February may be the shortest month, but it is also the busiest. With Valentine’s Day, two president’s birthdays, and Ground Hog Day, February always promises excitement.
Ms. Loretta and Ms. Karen continues to help our youngest children with the exciting process of learning. Our MDO’s will spend their time enjoying “Fun with Food”. They will make Cinnamon Pretzels, play with dough (and spaghetti), paint with fruit and sample many tasty and healthy treats.
Our three-year-olds will be introduced to life on the farm. The focus of this unit is farm animals and their products. Although the school doesn’t take field trips, I’d like to suggest a trip to a working dairy farm. The petting zoo at the Virginia Zoo also has many farm animals the children can touch and feed. As the children become more aware of their environment, their curiosity deepens. These studies are designed to help them understand and organize their world.
The four-year-olds travel to Farmer MacGregor’s garden. They will study nature from a more imaginary viewpoint. Taking a leap into fantasy, Bridget, Kim, and Kari introduce the children to the world of Beatrix Potter. After they are thoroughly entranced by Benjamin Bunny, Peter Rabbit, and Jemima Puddle-duck, they have a marvelous English tea party. We have a good bit of fun with this unit while introducing the children to some excellent literature. Because Beatrix Potter’s books are so delightfully illustrated, reading them aloud to your child at home will help reinforce her world in their minds.
Ms. Gwen’s classes cover the hodgepodge of February – Ground Hog Day, Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthdays, Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year. It’s a great time for them to learn a bit of our country’s history, the pledge of allegiance, and those anecdotes about George and Abe. Busy!
The kindergarten class finishes rhyming using the stories of Dr. Seuss. Ms. Garlow and Mrs. Stanger introduce the children to the various systems of the human body. They will focus on themselves and learn about our similarities. They begin by studying their skin and work their way through the body systems to the heart (the most important part!).
This month Spanish will be teaching the parts of the body. The rhyme, “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” will now sound like, “Cabeza, Hombros, Piernas y Pies, Piernas y Pies…” The song is fun, easy to learn and the children will pick it up quickly so you will likely hear it at home…in Spanish!!
Valentine’s Day with its messages of love and friendship is special to children and to Greenbrier Manor School. Each class exchanges valentines and has a party on February 14th (or 13th for the T TH classes). Enclosed is a list with the number of children in each class. On February 14th (or 13th) please send in valentines for each student in your child’s class, and we’ll take care of the rest. The teachers have requested that you NOT “address” the valentines – just sign them with your child’s name. This way the children can easily pass them out.
Registration: Registration for next year is progressing nicely. It is satisfying to know that so many of you are pleased with GMS’s program. Thank you for all your support and cooperation. Without your smiles and encouragement my job would be so difficult. Instead, it’s a joy! Openings are still available in some of our classes even though registration is now open to the public. If you intend to register your child for next year and haven’t yet done so, I strongly urge you to begin the two-step registration process immediately. The only way to ensure a place next year is to turn in both the preregistration form and the registration fee.
Many of you have asked questions about our kindergarten program. We realized that when most of you initially register at GMS we go into detail about our three-year-old program or
the four-year-old program, but often kindergarten comes as a wonderful surprise. Our kindergarten program continues the phonics instruction that began in the four-year-old program. It includes a very strong short vowel reading, writing, and spelling curriculum that leads to long vowel usage in the spring. The children learn to recognize and write numbers to 100; they learn math facts to 10, graphing, fraction recognition, and how to count money. The joy of the program, however, is the incredible amount of information the children learn in the unit studies (constellations, musical instruments, dinosaurs, children around the world, the human body, and other very hands on science studies). The goal is, as always, to enhance their self-esteem. Having so much knowledge about their world gives them tremendous self-confidence. They acquire the skills needed to put them at the top of their first-grade class. Your response so far for next year is gratifying.
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.
Summer: Our summer program will be from June 17 thru August 16. Summer preregistration forms will go out soon. We will have two, three, and five day programs, both half and full day. We will have one six-week program for half day children. Full time students may enroll for an eight-week session.
Inclement Weather Policy: Although our inclement weather policy states that we will close if the public schools close, sometimes it is not necessary. It all depends on the roads and the power conditions. Be sure to check our website under “Special Announcements” at www.manorschools.com. Of course, if your neighborhood conditions are even slightly questionable, stay home.
Greenbrier’s EIN number is 54-1636775
Please return any clothes your child may have borrowed from school due to accidents or playground mishaps. We’re getting low on our supply of spare socks, underwear, and pants. It helps so much to have a change of clothes in the bottom of your child’s bookbag.
Please check coats and jackets. Sometimes a child grabs the wrong coat on his way out the door. So many jackets are similar and make ownership difficult to distinguish. PLEASE WRITE YOUR NAME ON THE LABEL!!!!
Mother’s Day Out: Ms. Loretta 11 Ms. Karen 12
Three Year Olds: Ms. Liz 16 Ms. Brittney 16
Ms. Cindi 12 Ms. Adrieen 14
Four Year Olds: Ms. Kim 18 Ms. Bridget 17
Ms Kari 14
Pre-K: Ms. Gwen (am class) 16 Ms. Gwen (pm class) 8
Kindergarten: Ms. Early/Mrs. Stanger 21
DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR
February 17 …………. President’s Day, School Closed
March 11,12, & 13……Individual & Class Pictures
April 1,2 & 3..…………Spring Programs
April 13-17…………… Spring Break, School Closed.
May 12.……………… Conference Day (Open for All Day Care only)
May 25………………. Memorial Day, School Closed
June 5………………… Kindergarten Graduation @ 9:15
June 12………………. Last Day of School
June 15-19…………… School Open for Day Care
June 22-Aug 21……… Summer programs
Sept 8……………. ….. Fall programs begin