Westminster Family Connection - February 2022
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!
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 : )
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.
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)