February 2018

Dear Parents,

            The dragon fires are extinguished and the aviaries have migrated to the rooms of Bridget, Kim, and Kari. Mother Goose has taught us rhyming and our kindergartners have returned from their journey around the world. The excitement of exotic travel, birds-of-prey, and fairy tale castles was incredible. Now that all these events are past, 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, and Ground Hog Day, February always promises excitement.
Loretta, our pillar of patience, begins February with an in-depth study of words and their opposites to our Mother’s 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 begin February with nursery tales. The children explore classic stories as they grow Jack’s beanstalk, peek at the troll under the Billy goat’s bridge, and visit the three bears. They will also celebrate Valentine’s Day, with a party and card exchanges.
The four year olds depart from their fantasy world of make-believe and explore the fascinating world of our feathered friends. As local birds migrate back into the area they should be able to identify most of them. Bridget, Kim, and Kari teach them the characteristics of twenty-five different species and help them create an amazing bird book. We’ll end with yet another party, complete with worms and seeds!
Ms. Gwen’s classes cover the hodgepodge of February – Ground Hog Day, Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthdays, Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year. It’s a great time for them to learn a bit of our country’s history, the pledge of allegiance, and those anecdotes about George and Abe.  Busy!
The kindergarten classes study rhyming using the stories of Dr. Seuss. This is a fun time to rhyme in silly ways. The Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, and Thidwick become our vehicles for learning. Math, crafts and songs all focus on Seuss themes. It all ends with the renowned, “Breakfast at Greenbrier Manor” featuring Green Eggs and Ham (of course)! The children have a grand time with all of this while an incredible amount of learning takes place.
This month Spanish will be teaching the parts of the body. The rhyme, “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” will now sound like, “Cabeza, Hombros, Piernas y Pies, Piernas y Pies…”   The song is fun, easy to learn and the children will pick it up quickly so you will likely hear it at home…in Spanish!!       
Valentine’s Day with its messages of love and friendship is special to children and to Greenbrier 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:  Registration for next year is progressing nicely. It is satisfying to know that so many of you are pleased with GMS’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 registration is now open to the public. If you intend to register your child for next year and haven’t yet done so, I strongly urge you to begin the two-step registration process immediately. The only way to ensure a place next year is to turn in both the preregistration form and the registration fee.
Many of you have asked questions about our kindergarten program. We realized that when most of you initially register at GMS we go into detail about our 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 that began in the four-year-old program.  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; they learn math facts to 10, graphing, fraction recognition, and how to count money. The joy of the program, however, is the incredible amount of information the children learn in the unit studies (constellations, musical instruments, 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 GMS as your primary childcare provider, you can register your child in the kindergarten class at Greenbrier Primary School. We will be offering transportation from Butts Road Primary. We’ll pick them up and bring them back to GMS. This gives them both the community school experience and the academic exposure you have come to expect from GMS. 

Summer: Our summer program will be from June 18 thru August 17. Summer preregistration forms will go out soon. We will have two, three, and five day programs, both half and full day. We will have one six-week program for half day children. Full time students may enroll for an eight-week session.

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. 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.    




Greenbrier’s EIN number is 54-1636775

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.

Please 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!!!!                                   


Mother’s Day Out: Ms. Loretta  12

Three Year Olds:   

Ms. Liz  16 

Ms. Brittney 16

Ms. Amber 16                           

Ms. Karen 15

Four Year Olds:     

Ms. Kim 18                     

Ms. Bridget  18

Ms Kari  18                               

Pre-K:         Ms. Gwen 18                              Ms. Gwen   8       

Kindergarten:         Mrs. Tracy Early 15         Ms Stephanie Stanger 13

Extended Day Kindergarten:       Ms. Tracy Early 12                       


February 19 ………….    President’s Day, School Closed
March 27,28 & 29........Individual & Class Pictures
April 2-6…………...       Spring Break, School Closed.
May 15.………………    Conference Day (Open for All Day Care only)
May 28……………….    Memorial Day, School Closed
June 7 & 8……………    Kindergarten Graduation 
June 7 @ 9:15 Mrs. Early’s class
June 8 @ 9:15 Mrs. Stanger’s class
June 15……………….    Last Day of School
June 18-22……………    School Open for Day Care
June 25-Aug 17………    Summer programs at Greenbrier, Bellamy and Broad Bay                                                                           

Sept 4……………. …..    Fall programs begin