December 2018

Dear Parents,

The days are shorter, the nights are snugly, and there is such a hint of anticipation and excitement in the air that it must be December!  This is a very exciting and busy month for us all.   With an emphasis on joy and love, this holiday season will be a happy and pleasant one. The classes devote the month of December to holiday preparations, both Christmas and Hanukkah.  All the children will make crafts and learn songs appropriate for each celebration.   In addition to our routine academics, this month's activities will include making and wrapping their gifts for you, baking, and preparing for our Holiday Program.  Kindergarten studies the instruments of the orchestra to help them appreciate the music they will hear this holiday season.  If any of you would care to share your expertise in this area we sure would be grateful.

One of the nicest things about school is how much fun it is.   Both socially and academically, Broad Bay Manor students   are enjoying themselves while absorbing some marvelous tidbits of information.  This past fall has been productive as well as rewarding for my teachers and me.  I hope you have seen great strides in your child's growth as well!

Holiday Programs:  Our holiday programs will be December 12, 13 and 14th.   Please see below for exact class schedules.  We will try to have the program outside if weather permits so dress accordingly.  You are welcome to bring chairs or blankets if needed.   If the weather is too cold or wet we will move the program to the big room inside. 

Holiday food:  With so many upcoming events at school, remember our nut free policy.  While sweet treats are always fun, don’t forget about fruit and protein to add a balance during these fun events.  The children’s behavior afterwards will thank you J

2019-2020 Registration: I will soon send out registration info for the 2019-2020 school year via e-mail. We will continue to use our online registration program, InfoSnap.  Although it seems terribly far in the future, now is the time to start planning for the 2019-2020 school year. Those of you who plan on returning to our school next fall should plan to register ASAP once we return from our winter break. 

Many parents of current four-year-old students are concerned about properly placing their child next year. Some children need an additional preschool year before kindergarten, but many do not.  Kindergarten is only open to those children turning 5 on or before September 30, 2019.  If your child turns 5 after this date, our PreK class is the correct placement.

Inclement Weather Policy:  Manor School special announcements, such as school closing, late opening, and early dismissal will be posted on our website www.manorschools.com.  You will also get an email as soon as we make any decisions about school closings.

Here are some repeat reminders that will apply throughout the colder months:

SICK POLICY: In order for us to keep ALL our children as healthy as possible we must work together.  Please DO NOT send in your child if they are sick.  If they are showing any signs of sickness consider keeping them out of school to help prevent exposure to other children.  If we are ALL in keeping with this courtesy, we can greatly reduce the spread of illness throughout the school.  A healthier school means a healthier child for you!  Our official rule is a child may not come to school until they have been fever free (without meds) for 24 hours.  If your child is sent home with a temperature mid day, we will expect him/her NOT to be at school the following day as this is not in keeping with the 24 hour policy.  We ask if your child has vomited or had diarrhea in the last 24 hours to please stay home as well. In the end a sick child belongs at home.
MEDICATIONSIt helps us to know if your child is on any medication. The side effects of many antibiotics and decongestants include behavioral changes that dramatically alter classroom performance and actions. We recently met with Social Services for clarification of several regulations. The state is strict and emphatic on the storing and dispensing medication at school.  You need to know that:
* All medication must be locked in our medicine cabinet and turned in to the front desk by YOU, the parent;
* The medicine must be given to us in its original unopened container;  
* NEVER, EVER, put medicine in your child's bookbag. This includes all over-the- counter items such as lip balm, cough drops and hand cream.  
PERSONAL ITEMS:  Now that the weather is getting chillier we are seeing more and more coats/jackets coming to school.  Please label all of your child’s items.  This will help our teacher make sure these items make it home every day.
We wish you a peaceful and pleasant holiday season from the entire BBMS staff.  Thanks again for sharing it with us!
Sincerely,  
Jennifer Cox

DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

Dec 10 .………………………………………………..      Santa visits BBMS (shhh! It’s a surprise!)
Dec 11, 12, 13, 14 ....................................................... Holiday Programs
Dec 19-Jan 1…………………………………………       Holiday Break (school closed)
Jan 2 ………………………………………………….       FALL 2019 registration for current families
Jan 21 ...................................................................      MLK Day (school closed)
Jan 29…………………………………………………       Teacher In-service (school closed)
Feb 18…………………………………………………      Presidents’ Day (school closed)
Apr 15-19………………………………………………     Spring Break (school closed)
May 27………………………………………………..       Memorial Day (school closed)

Winter Program Schedule

Tuesday, December 11th @ 1:15
Ms. Muncy
Ms. Profilet

Wednesday, December 12th @9:15
Ms. Charlynn
Ms. Colleen
Ms. Leigh

Thursday, December 13th @9:15
Ms. Kristin
Ms. Jennifer
Ms. Brantley

Friday, December 14th @9:15
Ms. Kelly
Ms. Dorothy
Ms. Moesta

 

 

 

                                       
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