If February’s warmth was a hint, March will declare that spring is here. Last month was an intense month and our children grew in knowledge as well as stature as they explored life on the farm, leave Farmer MacGregor’s garden, past presidents, and themselves.
Ms Loretta and Ms Karen will introduce the children to the colors all around us! They will explore color through food, animals, textures and lots of books. It will be a truly exciting month for our little ones!
The three-year-old classes will be introduced to Eric Carle, the celebrated children’s author. His books are delightful and the children will enjoy not only his emotional characters, but also his colorful and crafty illustrative techniques. There will be lots of cooking this month – Thanks to Jack and his Mama and Walter the baker!
Bridget, Kim, and Kari’s four-year-olds are in for a treat this month because it’s BEAR MONTH! From Corduroy, Pooh, and Paddington to pandas and polar bears they investigate bears, their habits and habitats. Some activities you might hear about include packing Paddington’s suitcase, painting Pooh, and ultimately our teddy bear picnic. The fours indulge in fantasy to their heart’s content.
Ms. Gwen’s pre-kindergarten classes investigate weather – clouds, rainbows, snowflakes, and wind. This unit is designed to be quite a hands on, scientific approach to the causes of different types of weather. Letter and number recognition as well as phonics instruction continue on an individual basis.
The kindergarten class goes around the world. It’s a full month’s trip, and we learn about children from other countries. The emphasis of study is on the dress, food, homes, and customs of children from countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. If any of you have traveled and can share pictures or souvenirs with the class, please let Tracy and Stephanie know.
In Spanish, we will be learning about clothes. You may hear your child say I need my la chaqueta y el abrigo (coat and sweater) as we finish winter and enter spring.
Registration is going beautifully thanks to all of you. Keep on talking! If you plan to return next year and have not yet turned in a registration form, talk to Jackie soon. We would hate to fill your spot.
Many of you have inquired about GMS’s summer program. It is patterned on the GMS school year adapted for summer. It offers continued play, academics, social, and craft opportunities. The children have plenty of opportunity to use the iPads, dress-ups, easels, puzzles, and games. Enrollment is limited so please return the preregistration form if you are interested.
We will use the InfoSnap online enrollment procedure for our summer program registration. It’ll remain a two-step process. Step one is the submission of the summer preregistration form and fee. Step two is the online submission of the InfoSnap registration form. We will need the preregistration form and fee before you submit your online registration. 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/).
Spring Break is coming up April13th thru April 17th. Our spring celebration will be the week of April 6th. We plan to dye eggs and have our egg hunts on April 8th and 9th. We will close at the end of the day Friday April 10th for Spring Break. Both students and teachers will take a well-deserved vacation before returning for the final busy weeks of school.
Please remember we are a peanut and tree nut free school. Make sure you check ingredients in the foods you send in with your child. If you bring in food for the entire class, it must be store bought with the label still attached. We will check to make sure it was not made in a facility processed with peanuts or tree nuts as well. If you have any questions about our policy, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you!
DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR
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
Wednesday, April 1 Wednesday, April 1
Adrieen Gibson Karen King
Gwen Kensinger (am class)
Wednesday, April 1
Gwen Kensinger (pm class)
Thursday, April 2 Thursday, April 2
Cindi Schaffter Loretta Moore
Tracy Garlow/Stephanie Stanger
Friday, April 3 Friday, April 3
Brittney Baker Liz Holladay
Bridget Winston Kari Swain