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The Westminster Nursery School Times

The days seem just a bit shorter and the nights are getting cooler. Acorns are already falling from the trees, all to remind us that September is here bringing with it a brand new school year. As every teacher knows, it truly marks a new beginning because each child who comes into your class is starting a journey that they haven’t been on before, a journey that the two of you will take together; a journey marked by growth, learning and lots of fun.

Early Drop Off

Early Drop Off (8:30 a.m.) begins Thursday, September 7th. Early Drop Off is offered Monday-Friday and costs $5 per day. No reservations needed.

Parent Meetings

I will be conducting informal new parent meetings on Monday and Tuesday, September 18th and 19th after drop off at 9:00 a.m. These meetings are for any parent who has any questions about the Westminster (WNS) program.

Extended Day

Extended Day begins Monday, September 11th! This program is offered to 3 and 4 year olds from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Children bring lunch and then explore different topics throughout the year. These topics include: dinosaurs, traveling around the world, science, cooking, books and art.

Stay and Play

Stay and Play (11:30-2:30 p.m.) or (1:00-2:30 p.m. following extended day) begin on September 11th. These programs of artwork, games, stories and playtime is available on Monday-Friday afternoons. Sign-up for lunch bunch is available one week prior to the scheduled session. Sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board by the back door. Pick-up time for Stay and Play is 2:30 p.m.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Arrival time for all morning classes is 9:00 a.m., doors open at 8:55 a.m. Teachers are preparing their classrooms prior to these times. If you arrive early, you are welcome to come at 8:30 a.m. for Early Drop Off for $5 per day. This program is offered every morning and you don’t need to call or sign up early. We would also like to remind you to use care in the parking lot when picking up or dropping off children. The parking lot is a busy place at these times, and we have had some “near misses”. It is imperative for the safety of all the children that drivers slow down, proceed with caution and obey the entrance and exit driveway signs.

First Field Trip for our 4 year old classes

Our 4s will be taking their first field trip to Melick Farms in Oldwick on Wednesday, September 27th. The children will take a tour of the farm, pick apples and watch how apple cider is made. A separate notice with additional details will be sent home.


Our “experienced” 4s will be coming up to visit Mrs.Gonzalez in the “big” room from day one. Our 2½s and 3s will be visited by Mrs.Gonzalez in their classrooms in September until they transition comfortably. As usual, the Parachute is the highlight!

Picture Days

Individual student pictures will be taken on Thursday, October 5th and Friday, October 6th. Positive Image Photography has taken our pictures for many years and one picture is cuter than the next! If for any reason you are not happy with how your child’s picture turns out, Positive Image will re-shoot. We will not be painting on picture day, so put those special outfits on!

Calendar Dates

  • Monday, September 11th - Extended Day and Stay and Play Begin

  • Monday, October 2nd - Back to School Night-Parents Only

  • Thursday and Friday, September 25th and 26th - BLUE DAY (children wear blue)

"PLAY is not a four-letter word! It comes from “toil” which means “to work”.

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