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Westminster Family Connection - October 2021

Fall is here and we are into our second month of school already! It is such a joy seeing our students walking in confidently each morning. For some the transition to school was harder than others. We need to recognize what an accomplishment this is for our little ones – they are maturing!

Picture Days – October 19th and 20th I am so glad we are able to continue our tradition of picture day with Mr. Bill from Positive Image Photography in New Providence. He will be taking individual and class pictures next Tuesday and Wednesday outside, weather permitting. Mrs. Machin’s 2.5 class and Mrs. Bocian’s 2-day class will have their pictures taken Tuesday October 19th. Mrs. Ripps’ 4’s and Mrs. Bocian’s 3-day class will have their pictures taken Wednesday October 20th. This year there are no forms to fill out. After the pictures are taken, I will send out information on how to access them digitally and orders will be made directly with Positive Image Photography.

What to Wear? On picture day the “photo shoot” is first thing in the morning so chances of getting paint or dirt on special outfits before the pictures is minimized. Most days however, please keep in mind that we play outside as much as possible and sneakers and socks work best for outdoor play, as well as our stairs. Also, “easy up and down” pants make bathroom visits easier for everyone involved!

Westminster Swag! Keep an eye out for an email about our annual Tee Shirt and Sweat Shirt fundraiser! Locally-owned Tee Bag has provided us for years with WNS–logo apparel. We’re excited to offer you the opportunity to show your school spirit!

Policies and Procedures addressing COVID-19 Please familiarize yourself with this booklet distributed at the beginning of the year. Parents are advised to call or email the office “in the event of absence and report the reason for absence”. In addition the health

screening upon arrival is spelled out detailing the symptoms which warrant denial of entry. Travel restrictions are outlined in the email sent September 24th subject: Travel and Masks. Please let me know if you need copies of either.

Halloween We ask that students not wear their costumes in school for Halloween. Past experience has shown us that costumes can be difficult on the stairs and in the bathroom and there just is not enough time to dress and undress an entire class during one class session. We recognize Halloween through artwork, books and song.

Scholastic Book Club We are happy to distribute Scholastic Book Club flyers monthly. The books are reasonably priced and can be ordered online and delivered straight to your home. Westminster gets bonus points and FREE books for our library when our families purchase books using our code (DXTCN).

Culture of Care A Westminster Family is in immediate need of a babysitter Monday through Thursday afternoons 2:30-4:00 to pick up school-age children from schools. This is the ideal part-time job for someone – please help spread the word. If you or anyone you know is interested please reach out to Lucia at (908) 464-4880 or westminster_nursery_school@verizon,net. Thank you!

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 for more information.

Calendar Dates

  • October 19th - Class Pictures for Mrs. Machin and Mrs. Bocian

  • October20th – Class Pictures for Mrs. Bocian and Mrs. Ripps

  • November 4th - School Closed

  • November 5th – School Closed

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

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