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October Newsletter




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 In October, we see many changes.  The leaves are changing colors and the weather is becoming cooler.  There are so many activities that you can do outside before the weather gets wintery cold.   Remember it is getting dark earlier, so please be careful when you are picking up your child.  Your child’s safety is our primary concern.  Daylight Savings Time ends on November 1st

The Pre-K and Kindergarten Classes will be going to the Johnson Corner Farm on Wednesday, October 7th .  The bus will be departing from our school at 9:30 a.m. and it will be returning at 1:30 p.m.  The children will enjoy a hayride, select a pumpkin, feed the farm animals and eat lunch outside. Please dress your child appropriately for a day outdoors and pack a fully-disposable, labeled brown bag lunch.  The cost is $15.00 per adult and $15.00 per child.  If you are chaperoning, please sign the chaperone guidelines form.  We are looking forward to a fun filled day!


  • Please send in a change of clothes for the fall season. Please label all items.
  • Tuition is due the beginning of each week. A $25.00 late fee will be assessed if tuition is not paid in a timely manner. 
  • You can still enroll in one of our extra –curricular activities.


  • October 2 –    Farm Animals
  • October 5-      Fire Safety and Health Awareness
  • October 12 –  Literacy Awareness
  • October 19 –  Transportation
  • October 26 –   Halloween


  • October 1         Homemade Cookie Day
  • October 2         Farm Day
  • October 5         Fire Safety
  • October 5         World Teacher Day
  • October 7         Johnson Farm (Pre-K & Kindergarten students only)
  • October 12-16 Scholastic Book Fair
  • October 14       Parent Appreciation Breakfast
  • October 14       Miss Dana’s birthday
  • October 19       Miss Wanda’s birthday
  • October 21       PJ Day
  • October 28      Statue of Liberty Birthday
  • October 29      National Cat Day
  • October 30      Halloween Parade
  • October 31       Halloween
  • November 1     Daylight Savings Time Ends

Keep checking our calendar, we are planning a few surprises.  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Ann, Sue and the Chesterbrook Staff at Moorestown


 Exploring Community Helpers & the Roles They Play

This month, our students are gaining a greater understanding of community helper occupations, such as police officers, mail carriers, medical professionals and firefighters. The children have a lot of fun imagining themselves in these important roles, and incorporating toy versions of the uniforms, equipment and vehicles that go with them.

In addition, October is National Fire Prevention Month, so we place a special emphasis on the importance of fire safety and the role of firefighters. Our classroom activities help the children become more comfortable around emergency responders in uniform, and teach them basics about what to do in case of an emergency.

Here are some ways children learn about community helpers in the classroom, as well as activities for you and your child to do at home.

TODDLERS (ages 1-2):

In the classroom: Toddlers are fascinated with dressing up as doctors, police officers and firefighters, because they have distinct uniforms and roles that children can easily understand. During dramatic play, our teachers provide students with costumes and props, and encourage them to choose the role they want to play.

At home: Continue dress-up play by providing your child with various props and costumes. Ask him, “Who do you want to dress-up as?” and “What does that person wear?”

Recommended reading: Whose Hat is This by Sharon Katz Cooper

BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):

In the classroom: Our Beginner students learn about the special vehicles that community helpers use, by playing matching games, reading books, and building vehicles using cardboard boxes.

At home: Go for a drive with your child. Point out vehicles that belong to community helpers, such as a fire truck and a police car. Ask, “Who drives that vehicle?” and “Where might it be going?”

Recommended reading: The Little Fire Engine by Lois Lenski


In the classroom: During fire safety lessons, many of our schools invite local firefighters to visit. Students explore the tools firefighters use, learn “Stop, Drop and Roll,” and may have the opportunity to tour a fire truck.

At home: Continue exploring fire safety by practicing “Stop, Drop and Roll” with your child. Ask him, “Who puts out fires?” and discuss what he should do if he hears a fire alarm at home.

Recommended reading: The Fire Engine Book by Tibor Gergely

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

In the classroom: Teachers introduce situations when it might be necessary to dial 9-1-1. Students practice finding 9-1-1 on different keypads, such as cell phones and landlines.

At home: Show your child photos of various community helpers and the buildings where they work. Ask him to identify the helpers and their workplaces, and describe the roles the helpers play in our community.

Recommended reading: The Berenstain Bears: Jobs around Town by Jan Berenstain

We provide many opportunities for students to learn about community helpers. By setting this foundation, they become more familiar and comfortable around the people that make their neighborhoods a better place.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education



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