West Neck

October 2019 Beach Manor Newsletter

Dear Parents,

 

School is off to a truly 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.

During the month of October our Mother’s Day Out class will continue with the world of senses-smelling, tasting, touching, listening and observing.  There will be lots of cooking, crafts, and songs. Our youngest children have adjusted beautifully to school and each other.

If you thought September was fun, October is better if you are three. It is also quite busy. Ms. Harden, Ms. Jennifer, Ms. Karen and Ms. Annie go on a safari this month and study jungle animals. During the next three weeks they become experts on animal behavior and can easily mimic the antics of chimps, lions, and elephants. For many of the children a visit to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk would be a marvelous reinforcement of the animals they are studying. It is also a wonderful way to spend a warm fall day. The threes finish the month with stories and crafts relating to Halloween.

Mrs. Kelli and Ms. Sharon’s classes will finish their alphabet unit before turning their attention to Fall. They take a brief look at squirrels and their preparations for winter. The children learn fun finger plays and poems before leaping into their Halloween Unit. The teachers really get to into the spirit of the season and have some wonderful things planned. Ms. Kristen’s class finishes the alphabet unit and joins Ms. Kelli and Ms. Sharon’s class in a quick study of shapes and secondary colors. They get quite involved in finger-painting and mixing with different mediums. Of course, the month ends 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 continue on an individual basis.

Ms., Diane’s PreK classes look at our world from a geographical and environmental angle. The children are introduced to some basic geographical concepts using habitats as a motif. By mid month the children are learning about the fragility of various habitats and interdependence between the environment and its inhabitants. An investigation of endangered species concludes the unit. The children finish the month learning songs and preparing for their performance at the Pumpkin Patch Parade.

 

Mrs. Heim’s 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! While amongst the stars, we study constellations and 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, the children will continue to learn math and phonics facts.

 

October is a wonderfully special month because of Halloween. 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. Our Two and Three-year olds are very new to the idea of pretend, and even four-year olds aren’t always sure what is real and what is not. We really work hard to make this a fun experience. Costumes and made up faces are often frightening for small children. Let’s try to emphasize the silly, not the scary, aspect of Halloween.

 

On October 29th, 30th and 31st Beach Manor School will celebrate Fall with a wonderful Pumpkin Patch Parade. A Halloween parade has become a traditional part of the Manor Schools presentations, and we will have the programs outside on the side yard. Shortly after 9:30 AM the children will parade and sing songs. This is different this year due to our building renovation. Please bring your chairs or stand and have a grand timeJ.  We do have fun at these performances so bring your camera and your sense of humor. PreK and Kindergarten parents—it’s your turn to provide food for the goodie tables on the porch.

            The logistics of children and costumes can be difficult. It works easiest if you send your child to school already dressed in his/her costume. If you need us to change your child into school clothes after the parade, please send the outfit, labeled, in your child’s backpack and we will help them change after the program. If your child suddenly decides not to dress up or parade, IT’S OK. Please do not pressure or force your child to participate. Some children just do not feel comfortable in programs and that is perfectly all right.   They make a marvelous audience.

On October 2nd  and 3rd  Southeastern Speech Therapy will be conducting speech, language and hearing screening at our school. Before your child can be screened, you will have to turn in the permission form. All screenings are provided by a licensed and certified Speech Pathologist.

Upcoming on Tuesday, November 5th are conferences. Although school is closed to part-time students that day, supervision for the children is available during your conference time. Please encourage your child to stay with our staff in a designated classroom during your conference.  I will try to schedule working parents as early as possible and during lunchtime. I will publish the schedule later this month. Due to space and staff limitations only Beach students and their younger siblings can be accommodated.

We want to thank all of you for your patience during carpool. Your pleasant smiles and cooperative attitudes really mean a great deal. It is important to pull forward and buckle up. Other safety precautions include not passing cars on their left and waiting for the staff to let your child out of the car. Our most important concern has to be the safety of the children. If you are not using carpool, ALWAYS hold your child’s hand while in the parking lot, and please be sure to walk your child all the way into the building. Never let them walk in on their own. If you walk in to pick up your child, please be sure they do not walk out of the building without you while you are still in the building. Thanks for your help and cooperation.

Have a GREAT month—- Chris

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

 

 

REMEMBER TO LABEL ALL JACKETS, HATS, COATS, BOOKBAGS, WATER BOTTLES, LUNCHBOXES AND SWEATERS.

DATES TO REMEMBER

October 2 and 3……………………………………………   Speech Screening

October 18-November 1…………………………………..     Artworks Fundraiser

October29, 30, 31 ………………………………………….. Pumpkin Patch Parade

November 5……………………………………………….… Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 11…………………………………………………School Closed for Veterans Day

November 28/29 …………………………………………….School Closed for Thanksgiving

December 10/11……………………………………………..Holiday Programs

December 19-January 1…………………………………..… School Closed Winter break

January 2…………………………………………………….School resumes

 

PUMPKINS PATCH PARADE/PROGRAM—ALL PROGRAMS START AT 930A

 

OCTOBER 29—MS.LESLIE, MS. SARAH, MS. HARDEN, MS. KELLI

 

OCTOBER 30-MS. HEIM, MS. KAREN D, MS. JENNIFER, MS. KRISTEN D.

 

OCTOBER 31- MS. SHARON, MS, ANNIE, MS. DIANE