SNOW! Snow has consumed much of our lives these past few weeks! School has been closed and roads have been hazardous. But we’ve had fun with it too! We’ve sprayed it with water color, brought it inside to see what happens to it and some classes even had a “snow day” in school! They brought snow gear and tackled the mountains of snow with their teachers to make snow angels and snow creations!
Staff development day March 2nd Speaking of snow... the school calendar allows for 4 snow days. We have had 6! In accordance with the calendar, “give back” days are March 29th and 30th. The WNS staff has decided to forgo the annual Professional Development day (March 2nd) and remain open! This leaves us with only one “give back” day, March 29th.
Valentine’s Day What would February be without Valentine’s Day! Leading up to the big day, classes at Westminster talked about what it means to be kind and how to show people you care for them. We read books about friendships and families and making and giving Valentines to those you care about. Each class then celebrated Valentine’s Day with special snacks and a Valentine exchange with their new friends.
2021-2022 Registration – new programs We are very excited to announce new extended day programs for next year! Our 3s will have the opportunity to join us for Lunch and Learn: 11:30am – 2:30pm. The 4s may join us from 11:30am-2:30pm for an enrichment program with an emphasis on kindergarten readiness. The Kindergarten Explorers will meet from 3:15pm-5:30pm for group activities, homework time, and opportunities for art, science, literature and cooking exploration! Application and tuition information will be posted on our website www.westminsternurseryschool.org within the next week. Please call if you have any questions.
Conferences Conferences for our 3s and 4s classes will be by phone this year. Teachers will reach out to find a mutually agreeable time.
Upcoming Calendar Dates • March 2nd School OPEN • March 15th-19th Music week
Reading to Your Child Studies show that reading to your child as little as five to ten minutes a day boosts the language skills he/she needs to learn to read. An added value is the interaction during that time. The conversation while reading is just as valuable for language and reading skills - ask your child to make predictions, periodically check for comprehension, take note of the illustrations, ask them to tell you the story!
“If you’re looking at this book and the child is really interested in the bunny, then talk about the bunny.”
Sharon Vaughn, University of Texas Meadows Center of Preventing Educational Risk
Families and staff together took this leap of faith in the fall to get us where we are today – welcoming in the New Year!! Thank you for your continued attention to our COVID guidance.
Monday January 25th is PAJAMA DAY!
Nothing can stop Pajama Day from happening at Westminster! It is a long-standing tradition that one day a year students (and teachers and helpers, and the director!) wear pajamas to school! Wearing pajamas and eating pancakes (at school!) what could be better?
Registration has begun for next year! Applications from current families and alumni will have priority through February 3rd. You will be notified of your child’s class placement in February. At that time a $250 deposit will be required to hold your spot.
Over the holiday break we got new air purifiers! They are so quiet the students hardly notice them, but they are doing a great job of filtering our air.
Brrr…..It’s Cold Outside
A reminder to dress warmly! We try to get outside as much as we can – mittens and hats are always a good idea.
Inclement Weather School Closings Delays
Check your email! You will be notified by email if there is a weather-related delay or closing. We follow the Berkeley Heights Public Schools when dealing with inclement weather closings and delays. Should the Berkeley Heights Public Schools close, we will be closed. Should the Berkeley Heights Public Schools have a delayed opening, we will have a delayed opening. For Nursery School, a delayed opening means morning sessions will run from 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
This holiday season it is important to keep our gratitude for what we have at the forefront of our day. This is how we will remain positive in the midst of such uncertainty. We at Westminster are grateful to you for giving us the opportunity to educate your children socially, emotionally and academically. We are grateful to your children for bringing such light into our days. Whatever holiday your family celebrates at this time of year, we extend our best wishes for a holiday filled with peace, joy and cherished family time.
It is cold outside! We try to get outside as much as possible! Please dress your child appropriately for the cold weather with jackets, hats and mittens. The teachers would appreciate it if the children wore mittens instead of gloves (saves lots of time when we are getting ready to go outside). If your child wears snow boots to school, please bring shoes he/she can put on for the classroom. Snow boots can be a problem on the stairs, so we ask that your child not wear snow boots all day. Please note that our rooms may be a little colder than usual this year as we are keeping upper classroom windows open just enough to keep air circulating.
Parking lot With the winter weather upon us, we can expect some snow and ice. Please take extra care when walking and driving in the parking lot. While it goes without saying that all drivers should be driving slowly, this is especially true in slippery conditions. In addition, please be mindful of other vehicles parked in the parking lot when opening car doors and pulling out of parking spaces.
Thank you for Sharing and Caring Thank you for your donations of baby food! Your generosity is appreciated, especially during these times of adversity.
Snow Day and Delayed Opening Reminder Westminster Nursery School follows the Berkeley Heights Public Schools when it comes to closings and delayed openings due to inclement weather. Parents will be receiving an e-mail between 5:30 am and 6:00 am in the event of a closing or delayed opening. If there is a delayed opening, classes will be in session from 10:00am until noon. Should you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the office.
Registration Dates for Registration 2021-2022 have not been finalized but will most likely occur in late January. Current families will be alerted first once a date is confirmed. The nursery school website (www.westminsternurseryschool.org) will be updated with the registration application and tuition information.
Facebook Stay in the know with Westminster’s Facebook Page. We are posting pictures frequently to give you a sense of what our school is all about.
Tuesday December 22 is our last day before winter break. School resumes Monday January 4.