Greenbrier

Greenbrier Manor April 2021

Dear Parents,

 

I sure hope spring has sprung by the time you read this! As June approaches I am acutely aware of the time that has passed since September. June hurtles towards us and there is still so much to teach, so much to learn, and so much to do.

Ms Loretta, our pillar of patience, begins April with an in-depth study of words and their opposites to our two-year old classes. With easel painting, sponge printing, spin art and backed papers, this is a grand time for our youngest.

Our three-year olds begin April with nursery tales. The children explore classic stories as they grow Jack’s beanstalk, peek at the troll under the Billy goat’s bridge, and visit the three bears.

The four-year olds depart from their fantasy world of make-believe and explore the fascinating world of our feathered friends. As local birds migrate back into the area, they should be able to identify most of them. Bridget, Liz, and Kari teach them the characteristics of twenty-five different species and help them create an amazing bird book. We’ll end with yet another party, complete with worms and seeds!

Ms. Michelle’s pre-K class moves down the food chain to investigate insects. Bugs fascinate children and Michelle uses their curiosity to educate them about useful and harmful insects. The high point of this unit materializes in May when we get to watch ants tunnel.

The kindergarten class takes a trip back in time to the age of reptiles and studies dinosaurs. These budding paleontologists learn to identify close to twenty-five dinosaurs before attending a dinosaur hunt at the end of the month. This is one of our favorite units, and the children love it. The children’s academic progress amazes me. Many are now learning long vowel sounds and spelling!

As spring progresses, we plan to incorporate creative writing into each week’s lesson. As these masterpieces come home, it is important that you be extremely positive in your comments. Please don’t make any suggestions for improvement and don’t even think of mentioning spelling. Creative writing is a very personal and sensitive process. A careless remark can be devastating.

May 11th is conference day. I will send home the phone conference schedule later.  School is closed while you discover what wonderful children you have. They really are wonderful!  Childcare will be available for those enrolled in our all day program.

 

We’ve begun the tedious process of updating the Parent Handbook and roster for next year. If you plan on returning and haven’t told us, please do it soon.

We have sent out information on the summer program at Greenbrier. If you missed it and are interested, talk to Jackie or Elizabeth. Classes are filling quickly.

Spring appears to be a busy and exciting time for all of us. If you have any questions or concerns we’re only a phone call away.

Spring Break is coming up April 5th  thru April 9th. We will close at the end of the day Friday April 2nd for Spring Break.  Both students and teachers will take a well-deserved vacation before returning for the final busy weeks of school.

As the weather turns warm many children sunburn. If your child is sensitive to the sun remember to put sunscreen on him/her before he comes to school.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jackie

 

 

 

DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

 

April 5-9……………….Spring Break, School Closed

April 7………………….Online Original Works Fundraiser Due

April 14 & 15………….Spring School Pictures

May 11…………………..Conference Day via Phone — No classes                                                                                                 (We are open for all day children only)

May 31…………………Memorial Day, School Closed

June 18…………………Last Day of School

June 21-25………………School Open for Day Care

June 28-Aug 20…………Summer programs

Sept 7…………………..Fall programs begin

 

 

Spring School Pictures

 

Wednesday, April 14                                                                             Thursday, April 15

 

Ms Liz Holliday                                                                                      Ms Brittney Baker

Ms Adrieen Gibson                                                                                 Ms Loretta Moore

Ms Karen King                                                                                        Ms Michelle Hatchett

Ms Bridget Winston                                                                                Ms Tracy Garlow

Ms Kari Swain                                                                                                Mrs. Stephanie Stanger

Broad Bay

Broad Bay Manor April 2021

Dear Parents,

 

I sure hope Spring has sprung by the time you read this!  As June approaches I am acutely aware of the time that has passed since September.  June hurtles towards us and there is still so much to teach, so much to learn, and so much to do.

 

Ms. Kristin and Ms. Charlynn continue to help our youngest children discover their growing capabilities. This new unit is titled “Fun with Food”! They will make cinnamon pretzels, play with dough (and spaghetti), paint with fruit and sample many tasty and healthy treats.  At the end of the month each will have a small repertoire of snacks they can make “all by myself.”

 

For our 3’s, this month involves a delicious study of what we feed our body. 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 a variety of real food and paint with vegetables. The grand finale is a yummy party and a class created cookbook!

 

The 4-year-old classes will study Dr. Seuss and his zany characters. The Cat in the Hat and all his friends–Thigwick, Horton, and Yertle become our vehicles for learning. Rhymes, math, crafts, and songs all focus on Seuss themes during this month. It all ends with the notorious Breakfast at Broad Bay featuring Green Eggs and Ham (of course!) The children have a grand time with all this while an incredible amount of learning takes place.

 

In January, our pre kindergarten class learned an incredible amount about endangered species and the habitats necessary for their survival.  They 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.

 

Kindergarten’s unit of study is the human body.   It’s time to find out a bit more about ourselves!  We’ll start by looking closely at our skin and work our way through the body systems to the heart (the most important part!).  The children’s academic progress amazes me.  Many are now learning long vowel sounds and spelling!  As spring progresses, we plan to incorporate creative writing into each week’s lesson.  As these masterpieces come home it is important that you be extremely positive in your comments.  PLEASE don’t make any suggestions for improvement and don’t even think of mentioning spelling.  Creative writing is a very personal and sensitive process.  A careless remark can be devastating.

 

Conference Day

May 11th is conference day.  School is closed while you discover what wonderful children you have; and they really are wonderful!  More information about conference day will come out towards the end of April.  Child-care is available this day for those enrolled in our all-day programs only (the 7:00-6:00 program).

 

Sunscreen

As the weather turns warm many children sunburn.  If your child is sensitive to the sun, remember to put sunscreen on him/her before coming to school.  If you would like to have sunscreen applied to your child throughout the day, please fill out the school’s sunscreen form available at the front desk.

 

Summer at BBMS

We have sent out information on the summer programs at the Manor Schools.  If you missed it and are interested, talk to your director.  Classes are beginning to fill!

 

Spring appears to be a busy and exciting time for all of us.  If you have any questions or concerns, we’re only a phone call away.

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Cox

 

 

 

 

 

DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

April 5-9..………………………………………………………………………………           Spring Break- school closed

May 11 ………………………………………………………………………………….          Conference Day- open for ALL DAY only

May 31…………………………………………………………………………………..          Memorial Day- school closed

June 18…………………………………………………………………………………..         Last Day of the School year

June 21-25 …………………………………………………………………………….          Turtle Week (all day current students only)

June 28-Aug 20 ……………………………………………………………………….        Summer programs

 

Bellamy

Bellamy Manor April 2021

Dear Parents,

 

I sure hope spring has sprung by the time you read this! As June approaches I am acutely aware of the time that has passed since September.  June hurtles towards us and there is still so much to teach, so much to learn, and so much to do.

This month the two-year-olds 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. Mary Kate and Ms. Yanira do an exceptional job with their charges. So much fun for our little ones!

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.

The four-year-olds discover the fanciful world of dragons and unicorns this month. Medieval knights and castles come alive for them, and they will find that most dragons are rather sensitive and lovable creatures.  The children finish the unit with a royal ball fit for any king or queen.  The fours indulge in fantasy to their hearts content.

The Pre-K class will become environmentally aware as they focus their attention on the birds of prey.  Ms. Sandra and Ms. Carrie’s Pre-K classes will study birds of prey in particular.  Children will learn why the hawk has a hooked beak and toes with strong, curved talons.  Where does the Osprey live and what do they eat?  Learning is so much fun!

Our Kindergarten class will study the rhyming stories of Dr. Seuss.  This is a fun time to rhyme in silly ways. The Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, and Thidwick become our vehicles for learning. Math, crafts and songs all focus on Seuss themes.  It all ends with the renowned, “Breakfast at Bellamy” featuring Green Eggs and Ham (of course)! The children have a grand time with all of this while an incredible amount of learning takes place.

May 11th is conference day.  School is closed while you discover what wonderful children you have.  And they really are wonderful!  Childcare will be available during your conference. We will have class for students enrolled in our full day program only.

We have begun the tedious process of updating the Parent Handbook and roster for next year. We have sent out information on the summer programs at our four schools. If you have missed it and are interested, talk to your director. The classes are beginning to fill.

Spring appears to be a busy and exciting time for all of us.  If you have any questions or concerns, we are only a phone call away.

As the weather turns warmer many children sunburn. If your child is sensitive to the sun, remember to apply sunscreen on him/her before they come to school.  We will apply sunscreen to Full Day students after quiet time at (2:00).

 

Sincerely,

Nancy

 

 

 

 

DATES TO REMEMBER

April 5-9th …………………….Spring Break SCHOOL CLOSED

May 11th…..…………………..Conferences (Open for all day children only)

May 31st……..………………..Closed for Memorial Day

TBA……………..…………….Kindergarten Graduation

June 18th……………………….Last Day of School

June 21-25st.…………….….…School Open for Full Day Care Only

June 28-Aug 20th………………Summer Program

Sept. 7th………….………….…First Day of School

          

 

 

 

West Neck

Beach Manor April 2021

Dear Parents,

I sure hope that when you read this Spring has sprung!  As June approaches, I am acutely aware of the time that has passed since September.  June hurtles towards us and there is still so much to teach, so much to learn, and so much to do.

Kaytlin and Andrea continue helping our   youngest with the exciting process of learning.  Our two’s have grown and matured at an impressive rate.  This month they will introduce the children to the colors all around us!  They will explore color through food, animals, textures and lots of books.

The three-year-old classes will be introduced to Eric Carle, the celebrated children’s author. His books are delightful, and the children will enjoy not only his emotional characters, but also his colorful and crafty illustrative techniques. Lots of cooking this month, thanks to Walter the baker.

Our four classes will study Dr. Seuss and his zany characters.  The Cat in the Hat and all of his friends—Thigwick, Bartholomew Cubbins, Horton and Yertle become our vehicles for learning.  Rhymes, math, crafts and songs all focus on the Seuss themes during these last days.  It all ends with the notorious Breakfast at Beach Manor featuring Green Eggs and Ham (of course)!  The children have a grand time with all of this while an incredible amount of learning takes place.

The Pre K classes will hit the trail and learn about horses.  This is an exciting unit for the children, complete with pony rides and a cookout around the campfire (pretend of course!).

Ms. Yesalusky’s Kindergarten class will go around the world.  It’s a full month’s trip, as we learn about children in other countries.  The emphasis of study is the dress, food, homes, and customs of countries in Europe, Africa and Asia.  If any of you have traveled and can share pictures or items with the class, please call me or your child’s teacher.

 

May 11th is Conference day.  I will send home the conference schedule later.  School is closed while you discover what wonderful children you have.  And they really are wonderful!

 

We’ve begun the tedious process of updating the Parent Handbook and roster for next year.  If you plan on returning and haven’t told us, better do it soon.  We have sent out information on the summer programs at Bellamy, Broad Bay, Beach and Greenbrier.  If you missed it and are interested, talk to Leigh.

Sincerely, Leigh

Dates to Remember

Spring Break……………………………………………………. April 5-9

School conferences…………………………………………….May 11th (school opened for All Day Children only)

Memorial Day…………………………………………………. May 31st (School closed)

Kindergarten Graduation………………………………………. June 11th

Last day of school………………………………………………June 18th

Summer Programs at Bellamy, Broadbay, Beach and Greenbrier

Manor…………………………………………………………..June 21-August -20

Open House…………………………………………………….September

First Day of School……………………………………………..September 77h

Beach EIN # is 54-1812375.

Reminder:  As the weather gets warmer, the children are spending much more time on the playground in the afternoon.  Please enter the school through the front door rather than the playground.   If your child is a full day student, please remember to sign your child in and out. Thanks!

 

West Neck

Beach Manor March 2021

Dear Parents,

   

          March has arrived with occasional warm days that promise spring.   February was an intense month and our children grew in knowledge as they explored Pete the Cat, Bears, past Presidents and the of course our zany Dr. Suess.

 

       The month of March takes most classes outside. Ms. Kaytlin and Ms. Andrea continue to help our youngest children with the exciting process of learning.  The children will explore the concept of opposites as they compare and contrast the world around us!

         Our three year old’s will 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 threes end the month with Little Red Riding Hood and homemade bread baked by the Little Red Hen herself!

  The four year old’s discover the world of Beatrix Potter.  After they are thoroughly entranced by Benjamin Bunny, Peter Rabbit and Jeminiah Puddle Duck, they have a marvelous English tea party.  We have a good bit of fun with this unit while introducing the children to some excellent literature.  Because Beatrix Potter’s books are so delightfully illustrated, reading her stories to your children at home will help reinforce her world in their minds.

     Ms. Diane’s PreK students will study about our feathered Birds of Prey.  You will be truly impressed with the depth and scope of  your  child’s  knowledge  as  he/she  learns to identify  several   species  of  our feathered  friends.   The study ends with a fantastic bird party –pass the worms, please.   

     The Kindergarten class will now take a trip back in time to the age of reptiles and study dinosaurs.  These budding paleontologists learn to identify close to twenty-five dinosaurs before attending a dinosaur hunt at the end of the month.  This is one of our favorite studies and the children love it.

 

 

      Spring Break is from April 5th-April 9th.   We will have our annual egg hunt on April 1st and 2nd.  Your child’s teacher will communicate to you when they are planning their hunt.  Please send in an empty basket or bag, labeled with your child’s name on the appropriate morning.  Pretend grass is fine, please no candy or stuffed animals.  We will close at the end of the day Friday, April 2nd for Spring Break. Both student and teachers will take a well-deserved vacation before returning for the final busy weeks of School.

 

 

         

            Many of you have inquired about our summer program that is offered at Beach, Bellamy, Broad Bay and Greenbrier Manor.  It is a wonderful program patterned on the school year and adapted for the summer.  It offers continued play, academics, socialization and crafts.  The children have plenty of opportunity to use the computers, dress ups, easels, puzzles, games and train sets. The summer registration form is attached. Enrollment is limited, so please return the registration form if you are interested.   

 

     We will use the InfoSnap online enrollment procedure for our summer program registration.  It will remain a two-step process.  Step one is the submission of the summer pre-registration form and fee.  Step two is the online submission of the InfoSnap registration form. We will need the preregistration form and fee before you submit your online registration.

 

          It looks like a full and fun month.  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 joy in so many ways!

 

REGISTRATION:

     Registration for next year is going well.  It is satisfying to know that so many of you are pleased with Beach Manor’s program.  Thank you for all your support and cooperation.    Without your smiles and encouragement my job would be so difficult.  Instead, it’s a joy!  Openings are still available in some of our classes even though I have opened registration to the general public.   If you intend to register your child for next year and haven’t yet done so, I urge you to turn in your form along with your registration fee immediately. The only way to be sure of a place next year is to turn in both the registration form and the registration fee.


     Many of you have asked questions about our kindergarten program. I realized that when most of you initially register at Beach I go into great detail about the three year old program or the four year old program, but often kindergarten comes as a wonderful surprise.  Our kindergarten program continues the phonics instruction begun in the four year old program .It includes a very strong short vowel reading, writing, and spelling curriculum that leads to long vowel usage in the spring.  The children learn to recognize and write numbers to 100 and beyond; they learn math facts to 20, graphing, fraction recognition, and how to count money.  The joy of the program, however, is the incredible amount of information the children learn in their unit studies (constellations, musical instruments, and dinosaurs, children around the world, the human body, and other very hands on science studies.). The goal is, as always, to enhance their self-esteem.  Having so much knowledge about their world gives them tremendous self-confidence. They acquire the skills needed to put them at the top of their first grade class.  Your response so far for next year is gratifying.   

 
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY.  Although our inclement weather policy states that we will close if the public schools close, sometimes it is not necessary.  It all depends on the roads and the power conditions.  Be sure to check our website under “Special Announcements” at www.manorschools.com.  Of course, if your neighborhood conditions are even slightly questionable, stay home.     



Please return any clothes your child may have borrowed from school due to accidents or playground mishaps.  We’re getting low on our supply of spare socks, underwear, and pants.  It helps so much to have a change of clothes in the bottom of your child’s book bag.
Check coats and jackets.  Sometimes a child grabs the wrong coat on his way out the door.  So many jackets are similar and make ownership difficult to distinguish.  PLEASE WRITE YOUR NAME ON THE LABEL!!!

 

 Just a quick reminder of our illness policy: children with a fever will be sent home immediately.  Children are not to return to school until they have been fever free for Seventy-two hours.  Do not give your child medicine in the morning to bring down his/her temperature and send him/her to school.  The only way we can contain these illnesses is by keeping the sick children at home.

Thank you for all the help and support. Sincerely, Leigh

 

 

                                                                               

 

 DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

 

          

          Spring Break…………………………………        April 59

          SCHOOL CONFERENCES ………………….     May 11(Open for all day       

          Children only)

          MEMORIAL DAY……………………………..    May 31 (school closed)   

          KINDERGARTEN GRADUATION………June 11    

                                                                                                                                                                                           

          LAST DAY OF SCHOOL ……………………..   June 18

                          

          SUMMER PROGRAMS AT…………………..    June 21– August 20                

          (BEACH, BELLAMY, BROAD BAY AND GREENBRIER)

          FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL…………………….    September 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION FORMS ARE GOING OUT  MARCH  2021 IN YOUR CHILDS BACKPACK**** YOU CAN ALSO PICK UP IN THE FRONT LOBBY***

 

Bellamy

Bellamy Manor March 2021

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, birdsand past presidents.

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

      The threeyearolds 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 fouryearolds 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 will also study horses withmany delightful stories about the American Cowboys.

     Ms. Sandra and Ms. Carries PreK classes looks at our world from a geographical and environmental angle. They will introduce the children to some basic geographical concepts using habitats as her motif.  By midMarch the children are learning about the fragility of various habitats and the interdependence between theenvironment 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 5th 9th. We plan to dye eggs on March 29 and 30th. Our annual egg hunts will be April 1 and 2nd. Your childs teacher will be sending out more information. We ask that yousend 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!  Three of our four schools still have openings. If you plan to return next year and have not yet turned in a pre-registration form, talk to me soon.  We would hate to fill your spot!  If any of you have inquired about our summer program. It is patterned on the school year adapted for summer.   It offers continuedplay, academics, social, and craft opportunities.  The children have plenty of opportunity to play dress ups, easels paint, puzzles, and games. We hope by summer we can reintroduce our water play. The registration forms for summer is available on-line or in the lobby.  Enrollment is limited so please return your summerregistration form if you are interested.

        We will use the InfoSnap online enrollment procedure for our summer program registration. It is atwo step process. Step one is the submission of the summer preregistration form and fee. Step two is the online submission of the InfoSnap 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, Diamond Mind (http://bellamymanor.diamondmindinc.com/).

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.

 

Sincerely,

 Nancy

                       

DATES TO REMEMBER

April 4..Happy Easter

April 5-9.....……………. Spring BreakSCHOOL CLOSED                                                                                

May 11..……………………….. Conference Day(Open for Full Day students only)

May 31..………….…….…………. Memorial Day SCHOOL CLOSED

June 11………….…………………….Kindergarten Graduation

June 18..…….………………….. Last Day of School

June 21-25………………………School open for Day Care Only (Turtle Week)

June 28August 20.…....……………..Summer Program

August 30...………………...………...Open House

Sept. 7..…...…………………………..First Day of School 2021-2022

                                       

Broad Bay

Broad Bay Manor March 2021

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 doan 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 fouryearolds 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 classes 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 2021, there are 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 www.manorschools.com.  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

Sincerely,  

Jennifer Cox

DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

April 5-9..Spring Break– school closed

May 11 .Conference Day- open for ALL DAY only

May 31..Memorial Day- school closed

June18..Last Day of the School year

June 21-25 .Turtle Week (all day current students only)

June 28-Aug 20.Summer programs

Greenbrier

Greenbrier Manor March 2021

Dear Parents,

   

    If February’s warmth was a hint, March will declare that spring is here. Last month was an intense month and our children grew in knowledge as well as stature as they explored life on the farm, Farmer MacGregor’s garden, past presidents, and themselves.  

Ms Loretta will introduce the children to the colors all around us! They will explore color through food, animals, textures and lots of books. It will be a truly exciting month for our littlest ones!

      The three-year-old classes will be introduced to Eric Carle, the celebrated children’s author. His books are delightful and the children will enjoy not only his emotional characters, but also his colorful and crafty illustrative techniques. There will be lots of cooking this month – Thanks to Jack and his Mama and Walter the baker!  

    Bridget, Liz, and Kari’s four-year-olds are in for a treat this month because it’s 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, and ultimately our teddy bear picnic. The fours indulge in fantasy to their heart’s content.

     Ms. Michelle’s pre-kindergarten class investigates weather – clouds, rainbows, snowflakes, and wind. This unit is designed to be quite a 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 kindergarten class goes around the world. It’s a full month’s trip, and we learn about children from other countries. The emphasis of study is on the dress, food, homes, and customs of children from countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and of course North America! If any of you have traveled and can share pictures or souvenirs with the class, please let Tracy and Stephanie know.  

    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 registration form, talk to Jackie soon. We would hate to fill your spot.  

     Many of you have inquired about GMS’s summer program. It is patterned on the GMS school year adapted for summer. It offers continued play, academics, social, and craft opportunities. The children have plenty of opportunity to use the iPads, dress-ups, easels, puzzles, and games.  Enrollment is limited so please return the preregistration form if you are interested.

We will use the InfoSnap online enrollment procedure for our summer program registration. It’ll remain a two-step process. Step one is the submission of the summer preregistration form and fee. Step two is the online submission of the InfoSnap 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, Diamond Mind (http://greenbriermanor.diamondmindinc.com/).

Spring Break is coming up April 5th thru April 9th. Our spring celebration will be the week of March 29th. We plan to dye eggs and have our egg hunts on March 31st and April 1st. We will close at the end of the day Friday April 2nd for Spring Break.  Both students and teachers will take a well-deserved vacation before returning for the final busy weeks of school.

Please remember we are a peanut and tree nut free school. Make sure you check ingredients in the foods you send in with your child. If you bring in food for the entire class, it must be store bought with the label still attached. We will check to make sure it was not made in a facility processed with peanuts or tree nuts as well. If you have any questions about our policy, please don’t hesitate to contact me.Thank you!

Sincerely,

 

Jackie

DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

               

April 5-9….…………Spring Break, School Closed.

May 11.………………Conference Day (Open for All Day Care only)

May 31……………….Memorial Day, School Closed​​​            

June 18……………….Last Day of School

June 2125……………School Open for Day Care

June 28-Aug 20………Summer programs                                                                        

Sept 7…………….…..Fall programs begin

 

 

Bellamy

Bellamy Manor February 2021

Dear Parents,

 

Peter Rabbit has hopped off to Farmer McGregor’s garden, the dinosaurs are officially extinct, the insects are gone, and we learned about animals in the zoo.  The excitement of tea parties and dinosaur hunts were fun. Now that all these wild beasts are gone, we can get back to work.

February may be the shortest month, but it is also the busiest.  With Valentine’s Day, two president’s birthdays, Chinese New Year and Ground Hog Day, February always promises excitement.

Ms. Yanira and Ms. Mary Kate will introduce the world of color to our Mother’s Day Out classes with easel painting, sponge printing, spin art and backed papers, this is a grand time for our youngest.

Our threes will begin February with community helpers. The teachers introduce their children to the people in their neighborhood. Fireman, policeman, doctors, and dentists will come to share their jobs and teach the children safety. If you can offer us your expertise, please give your child’s teacher a call. It’s a terrific month for the threes!

The fours send Peter and his friends back to Farmer McGregor’s garden and take an in depth look at nature, by studying birds. This is really an important unit since by the end of several weeks, 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)!

Ms. Sandra and Ms. Carrie’s classes will cover the hodgepodge of February–Ground Hog Day, Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and Chinese New Year.  It is a great time for the children to learn a bit about our country’s history, the pledge of allegiance, and those anecdotes about George and Abe.  Busy!

The kindergarten classes go around the world.  It is a full month’s trip, as we learn about children from other countries.  The emphasis of study is the dress, food, homes, and customs of countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.  If any of you have traveled and can share pictures or items with the class, please call me or your child’s teacher.

Valentine’s Day with its message of love and friendship is special to children and to Bellamy Manor School.  Each class exchanges valentines and has a party on February 11th and 12th.  Enclosed is a list with the number of children in each class.  On February 11th (or 12th) please send in valentines for each student in your child’s class, and we’ll take care of the rest.  The teachers have requested that you NOT “address” the valentines–just sign them with your child’s name.  This way the children can easily pass them out.

 

REGISTRATION:

Registration for next year is going well.  It is satisfying to know that so many of you are pleased with BMS’s program.  Thank you for all your support and cooperation.    Without your smiles and encouragement my job would be so difficult.  Instead, it is a joy!  Openings are still available in some of our classes even though we have opened registration to the general public.  If you intend to register your child for next year and haven’t yet done so, we urge you to turn in your form along with your registration fee soon. The only way to be sure of a place next year is to turn in both the registration form and the registration fee. Those of you that have registered make sure that you complete your registration with the online link that we’ve emailed to you.

Many of you have asked questions about our kindergarten program. We realized that when most of you initially register at BMS, we go into great detail about the three- year-old program or the four-year-old program, but often kindergarten comes as a wonderful surprise.  Our kindergarten program continues the phonics instruction begun in the four-year-old and Pre-K programs. It includes a strong short vowel reading, writing, and spelling curriculum that leads to long vowel usage in the spring.  The children learn to recognize and write numbers to 100 and beyond; they learn math facts to 20, graphing, fraction recognition, and how to count money.  The joy of the program, however, is the incredible amount of information the children learn in their unit studies (constellations, musical instruments, and dinosaurs, children around the world, the human body, and other very hands on science studies.). The goal is, as always, to enhance their self esteem.  Having so much knowledge about their world gives them tremendous self confidence. They acquire the skills needed to put them at the top of their first-grade class.  Your response so far for next year is gratifying.

 

SUMMER: Our summer program will be from June 21-Aug. 20.  Summer registration forms will go out soon. We will have two, three, and five-day programs, both half and full day.  We will have a six week and a nine-week program.

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY. We do not automatically close when the public schools close. Information regarding school closing can be found on our web site. It all depends on the roads and the power conditions.  We will send out an email from the school to warn of any weather closings. Be sure to check our website at www.manorschools.com.  Of course, if your neighborhood conditions are even slightly questionable, please stay home.

 

Please return any clothes your child may have borrowed from school due to accidents or playground mishaps. We are getting low on our supply of spare socks, underwear, and pants.  It helps so much to have a change of clothes in the bottom of your child’s bookbag.

Check coats and jackets.  Sometimes a child grabs the wrong coat on his way out the door.  So many jackets are similar and make ownership difficult to distinguish.  PLEASE WRITE YOUR NAME ON THE LABEL!

 

Sincerely,

Nancy

 

VALENTINE INFORMATION

 

Mother’s Day Out

Ms. Mary Kate 10

Ms. Yanira 10

              

 

Three Year Olds:                                 Four Year Olds:

Ms. Devin MWF 12, TTH 12              Ms. Haylie MWF 12, TTH 12

Ms. Niki   12                                        Ms. Sara 12

Ms. Genna 10

 

PreK:                                                       Kindergarten:

Ms. Sandra:  12                                    Mrs. Hobbs:19

Ms. Carrie 10

 

 

 

 

DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

 

FEB 1………………..FALL REGISTRATION OPEN TO PUBLIC

FEB 1 ……………..Teacher In-Service  SCHOOL CLOSED

FEB 15………….. President’s Day SCHOOL CLOSED

APRIL4..……..…..Happy Easter

APRIL 5-9……… Spring Break SCHOOL CLOSED

MAY 11….………Conferences (Open for Day Care only)

MAY 31………… Memorial Day SCHOOL CLOSED

JUNE 11…………..Kindergarten Graduation

JUNE 18..……….. Last Day of school.

JUNE 21-AUG.20..Summer Program

SEPT 7……..…….Schools starts

 

Bellamy Manor Tax ID# 54-1238801

 

PLEASE NOTE: THE SCHOOLS EMAIL ADDRESS IS: bellamymanor01@gmail.com

 

Greenbrier

Greenbrier Manor February 2021

Dear Parents,

 

February may be the shortest month, but it is also the busiest. With Valentine’s Day, two president’s birthdays, and Ground Hog Day, February always promises excitement.

Ms. Loretta continues to help our youngest children with the exciting process of learning. 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.

Our three-year-olds 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 working dairy farm. 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-olds travel to Farmer MacGregor’s garden. They will study nature from a more imaginary viewpoint. Taking a leap into fantasy, Bridget, Liz, and Kari introduce the children to the world of Beatrix Potter. After they are thoroughly entranced by Benjamin Bunny, Peter Rabbit, and Jemima Puddle-duck, they have a marvelous English tea party. We have a good bit of fun with this unit while introducing the children to some excellent literature. Because Beatrix Potter’s books are so delightfully illustrated, reading them aloud to your child at home will help reinforce her world in their minds.

Ms. Michelle’s class cover the hodgepodge of February – Ground Hog Day, Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthdays, Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year. It’s a great time for them to learn a bit of our country’s history, the pledge of allegiance, and those anecdotes about George and Abe.  Busy!

The kindergarten class finishes rhyming using the stories of Dr. Seuss. Ms. Garlow and Mrs. Stanger introduce the children to the various systems of the human body. They will focus on themselves and learn about our similarities. They begin by studying their skin and work their way through the body systems to the heart (the most important part!).

Valentine’s Day with its messages of love and friendship is special to children and to Greenbrier Manor School. Each class exchanges valentines and has a party on February 12th (or 11th for the T TH classes). Enclosed is a list with the number of children in each class. On February 12th (or 11th) please send in valentines for each student in your child’s class, and we’ll take care of the rest.  The teachers have requested that you NOT “address” the valentines – just sign them with your child’s name. This way the children can easily pass them out.

 

Registration:  Registration for next year is progressing nicely. It is satisfying to know that so many of you are pleased with GMS’s program. Thank you for all your support and cooperation.  Without your smiles and encouragement my job would be so difficult. Instead, it’s a joy!  Openings are still available in some of our classes even though registration is now open to the public. If you intend to register your child for next year and haven’t yet done so, I strongly urge you to begin the two-step registration process immediately. The only way to ensure a place next year is to turn in both the preregistration form and the registration fee.

Many of you have asked questions about our kindergarten program. We realized that when most of you initially register at GMS we go into detail about our three-year-old program or

the four-year-old program, but often kindergarten comes as a wonderful surprise. Our kindergarten program continues the phonics instruction that began in the four-year-old program.  It includes a very strong short vowel reading, writing, and spelling curriculum that leads to long vowel usage in the spring. The children learn to recognize and write numbers to 100; they learn math facts to 10, graphing, fraction recognition, and how to count money. The joy of the program, however, is the incredible amount of information the children learn in the unit studies (constellations, musical instruments, dinosaurs, children around the world, the human body, and other very hands on science studies). The goal is, as always, to enhance their self-esteem. Having so much knowledge about their world gives them tremendous self-confidence. They acquire the skills needed to put them at the top of their first-grade class. Your response so far for next year is gratifying.

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.  Please speak to Elizabeth or myself if this plan appeals to you.

 

Summer: Our summer program will be from June 21 thru August 20. Summer preregistration forms will go out soon. We will have two, three, and five day programs, both half and full day. We will have one six-week program for half day children. Full time students may enroll for an eight-week session.

 

Inclement Weather Policy:  Although our inclement weather policy states that we will close if the public schools close, sometimes it is not necessary. It all depends on the roads and the power conditions. Be sure to check our website under “Special Announcements” at  www.manorschools.com. Of course, if your neighborhood conditions are even slightly questionable, stay home.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jackie

 

 

Notes:

 

Greenbrier’s EIN number is 54-1636775

 

Please return any clothes your child may have borrowed from school due to accidents or playground mishaps. We’re getting low on our supply of spare socks, underwear, and pants. It helps so much to have a change of clothes in the bottom of your child’s bookbag.

 

Please check coats and jackets. Sometimes a child grabs the wrong coat on his way out the door. So many jackets are similar and make ownership difficult to distinguish. PLEASE WRITE YOUR NAME ON THE LABEL!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VALENTINE INFO

 

Two Year Olds:     Ms. Loretta  11

 

Three Year Olds:   Ms. Brittney  14

Ms. Karen 14                          Ms. Adrieen 14

 

Four Year Olds:     Ms. Liz 14                     Ms. Bridget  14

Ms Kari  14

 

Pre-K:                                    Ms. Michelle  14

 

Kindergarten:         Ms. Early  12         Mrs. Stanger 17

 

 

 

DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

 

February 1 ……………Teacher In-Service, School Closed

February 15 ………….    President’s Day, School Closed

April 5-9……………       Spring Break, School Closed.

May 11.………………    Conference Day (Open for All Day Care only)

May 31……………….    Memorial Day, School Closed

June 18……………….    Last Day of School

June 21-25……………    School Open for Day Care

June 28-Aug 20………    Summer programs

Sept 7……………. …..    Fall programs begin