Spring Camp Flyers and registration forms for Spring Camp will be distributed this month. Spring Camp will run from June 4-8 and June 11-15 and is open to children currently enrolled in our preschool classes. Registration forms must be returned by Thursday, May 4th. You may sign up for one or two weeks. Learning About our Community During the month of April, WNS classes will continue to talk about their community. We had a visit from a dentist last month to talk about keeping our teeth healthy. Our four-year-olds will be visiting the Berkeley Heights Post Office and Berkeley Heights Fire Department. Please check the classroom doors for the dates your child’s class will be taking their trips and to sign the permission slip. Preschool Graduation WNS does not have a preschool graduation ceremony. Going to kindergarten is an important life event. Preschoolers can feel excited—and a bit worried, too. WNS does not make a big deal about “graduation.” Many preschoolers have concerns about moving on to kindergarten. They worry that they won’t have friends, won’t like the teacher, will get lost, won’t be able to do the work, and so on. Parents can help by acknowledging their child’s feelings, providing information about the new setting, and spending plenty of time reminding children that they are competent learners who will be successful kindergartners. The children get a certificate at the end of the year. Art Show The Westminster Art Show and Reception will be held on Tuesday evening, April 17th from 7-8 p.m. “Doing art” is a very important part of our curriculum at Westminster. As with music, art gives children another way to express their ideas. The painting, gluing, cutting and collaging that we do is much more than a “product” to take home at the end of the day. Each project helps children learn to make decisions, strengthens their ability to focus and helps them explore their own creative spirit. Using a wealth of materials, each child is encouraged to develop that wonderful sense of pride in what they can accomplish, all the while having a wonderful time. Mother’s Day Brunches Our annual Mother’s Day brunches will be held Tuesday, May 8th at 9:15 a.m. for Mrs. Machin, Mrs. Bocian’s two day class and Mrs. Ripps’ classes; and on Friday, May 11th at 9:15 a.m. for Mrs. Bocian’s three day class and Mrs. Losada’s class. Catering, entertainment and gifts will be provided by your children. If Mom cannot attend, you are more than welcome to make arrangements for another special person to attend. We expect the “brunch” to last for 30-40 minutes. Field Day Our annual Field Day for the 4s and three day 3s classes will take place on April 25th (rain or shine). Our movement teacher, Mrs. Gonzalez, coordinates this event. In order for all of the activities to run smoothly, we need a number of parent volunteers. Check your calendars to see if you are available. Class mothers will be contacting parents in their classes to obtain volunteers. Sneakers Please! With spring approaching, we know children want to wear their new sandals, clogs, jellies, etc. However, they do pose a safety issue on the stairs, during movement and on the playground. Please be sure your child is wearing securely tied (or velcroed!) sneakers. Follow us on Facebook and check our website for pictures and information.
April 17 - Art Show and Reception 7-8 p.m.
April 23 and 24 - Wear Yellow Days
April 25 - Field Day
Great Article https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/09/01/the-decline-of-play-in-preschoolers-and-the-rise-in-sensory-issues/?utm_term=.777b715b3959 Art Show-Mark Your Calendars Our annual Art Show will be held on Tuesday evening, April 17th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. All of our WNS children will have artwork on display. The show is a time for our children to bring their moms, dads, siblings, grandmas, grandpas and anyone else who is important in their lives to show off their creations. Refreshments will be served. A sign-up sheet will be posted outside each classroom door for parents willing to provide cookies for this occasion. The children take this exhibit very seriously and are quite proud of their masterpieces. Please plan to join us. A Visit from the Dentist In February, all of the children enjoyed a visit from Pearly Whites of Berkeley Heights. They talked about the importance of taking care of our teeth, brushing our teeth (twice a day), and what kinds of foods are not good for our teeth (sticky and sugary). The children came home with a new toothbrush and toothpaste. Spring Enrichment Camp WNS will again be offering Spring Camp for all enrolled children. Spring Enrichment Camp is scheduled for June 4th-8th and June 11th-15th. Each session runs for five mornings (9:00-11:30 a.m.). A separate flyer and registration form with additional information will be sent home at a later date. Enrollment is limited and children may be signed up for either one or both weeks. Facebook and Website Hopefully you saw the pictures on Facebook this month. They are adorable. Our website has any information you need about Westminster Nursery School. Try to visit both sites so you don’t miss your child’s pictures! Calendar Dates
Tuesday, March 6th - School Closed for Staff In-Service (the staff will be attending a conference with other area pre-school teachers)
Monday-Friday, March 12th-16th - Music Week
Monday and Tuesday, March 19th and 20th - Wear Green Days
Monday-Friday, March 26th-30th - School Closed for Spring Break
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Valentine’s Day What would February be without Valentine’s Day! Here at Westminster we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with special snacks arranged by class moms and a Valentine exchange. Valentine celebrations will take place on Tuesday, February 13th, and Wednesday, February 14th, morning. Each child should bring in a Valentine for each of the other children in the class with names on the envelopes. Please be mindful of allergies should you choose to include a treat. National Dental Health Month Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Pearly Whites will be visiting WNS to teach the children about dental health. Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten Registration for Berkeley Heights is now taking place. Please contact the Early Childhood Center (464-5583) for more information and forms. Registration in neighboring towns should also be occurring around this time. Please contact your Board of Education for additional information. Teacher In-Service Date Approaching Our In-Service will be held on Tuesday, March 6th. School will be closed on that day so that the Westminster Nursery School staff may attend a conference with staff from other area nursery schools. Facebook and Website Hopefully you saw the pictures of pajama day on Facebook this week. They are adorable. Our website has any information you need about Westminster Nursery School. Try to visit both sites so you don’t miss your child’s pictures! Illness Reminder We would appreciate a call in the morning if your child will be absent so that teachers may plan accordingly. In addition, if your child has a contagious illness such as strep throat, pink eye, lice, Fifth’s Disease, Coxsackie virus, chicken pox, etc. please let the office know. We are required to notify the other parents that their children may have been exposed. Calendar Dates
Monday, February 5th and Tuesday, February 6th - Wear Red Days
Friday, February 16th and Monday, February 19th – School Closed
Friday, February 16th - Chinese New Year (Year of the Dog)
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