Greenbrier

Greenbrier Manor December 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

 

The days are shorter, the nights are snuggly, 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.

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

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 letters and numbers, this month’s activities will include making and wrapping their gifts for you, baking, and preparing for our holiday program. Kindergarten studies the instruments of the orchestra to help them appreciate the music they will hear throughout the holiday season. If any of you care to share your expertise in this area, we would sure be grateful.

We plan on having our holiday programs on December 9, 10, & 11. The programs will last about thirty minutes. It’s the four-year-old parents turn to provide refreshments for the adults in the lobby ─ Thank you! If it is convenient for you to take your child home rather than wait for carpool, that will be fine, just remember to tell your child’s teacher. Excitement is extremely high during the last week of school before the holiday break, so please be patient with your child. School will resume and classes will start at their usual time on Thursday, January 2rd.

The children are enjoying our Spanish classes. In December you may hear your child using Spanish to describe our winter weather…the cold “el frio” and what may follow “la nieve” the snow! During our Holiday Program we will sing Felize Navidad for our grand finale.

‘Tis the season to not only be jolly, but also to indulge. Although we aren’t fanatic about “no sugar” at the Manor Schools, we have learned to be cautious. Some children cannot tolerate any sugar at all ─ and all children seem to react negatively when their systems are overloaded with it. This is also the time of year when adult expectations and childish abilities have difficulty meshing. One major thing you can do to help your child enjoy the Christmas season is limit their sugar intake (not eliminate, just limit). This does not mean we won’t have parties. The children love cheese and crackers or fruit at least as much as cupcakes! Please try to curtail sugar at breakfast. Children are better able to settle into learning with protein and fruit.

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will be online with InfoSnap, our registration portal. Enrollment will remain a two-step process. Step 1 will be the completion and return of the pre-registration form along with payment of the registration fee. Once we have the preregistration form and payment we will email the InfoSnap registration link. Step 2 will be the submission of your InfoSnap registration. Parents that registered with InfoSnap last year should find the process easier because the link permits exclusive access to your registration we have on file. You will only need to update information that may have changed. Pre-registration forms will be emailed and available for pick-up at the front desk during the first week in January.

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

Although it seems so terribly far in the future, now is the time to start planning. Those of you on a flexible benefits program need to call me for a schedule of fees for the next school year. Those of you who plan on returning to our school next fall should register soon after the holidays to reserve your child a place next September. I will limit registration to returning students through January. Register early to get your first choice, some classes fill before the end of January. After January, registration will also be open to the public. If you are interested in having your child attend a private elementary school, talk to me. The Chesapeake public school bus will drop off students from Greenbrier Primary and Greenbrier Intermediate for afterschool care. Greenbrier Manor school van will pick up children from Butts Road, Southeastern Elementary and Tallwood Elementary for afterschool care if dismissal times allow. Please speak to Elizabeth or myself if this plan appeals to you.

We want to thank everyone for helping support our fundraisers! Your response this year was overwhelming, and we truly appreciate it!!

The Manor Schools’ staff and I wish you a peaceful and pleasant holiday season. We thank you for your encouragement and support the past three months. This is what keeps us going!

 

With the warmest of holiday greetings,

 

Jackie

 

 

MEDICATIONS: It 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 of medication at school. You need to know that:

* All medication must be locked in our medicine cabinet and logged in only by YOU, the parent;

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

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

 

LOST & FOUND: Please check our Lost and Found for any clothing your child may be missing. We accumulate quite a collection. Please return any clothing borrowed when your child has an accident at school. If you have clothes your child has outgrown send them our way. We need them for this type of emergency. Thanks!!

SNOW POLICY:  Manor School special announcements, such as school closings, late openings, and early dismissals will be posted on our website at www.manorschools.com .

You will also receive an e-mail and/or text from your teacher.  If you are still not sure, feel free to contact your child’s teacher or me directly.

 

TAX ID: Greenbrier Manor’s Tax ID is: 54-1636775

 

 

  • SCHOOL CLOSES FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT THE END OF THE DAY ON

DECEMBER 18th.

 

Ø  DECEMBER 19 – JANUARY 1…GMS CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

  • TUITION FOR DECEMBER IS A FULL MONTH.

 

 

 

HOLIDAY PROGRAMS

 

Monday, December 9                                               Monday, December 9

9:15                                                                             10:30

Brittney Baker                                                                        Liz Holladay

Bridget Winston                                                                     Kari Swain

 

Tuesday, December 10                                             Tuesday, December 10

9:15                                                                                                                             10:00

Cindi Schaffter                                                                       Ms Loretta Moore

Kim Little

Tracy Garlow/Stephanie Stanger

 

Wednesday, December 11                                      Wednesday, December 11

9:15                                                                                                                 10:00

Adrieen Gibson

Ms Karen King

Gwen Kensinger (am class)

 

Wednesday, December 11

2:00

Gwen Kensinger (pm class)

 

 

SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

December 3 & 4 …………………….Lion’s Club Eye Screening

December 9-11..………………….Holiday Programs

December 19-January 1…………..Winter Break – School Closed

January 2……………………….School resumes

January 20………………………M L King Day, School Closed

January 27………………………Teacher In-service, School Closed

February 17….………………….Presidents Day, School Closed

April 15-19………………………Spring Break, School Closed

May 12………………………….Conference Day – No classes                                                                                                                                   (We are open for all day children only)

May 25………………………….Memorial Day, School Closed

June 12………………………….Last Day of School

June 15-Aug 14………………….Summer programs

Bellamy

Bellamy Manor December 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

The days are shorter, the nights are snuggly, 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.

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

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 letters and numbers, this month’s activities will include making and wrapping their gifts for you, baking, and preparing for our Holiday Program. 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.

The children are enjoying our Spanish classes. In December you may hear your child using Spanish to describe our winter weather…the cold “el frio” and what may follow “la nieve” the snow! During our Holiday Program we will sing Felize Navidad for our grand finale.

We plan on having our holiday programs on Dec. 5, 11, and 12th. Be sure to check below for the day and time your child’s class will perform. The programs will last about thirty minutes. It’s the four-year-old parents’ turn to provide refreshments for the adults in the lobby. Remember we are now a peanut free school. If it is convenient for you to take your child home after the program rather than wait for carpool, that would be fine. Please return to your child’s class and pick up your child from the classroom. Parking will be available again at the Rivers of Living Waters Church on Indian Lakes Blvd. A security policeman will patrol the parking lot while you enjoy your children’s show. Excitement is extremely high during this last week of school, so please be patient with your child.

‘Tis the season not only to be jolly, but also to indulge. Some children cannot tolerate any sugar at all — all children seem to react negatively when their systems are overloaded with it. This is the time of year when adult expectations and childish abilities have difficulty meshing. One major thing you can do to help your child enjoy the holiday season is limit their sugar intake.   (Not eliminate, just limit) The children love cheese, crackers and fruit as much as cupcakes! On this subject, please try to curtail sugar at breakfast. Children seem better able to settle into learning with protein and fruit.

In January, we will be sending out registration information for the 2020-21 school year via e-mail. We will be enrolling on-line through a link given to you when we return in January. Although it seems so far in the future, now is the time to start planning for September. Those of you on a flexible benefits program need to call us for a schedule of fees for the next school year. Those of you who plan on returning to our school next fall should register soon after the holidays to reserve your child a place next September. We will limit registration to returning students through January. Register early to get your first choice, some classes fill before the end of January. After January, registration we will be open to the public. If you are interested in having your child attend a private elementary school, talk to Mrs. Hobbs or myself. Bellamy Manor does offer an after-school program for students up to ten years of age. Virginia Beach public school bus will drop off from Kempsville Elementary school. The Bellamy van currently picks up from Providence Elementary, Fairfield Elementary, Indian Lakes Elementary and Kempsville Meadows for our afterschool program. This may change as our demand changes each year. Please talk to us if you have a request.

We want to thank everyone for helping to support our fundraisers. Your response this year was overwhelming, and we truly appreciate it!

The Manor Schools’ staff wish you a peaceful and pleasant holiday season. Thank you for your encouragement and support over the past three months. It’s what keeps us going.

 

Warmest Holiday Greetings,

Nancy

 

MEDICATIONS: It 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 logged in only by YOU, the parent.

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

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

 

LOST & FOUND: Please check our Lost and Found for any clothing your child may be missing. We accumulate quite a collection. Please return any clothing borrowed when your child has an accident at school. If you have clothes your child has outgrown, please them our send them our way. We need them for this type of emergency. Thanks!!

 

SNOW POLICY:  Manor School special announcements, such as school closings, late openings, and early dismissals will be posted on our website at www.manorschools.com.

You will also receive an e-mail and/or text from your teacher.  If you are still not sure, feel free to contact your child’s teacher or us directly.

 

SCHOOL CLOSES FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT THE END OF THE DAY ON DECEMBER 18th.

DECEMBER 19– JANUARY 1…BMS CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS

TAX ID: Bellamy Manor’s Tax ID is: 54-1238801

 

HOLIDAY PROGRAM SCHEDULE

 

December 5 @ 9:15 Thursday:

 

Ms. Kirsty, Ms. Taryn and Ms. Susanne

 

Dec. 11th Wednesday:                                    Dec. 12th Thursday:

9:30                                                                  9:30

Ms. Kristina’s Class                                          Ms. Michele’s Class

Ms. Niki’s Class                                                  Ms. Jess’s Class

Ms. Dary’s Class                                               Ms. Sandra’s Class

Ms. Sara’s Class                                               Mrs. Hobb’s Class

 

                            2:00

All Afternoon Classes

 

Our holiday program will be outside in the parking circle. If it rains, we’ll have the programs inside. Keep your fingers crossed!

SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

December 5, 11, 12..…….Holiday Programs

December 18…………….Last day before Holiday Break

January 2………….……..School resumes

January 20.………………M L King Day, School Closed

January 27…………………….Teacher In-service, School Closed

February17 …………………..Presidents Day, School Closed

April 13-17…….…………..Spring Break, School Closed

May 12……………………Conference Day No Classes FD care only

May 25 …………………………Memorial Day, School Closed

June 12…………………………Last day of school

June 15-Aug 14…………..Summer programs at Bellamy Manor

Sept 2…….………………..Fall programs begin

 

West Neck

Beach Manor December 2019 Newsletter

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.

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

The classes devote the month of December to holiday preparations. The children will make crafts and learn songs appropriate for each celebration.   In addition to letters and numbers this month’s activities will include making and wrapping their gifts for you, baking, and preparing for our Holiday Program.

We plan on having our holiday programs on Dec. 10th and 11th. The program will last about thirty minutes. The programs will start at 9:30. It’s the three and four year old parents’ turn to provide refreshments for the adults. If you are planning on taking your child home rather than wait for carpool that will be fine, just remember to tell your child’s teacher. Excitement is extremely high during the last week of school, so please be patient with your child. Our last full day of school is Wednesday, December 18th.  School resumes at its usual time on Thursday, January 2rd.

The children are enjoying our Spanish classes. In December you may hear your child using Spanish to describe our winter weather…the cold “el Frio” and what may follow “la nieve” the snow!! During our Holiday Program we will sing Felize Navidad for our grand finale.

‘Tis the season not only to be jolly, but also to indulge.   Although we aren’t fanatic about no sugar at the Manor Schools, we have learned to be cautious. Some children cannot tolerate any sugar at all — all children seem to react negatively when their systems are overloaded with it. This is the time of year when adult expectations and childish abilities have difficulty meshing. One major thing you can do to help your child enjoy the holiday season is limit their sugar intake.   (Not eliminate, just limit.) This does not mean we don’t want parties.   The children love cheese and crackers or fruit at least as much as cupcakes! If it’s not worth the hassle, please try to curtail sugar at breakfast. Children seem better able to settle into learning with protein and fruit.

 

We want to thank everyone for helping support our fundraisers. We truly appreciate your help

 

The Manor Schools’ staff and I wish you a peaceful and pleasant holiday season. Thank you for your encouragement and support the past three months. It’s what keeps us going.

 

 

Warmest holiday greetings,

Chris and Leigh

 

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

 

*All medication must be locked in our medicine cabinet and logged in only by YOU, the parent. Proper medication forms are required.

 

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

 

LOST AND FOUND: Please check our Lost and Found for any clothing your child may be missing. We accumulate quite a collection. Please return any clothing borrowed when your child has an accident. PLEASE LABEL YOUR CHILDS COAT, SWEATER, GLOVES, HATS, ETC. I cannot tell you how many times we hold up items and the children just do not know it is theirs and another child claims it by error.

 

SNOW POLICY: Manor School special announcements, such as school closings, late openings and early dismissals will be posted on our website at www.manorschools.com . You will also receive an email and/or text from your child’s teacher. If you are still unsure, feel free to contact me directly.

TAX ID NUMBER 54-1812375

HOLIDAY PROGRAM

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH– Ms. Heim, Ms. Kelli, Ms. Leslie, Ms. Sarah, Ms. Annie

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11TH-Ms. Karen D., Ms. Kristen D., Ms. Jennifer, Ms. Sharon, Ms. Harden, Ms. Diane

 

SANTA WILL GO INTO CLASSROOMS, SING SONGS AND VISIT WITH EACH CHILD ON MONDAY DECEMBER 9TH.

 

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Thank you to all of the parents who have sent in the material necessary for us to do our crafts, such as Pringles cans, soda bottles, and milk cartons.

 

VERY IMPORTANT: CARPOOL: Please stay in your car at car pool. We will unload and load the children. This is not the time to visit with your child’s teacher. Please call or park and come in if you need to chat.   It is very important to keep the line moving. Never, ever, should a child be in our parking lot at any time of the day, without holding teachers or a parent’s hand. Please remember that the safety of your children is very, very important to us.

 

SCHOOL CLOSES FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT THE END OF THE DAY ON DECEMBER 18th. TUITION FOR DEC. IS A FULL MONTH

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

 

December 9th                                    Santa’s visit

December 10th and 11th                          Winter Program

December 16th and 17th                 Pajama Day, Holiday movies

December 19- January 1                 Winter Holiday—school closed

January 2                                        School resumes

January 20                                       Martin Luther King Day, school closed

January 27                                    Teacher In-service, school closed

February 17                                     President’s Day, school closed

April 7/8                                          Spring Program

April 13-17                                     Spring break, school closed

 

Pajama Day/Movie Schedule–

 

Monday, December 16 –Ms. Karen D, Ms. Jennifer, Ms. Kristen D,

Ms. Kelli, Ms. Sharon

 

Tuesday, December 17– Ms. Annie, Ms. Harden, Ms. Sarah, Ms. Leslie, Ms. Diane, Ms. Heim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broad Bay

Broad Bay Manor December 2019 Newsletter

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 our Holiday Program. 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 Programs: Our holiday programs will be December 11, 12 and 13th. Please see below for exact class schedules. We will try to have the program outside if weather permits so dress accordingly. You are welcome to bring chairs or blankets if needed. If the weather is too cold or wet we will move the program to the big room inside.

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 

2020-2021 Registration: I will soon send out registration info for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 school year. 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, 2020. 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 24 hours. If your child is sent home with a temperature mid-day, we will expect him/her NOT to be at school the following day as this is not in keeping with the 24 hour policy. We ask if your child has vomited or had diarrhea in the last 24 hours to please stay home as well. In the end a sick child belongs at home.
MEDICATIONS: It 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 6…………………………………………………………………………… Santa visits BBMS! (shhh it’s a surprise)
December 11-13 ………………………………………………………………….. Winter music programs
December 18…………………………………………………………………………. Pajama Day!
December 19-January 1…………………………………………………………. Winter Break-school closed
January 20……………………………………………………………………………… Martin Luther King Jr Day- school closed
January 27……………………………………………………………………………… Staff In-Service- school closed
February 17……………………………………………………………………………. Presidents’ Day- school closed
April 1-2…………………………………………………………………………………. Spring Pictures
April 13-17…………………………………………………………………………….. Spring Break- school closed
May 6-8…………………………………………………………………………………. Spring programs
May 25………………………………………………………………………………….. Memorial Day- school closed
June 10………………………………………………………………………………….. Kindergarten Graduation
June 12………………………………………………………………………………….. Last Day of the School year

Winter Program Schedule

Wednesday, December 11th @9:15
Ms. Colleen
Ms. Leigh
Ms. Moesta

Wednesday, December 11th @1:15
Ms. Sabatino
Ms. Profilet

Thursday, December 12th @9:15
Ms. Kristin
Ms. Melissa
Ms. Brantley

Friday, December 13th @9:15
Ms. Charlynn
Ms. Kelly
Ms. Dorothy

Greenbrier

Greenbrier Manor November 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

 

If November is even half as lovely as October, we’re in for a marvelous month! Halloween is now a memory. We really believe it’s the children’s favorite holiday despite the stress caused by all that sugar. The program was a huge success – the children outdid themselves with their good behavior. I thank all of you for your support!

November conjures up images of Native Americans 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. Loretta and Karen’s young charges have made incredible progress. It’s wonderful to me how quickly the two-year olds seem to grow. They studied themselves in September and were introduced to the world of senses in October. Now they plan to talk about families and how we all relate, then 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 go on safari this month and study jungle animals. During the next three weeks they become experts on animal behavior and can easily mimic the antics of chimps, lions, and elephants. For many of the children a visit to the Virginia Zoo would be a marvelous reinforcement of the animals they are studying. It’s also a wonderful way to spend a warm fall day. The Threes finish the month with stories and crafts relating to Thanksgiving.

 

Our four-year-old classes hit the trail as they learn about horses, cowboys, and rodeos. This is an exciting unit that combines the factual information on horses with delightful stories of the American cowboy. In keeping with their developmental levels, the Fours will enjoy stories about the Wild West. Letter and number recognition as well as phonics instruction continue on an individual basis.

The pre-K classes become environmentally aware as they focus on habitats and endangered species. The children become aware of the fragility of various ecosystems as well as the types of animals that can inhabit them.

The 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 Native American nations.

Last month we began Spanish, taught by Ms Luz and Ms Sheila. It’s a treat to see them interact with each other while learning and speaking Spanish! You may hear your child at home using Spanish greetings or talking about colors and numbers. November will introduce new Spanish words for foods, fruits and vegetables and the children will learn the Spanish phrase to give thanks or to be thankful for (Doy gracias por).

Upcoming on November 5th are school conferences. Although school is closed on that day, child care will be available for you during your conference.   Those of you enrolled in our all day program may leave your children as usual. If you cannot make your scheduled conference, please let your child’s teacher know. Plan to arrive on time and leave promptly. If you need more time with the teacher, we will be glad to schedule another conference (or you can finish your chat on the phone). If you didn’t receive a conference schedule or have misplaced yours, there are extras in the lobby.

It has been exciting and at times an 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, so please help us help your child. Knowing that the morning was difficult can add considerably to a teacher’s patience and understanding. It is also extremely important to send in a WRITTEN note if your child is not going home with their regular driver. Additionally, we need an immediate and written update if there are any changes to your emergency contact information. It’s terrifying to have an injured 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, coughs, fevers, vomiting, and diarrhea are excellent reasons to keep your child at home. Children sent to school with these symptoms will be promptly sent home. Remember children should be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Please try to be as considerate as you can.

If you plan to send a special snack, especially for a birthday, let us know in advance. Remember too that we are a peanut/nut-free school. 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 his or her 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.

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 please call us at 548-9292. Many schools will hold open house sometime in the upcoming months. Usually the date and times are published in the newspaper. If you are thinking about private school, attending these open houses will help you decide what is best for your child. If you have any questions, problems, or ideas please give us a call.

I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR WONDERFUL SUPPORT WITH OUR FUNDRAISERS!

 

Sincerely,

Jackie

 

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

 

November 5………………………… Parent Teacher conferences — No classes                                                                       (We are open for all day children only)

November 11………………………. Veteran’s Day — School Closed

November 28 & 29……………….Thanksgiving Break — School Closed

December 3 & 4……………….Lion’s Club Eye Screening

December 9-11…………………..  Winter Programs

December 19 – January 1……….Winter Break — School Closed

January 2……………………………. School resumes

January 20………………………….. Martin Luther King Day— School closed

January 27………………………….. Teacher In-service — School closed

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLIDAY PROGRAMS

 

Monday, December 9                                               Monday, December 9

9:15                                                                             10:30

Brittney Baker                                                                        Liz Holladay

Bridget Winston                                                                     Kari Swain

 

Tuesday, December 10                                             Tuesday, December 10

9:15                                                                             10:00

Cindi Schaffter                                                           Ms Loretta Moore

Kim Little

Tracy Garlow/Stephanie Stanger

 

Wednesday, December 11                                      Wednesday, December 11

9:15                                                                             10:00

Adrieen Gibson

Ms Karen King

Gwen Kensinger (am class)

 

Wednesday, December 11

2:00

Gwen Kensinger (pm class)

 

 

West Neck

Beach Manor November 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

 

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.   The program was a huge success—the children outdid themselves with their good behavior. I thank all of you for your support.

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. Sarah and Ms. Leslie’s Mother’s Day Out classes have made incredible progress. It’s wonderful to see how quickly the two year olds 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.

Mrs. Kristen, 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 rain-forests. 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. Heim’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 n

 

 

            Upcoming on November 5th are school conferences. Although school is closed on that day, child care will be available for you during your conference. Those of you who are enrolled in our full day program may leave your children as usual. If you can’t make your scheduled conference, please let either the teacher or Chris Brown knows and we will reschedule.  Plan to arrive on time and leave promptly. If you need more time with the teacher, Chris will be glad to schedule another conference (or you can finish your chat on the phone). 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 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 or not 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.

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 gives us a call 430-3338. Many schools will hold open house sometime in the upcoming months. Usually the date and times are published in the newspaper. If you are thinking about private school, attending these open houses will help you decide what is best for your child. If you have any questions problems or ideas give me a call.

 

REMINDER: If you do not use carpool times– Please be sure to park and walk your child inside the building rather than dropping him or her off out front and watching them walk in. This way, we’ll know they’re safe. Thanks!

 

Sincerely,

 

Chris

 

 

 

 

Dates to Remember

 

 

 

 

November 5 ———————————— School Conferences

November 11———————————— School closed for Veteran’s Day

November 28, 29——————————- Thanksgiving Break

December 9————————————- Santa’s visit

December.10, 11——————————- Holiday Programs

December 19-January 1———————   Winter Holidays

January 2   ————————————– School resumes

January 21————————————-   Martin Luther King Day, School closed

January 27————————————— In-service for Teacher, School closed

 

 

 

 

 

HOLIDAY PROGRAM

 

 

Tuesday, December 10th—930A-Ms. Heim, Ms. Kelli, Ms. Ms. Leslie, Ms. Sarah, Ms. Annie

 

 

Wednesday, December 11th– 930A,– Ms. Karen D, Ms. Kristen D, Ms. Jennifer, Ms. Sharon, Ms. Harden, Ms. Diane

 

Bellamy

Bellamy Manor November 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

 

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.   The programs were a huge success—the children out did themselves with their good behavior and singing. I thank all of you for your support.

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. Kirsty and Ms. Susanne’s classes have made incredible progress. It’s wonderful to see how quickly the two-year-old’s seem to grow. They study themselves in September, look beyond themselves in October, and this month they will explore their homes. It’s a gradual evolution away from awareness of themselves and towards their environment. Great things are happening here. It’s exciting!

The three-year old classes will be introduced to Eric Carle, the celebrated children’s author. His books are delightful. We know the children will enjoy not only his emotional characters, but also his colorful and crafty illustrative techniques. We will do lots of cooking this month, thanks to Jack and his Mama and Walter the baker. The threes then finish the month with their favorite activity on a grand scale – a Thanksgiving feast!

The four-year old’s at BMS are in for a treat this month because this is BEAR MONTH! From Corduroy, Pooh, and Paddington to pandas and polar bears they investigate bears, their habits and habitats. Some activities you might hear about include packing Paddington’s suitcase, painting Pooh bear, and ultimately our teddy bear picnic. The four’s indulge in fantasy to their heart’s content.

Our pre-kindergarten class has finished their study of weather and seasons. They have learned an incredible amount about clouds, temperature, and wind. The children will now study horses, cowboys, and rodeos. This is an exciting unit that combines factual information on horses with delightful stories of the American cowboy. The children learn about the different types of horses and the parts of man’s oldest animal friends. Near the end of the unit, the children will enjoy a “Rodeo”. At the month ends, Ms. Sandra will introduce turkeys and Pilgrims and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast.

The kindergarten class explore 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.   Our month concludes with the arrival of the Pilgrims and a Thanksgiving feast at the end of the month.

Our Spanish Immersion program are in full swing. Ms. Yanira is our four-year-old and kindergarten teacher. Ms. Mari is teaching our three-year-old classes. Ms. Nino teaching our pre-k class.

Upcoming on Nov. 5th are school conferences. Although school is closed on that day, childcare will be available for you during your conference. Those of you who are enrolled in our full day program may leave your children as usual. If you can’t make your scheduled conference, please let your child’s teacher know. Plan to arrive on time and leave promptly. If you need more time with the teacher, we will be glad to schedule another conference (or you can finish your chat on the phone). 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. 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 our emergency contact information. It’s terrifying to have an injured child and be unable to contact anyone. Please leave your cell phones on and make sure that your voice mails are not full.

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, 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 try to be as considerate as you can. One other subject I’d like to mention is please label your child’s jackets, sweaters, hats, water bottles, and lunchboxes.   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 or not they have the right jacket. Please check what your child wears home occasionally.   Several children are missing expensive coats and jackets. We also need you to return clothes that have been sent home when your child has had an accident. We are completely out of extra clothes. Please keep a change of clothes in the bottom of your child’s book bag for emergencies.

If you plan to send a special snack, especially for a birthday, let us know in advance. Occasionally 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. Please keep in mind we are a NUT FREE facility; we would feel terrible if we could not serve that special treat and had to send it back home! 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.

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.   If you are thinking about private school, attending these open houses will help you decide what is best for your child.

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions, problems, or ideas give me a call. See you at carpool!

I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR WONDERFUL SUPPORT WITH OUR FUNDRAISERS.

Sincerely,

Nancy

 

BELLAMY HOLIDAY PROGRAMS

 

Thursday, December 5 @ 9:15

Ms. Kirsty, Ms. Taryn and Ms. Susanne

 

Wednesday, December 11 @ 9:30

 

Ms. Kristina’s Class

Ms. Niki’s Class

Ms. Dary’s Class

Ms. Sara’s Class

 

Ms. Niki and Ms. Sara’s Afternoon Classes @ 2:00

 

Thursday, December 12 @ 9:30                                                                     

                                                        

Ms. Michele’s Class

Ms. Jess’s Class

Ms. Sandra’s Class

Mrs. Hobbs Class

 

         Parking for the programs is available at the Church of the Living Waters on Indian Lakes Blvd.                                                        

 

DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

 

Nov. 4-8……….Non-Perishable Food Drive

Nov. 5 ……………School Conferences. Open for five-day all-day children only

Nov. 11. …………School closed for Veteran’s Day

Nov. 28, 29……Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 6, 12, 13…Holiday Programs (Four year- old parents bring treats for the lobby)

Dec.19 – Jan.1…Winter Holidays

Jan. 2……………. School resumes

Jan 20…………Martin Luther King Day. School closed

Jan 27.…………Teacher In-service. School closed.

Broad Bay

Broad Bay November 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

 

If November is even half as lovely as October, we’re in for a marvelous month! Halloween is now a memory and so many more wonderful holidays are just around the corner!   It was a delight to see the children perform in our Pumpkin Patch Parade. I thank all of you for your support. You will be amazed at how differently they perform by the end of the year. They can grow up so much in just a short amount of time.

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.

Our 2-year olds have made incredible progress. It’s wonderful to see how quickly they seem to grow. They study themselves in September, look beyond themselves in October, and this month they will explore their family and homes. It’s a gradual evolution away from awareness of themselves and towards their environment. Great things are happening here. It’s exciting!

The three-year old classes begin the month with an in-depth analysis of several nursery tales. The Three Pigs, The Three Bears, and The Gingerbread Man highlight this unit with much puppetry and cooking. We even grow a beanstalk for Jack to climb! The imagination and diverse characters within these stories are perfect for their creative minds to explore. Ms. Jamie continues to introduce our little guys to the Spanish language weekly. The children get one on one time with her as well as several songs and activities spoken only in Spanish!

The four-year-olds take a leap into fantasy and hop off to Mr. MacGregor’s garden to study Peter Rabbit. After they are thoroughly entranced by Benjamin Bunny, Peter Rabbit, and Jemimah PuddleDuck, the fours have a marvelous English tea party. We have a good bit of fun with this unit while introducing the children to some excellent literature. Our Spanish teacher, Ms. Sandra, will have a whole new set of vocabulary to explore with this unit!

The preK classes will investigates the weather—clouds, rainbows, snowflakes, and wind as well as the four seasons.   Ms. Moesta and Ms. Brantley have designed this unit to be quite hands on while using a scientific approach to explore the causes of different types of weather. Individualized instruction in language arts and math is ongoing.

The kindergarten classes explore 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 the environment. The emphasis is on the culture, clothes, and lives of different Indian nations.   Our month concludes with the arrival of the Pilgrims and a Thanksgiving feast.

 

Here are a few housekeeping reminders and updates about our building…

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 that a child may not come to school until they have been fever free (without meds) for 24 hours. If your child is sent home mid day, we will expect him/her NOT to be at school the following day as this is not in keeping with the 24 hour policy. We ask if your child has vomited or had diarrhea in the last 24 hours to please stay home as well. In the end a sick child belongs at home.

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.

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.

Thanks so much for all your cooperation. This year has been wonderful so far and our staff are falling in love with all your children!

Sincerely,

Jennifer Cox

 

 

DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

 

 

November 5…………………………………………………………………………….        Conference day- open for ALL DAY students only

November 11………………………………………………………………………….        Veterans Day-school closed

November 14-15 ……………………………………………………………………         Lion’s Club Vision Screening- optional

November 28-29         ….……..………………………………………………….        Thanksgiving Holiday-school closed

December 6……………………………………………………………………………         Santa visits BBMS! (shhh it’s a surprise)

December 11-13 …………………………………………………………………..         Winter music programs

December 18………………………………………………………………………….         Pajama Day!

December 19-January 1………………………………………………………….         Winter Break-school closed

January 20………………………………………………………………………………         Martin Luther King Jr Day- school closed

January 27………………………………………………………………………………         Staff In-Service- school closed

February 17…………………………………………………………………………….        Presidents’ Day- school closed

April 1-2………………………………………………………………………………….         Spring Pictures

April 13-17……………………………………………………………………………..         Spring Break- school closed

May 6-8………………………………………………………………………………….         Spring programs

May 25…………………………………………………………………………………..         Memorial Day- school closed

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

June 12…………………………………………………………………………………..         Last Day of the School year

 

Winter Program Schedule

 

Wednesday, December 11th @9:15

Ms. Colleen

Ms. Leigh

Ms. Moesta

 

Wednesday, December 11th @1:15

Ms. Sabatino

Ms. Profilet

 

Thursday, December 12th @9:15

Ms. Kristin

Ms. Melissa

Ms. Brantley

 

Friday, December 13th @9:15

Ms. Charlynn

Ms. Kelly

Ms. Dorothy

 

 

West Neck

October 2019 Beach Manor Newsletter

Dear Parents,

 

School is off to a truly wonderful start. This past month has given us the time to renew old friendships and explore new relationships. Watching the children form and reform their social groups is quite exciting. Their sincerity and innocence as they venture out into the world of school are touching. They are truly learning socially as well as academically. I hope you are as pleased with your child’s progress as we are.

During the month of October our Mother’s Day Out class will continue with the world of senses-smelling, tasting, touching, listening and observing.  There will be lots of cooking, crafts, and songs. Our youngest children have adjusted beautifully to school and each other.

If you thought September was fun, October is better if you are three. It is also quite busy. Ms. Harden, Ms. Jennifer, Ms. Karen and Ms. Annie go on a safari this month and study jungle animals. During the next three weeks they become experts on animal behavior and can easily mimic the antics of chimps, lions, and elephants. For many of the children a visit to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk would be a marvelous reinforcement of the animals they are studying. It is also a wonderful way to spend a warm fall day. The threes finish the month with stories and crafts relating to Halloween.

Mrs. Kelli and Ms. Sharon’s classes will finish their alphabet unit before turning their attention to Fall. They take a brief look at squirrels and their preparations for winter. The children learn fun finger plays and poems before leaping into their Halloween Unit. The teachers really get to into the spirit of the season and have some wonderful things planned. Ms. Kristen’s class finishes the alphabet unit and joins Ms. Kelli and Ms. Sharon’s class in a quick study of shapes and secondary colors. They get quite involved in finger-painting and mixing with different mediums. Of course, the month ends with stories, crafts, poems, and songs about Halloween. This holiday seems to be created for four-year olds. Letter and number recognition as well as phonics instruction continue on an individual basis.

Ms., Diane’s PreK classes look at our world from a geographical and environmental angle. The children are introduced to some basic geographical concepts using habitats as a motif. By mid month the children are learning about the fragility of various habitats and interdependence between the environment and its inhabitants. An investigation of endangered species concludes the unit. The children finish the month learning songs and preparing for their performance at the Pumpkin Patch Parade.

 

Mrs. Heim’s class will end the transportation unit with a brief study of the Solar system and our planet earth. We finish with a wonderful astronaut party! While amongst the stars, we study constellations and mythology behind several star groups. Hopefully they will be able to find the Big Dipper on Halloween night. We will, of course, devote a week to pumpkins and scarecrows. Intertwined with all this fun, the children will continue to learn math and phonics facts.

 

October is a wonderfully special month because of Halloween. The magic of make-believe is so special to the young child because of the excitement and delicious thrill of dress up. However, along with this excitement comes some anxiety. Our Two and Three-year olds are very new to the idea of pretend, and even four-year olds aren’t always sure what is real and what is not. We really work hard to make this a fun experience. Costumes and made up faces are often frightening for small children. Let’s try to emphasize the silly, not the scary, aspect of Halloween.

 

On October 29th, 30th and 31st Beach Manor School will celebrate Fall with a wonderful Pumpkin Patch Parade. A Halloween parade has become a traditional part of the Manor Schools presentations, and we will have the programs outside on the side yard. Shortly after 9:30 AM the children will parade and sing songs. This is different this year due to our building renovation. Please bring your chairs or stand and have a grand timeJ.  We do have fun at these performances so bring your camera and your sense of humor. PreK and Kindergarten parents—it’s your turn to provide food for the goodie tables on the porch.

            The logistics of children and costumes can be difficult. It works easiest if you send your child to school already dressed in his/her costume. If you need us to change your child into school clothes after the parade, please send the outfit, labeled, in your child’s backpack and we will help them change after the program. If your child suddenly decides not to dress up or parade, IT’S OK. Please do not pressure or force your child to participate. Some children just do not feel comfortable in programs and that is perfectly all right.   They make a marvelous audience.

On October 2nd  and 3rd  Southeastern Speech Therapy will be conducting speech, language and hearing screening at our school. Before your child can be screened, you will have to turn in the permission form. All screenings are provided by a licensed and certified Speech Pathologist.

Upcoming on Tuesday, November 5th are conferences. Although school is closed to part-time students that day, supervision for the children is available during your conference time. Please encourage your child to stay with our staff in a designated classroom during your conference.  I will try to schedule working parents as early as possible and during lunchtime. I will publish the schedule later this month. Due to space and staff limitations only Beach students and their younger siblings can be accommodated.

We want to thank all of you for your patience during carpool. Your pleasant smiles and cooperative attitudes really mean a great deal. It is important to pull forward and buckle up. Other safety precautions include not passing cars on their left and waiting for the staff to let your child out of the car. Our most important concern has to be the safety of the children. If you are not using carpool, ALWAYS hold your child’s hand while in the parking lot, and please be sure to walk your child all the way into the building. Never let them walk in on their own. If you walk in to pick up your child, please be sure they do not walk out of the building without you while you are still in the building. Thanks for your help and cooperation.

Have a GREAT month—- Chris

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

 

 

REMEMBER TO LABEL ALL JACKETS, HATS, COATS, BOOKBAGS, WATER BOTTLES, LUNCHBOXES AND SWEATERS.

DATES TO REMEMBER

October 2 and 3……………………………………………   Speech Screening

October 18-November 1…………………………………..     Artworks Fundraiser

October29, 30, 31 ………………………………………….. Pumpkin Patch Parade

November 5……………………………………………….… Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 11…………………………………………………School Closed for Veterans Day

November 28/29 …………………………………………….School Closed for Thanksgiving

December 10/11……………………………………………..Holiday Programs

December 19-January 1…………………………………..… School Closed Winter break

January 2…………………………………………………….School resumes

 

PUMPKINS PATCH PARADE/PROGRAM—ALL PROGRAMS START AT 930A

 

OCTOBER 29—MS.LESLIE, MS. SARAH, MS. HARDEN, MS. KELLI

 

OCTOBER 30-MS. HEIM, MS. KAREN D, MS. JENNIFER, MS. KRISTEN D.

 

OCTOBER 31- MS. SHARON, MS, ANNIE, MS. DIANE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greenbrier

October 2019 Greenbrier Manor Newsletter

Dear Parents,

School is off to a truly wonderful start. This past month has given us the time to renew old friendships and explore new relationships. Watching the children form and reform their social groups is quite exciting. Their sincerity and innocence as they venture out into the world of school are touching. They are truly learning socially as well as academically. I hope you are as pleased as much as we are with your child’s progress.

Last month the Mother’s Day Out children were introduced to themselves. Now we extend the idea, and focus just on the senses. There will be lots of cooking, crafting, and singing. Our youngest children have adjusted beautifully to school and each other.

If you thought September was fun, October is better if you are three! It is also quite busy. Ms. Cindi, Ms. Liz, Ms. Adrieen and Ms. Brittney introduce their children to the people in their neighborhood. Firemen, policemen, doctors, and dentists will come to share their jobs and teach the children safety. The Threes finish the month with stories and crafts relating to Halloween.

Ms. Bridget and Ms. Kim’s classes have finished their alphabet unit with a party fit for royalty — crowns, sparkles, and delicious cookies end the children’s introduction /review of our language’s building blocks. The next focus is on fall and those pesky backyard critters, squirrels. Ms. Kari’s class will finish their alphabet unit in mid-month. They then join the other four year-olds in a quick study of shapes and secondary colors. They get quite involved in finger-painting and color mixing with different mediums. The month ends, of course, with stories, crafts, poems, and songs about Halloween. This holiday seems to be created for four year-olds. Letter and number recognition as well as phonics instruction continue on an individual basis.

Ms. Gwen’s pre-kindergarten classes will become ecologically aware as they study tropical rainforests. The focus of this unit is to teach them about the different inhabitants of the rain forests and the various layers of the forest canopy that they inhabit. It’s exciting to realize just how much young children absorb and understand from their unit studies. This is one of their favorites. Letter and number recognition as well as phonics instruction continue on an individual basis.

The kindergarten class will end the transportation unit with a brief study of the solar system and our planet, Earth. We finish with a wonderful astronaut party complete with space food. While amongst the stars, we study the constellations and the mythology behind each star group. Hopefully they will be able to find the Big Dipper on Halloween night. We will, of course, devote a week to pumpkins and scarecrows. Intertwined with all this fun, Ms Tracy Garlow and Mrs. Stanger hope to communicate a few math and phonics facts.

October is a wonderfully special month because of Halloween. For many,   Halloween with carved pumpkins, “spooky” songs, and stories is more exciting than any other holiday. The magic of make-believe is so special to the young child because of the excitement and delicious thrill of dress up. However along with this excitement comes some anxiety. Three year-olds are very new to the idea of pretend and even four year-olds are not always sure what is real and what is not. We really work hard to make this a fun experience. Costumes and made-up faces are often frightening for small children. Let’s all try to emphasize the silly and not the scary aspects of Halloween. Ms Loretta’s Mother’s Day Out class will have their Halloween Party on Tuesday, October 29 @ 10:30. Ms Karen’s Two Year old class will have their Halloween Party on Wednesday, October 30 @ 10:30. On Monday, October 28, Tuesday, October 29, and Wednesday, October 30 Greenbrier Manor School will celebrate fall with a wonderful Pumpkin Patch Parade and Party. A Halloween parade has become a traditional part of GMS’s presentations, and (weather permitting) we will have the program outside.

Pumpkin Patch Parade

Monday, October 28                                                 Monday, October 28

9:15                                                                             10:30

Brittney Baker                                                                        Liz Holladay

Bridget Winston                                                                     Kari Swain

 

Tuesday, October 29                                                Tuesday, October 29

9:15                                                                             10:30

Cindi Schaffter                                                           Ms Loretta Moore

Kim Little

Tracy Garlow/Stephanie Stanger

 

Wednesday, October 30                                         Wednesday, October 30

9:15                                                                             10:30

Adrieen Gibson

Ms Karen King

Gwen Kensinger (am class)

Wednesday, October 30

1:15

Gwen Kensinger (pm class)

 

Please tell your child’s teacher if you plan to take him/her home with you after their performance. The only possible problem is RAIN. If it rains, the children will parade for each other through the school. We understand how important these programs are to you and the children. We realize my rain alternative is not ideal, but fire regulations prohibit the congregation of a large number of people in the building at any one time. We hope it does not rain and everyone can attend. We do have fun at these parties so bring your cameras and your smiles! For the Kindergarten and Pre-K classes parents: It is your turn to provide food for the “goodie” tables in the lobby. Thank you!  

The logistics of choreographing 100 children and 100 costumes is challenging. It works best if you send your child to school in his/her costume with a change of clothes in his/her bookbag. Be sure all pieces of the costume are clearly labeled so it can all be returned. We will help them change out of their costume after the program. If your child suddenly decides not to dress up or parade, that is alright. Please do not pressure or force your child to participate. Some children just do not feel comfortable in programs and that is perfectly okay, as they make a marvelous audience.

On October 7-8 Southeastern Therapy will be conducting speech, and fine motor skills screening at our school. You will have to turn in the permission form attached to this newsletter before your child can be screened. All screenings are provided by a licensed and certified Speech Pathologist and Therapist. Vision screening will be offered at another time. We will let you know as soon as we get those dates.

Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, November 5th. Although school is closed on that day, supervision for the children is available during your conference time. Please encourage your child to stay with Ms. Jane and Ms. Sheila during your conference. We plan to schedule most of you for that morning. We will schedule working parents as early as possible and during lunch time. We will publish the schedule later this month. If your child is enrolled in our all day program we will plan on their attendance for the entire day.

I want to thank all of you for your patience during carpool. The line of cars is at times overwhelming for us, so your pleasant smiles and cooperative attitudes really do mean a great deal. It is extremely important not to pass cars on the left that are discharging children and always wait for the staff to let your child out of the car. Our most important concern is the safety of the children. Most of you are using your “signs” and we are extremely grateful for your cooperation.   Remember, however, that we cannot see through your windshield because of the tint and glare. If you hold your sign outside the window, facing us, we all have a better chance of success. THANKS!

Please do not ever send medicine to school inside a book bag. All medication, whether prescription or not, must be signed in by the parent. There are no exceptions or short cuts. It can get complicated, so your cooperation is critically important.

A reminder — we still have room in some of our afterschool activities. We offer Soccer Shots Monday and Thursday, Dance on Tuesday, and Yoga on Thursday. Come join the fun! If you have any questions please see Elizabeth or Jackie or pick up a brochure in the lobby.

See you at carpool!

Jackie

DATES TO REMEMBER

October 2 & 3 ………….…………School Pictures

October 7 & 8 …… ………………Speech and Hearing Screening

October 28 thru 30……………….Pumpkin Patch Parades

November 5………………………Conference Day (school open for all day students only)

November 11……………………..Veteran’s Day/School Closed for Holiday

November 28 – 29………………..Thanksgiving Holiday/School Closed

December 19 – January 1………..Winter Break/School Closed

 

 

REMEMBER TO LABEL ALL JACKETS, HATS, COATS, BOOKBAGS, AND SWEATERS.