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.
      One of the nicest things about school is how much fun it is. Both socially and academically Bellamy Manor School students are enjoying   themselves while absorbing some marvelous tidbits of information.  This past fall has been productive as well as rewarding for our teachers and staff. We hope you have seen great strides in your child's growth.
        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 letters and numbers 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.
          The children are enjoying our Spanish classes. In December you may hear your child using Spanish to describe our winter weather…the cold “el frio” and what may follow “la nieve” the snow! During our Holiday Program we will sing Felize Navidad for our grand finale.        
We plan on having our holiday programs on Dec. 6, 12, and 13th. Be sure to check below for the day and time your child’s class will perform. The programs will last about thirty minutes.  It's the four-year-old parents’ turn to provide refreshments for the adults in the lobby. Remember we are now a peanut free school.  If it is convenient for you to take your child home after the program rather than wait for carpool, that would be fine, please return to your child’s class and pick up your child from the classroom. Parking will be available again at the Rivers of Living Waters Church on Indian Lakes Blvd. A security policeman will patrol the parking lot while you enjoy your children’s show.  Excitement is extremely high during this last week of school, so please be patient with your child.  
    ‘Tis the season not only to be jolly, but also to indulge.  Although we aren’t fanatic about no sugar at the Manor Schools, we have learned to be cautious.  Some children cannot tolerate any sugar at all -- all children seem to react negatively when their systems are overloaded with it.  This is the time of year when adult expectations and childish abilities have difficulty meshing.  One major thing you can do to help your child enjoy the holiday season is limit their sugar intake.   (Not eliminate, just limit.)  This does not mean we don’t want parties.   The children love cheese and crackers and fruit as much as cupcakes!  If it's not worth the hassle, please try to curtail sugar at breakfast.  Children seem better able to settle into learning with protein and fruit.
In January, we will be sending out registration information for the 2019-2020 school year via e-mail.  We will be enrolling on line through a link given to you when we return in January. Although it seems so far in the future, now is the time to start planning. Those of you on a flexible benefits program need to call us for a schedule of fees for the next school year. Those of you who plan on returning to our school next fall should register soon after the holidays to reserve your child a place next September. We will limit registration to returning students through January.  Register early to get your first choice, some classes fill before the end of January. After January, registration will also be open to the public. If you are interested in having your child attend a private elementary school, talk to Mrs. Watkins or me.
       We want to thank everyone for helping support our fundraisers.  Your response this year was overwhelming and we truly appreciate it! 
       The Manor Schools’ staff wish you a peaceful and pleasant holiday season.  Thank you for your encouragement and support over the past three months.  It's what keeps us going.
         
Warmest Holiday Greetings,
Nancy
       
MEDICATIONS:  It 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 logged in only by YOU, the parent;
         * The medicine must be given to us in its original container;  
         * NEVER, EVER, put medicine in your child's book bag. This includes all over-the- counter items such as lip balm, cough drops and hand cream.  

LOST & FOUND:  Please check our Lost and Found for any clothing your child may be missing. We accumulate quite a collection. Please return any clothing borrowed when your child has an accident at school. If you have clothes your child has outgrown send them our way.  We need them for this type of emergency. Thanks!!

SNOW POLICY:  Manor School special announcements, such as school closings, late openings, and early dismissals will be posted on our website at www.manorschools.com.
 You will also receive an e-mail and/or text from your teacher.  If you are still not sure, feel free to contact your child’s teacher or us directly.

SCHOOL CLOSES FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT THE END OF THE DAY ON DECEMBER 18th.

DECEMBER 19– JANUARY 1…BMS CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS

TAX ID:  Bellamy Manor’s Tax ID is:  54-1238801

HOLIDAY PROGRAM SCHEDULE

December 6 @ 9:30 Thursday:

        Ms. Michele, Ms. Jess, Ms. Susanne                 

                   Dec. 12th Wednesday:                                      Dec. 13th Thursday: 
9:30                                                                    9:30
Ms. Jessica’s Class                                               Ms. Jenn’s Class
Ms. Niki’s Class                                                   Ms. Kirsty’s Class
Ms. Jacklynn’s Class                                            Ms. Sandra’s Class
Ms. Sara’s Class                                                   Mrs. Watkins Class

  2:00
All Afternoon Classes     

      
Our holiday program will be outside in the parking circle.  If it rains we will have it inside.  Keep your fingers crossed!

SCHOOL CALENDAR

December 6, 12, and 13th.…………Holiday Programs                                                                 
December 18………………………Last day before Holiday Break                                                                                    
January 2…………………………. School resumes
January 21…………………………M L King Day, School Closed
January 28…………………………Teacher In-service, School Closed
February18……………………….. Presidents Day, School Closed
April 22 – 26………………………Spring break, School Closed
May 7..…………………..………...Conference Day
May 27 ……………………………Memorial Day, School Closed
June 14…………………………….Last day of school
June 17-Aug 16……………………Summer program at Bellamy Manor
Sept 3………………………………Fall programs begin