The cornucopia is also known as the horn of plenty. What a perfect symbol of Thanksgiving! Here at Westminster, we have plenty to be thankful for. We are thankful for YOU for choosing us to nurture and guide your child(ren) and we are so thankful for your child(ren) who open our hearts and minds with their playful nature and curiosity. On a personal note, I am thankful for our teachers and helpers with their loving hearts, positivity, and joy which they bring to school every day!
Culture of Care: Baby Food/Food Collection We are excited to be collecting food for a local food pantry throughout the rest of November and into December. Giving baby food and your child’s favorite foods to others in need is a tangible way for you and your child to make a difference. Non-perishable favorite foods could include pasta, mac & cheese, spaghetti sauce, rice, cereal, canned soup, etc.
Early Drop 0ff and Extended Day Early drop off – there is available at 8:30am every morning for $5. Early arrivals have extra time in the playroom each morning to play. Extended day (Lunch and Learn 11:30am-2:30pm) - there are a few openings Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for those in our 3-year-old class. Please reach out if you’d like your child to join us for $30/day. Children bring their own lunch and eat together, play together, act out stories, sing, play outside whenever possible and make a project with Mrs. Marsh.
Westminster Fundraiser Please consider showing your school spirit with t-shirts, sweatshirts, and car magnets from Westminster! This is our big fundraiser of the year and your support is greatly appreciated! The deadline for ordering is Wednesday
November 16th. Orders will arrive in time for the holidays! I gave my family sweatshirts for Christmas one year!
Flu Vaccine The State of New Jersey mandates that all children enrolled in pre-school receive a flu vaccine by December 31st. If the office has not received documentation of the vaccine before the winter break (December 23rd) your child will not be allowed to return to school January 2nd. If your child has allergies which preclude administration of the vaccine, please provide the office with documentation from his/her pediatrician.
What to Wear? We try to play outside as much as possible. If the temperature is above 32 degrees, chances are we will be outside. Please dress your child accordingly with a warm jacket, mittens, and a hat if it is cold outside. We understand some students do not like hats, etc. and we will do our best to keep them comfortable, yet warm at the same time!
Upcoming Dates of Note
November 10th and 11th – School closed Teacher’s Convention
November 16th – Last day to order for our fundraiser!
November 23rd, 24th, 25th – School Closed for Thanksgiving
December 5th – Final tuition payment is due
December 23rd – School closed for the winter break Flu vaccine documentation due
January 2nd – School reopens
The air is getting nippy; Fall is here! Classes are talking about the leaves changing colors, squirrels and their hunt for acorns, and pumpkins! How do pumpkins grow? How do pumpkins become Jack-O-Lanterns? Are all pumpkins the same shape? Some classes will carve pumpkins, some may paint them, and all classes will have orange paint at the easel!
Halloween We ask that students not wear their costumes to school for Halloween and instead bring a picture of themselves in costume. Experience has shown us that costumes in school can be difficult on the stairs and in the bathroom. The days leading up to Halloween include themed artwork, books, and music.
Picture Days – October 18th and 19th Bill Marvin from Positive Image Photography in New Providence will be taking individual and class pictures Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th outside on our patio, weather permitting. Mrs. Machin’s 2.5 class and Mrs. Ripps’ 4’s class will have their pictures taken Tuesday October 18th. Mrs. Bocian’s 3’s class and Mrs. Diaz’s 4’s will have their pictures taken Wednesday October 19th. Mr. Bill, as he is known to us, has a wonderful sense of play and captures smiles from the students resulting in priceless pictures year after year. He will send out a link after the pictures are taken to log on and view the pictures and order directly.
Flu Vaccine Doctors are recommending the flu vaccination in October as flu activity in our area usually begins in October. The State of New Jersey mandates that all children enrolled in preschool receive a flu vaccine by December 31st. Please submit documentation of the vaccination once administered.
Colds and COVID A friendly reminder that the common cold and COVID share symptoms. If your child is experiencing any symptoms such as cough, fever, sore throat, vomiting or diarrhea, you may consider obtaining a COVID test.
Universal Child Health Record Our licensing agency, The State of NJ Dept. of Children and Families, requires us to have on file a UCHR for each child upon admission. The grace period is running out! If you have not already, please submit your child’s UCHR as soon as possible.
Change of Clothes With the changing season comes the colder weather! The clothes you brought in September for your child to change into (if needed) may not be warm enough now! Please bring in pants and long sleeve shirts to replace those t-shirts and shorts. We play outside as often as possible – we want your child to be comfortable!
Conferences We hold our conferences in January. This gives our teachers time to get to know and observe your child, and your child time to acclimate to his/her new classroom! If you have any questions or concerns about your child at this time, please contact your child’s teacher.
Westminster Swag! Keep an eye out for an email about our annual Tee Shirt, Sweatshirt and Car Magnet fundraiser! Locally-owned Tee Bag has provided us for years with WNS–logo apparel and magnets. We’re excited to offer you the opportunity to show your school spirit!
Job Opportunity We have the perfect job for someone looking to return to work on a very limited basis! We are looking for a kind, patient, positive person to work with us one morning a week (Wednesday or Thursday) 8:45 am – 11:45pm with opportunities to sub at other times. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact the office for more information.
Change of Clothes With the changing season comes the colder weather! The clothes you brought in September for your child to change into if needed may not be warm enough now! Please bring in pants and long sleeve shirts to replace those t-shirts and shorts. We play outside as often as possible – we want your child to be comfortable!
Conferences Our conferences are in January to give the teachers plenty of time to get to know and observe your child, and to give your child plenty of time to acclimate to his/her new classroom! If you have any questions or concerns about your child at this time, please contact your child’s teacher.
Westminster Swag! Keep an eye out for an email about our annual Tee Shirt, Sweatshirt and Car Magnet fundraiser! Locally-owned Tee Bag has provided us for years with WNS–logo apparel and magnets. We’re excited to offer you the opportunity once again to show your school spirit!
Monday October 10th – School Closed for Indigenous People’s/Columbus Day
Tuesday October 18th – School Photos, Mrs. Machin’s and Mrs. Ripps’ classes
Wednesday October 19th – School Photos, Mrs. Bocian’s and Mrs. Diaz’s classes
Thursday November 10th – School Closed, Teacher Convention
Friday November 11th – School Closed, Teacher Convention
The year is off to a great start! We’ve barely been in session two full weeks and students are already walking in confident and secure with a smile in the morning! Thank your for helping them transition so easily!
Back to School Night Thank you to so many of you who were able to attend our first back to school night in two years (and my first as Director)! It was nice to welcome you to our school community, introduce staff and give you the opportunity to see the latest art work and hear about a typical day here.
Scholastic Books This month’s scholastic book flyers have already been sent home. The deadline for orders this month is Friday September 30th. We love the scholastic book program. It not only offers a great variety of books for our students at a reasonable price for our parents, it offers bonus awards to Westminster. We use these to add books to our school library and get supplies for the school! Be sure to use code (DXTCN) when placing your order online.
COVID-19 and Illness Westminster ‘s COVID-19 policy (dated September 2022) was emailed to parents with hard copies handed out at back to school night. Let me know if you need a copy. If your child will be absent, please call or email to let us know the reason for absence. Do not hesitate to call me at (908)464-4880 if you have any questions. The Union County Office of Health Management gave us free COVID tests! I am distributing these this week. Please be sure to take one at the door!
Sad News We are so sorry to announce that Jennifer Hayes is moving away at the end of this month. Mrs. Hayes (as the students know her) joined us last year as a helper in the hall and immediately fit right in – it’s hard for me to believe it’s only been a year! She has proved to be invaluable, especially working with Mrs. Machin and her 2 1⁄2
class for the first few days. Her patience, kindness, ability to think quickly on her feet and positive attitude will be greatly missed! I know you join me in wishing her all the best with her family’s move!
This Means... We are looking for a kind, patient, positive person with the ability to think quickly on their feet to work with us one morning a week (Wednesday or Thursday) 8:45 am – 11:45pm with opportunities to sub at other times. This is the perfect job for someone with a heart for kids looking to dip a toe back in the workforce. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact the office.
Monday September 26th - School Closed for Rosh Hashanah
Tuesday October 5th – School Closed for Yom Kippur
Monday October 10th – School Closed for Indigenous People’s/Columbus Day Tuesday October 18th – School
Photos, classes to be announced
Wednesday October 19th – School Photos, classes to be announced