HAPPY NEW YEAR! We hope your Christmas was delightful. We can’t wait to see all the new and exciting Show ‘N Tells! The children and teachers have returned from vacation refreshed and obviously ready for some intensive learning. January seems to be a month when the children experience tremendous academic growth. Greenbrier Manor School’s teachers take advantage of the moment and offer exciting as well as educational units.
Ms. Loretta and Ms. Karen’s Two Year Olds have grown and matured at an impressive rate. This month MDO children will explore the many adventures of Pete the Cat. These best-selling picture books present the wiry Pete with his white shoes and eclectic friends showing that it’s cool to be you. With boundless poise, creativity and energy, Loretta and Karen do an exceptional job with their charges.
The three-year olds are introduced to the main food groups through a delicious study of nutrition. Adrieen, Brittney, Liz and Cindi hope to teach the children about “good” foods and their sources. This unit involves quite a bit of cooking and sampling with each food group. They’ll make French fries, fruit salad, and finger-paint with pudding. It’s a terrific and “fattening” month for the Threes!
The four-year-olds discover the fanciful world of dragons and unicorns this month. Medieval knights and castles come alive for them, and they will find that most dragons are rather sensitive and lovable creatures. The children finish the unit with a royal ball fit for any king or queen. The four’s indulge in fantasy to their heart’s content!
The Pre-K classes become environmentally aware as they focus their attention on our feathered friends. Gwen’s Pre-K classes will study birds, birds of prey in particular. Children will learn why the hawk has a hooked beak and toes with strong, curved talons. Where does the Osprey live and what do they eat?
The kindergarten classes study rhyming using the stories of Dr. Seuss. This is a fun time to rhyme in silly ways. The Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, and Thidwick become our vehicles for learning. Math, crafts and songs all focus on Seuss themes. It all ends with the renowned, “Breakfast at Greenbrier Manor” featuring Green Eggs and Ham (of course)! The children have a grand time with all of this while an incredible amount of learning takes place.
La familia (the family) will be the topic in Spanish this month. You may hear “la mama, el papa, el hermano,(brother) la hermana,(sister) in discussions about school at home. I am not certain who is having more fun – Ms. Sheila, Ms. Luz or the children – as they all love Spanish! It is truly a rewarding experience for everyone!!
We have lots of plans and ideas for school programs in the coming year. Although next September seems a long time away, it’s time to consider registration. A preregistration form and the 2020-2021 tuition schedule for fall are attached to this newsletter. Returning students have priority for places in the morning classes until the end of January. All other classes are open to new as well as returning students.
This January we will continue our online enrollment procedure for the next school year. It remains a two-step process:
Step1: You (the parents) complete a preregistration form. We then know what class you want for your child. When you return this form along with the registration fee you will have completed the first step. We will then email you the InfoSnap registration link.
Step 2: 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. Please remember that required fields must be filled out to submit the form. Once this enrollment form is submitted your child will be fully enrolled in the class you requested.
Parents who choose to pay the registration fee via credit or debit card may do so through our online tuition portal, Diamond Mind (http://greenbriermanor.diamondmindinc.com/).
We are hoping that this will be as easy as it sounds!! Remember it is important to finish registering in January as classes will open for new student registration on February 1st.
We will continue to offer Spanish in our five day three and four-year-old classes, pre-k am class and kindergarten classes next year.
Many parents of four-year-olds are concerned about properly placing their child next year. Some children need an additional preschool year before kindergarten, but many do not. We receive many calls concerning the differences between the four-year-old program and the pre-k class. The only difference is age. Children whose fourth birthday falls between January and August should sign up for the regular four-year-old class and those turning five between September and December normally belong in the pre-kindergarten class. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jackie or your child’s teacher.
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.
Kindergarten parents who are interested in private school for their child should schedule interviews NOW. If you wait even a month, many of the quality schools will be full for next September. Please discuss this interest with your child’s teacher and me so that we can prepare your child properly for the private school entrance evaluation. We are all here to help and have the same goals – a happy, self-confident child who loves school and learning.
Thanks again for your enthusiastic support! You have enabled us to teach in a creative and open atmosphere so crucial for true learning to occur. We sincerely hope you will be able to return next year.
MONDAY JANUARY 27, THE MANOR SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED TO HAVE THEIR SEMI-ANNUAL INSERVICE.
January 20……………………. M L King Day, School Closed
January 27……………………..Teacher In-service, School Closed
February 17….………………..Presidents Day, School Closed
April 13-17……..………………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 21………………. Summer programs
Sept 8………………………… Fall programs begin
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 me directly.
TAX INFORMATION: If you claim the cost of as an expense on your Federal Tax Return, you must include the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN). Greenbrier’s TIN is: 54-1636775.