Broad Bay

Broad Bay Manor December 2020

Dear Parents,

 

The days are shorter, the nights are snugly, and there is such a hint of anticipation and excitement in the air that it must be December!  This is a very exciting and busy month for us all.   With an emphasis on joy and love, this holiday season will be a happy and pleasant one. The classes devote the month of December to holiday preparations, both Christmas and Hanukkah.  All the children will make crafts and learn songs appropriate for each celebration.   In addition to our routine academics, this month’s activities will include making and wrapping their gifts for you, baking, and preparing for the upcoming holidays.  Kindergarten studies the instruments of the orchestra to help them appreciate the music they will hear this holiday season.  If any of you would care to share your expertise in this area, we sure would be grateful.

 

One of the nicest things about school is how much fun it is.   Both socially and academically, Broad Bay Manor students are enjoying themselves while absorbing some marvelous tidbits of information.  This past fall has been productive as well as rewarding for the teachers and me.  I hope you have seen great strides in your child’s growth as well!

 

Holiday food:  With so many upcoming events at school, remember our nut free policy.  While sweet treats are always fun, don’t forget about fruit and protein to add a balance during these fun events.  The children’s behavior afterwards will thank you!  This year, we will only be accepting prepackaged, unopened food to share within the classroom.

 

2021-2022 Registration: I will soon send out registration info for the 2021-2022 school year via e-mail. We will continue to use our online registration program, InfoSnap.  Although it seems terribly far in the future, now is the time to start planning for the next school year that starts is September. Those of you who plan on returning to our school next fall should plan to register ASAP once we return from our winter break.

 

Many parents of current four-year-old students are concerned about properly placing their child next year. Some parents will choose an additional preschool year before kindergarten, but some do not.  If you are unsure if your student would be most successful with this additional year, I encourage you to consult with their current teacher.  Kindergarten is only open to those children turning 5 on or before September 30, 2021.  If your child turns 5 after this date, our PreK class is the correct placement.

 

Inclement Weather Policy:  Manor School special announcements, such as school closing, late opening, and early dismissal will be posted on our website www.manorschools.com.  You will also get an email as soon as we make any decisions about school closings.

 

Here are some repeat reminders that will apply throughout the colder months:

 

SICK POLICY: In order for us to keep ALL our children as healthy as possible we must work together.  Please DO NOT send in your child if they are sick.  If they are showing any signs of sickness consider keeping them out of school to help prevent exposure to other children.  If we are ALL in keeping with this courtesy, we can greatly reduce the spread of illness throughout the school.  A healthier school means a healthier child for you! Our official rule is a child may not come to school until they have been fever free (without meds) for 72 hours.  If your child is sent home with a temperature mid-day, we will expect him/her NOT to be at school the following 3 days as this is not in keeping with the 72-hour policy.  If your child has vomited or had diarrhea in the last 24 hours stay home as well. In the end a sick child belongs at home.

MEDICATIONSIt helps us to know if your child is on any medication. The side effects of many antibiotics and decongestants include behavioral changes that dramatically alter classroom performance and actions. We recently met with Social Services for clarification of several regulations. The state is strict and emphatic on the storing and dispensing medication at school.  You need to know that:

* All medication must be locked in our medicine cabinet and turned in to the front desk by YOU, the parent;

* The medicine must be given to us in its original unopened container;

* NEVER, EVER, put medicine in your child’s bookbag. This includes all over-the- counter items such as lip balm, cough drops and hand cream.

 

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.

We wish you a peaceful and pleasant holiday season from the entire BBMS staff.  Thanks again for sharing it with us!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Cox

 

 

DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

 

 

December 1-3 ………………………………………………………………………..           Pajama Jams Charity collection

December 3 …………………………………………………………………………..                        Pajama Day

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