We did it! By working together, we (parents and teachers) have gotten Bellamy Manor School off to a wonderful start. The turn out Tuesday for the Open House was quite a thrill for us. Now all the fathers, as well as mothers, know what their child’s classroom and teachers look like. I’m 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 than in the product. The teachers’ goals are to teach the children to follow oral directions, to locate top and bottom, and to move from left to 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 us or your child’s teacher. 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 can’t 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’s 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 that 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. In addition to individualized papers and art projects, we have 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 continuing our Spanish Immersion program this year in Ms. Jessica’s four-year-old class. We will also have Immersion in Ms. Niki’s morning class and Ms. Sandra’s Pre-K class. 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’s 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 children will paint, cut, crayon and eat a variety 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-old classes devote September to the alphabet—sounds boring, but not the way they do it! This first month of letter and sound identification is an introduction for some and reinforcement or even a 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 the Open House, call your child’s teacher. Sara, Jessica and Dary have some outstanding ideas and would appreciate the help.
Mrs. Sandra’s 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.
Mrs. Hobbs in our kindergarten class will 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 new to Bellamy, we might as well let you know now—we are very definitely a party school. It’s 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 well-being 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 children are with the Manor Schools. We’d appreciate it if you could return the binders when you leave us so we can continue to ‘recycle ‘them. Each year brings fresh new faces, many of whom I may 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 rear and side doors are kept 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 Bellamy Manor School’s September fund raiser (due Sept. 30). I never like distributing this right at the beginning of the school year, but because of the seasonal aspect of gift wrapping paper, I have little choice. You are under NO OBLIGATION at all. If you don’t wish to participate that’s okay, although obviously I’d appreciate your support. All moneys earned are used toward the purchase and upgrading of school equipment. We have been able to do this because of the terrific support we’ve received from our fund raisers. 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 50% off one month’s tuition for one child in the family selling the greatest amount of gift wrap in that school.
Again, although we appreciate your support, you have no obligation at all to purchase any of these things.
Four more items:
1) We will conquer carpool with your help and patience. Please hold your carpool sign out the window as you approach the door. We can’t see through tinted glass so waving to us or holding your sign inside the window doesn’t work well. If any child in your carpool is in class until 11:55 or 12:05 DO NOT line up earlier, since you block those picking up children dismissed at 11:45. Please realize that we cannot take afternoon children before 12:05 since the staff simply isn’t available to supervise them. A safety thought—DO NOT stop on Providence Road and wait to turn into the parking lot. Either drive around the block or pull into the center of the circle cars. Courtesy, consideration, and safety must be our main consideration. (It really does get better!)
2) All tuition payments were due Sept. 10th. 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 each month should include an additional $25.00 late fee.
3) Remember we need your child’s physical and birth certificate now.
4) 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 are $11.00. In addition to the phonics book, math workbooks will be used in the four-year-old, pre-k, and kindergarten classes. You can either purchase the readers (for $11.00) or when the time comes send in a $35 book nonrefundable annual deposit.
If you ever have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat about your child, please call me. I can usually be reached at 495-4525.
School lunches cost $5.00 /lunch. Please keep track of the lunches your child eats and include the correct amount in your tuition or write a separate check. All lunches brought from home must be dated.
We are a licensed facility and all children attending Bellamy Manor must have a shot record and birth certificate on hand before they can attend school. All children must have a physical form in their file no later than September 27th.
LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT
PLEASE WRITE YOUR CHILD’S NAME IN HATS, SWEATERS, JACKETS, LUNCHBOXES AND BOOKBAGS.
CARPOOL SIGNS HELD OUT YOUR CAR WINDOW WILL GREATLY HELP SPEED UP LOADING.
IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR PARENT HANDBOOK, COME IN AND PICK ONE UP.
WE ARE NOW COLLECTING, HALF GALLON MILK CARTONS and PRINGLES CANS. THANKS.
FOA ANY CHILD WHO BRINGS LUNCH NEED TO HAVE THE DATE CIRCLED ON THE LUNCH TAG!
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Sept. 3- Sept 30 ….…..……………………Cherrydale Gift Wrap and Yankee Fundraiser
September 24 & 25.………………………..School picture Day for Individual Portraits
October 14 and 15 ………………………………………Speech and Hearing Screening
Oct. …………………………………………Pumpkin Patch parade
Nov. 5…………………………Conference Day (school open for all day students only)
Nov. 11………………………………………Veteran’s Day/School Closed for Holiday
Nov 28 and 29.………………………………..….Thanksgiving Holiday/School Closed
Dec. 19-Jan 1….……………………………………………..Winter Break/School Closed