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September Newsletter

A Note From Our Principal,

Summer has come to an end and another school year is upon us. We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new families, and a sincere thank you to returning families and those that chose to spend their summer with us. We enjoyed making memories with your children!

We recognize that this is a busy time for many families and are using this month’s school newsletter to include reminders on school closures, communication, security and more. Please read through this newsletter carefully, and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Ms. Vici

Holiday Closures & School Year Calendar  

Our school does not follow the local elementary school schedule.

For the 2019-2020 school year the days we are closed are:

  • 8/30 – Professional Development Day
  • 9/2 – Labor Day
  • 11/11 – Veteran’s Day
  • 11/28 & 11/29 – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • 12/24 – Christmas Eve
  • 12/25 – Christmas
  • 1/1 – New Year’s Day
  • 1/20 – MLK Jr. Day
  • 2/14 – Professional Development Day
  • 2/17 – President’s Day
  • 4/10 – Spring Holiday

For the 2019-2020 school year the days we do not have regular school in session, but offer Gap Camp:

  • 11/25 – 11/27 – Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/23, 12/26, 12/27, 12/30, 12/31, 1/2 & 1/3 – Winter Break
  • 3/16 – 3/20 – Spring Break
  • 5/18 – 5/20 – Pre-Summer Camp Gap Camp

You can access our school year calendar here for a printable version to use as a reference.

Links 2 Home

If you’re not currently receiving photos and daily reports for your child you can easily change this by downloading the Links 2 Home app on your phone. Just type ‘Links 2 Home’ in the search bar for the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. After downloading Links 2 Home you can register with the same email address that you used to enroll your child in our school. Links 2 Home also allows you to leave drop-off notes for your child and notify your child’s teacher of absences. If you’re having issues accessing Links 2 Home please let us know.

Security Reminders  

Please remember to always sign your children in and out on their classroom clipboard.  If you come through the office for drop-off or pick-up, the clipboards are available to sign there as well.  Please use your full signature and not just initials.

By now, you have all noticed our new backpack tags with your child’s authorized pick-up list.  If this list is not accurate, please contact your child’s teacher or the front office to get it updated.  Please remind anyone new, who may be picking your child up, to have their photo ID with them.

Love our school? Leave us a review!

In today’s connected world, many families turn to online reviews to learn more about schools for their children. That is why we are asking you to take a few minutes to visit our school profile on Yelp, Google or GreatSchools to share the wonderful experiences you have had with our school. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Important Dates  

September 2nd – Closed for Labor Day

September 11th – Patriot Day – Wear red, white & blue!

September 23rd – 27th —Scholastic Book Fair

September 24th – Breakfast with Books, 7:45 – 10:00

September 25th – Lunch with Loved Ones, 10:00 – 1:00

September 26th – Lunch with Loved Ones, 10:00 – 1:00

September 27th – Donuts with Grown-ups, 7:45 – 10:00

September 27th – Picture re-takes with Tosh Imagery

September 27th – Football Tailgate & BBQ, 4:30 – 6:30

From Our Education Department  

5 Children’s Books that Celebrate Diversity

Books are a great way to enrich your child’s understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures. With this foundation in the preschool years, children have more social confidence and success in interacting with many different types of people as they progress through elementary school and beyond. Below are some age-appropriate options to read with your child at home.

 

 

 

1.     Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz (ages 0-2)

This colorful board book highlights ten ethnically diverse babies who have a ton of fun until they fall fast asleep in their beds. It’s a great book to introduce friendship, numbers and an appreciation for diversity.

2.     A Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan (ages 2-5)

Children can have friends of all different personalities, ethnic origins and abilities. You and your child will love reading this book that promotes multiculturalism, equality and acceptance.

3.     Happy In Our Skin by Fran Manushkin (ages 2-5)

This book captures children and their families of various racial backgrounds. It celebrates skin tones from cocoa brown to peaches and cream and distinguishing features including freckles and dimples.

4.     It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr (ages 3-5)

This popular story delivers the messages of acceptance, understanding and confidence. Your little one will enjoy looking at the brightly colored, silly illustrations as you flip through this book together.

5.     What I Like About Me! by Allia Zobel Nolan (ages 3-5)

From braces to eyeglasses, the characters acknowledge and embrace the attributes that make them special. Your little one will love opening the flaps, pulling the tabs and feeling the textures found in this book.

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