HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope your Christmas was delightful. I can’t wait to see all the new and exciting Show ‘N Tells. The children and teachers returned from vacation refreshed and ready for some intensive learning. January seems to be a month when the children experience tremendous academic growth. Beach Manor School teachers take advantage of the moment and offer exciting as well as educational units.
Ms. Annette’s and Ms. Leslie’s little ones have grown and matured at an impressive rate. January our MDO’s will spend their time enjoying “Fun with Food”. They will make Cinnamon Pretzels, play with dough (and spaghetti), paint with fruit and sample many tasty and healthy treats. Ms. Annette and Ms. Leslie both do an exceptional job with their charges, and their patience is never ending.
The three year olds spend a week settling in and reviewing their alphabet and number concepts. Then they will be introduced to life on the farm. The focus of this unit is farm animals and their products. Although the school doesn’t take field trips, I’d like to suggest a trip to a dairy where the children can see a working dairy. The petting zoo at the Virginia Zoo also 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 understand and organize their world.
The four year old classes hit the trail as they learn about horses, cowboys, and rodeos. In keeping with developmental levels, the fours will enjoy stories about the Wild West. The unit ends as the children enjoy a “rodeo,” Beach Manor style. Letter and number recognition as well as phonics continue on an individual basis.
The Pre-kindergarten classes investigate the weather—clouds, rainbows, snowflakes, wind and the four seasons. This unit has been designed to be quite hands on, scientific approach to the causes of different types of weather. Letter and number recognition as well as phonics instruction continue on an individual basis.
The kindergarteners take a good look at themselves this month. Mrs. Heim will introduce the children to the various systems of the human body. The children start by studying their skin and move right into the most important muscle—their heart. This is a fairly detailed unit and it is incredible how many facts our five and six year olds absorb and retain. Much time is also spent on handwriting, math facts, and the concepts of fractions.
We have lots of plans and ideas for school programs in the coming year. Although next September seems a long time away it’s time to consider registration. Returning students have priority for places in the morning classes. Afternoon classes are open to new as well as returning students.
This January in our continued effort to go “green” we will have our enrollment procedure for the next school year online. It is a two-step process:
Step 1: You (the parents) complete a pre-registration form. We then know what class you want for your child. When you return this form with the registration fee you will have completed the first step. We will send you the Web link for our online enrollment.
Step 2: After you receive the Link you need to complete the online form (WITHIN 7 DAYS). Every required field must be filled out in order for you to submit the form. Once this enrollment form is submitted your child will be fully enrolled in the class you requested. We are hoping this is as easy as it sounds. Remember it is important to finish registering in January as classes open for new student registration on February 1st.
Parents who choose to pay the registration fee via credit or debit card may do so through our online tuition portal, Diamond Mind (http://beachmanor.diamondmindinc.com/).
We will offer Spanish in some of our class’s one of our 3 day 3 classes, our 4 year old classes, and Prek and Kindergarten classes next year. If you are interested you must check the box on the pre-registration form to be considered. Please let us know if you are interested in this program.
Some children need an additional preschool year before kindergarten; many do not. We have many calls concerning the difference between the four year old program and the PreK class. The only difference is age: children whose fourth birthday falls between January and August should sign up for the regular four-year old class; those turning five between September and December, belong in the pre-kindergarten class. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me or your child’s teacher.
All parents of rising kindergartners should be aware that many families have chosen to combine the Manor Schools kindergarten program with the public school program by having their child attend each program for half a day. Children who do this benefit from continuing The Manor Schools strong academic program while becoming familiar with their prospective public school methods as well as social circles. We do have limited transportation. If you think you may be interested in that option, talk with Chris. Kindergarten parents who are interested in private school for their child should schedule interviews now. If you wait even a month, many of the quality schools will be full for next September. Please let both your child’s teacher and the director know that you are interested and they can help prepare your child properly for the entrance evaluation. We’re here to help. We all have the same goals- a happy self-confident child who loves school and learning.
Thanks again for your enthusiastic support. You have enabled us to teach in a creative and open atmosphere so crucial for true learning to occur. I sincerely hope you will be able to return next year.
SNOW POLICY: Manor School special announcements, such as school closing, late opening, and early dismissal will be posted on our website www.manorschools.com. You will also receive an email and/or text from our child’s teacher. If you are still unsure, feel free to contact me directly.
TAX INFORMATION: If you claim the cost of BMS as an expense on your Federal Tax Return, you must include the: Beach Manor’s Tax I.D. 54-1812375
January 21 M L King Day, School Closed
January 28 Teacher In-service, School closed
February 18 Presidents Day, School Closed
April 10/11 Spring Program
April 15-19 Spring Break, School closed
May 14 Conference Day
May 27 Memorial day, School Closed
June 7 Kindergarten graduation
June 14 Last day of school
June 17-August 16 summer programs at Bellamy, Broadbay and Greenbrier
REMINDER: DO NOT EVER leave children unattended in your vehicle. Either park in a designated parking place and walk your child inside or join the carpool line and we will assist your child into the building. Please do not park in the carpool lane between 8:30 and 9:00 if you are bringing your child inside. Remember to park in a designated parking place. Thanks!