February 2018 Click on the menu topics below.
DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE (return to Newsletter menu)
This month is all about Dinosaurs. We will also be celebrating Presidents’ Day and Valentine’s Day. Special snack will be served on the 14th and 15th. If you plan to give out Valentine’s Day cars, please have your child sign the card, but do not address the outside of the envelope. Mrs. Fazio has 17 students, Miss Kim’s class has 9 students, and Miss Cathy’s class has 13 students. Please have the cards in by Friday, February 9th.
Parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled for Mrs. Fazio’s class this month. Miss Kim will have conferences in March. Please sign-up for your conference. The sign-up sheet will be located by the classroom door. Infants and toddlers will receive a milestone development report and can make an appointment to speak to the teacher if you would like.
On Tuesday, February 13th, we will be celebrating Mardi Gras. Please read the flyer about this event. We will also be celebrating Chinese New Year on Friday, February 16th, with a special lunch about this event.
School will be closed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, February 19th, 20th, and 21st.
Please fill out the enrollment form for September. Complete and return as soon as possible. There are limited openings for next year. Thank you.
If you have any questions, please see me.
JoanneSpecial Events(return to Newsletter menu
We will be celebrating Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 13th at 12pm. We ask that you make a main dish or dessert that has to do with your heritage so that we may share our cultures. RSVP on the sign-up sheet by 2/5. We will be having lunch together. Parents are invited. If Tuesday is not your child’s normal day please let the teacher know if you will be attending. See the signup sheet outside the classroom.
On February 14th Harbormen Chorus will be here to sing us their Valentine’s Day songDental Presentation
In February, TBA, we will have a special dental presentation. The children will learn about healthy snacks and keeping their teeth clean.
School Closing Information
Since it is that time of year, we want you to know school closings for inclement weather are posted on the following:
Channel 12 News (you do not need to subscribe to see this information) WBLI 106.1, WALK 97.5, WBAB 102.5.
I would like to welcome Amy Grodin to our staff. Amy will be our new permanent substitute teacher. Amy has many years of experience and comes to us highly recommended. She is also a relative of the Niedert family. Welcome Amy!Upcoming Events
February 13th Mardi Gras
February 14th Harbormen Chorus
February 14th & 15th Special snack to celebrate Valentine’s Day
February 16th Chinese New Year - The Year of the Dog special lunch
February 19th, 20th, 21st School closed
February 27th LI Arts and Sciences Dinosaurs Presentation
Security- When entering the building please do not allow anyone to enter with you unless you know them as a fellow parent. Please tell them to ring the bell. I thank you for your cooperation.
Sick Policy-A child cannot attend school if they have a fever. Anything over 100 is a fever. Your child must be fever free for 24 hours before coming back to school. March was an awful month for illness at the school and sick children create sick teachers. This turns into a vicious cycle and the illness is prolonged through the school. Please keep your child home if they are sick.
Pizza Fridays -We will be continuing pizza Fridays. If your child attends on Friday, you can pay $15 per month and pizza will be supplied. Just add $15 to your tuition.
Epi Pens- If your child has an allergy that requires and Epi Pen please be sure you have all the necessary paperwork completed. See Joanne.
BIRTHDAYS (return to Newsletter menu)
15th - Sam 5yrs.
16th - Cassie 5yrs.
2nd -Miss Cathy Toddler Room
1/29 Miss Millie Babyroom
Please see your child's teacher and let us know when you would like to celebrate your child's birthday.
IMPORTANT NOTICES (return to Newsletter menu)
School Snacks and Lunch
This is a peanut and nut free school including all tree nuts. Please do not send your child in with any nut products. There is a sunflower seed spread that tastes like peanut butter that is available. If you are using a peanut butter substitute, please tell your child's teacher so that we know it is not peanut butter. Also we do not allow whole carrots or hot dogs for lunch. The carrots can be shredded or cooked and sent in. If you have to send in hot dogs they have to be halved length wise and cut into very small pieces. Grapes and cherry tomatoes must also be cut. Please note filtered water, and 1% milk is offered at snack and lunch. Snack consists of crackers, fruit, vegetables, cheese, pretzels, goldfish, and selected cookies. Lunch is supplied by parents. Please have your child's lunch in a lunch box clearly marked with their name. If their lunch must be kept cold, please place an ice pack in the lunch box. No food can be heated. Parents have used a thermos for mac and cheese, soup and chicken nuggets. If needed, your child will be given assistance setting up their lunch. The toddlers will have their lunch set up for them and will be given assistance with eating. Please note all lunch boxes will go on top of the work bin shelf in your child's classroom. Due to fire marshal restrictions nothing can be left in the hallway. *** Please not if your child has any food allergies, you need to supply all their food including snack.
We will be continuing pizza Fridays. If your child attends school on Fridays you can pay $15 per month and pizza will be supplied. Just add $15 to your tuition.
The following school specials will begin on the dates below:
Sign Language- Monday- Miss. Kim 9/11
Dance/Movement- Tuesday- Miss. Laura 9/12
Music- Wednesday- Miss Donna 9/13
Science- Thursday- Miss Rita 9/14
Culture & Cuisine - Thursday- Miss Rita 9/14
Gym- Tuesday and Friday- Mr.Barry 9/8
Spanish- Friday- Miss Nicole 9/8
Please make sure your child has clothes in their clothes bin. Your child's name should be on each piece of clothing. Clothes bins are located in your child's classroom.
Please make sure your child has clothes in their clothes bins. Your child’s name should be on each piece of clothing. Also please be sure your child’s jacket is labeled with their name. Please use coat bags.
*** Just a reminder when we do go out on the playground the children must wear sneakers. You might want to keep an old pair in their bin.
Toddler and Preschoolers Who Nap
Please bring in a crib sheet and small light weight blanket to put on the cot. It must be marked with your child's name. The teachers will send it home to be washed weekly.
Children’s Work Bins
Each child has a bin in her/his classroom. Please check this bin on a daily basis. It will contain your child’s work for the day and any correspondence from the teacher or the director.
For children who are not potty trained in Mrs. Fazio’s or Miss Kim and Miss Cathy’s class, please place two or three diapers or training pants in your child’s work bin with a small container of wipes.
School Days and Hours
Just a reminder that you must adhere to the schedule you enrolled your child for. We must keep a specific "child to teacher" ratio so this schedule is very important.
Also there are no make-up days if your child is out ill and if you bring your child in late you must still pick them up at their normal dismissal time. There will be an overtime charge for late pick-ups.
Please note tuition is based on the number of days your child attends in a school year. It is then broken down into ten equal payments.
Please note: We do NOT allow children to bring toys to school. Please adhere to this policy.
Box Tops for Education
Our school participates in this program. You will see the Box Tops on many products you purchase. Please have your child help cut them out and bring them to school. Our school receives 10 cents for each box top and we use the money towards activities we have during the school year. We thank you in advance for your help.
Shop with Avon. See Miss Lise in Mrs. Fazio’s class for an Avon catalog.
North Shore Therapeutic Massage and Wellness Center
I highly recommend this center. I have been a client there for awhile and love it. They offer massage therapy, acupuncture, skin care, Reiki, meditation and yoga. Check out their website and monthly specials. You will not be disappointed.
Jack Anthony Salon
412 N. Country Rd.
St. James NY 11780
A few have asked where I get my hair done. Jack Anthony Salon is the best and I love it. No better place to get ready for the holidays! Great staff and excellent service. Again, you will not be disappointed.
Please see Nurya Brady, the Farmhouse baker for all your holiday cookies and cakes.