Broad Bay

Broad Bay November 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

 

If November is even half as lovely as October, we’re in for a marvelous month! Halloween is now a memory and so many more wonderful holidays are just around the corner!   It was a delight to see the children perform in our Pumpkin Patch Parade. I thank all of you for your support. You will be amazed at how differently they perform by the end of the year. They can grow up so much in just a short amount of time.

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.

Our 2-year olds have made incredible progress. It’s wonderful to see how quickly they seem to grow. They study themselves in September, look beyond themselves in October, and this month they will explore their family and 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 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! The imagination and diverse characters within these stories are perfect for their creative minds to explore. Ms. Jamie continues to introduce our little guys to the Spanish language weekly. The children get one on one time with her as well as several songs and activities spoken only in Spanish!

The four-year-olds take a leap into fantasy and hop off to Mr. MacGregor’s garden to study Peter Rabbit. After they are thoroughly entranced by Benjamin Bunny, Peter Rabbit, and Jemimah PuddleDuck, the fours have a marvelous English tea party. We have a good bit of fun with this unit while introducing the children to some excellent literature. Our Spanish teacher, Ms. Sandra, will have a whole new set of vocabulary to explore with this unit!

The preK classes will investigates the weather—clouds, rainbows, snowflakes, and wind as well as the four seasons.   Ms. Moesta and Ms. Brantley have designed this unit to be quite hands on while using a scientific approach to explore the causes of different types of weather. Individualized instruction in language arts and math is ongoing.

The kindergarten classes 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 the 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.

 

Here are a few housekeeping reminders and updates about our building…

SICK POLICY: In order for us to keep ALL our children as healthy as possible we must work together. Please DO NOT send in your child if they are sick. If they are showing any signs of sickness consider keeping them out of school to help prevent exposure to other children. If we are ALL in keeping with this courtesy, we can greatly reduce the spread of illness throughout the school. A healthier school means a healthier child for you! Our official rule is that a child may not come to school until they have been fever free (without meds) for 24 hours. If your child is sent home mid day, we will expect him/her NOT to be at school the following day as this is not in keeping with the 24 hour policy. We ask if your child has vomited or had diarrhea in the last 24 hours to please stay home as well. In the end a sick child belongs at home.

PERSONAL ITEMS: Now that the weather is getting chillier we are seeing more and more coats/jackets coming to school. Please label all of your child’s items. This will help our teacher make sure these items make it home every day.

SCHOOL CLOTHES: On the occasion your child needs a change of clothes and there isn’t any in his/her book bag, we will use our stash of BBMS clothes. Please remember to bring these back to school; we use them often. We are always in need of boys and girls clothing to add to this stash (size 2-6). If you are cleaning out closets and would like to donate please feel free to drop them off! We usually need pants, shirts, socks, and shoes.

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 and the school’s website.   If you are thinking about private school, attending these open houses will help you decide what is best for your child.

HALLOWEEN CANDY: Many of us now have an abundance of candy at home! Please pay attention to the ingredients and remember our nut free policy.

Thanks so much for all your cooperation. This year has been wonderful so far and our staff are falling in love with all your children!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Cox

 

 

DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

 

 

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

January 20………………………………………………………………………………         Martin Luther King Jr Day- school closed

January 27………………………………………………………………………………         Staff In-Service- school closed

February 17…………………………………………………………………………….        Presidents’ Day- school closed

April 1-2………………………………………………………………………………….         Spring Pictures

April 13-17……………………………………………………………………………..         Spring Break- school closed

May 6-8………………………………………………………………………………….         Spring programs

May 25…………………………………………………………………………………..         Memorial Day- school closed

June 10…………………………………………………………………………………..         Kindergarten Graduation

June 12…………………………………………………………………………………..         Last Day of the School year

 

Winter Program Schedule

 

Wednesday, December 11th @9:15

Ms. Colleen

Ms. Leigh

Ms. Moesta

 

Wednesday, December 11th @1:15

Ms. Sabatino

Ms. Profilet

 

Thursday, December 12th @9:15

Ms. Kristin

Ms. Melissa

Ms. Brantley

 

Friday, December 13th @9:15

Ms. Charlynn

Ms. Kelly

Ms. Dorothy