:30-9:30am and each afternoon from 2:30-5:30pm.

You are also invited for BLT (Books & Lunch, Together) tomorrow, Tuesday 12/6. Come and have lunch with your child and then shop the book fair afterward! Plus, don't miss Dress Like A Pirate Day, this Friday 12/9. Send your child to school dressed as a pirate and then come see them dance a jig at Tot Shabbat. Stay and shop after the festivities.

You can also sign up to help by visiting our volunteer page. Just an hour of your time would be a huge help to us.

Thanks and see you at the fair!

Spanish News

This Summer in Spanish:

Hace calor!

We talked about how hot it is getting this summer (almost one hundred degrees!) and reviewed our weather terms, seasons, months, and the days of the week as well as numbers and colors.



We read “¿El canguro tiene mamá?” (“Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?”) by Eric Carle. We learned that the following animals have mothers who love them as much as our mothers love us: león, jirafa, pingüino, cisne, zorro, delfín, oveja, oso, elefante, mono (Lion, giraffe, penguin, swan, fox, dolphin, sheep, bear, elephant, monkey).

We sang “Cinco Patitos” about the five little ducks which went out for a swim and didn’t come back.


Cinco Patitos

Cinco patitos salieron a nadar

por la colina y más allá

La mamá pata dijo: “Cua, cua, cua”

y solo a cuatro vio regresar


La pobre mamá pata salió a nadar

por la colina y más allá

La pobre mamá pata dijo: “Cua, cua, cua”

¡Y a sus patitos vio regresar!


Our araña, spider, has eight eyes and eight legs, each of which is a different color. We sang “La Itzi Bitzi Araña” (The Itsy Bitsy Spider), and Minis and Pre-K all got turns, if they wanted one, to make the spider climb up, weave, and get washed out…as long as they said or sang the lyrics.

We read, “La Araña Muy Ocupada” which has a lot of animals which are in the other books we have been reading: “¿Tu mamá es una llama?” and “¿El canguro tiene mamá?” (“Is Your Mama a Llama?” and “Does the Kangaroo Have a Mom?”)

Animal vocabulary:

Perro, cerdo, gato, foca, caballo, murciélago, oveja, cabra, pato, gallina, and cisne which are- dog, pig, cat, seal, horse, bat, sheep, goat, duck, hen and swan


La Itzi Bitzi Araña (The Itsy Bitsy Spider)

La itzi bitzi araña

Tejió su telaraña.

Bajó la lluvia

Y se la llevó.

Salió el sol

Y secó la lluvia.

Y itzi bitzi araña

Otra vez subió.