February 2018

Dear Parents,
     Peter Rabbit has hopped off to Farmer MacGregor’s garden, the dinosaurs are officially extinct, our wild mustangs are temporarily in the corral and we’ve learned about nutrition.  The excitement of tea parties, dinosaur hunts, and rodeos was incredible.  Now that all these wild beasts are gone we can get back to work.
     February may be the shortest month, but it is also the busiest.  With Valentine’s Day, two president’s birthdays, Chinese New Year and Ground Hog Day, February always promises excitement. 
     Ms. Jessica and Ms. Susanne will introduce the world of color to our Mothers Day Out class.  With easel painting, sponge printing, spin art and backed papers, this is a grand time for our youngest.
     Our three year olds will begin February with community helpers. The teachers introduce their children to the people in their neighborhood. Fireman, policeman, doctors, and dentists will come to share their jobs and teach the children safety. If you can offer us your expertise, please give your child’s teacher a call. It’s a terrific month for the threes!
     Peter Rabbit may be gone, but our fantasy oriented fours will continue their sojourn in the land of make believe.  They discover the world of castles, dragons, and unicorns this month.  Medieval knights and fairy princesses come alive for them, and they’ll find that most dragons are rather sensitive and lovable creatures.  The children finish the unit with a royal ball fit for any king or queen.  The four’s indulge in fantasy to their hearts content.
     Ms. Sandra’s class is slowly giving up their horses.  Once the western journey is finished, preK will cover the hodgepodge of February--Ground Hog Day, Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and Chinese New Year.  It’s a great time for the children to learn a bit about our country’s history, the pledge of allegiance, and those anecdotes about George and Abe.  Busy!
     The kindergarten classes go around the world.  It’s a full month’s trip, and we learn about children from other countries.  The emphasis of study is the dress, food, homes, and customs of countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.  If any of you have traveled and can share pictures or items with the class, please call me or your child’s teacher.
      Valentine’s Day with its message of love and friendship is special to children and to Bellamy Manor School.  Each class exchanges valentines and has a party on February 14th (or 13th for the T/Th classes).  Enclosed is a list with the number of children in each class.  On February 14th (or 13th) please send in valentines for each student in your child’s class, and we’ll take care of the rest.  The teachers have requested that you NOT “address” the valentines--just sign them with your child’s name.  This way the children can easily pass them out.




     Registration for next year is going well.  It is satisfying to know that so many of you are pleased with BMS’s program.  Thank you for all your support and cooperation.    Without your smiles and encouragement my job would be so difficult.  Instead, it’s a joy!  Openings are still available in some of our classes even though we have opened registration to the general public.  If you intend to register your child for next year and haven’t yet done so, we urge you to turn in your form along with your registration fee immediately. The only way to be sure of a place next year is to turn in both the registration form and the registration fee. Those of you that have registered make sure that you complete your registration with the online link that we’ve emailed to you.
Many of you have asked questions about our kindergarten program. We realized that when most of you initially register at BMS we go into great detail about the three- year-old program or the four-year-old program, but often kindergarten comes as a wonderful surprise.  Our kindergarten program continues the phonics instruction begun in the four-year-old and Pre-K programs. It includes a very strong short vowel reading, writing, and spelling curriculum that leads to long vowel usage in the spring.  The children learn to recognize and write numbers to 100 and beyond; they learn math facts to 20, graphing, fraction recognition, and how to count money.  The joy of the program, however, is the incredible amount of information the children learn in their unit studies (constellations, musical instruments, and dinosaurs, children around the world, the human body, and other very hands on science studies.). The goal is, as always, to enhance their self esteem.  Having so much knowledge about their world gives them tremendous self confidence. They acquire the skills needed to put them at the top of their first grade class.  Your response so far for next year is gratifying.  You may not be aware that if you declare BMS as your primary child care provider, you can register your child in the kindergarten class at Providence, Fairfield, or Kempsville Elementary Schools.  Your child can attend BMS for half the day and public elementary school for the other half.  This gives them both the community school experience and the academic exposure you have come to expect from BMS. Our van will transport children to or from Fairfield and Providence Elementary.

 SUMMER: Our summer program will be from June 18-Aug. 17.  Summer registration forms will go out soon. We will have two, three, and five-day programs, both half and full day.  We will have a six week and an eight-week program.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY.  Although our inclement weather policy states that we will close if the public schools close, sometimes it is not necessary.  It all depends on the roads and the power conditions.  We will send out an email  from the school to warn of any weather closings. Be sure to check our website under “Special Announcements” at www.manorschools.com.  Of course, if your neighborhood conditions are even slightly questionable, stay home.                                                                         

Please return any clothes your child may have borrowed from school due to accidents or playground mishaps.  We’re getting low on our supply of spare socks, underwear, and pants.  It helps so much to have a change of clothes in the bottom of your child’s bookbag.
Check coats and jackets.  Sometimes a child grabs the wrong coat on his way out the door.  So many jackets are similar and make ownership difficult to distinguish.  PLEASE WRITE YOUR NAME ON THE LABEL! Our Lost and Found container is full. Please stop by and check to see if anything belongs to your child.


                                             VALENTINE INFORMATION
Mothers Day Out
Ms. Susanne 10
Ms. Jessica 10


Three Year Olds:                                 Four Year Olds:
Ms. Lisa   16                                        Ms. Jacklynn 17   
Ms. Niki   15                                        Ms. Sara  8
Ms. Niki (pm) 6                                   Ms. Sara (pm)  8
Ms. Michele 11                                    Ms. Kristine 18                  

PrK:                                                       Kindergarten:
Mrs. Sandra:  15                                    Mrs. Watkins:    15
Mrs. Hobb         16


FEB 19………….. President’s Day SCHOOL CLOSED
MAR 20/21………Lions Club Screening
APRIL 1………….Happy Easter
APRIL 2-6……… Spring Break SCHOOL CLOSED
APRIL 17………..MDO Spring Shows
APRIL 18/19…….Spring Programs
MAY 15….………Conferences (Open for Day Care only)
MAY 28………… Memorial Day SCHOOL CLOSED
JUNE 8 …………..Kindergarten Graduation
JUNE 15..……….. Last Day of school.
JUNE 18-AUG.17..Summer Program
SEPT 4 …………. First day of school 2018-2019

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