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The Westminster Nursery School Times - February 2021

SNOW! Snow has consumed much of our lives these past few weeks! School has been closed and roads have been hazardous. But we’ve had fun with it too! We’ve sprayed it with water color, brought it inside to see what happens to it and some classes even had a “snow day” in school! They brought snow gear and tackled the mountains of snow with their teachers to make snow angels and snow creations!

Staff development day March 2nd Speaking of snow... the school calendar allows for 4 snow days. We have had 6! In accordance with the calendar, “give back” days are March 29th and 30th. The WNS staff has decided to forgo the annual Professional Development day (March 2nd) and remain open! This leaves us with only one “give back” day, March 29th.

Valentine’s Day What would February be without Valentine’s Day! Leading up to the big day, classes at Westminster talked about what it means to be kind and how to show people you care for them. We read books about friendships and families and making and giving Valentines to those you care about. Each class then celebrated Valentine’s Day with special snacks and a Valentine exchange with their new friends.

2021-2022 Registration – new programs We are very excited to announce new extended day programs for next year! Our 3s will have the opportunity to join us for Lunch and Learn: 11:30am – 2:30pm. The 4s may join us from 11:30am-2:30pm for an enrichment program with an emphasis on kindergarten readiness. The Kindergarten Explorers will meet from 3:15pm-5:30pm for group activities, homework time, and opportunities for art, science, literature and cooking exploration! Application and tuition information will be posted on our website within the next week. Please call if you have any questions.

Conferences Conferences for our 3s and 4s classes will be by phone this year. Teachers will reach out to find a mutually agreeable time.

Upcoming Calendar Dates • March 2nd School OPEN • March 15th-19th Music week

Reading to Your Child Studies show that reading to your child as little as five to ten minutes a day boosts the language skills he/she needs to learn to read. An added value is the interaction during that time. The conversation while reading is just as valuable for language and reading skills - ask your child to make predictions, periodically check for comprehension, take note of the illustrations, ask them to tell you the story!

“If you’re looking at this book and the child is really interested in the bunny, then talk about the bunny.”

Sharon Vaughn, University of Texas Meadows Center of Preventing Educational Risk

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