NEWSLETTERS

Back to School Night

Back to School Night is on October 1st from 6:30-7:30. It is for adults only.

Come and socialize, visit your child’s classroom, enjoy a snack made by your children and see a slide show of your children in action.

Flu Shot Documentation

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) requires children entering pre-school to have an annual influenza vaccine. We have until December 31st to collect documentation that children enrolled at Westminster have received the vaccine. This documentation will be verified by local representatives of the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Please arrange for your child to have the flu vaccine and have your Pediatrician/Primary Care Provider complete the form from your summer packet or provide a scrip. Completed forms must be returned to the office by December 20th. Failure to return the form will result in your child not being able to return to school after winter break (until the completed form is returned).

Extended Day/Stay and Play

We want to remind parents that Extended Day (11:30 -1:00) and Stay and Play (1:00-2:45) has begun and this program of art work, games, stories and playtime is available Monday through Friday afternoons. What a great opportunity for play dates! It’s cheaper than a babysitter. Sign-Up sheets are located on the bulletin board by the door to the playground.

Early Drop-Off

Arrival time for all morning classes is 9:00 AM. If you need to arrive early, you are welcome to participate in our Early Drop Off at 8:30 a.m. for $5 per day. No reservation is needed.

Tee Shirt/Sweatshirt/Car Magnets

Our annual Tee Shirt, Sweatshirt and Car Magnet sale will begin shortly. Flyers will be sent home in your child’s school bag. Order forms and money should be dropped in Mrs. Sang’s mailbox by Friday, October 31st.

Scholastic Book Club

Connect your child to books they’ll want to read.

All of your purchases directly benefit your child’s school.

Monthly reading club flyers keep reading fresh and fun.

Low priced books.

Picture Days

School pictures (individual and class) will be taken on Wednesday, Oct. 16th and Thursday, Oct. 17th. If for any reason you are not happy with how your child’s picture turns out, Positive Image will re-shoot. If your child was not here on picture day you may contact Positive Image and they will arrange an appointment at their studio in New Providence.

Outdoor Play

Fall has officially arrived and the weather is getting cooler. We will go outside to play as much as possible. Please remember to send a jacket, sweater or sweatshirt on cool days. Long pants are also a suggestion. Teachers will always take the time to help the children put on jackets and sweaters.

Halloween

Children do not wear costumes to school for Halloween, nor do we have a “Halloween Parade”. Through experience, we have found some costumes unsafe on the stairs and playground and uncomfortable to wear for the entire school day. There just is not enough time to dress and undress an entire class during one class session. In addition, it is not uncommon for some children at this age to be fearful of costumes, no matter how “friendly” they seem.

Don’t forget to “like us”on Facebook and visit our website www.westminsternurseryschool.org. Betsy Harriott, our webmaster, puts up new pictures frequently for you to enjoy.

Calendar Dates

  • Monday, Oct. 1 – Back to School Night 6:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Monday, Oct. 8 – School Closed

  • Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 16 and 17– Picture Days

The days seem just a bit shorter and the nights are getting darker earlier. Acorns are already falling from the trees, all to remind us that September is here bringing with it a brand new school year. As every teacher knows, it truly marks a new beginning because each child who comes into your class is starting a journey that they haven’t been on before, a journey that the two of you will take together; a journey marked by growth, learning and lots of fun.

Parent Meetings I will be conducting informal parent meetings on Monday and Tuesday, September 24th and 25th, after drop off at 9:15 a.m. These meetings are for any parent who has any questions about the Westminster (WNS) program. Extended Day Extended Day begins Thursday, September 13th! This program is offered to 3 and 4 year olds from 11:30-1:00 p.m. Children bring lunch (nut free) and then explore different topics throughout the year. These topics include: dinosaurs, traveling around the world, science, cooking, books, and art. Please call Kathy if you are interested in signing up. Stay and Play We want to remind parents that Stay and Play (11:30-2:45) or (1:00-2:45 following extended day) begin on September 13th. These programs of artwork, games, stories, and playtime are available on Monday-Friday afternoons. Signup is available one week prior to the scheduled session. Signup sheets are located on the bulletin board by the back door. Pick-up time for Stay and Play is 2:45 PM. Pick-Up and Drop-Off Arrival time for all morning classes is 9:00 a.m., doors open at 8:55 a.m. Teachers are preparing their classrooms prior to these times. If you arrive early, you are welcome to come at 8:30 a.m. for Early Drop Off for $5 per day. This program is offered every morning and you don’t need to call or sign up early. We would also like to remind you to use care in the parking lot when picking up or dropping off children. The parking lot is a busy place at these times, and we have had some “near misses”. It is imperative for the safety of all the children that drivers slow down, proceed with caution and obey the entrance and exit driveway signs. First Field Trip for our 4 year old classes Our fours will be taking their first field trip to Melick Farms in Oldwick on Wednesday, October 3rd. The children will take a tour of the farm, pick apples, and watch how apple cider is made. A separate notice with additional details will be sent home. Movement Our “experienced” 4s will be coming up to visit Mrs.Gonzalez in the “big” room from day one. Our 2 1/2s and 3s will be visited by Mrs.Gonzalez in their classrooms in September. They will begin making the “long” trip upstairs for Movement at the end of September. As usual, the Parachute is the highlight! Picture Days Individual student pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 16th, and Wednesday, October 17th. Positive Image Photography has taken our pictures for many years and one picture is cuter than the next! If for any reason you are not happy with how your child’s picture turns out, Positive Image will re-shoot. We will not be painting on picture day, so put those special outfits on! Calendar Dates

  • Friday, September 7th - Meet and Greet 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

  • Tuesday, September 11th - First day of school

  • Thursday, September 13th – Extended Day and Stay and Play Begin

  • Monday and Tuesday, September 24th and 25th - New Parent Meeting 9:15 a.m.

  • Monday, October 1st - Back to School Night for Parents Only

PLAY is not a four-letter word! It comes from “toil” which means “to work”.

Spring seems the ideal time for science to really “blossom”. Imagine the wonder of being able to actually see a caterpillar eat, grow fat, weave a cocoon and then hatch into a beautiful butterfly! Planting seeds and watching them grow! Digging for worms, centipedes and millipedes. We are so busy with science. Spring Camp We still have room in Spring Camp. Please sign up by May 7th so we can prepare for everyone. Notices will be distributed indicating which group your child is in soon. Community Helper Field Trips for 4s Our “community helper” field trips are gearing up. Stay tuned for more information. Footwear Now that spring is here, we are outside on the playground every day (unless it is raining). The children are also working on gross motor skills with Mrs. Gonzalez in Movement by participating in various obstacle courses. In order for the children to fully join in these activities, they need to wear sneakers and socks. We know that the children want to wear those new sandals they have gotten, but it really is a safety issue. Please tell your children they can wear their sandals at home, but at school they need to wear their sneakers. Thanks for your help with this! Lunch Bunch Bills for March and April Lunch Bunch were distributed this week. The last Lunch Bunch will be held on June 1st. The last Lunch Bunch bills (for the month of May) will be distributed by May 25th. This leaves a very short window for them to be paid by the end of the school year. Please help us by looking for the bills and paying them promptly. The last week of school, May 29-June 1 will be Pay as you Use it daily. Mother's Day Brunches The children are very excited about the “party” they have planned for their Moms on May 8th or 11th. We hope you enjoy it as much as the children and staff do! We have been busy cooking and practicing songs for everyone! 2018/19 School Year Before the school year is over, the Parent Packet will be going out to next year’s Westminster families. As a reminder, the health form, enrollment form and a record of immunizations must be received in the office by Sept. 5th. Feel free to drop off paperwork during the summer. The first installment of tuition was due May 1st. Calendar Dates

  • Tuesday, 5/8 – Mother’s Day Brunch – 2 day 2 ½ and 2 day 3s classes and Mrs. Ripps’ 4s class

  • Friday, 5/11– Mother’s Day Brunches – 3 day 3s and Mrs. Losada’s 5 day 4s classes

  • Monday, 5/28 – School Closed for Memorial Day

  • Friday, 6/1– Last Day of School for preschool and 4s wrap

  • Monday, 6/4 - Spring Enrichment Camp Week 1

  • Monday, 6/11 - Spring Enrichment Camp Week 2

  • Friday, 6/15 - Last day of Kindergarten Enrichment

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