Greenbrier Manor School April 2019

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.
Loretta, our pillar of patience, begins April 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 April 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.
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, Michelle, 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 pre-K class moves down the food chain to investigate insects. Bugs fascinate children and Gwen uses their curiosity to educate them about useful and harmful insects. The high point of this unit materializes in May when we get to watch ants tunnel.
The kindergarten classes take a trip back in time to the age of reptiles and study dinosaurs. These budding paleontologists learn to identify close to twenty-five dinosaurs before attending a dinosaur hunt at the end of the month. This is one of our favorite studies, and the children love it. 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.
Los animales (animals) will be topic of discussion in Spanish. The children will be transported to “La granja de Jose’” (Joseph’s farm) where they will learn to pronounce la vaca (cow) and la oveja (sheep). The setting will then change to el zoológico (zoo) where they’ll find los animales salvajes (wild animals) of Africa, to include el león (lion) and el elefante (elephant).
May 15th is conference day. I will send home the conference schedule later. School is closed while you discover what wonderful children you have. And they really are wonderful! Childcare will be available during your conference and for those enrolled in our all day program.
Kindergarten graduation is scheduled for June 7th. The children will sing a few songs during a simple ceremony as they receive their diplomas. The graduation party will follow with cake and punch in the classroom. Be sure to bring your camera and tissues!
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 it soon. If you are not coming back, remember to return the little green binder you received last fall. We need to recycle them.
We have sent out information on the summer program at Greenbrier. If you missed it and are interested, talk to Jackie or Elizabeth. Classes are filling quickly.
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 Program! Times and dates are listed below. It’s the three-year-old parents’ turn to provide refreshments for the adults in the lobby.
Spring Break is coming up April 15th thru April 19th. Our spring celebrations will be the week of April 8th. We plan to dye eggs and have our egg hunts on April 11th and 12th. We will close at the end of the day Friday April 12th for Spring Break. Both students and teachers will take a well-deserved vacation before returning for the final busy weeks of school.
Please remember we are a peanut and tree nut free school. Make sure you check ingredients in the foods you send in with your child. If you bring in food for the entire class, it must be store bought with the label still attached. We will check to make sure it was not made in a facility processed with peanuts or tree nuts as well. If you have any questions about our policy, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you!
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.



April 8, 9 &10…………Spring Programs
April 15-19…………….Spring Break, School Closed.
May 14.………………..Conference Day (Open for All Day Care only)
May 27…………………Memorial Day, School Closed
June 7……………………Kindergarten Graduation @ 9:15
June 14…………………Last Day of School
June 17-21………………School Open for Day Care
June 24-Aug 16…………Summer programs at Greenbrier, Bellamy and Broad Bay
Sept 3…………………..Fall programs begin

Spring Programs

Monday, April 8 Monday, April 8
9:15 1:15
Karen King Gwen Kensinger (pm class)
Bridget Winston Ms. Early/Mrs. Stanger
Gwen Kensinger (am class)

Tuesday, April 9 Tuesday, April 9
9:15 10:30
Michelle Hatchett Loretta Moore
Amber Callahan

Wednesday, April 10th Wednesday, April 10th
9:15 10:30
Brittney Baker Liz Holladay
Kim Little Kari Swain