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April News

A Message From the Principal:

Spring has Sprung!!! Finally!!!!The children will be learning about Earth and Outer Space this month. They will be taking a voyage through our solar system and discoverying the stars and maybe even visit the Milky way! They will be creating the solar sytems in a wide variety of ways and making constellations with marshmallows. It will prove to be an exciting adventure!

This month we will continue to participate in the Read Across America so continue to bring in the book slips. We are now at 65 books read just 1935 more books to go!!! Come on everyone we can do this! We will continue this project until we reach 2000 books read. READ! READ! READ!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!”

April 20th we will be celebrating Earth day by releasing lady bugs. This event is very magical and a must see for everyone. We will be releasing the lady bugs at 10:30am.

Parking – We know that the lines on the parking lot are worn and hard to see but please be conscience of where you are parking. At no time should you be parking by the curb in front of the school. This makes it impossible for other cars to get around you. I have made arrangement with the landscaping company and they will come in one Saturday when it is a least 40 degrees and it is not asking for snow during the weekend and repaint our lines. I would also like to ask that everyone make a conscience effort of keeping our parking lot clean. In walking to my car each day I have noticed  a lot of trash finds it’s way into our parking lot. Please if anything falls out of your car please pick it up or if your child drops something. If we all work together we can keep our grounds clean and safe for the children. Thank you in advance for your help.

Ancillary Programs

  • Music for life: This class is in full gear! The children have learned so much in a short time. The beginners have been learning a variety of songs using sign language and the older children are learning how to position the hands on the piano. Music for life comes every Thursday and has a variety of classes the sign up sheets are in the foyer.
  • Spring Soccer will start on April 17th.  Registration will end on April 13th with the first class being April 17th. The cost for this is $105 for 7 weeks.
  • Science comes every Wednesday. The cost for this program is $52.00/month
  • Dance- The children will learn ballet steps and at the end of the session they will perform a recital to show off what they have learned. The cost for this program is $55/month.

Snow Closings: If snow is forecast for the day our biggest concern is the safety of the children, their families, and our staff. If the school happens to close for the day you will be notified by email, the voicemail will have the update and our website will be updated to reflect the closing. If the school is closed for the day you are still expected to pay the full tuition in order  for us to pay our staff for the day.

Dates to remember:

  • April 2nd- Bring your favorite book to school.
  • April 22nd- Earthday Celebration @ 10:30am
  • April 24th- Pajama/ Cookie day
  • April 27th- teachers will read to the children their favorite books

Weather: With warmer days approaching please check your child’s cubbies and make sure the clothing is appropriate for the weather and that they still fit your little one.

Sunscreen: In May we will be sending out sunblock permission forms. Please remember that even if your child does not burn the sun’s rays are not healthy for anyone. You are expected to apply the first coat before leaving the house in the morning and we will apply a coat before going outside in the afternoon. If you are using sunblock from last year please make sure that it has not expired.

Illness Policy: With the trees budding we understand that children have allergies and will have runny noses and eyes. Please review the following symptoms when debating if you should keep your child at home. The following symptoms will prevent your child from attending CBA until 24 hours symptom free:

  • Fever (over 101°)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Heavy Nasal Discharge
  • Constant Cough or Sore Throat
  • Unidentifiable Skin Rash
  • Head Lice
  • Communicable Disease (i.e. strep throat, bronchitis, influenza)
  • Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis

If your child displays any of these symptoms while at school we will call you in order to pick them up. If your child displays these symptoms at home please contact us to let us know that your child will not be attending for the day so we can notify their teacher.

April Birthdays

  • April 1- Abbas
  • April 3- Hanna and Kyan
  • April 5- Valentina
  • April 7- Sahasra
  • April 13- Ms. Tonya
  • April 21- Teagan and Ms. Kimmy
  • April 22- Samantha

The family at CBA wishes everyone a Happy Birthday!!

Weekly Themes

  • 4/6 Learning about Space
  • 4/13 Going Green/ Recycling/ Earth
  • 4/20 The Solar System
  • 4/27 Weather watchers

SPIRIT OUTWEAR – We offer school apparel, if you are interested in getting some School spirit Gear visit our school store.

Tuition Reminders: Please remember that the tuition is due the Friday prior to the week of service. Tuition which is not received by Monday at noon will automatically have a $25 late charge applied.

Auto Payment Save yourself time, checks, and late fees by enrolling in our Automatic Payment system (ACH). Tuition fees can be deducted directly from your checking or savings account. Information is available at the front desk.

Vacation and Schedule Requests Two Weeks Notice is required to request your free week vacation after 180 days of enrollment, and  Four Weeks Notice  for any schedule changes.

Referral Program: How easy is it to receive a free weeks tuition? Just refer a family and after 90 days of enrollment you earn a free week!

Shoes & Clothes: We would like to make sure that your children are prepared for our Outdoor Play. We believe that fresh air is vital to a child’s development and that it is important for children to be able to get out and run and use their large motor skills on a daily basis. Weather watchers, we will go outdoors for a minimum of 30 minutes per day (our time outside will be shorter if the weather is too cold). *Please take a moment and check out your child’s extra set of clothes to ensure they are weather appropriate. You can find your child’s extra set of clothes in their cubby. Ask your child’s teacher for help if needed.

Also, remember, your children are growing, make sure their clothes and socks are the appropriate size. We have clean spare clothes at the center if needed, we request that in the event that your child needs extra clothes, to please wash them and bring them back the next day. Thank you!

Please note the importance of sending your child to school with closed toe shoes. We are very active during the day. Toe injuries are a top injury which can be prevented with proper footwear. Check your child’s extra clothing to ensure they are weather appropriate.

Hours/Days of Operation: Regular hours of operation are 6:30am-6:30pm weekdays. There is a late pick-up fee of $1 per minute after the regularly scheduled pick up time. No excuses.

We are closed the following legal holidays: Labor Day Veterans Day Thanksgiving Day (limited service the day after Thanksgiving) Christmas Day New Years Day President’s Day Memorial Day and Independence Day. If the holiday falls on a weekend, we will be closed the Friday before or the Monday after the holiday.


From the Education Department

Appreciating the Wonders of Mother Nature

Spring is here and Earth Day is right around the corner, providing a wonderful opportunity to connect children with nature and reinforce the importance of preserving and protecting the world around us.

Our Links to Learning curriculum uses hands-on activities to cultivate a deeper connection to the earth and foster academic, physical and social skill development.

Below are activities we implement in our classrooms to get children excited about nature, as well as activities and books to read with your child at home.


  • In the classroom: Our teachers provide natural objects, such as leaves, pinecones and flowers for the children to see and touch. We help children associate words with the concrete objects they represent.
  • At-home activity: Allow your child to experience different textured fruits, such as an orange, watermelon and cantaloupe. Talk about what he sees, smells, tastes and feels.
  • Recommended reading: Colors from Nature from PlayBac Publishing and The Earth Book by Todd Parr

BEGINNERS (Ages 2-3):

  • In the classroom: Around age two, children begin to understand interdependencies in nature. For instance, they learn that ladybugs feed on insects that are harmful to gardens, trees and shrubs. On Earth Day, many of our students have the opportunity to release ladybugs to help local gardens.
  • At-home activity: Take a walk outdoors with your child and play a game of “I Spy.” Ask him point out objects found in the springtime, for example a red flower, a blue bird or a colorful butterfly.
  • Recommended reading: Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Satin Capucilli & David T. Wenzel and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


  • In the classroom: As our Intermediates gain a greater understanding and appreciation for how living things grow, the class may adopt a pet such as a fish or bunny. Students develop math, science and language skills by measuring the pet’s food, observing the pet’s behavior and habitat, and learning new vocabulary. Research shows that when children have the opportunity to care for animals, they practice nurturing behaviors that help them interact in gentle ways with people also.
  • At-home activity: Create a small garden and allow your child to help you plant and water seeds, either outdoors or indoors. Ask him to predict what the plant will look like by drawing pictures in his journal. Check the plant regularly so he can observe and measure changes in growth. Discuss the importance of watering and caring for the plant.
  • Recommended reading: Our Earth by Anne Rockwell and the poem “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out!” by Shel Silverstein

PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (Ages 4-5):

  • In the classroom: Teachers encourage our older preschoolers to reuse recyclable materials in fun and unconventional ways. For instance, our students use cardboard boxes to create a castle, milk jug lids to sort and match, and plastic bottles to create beautiful, unique artwork.
  • At-home activity: Set up a recycling station using cardboard boxes, and label each box with the words “metal”, “plastic” and “paper”. Throughout the month, ask your child to help sort your family’s recyclables by placing the items into the correct box. Explain that recycling is just one way that we can be kind to the earth. Ask him to name a few other ways, such as conserving electricity, picking up litter and planting a garden.
  • Recommended reading: A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry and The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

We create a path for lifelong learning by providing numerous opportunities for children to study and explore nature. These hands-on experiences lead to growth in all areas of development as students transition into elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education

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