April 2018

Dear Parents,

      I sure hope spring has sprung by the time you read this! As June approaches I am acutely aware of the time that has passed since September.  June hurtles towards us and there is still so much to teach, so much to learn, and so much to do.  
This month the two-year-old’s will explore the many adventures of Pete the Cat. These best-selling picture books present the wiry Pete with his white shoes and eclectic friends showing that it’s cool to be you.  With boundless poise, creativity and energy.  Ms. Jessica and Ms. Susanne do an exceptional job with their charges. So much fun for our little ones!
With their usual enthusiasm, our three-year-old teachers will introduce life on the farm. The focus of this unit is farm animals and their products.  Although the school doesn’t take field trips, the petting zoo at the Norfolk Zoo has many farm animals the children can touch and feed.  As the children become more aware of their environment, their curiosity deepens.  These studies are designed to help them organize their world.
The four-year olds will continue with the Bird unit until mid-month and start the Wild West Unit learning about horses, cowboys and Rodeo’s with a combination of factual information. They will also study horses with delightful stories about American Cowboys.
The Pre-K class will become environmentally aware as they focus their attention on the birds of prey.  Ms. Sandra’s Pre-K class will study birds, birds of prey in particular.  Children will learn why the hawk has a hooked beak and toes with strong, curved talons.  Where does the Osprey live and what do they eat?  Learning is so much fun.
Kindergarten has an exciting month.  Mrs. Watkins and Mrs. Hobbs classes will be learning about the stages of plant development, butterfly development, and frog development using complete hands on approach.  The kindergarten rooms have become laboratories where seeds sprout; caterpillars spin cocoons, and tadpole’s metamorphosis into frogs.  If anyone finds tadpoles or frog eggs send them in!  The children’s academic progress amazes me.  Many are now learning long vowel sounds and spelling!  As spring progresses we plan to incorporate creative writing into each week’s lesson.  As these masterpieces come home it is important that you be extremely positive in your comments.  PLEASE don’t make any suggestions for improvement and don’t even think of mentioning spelling.  Creative writing is a very personal and sensitive process.  A careless remark can be devastating.
May 15th is conference day.  School is closed while you discover what wonderful children you have.  And they really are wonderful!  Child care will be available during your conference and for those enrolled in our full day program only.
We’ve begun the tedious process of updating the Parent Handbook and roster for next year.  If you plan on returning and haven’t told us, please do so soon.  If you are not returning, remember to return the little green binder you received last fall. We like to recycle them. We have sent out information on the summer programs at Bellamy and Greenbrier, and Broad Bay Manor.  If you missed it and are interested, talk to your directors.  Classes are beginning to fill. 
Spring appears to be a busy and exciting time for all of us.  If you have any questions or concerns we’re only a phone call away.
Mark your calendars for our Spring Programs! The times and dates are attached. It’s the three-year-old parents’ turn to provide refreshments for the adults in the lobby.  (We please check the labels we are Nut-Free facility) We always welcome cheese, crackers, fruit and veggies as well as sweets.         
As the weather turns warm many children sunburn.  If your child is sensitive to the sun, remember to put sunscreen on him/her before he comes to school.  We will apply sunscreen to Full Day students after quiet time (2:00).                                   

DATES TO REMEMBER
April 2-6th …………………….Spring Break SCHOOL CLOSED
April 10 and 11th ………… … Class Pictures
April 17th……………………...Ms. Jessica and Ms. Susanne’s Spring Show
April 18 and 19th.……..………Spring Programs
May 15th…..…………………..Conferences (Open for all day children only)
May 28th……..………………..Closed for Memorial Day
June  8th…………..…………...Kindergarten Graduation
June 15th……………………....Last Day of School
June 18-22nd…………….……School Open for Day Care Only
June 25-Aug 17th……………...Summer Program
Sept. 4th………….………….…First Day of School  

 

                                    SPRING PROGRAMS

                          April 17th Ms. Jessica and Ms. Susanne

 

Wednesday, April 18 @9:30                         Thursday, April 19 @ 9:30

          Ms. Niki                                                        Ms. Michele
Ms. Lisa                                                         Ms. Kristine
Ms. Jacklynn                                                 Ms. Sandra
Ms. Sara                                                        Mrs. Hobbs
Mrs. Watkins

Ms. Niki and Ms. Sara’s PM Classes

 

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