A Note From Our Principal,
We hope your children enjoyed their fall lessons, pumpkin themed activities, costume parade, pumpkin patch, train ride and classroom celebrations last month! Seeing our students enjoy their Halloween costumes and the Storybook Pumpkins on display are some of the highlights of the year for us. Thank you for allowing us to be part of these special occasions! This month we are focusing on gratitude and connecting with our community. As part of this focus we are busily preparing for our Holiday Giving campaign. This year we are collecting toys for infants through 16 year olds residing at the Chrysalis Shelter, a shelter for families that provides vital support for families impacted by domestic abuse. Donations for new, unwrapped toys will be accepted from December 2nd through December 18th.
Illness Policy Reminder
Our parents are vital partners in helping us to maintain a safe and healthy environment for the students in our school. The most important thing you can do to assist us in creating a healthy environment is to keep your child home if they are ill. This reduces the spread of illness and allows your child to fully recuperate. Children may not attend school until they have been symptom free for 24 hours if they display any of the following:
- Fever of 100 degrees of more—must be fever free for 24 hours with no fever-reducing medicine before returning to school
- Vomiting, diarrhea or stomach upset
- Heavy nasal discharge requiring wiping every 3-5 minutes
- Persistent, non-productive or barking cough
- Sore throat
- Skin rash, including diaper rash
- Head lice
- Symptoms of a communicable disease
- Fussy, cranky behavior unlike child’s normal demeanor that may indicate illness
For more information please see our Parent Handbook or reach out to a member of our administrative team.
Our Pre-K classes prepare a delightful program for their parents which will be held Wednesday, November 20th at 9:00 am on our Sport Court. Please come support your child and their hard work.
Thanksgiving Break Gap Camp
Regular school is not in session the week of Thanksgiving, but we do offer Gap camp November 25th – 27th. Please refer to the email that was previously sent or inquire in the office for the registration form. Advanced registration is required.
November 4th – Parent Organization Meeting 8:45
November 11th—School Closed – Veteran’s Day
November 20th—Thanksgiving Songfest for Pre-K families only, 8:45 on sportcourt
November 21st—December lunch menus due
November 22nd – Pajama Day!
November 25th – 27th – No School, Gap Camp Available with advanced registration
November 28th & 29th – SCHOOL CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING
From Our Education Department
Fall Sensory Fun
Sensory play is a wonderful opportunity for children to explore textures, sights and scents of the fall season. Multi-sensory experiences help children retain information better, build new skills, and develop a lifelong love of learning. Below are three activities that you can try with your child this month.
1. Explore the Inside of a Pumpkin
Cut off the top of a pumpkin and give it to your child. Encourage him to reach inside, get a little messy, and feel the slimy texture. Encourage fine motor and math skills by asking him to pick out and count the seeds.
2. Create a Fall-Themed Sensory Bin
Take a nature walk with your child and collect leaves, pine cones, sticks and acorns. Encourage him to name and count each item. When you get home, fill a bin with rice or small pasta. Add in items found in nature, such as leaves, pine cones, sticks, and acorns. Give your child cups and spoons and encourage him to explore by scooping, digging, pouring and sorting.
3. Give a Pumpkin a Bath
Fill a sink or large bin with water, bubble bath solution, and a few small pumpkins. Provide your child with a sponge or brush and ask him to help you give the pumpkins a bath. He’ll love dunking the pumpkins in the water and scrubbing them clean.