West Neck

Beach Manor December 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parents,


The days are shorter, the nights are snugly, and there is such a hint of anticipation and excitement in the air that it must be December! This is a very exciting and busy month for us all.   With an emphasis on joy and love, this holiday season will be a happy and pleasant one.

One of the nicest things about school is how much fun it is.   Both socially and academically Beach Manor School students are enjoying themselves while absorbing some marvelous tidbits of information. This past fall has been productive as well as rewarding for my teachers and me. I hope you have seen great strides in your child’s growth.

The classes devote the month of December to holiday preparations. The children will make crafts and learn songs appropriate for each celebration.   In addition to letters and numbers this month’s activities will include making and wrapping their gifts for you, baking, and preparing for our Holiday Program.

We plan on having our holiday programs on Dec. 10th and 11th. The program will last about thirty minutes. The programs will start at 9:30. It’s the three and four year old parents’ turn to provide refreshments for the adults. If you are planning on taking your child home rather than wait for carpool that will be fine, just remember to tell your child’s teacher. Excitement is extremely high during the last week of school, so please be patient with your child. Our last full day of school is Wednesday, December 18th.  School resumes at its usual time on Thursday, January 2rd.

The children are enjoying our Spanish classes. In December you may hear your child using Spanish to describe our winter weather…the cold “el Frio” and what may follow “la nieve” the snow!! During our Holiday Program we will sing Felize Navidad for our grand finale.

‘Tis the season not only to be jolly, but also to indulge.   Although we aren’t fanatic about no sugar at the Manor Schools, we have learned to be cautious. Some children cannot tolerate any sugar at all — all children seem to react negatively when their systems are overloaded with it. This is the time of year when adult expectations and childish abilities have difficulty meshing. One major thing you can do to help your child enjoy the holiday season is limit their sugar intake.   (Not eliminate, just limit.) This does not mean we don’t want parties.   The children love cheese and crackers or fruit at least as much as cupcakes! If it’s not worth the hassle, please try to curtail sugar at breakfast. Children seem better able to settle into learning with protein and fruit.


We want to thank everyone for helping support our fundraisers. We truly appreciate your help


The Manor Schools’ staff and I wish you a peaceful and pleasant holiday season. Thank you for your encouragement and support the past three months. It’s what keeps us going.



Warmest holiday greetings,

Chris and Leigh


MEDICATIONS: It helps us to know if your child is on medication. The side effects of many antibiotics and decongestants include behavior changes that dramatically alter classroom performance and actions. We recently met with Social Service for clarification of several regulations. The state is strict on the storing and dispensing of medication at school.


*All medication must be locked in our medicine cabinet and logged in only by YOU, the parent. Proper medication forms are required.


**NEVER EVER put medicine in your child’s backpack. This includes all over the counter items such as lip balm, cough drops, diaper cream or hand cream.


LOST AND FOUND: Please check our Lost and Found for any clothing your child may be missing. We accumulate quite a collection. Please return any clothing borrowed when your child has an accident. PLEASE LABEL YOUR CHILDS COAT, SWEATER, GLOVES, HATS, ETC. I cannot tell you how many times we hold up items and the children just do not know it is theirs and another child claims it by error.


SNOW POLICY: Manor School special announcements, such as school closings, late openings and early dismissals will be posted on our website at www.manorschools.com . You will also receive an email and/or text from your child’s teacher. If you are still unsure, feel free to contact me directly.

TAX ID NUMBER 54-1812375


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH– Ms. Heim, Ms. Kelli, Ms. Leslie, Ms. Sarah, Ms. Annie


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11TH-Ms. Karen D., Ms. Kristen D., Ms. Jennifer, Ms. Sharon, Ms. Harden, Ms. Diane






Thank you to all of the parents who have sent in the material necessary for us to do our crafts, such as Pringles cans, soda bottles, and milk cartons.


VERY IMPORTANT: CARPOOL: Please stay in your car at car pool. We will unload and load the children. This is not the time to visit with your child’s teacher. Please call or park and come in if you need to chat.   It is very important to keep the line moving. Never, ever, should a child be in our parking lot at any time of the day, without holding teachers or a parent’s hand. Please remember that the safety of your children is very, very important to us.






December 9th                                    Santa’s visit

December 10th and 11th                          Winter Program

December 16th and 17th                 Pajama Day, Holiday movies

December 19- January 1                 Winter Holiday—school closed

January 2                                        School resumes

January 20                                       Martin Luther King Day, school closed

January 27                                    Teacher In-service, school closed

February 17                                     President’s Day, school closed

April 7/8                                          Spring Program

April 13-17                                     Spring break, school closed


Pajama Day/Movie Schedule–


Monday, December 16 –Ms. Karen D, Ms. Jennifer, Ms. Kristen D,

Ms. Kelli, Ms. Sharon


Tuesday, December 17– Ms. Annie, Ms. Harden, Ms. Sarah, Ms. Leslie, Ms. Diane, Ms. Heim