December 2017 Click on the menu topics below.
DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE (return to Newsletter menu)
With the holidays upon us we will be very busy the next few weeks. Please check all upcoming dates and let your child’s teacher know if you will be attending the planned events.
On December 8th we will be having our holiday show and party. It will begin at 3pm. Toddlers and preschool children will be in the show. Infants will be in the procession marching in. All children need at least one adult to accompany them. Sign-up sheets will be outside of the classroom so please let us know who will be attending. After the show there will be a visit from Santa and some tasty treats to celebrate.
On Wednesday, December 13th we will be celebrating Hanukkah with Miss Donna and her husband Rabbi Steven.
On Friday, December 22nd we will having The Night Before Christmas event. All children are invited to this event as well. If it is not your child’s normal day, the time is 10am to 11am. The children wear their pajamas and bring in a special book and stuffed animal. We will have story time and a special snack. The children who are normally here on that day will be having breakfast for lunch. The school will supply this meal. Wednesday December 20th will be pizza day since Friday is breakfast for lunch.
School will be closed Monday, December 25th and reopen Wednesday, January 3rd.
We wish you all a very Happy Holiday season and a healthy prosperous New Year.
JoanneSpecial Events(return to Newsletter menu
Ugly Sweater Contest
Please look for the poster coming soon. There will be pictures of the sweaters the teachers created and you will vote for the winner. The winner recieves $50 and I donate $50 to the American Cancer Society.Upcoming Events
Dec. 8th - Holiday Party 3pm
Dec. 13th - Celebrate Hanukkah
Dec. 20th - Celebrate Christmas
Dec. 22nd - The Night Before Christmas PJ Party
Dec. 26th - Jan 2nd School Closed Reopens Jan 3rd
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)
12th- Ella G. 3yrs.
18th- Miss Alice Preschool room
21st- Jordan 4yrs.
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. Start your holiday shopping early! Shop with Avon for great gifts this holiday season.
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.
Lexi Burke (Miss Denise's daughter) is available for babysitting Dec. 19th until Jan 15th. Lexi is a college student home for break. She is excellent with children and has worked for the school.
Please see Nurya Brady, the Farmhouse baker for all your holiday cookies and cakes.