June 1, 2017

           

Dear Parents,

 

     As the end of the school year hurtles towards us, we would like to reminisce a bit, for it truly has been a wonderful year. The school spirit and parental support have been absolutely tremendous. Thank you, one and all!  It seems like years ago, but recall, the fantastic Pumpkin Patch Parade last fall?  In addition, the Holiday program brought out the sweetness and enchantment of the children and reinforced the purpose of what everything is for – the spirit of love and friendship we all share.  We've had several successful fundraisers that have enabled us to plant our garden so the children can be engaged in planting, watering, weeding, picking and eating the yummy veggies they have helped produce! We have also been able to upgrade our classroom equipment! Looking back over the past nine months I see achievement and growth in the children, in the school, and in the GMS staff. We owe it all to you and your unflagging, cheerful support. Thanks for sharing your child with us and providing us the opportunity to teach and the enjoyment of watching them mature.

      Our Mothers Day Out children finish the year learning about the beach while the Threes complete their jungle safari and then turn their attention to tamer beasts. They will study the farm, the animals and their products. Although the school does not take field trips, the petting zoo at the Norfolk Zoo is a great place where the children can touch and feed many farm animals.

      Many of the children saw the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus when it was in town for its final time as The Greatest Show on Earth. Stephanie, Kim, and Bridget’s four-year-old’s will continue to study life under the big top. The children will learn about various animals and acts that delighted audiences of all ages for over 146 years.  

     Our Pre-K will study Dr. Seuss and his zany characters. The Cat in the Hat and all his friends – Thidwick, Bartholomew Cubbins, Horton, and Yertle become our vehicles for learning.  Rhymes, math, crafts and songs all focus on Seuss themes during these last days. It all ends with the notorious Breakfast at Greenbrier 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.

      As kindergarten prepares for their final ceremony, they review all they have learned from the unit studies, then write about their favorite unit as well as illustrate it. On June 8th and 9th we will have our graduation ceremonies for our oldest group. Mrs. Early’s class will graduate on June 8th @ 9:15 and Mrs. Graf’s class will graduate on June 9th @ 9:15. Bring your camera and tissues.  This is a nostalgic moment for many of us!

      The Manor Schools continue with the RAZ Kids Reading program in Kindergarten and PreK classes.  This is a supplemental, leveled, online reading program.  Once a child starts reading in our Down By The Bay readers he/she will also be enrolled in RAZ Kids and given a password.   Then in addition to our readers you can also enjoy reading short, books that target your child’s reading level on your computer, IPAD, or smart phone.  The children thoroughly enjoy it.

      As the weather warms and we spend more time outside children will sunburn. If your child is sensitive to the sun please remember to put sunscreen on him or her before they come to school. We will reapply sunscreen, as necessary, after lunch. 

     

 

       A tuition schedule should be attached.  Our last day of school is June 16. Thank you again for a wonderful year!  I hope to see many of you either this summer or next fall. If not, we thank you for your support and wish you and your child success next year (please return the green binder so that we can recycle it).  

      If you have delayed signing up for the summer program, please turn in your preregistration form. We must have an accurate count of students so we can properly plan and staff for the summer. Thank you!

     

Sincerely,

                          

Jackie

 

 

 

DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

 

Kindergarten Graduation........June 8 @ 9:15 – Mrs. Early’s class

                                                June 9 @ 9:15 – Ms. Graf’s class                                                                      

Last day of school...................June 16

Open for all day care.............. June 19-23

Summer Camp........................June 26 – August 4

Open for all day care.............. August 7–18

GMS Closed........................... August 21 – September 4

Open House............................ August 29 (5:00-7:00pm)

Fall Program begins................September 5, 2017


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