Special December Holidays If you would like to share any special holiday or cultural traditions (cooking, craft, story, game, etc.) with your child’s class, please speak with the classroom teacher. Thank you for Sharing and Caring Christmas and Chanukah are forever, not for just one day. For loving, sharing, giving, are not to be put away, Like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself. Thanks to all who participated in our November sharing and caring activities. We accumulated several baskets so far, filled with children’s pajamas which local children will be thrilled to receive along with a Scholastic Book. The deadline for pajama donations is December 13th. This year the Nursery School provided shoeboxes in support of Westminster Presbyterian Church’s efforts to bring a holiday gift to needy children around the world. The WNS staff hopes that your participation in these activities brought a feeling of satisfaction to each of you in knowing that you made a difference in the life of a less fortunate child. Snow Day and Delayed Opening Reminder Westminster Nursery School follows the Berkeley Heights Public Schools when it comes to closings and delayed openings due to inclement weather. Parents will be receiving an e-mail from Kathy between 5:30 am and 6:00 am in the event of a closing or late opening. Should there be a delayed opening, the morning classes at Westminster will be in session from 10:00 am until noon. Extended Day will run from noon-1 p.m. Should you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the office. Winter Weather and Clothing As winter approaches, scarves, hats and mittens emerge. The teachers would appreciate it if the children wore mittens instead of gloves (saves lots of time if we are getting ready to go outside). Although none is in the forecast yet, snow can’t be far behind. If your child wears boots to school, please bring shoes and help your child to change when they arrive and are picked up. Boots are a problem on the stairs, in Movement and in the playroom, so we ask that your child not wear boots all day. With the winter weather upon us, please take extra care when walking and driving in the parking lot. While it goes without saying that all drivers should be driving slowly, this is especially true in slippery conditions. In addition, please be mindful of other vehicles parked in the parking lot when opening car doors and pulling out of parking spaces. Registration Reminder Registration for the 2018/2019 school year will begin the week of January 2nd for current WNS students and their siblings only. Materials and forms will be distributed before Christmas. If you need additional forms, please stop in the office. Registration for children who are not already enrolled at WNS will take place the week of January 8th. Extended Day Extended Day bills will be distributed at the end of December for all November-December Early Drop-Off, Extended Day and Stay and Play. Website The nursery school website (www.westminsternurseryschool.org) is constantly being updated with selected pictures from your child’s day. Also, Westminster’s Facebook Page is also adding new pictures regularly. Please Like Us on Facebook. Calendar Dates
Monday, December 11th-Crazy Socks Day
Tuesday, December 12th-Crazy Socks Day
Wednesday, December 13th-Pajama Drive ends
Monday, December 18th-Registration Materials Distributed
Tuesday, December 19th-Registration Materials Distributed
Friday, December 22nd–Winter Break begins (until January 2nd)
Holiday Wishes Whatever holiday your family celebrates at this time of year, the nursery school staff extends their best wishes for a holiday filled with peace, joy and wonderful family time.
Autumn truly is a colorful season. It has been very colorful inside school as well and you can see why everyone is wearing orange, red or yellow paint on their hands. The children have been busy painting pumpkins, glittering sunflowers and gluing bats. Every class has had a taste of fall (literally) by trying red, yellow and green apples for snack. The fours went to Melick’s Farm in Oldwick where they pressed apple juice, rode in a hay wagon and learned the proper way to pick an apple (twist and pull). Back at school, some classes made applesauce (with some help from moms) and others scooped out pumpkins to feel what was inside. By the time Halloween came, everyone was in a very festive mood. As we look ahead to the month of November, please keep the following things in mind: Facebook Page
If you haven’t checked out our Facebook Page, you are missing out on great pictures from your child’s school day. Everyday activities, the farm trip, special events, etc… Like Us on Facebook..
Friendship Fruit Salad
The children in our classroom are like a fruit salad, with different colors and different tastes. We each have our families and houses and meals and customs and colors and shapes. On Monday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 21st (just before Thanksgiving) each class will prepare a friendship fruit salad for snack. Each child will bring in one type of fruit, which will be put into a big bowl to be shared with the other children in the class. Look for sign -up sheets on the classroom doors. Only a small amount (i.e. one banana or pear or apple; a small bunch of grapes, etc..) of fruit is needed from each child. All fruit should be washed, cut up and ready to serve.
Each year, Westminster Church and preschool participate in a program through Samaritan’s Purse that brings shoeboxes filled with little toys, candy, clothing, etc. to needy children. This is such a good learning tool for your children, to give to others less fortunate. Filled boxes are due November 20th.
Scholastic Book Order Reminders
When placing a Scholastic Book Order, please be sure all order forms are completely filled out. Include your child’s name and the teacher’s name. You may write one check for the total of all order forms. As the holiday season approaches, you may be ordering books that will be used as gifts. If this is the case, please note on the order form that it is a gift and the books will be bagged so your child doesn’t see them. Westminster earns “points” from book sales that we can redeem for items to be used in the school. In the past, we have received books, language aids (i.e. flannel board stories, listening center cd’s), classroom items and laminating sheets. If you have questions, please talk with Kathy.
“If Your Child Doesn’t Get Dirty At School, Then We Aren’t Doing Our Job!”
I have seen children cry because they got a little bit of paint on their shirt, have witnessed emotional breakdowns on the play yard because mud was on the new sneakers, and have had children bound into school announcing that they aren’t allowed to paint anymore because it “ruins my clothes”. I have seen children proudly drag their parents out onto the yard to show off the tree forts, castles and mud houses they spent all day building and creating, designing and painting only to be asked, “Why are you so dirty?”, or be told, with a heavy sign, “Oh no…there’s paint on your new shirt!” What kinds of messages are being sent to the children when there is so much emphasis on their clothes and shoes? Can the shirt really be more important than the opportunity to engage in a new creative experience? If it is, then it is a shirt or shoes that do not belong in preschool.
We continue to go outside as much as possible for play. Please be sure your child has a warm jacket, mittens (if necessary) and a hat. Teachers will take the time to help your child get ready for outdoor play.
Stay and Play
Stay and Play and Early Drop Off invoices will be distributed shortly. The November invoice will cover September and October sessions. Please drop a check off in the Nursery School office, noting “Stay and Play” in the memo section of the check. Should you have questions on your invoice, stop in the office. As a reminder, Stay and Play is offered on Monday-Friday afternoons. The sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board by the door to the playground.
This is the time of year to reflect on and be thankful for the many wonderful things we have in our lives. At Westminster Nursery School we are thankful for each and every child whose lives we touch. The nursery school staff wishes each of our nursery school families a happy Thanksgiving.
Thursday, November 9th – School Closed
Friday, November 10th – School Closed
Monday, November 13th - Orange Day
Tuesday, November 14th - Orange Day
Monday, November 20th - Friendship Fruit Salad
Tuesday, November 21st - Friendship Fruit Salad
Wednesday, November 22nd – School Closed
Thursday, November 23rd – School Closed HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Friday, November 24th – School Closed
“Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded.”
Back to School Night Our annual Open House for parents will be held on October 2nd. This is an opportunity for you to take a peek into “A Day at Westminster Nursery School”. You will have an opportunity to visit your child’s classroom. The program will begin at 7:00 PM and end around 8:00 PM and is intended for adults only. Your children will bake snacks in school for you to enjoy. Extended Day and Stay and Play We want to remind parents that Extended Day and Stay and Play have begun and these programs of artwork, games, stories and playtime are available Monday-Friday afternoons. Sign-Up sheets are located on the bulletin board by the door to the playground. Pick-up time for each session is either 1:00 or 2:30 PM. Picture Days Student and class pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 24th and Wednesday, October 25th. Positive Image photography has taken our pictures for many years and one is cuter than the next! WNS Nursery School Board The Director of Westminster Nursery School reports to the WNS Nursery School Board. The Board is available to parents if there are issues that cannot be resolved by the staff (the teachers or the director). Attire Reminders Sneakers and socks work best for outdoor play, movement and the stairs. “Easy up and down” pants make bathroom visits easier for the children. 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. Tee Shirt/Sweatshirt Spirit Wear Our annual Tee Shirt and Sweatshirt 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 mail box in the office. Halloween Children do not wear costumes to school for Halloween, nor do we have a “Halloween Parade”. Through experience, we have found costumes unsafe (especially on the stairs) and uncomfortable to wear for the entire school day and there just is not enough time to dress and undress an entire class during one class session. Calendar Dates
Monday, October 2nd – Back to School Night 7 p.m.
Monday, October 9th – School Closed
Monday, October 16th - Wear Red or Pink Day
Tuesday, October 17th – Wear Red or Pink Day
Tuesday, October 24th - School Pictures (Mrs. Machin, Mrs. Bocian’s 2 day class, Mrs. Ripps)
Wednesday, October 25th - School Pictures (Mrs. Bocian’s 3 day class, Mrs. Losada)
When choosing playthings, keep in mind:
Less is More Open-ended vs. Predictable Do-it-yourself vs. State-of-the-Art