If November is even half as lovely as October, we’re in for a marvelous month! Halloween is now a memory. We really believe it’s the children’s favorite holiday despite the stress caused by all that sugar. The program was a huge success – the children outdid themselves with their good behavior. I thank all of you for your support!
November conjures up images of Native Americans 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. Loretta and Karen’s young charges have made incredible progress. It’s wonderful to me how quickly the two-year olds seem to grow. They studied themselves in September and were introduced to the world of senses in October. Now they plan to talk about families and how we all relate, then explore their homes. It’s a gradual evolution away from an awareness of themselves towards an awareness of their environment. Great things are happening here. It’s exciting!
The three-year-old classes go on 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 would be a marvelous reinforcement of the animals they are studying. It’s also a wonderful way to spend a warm fall day. The Threes finish the month with stories and crafts relating to Thanksgiving.
Our four-year-old classes hit the trail as they learn about horses, cowboys, and rodeos. This is an exciting unit that combines the factual information on horses with delightful stories of the American cowboy. In keeping with their developmental levels, the Fours will enjoy stories about the Wild West. Letter and number recognition as well as phonics instruction continue on an individual basis.
The pre-K classes become environmentally aware as they focus on habitats and endangered species. The children become aware of the fragility of various ecosystems as well as the types of animals that can inhabit them.
The kindergarten class explores 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 Native American nations.
Last month we began Spanish, taught by Ms Luz and Ms Sheila. It’s a treat to see them interact with each other while learning and speaking Spanish! You may hear your child at home using Spanish greetings or talking about colors and numbers. November will introduce new Spanish words for foods, fruits and vegetables and the children will learn the Spanish phrase to give thanks or to be thankful for (Doy gracias por).
Upcoming on November 5th are school conferences. Although school is closed on that day, child care will be available for you during your conference. Those of you enrolled in our all day program may leave your children as usual. If you cannot 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 exciting and at times an overwhelming beginning. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we settle into the new school year. A few thoughts…sometimes in the rush to get to school and work we don’t have time for a healthy breakfast. If your child has skipped breakfast or enjoyed a sugary start, please let us know. What children eat for breakfast has an immediate and dramatic effect on their behavior. We understand how difficult mornings can be, especially for working parents, so please help us help your child. Knowing that the morning was difficult can add considerably to a teacher’s patience and understanding. It is also extremely important to send in a WRITTEN note if your child is not going home with their regular driver. Additionally, we need an immediate and written update if there are any changes to your emergency contact information. It’s terrifying to have an injured child and be unable to contact anyone.
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, coughs, fevers, vomiting, and diarrhea are excellent reasons to keep your child at home. Children sent to school with these symptoms will be promptly sent home. Remember children should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Please try to be as considerate as you can.
If you plan to send a special snack, especially for a birthday, let us know in advance. Remember too that we are a peanut/nut-free school. Often 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 his or her special day. 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 please call us at 548-9292. 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 please give us a call.
I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR WONDERFUL SUPPORT WITH OUR FUNDRAISERS!
DATES TO REMEMBER
November 5………………………… Parent Teacher conferences — No classes (We are open for all day children only)
November 11………………………. Veteran’s Day — School Closed
November 28 & 29……………….Thanksgiving Break — School Closed
December 3 & 4……………….Lion’s Club Eye Screening
December 9-11………………….. Winter Programs
December 19 – January 1……….Winter Break — School Closed
January 2……………………………. School resumes
January 20………………………….. Martin Luther King Day— School closed
January 27………………………….. Teacher In-service — School closed
Monday, December 9 Monday, December 9
Brittney Baker Liz Holladay
Bridget Winston Kari Swain
Tuesday, December 10 Tuesday, December 10
Cindi Schaffter Ms Loretta Moore
Tracy Garlow/Stephanie Stanger
Wednesday, December 11 Wednesday, December 11
Ms Karen King
Gwen Kensinger (am class)
Wednesday, December 11
Gwen Kensinger (pm class)