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Bellamy Manor May 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

The end of the school year is fast approaching and with it comes the various activities that signal the onset of summer. Spring conferences, Mother’s Day, late evenings and sunburned noses all herald the end of our year together.

The month of May takes most classes outside. Ms. Jess and Ms. Susanne’s classes continue to help our youngest children with the exciting process of learning. 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. The three-year-old classes investigate bugs and the season of spring.

Our four year old classes will study Dr. Seuss and his zany characters. The Cat in the Hat and all of his friends-Thigwick, Bartholomew Cubbins, Horton and Yertle become our vehicles for learning.

In April, our pre-kindergarten classes learned an incredible amount about Birds of Prey and how they hunt and feed on animals. They now focus on tropical rain-forests. The children become aware of the fragility of this unique ecosystem as well as experts on bugs, snakes, and other inhabitants of this vanishing habitat. As part of their study, we hope to hatch a praying mantis egg sac in the near future. Invited or not one of these fascinating creatures will be coming to visit you soon. They are territorial and tend to remain on the plant you put them on. So be careful with your bug spray.   If you can stand not spraying this spring, please don’t. We always need a good crop of aphids to keep our voracious babies alive in the classroom. Ms. Sandra will let everyone know when they hatch.

Kindergarten has an exciting month. Mrs. Watkins class will be learning about the stages of plant development, butterfly development, and frog development using complete hands on approach. The kindergarten classroom will become a laboratory where seeds sprout; caterpillars spin cocoons, and tadpole’s metamorphosis into frogs. If anyone finds tadpoles or frog eggs send them in! 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 devasting.

On Tuesday, May 14th the school will be closed for conferences. If you have not received a conference schedule let Nancy or Kristine know. Please be prompt. If you need a longer conference than is scheduled, your child’s teacher will be glad to reschedule you for another day.

Although there are no classes on this day, we will have supervision available for children during their parent’s conferences. Children who are enrolled in our full day program can attend as usual.

Our last day of school will be June 14th. The prorated tuition is attached. There are still openings in the summer program if you are interested check with Nancy.

As the weather gets warmer, the children are spending more time outside in the afternoon. Please enter the school through the front door rather than the playground and   remember to sign your child in and out of school. Parents, if your child is sensitive to the sun, please apply sunscreen before he/she comes to school. Social Services now considers sunscreen a medication that needs to be signed in and locked up. You may not let your child have it in his/her book bag. If you child stays past 1:00 and you have signed a permission note, we will apply sunscreen in the afternoon.

 

Sincerely, Nancy

 

PS: If you plan to return to Bellamy next year and haven’t turned in your registration form yet, don’t wait much longer. Several classes are already full for next September and we would hate to fill your spot. The same is true for summer!

 

 

 

                         DATES TO NOTE ON YOUR CALENDAR

 

MAY 14th ………………………………Conference day (Open for full day student only)

MAY 27th………………………………………..………….Memorial Day; School closed

JUNE 7th…………………………………………….…………. Kindergarten Graduation

JUNE 14th**……………………………………………………….…..Last Day of School

JUNE 17th-21st…………………….. Bellamy Manor is open for All Day Care ONLY

JUNE 24th- AUG 16th………………………..Summer program at BMS, BBMS, & GMS

August 27th…………………………………………………………..……..…Open House

Sept 3rd……………………………………………………………………..We begin again!

 

 

***JUNE’S TUITION WILL BE PRORATED. A JUNE TUITION SHEET IS ATTACHED***