Broad Bay

September 2019 Broad Bay Manor School Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We did it! By working together (parents and teachers) Broad Bay Manor School is off to a wonderful start. The turn out for the Open House was quite a thrill for us. Now all the fathers and 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. Please have your ID ready. If we do not recognize you personally, we will check your ID.   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 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 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.

Ms. Sandra and Ms. Jamie continue to teach the Spanish language to our 3-K children    We cannot wait to hear all those sweet voices speaking Spanish. It will be wonderful to watch them grow in their conversational Spanish year by year!

 

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, so in addition to individualized papers and art projects there are activity days too. 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 their teacher works individually with each child on various activities.

 

The three-year olds usually 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 shapes, not eggs).

 

The four-year-olds devote 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 will receive a detailed calendar of events for the month of September. This kind of unit provides tremendous opportunities for music, poems, foods, 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. Leigh and Dorothy have outstanding ideas and would appreciate the help.

 

Pre-Kindergarten classes 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. Moesta and Ms. Brantley can’t wait to show the alphabet in a whole new way!

 

The 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 Broad Bay, 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. This year we have added a STEM program to our ALL-DAY kindergarten class. The focus will be on problem solving and critical thinking through math and science during hands on experiments. We can’t wait to see where these kids go with it!

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 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 green 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—

You will soon find information regarding the Manor Schools September fundraiser coming home. 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 of more iPads, technology, and outside equipment. The grand prize this year is one month’s free tuition for the top seller 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.

Some quick notes to help the school year start off smooth…

 

  • Morning carline drop-off is from 8:30-9:00. You are always welcomed to park and walk your child in also.
  • Mid-day carline pick-up is from 11:45-12:00. 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 gate. We can’t see through tinted windows. STAY IN YOUR CAR. I know it seems helpful to get out and walk to the gate, but it can slow down the process and cause cars to back up onto Old Donation PKWY. Then we get in trouble, EEK!
  • All tuition payments are due the first day of school. Payments received after the 10th of the month should include an additional $25.00 late fee.
  • 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. In addition, math workbooks will be used in the four-year old, prek and kindergarten classes. You can either purchase the readers ($11.00) or send in a $35.00 nonrefundable book rental fee that will expire August 2020.
  • We need to know by 10:00 if your child is having school lunch. If you have not already dropped off by then, please call the school to order your child a lunch if needed.

 

**We are a licensed facility and all children attending Broad Bay Manor must have a Virginia State Health Form, shot record and birth certificate on hand before they can attend school.**

 

 

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 student’s name as the “pay to” account so we can correctly account for the payment.

Online payment system: The Manor Schools use Diamond Mind to manage credit card and debit card at http://broadbaymanor.diamondmindinc.com

Little Things Mean a Lot

 

  1. Please write your child’s name on hats, sweaters, jackets, lunchboxes and book bags.
  2. 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 is necessary in the loading process.
  3. If you have not received your parent handbook, come in and pick one up.

 

 

 

If you ever have any questions, concerns or just want to chat about your child, please feel free to call (757) 496-0000.

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Cox

 

Dates to Remember

September 3   ………………………………………………………………………..                    First Day of School!

September 26-27        ……………………………………………………………………             Individual pictures

October 10-11 ………………………………………………………………………..                    Speech Evaluations- optional

October 29-31 …………………………………………………………………………                   Fall music programs

November 5…………………………………………………………………………….                    Conference day- open for ALL DAY students only

November 11………………………………………………………………………….                    Veterans Day-school closed

November 14-15 ……………………………………………………………………                     Lion’s Club Vision Screening- optional

November 28-29         ….……..………………………………………………………..             Thanksgiving Holiday-school closed

December 6……………………………………………………………………………                     Santa visits BBMS! (shhh it’s a surprise)

December 11-13 …………………………………………………………………..                     Winter music programs

December 18………………………………………………………………………….                     Pajama Day!

December 19-January 1………………………………………………………….         Winter Break-school closed