Broad Bay

Broad Bay Manor November 2020

Dear Parents,

 

If November is even half as lovely as October, we’re in for a marvelous month!  Halloween is now a memory and so many more wonderful holidays are just around the corner!   It was a delight to see the children dressed up for their Halloween parties. I thank all of you for your support as we modify some of our BBMS traditions this year.

November conjures up images of Native Americans and Pilgrims, colored leaves and crisp days.  In keeping with tradition each class will study seasonal changes and our heritage from their unique perspective.

Our 2-year olds have made incredible progress. It’s wonderful to see how quickly they seem to grow. They study themselves in September, look beyond themselves in October, and this month they will explore their family and homes. It’s a gradual evolution away from awareness of themselves and towards their environment. Great things are happening here. It’s exciting!

The three-year old classes begin the month with an in-depth analysis of several nursery tales.  The Three Pigs, The Three Bears, and The Gingerbread Man highlight this unit with much puppetry and cooking.  We even grow a beanstalk for Jack to climb! The imagination and diverse characters within these stories are perfect for their creative minds to explore.

The four-year-olds take a leap into fantasy and hop off to Mr. MacGregor’s garden to study Peter Rabbit.  After they are thoroughly entranced by Benjamin Bunny, Peter Rabbit, and Jemimah PuddleDuck, the fours have a marvelous English tea party.  We have a good bit of fun with this unit while introducing the children to some excellent literature.

The preK classes will investigates the weather—clouds, rainbows, snowflakes, and wind as well as the four seasons.   Ms. Moesta and Ms. Brantley have designed this unit to be quite hands on while using a scientific approach to explore the causes of different types of weather.  Individualized instruction in language arts and math is ongoing.

The kindergarten classes explore nature as the original Americans found it.   We learn what the Native Americans discovered when they arrived on this continent and how they adapted their lifestyles to the environment. The emphasis is on the culture, clothes, and lives of different Indian nations.   Our month concludes with the arrival of the Pilgrims and a Thanksgiving feast.

 

Here are a few housekeeping reminders and updates about our building…

PERSONAL ITEMS:  Now that the weather is getting chillier we are seeing more and more coats/jackets coming to school.  Please label all of your child’s items.  This will help our teacher make sure these items make it home every day.

SCHOOL CLOTHES:  On the occasion your child needs a change of clothes and there isn’t any in his/her book bag, we will use our stash of BBMS clothes.  Please remember to bring these back to school; we use them often.  We are always in need of boys and girls clothing to add to this stash (size 2-6).  If you are cleaning out closets and would like to donate please feel free to drop them off!  We usually need pants, shirts, socks, and shoes.

KINDERGARTEN PARENTS: Now is the time to start looking into first grade options for your child.   If you want information regarding the various private schools in the area see me.  Many schools will hold open house sometime in the upcoming months.  Usually the date and times are published in the newspaper and the school’s website.   If you are thinking about private school, attending these open houses will help you decide what is best for your child.

HALLOWEEN CANDY:  Many of us now have an abundance of candy at home!  Please pay attention to the ingredients and remember our nut free policy.

Thanks so much for all your cooperation.  This year has been wonderful so far and our staff are falling in love with all your children!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Cox

 

 

DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

 

 

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

January 18………………………………………………………………………………         Martin Luther King Jr Day- school closed

February 1………………………………………………………………………………         Staff In-Service- school closed

February 15…………………………………………………………………………….         Presidents’ Day- school closed

April 5-9…………………………………………………………………………………          Spring Break- school closed

May 31…………………………………………………………………………………..          Memorial Day- school closed

June 18…………………………………………………………………………………..         Last Day of the School year