Amid tough challenges we did it! Parents, children, teachers, and staff have succeeded in getting Bellamy Manor School off to a wonderful start. Our virtual open house introduced you to your child’s teacher and provided insight on your child’s classroom. We sincerely appreciate your understanding as we navigate through this ever-changing world. We know that your child’s drop off and pick up are especially demanding. Please have your ID ready. If we do not recognize you personally, we will check your ID. By next week everything should be easier. We appreciate your patience as it allows us to safeguard and fine-tune all our new procedures. Again, thank you so much!
Please remember, The Manor schools will NOT be providing a regular lunch service this fall. All students are expected to bring their lunch from home Monday – Thursday. At the end of every week we will have Pizza Friday! You have the option to buy pizza for your child that will be delivered to the school or bring is a home lunch on Fridays. We supplement fruit, veggie, cookie, and milk. We did this during our summer programs and the children were thrilled. The cost of the pizza lunch is $5. We will invoice you at the end of month as needed.
September promises to be a beautiful and exhilarating month. The teachers are just as excited and eager as the children and have planned their activities carefully. There are so many things to teach and ways to teach them. Many of the projects your child brings home will have served several purposes. Often, we are more interested in the process rather than the product. The teachers’ goals are to teach the children how to follow verbal directions, to locate top and bottom, and move from left top right across the page. If you are ever distressed by what you perceive as a lack of creativity or too little “hands on” in a project, please don’t hesitate to call your child’s teacher or me. Remember –our goals are the same- a confident child with a positive self-image who loves learning and school.
As many of you now know, the standard response to “What did you do in school today?” is, “Nothing.” Often young children cannot separate the many different activities in which they participated. They remember their preschool hours as one when they “played.” Each classroom has a tremendous variety of teaching equipment so the children are learning as they play. Most of them can remember snack time, but for all of them it is difficult to deliver a blow-by-blow on the way home. Our monthly newsletters are to inform the parents of what is happening so you can more easily share in your child’s learning experience. Each teacher has prepared “units” for the children to study. Art, music, snacks, and papers will reflect a particular unit.
During this month our two-year old classes look at themselves in a unit we have named “It’s All About Me” (of course it is). They look closely at themselves from head to toe. They will learn how they relate to their environment by consciously exploring it. For many of these children this is their first experience away from home. We plan to make it a fun and positive one. Their days are filled with many sensory experiences as they look at themselves and talk about their eyes, hair, muscles, etc. We have updated the curriculum, so in addition to individualized papers and art projects, there are activity days too. These are the times when the teacher works with each child on fine and gross motor skills such as how to do puzzles or lace a shoe. Although every day may not produce a craft or paper, be assured their teacher works individually with each child on various activities.
The three-year olds usually settle into the routine of school very nicely. Because apples, school, teachers, and September seem to go together, the threes begin the year with a quick look at apples. They will learn about Johnny Appleseed, eat, paint, and color apples. It is an extremely fun unit and gives the children a chance to experiment with many different mediums. This will be followed by an in-depth study of shapes and colors. The grand finale will be a Shape and Color Hunt (Similar to an Easter Egg Hunt only we hunt shapes, not eggs).
The four-year-olds devote September to the alphabet – Sounds boring, but not the way we do it! This first month of letter and sound identification is an introduction for some and reinforcement or even review for others. The four-year olds’ parents will receive a detailed calendar of events for the month of September. This kind of unit provides tremendous opportunities for music, poems, foods, gross and fine motor experiences. Try to help your child remember bubble (B), glitter (G) and Ice cream (I) day. If you missed the snack sign up sheet, call your child’s teacher. Ms. Sara and Ms. Haylie have outstanding ideas and would appreciate the help.
Pre-Kindergarten classes will also be doing a quick review of the alphabet and consonant sounds. One of the advantages of beginning the year with an alphabet overview is the opportunity it gives the teacher to assess fine motor skills and strengthen cutting and gluing abilities. Ms. Sandra and Ms. Carrie can’t wait to show the alphabet in a whole new way!
The Kindergarten classes spend most of September studying the history of transportation. The unit is divided into three areas – land, sea, and air. I might as well let you know now- we are definitely a party school. It is one of our ways to keep learning a wonderful and memorable experience. This year we have added a STEMprogram to our ALL-DAY kindergarten class. The focus will be on problem solving and critical thinking through math and science during hands on experiments. We can’t wait to see where these kids go with it!
I want to thank each of you for being so pleasant and cooperative. As this month progresses, we will be observing the children closely to see they are properly placed both socially and academically. Our primary concern is always the total wellbeing of your child. If we all keep that as our goal, this year should be fantastic.
Each year brings fresh new faces, many of whom we do not yet recognize. Until we are familiar with you, we will check your ID against the names given on the registration form during pick up. For security and health reasons the doors are locked and parents are not regularly permitted in the building this year.
You will soon find information regarding the Manor Schools September fundraiser coming home. You are under NO OBLIGATION at all. If you do not wish to participate that is okay, although obviously we would appreciate your support. All money earned will be used toward the purchase of more iPads, technology, and equipment. The grand prize this year is half off one month’s tuition for the top seller in all four schools. Second and third place will receive a $75 and $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant of your choice.
Some quick notes to help the school year start off smooth…
- Morning preschool class starts at 8:45, with a drop off no earlier than 8:30. Only children enrolled in our all-day program or before school program may arrive before 8:30
- Mid-day pick-up is from 11:45-12:00, this is for children leaving after the morning class. Please have your large carpool sign with your child’s name clearly printed on it. The sign will be sent home on your child’s first day of school. Place the card in your windshield as you pull in the front parking spots.
- All tuition payments are due the first day of school. Please give your tuition to the staff checking temperatures at drop off. Payments received after the 15th of the month should include an additional $25.00 late fee.
- Hopefully sometime during your time with us, your child will arrive home with his/her PHONICS book, followed several months later by a reader!!! Each workbook will cost $16.00. In addition, math workbooks will be used in the four-year old, prek and kindergarten classes. You can either purchase the readers ($11.00) or send in a $35.00 nonrefundable book rental fee that will expire August 2020.
- We need to know by 10:00 if your child is having pizza lunch on Friday. If you have not already dropped off by then, please call the school to order your child a lunch if needed.
- Every student should have a parent signed COVID-19 policy in their file by the first week of school. If you have not already, please make sure to send it in ASAP.
**We are a licensed facility and all children attending Bellamy Manor must have a Virginia State Health Form, shot record and birth certificate on hand to attend school.**
Manor Schools Tuition/other Payment Option
Tuition payments are due on the first of the month. You have a choice in payment methods.
Cash: Pay directly to the school. A receipt will be provided if requested.
Checks: Make payable to the school. NSF checks will be charged $25.
E pay: If your bank offers electronic bill paying, you can have your bank send a check to the school. Use the school name as the “payee”, the school address and phone number. Add your student’s name as the “pay to” account so we can correctly account for the payment.
Online payment system: The Manor Schools use Diamond Mind to manage credit card and debit card at http://bellamymanor.diamondmindinc.com
If you ever have any questions, concerns or just want to chat about your child, please feel free to call (757) 495-4525
LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT
- WE WILL NOT BE MAKING SCHOOL LUNCH THIS FALL. ALL CHILDREN WILL NEED TO BRING IN A LUNCH FROM HOME WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FRIDAY YOU CAN BUY CHEESE PIZZA FOR $5.00.
- CHILDREN WHO BRING LUNCH NEED TO HAVE YOUR CHILD’S NAME AND THE DATE WRITTEN ON THE LUNCH TAG THAT WE PROVIDE. ALSO, WATER BOTTLES WILL NEED TO BE LABELED AS WELL.
- PLEASE WRITE YOUR CHILD’S NAME IN HATS, SWEATERS, JACKETS, LUNCHES, AND BOOKBAGS.
- CARPOOL SIGNS HELD OUT OF YOUR CAR WINDOW WILL GREATLY SPEED UP LOADING.
- WE ARE NOW COLLECTING HALF-GALLON MILK CARTONS, PRINGLES CANS AND BABY FOOD JARS. THANKS!
- 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.
Dates to Remember
September 8 ………………………………………………………………………….. First Day of School!
October 5……………………………………………………………………………….. End of Fundraiser
November 3……………………………………………………………………………. Conference day- open for ALL DAY students only
November 11…………………………………………………………………………. Veterans Day-school closed
November 26-27 ….……..……………………………………………………. Thanksgiving Holiday-school closed
December 21-January 1…………………………………………………………. Winter Break-school closed