We did it! By working together, we (parents and teachers) have succeeded in getting Greenbrier Manor School off to a wonderful start. The turn-out for the Open House was quite a thrill for me. Now you all know what your child’s classroom and teacher 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 do not 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 that specific unit.
Ms Luz and Ms Sheila continue to teach the Spanish language to our 5 day Threes-Kindergarten 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. In addition to individualized papers and art projects we have included 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 your teacher works individually with each child on various activities.
The three-year old’s 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 children will paint, cut, color and eat in a variety of shapes and colors. The grand finale will be a Shape and Color Hunt. (Like an Easter egg hunt only we hunt paper shapes, not eggs).
The four-year-old classes devote September to the alphabet—Sound boring? —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-old parents should have received a detailed calendar of events for the month of September. If you did not, 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. Kim, Kari, and Bridget have some outstanding ideas and would appreciate the help. Gwen’s 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.
The kindergarten class spends 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 Greenbrier Manor we 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 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 would 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 we 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 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 Greenbrier Manor School’s September fundraiser (due back September 30th). 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 whatsoever. If you do not wish to participate that is okay, although obviously we would appreciate your support. All money earned is used toward the purchase and upgrading of school equipment. We have been able to do this because of the terrific support we have received from our fundraisers. 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 most amount of gift-wrap in that school.
After our gift-wrap fundraiser, this month we will have individual student pictures (October) and scholastic book club three times a year. Again, although we appreciate your support, you have no obligation at all to purchase any of these things.
Manor Schools Tuition / Other Payment Options
We are excited to offer tuition payment online via credit or debit card. Type this link into your browser http://greenbriermanor.diamondmindinc.com/ to set up an account and a password. 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 0.99% 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. New this year you can 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 0.39%. 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:
Greenbrier Manor School parent portal: http://greenbriermanor.diamondmindinc.com/ After you sign into the parent portal you should pin the link to your favorites on your browser for future access.
Four More Items to Cover:
1) We will conquer carpool with your help and patience. All children dropped off between 8:35-9:00 should use carpool. At carpool pick-up times, please have a large card with your child’s name clearly printed on it. Hold the card out the window as you approach the door. We cannot see through tinted glass so waving to us or holding your card inside the window does not work. Please realize that we cannot take afternoon children before 12:10 since the staff simply is not available to supervise them. Courtesy and safety are our main considerations. (It really does get better!)
2) All tuition payments were due September 1st. 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 must include an additional $25 late fee. Remember you can pay online with debit or credit card via http://greenbriermanor.diamondmindinc.com/
3) Remember we need your child’s shot record and birth certificate now – and a physical within thirty days.
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!! —So very exciting! You can either purchase the readers ($11.00) or when the time comes, send in a $35 book nonrefundable annual deposit. In addition to the phonics books, math workbooks will be used in the four-year-old, PreK, and kindergarten classes. Each workbook will cost $16.00.
If you ever have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat about your child, please call us. I can usually be reached at 548-9292.
We are a licensed facility and all Greenbrier Manor children must have a shot record and birth certificate on hand before they can attend school. In addition, all children must have a white physical form on file no later than September 30th.
LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT
- School lunches cost $00/lunch. Please keep track of the lunches your child eats and include the amount in your tuition or write a separate check.
- CHILDREN WHO BRING LUNCH NEED TO HAVE YOUR CHILD’S NAME AND THE DATE WRITTEN ON THE LUNCH TAG THAT WE PROVIDE.
- PLEASE WRITE YOUR CHILD’S NAME IN HATS, SWEATERS, JACKETS, LUNCHES, AND BOOKBAGS.
- CARPOOL SIGNS HELD OUT OF YOUR CAR WINDOW WILL GREATLY 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, PRINGLES CANS AND BABY FOOD JARS. THANKS!
- 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.
DATES TO REMEMBER
September 3 – September 30 ……Gift Wrap Fundraiser
October …….……………………. Speech and Hearing Screening
October 2 & 3 ………….…………School Pictures
October 28 thru 30……………….Pumpkin Patch Parade
November 5………………………Conference Day (school open for all day students only)
November 11……………………..Veteran’s Day/School Closed for Holiday
November 28– 29………………..Thanksgiving Holiday/School Closed
December 19 – January 1………..Winter Break/School Closed