We did it! By working together we (parents and teachers) have gotten Beach Manor School off to a wonderful start. The turn out for the Open House was quite a thrill for us. Now all the fathers, as well as the mothers, know what their child’s classroom and teacher look like. I am sure our first few days of school will go well. The most difficult time is carpool, so I appreciate your patience and understanding while we attempt to match children and cars. By next week everything should be easier.
September promises to be a beautiful and exhilarating month. The teachers are just as excited and eager as the children and have planned their activities carefully. There are so many things to teach and ways to teach them. Many of the projects your child brings home will have served several purposes. Often we are more interested in the process rather than the product. The teachers’ goals are to teach the children how to follow oral directions, to locate top and bottom, and move from left top right across the page. If you are ever distressed by what you perceive as a lack of creativity or too little “hands on” in a project, please don’t hesitate to call your child’s teacher or me. Remember –our goals are the same- a confident child with a positive self-image who loves learning and school.
As many of you now know, the standard response to “What did you do in school today?” is, “Nothing.” Often young children cannot separate the many different activities in which they participated. They remember their preschool hours as one when they “played.” Each classroom has a tremendous variety of teaching equipment so that the children are learning as they play. Most of them can remember snack time, but for all of them it is difficult to deliver a blow-by-blow to Mom on the way home. Our monthly newsletters are to inform the parents of what is happening so you can more easily share in your child’s learning experience. Each teacher has prepared “units” for the children to study. Art, music, snacks, and papers will reflect a particular unit.
During this month our two year old classes look at themselves in a unit we have named “It’s All About Me” (of course it is). They look closely at themselves from head to toe. They will learn how they relate to their environment by consciously exploring it. For many of these children this is their first experience away from home. We plan to make it a wonderful, fun and positive one. Their days are filled with many sensory experiences as they look at themselves and talk about their eyes, hair, muscles, etc… We have updated the curriculum. In addition to individualized papers and art projects are activity days. These are the times when the teacher works with each child on fine and gross motor skills such as how to do puzzles or lace a shoe, Although every day may not produce a craft or paper, be assured that their teacher works individually with each child on various activities.
We are very excited about our Spanish program in Mrs. Jennifer’s three year old class and our continuing program with our four year old, Prek and Kindergarten classes. We cannot wait to hear all those sweet voices speaking Spanish. It will be wonderful to watch them grow in their conversational Spanish this year.
The three year olds settle into the routine of school very nicely. Because apples, school, teachers, and September seem to go together, the threes begin the year with a quick look at apples. They will learn about Johnny Appleseed, eat, paint, and color apples. It is an extremely fun unit and gives the children a chance to experiment with many different mediums. This will be followed by an in-depth study of shapes and colors. The grand finale will be a Shape and Color Hunt (Similar to an Easter Egg Hunt only we hunt paper shapes, not eggs).
The four-year olds’ class devotes September to the alphabet – Sounds boring, but not the way we do it! This first month of letter and sound identification is an introduction for some and reinforcement or even review for others. The four year olds’ parents should have received a detailed calendar of events for the month of September. If you didn’t, let us know. This kind of unit provides tremendous opportunities for music, poems, foods, and gross and fine motor experiences. Try to help your child remember bubble (B), glitter (G) and Ice cream (I) day. If you missed the snack sign up sheet at Open House, call your child’s teacher. Ms. Kristen, Sharon and Kelli have outstanding ideas and would appreciate the help.
Pre-Kindergarten class will also be doing a quick review of the alphabet and consonant sounds. One of the advantages of beginning the year with an alphabet overview is the opportunity it gives the teacher to assess fine motor skills and strengthen cutting and gluing abilities.
Ms. Heim’s Kindergarten classes spend most of September studying the history of transportation. The unit is divided into three areas – land, sea, and air. Of course, once we blast off into space we have a wonderful astronaut party complete with “space” food! For those of you new to Beach, I might as well let you know now- we are definitely a party school. It is one of our ways to keep learning a wonderful and memorable experience.
I want to thank each of you for being so pleasant and cooperative. As this month progresses we will be observing the children closely to see that they are properly placed both socially and academically. Our primary concern is always the total wellbeing of your child. If we all keep that as our goal, this year should be fantastic. If you received one of our new binders, please keep it for the years your child is with the Manor schools. We’d appreciate it if you could return the binders when you leave us so we can recycle them. Each year brings fresh new faces, many of whom I do not recognize. When you visit the school please come in the front door and introduce yourself. Until we are familiar with you we will check your ID against the names given on the registration form. For security reasons the doors are locked and we are naturally suspicious of strange faces peering in the windows. Remember- USE THE FRONT DOOR AND BRING IN YOUR ID—
Enclosed you will find information regarding the Manor Schools September fundraiser. (Due back September 30). We never like distributing this right at the beginning of the school year, but because of the seasonal aspect of gift-wrapping paper, we have little choice. You are under NO OBLIGATION at all. If you do not wish to participate that is okay, although obviously we would appreciate your support. All money earned will be used toward the purchase and upgrading of our school equipment. The grand prize this year is one month’s free tuition for the top seller of gift-wrap in all four schools. Each school will also offer a 50% off one month’s tuition for one child in the family selling the greatest amount of gift-wrap in that school.
Four more items—
- We will conquer carpool with your help and patience. Please have a large card with your child’s name clearly printed on it. Hold the card OUT OF THE WINDOW as you approach the door. We can’t see through tinted windows. Please do not line up early— carpool starts at 1140am. Please realize we cannot take afternoon children prior to 12:10— the staff simply isn’t available to supervise them.
- All tuition payments are due September 1. There is a tuition box on the bookcase by the front door. You may want to drop your payment in there after delivering your group in the morning. Payments received after the 10th of the month should include an additional $25.00 late fee.
- Remember we need your child’s physical and birth certificate now.
- Hopefully sometime during your time with us, your child will arrive home with his/her PHONICS book, followed several months later by a reader!!! Each workbook will cost $16.00 and readers $11.00. In addition to the phonics, math workbooks will be used in the four year old, prek and kindergarten classes. You can purchase readers (11.00 purchase) or when the time comes send in a $35.00 nonrefundable book deposit for rental.
**We are a licensed facility and all children attending Beach Manor must have a shot record and birth certificate on hand before they can attend school. All children must have a physical form in the file no later than September 30. **
Manor Schools Tuition/other Payment Option
Tuition payments are due on the first of the month. You have a choice in payment methods.
Cash: Pay directly to the school. A receipt will be provided if requested.
Checks: Make payable to the school. NSF checks will be charged $25.
E pay: If your bank offers electronic bill paying, you can have your bank send a check to the school. Use the school name as the payee, the school address and phone number. Add your name or the student’s name as the pay to account so we can correctly account for the payment.
Tuition Management Company: The Manor Schools use Diamond Mind to manage credit card and debit card payments. Diamond Mind charges 2.99% for credit card payments and .99% for debit card payments. Regarding credit card payments, Mastercard has a special rate of 1.49%. This rate may change. We will notify parents if we hear about a rate change. You can also pay by ACH. Using your checking account Routing Transit Number and account number the tuition can be deducted directly from your account. The ACH payment fee is .39%. If an ACH is returned there is a $25 fee.
You can sign on to diamond Mind to make a payment through your school’s parent portal:
Beach Manor School parent portal: https://beachmanor.diamondmindinc.com/
After you sign into the parent portal you should pin the link to your favorites on your browser for future access.
Little Things Mean a Lot
- Please write your child’s name on hats, sweaters, jackets, and lunchboxes and book bags.
- Always have your carpool sign for carpool pickup. Never get out of the car in carpool. We will put your child in the car and you will pull forward to buckle up. This procedure is necessary in the loading process.
- If you have not received your parent handbook, come in and pick one up.
- We are now collecting half-gallon milk cartons, Pringles cans, and baby food jars.
If you ever have any questions, concerns or just want to chat about your child, please feel free to call (757) 430-3338.
Dates to Remember
September 3-30..…………………………. Cherrystone Gift Wrap Fundraiser
October 18-November 1…………………. .Original Artworks Fundraiser
September 17 and 18 ……………….. School Picture Day (individual portraits)
October 2-3 …………FREE Speech and Hearing Screenings (WITH PARENT SIGNED APPROVAL)
October 29, 30 and 31………………………Pumpkin Patch Parade November 5…………Conference day-school opened For ALL day students only November 11………………………………. Veterans Day, school closed
November 28 and 29… ………. Thanksgiving Holiday, school closed
December 10, 11 and 12……………….…….Winter Program
December 19-January 1…………………… Winter Break, school closed
January 2……………………………………..School resumes