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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

“One of today’s biggest problems with the increase in technology is the decrease in dialogue and human interactive communication.”

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)

“We’re so busy giving kids what we didn’t have that we’re forgetting to give them what we did have.”

The Nursery School staff wishes each of you a Happy New Year! Brrr…..It’s Cold Outside In the event of the parking lot being slippery near the front doors, I will be opening the doors closest to the parking lot exit. This area seems to remain ice free. Inclement Weather School Closings and Delays As a reminder, Westminster Nursery School follows the Berkeley Heights Public Schools when dealing with inclement weather closings and delays. Should the Berkeley Heights Public Schools close, Nursery School will be closed. Should the Berkeley Heights Public Schools have a delayed opening; Nursery School will have a delayed opening. For Nursery School, a delayed opening means morning sessions will run from 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon, Extended Day from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. and afternoon K-E sessions will run from 12:45 PM – 2:45 PM with children eating lunch before their arrival. The Next Step for 2018/2019 School Year Registration 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. Extended Day/Stay and Play Invoices for November and December will be distributed in the next two weeks. Please check for them in your email. Planetarium Field Trip for 4’s During the month of January, our younger classes will be talking about the day/night sky and our 4’s classes will be talking about the Solar System. The 4’s will enhance this unit with a field trip to the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium. All 4’s classes are scheduled to go to the planetarium on Wednesday, January 10th. The program the children will see has proven to be very educational (and entertaining) for the children. Permission sheets will be posted on the classroom door. There will be a limit on the number of parents who are able to accompany the classes, as we have a limit on the number of people we can send to the planetarium. Conferences Parent Teacher Conferences will be held in January. School is not in session during your class conference. The playroom will be open (with supervision by a Nursery School staff member). Conference time sign-ups will be posted on the classroom doors. Conference days are as follows: Wednesday, Jan. 24– AM Conferences (Bocian 3-day, Ripps and Losada) Thursday, Jan. 25. – AM Conferences (Bocian 2-day, Machin) Calendar Dates

  • Monday, January 8th and Tuesday, January 9th - Purple Days

  • Wednesday, January 10th - 4’s Trip to Planetarium

  • Monday, January 15th – School Closed (Martin Luther King Day)

  • Wednesday, January 24th – Conference Day

  • Thursday, January 25th - Conference Day

  • Monday, January 29th and Tuesday, January 30th - Pajama and Breakfast Day’s

  • Monday, January 29th - Staff training in CPR, AED and First Aid (Westminster Nursery School has purchased an AED (defibrillator) to have in case of an emergency)

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