NEWSLETTERS

Welcome Back!

Families and staff together took this leap of faith in the fall to get us where we are today – welcoming in the New Year!! Thank you for your continued attention to our COVID guidance.


Monday January 25th is PAJAMA DAY!

Nothing can stop Pajama Day from happening at Westminster! It is a long-standing tradition that one day a year students (and teachers and helpers, and the director!) wear pajamas to school! Wearing pajamas and eating pancakes (at school!) what could be better?


2021-2022 Registration

Registration has begun for next year! Applications from current families and alumni will have priority through February 3rd. 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.


Clean Air

Over the holiday break we got new air purifiers! They are so quiet the students hardly notice them, but they are doing a great job of filtering our air.


Brrr…..It’s Cold Outside

A reminder to dress warmly! We try to get outside as much as we can – mittens and hats are always a good idea.


Inclement Weather School Closings Delays

Check your email! You will be notified by email if there is a weather-related delay or closing. We follow the Berkeley Heights Public Schools when dealing with inclement weather closings and delays. Should the Berkeley Heights Public Schools close, we will be closed. Should the Berkeley Heights Public Schools have a delayed opening, we will have a delayed opening. For Nursery School, a delayed opening means morning sessions will run from 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon.


Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

This holiday season it is important to keep our gratitude for what we have at the forefront of our day. This is how we will remain positive in the midst of such uncertainty. We at Westminster are grateful to you for giving us the opportunity to educate your children socially, emotionally and academically. We are grateful to your children for bringing such light into our days. Whatever holiday your family celebrates at this time of year, we extend our best wishes for a holiday filled with peace, joy and cherished family time.

It is cold outside! We try to get outside as much as possible! Please dress your child appropriately for the cold weather with jackets, hats and mittens. The teachers would appreciate it if the children wore mittens instead of gloves (saves lots of time when we are getting ready to go outside). If your child wears snow boots to school, please bring shoes he/she can put on for the classroom. Snow boots can be a problem on the stairs, so we ask that your child not wear snow boots all day. Please note that our rooms may be a little colder than usual this year as we are keeping upper classroom windows open just enough to keep air circulating.

Parking lot With the winter weather upon us, we can expect some snow and ice. 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.

Thank you for Sharing and Caring Thank you for your donations of baby food! Your generosity is appreciated, especially during these times of adversity.

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 between 5:30 am and 6:00 am in the event of a closing or delayed opening. If there is a delayed opening, classes will be in session from 10:00am until noon. Should you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the office.

Registration Dates for Registration 2021-2022 have not been finalized but will most likely occur in late January. Current families will be alerted first once a date is confirmed. The nursery school website (www.westminsternurseryschool.org) will be updated with the registration application and tuition information.

Facebook Stay in the know with Westminster’s Facebook Page. We are posting pictures frequently to give you a sense of what our school is all about.

Calendar Dates

Tuesday December 22 is our last day before winter break. School resumes Monday January 4.

I can’t let November pass without a big shout out of THANKFULNESS to our Westminster Families. Your diligence and honesty in adhering to our safety guidelines, and your consideration for others in letting us know when you’ve been out of town or you’re child has the sniffles, is much appreciated. Thank you!


We as a staff are so thankful to be in school and are using this month especially to encourage the students to think about what they are thankful for. The people they love, the things that make them feel happy – this is what we celebrate at Thanksgiving. This year each student is making a placemat to bring home before Thanksgiving break as a way to contribute to the family table.


Baby Food Collection

Caring for others is one path towards thankfulness for what we have. Throughout November we will be collecting baby food for the Interfaith Food Pantry which has expressed a need for baby food and cereal. Please consider having your child bring in a donation for another child in need.


Flu Vaccine

As a reminder, all children enrolled in pre-school must receive a flu vaccine. This immunization requirement is mandated by the State of New Jersey. All flu vaccines must by administered by December 31st. If the office has not received the appropriate documentation, your child will not be able to return to school after winter break. If your child cannot receive the vaccine due to allergies, please provide the office with documentation from your physician to that effect.


Outdoor Play

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.


Reminder

Westminster is closed Wednesday November 25th and will reopen Monday November 30th.


Happy Thanksgiving!

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