If November is even half as lovely as October, we’re in for a marvelous month! Halloween is now a memory. I really believe it’s the children’s favorite holiday despite the stress caused by all that sugar.
November conjures up images of Indians and pilgrims, colored leaves, and crisp days. In keeping with tradition each class will study seasonal changes and our heritage from their unique perspective. Ms. Kaytlin and Ms. Andrea’s Mother’s Day Out classes have made incredible progress. It’s wonderful to see how quickly the two-year old’s seem to grow. They studied themselves in September, looked beyond themselves in October and this month they will explore their homes. It’s a gradual evolution away from an awareness of themselves towards an awareness of their environment. Great things are happening here. It’s exciting!!!!
The Three-year-old classes explore their community as they study People in the Neighborhood. Firemen, policemen, doctors, and dentists will come to share their jobs and teach the children safety. The threes then finish the month with their favorite activity on a grand scale—a Thanksgiving feast.
Ms. Jessica, Ms. Sharon, and Ms. Kelli’s classes discover the fantasy world of dragons and unicorns this month. Medieval knights and castles come alive for them, and they’ll find that most dragons are rather sensitive and lovable creatures. The children finish the unit convinced that blueberry muffins keep dragons (as well as children) happy. The month ends with pilgrims, Native Americans, and an endless variety of turkeys.
Our prekindergarten children have learned an incredible amount about endangered species and the habitats necessary for their survival. Ms. Diane’s class will now focus on tropical rainforests. The children become aware of the fragility of this unique ecosystem as well as experts on bugs, snakes, and other inhabitants of this vanishing habitat. The month ends with pilgrims, Native Americans, and a Thanksgiving feast.
Mrs. Yesalusky’s kindergarten class explores 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 their environment. The emphasis is on the culture, clothes, and lives of different Indian nations.
Upcoming on November 2nd are school conferences. We are open for children that are enrolled in our full day program only (7:00am-6:00pm). If you can’t make your scheduled conference, please let either the teacher, Leigh or Kristen know, and we will reschedule. Conferenced will be held in Person. Each conference will be 15 minutes long. If you need more time your teacher will be glad to schedule another conference. If you didn’t receive a conference schedule or have misplaced yours, there are extras in the lobby.
It has been an exciting and at times overwhelming beginning. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we settle into the new school year. A few thoughts: sometimes in the rush to get to school and work we don’t have time for a healthy breakfast. If your child has skipped breakfast or enjoyed a sugary start, please let us know. What children eat for breakfast has an immediate and dramatic effect on their behavior. We understand how difficult mornings can be, especially for working parents. Please help us help your child. Knowing that the morning was difficult can add considerably to a teacher’s patience and understanding. It is extremely important to send in a WRITTEN note if your child is not going home with their regular driver.
Also, I need an immediate and written update if there are any changes to your emergency contact information. Nothing would be more terrifying than to have an injured or sick child and be unable to contact anyone.
We all want our children to stay healthy. Sending children who might be ill to school decreases everyone’s chances for a positive day. A sick child belongs at home. Sore throats, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea are excellent reasons to keep your child at home. Children sent to school with these symptoms will be promptly sent home. Please refer to our Covid policy. If we send a child home, they will need to be home at least 24 hours. When they return, they must be symptom free. Please try to be as considerate as you can.
Please label your child’s jackets, sweaters, and hats (every little girl has at least one white sweater, and every boy seems to have a blue jean jacket!) as well as their book bags, lunchboxes and show ‘n’ tell. During carpool, book bags often are emptied. It’s very difficult to know just whose belongings were left behind. Because their outer clothing is so similar, children can’t always tell whether they have the right jacket. Please check what your child wears home occasionally. Several children are missing expensive coats and jackets. If you plan to send a special snack, especially for a birthday, let us know in advance. Often, we end up with several “special” children on the same day in the same class. With a little advanced planning we can be sure everyone does get their special day. Birthday invitations should be mailed rather than sent through the school. No matter how careful a teacher is, feelings are hurt if everyone hasn’t been invited.
Here are a few housekeeping reminders and updates about our building…
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
REMINDER: If you do not use carpool times– Please be sure to park and walk your child to the front door.
Dates to Remember
November 2 ———————————— School Conferences ALL DAY CHILDREN ONLY
November 11———————————— School closed for Veteran’s Day
November 25, 26——————————- Thanksgiving Break
December 8————————————- Santa’s visit
December 16,17 ——————————–Holiday Program