If November is even half as lovely as October, we’re in for a marvelous month! Halloween is now a memory. I really believe it’s the children’s favorite holiday despite the stress caused by all that sugar. The programs were a huge success—the children out did themselves with their good behavior and singing. I thank all of you for your support.
November conjures up images of Indians and Pilgrims, colored leaves and crisp days. In keeping with tradition each class will study seasonal changes and our heritage from their unique perspective. Ms. Kirsty and Ms. Susanne’s classes have made incredible progress. It’s wonderful to see how quickly the two-year-old’s seem to grow. They study themselves in September, look beyond themselves in October, and this month they will explore their homes. It’s a gradual evolution away from awareness of themselves and towards their environment. Great things are happening here. It’s exciting!
The three-year old classes will be introduced to Eric Carle, the celebrated children’s author. His books are delightful. We know the children will enjoy not only his emotional characters, but also his colorful and crafty illustrative techniques. We will do lots of cooking this month, thanks to Jack and his Mama and Walter the baker. The threes then finish the month with their favorite activity on a grand scale – a Thanksgiving feast!
The four-year old’s at BMS are in for a treat this month because this is BEAR MONTH! From Corduroy, Pooh, and Paddington to pandas and polar bears they investigate bears, their habits and habitats. Some activities you might hear about include packing Paddington’s suitcase, painting Pooh bear, and ultimately our teddy bear picnic. The four’s indulge in fantasy to their heart’s content.
Our pre-kindergarten class has finished their study of weather and seasons. They have learned an incredible amount about clouds, temperature, and wind. The children will now study horses, cowboys, and rodeos. This is an exciting unit that combines factual information on horses with delightful stories of the American cowboy. The children learn about the different types of horses and the parts of man’s oldest animal friends. Near the end of the unit, the children will enjoy a “Rodeo”. At the month ends, Ms. Sandra will introduce turkeys and Pilgrims and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast.
The kindergarten class explore nature as the original Americans found it. We learn what the Native Americans discovered when they arrived on this continent and how they adapted their lifestyles to their environment. The emphasis is on the culture, clothes, and lives of different Indian nations. Our month concludes with the arrival of the Pilgrims and a Thanksgiving feast at the end of the month.
Our Spanish Immersion program are in full swing. Ms. Yanira is our four-year-old and kindergarten teacher. Ms. Mari is teaching our three-year-old classes. Ms. Nino teaching our pre-k class.
Upcoming on Nov. 5th are school conferences. Although school is closed on that day, childcare will be available for you during your conference. Those of you who are enrolled in our full day program may leave your children as usual. If you can’t make your scheduled conference, please let your child’s teacher know. Plan to arrive on time and leave promptly. If you need more time with the teacher, we will be glad to schedule another conference (or you can finish your chat on the phone). If you didn’t receive a conference schedule or have misplaced yours, there are extras in the lobby.
It has been an exciting and at times overwhelming beginning. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we settle into the new school year. It is extremely important to send in a WRITTEN note if your child is not going home with their regular driver. Also, I need an immediate and written update if there are any changes to our emergency contact information. It’s terrifying to have an injured child and be unable to contact anyone. Please leave your cell phones on and make sure that your voice mails are not full.
We all want our children to stay healthy. Sending children who might be ill to school decreases everyone’s chances for a positive day. A sick child belongs at home. Sore throats, vomiting, and diarrhea are excellent reasons to keep your child at home. Children sent to school with these symptoms will be promptly sent home. Please try to be as considerate as you can. One other subject I’d like to mention is please label your child’s jackets, sweaters, hats, water bottles, and lunchboxes. During carpool, book bags often are emptied. It’s very difficult to know just whose belongings were left behind. Because their outer clothing is so similar, children can’t always tell whether or not they have the right jacket. Please check what your child wears home occasionally. Several children are missing expensive coats and jackets. We also need you to return clothes that have been sent home when your child has had an accident. We are completely out of extra clothes. Please keep a change of clothes in the bottom of your child’s book bag for emergencies.
If you plan to send a special snack, especially for a birthday, let us know in advance. Occasionally we end up with several “special” children on the same day in the same class. With a little advanced planning we can be sure everyone does get their special day. Please keep in mind we are a NUT FREE facility; we would feel terrible if we could not serve that special treat and had to send it back home! Birthday invitations should be mailed rather than sent through the school. No matter how careful a teacher is, feelings are hurt if everyone hasn’t been invited.
KINDERGARTEN PARENTS: Now is the time to start looking into first grade options for your child. If you want information regarding the various private schools in the area see me. Many schools will hold open house sometime in the upcoming months. Usually the date and times are published in the newspaper. If you are thinking about private school, attending these open houses will help you decide what is best for your child.
If you have any questions, problems, or ideas give me a call. See you at carpool!
I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR WONDERFUL SUPPORT WITH OUR FUNDRAISERS.
BELLAMY HOLIDAY PROGRAMS
Thursday, December 5 @ 9:15
Ms. Kirsty, Ms. Taryn and Ms. Susanne
Wednesday, December 11 @ 9:30
Ms. Kristina’s Class
Ms. Niki’s Class
Ms. Dary’s Class
Ms. Sara’s Class
Ms. Niki and Ms. Sara’s Afternoon Classes @ 2:00
Thursday, December 12 @ 9:30
Ms. Michele’s Class
Ms. Jess’s Class
Ms. Sandra’s Class
Mrs. Hobbs Class
Parking for the programs is available at the Church of the Living Waters on Indian Lakes Blvd.
DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR
Nov. 4-8……….Non-Perishable Food Drive
Nov. 5 ……………School Conferences. Open for five-day all-day children only
Nov. 11. …………School closed for Veteran’s Day
Nov. 28, 29……Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 6, 12, 13…Holiday Programs (Four year- old parents bring treats for the lobby)
Dec.19 – Jan.1…Winter Holidays
Jan. 2……………. School resumes
Jan 20…………Martin Luther King Day. School closed
Jan 27.…………Teacher In-service. School closed.