The days seem just a bit shorter and the nights are getting darker earlier. 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.
I will be conducting informal parent meetings on Monday and Tuesday, September 24th and 25th, after drop off at 9:15 a.m. These meetings are for any parent who has any questions about the Westminster (WNS) program.
Extended Day begins Thursday, September 13th! This program is offered to 3 and 4 year olds from 11:30-1:00 p.m. Children bring lunch (nut free) and then explore different topics throughout the year. These topics include: dinosaurs, traveling around the world, science, cooking, books, and art. Please call Kathy if you are interested in signing up.
Stay and Play
We want to remind parents that Stay and Play (11:30-2:45) or (1:00-2:45 following extended day) begin on September 13th. These programs of artwork, games, stories, and playtime are available on Monday-Friday afternoons. Signup is available one week prior to the scheduled session. Signup sheets are located on the bulletin board by the back door. Pick-up time for Stay and Play is 2:45 PM.
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 fours will be taking their first field trip to Melick Farms in Oldwick on Wednesday, October 3rd. 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 2 1/2s and 3s will be visited by Mrs.Gonzalez in their classrooms in September. They will begin making the “long” trip upstairs for Movement at the end of September. As usual, the Parachute is the highlight!
Individual student pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 16th, and Wednesday, October 17th. 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!
Friday, September 7th - Meet and Greet 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 11th - First day of school
Thursday, September 13th – Extended Day and Stay and Play Begin
Monday and Tuesday, September 24th and 25th - New Parent Meeting 9:15 a.m.
Monday, October 1st - Back to School Night for Parents Only
PLAY is not a four-letter word! It comes from “toil” which means “to work”.