Highlights from our Director
A warm welcome to all of our new and returning friends! We look forward to getting to know everyone and share life throughout this year.
Every month you will receive a copy of this newsletter entitled HIGHLIGHTS. Attached to the newsletter will be a calendar. Please review both carefully as important information about the school and your child’s class will be included. Please take particular note of any area which is marked with your child’s class name. We also plan to post the Highlights on our website under Mrs. Hayman’s notes.
Please make it a habit to check the Bulletin Boards outside of the classroom. We try our best to keep everyone informed of special events throughout the year.
Please remember to look in your child’s backpack every day after class and remove any papers. Many times an important announcement has been missed because backpacks have not been checked daily. Backpacks should be kept empty to make room for special papers and crafts that the children may bring home.
Please remember to put your child’s class name such as Star, Shamrock or Heart etc. on your tuition check or on any correspondence. This insures proper recording in our books. If a tuition check is returned and unpaid due to insufficient funds, we will ask you to pay your tuition in cash for the remainder of the school year along with any fees that may have accumulated. A $10.00 late fee will be required if a payment is ten days past due.
There will be a meeting on Wednesday, September 18th at 9:00am for the designated class parents of 3 and 4 year old classes. The meeting will take place in Room 5 upstairs. Babysitting will be provided in the Multi-Purpose Room. We would appreciate having at least 1 class parent from each class attend, preferably all. Class parents will then set up and advise all parents of a first coffee meeting of each individual class to be held during one class time.
You are invited to attend Back to School Night on Thursday, Oct. 3rd. After a brief informational meeting, parents will take turns visiting the classrooms, visiting the Multi-Purpose Room and enjoying refreshments.
You will notice that new security measures are now in place. In addition to the buzzer system, security cameras have been mounted around the building, including upstairs. The school has received a Homeland Security grant from the state to further update building security. You may observe some reconstruction on entry ways, windows, etc.
All parents and visitors are required to sign in at the School Office and wear a name tag if they will be staying in the building for Baptism Celebrations, visits, meetings, volunteering etc. This will help us to know who is in the building at all times in case of an emergency and for security.
We also require parents to sign children in and out every session. The State of NJ requires you to record the time that you drop off your child and the time you pick up. This is to insure your child’s safety as we will know who is with your child at all times. We will also be practicing lockdowns and fire drills as mandated by the state. Teachers will lock their classroom doors should an emergency arise.
Sterile Space Infection Defense Company came to clean and apply an anti-bacterial solution on the classroom toys and furniture in August. Germs will not be able to survive on the toys for one year. Our staff watched for toys that may be on the Recall List for lead paint or unsafe hazards. Although we tried to be thorough, if you should see a toy that you believe may have been recalled, please let the teacher know. We will then remove it from the classroom and check it against the list that we have. We also have a lead paint testing packet for staff use. A list of recalled toys is posted on the bulletin board, mid-hall, and is updated in a blue binder that is in the lobby as new recalled information is sent to us.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH FORM AND IMMUNIZATIONS BE UP TO DATE AND FORMS BE IN THE OFFICE FILES. THIS IS STATE LAW. IF YOUR CHILD IS DUE FOR THEIR YEARLY CHECK-UP DURING THE YEAR, PLEASE SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR PEDIATRICIAN SO THAT ADEQUATE TIME IS GIVEN TO GET YOUR UPDATED UNIVERSAL HEALTH FORM AND SUBMIT IT TO THE OFFICE. CHILDREN WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM CLASS UNTIL ALL HEALTH FORMS ARE ON FILE.
As more and more children enter the US from countries that do not require stringent immunizations or have religious or health exemptions, there have been outbreaks of measles, mumps, chicken pox, flu and whooping cough. Your child’s current immunizations will help to protect them from these diseases. Should a communicable disease appear, children who are not immunized must be removed from school until the outbreak is over.
Please be especially diligent to keep your children at home if they exhibit flu-like symptoms which include fever, cough, and/or sore throat. Please phone the school if your child will be absent in the morning session by 9:15am and for the afternoon session by 1:15pm. If we do not receive a phone call, we will call you. BE REMINDED THAT FLU SHOTS ARE MANDATED FOR ALL CHILDREN BETWEEN 6 MONTHS AND 5 YEARS OF AGE IN ORDER FOR THEM TO ATTEND SCHOOL.
Lunch Bunch (before, after or between classes) will be available on Monday, September 9th from 11:45-12:45. This program has been implemented so that parents who may need an extra hour for shopping, doctor, etc. can have a little extra time. Parents should reserve a space ahead of time. The lunch bunch service will be $10 for the hour and will have to be paid at the office on the day that the child stays (cash or check) unless your child has been automatically registered for a full-day class, Enrichment or will be attending regularly for the year on certain days. Children should bring their own lunch, including a drink. Each child must be signed in and out by a parent or staff member. If your child stays through the morning and attends Lunch Bunch, he/she must be picked up promptly at 12:45, as some staff will be working the afternoon class sessions and need to be in the classroom. 3 year old children who are staying for a full day will meet the State “rest requirement” by being dismissed to the Lunch Bunch quiet area at 11:30 and remain until 12 when they will join the rest of the Lunch Bunch children. If your 3 year old child has a 2-hour session in the morning the week of September 9th and will be attending an afternoon class, we will provide care for the hour preceding lunch bunch.
If you are interested in on-going Before or After Care for your child, please advise the office and fill out a form. We will care for children who attend our school from 7:45-8:45am and 3:45 – 5:45pm at $15/hour. As staff will be hired as needed, a daily reservation should be made at least one day in advance unless an emergency arises.
A Reminder that an after class tutoring program – Study Buddies – is available to help your child who is enrolled in a four year old class with letters, numbers, writing, etc. Classes are limited to 3 children where they will receive individualized attention to review the letter of the week with the use of games and fun activities. The class is $15 for the half-hour. If you would like to have your child attend from 12-12:30 on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, please register at the office a day in advance of the class. Payment will be expected at the time of registration.
The Enrichment class which is based on the STEAM programs, is offered every day from 11:45-2:30pm. Children may attend 2,3 or 5 afternoons for a hands on learning experience based on availability. The cost of the Enrichment class includes the Lunch Bunch service fee. Children should bring their own lunch, including a drink.
Thank you for entrusting your child to us this year. Our goal is to serve you and your family throughout the year. If we can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to speak with me.
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Children are so beautifully attuned to God. The earthly “stuff” that clutters adult minds and spirits has not yet affected their innocent ability to believe. As they first come to school, you might say, “God certainly made wonderful children here to be your friends” or “God made such a fun teacher for you to have at school”. By instilling an awareness that God has made good things for children to enjoy, your child will learn to have a thankful heart – one of the things that God loves the most. Have a blessed year.
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