Broad Bay

Broad Bay 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 around the classroom are touching. They are truly learning socially as well as academically. I hope you are as pleased as we are with your child’s progress.  

Last month the 2’s children were introduced to themselves and each other.  Now we extend that idea, and focus just on the senses. There will be lots of cooking, crafts, and songs.  Our youngest children have adjusted beautifully to the classroom and each other.

If you thought September was fun, October is even better if you are three! Ms. Sandra, Ms. Kelly, Ms. Colleen will introduce 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.  Lots of cooking this month, thanks to Jack, his Mama, and Walter the baker.  The threes finish the month with stories and crafts relating to Halloween.  

Ms. Leigh and Ms. Dorothy’s classes finish their alphabet unit with a party fit for royalty.  Crowns, sparkles, and delicious cookies end the children’s introduction/review of our language’s building blocks. The next focus is on fall and those pesky backyard critters; squirrels.  The month will end with a quick study of shapes and secondary colors.  They get quite involved in finger-painting and color mixing with different mediums.  The month ends, of course, 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.    

Mrs. Moesta and Ms. Brantley’s pre-kindergarten classes will hit the trail as they learn about horses!  They will explore the different types and parts of one of man’s oldest animal friends. Individualized language arts and math instruction is ongoing.

The Kindergarten 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 complete with space food.   While amongst the stars, we study the constellations and the mythology behind each star group.   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, Mrs. Profilet hopes to communicate a variety math and phonics facts.

October is a wonderfully special month because of Halloween.  Halloween, with carved pumpkins, “spooky” songs, and stories can by very exciting! The magic of make-believe is so special to a young child because of the excitement and delicious thrill of dress up. However, along with this excitement comes some anxiety. Three year-olds are very new to the idea of pretend and even four year-olds aren’t always sure what’s real and what’s not. We really work hard to make this a fun experience. Costumes and made up faces are often frightening for small children. Let’s all try to emphasize the silly, not the scary, aspect of Halloween.

Unfortunately, this year we will not be able to do a Halloween program or have parents come into the building for the parties. The children will have fun singing and parading in their classrooms on their party day. Your teacher will let you know what day they will celebrate Halloween!

The children can party in their Halloween costume! It works best if you send your child to school in his/her costume with a change of clothes in his/her book bag. Be sure all pieces of the costume are clearly labeled so it can all be returned. We will help them change out of their costume after the party.  If your child suddenly decides not to dress up, IT’S OK.  Please don’t pressure or force your child to participate.  Some children just don’t feel comfortable in dress up and that’s perfectly all right.

November 3rd: Conference Day.   School is open for all-day children only(these are children enrolled in the 7:00-6:00 program).  If you are not sure if your child’s schedule meets the all-day requirement, please ask.   I will be making the conference schedule soon and will send it home later this month.  If you prefer a specific time please let us know ASAP and I will do my best to make it work.  This year conferences will be done through a virtual meeting (zoom or facetime).

Medications: Please don’t ever send medicine to school inside a book bag. All medication, whether prescription or not, must be signed in by the parent through the front. No exceptions!

Morning Drop Off:  Remember class starts at 8:45. If your student is notin the ALL DAY or BEFORE SCHOOL program, please do not drop off any earlier than 8:30.  Its also important for your children to be at school by 9:00 to get the FULL curriculum.  Students coming in late will not always be able to receive the entirety of what we offer.

I hope your family has a wonderful beginning to this lovely time of year.  Fall is full of traditions, make believe, and celebrations.  We can’t wait to share them with your children!

Sincerely,

                                                          Jennifer Cox

DATES TO REMEMBER

 

November 3…………………………………………………………………………….Conference dayopen for ALL DAY students only

November 11…………………………………………………………………………. ​​Veterans Dayschool closed

November 26-27….……..…………………………………………………….​​Thanksgiving Holidayschool closed

December 21-January 1………………………………………………………….   ​​Winter Breakschool closed