West Neck

Beach Manor January 2021

Dear Parents,

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope your Christmas was delightful.  I can’t wait to see all the new and exciting Show ‘N Tells.   The children and teachers returned from vacation refreshed and ready for some intensive learning.   January seems to be a month when the children experience tremendous academic growth.  Beach Manor School teachers take advantage of the moment and offer exciting as well as educational units.

Ms. Kaytlin and Ms. Andrea’s little ones have grown and matured at an impressive rate.   January our MDO’s will spend their time enjoying “Fun with Food”. They will make Cinnamon Pretzels, play with dough (and spaghetti), paint with fruit and sample many tasty and healthy treats.  Ms. Kaytlin and Ms. Andrea both do an exceptional job with their charges, and their patience is never ending.

The three year old’s spend a week settling in and reviewing their alphabet and number concepts. Then they will be introduced to life on the farm. The focus of this unit is farm animals and their products.  Although the school doesn’t take field trips, I’d like to suggest a trip to a dairy where the children can see a working dairy.  The petting zoo at the Virginia Zoo also has many farm animals the children can touch and feed.  As the children become more aware of their environment their curiosity deepens.  These studies are designed to help them understand and organize their world.

The four year old classes hit the trail as they learn about horses, cowboys, and rodeos.  In keeping with developmental levels, the fours will enjoy stories about the Wild West.  The unit ends as the children enjoy a “rodeo,” Beach Manor style.  Letter and number recognition as well as phonics continue on an individual basis.

The Pre-kindergarten class investigate the weather—clouds, rainbows, snowflakes, wind and the four seasons.   This unit has been designed to be quite hands on, scientific approach to the causes of different types of weather.   Letter and number recognition as well as phonics instruction continue on an individual basis.

The kindergarteners take a good look at themselves this month.  Mrs. Yesalusky will introduce the children to the various systems of the human body.  The children start by studying their skin and move right into the most important muscle—their heart.  This is a fairly detailed unit and it is incredible how many facts our five and six year old’s absorb and retain.  Much time is also spent on handwriting, math facts, and the concepts of fractions.

2020-2021 Registration

 

We  have  lots  of  plans  and  ideas  for  school  programs  in  the coming year.  Although next September seems a long time away it’s time to consider registration.  Returning students have priority for placement until the end of January. I suggest making your request as soon as possible as spots are filled first come first serve.  It is a two-step process:

Step 1:  You (the parents) complete a pre-registration form.  We then know what class you want for your child.  When you return this form with the registration fee you will have completed the first step.  We will send you the Web link for our online enrollment.

Step 2:  After you receive the link, you should complete the online enrollment form. Every required field must be filled out in order for you to submit the form.  Once this enrollment form is submitted your child will be fully enrolled in the class you requested.

Remember it is important to register in January because classes will open for new students in February.

Parents who choose to pay the registration fee via credit or debit card may do so through our online tuition portal, Diamond Mind (http://beachmanor.diamondmindinc.com/).

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Some children need an additional preschool year before kindergarten; many do not.  We have many calls concerning the difference between the four year old program and the PreK class.  The only difference is  age:   children  whose  fourth birthday falls between  January  and  August  should  sign  up  for  the regular four-year old class;  those  turning five between September  and December, belong in  the  pre-kindergarten  class.   Please contact me with any questions about placement.  As always, we want what is best for your child’s academic and social growth.

Thanks again for your enthusiastic support.  You have enabled us to teach in a creative and open atmosphere so crucial for true learning to occur.  I sincerely hope you will be able to return next year.

SNOW 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 receive an email and/or text from our child’s teacher.  If you are still unsure, feel free to contact me directly.

TAX INFORMATION:  If you claim the cost of BMS as an expense on your Federal   Tax   Return,   you   must   include the:  Beach Manor’s Tax I.D.  54-1812375

Sincerely, Leigh

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

January 4                      School resumes

January 18                    M L King Day, School Closed

February 1                   Teacher In-service, School closed

February 15                 Presidents Day, School Closed

April 5-9                       Spring Break, School closed

May 11                         Conference Day

May 31                          Memorial day, School Closed

June 11                          Kindergarten graduation

June 18                         Last day of school