March was full of events! The Leprechan caused lots of mayhem and it seems spring may be here! April will hopefully be beautiful!
Lots of fun happening, Friday April 1 is Fun at Work Day! Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles!
Week 1 of April is going to be gardening. Friday April 8th we will host our garden party all morning, we will be planting in our planters.
Week 2 of April is going to be celebrated with Parent Appreciation week! Surprises are in store!
Week 3 of April is going to be Child Appreciation week! Monday will be Pj day, wear your best Pjs. Tuesday will be Crazy sock day. Wednesday is Twin Day, dress like a teacher or a friend! Friday is Earth Day! Wait till you see!
Week 4 of April is going to be Teacher appreciation week! Thursday is Crazy Hair Day!
Please don’t forget to sign up for Camp! This year we will be hosting a twelve week camp with lots of fun in store. Come join us for a summer of innovation and curious minds.
If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by my office or email me at Ashley.Pirolli@nlcinc.com
• 1st- Fun at Work Day
• 5th- Hat Day
• 6th- Mini Open House 9am-12pm
• 7th- World Health Day
• 8th- Garden Party
• 10th- Parent Appreciation Week
• 17th- Child Appreciation Week
• 18th- PJ Day
• 19th- Crazy Sock Day
• 20th- Twin Day!
• 22nd- Earth Day and Ladybug Release
• 24th- Teacher Appreciation Week
• 27th- Mini Open House 9am-12pm
• 28th- Crazy Hair Day
• 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
• 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!
Linking Learning with Nature
Spring is here! Flowers are blooming, days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. Now is a great time for children to explore these environmental changes happening in the world around them.
Not only are children curious about nature, but research shows that it has a profound influence on their problem solving skills, creativity, imagination and cognitive ability. Because of this, our teachers incorporate nature in all aspects of our Links to Learning curriculum.
Below are ways we connect learning with nature, as well as activities you can do with your child at home.
In the classroom: After reading a book about springtime, teachers bring children outdoors to explore and investigate objects in nature. The children have fun crumbling leaves, smelling flowers and looking at clouds.
At home: Take tummy time outdoors and allow your infant to explore different sights, sounds and textures. Encourage him to move and grab things by placing objects just beyond his reach. For toddlers, ask questions like, “Who made that chirping sound” or “Can you point to the flowers?”
Recommended reading: Wake Up! Wake Up! A Springtime Lift-the-Flap Book by Kathryn Davis, Welcome Spring by Little Scholastic
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):
In the classroom: Our Beginners read books about seasonal changes, then bring the story to life by going outdoors to find real-world examples.
At home: Help make your child aware of the seasonal changes going on around him. Talk a walk with him and ask questions such as “Why do we see flowers growing now?” or “What do flowers need in order to grow?” Encourage him to use his creativity when answering.
Recommended reading: Over in the Meadow by Olive Wadsworth, Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson
INTERMEDIATES (ages 3-4):
In the classroom: Students plant seeds in their school garden and learn about the importance of caring for them. Through this activity, they practice math skills such as measuring, sorting, counting and making predictions.
At home: Set up a bird feeder outside a window that your child can easily see. Let him help you fill it with birdfeed. As the birds come to eat, ask your child to talk about them. “What color are they?” “Are they big or small?” “What are they doing?”
Recommended reading: Little Seed by Eric Carle, Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):
In the classroom: Pre-K and Pre-K 2 students explore the sounds they hear in nature while playing outdoors. They then use recycled and natural materials, such as string and pine cones, to make their own wind chime.
At home: Reuse junk mail for a fun arts and crafts activity with your child. Encourage him to look through flyers and magazines to find words and pictures that he recognizes. Then, ask him to create a collage by cutting and gluing them to a piece of paper or poster board.
Recommended reading: And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, About Springtime, Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
We provide many opportunities for our preschoolers to think creatively and imaginatively about the world around them. By setting this foundation, children build confidence in their own unique thoughts and maintain a thirst for learning as they enter elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education