West Neck

Beach Manor October 2020

Dear Parents,

 

School is off to a truly wonderful start.  This past month has given us the time to renew old friendships and explore new relationships.  Watching the children form and reform their social groups is quite exciting.  Their sincerity and innocence as they venture out into the world of school are touching.  They are truly learning socially as well as academically.  I hope you are as pleased with your child’s progress as we are.  

During the month of October Ms. Kaytlin and Ms. Andrea’s MDO classes will continue with the world of senses-smelling, tasting, touching, listening and observing.    There will be lots of cooking, crafts, and songs.  Our youngest children have adjusted beautifully to school and each other.

If you thought September was fun, October is better if you are three.  It is also quite busy.  Ms. Harden and Ms. Karensclasses go on a safari this month and study jungle animals.  During the next three weeks they become experts on animal behavior and can easily mimic the antics of chimps, lions, and elephants.  For many of the children a visit to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk would be a marvelous reinforcement of the animals they are studying.  It is also a wonderful way to spend a warm fall day.  The threes finish the month with stories and crafts relating to Halloween.

Mrs. Kelli, Ms. Sharon and Ms. McGrath’s classes will finish their alphabet unit before turning their attention to Fall.  They take a brief look at squirrels and their preparations for winter.  The children learn fun finger plays and poems before leaping into their Halloween Unit. The teachers really get to into the spirit of the season and have some wonderful things planned. Ms. McGrath’s PM class finishes the alphabet unit and joins her morning class along with Ms. Kelli and Ms. Sharon’s class in a quick study of shapes and secondary colors.  They get quite involved in finger-painting and mixing with different mediums.  Of course, the month ends with stories, crafts, poems, and songs about Halloween.  This holiday seems to be created for four-year olds.  Letter and number recognition as well as phonics instruction continue on an individual basis.

Ms., Diane’s PreK classes look at our world from a geographical and environmental angle.  The children are introduced to some basic geographical concepts using habitats as a motif.  By mid-month the children are learning about the fragility of various habitats and interdependence between the environment and its inhabitants.  An investigation of endangered species concludes the unit.  

 

Ms. Yesalusky’s class will end the transportation unit with a brief study of the Solar system and our planet earth.  We finish with a wonderful astronaut party!  While amongst the stars, we study constellations and mythology behind several star groups.  Hopefully they will be able to find the Big Dipper on Halloween night.  We will, of course, devote a week to pumpkins and scarecrows.  Intertwined with all this fun, the children will continue to learn math and phonics facts.

 

October is a wonderfully special month because of Halloween.  The magic of make-believe is so special to the young child because of the excitement and delicious thrill of dress up.  However, along with this excitement comes some anxiety. Our Two and Three-year olds are very new to the idea of pretend, and even four-year olds aren’t always sure what is real and what is not.  We really work hard to make this a fun experience.  Costumes and made up faces are often frightening for small children.  Let’s try to emphasize the silly, not the scary, aspect of Halloween.  Each class will have a “Special” party and sing along time—the teachers will let each family know.

 

October 22/23 we will be taking students individual pictures. Pictures will be taken outside. We will be practicing social distancing during this time. The photographer will be at least ten feet from the children and will have no contact. Only the child’s teacher will be allowed to fix their hair and straighten their clothes.

 

    Upcoming on Tuesday, November 3rd   are conferences.  School is closed to part-time students that day. I will try to schedule working parents as early as possible and during lunchtime. Conferences will be conducted by either zoom or by telephone.  I will publish the schedule later this month.  

 

We want to thank all of you for your patience during carpool.  Your pleasant smiles and cooperative attitudes really mean a great deal.  It is important to pull forward and buckle up.  Other safety precautions include not passing cars on their left and waiting for the staff to let your child out of the car.  Our most important concern has to be the safety of the children.  If you are not using carpool, ALWAYS hold your child’s hand while in the parking lot, and please be sure to walk your child all the way to the building.

 

                                         Thanks for your help and cooperation.  

​​​​Have a GREAT month—- Chris and Leigh

 

 

 

 

REMEMBER TO LABEL ALL JACKETS, HATS, COATS, BOOKBAGS, WATER BOTTLES, LUNCHBOXES AND SWEATERS.

 

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

 

October 23/24…………………………………………………Individual Pictures Day

November 3……………………………………………….… Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 11…………………………………………………School Closed for Veterans Day

November 26/27 …………………………………………….School Closed for Thanksgiving

December 21-January 1…………………………………..… School Closed Winter break

January 4…………………………………………………….School resumes