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