Broad Bay

Broad Bay Manor 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 dinosaurs, opposites, zoo animals, the wild west and past presidents.


This month the 2’s children will explore the many adventures of Pete the Cat.  These best-selling picture books present the wiry Pete with his white shoes and eclectic friends showing that it’s cool to be you.  With boundless poise, creativity and energy, Ms. Kristin and Ms. Charlynn do an exceptional job with their charges.


With their usual enthusiasm, our three year-old teachers will introduce life on the farm. The focus of this unit is farm animals and their products.  Although the school doesn’t take field trips, the petting zoo at the Norfolk Zoo 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 organize their world.


Our four-year-olds take an in-depth look at nature and begin their study of local birds.  This is really an impressive unit. By the time it’s over, the children can accurately identify about twenty-five different species of birds as they return to Tidewater for the spring. It also ends with a marvelous bird party (pass the worms, please)!


Our pre-kindergarten classes will now study the world of insects! Bugs are fascinating little creatures and the children start looking very closely at them with this unit. We hope to raise a crop of ladybugs and watch our family of ants build their home!


The kindergarten class will study Dr. Seuss and his zany characters.  The Cat in the Hat and all his friends–Thigwick, Bartholomew Cubbins, Horton, and Yertle become our vehicles for learning.  Rhymes, math, crafts, and songs all focus on Seuss themes during these days.  It all ends with the notorious Breakfast at Broad Bay featuring Green Eggs and Ham (of course!).


Fall Registration

Thank you to those that have completed the online registration through InfoSnap.  If you have not, please follow the previously emailed link and complete the enrollment form so your child is fully enrolled for fall.  Let me know if you need the link again; I will be happy to resend!  Although most classes are full at BBMS for Fall 2022, there are limited openings at our other Manor Schools in the area.  The curriculum, schedule, equipment and even the parties are exactly the same!


Summer at BBMS

Many of you have inquired about our summer program. It is patterned on the school year and adapted for summer.   It offers continued play, academics, socialization, craft activities, and tons of outside play!  You will receive summer information through both email and as hard copies coming home with your student.  Please send back the form and registration fee to reserve a spot for your child ASAP.



School closings or delays will be posted on our website at  The announcement will pop up immediately on the homepage. You will also get an email as soon as a decision is made.  We typically follow the public school’s closings initially.  We try our best to keep children, parents, and our staff safe during these times



Jennifer Cox


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






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

May 10…………………………………………..                  Conference Day- Open for ALL DAY students only

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

June 17………………………………………….                   Last day of the School Year

June 20-August 19………………………..                    Summer Programs