Bellamy

Bellamy Manor School March 2022

Dear Parents,

March has arrived with occasional warm days that promise spring.  February was an intense month, and our children grew in knowledge as well as stature as they explored other cultures, colors, community helpers, birds and past Presidents.

Ms. Ariella and Ms. Yanira continue to help our youngest children with the exciting process of learning.  The children paint, crayon and cut as they learn about shapes.

The three-year-olds will be learning about nutrition. Our goal is to help the children learn about “good” foods and the main food groups. This unit involves quite a bit of cooking and sampling with each food group. They will make bread, pizza, fries and paint with vegetables. The grand finale is a yummy party and a class created cookbook!

Our four-year-olds will be taking a look back in time as they study the Wild West. They will be learning about horses, cowboys and Rodeos with a combination of factual information. They’ll also study horses with many delightful stories about the American Cowboys.

Ms. Sandra’s Pre-K class looks at our world from a geographical and environmental angle. Ms. Sandra introduces her children to some basic geographical concepts using habitats as her motif.  By mid-month the children are learning about the fragility of various habitats and the interdependence between the environment and its inhabitants.  An investigation of endangered species concludes the unit.

The kindergarten classes finished a whirlwind trip around the world last week.  They now will study the human body.  It is now time to learn more about ourselves. We start by looking closely at our skin and are working our way through the body systems to the heart (the most important part!)

Our Spring Break will be the week of April 11th –15th.   Our annual egg hunts will be April 7-8th. Your child’s teacher will be sending out more information. We ask that you send in a basket or bag labeled with your child’s name on it the morning of their hunt. The pretend grass in the basket is fine, but please no candy or stuffed animals. The following week is spring break. Both students and teachers will take a well- deserved vacation before returning for the final busy weeks of school.

Registration is going beautifully thanks to all of you.   Keep on talking!   If you plan to return next year and have not yet turned in a pre-registration form, talk to me soon.  We would fill be so sad to fill your spot!

Many of you have inquired about our summer program. It is patterned on the school year adapted for summer.   It offers continued play, academics, social, and craft opportunities.  The children have plenty of opportunity to play dress ups, easels paint, puzzles, games, and water play. The registration forms for summer will be available March 1st.  Enrollment is limited so please return your summer registration form if you are interested.

We will use the Info-Snap online enrollment procedure for our summer program registration. It’s a two- step process. Step one is the submission of the summer preregistration form and fee. Step two is the online submission of the Info-Snap registration form. We will need the preregistration form and fee before you submit your online registration. Parents who choose to pay the registration fee via credit or debit card may do so through our online tuition portal.

It looks like a full and fun month ahead. We are two thirds through the year, and the growth in the children is incredible! They have learned a tremendous amount in these past months. We feel so fortunate to have such a rewarding job.  Your children bring us joy in so many ways!!

 

Warmest regards,

Kristine

 

 

We are excited to inform our families of the upcoming transition of ownership at The Manor Schools.  With the Kottkes ready to retire, Jennifer and William Cox are very excited to continue their vision into the future!

 

To our Manor School families,

I have always felt a calling to work with children and being at The Manor Schools has felt like a perfect match since day one!  I started my education career teaching in the Virginia Beach Public school system.   Ten years ago, I made the move over to Broad Bay Manor as assistant director, director, and then head director of all four schools.  My husband, William, also serves the community as a firefighter/paramedic for the City of Norfolk.

It is an honor for us to continue the legacy the Kottkes created.  We plan to continue the strong curriculum and standards we have all grown to know and love.  Our goal is to have a very smooth and uneventful transition of ownership for the staff, students, and community the schools serve.

 

With great respect,

Jennifer Cox

 

 

 

SPRING PROGRAMS:

 

Tuesday, May 3rd @ 10:00             Wednesday, May 4th @ 10:00

      Ms. Niki                                        Ms. Kristina

      Ms. Sara                                        Ms. Devin

      Ms. Sandra                                    Ms. Haylie

      Mrs. Hobbs                                                Ms. Cole

 

                                                         Ms. Haylie’s PM class @ 2:30

         

 

Thursday, May 5th @ 11:00

Ms. Yanira & Ms. Ariella

                            

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

 

March 22 & 23………………………Class Pictures

April 7 & 8…………………………..Classroom Egg Hunts

April 11-15..………..………………. Spring Break SCHOOL CLOSED

 

May 3-5…..……………………….Spring Programs

May 10..…………………………  Conference Day (Open for Full Day students only)

May 30..………….…….………….Memorial Day SCHOOL CLOSED

June 10..………….………………  Kindergarten Graduation

June 17..……….…………………..Last Day of School

June 20-24…………………………Open for current full day students only

June 27-August 19th….……………….Summer Program