The days are shorter, the nights are snuggly, 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, Bellamy Manor School students are enjoying themselves while absorbing some marvelous tidbits of information. This past fall has been productive as well as rewarding for our teachers and staff. We hope you have seen great strides in your child’s growth.
The classes devote the month of December to holiday preparations, both Christmas and Hanukkah. All 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. Kindergarten studies the instruments of the orchestra to help them appreciate the music they will hear this holiday season. If any of you would care to share your expertise in this area, we sure would be grateful.
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.
We plan on having our holiday programs on Dec. 5, 11, and 12th. Be sure to check below for the day and time your child’s class will perform. The programs will last about thirty minutes. It’s the four-year-old parents’ turn to provide refreshments for the adults in the lobby. Remember we are now a peanut free school. If it is convenient for you to take your child home after the program rather than wait for carpool, that would be fine. Please return to your child’s class and pick up your child from the classroom. Parking will be available again at the Rivers of Living Waters Church on Indian Lakes Blvd. A security policeman will patrol the parking lot while you enjoy your children’s show. Excitement is extremely high during this last week of school, so please be patient with your child.
‘Tis the season not only to be jolly, but also to indulge. 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) The children love cheese, crackers and fruit as much as cupcakes! On this subject, please try to curtail sugar at breakfast. Children seem better able to settle into learning with protein and fruit.
In January, we will be sending out registration information for the 2020-21 school year via e-mail. We will be enrolling on-line through a link given to you when we return in January. Although it seems so far in the future, now is the time to start planning for September. Those of you on a flexible benefits program need to call us for a schedule of fees for the next school year. Those of you who plan on returning to our school next fall should register soon after the holidays to reserve your child a place next September. We will limit registration to returning students through January. Register early to get your first choice, some classes fill before the end of January. After January, registration we will be open to the public. If you are interested in having your child attend a private elementary school, talk to Mrs. Hobbs or myself. Bellamy Manor does offer an after-school program for students up to ten years of age. Virginia Beach public school bus will drop off from Kempsville Elementary school. The Bellamy van currently picks up from Providence Elementary, Fairfield Elementary, Indian Lakes Elementary and Kempsville Meadows for our afterschool program. This may change as our demand changes each year. Please talk to us if you have a request.
We want to thank everyone for helping to support our fundraisers. Your response this year was overwhelming, and we truly appreciate it!
The Manor Schools’ staff wish you a peaceful and pleasant holiday season. Thank you for your encouragement and support over the past three months. It’s what keeps us going.
Warmest Holiday Greetings,
MEDICATIONS: It helps us to know if your child is on any medication. The side effects of many antibiotics and decongestants include behavioral changes that dramatically alter classroom performance and actions. We recently met with Social Services for clarification of several regulations. The state is strict and emphatic on the storing and dispensing medication at school. You need to know that:
* All medication must be locked in our medicine cabinet and logged in only by YOU, the parent.
* The medicine must be given to us in its original container;
* NEVER, EVER, put medicine in your child’s book bag. This includes all over-the- counter items such as lip balm, cough drops and hand cream.
LOST & 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 at school. If you have clothes your child has outgrown, please them our send them our way. We need them for this type of emergency. Thanks!!
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 e-mail and/or text from your teacher. If you are still not sure, feel free to contact your child’s teacher or us directly.
SCHOOL CLOSES FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT THE END OF THE DAY ON DECEMBER 18th.
DECEMBER 19– JANUARY 1…BMS CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS
TAX ID: Bellamy Manor’s Tax ID is: 54-1238801
HOLIDAY PROGRAM SCHEDULE
December 5 @ 9:15 Thursday:
Ms. Kirsty, Ms. Taryn and Ms. Susanne
Dec. 11th Wednesday: Dec. 12th Thursday:
Ms. Kristina’s Class Ms. Michele’s Class
Ms. Niki’s Class Ms. Jess’s Class
Ms. Dary’s Class Ms. Sandra’s Class
Ms. Sara’s Class Mrs. Hobb’s Class
All Afternoon Classes
Our holiday program will be outside in the parking circle. If it rains, we’ll have the programs inside. Keep your fingers crossed!
December 5, 11, 12..…….Holiday Programs
December 18…………….Last day before Holiday Break
January 2………….……..School resumes
January 20.………………M L King Day, School Closed
January 27…………………….Teacher In-service, School Closed
February17 …………………..Presidents Day, School Closed
April 13-17…….…………..Spring Break, School Closed
May 12……………………Conference Day No Classes FD care only
May 25 …………………………Memorial Day, School Closed
June 12…………………………Last day of school
June 15-Aug 14…………..Summer programs at Bellamy Manor
Sept 2…….………………..Fall programs begin