The year is off to a great start! We’ve barely been in session two full weeks and students are already walking in confident and secure with a smile in the morning! Thank your for helping them transition so easily!

Back to School Night Thank you to so many of you who were able to attend our first back to school night in two years (and my first as Director)! It was nice to welcome you to our school community, introduce staff and give you the opportunity to see the latest art work and hear about a typical day here.

Scholastic Books This month’s scholastic book flyers have already been sent home. The deadline for orders this month is Friday September 30th. We love the scholastic book program. It not only offers a great variety of books for our students at a reasonable price for our parents, it offers bonus awards to Westminster. We use these to add books to our school library and get supplies for the school! Be sure to use code (DXTCN) when placing your order online.

COVID-19 and Illness Westminster ‘s COVID-19 policy (dated September 2022) was emailed to parents with hard copies handed out at back to school night. Let me know if you need a copy. If your child will be absent, please call or email to let us know the reason for absence. Do not hesitate to call me at (908)464-4880 if you have any questions. The Union County Office of Health Management gave us free COVID tests! I am distributing these this week. Please be sure to take one at the door!

Sad News We are so sorry to announce that Jennifer Hayes is moving away at the end of this month. Mrs. Hayes (as the students know her) joined us last year as a helper in the hall and immediately fit right in – it’s hard for me to believe it’s only been a year! She has proved to be invaluable, especially working with Mrs. Machin and her 2 1⁄2

class for the first few days. Her patience, kindness, ability to think quickly on her feet and positive attitude will be greatly missed! I know you join me in wishing her all the best with her family’s move!

This Means... We are looking for a kind, patient, positive person with the ability to think quickly on their feet to work with us one morning a week (Wednesday or Thursday) 8:45 am – 11:45pm with opportunities to sub at other times. This is the perfect job for someone with a heart for kids looking to dip a toe back in the workforce. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact the office.

Looking Ahead

  • Monday September 26th - School Closed for Rosh Hashanah

  • Tuesday October 5th – School Closed for Yom Kippur

  • Monday October 10th – School Closed for Indigenous People’s/Columbus Day Tuesday October 18th – School

  • Photos, classes to be announced

  • Wednesday October 19th – School Photos, classes to be announced

Music Week! Thank you Mr. Hall and Mrs. Newman for playing for us Music Week! Mrs. Newman showed and played her flute – and even improvised “Let It Go” for our students on the spot!! Mr. Hall played guitar and sang fun songs and demonstrated the didgeridoo! Students also got to see the inside of our grand piano with the little hammers hitting the strings! Earlier in the week students sang our “I have a little turtle” octave song, and marched to songs on the violin with the instruments they made in class!

Field Day! Our 3 and 4 year olds had such a great time at field day Monday! We were so lucky to have the fire truck visit us with Firefighter Jim! He had to leave a little bit early when a call came in – he was needed in town! We had hoops, bean bag toss, lots of bubbles, “painting”, hop balls, scooters, and “tents” in the shape of a school bus and house, and we even read Mrs. Wishy Washy and washed the animals in the turtle pool in sudsy water! It was a beautiful morning and we were able to end the morning with popsicles on the front lawn.

Father’s Day We are not able to celebrate with our Fathers in school, but our students worked hard on a special gift which they will bring home this week. From all of us here – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!

Culture of Care – The Pajama Program!

Thank you for your generous donations of pajamas and books! The representative for the NJ Chapter of the Pajama Program made a point of telling me “because of your drive, many children in Union County will feel comforted and loved when they go to bed at night”. Our drive continues to the end of this week, and then I will deliver our donations to a NJ Chapter Community Partner.

Parent Packets Parent Packets have gone out for next year. Please see Lucia if you did not receive one. Included in the packet is a calendar for next year and a few forms to be completed and signed. Please return these by June 17th.

Important Dates

  • June 9 – Last day for Tuesday and Thursday classes

  • June 10– Last day of nursery school, school ends at 11:30

Dates for 2022-2023 School year

  • June 17th – return parent packet forms

  • August 15th – 2nd tuition payment due

  • September 6th – Meet and Greet in the afternoon (your teacher will let you know the time)

  • September 7th – First day 2022-2023 school year!

THANK YOU!! Most importantly, thank you. Thank you for entrusting your children to us this year. Thank you for being supportive in a year filled with so much uncertainty and change. We made it!! We wish the best of luck to those of you moving on next year!

For those of you returning next year, we are all really looking forward to welcoming you all into our school and seeing your smiling faces!!

Have a great Summer!

Lucia Hassen, Eileen Vass, Terry Machin, Sue Bocian, Nancy Ripps, Jaime Andrews, Donna Marsh, Megan Diaz, Ruth Gombas, Jen Hayes, and Marilyn Klein

Spring is here! Students have been going on nature walks looking for signs of spring – finding yellow forsythia, pink and white hyacinth, and daffodils popping up all over; some daffodils are hiding in the bushes! (Pssst - did you find the bunny in Mrs. Hassen’s window?)

Masks Thankfully at this writing, COVID numbers remain low in Union county and the flu season officially ended March 31st. At this time wearing a mask remains optional. The staff and I respect the decisions each family makes regarding masks for their child, recognizing that circumstances for each family differ and the decision is a private matter. All the other measures we take to minimize germ spread remain in place. Please know how much we appreciate your continued cooperation in monitoring your child for symptoms.

Art Show – Week of April 25 I am so excited to announce that our annual Art Show will take place at the end of the month. IN PERSON! Your child’s teacher will be inviting you to attend on a specific day and time so each class can enjoy their artwork together. The art show has long been an annual event and we can’t wait for you to see our halls filled with the art your children have created.

Registration and Parent Packets If you know of anyone looking for a nursery school for next year, please let them know registration is ongoing.

Early Drop Off and Extended Day Early drop off is available daily at 8:30am for $5. There is no need for advance notice. Extended day for 3s and 4s is $30. Please let the office know in advance if you would like your child to stay. 4s Enrichment is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.

Upcoming Dates of Note

  • April 11 -15 School closed for Spring Break

  • April 18 School resumes!

  • Week of April 25 Annual Art Show!

  • Week of May 23 Music Week!