School is off to a wonderful start. This past month has given us the time to renew old friendships and explore new relationships. Watching the children form and reform their social groups is quite exciting. Their sincerity and innocence as they venture out into the world of school are touching. They are truly learning socially as well as academically. I hope you are as pleased with your child’s progress as we are. Speaking of learning, last month Ms. Kirsty and Ms. Susanne introduced our two-year-olds to themselves and each other. They now plan to talk about their five senses. It should be a fun unit looking, touching, hearing, smelling and tasting the world around them. There will be a lot of cooking, crafts and songs.
If you thought September was fun, October is better if you are three. Ms. Niki, Ms. Michele, Ms. Kristina and Ms. Taryn’s three -year-old classes begin the month with an in-depth analysis of several nursery tales. The Three Pigs, The Three Bears, and The Gingerbread Man highlight this unit with much puppetry and cooking. We even grow a beanstalk for Jack to climb! They will finish the month with stories and crafts relating to Halloween.
Ms. Jess and Ms. Sara’s classes have finished their alphabet unit with a party fit for royalty;crowns, sparkles, and delicious cookies end the children’s introduction/review of our language’s building blocks. The next focus is on fall and those pesky backyard critters, squirrels. Ms. Dary’s morning and Ms. Sara’s afternoon classes will finish their alphabet unit mid-month. They then join the other four- year-olds in a quick study of shapes and secondary colors. They get quite involved in finger painting and color mixing with different mediums. The month ends, of course, with stories, crafts, poems, and songs about Halloween. This holiday seems to be created for four- year-olds. Letter and number recognition, as well as phonics instruction, continues on an individual basis.
Ms. Sandra’s pre-kindergarten class investigates the weather—clouds, rainbows, snowflakes, and wind as well as the four seasons. Sandra has designed this unit to be quite hands on, with a scientific approach to the causes of different types of weather. Individualized instruction in phonics and letter recognition is ongoing.
The kindergarten class will end the transportation unit with a brief study of the solar system and our planet, Earth. We finish with a wonderful astronaut party complete with space food and helmets! While amongst the stars, we study the constellations and the mythology behind several star groups. Hopefully they will be able to find the Big Dipper on Halloween night. We will, of course, devote a week to pumpkins and scarecrows. Intertwined with all this fun Mrs. Hobbs hopes to communicate a few math and phonics facts.
October is a wonderfully special month because of Halloween. For many, Halloween with carved pumpkins, “spooky” songs, and stories is an exciting time. The magic of make-believe is so special to the young child because of the excitement and delicious thrill of dress up. However along with this excitement comes some anxiety. Three- year- olds are new to the idea of pretend, and even four- year-olds aren’t always sure what’s real and what’s not. We really work hard to make this a fun experience. Costumes and made up faces are often frightening for small children. Let’s all try to emphasize the silly, not the scary, aspect of Halloween.
Ms. Kirsty, Ms. Taryn and Ms. Susanne’s two and three year- old classes will have their Halloween party and program on Thursday at 9:30 in the Big Room.
On Wednesday, October 23rd and Thursday, Oct. 24th Bellamy Manor School will celebrate fall with a wonderful Pumpkin Patch Parade. A Halloween parade has become a traditional part of BMS’s presentations, and we will have the program outside in the circle. Shortly after 9:30 a.m. the children will parade around the carpool circle and sing songs from our “haystack.” Please tell your child’s teacher if you plan to take him/her home with you after their performance. Please refer to the list below to see which day your child while perform. The only possible problem is RAIN. If it rains, the children will parade for each other in the Big Room. We understand how important these programs are to you and the children. We also realize the rain alternative is not ideal, but fire regulations prohibit the large number of people in the building at one time. We hope it doesn’t rain and all of you can come. We do have fun at these programs, so bring your camera and your sense of humor. Kindergarten and pre-k parents, it’s your turn to provide food for the goody tables in the lobby. Please keep in mind that we are a NUT FREE facility. Parking is available at the Rivers of Living Waters Church on Indian Lakes Blvd. after dropping off your child in carpool. The logistics of 175 children and 175 costumes can be difficult. It works easiest if you send your child dressed in their costume. Please put a change of clothes in their book bag for after the show. It would be very helpful if you put your child’s name on ALL pieces of the costume. We will help them change after the program. If your child suddenly decides not to dress up or parade, IT’S OK. Please don’t pressure or force your child to participate. Some children just don’t feel comfortable in programs and that’s perfectly all right. They make a marvelous audience.
On October 14th and 15th, Southeastern Physical Therapy will be conducting speech and hearing screenings at our school. All screenings are provided by a licensed and certified Speech Pathologist. Forms are available in the lobby. Vision screening will also be offered at another time. We will let you know as soon as we get those dates.
Upcoming on Tues., Nov. 5th are fall conferences. Although school is closed on that day, supervision for the children is available during your conference time. Please encourage your child to stay with our helpers in the “Big Room” during your conference. We plan to schedule most of you for that morning. We will schedule working parents as early as possible and during lunchtime. We will publish the schedule later this month. If your child is enrolled in the full day program, we will plan on their attendance for the entire day. Due to space restrictions, only children enrolled in BMS and their siblings can be accommodated at Bellamy on conference day.
We want to thank all of you for your patience during carpool. The line of cars is at times overwhelming for us, so your pleasant smiles and cooperative attitudes really mean a great deal. It is extremely important that you do not pass cars parked in the carpool lane. We also ask that you turn right when exiting the parking lot during carpool times. This is for the safety of the children. Most of you are using your “signs” and we are extremely grateful for your cooperation. If you park and walk your child inside, be sure your car does not block the carpool line. If no parking is available, please drive around the block and hopefully a space comes available. THANK YOU!
Please don’t ever send medicine to school inside your child’s book bag. All medication, whether prescription or over the counter medications must be signed in by a parent. NO exceptions!
See you in carpool!
Ms. Kristy, Ms. Susanne and Ms. Taryn’s classes will have their program on Thursday, October 31st @ 9:30
PUMPKIN PATCH PARADE
Wednesday, October 23 @ 9:30
2:00pm Ms. Niki and Ms. Sara’s afternoon classes
Thursday, October 24 @ 9:30
REMEMBER TO LABEL ALL JACKETS, HATS, COATS, BOOKBAGS, AND SWEATERS.
Kindergarten needs Pringle Cans and lids! Four- year- olds need the half size Pringle cans.
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DATES TO REMEMBER
OCTOBER 14, 15…………………………… Speech and Hearing Screening
OCTOBER 23, 24………………………… ..Pumpkin Patch Parades
OCTOBER 31…………………………………..Pumpkin Patch Parade
NOVEMBER 5………………………………. Parent Teacher Conferences
NOVEMBER 11……………………………… School closed for Veterans Day
NOVEMBER 28,29………………………. School closed for Thanksgiving Break
DECEMBER 19-JAN 1 …………………..Winter Break – School closed