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.
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!
Green paint was everywhere, green paper was running low, more and more students were wearing green clothes...St. Patrick’s Day was coming! This year on St. Patrick’s Day, we had a school assembly in the sanctuary where Mrs. Hassen played jigs on her violin and students danced with their hands at their sides like Irish Dancers! The rest of the day was filled with excited cries of discovery as students found leprechauns hiding in the hallways!
Music Week Postponed! Music Week, scheduled for next week, will be postponed for later in the year. We hope to be able to welcome people in our sanctuary at a later date to show the students a variety of instruments. Please let the office know if you play or have an instrument you could share with us!
Masks Current COVID dashboard numbers from the schools do not yet offer a clear picture of what effects the removal of masks has had on positive COVID cases. Additionally, the Union County Office of Health Management continues to express concern about unvaccinated students not wearing masks given the high rate of transmissibility of the current and newer variants. For these reasons, Westminster’s policy recommending masks for our students and staff remains in place. Please know we are monitoring the situation closely and you will be notified of any changes.
Registration and Parent Packets If you know of anyone looking for a nursery school for next year, please let them know registration is ongoing. For those of you already registered, your Parent Packets are coming! The office is revising the packets so there is more information in the Parent Handbook and fewer papers to sign.
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 4’s is for $30. Please let the office know in advance if you would like your child to stay. 4’s Enrichment is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays only.
Upcoming Dates of Note
April 11 -15 School closed for Spring Break
Week of April 25th Annual Art Show