Greenbrier Manor December 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parents,


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 Greenbrier 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. 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 throughout the holiday season. If any of you care to share your expertise in this area, we would sure be grateful.

We plan on having our holiday programs on December 9, 10, & 11. The programs will last about thirty minutes. It’s the four-year-old parents turn to provide refreshments for the adults in the lobby ─ Thank you! If it is convenient for you to take 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 before the holiday break, so please be patient with your child. School will resume and classes will start at their 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 to not only 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 ─ and all children seem to react negatively when their systems are overloaded with it. This is also 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 Christmas season is limit their sugar intake (not eliminate, just limit). This does not mean we won’t have parties. The children love cheese and crackers or fruit at least as much as cupcakes! Please try to curtail sugar at breakfast. Children are better able to settle into learning with protein and fruit.

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will be online with InfoSnap, our registration portal. Enrollment will remain a two-step process. Step 1 will be the completion and return of the pre-registration form along with payment of the registration fee. Once we have the preregistration form and payment we will email the InfoSnap registration link. Step 2 will be the submission of your InfoSnap registration. Parents that registered with InfoSnap last year should find the process easier because the link permits exclusive access to your registration we have on file. You will only need to update information that may have changed. Pre-registration forms will be emailed and available for pick-up at the front desk during the first week in January.

Parents who choose to pay the registration fee via credit or debit card may do so through our online tuition portal, Diamond Mind (

Although it seems so terribly far in the future, now is the time to start planning. Those of you on a flexible benefits program need to call me 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. I 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 will also be open to the public. If you are interested in having your child attend a private elementary school, talk to me. The Chesapeake public school bus will drop off students from Greenbrier Primary and Greenbrier Intermediate for afterschool care. Greenbrier Manor school van will pick up children from Butts Road, Southeastern Elementary and Tallwood Elementary for afterschool care if dismissal times allow. Please speak to Elizabeth or myself if this plan appeals to you.

We want to thank everyone for helping support our fundraisers! Your response this year was overwhelming, and we truly appreciate it!!

The Manor Schools’ staff and I wish you a peaceful and pleasant holiday season. We thank you for your encouragement and support the past three months. This is what keeps us going!


With the warmest of 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 of 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 bookbag. This includes all over-the- counter items such as lip balm, hand sanitizer, 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 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 .

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 me directly.


TAX ID: Greenbrier Manor’s Tax ID is: 54-1636775














Monday, December 9                                               Monday, December 9

9:15                                                                             10:30

Brittney Baker                                                                        Liz Holladay

Bridget Winston                                                                     Kari Swain


Tuesday, December 10                                             Tuesday, December 10

9:15                                                                                                                             10:00

Cindi Schaffter                                                                       Ms Loretta Moore

Kim Little

Tracy Garlow/Stephanie Stanger


Wednesday, December 11                                      Wednesday, December 11

9:15                                                                                                                 10:00

Adrieen Gibson

Ms Karen King

Gwen Kensinger (am class)


Wednesday, December 11


Gwen Kensinger (pm class)





December 3 & 4 …………………….Lion’s Club Eye Screening

December 9-11..………………….Holiday Programs

December 19-January 1…………..Winter Break – School Closed

January 2……………………….School resumes

January 20………………………M L King Day, School Closed

January 27………………………Teacher In-service, School Closed

February 17….………………….Presidents Day, School Closed

April 15-19………………………Spring Break, School Closed

May 12………………………….Conference Day – No classes                                                                                                                                   (We are open for all day children only)

May 25………………………….Memorial Day, School Closed

June 12………………………….Last Day of School

June 15-Aug 14………………….Summer programs