"Cheverly Weekday Nursery (DOC)"
Cheverly Weekday Nursery October 2008 www.cheverlynurseryschools.com WELCOME This is the first monthly newsletter that will be sent to inform you of past, present and future happenings and plans at Weekday Nursery. Some children tell their parents everything that happens at school and other prefer to keep it to themselves, disclosing little or nothing about what they have done in school. Communication between home and school is very important, so, we shall attempt to keep you up to date. In addition to the newsletter, please check for notes and messages daily and our little bulletin board outside our room for information. Notes will be stapled to your child’s papers or may be placed in a backpack. Please remember to mark special dates on your calendar and inform sitters of these dates. It is also important for you to read our Handbook so that you become familiar with our policies. The Nursery is certainly off to a good start. We are not quite at full enrollment. All children are becoming comfortable with the classroom environment, learning its structure, limits and new friendships are developing as the children learn to work and play together. Linda and I strive for a close, loving relationship with each child and the warm feeling of “family”, which steadily grows all year, has already begun. We look forward to an exciting and enriching year. We are pleased to have Joyce Woodworth continue on our staff again this year. She comes in from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm to help with the “lunch bunch”. Having her come in allows Linda and me a break. She will also be one of our substitutes as well as Betty Bellamy, the former director of our school. Our aftercare teachers may also be called upon to substitute. SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES Our first unit was based on developing a positive self-concept in the children. This theme will be stressed throughout the year. We discussed our families, our bodies and how we are alike yet different. Activities included tracing our bodies on mural paper, making faces, building faces and bodies with flannel board pieces, weighing and measuring each child and making hand and foot prints. The children finger-painted with their fingers, palms, fingernails, experimented with play dough and easel painted. We talked about what hands can do and began to do some skill papers involving matching, eye-hand coordination and visual acuity. The children had an opportunity to cut out several little books. We spent time talking about feelings, using polite words, how to be a good friend and sharing. New vocabulary words such as palm, knuckles, quarrel, repetition and collage were presented. We read many stories about school and learned many songs. It was fun having a color day. Our art activities were different for each color and included finger paint, gluing a color on to another paper, using rolling pens with various designs in them, and using kitchen tools such as potato masher and scrubby as painting tools. We used green glitter, sand, and other art materials for teaching colors. They made red Jell-O and play dough. We will be learning science through our cooking experiences. Liquid, solid measuring cups and temperatures were presented this month. We experimented with colors and found yellow and blue made green, red and blue made purple, red and white made pink and red and yellow made orange. We also talked about shades of color. We hunted for color objects in our classroom and played games with toys for the special day. We concluded the unit by letting the children select a favorite color shirt and decorate it. We do ask parents to reinforce these colors with the children when presents itself. the opportunity OCTOBER ACTIVITIES In October we will talk about basic shapes – circle, square, triangle and rectangle, have our pictures taken, visit a pumpkin patch, talk about Halloween, pumpkins, apples and leaves changing colors. We have three fundraisers – The bake sale at the Cheverly Flea Market on Saturday, October 25th, Franklin’s Restaurant on October 20th and Claire’s Gourmet which will begin on October 24th and continues until November 17th with delivery on December 3rd. We must have your support for all these fundraisers. Ask family, friends, neighbors and coworks to join in and help us make these events successful. TELEPHONE NUMBERS If you need to get a message to us, 301-773-2297 is a direct line into our room. We have an answering machine, so please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as we can. Keep a copy of our telephone number in your wallet or car in case of an emergency. THANKS Thanks to Mrs. Katie Troyner for again volunteering to type my newsletter. I certainly appreciate the help. CLOTHING Comfortable, relaxed play clothes are very appropriate for Nursery activities. Coats, jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts, boots, lunch boxes and blankets must be labeled with your child’s name. SNACKS Your snacks have been appropriate. It is not necessary to make home made goodies. Popcorn, fruit, veggies with dip and cheese and crackers are great. We would ask the morning snack person not to send puddings, fruit cup or apple sauce because they spoil our “lunch bunch” lunch appetites. The only exception would be when the morning child is celebrating a birthday. Please remember to check the snack calendar for your snack day. You will be sent a reminder the day before. Send 5 ounce cups, napkins and a goodie. CAR SEATS Children are required by law to ride in a car seat. Parents must provide a car seat for their child when we go on a field trip. Please make sure your name is on the seat. STRAY TOYS Occasionally some of our smaller toys get carried home in little pockets. If you notice a puzzle piece, small block, little balls or other small toys that you do not recognize as belonging to your child, please send them back to school. NURSERY BOARD We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the Nursery Board to you. The board includes teachers, parents and members of the church. Rev. Saroj Sangha, pastor of the church is chair person. Others include Nancy M. McGuirk, Linda Carr, Dottie Tamai (MDO), Beth Harder (MDO), Betty Bellamy, Matt Verta – church members, Michelle Ferrando, Stella Scott, Liz O’Leary, Katie Troyner, former parents, Kathryn Andrews, Marcie GoekeMorey and Carol Hart – former parent and our accountant/treasurer. A NECESSARY EVIL Fundraisers – In order to keep our tuition affordable and reasonable, we must do fundraisers. We do try to limit them. However, three are this fall – bake sale, Franklin’s and Claire’s Gourmet. Our largest fundraiser is Truck Touch on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009. Please volunteer to assist us with these endeavors. We are a small group – but small can be mighty!! DELAYED OPENINGS Please read your handbook with regard to delayed openings (page 3 – snow days). ILLNESS Please do not send your child to school if he or she is not feeling well. A sick child will not enjoy the day and may cause others to become ill. A child must be free of fever or other symptoms for a twenty-four hour period before returning to school. CAR POOLS If you have, or will have in the future, a carpool, please send us a schedule. We must have a notice by note or telephone if anyone other than a parent is picking up. CLAIRE’S GOURMET What a wonderful fundraiser! All you do is order yummy and practical desserts, breakfast foods, pizzas and pretzels. They come frozen and you can use them during the holidays. We have no delivery charges. The sale begins on October 24th and concludes on November 17th, with delivery on December 3rd. Again, ask friends, neighbors, family and coworkers. Believe us – this is fabulous food. You can also order through the internet. Great hostess gifts. Jennifer Allegro and Kathryn Andrews will be the chairladies for this fundraiser. FRANKLIN’S FUNDRAISER On Monday, October 20th from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm Franklin’s Restaurant Brewery and General Store will help us raise money for the school. The restaurant is located on Route 1 in Hyattsville. It’s a kidfriendly restaurant. They will give us 20% of what you spend at the restaurant and general store. It’s an all day fundraiser from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. All you have to do is say you are part of the Cheverly Weekday Nursery. It’s a great place to eat and do early Christmas shopping for unique gifts. More information will be sent home shortly. Please invite family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. No chairman needed – no hard work involved – only a relaxing evening and good food, and getting the word out to as many as possible. PICTURES On Tuesday, October 14th, Life Touch, our photographer will be here taking individual pictures and class pictures of the children. This is an option of course. The pictures do make great Christmas gifts though. Please not change of date. HALLOWEEN On Friday, October 31 , we will have our Halloween Celebration. All students come at 8:45 am. We will have a classroom parade and sing a few Halloween songs. Parents are invited to stay for the parade – great photo op! On a party day, we serve lunch to all the children and there will be a sign up sheet posted on the bulletin board with the menu. Please help us with the refreshments. We will also need a volunteer to help us serve the food. Dismissal for morning children is 12:30 pm. All day and ¾ day children may stay until 3pm. Aftercare will be from 3:00 – 6:00 as usual. st PARENT MEETING On Wednesday, October 23rd from 7:30 – 9:00 pm, we’ll have our first parent meeting. This event is for parents only. No children please. Slides of the children in action will be the main event of the evening. In addition, the children will have a special treat and several other surprises too. Please try to attend. Linda and I will answer questions you might have concerning your child or about the school. NEEDS Every once in a while we have needs – items for projects, objects the children need to supply, etc. We need families, friends and neighbors to give us McDonalds, Wendy’s or other restaurant “cute little toys” (new or used). These toys are a great part of our Truck Touch fundraiser in May. Also, if you are in Value Village or other similar stores and you see girls’ party dresses for a few dollars – we could use some new ones. The Nursery will reimburse you. We can always use paper – any kind. FALL TRIP On Friday, October 24th, we will visit Queen Anne Farm. All children will come at 8:45 am. Dismissal for halfday children will be between 11:15 and 11:30 am. All day and ¾ day children may remain with us until 3:00 pm dismissal. They will need their lunch as usual. More information will be sent home closer to the date. Aftercare will be from 3 – 6 as usual. There is an admission fee which includes a pumpkin of your choice. The cost is $5.00 per child. Parents are free. Permission slips will be sent to you and most importantly, we will need parents to drive and ride along. THANKS Thanks to Beth Wood and Mary Abram for helping with the Farmer’s Market on September 20th. They made $13 selling sidewalk chalk art at the market. BAKE SALE We need two parents to volunteer to chair our Bake Sale on Saturday, October 25th. Very little work involved. See Nancy or Linda as soon as possible. PICTURE PLEASE There are three children who need to bring in a picture for our bulletin board in the hallway. We use them often throughout the year. The children are very excited to see their pictures. AFTERCARE We have three lovely ladies doing our aftercare from 3pm – 6pm 5 days a week. There are always two ladies on duty. Right now there are only four children, we could use a few more. We really need this program to pay for itself. There are no extra funds available in our budget. If you are at all interested talk to Nancy, Linda or Marcie Goeke-Morey. Marcie and Liz O’Leary (Board Member) really worked on getting this service available for our families. Patty Acadia, Elaine Casaregola and Anna-Marie Hawkins are the aftercare ladies. We are happy to have them. ANNOUNCEMENTS 1. Your October tuition is due between the 1st – 10th of the month. 2. October 10th and 13th – No School. 3. October 17th – Individual Picture Day. 4. October 20th – Franklin’s Fundraiser. 5. October 23rd – Parent Meeting. 6. October 24th – Pumpkin Patch – All Children – 8:45 am. 7. October 24th – Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser Begins. 8. October 25th – Cheverly Flea Market – Bake Sale Fundraiser. 9. October 31st – Class Halloween Party – Lunch to be served. Morning children will dismiss at 12:30. All day and ¾ day may stay until 3:00. There will be aftercare until 6pm. 10. November 1st – Town of Cheverly Halloween Party – 11:30 am. 11. November 10th – No School – Veteran’s Day Observed.