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Music Week will be held from March 16th - 20th. Each day will start with a morning assembly. We talk about keeping the beat, our voices as instruments, and String, Wind, and Percussion instruments. During the assembly, guest musicians demonstrate different types of instruments, including piano, hand bells, violin, and flute. The children make their own musical instruments and play along with our guest musicians.
Mark your calendars! Our annual Art Show will be held on Tuesday evening, April 28th from 6:30-7:30 pm. 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 went 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 8th - June 16th. Camp runs from 9:00 - 11:30 am. A separate flyer and registration form with additional information will be sent home at a later date.
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!
Please order from Scholastic so we can get free materials from points we earn. They have books for $1. Anything would help.
Tuesday, March 3rd – School Closed for Staff In-Service (the staff will be attending a conference with 275 other area pre-school teachers and will be re-certified in CPR and First Aid)
Monday, March 16th - Friday, March 20th - Music Week
“One of today’s biggest problems with the increase in technology is the decrease in dialogue and human interactive communication.”
The Next Step for 2020-2021 School Year Registration
The $250 non-refundable deposit to secure your child’s place at Westminster for the 2020-2021 school year is due by February 14th.
February is the perfect month to explore “feelings” with children. In each of the classes we have been talking about the people we love, those who are very special to us – family. From there we move on to the people that we care about at school – friends. At circle time we talk about what it means to be a friend and how we would like our friends to treat us. It is never too early to teach children to be kind and loving to others. Valentine cards are one way to show someone that we think they are special. Here at Westminster we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with special snacks and a Valentine exchange. Each child should bring in a Valentine for each of the other children in the class with names on the envelopes on February 12th and 13th.
Dental Health Month
Pediatric hygienists with Pearly Whites in Berkeley Heights will visit on February 25th and 26th and talk with the children about the importance of good dental hygiene and keeping our teeth healthy by eating the proper foods.
When we have snow and your child wears boots to school, please be sure to bring shoes and change your child into them when you arrive. We have found boots to be a problem with some of our Movement activities and on the stairs.
Please consider ordering from Scholastic Books for your child. Let them pick out a book, they even have several for $1. It makes your child feel good and it helps Westminster by earning points to get supplies. We don’t do any fundraisers so please consider ordering each month, even one book helps.
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Wednesday, February 12th - Valentines Exchange (Bocian and Ripps)
Thursday, February 13th - Valentines Exchange (Machin)
Monday, February 17th - School Closed (President’s Day)
Tuesday, February 25th - Dentist Visit
Wednesday, February 26th - Dentist Visit
“We’re so busy giving kids what we didn’t have that we’re forgetting to give them what we did have.”
Author Frosty Troy
The Nursery School staff wishes each of you a Happy New Year!
What better way to launch a new year than by blasting off into space via our unit on the solar system. We all look forward to this time of year when once again we begin learning about the sun and the planets. This unit captures young imaginations like no other and the fours really look forward to that special trip to the planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College on January 8th.
January isn’t just about space. It’s about snow as well. All of the classes will make snowmen, snowflakes, icicles, mittens, and hats. It’s the time of the year to be inside our classrooms looking through our large windows to see snowflakes gently falling, wind blowing the clouds around, and squirrels only venturing out in a hurry to pick up that one last acorn for their nest. We look forward with your children to a snug, cozy, fun-filled, exciting time at school.
The Next Step for 2020/2021 School Year Registration
The $250 non-refundable deposit to secure your child’s place at Westminster for the 2020/2021 school year is due by February 14th.
Invoices for November and December Early Drop Off and Extended Day will be emailed.
Inclement Weather School Closings 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. Emails are sent early in the morning (between 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM).
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on January 15th and 16th. School is not in session during conferences except for Kindergarten Enrichment. 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, January 15 – AM Conferences (No AM preschool classes; Kindergarten Enrichment classes as scheduled)
Thursday, January 16 – AM Conferences for Tues/Thurs 2 ½ year old class
Wednesday, January 8th – 4s to Planetarium
Wednesday, January 15th - Conferences for 3s and 4s
Thursday, January 16th - Conferences for 2 ½s
Monday, January 20th – School Closed (Martin Luther King Day)
Wednesday, January 22nd - Junior Lab Scientist enrichment begins
Monday, January 27th - Pajama Day
Tuesday, January 28th - Pajama Day