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January News

From the Principal’s Pen:
We had a very energetic holiday season. A great big thank you to those who participated in our toy drive in December. We are looking forward to doing more collections for charities in 2016.
January is a time for us to find out how our families like coming to our preschool. Beginning in the first two weeks of the month a link to a Parent Survey will come to your personal email from our marketing department. This survey allows parents to give feedback about the school. The parent survey results assist me in knowing what our families like and dislike; and in turn allow us to continue to grow in a positive direction. Please complete the survey as we welcome all feedback, so we can continue to make Chesterbrook Academy an outstanding preschool.
In January, we also look forward to the return of our extra-curricular activities, Makin’ Music, Science Explorers, Wee Little Arts and Junior Gym. Please let us know if you need assistance registering for any/all of these programs. We are also running a new student tuition promotion during the month of January. Stop by the office for more details. Please spread the word about our current offer to your friends, family and coworkers. Don’t forget, you can earn a week of free tuition for referring a family! For each referred child enrolled full-time, you will receive a free week of tuition.

Don’t forget about Kid Inventor Day on January 22nd. Show off your science Spirit.

Happy New Year!
If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by my office or email me at Ashley.pirolli@nlcinc.com

Ashley Pirolli



For Parents:
• Please remember that only one vacation credit is given per year (July to June). Families must be with us for six months before taking advantage of the credit.
• When is Chesterbrook Academy Closed?: Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day and 4th of July. We will also close early on Christmas Eve 3:00 pm.
• Parent Referral Program: Have you heard about our Parent Referral program? If you refer a family and are mentioned on their application, we will credit you for the referral. New families who enroll part time reward you $100 off of one week of tuition and families who enroll full time reward you a FREE WEEK OF TUITION.
• Withdraw Policy- In order to withdraw your child from school, four weeks notice must be given (per the tuition policy). If you are withdrawing for any period beyond 3 weeks, your spot may be secured by paying the registration fee ($80). If the registration fee is not paid prior to your withdraw, your child’s spot is not guaranteed upon your return. All withdraws must be made in writing.
• Vacation Credits- Families are allotted one week’s worth of vacation credit per fiscal year (July 1-June 30). This credit is used for a Monday-Friday week when your child will not be in the building. Your family must be enrolled for 6 months prior to being eligible for the vacation credit! Please remember: 2 Weeks notice must given in order to take advantage of this credit.
• According to DPW, children are allowed to be here for up to ten hours per day. Any time beyond those ten hours will result in additional charges.
Wellness Policy- According to the parent handbook we will send children home for the following reasons. We also reserve the right to send a child home for any signs of communicable diseases:
• Fever 100.5 or higher
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea (reoccurring)
• Cough/Sore Throat
• Fussy, cranky, excessive crying
• Head lice
• Unknown rash
A child must be 24 hour symptom and medicine free in order to return to school.
Parking Lot Safety
This is a reminder to maintain a safe speed in the parking lot. During drop off and pick up times there are a lot of people out there so we would like to keep everyone as safe as possible. Also be reminded, there is one flow of traffic. Please keep to the right if you are trying to go around the island. This will help keep the flow of traffic going the right way as well as keep everyone moving during drop off and pick up times!
Reestablishing Routines for Your Preschooler
Maintaining Order & Staying on Track
As we reach the end of summer, now is a great time to reestablish comforting routines for your preschooler. Routines help children build self-confidence and independence, cope with transitions, and gain a better understanding of the world around them.
Our Links to Learning curriculum promotes students’ social and emotional development, which is necessary for following directions and demonstrating self-control. Our teachers focus on the importance of healthy living and safety routines in the Wellness component of our curriculum.
Here are some examples of ways we establish routines in the classroom, as well as ideas for you and your child to do at home.
TODDLERS (ages 1-2):
In the classroom: Naptime gives children an opportunity to recharge and reboot. Our toddlers transition from napping in cribs to napping in cots. Teachers schedule naps at the same time and in the same area of the classroom every day. Soothing music is played to help toddlers wind down.
At home: Talk with your child’s teacher about the naptime routine at school. Minimize naptime battles by attempting to maintain the same routine at home.
Recommended reading: Naptime by Elizabeth Verdick
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):
In the classroom: Around age two, children begin to learn basic self-help skills such as dressing themselves. Our Beginner students practice snaps and zippers, and are encouraged to complete basic sequences like putting on socks before shoes.
At home: Offer your child a choice during routines in order to increase his interest in the activity. For example, lay out two outfit options for him to wear. Allow him to choose the outfit he prefers. Give him ample time to dress himself before offering assistance. Praise every attempt.
Recommended reading: Let’s Get Dressed by Caroline Church
In the classroom: Teachers focus on the importance of sleep in the Wellness component of our curriculum. Students read and act out We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen. They discuss why the bear was sleeping, and why sleep is important.
At home: Create a bedtime routine for your child. For example, bathe, brush teeth, read a story, go to sleep. Follow the same sequence of events at the same time and in the same order every night.
Recommended reading: The Going-to-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):
In the classroom: Our older students follow an arrival routine at the start of every school day. They sign themselves in, say goodbye to their parents, and put away their belongings. Students learn rhymes and songs to help remind themselves what to do when they enter the classroom.
At home: Mornings are critical for setting the tone for a successful and positive day. Establish a morning routine for your child with a maximum of four steps. For example, get dressed, brush hair, brush teeth, eat breakfast.
Recommended reading: Waking Up is Hard to Do by Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield

Following routines helps children develop the habits of responsibility that will be crucial for their future success and well-being. Kindergarten students are expected to follow instructions, listen to their teacher and complete specific tasks. By setting routines in the preschool years, your child will be better prepared as he enters elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education

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