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Hearts can be found all over the school this time of year, in the artwork we’re creating and in the books we’re reading. They are a wonderful reminder to be kind and loving, to fill our hearts with all good things!


Valentine’s Day

Our Tuesday/Thursday classes held their Valentine’s celebrations this week! The 4s and 3-day 3s classes are looking forward to celebrating on Monday Valentine’s Day! The Valentine exchange is a wonderful example of learning by doing, as each child shares cards from home and gives them to their friends. Sometimes it is hard to come to school with treats and then give them away! Students are learning to share : )


Mask News

Governor Murphy announced recently that the mask mandate for K-12 and early child care centers will be lifted March 7th. Masks are still mandated until March 7th so there is no immediate change to our current policy. We are licensed by the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families and are expecting new operating guidelines within the next few weeks.


Westminster has remained open with little disruption throughout the pandemic. We are grateful for the cooperation of our families and adherence to our COVID protocols and procedures which include masking. We are very aware we are nurturing an unvaccinated population and expect to proceed with caution in the coming months.


2022-2023 Registration!

We are excited to be welcoming most of you back next year even as we will be saying good bye to many in our 4s class. Our classes are filling fast! We have some openings left in our 2 1/2, 2-day 3s and 3-day 4s classes. If you know of anyone hoping to enroll here, please encourage them to do so quickly1


Extended Day Programs

Our extended day programs (11:30am – 2:30pm) are a wonderful way to extend the day in community with friends. We eat together and then spend the afternoon learning through play and games and getting some much needed large motor activity in whether outside or inside. Limited availability remains for Mrs. Marsh’s program for 3s Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Mrs. Hassen’s program for 4s has availability on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both programs are $30 per session.


Snow Days and Delayed Openings

We have had some warm days, but I don’t think winter is done with us yet! Please remember to check your email if bad weather is in the forecast! Westminster Nursery School follows the Berkeley Heights Public Schools when it comes to closings and delayed openings due to inclement weather. I will send 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, with extended day in session noon to 2:30pm.

If the public schools call a remote learning day due to unsafe conditions, Westminster may call a snow day as the safety of our staff and students remains our top priority.


Early Drop Off

Early drop off is available daily at 8:30am for $5.


Upcoming Dates of Note

  • February 18th – 21st - School closed President’s Day!

  • March 8th – School closed for Staff Professional Development (CPR, AED, First Aid certification)

The holidays are upon us and although there is much to be done associated with this season, let’s not forget how much there is to celebrate! We can celebrate the time we finally have to spend with family! And maybe during this time we will...” do nothing”! I just read an article on how important it is for children (and I suspect adults too) to have at least an hour each day of unstructured, truly child-led play with no predetermined goals or objectives. Let’s remember to play this winter break! Let’s remember to be joy-full. Whatever holiday your family celebrates, we extend our best wishes for a holiday filled with peace, joy and cherished family time.

Updated Travel Guidelines We follow the travel guidelines put forward by the Berkeley Heights Public School system which can be found at www.bhpsnj.org . Please continue to be mindful when travelling and going out this season; our school community has been so careful and caring, we all appreciate it!

Get to Know our Staff Please check out our website www.westminsternurseryschool.org to read about and see pictures of our staff! Nancy Ripps, with the assistance of Jaime Andrews, teaches our 4s. Susan Bocian teaches our 3s. Terry Machin teaches our 2.5s. And all of this is made possible with our helpers in the hall who help everyone: Eileen Vass (here daily, helping and greeting everyone at the door with our COVID protocol), Loretta Rake (Monday and Wednesdays), Ruth Gombas (Tuesday and Friday mornings and Thursday afternoons), Jen Hayes (Thursday mornings) and Marilyn Klein (Friday afternoons). Donna Marsh leads our 3s Lunch and Learn and Lucia Hassen leads our 4s Enrichment.

Culture of Care This year, instead of making a holiday gift for our students and families as staff has done in the past, Westminster Nursery School made a donation to the Annabelle Forever Young Foundation. We have fond memories of Annie’s time here at Westminster and are grateful to be able to honor her memory in this way.


Baby Food / Food Collection Thank you so much for your donations of food! We are still collecting through the end of this week! I will be taking the food to the Little Flower Pantry Friday December 17th. The woman I spoke to there was so grateful and said the baby food will go to Mercy House. Thank you for supporting such an important mission.

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 receive 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, with extended day in session noon to 2:30pm. Should you have questions regarding this policy, please contact the office.

Westminster Swag! Thank you to those of you who ordered sweatshirts and t-shirts! They are due to in this week and distributed before the winter break!

Registration Registration for next year 2022-2023 will begin in January. Current families will be notified first and have a two week priority registration period.

Extended Day Looking for an extended day for you 3 year old? We currently have openings in our 3-day (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) Lunch and Learn program for 3’s which meets 11:30am – 2:30pm. Your child is welcome to try it out ($30 per day) just let the office know in advance.

Early Drop Off Early drop off is available daily at 8:30am for $5.

Reminders

  • Universal Child Health Records are past due.

  • Flu vaccine documentation must be in the office before break as children without it may not be admitted to school in 2022.

  • Update your child’s extra set of clothes here at school for the winter months – those shorts and t-shirts are too cold for this weather! : )

Upcoming Dates of Note

  • December 1st – Final tuition payment was due

  • December 23rd – Flu vaccine documentation due

  • December 23rd – School closed for the winter break

  • January 3rd – School reopens


We celebrate Thanksgiving this month and I’m feeling especially thankful for you, our students, and our staff here. We are thankful for your thoughtful adherence to our policies and understanding that it does take a village to keep our children healthy. We are thankful that you entrust your children to us, their inquisitive minds and laughter bring such light to our school! I am fortunate as I write this to be hearing shrieks of laughter and cheers coming from the Lunch and Learn room with Mrs. Marsh! We have so much fun here! As director, I am able to see what the teachers and helpers are doing and I am so thankful (there’s that word again) for a staff with such loving hearts, knowledge of best early education practice, creativity, and experience.

Updated Travel Guidelines We follow the guidelines put forward by the Berkeley Heights Public School system which can be found at www.bhpsnj.org . To summarize: Unvaccinated people who travel over 24 hours to domestic states other than NY, PA or DE must quarantine for 3 full days upon return, test on Day 3, and return on Day 4 with a negative test result. If a test is not obtained, unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 10 days.

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 by the end of the year, your child will not be allowed to return to school after winter break (Dec. 23-Jan.3). 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!


Westminster Swag! The flyers have gone out for our annual t-shirt and sweatshirt sale! The deadline is next Friday, November 19th so we can get them to you in time for the holidays! This is one of the few fundraisers we have and your support is always appreciated. I bought my family sweatshirts for Christmas last year – I’d love to share the smiles and pictures by the tree, but my adult children (and husband) did not want those pictures made public! : )

Culture of Care Baby Food / Food Collection Throughout the rest of November and into the first week of December, we will be collecting baby food and “favorite” food for the Westfield food pantry. Giving baby food and 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...

Openings! We currently have openings in our Tuesday and Thursday 4’s Enrichment class and in our 3-day (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) Lunch and Learn program for 3’s. Both programs meet 11:30am – 2:30pm. Please call or see our website www.westminsternurseryschool.org for more information.

Reminders

  • All tuition payments are due by Wednesday December 1st.

  • Universal Child Health Records are past due. If you need a copy, please let me know.

Upcoming Dates of Note

  • November 24th, 25th, 26th – School Closed Thanksgiving

  • December 1st – Final tuition payment is due

  • December 23rd – School closed for the winter break

  • January 3rd – School reopens


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