OCTOBER 2019 NEWSLETTER
OCTOBER 14th – COLUMBUS DAY
Little Folks will be closed on Monday, October 14th in observance of Columbus Day.
Little Folks will hold its annual Parent – Teacher Open House on Wednesday, October 16th at 6 PM. A few opening statements and introduction of the teachers will take place. Following the introductions and some general information about Little Folks, the individual teachers will explain their programs. All parents are encouraged to attend in order to meet the teachers and discuss any questions, concerns, or expectations you may have regarding this school year. You will also have the opportunity to view some of your child’s art work, etc.
SCHOOL PICTURE DAYS
School pictures are tentatively scheduled to be taken on a Tuesday and Wednesday in October or early November. If your child does not usually attend on either of these days, he/she is welcome to attend for Picture Day. Order forms will be sent home separately. Please complete them, enclose payment, and send them into school before or on Picture Day.
OCTOBER 30th and 31st – HALLOWEEN PARTIES
Halloween Costume Parties will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, October 30th and 31st. Children may dress in a costume. No prizes, no competition. Parents should be sure that the children are comfortable enough to participate in the day’s activities. Please be sure all parts of your child’s costume are labeled with his/her name. If your child stays for lunch on the Halloween Party days, please send in a change of clothes for him/her.
This year Little Folks is sponsoring an Uncle Jerry’s T’s fundraiser. This company offers a variety of apparel and gift items that are both useful and affordable. A percentage of sales are given to Little Folks to use for class activities and school equipment. Packets will be sent home with the students next week. Online ordering will also be available. Please return all orders by Friday, November 8th!
BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION
Again this year Little Folks Day School is participating in the Boxtops for Education Program. This is an easy way to earn supplies and equipment for our school. Just clip the Boxtops for Education labels from your favorite products and send them to school!
All of the children’s records must be updated on an annual basis. Parents must review their child’s records, make any necessary changes, and re-sign and re-date all of the paper work each year. Many of you will have the opportunity to update them during Open House. If your child started at Little Folks prior to June of 2018, then your child’s records must be updated. Please see one of the teachers as soon as possible. Thank you.
All of the children’s medical records including complete immunization history and date of an annual physical should be on file at the school. If this is your child’s first year at Little Folks and you have not sent in your child’s medical record, it is due immediately! If your child’s current physical is out of date you will be notified by the school and a more recent physical will be needed. All records must be up to date by October 31, 2019 – this is a state law.
Our first field trip of the year to Smolak Farms, North Andover will be held on Wednesday, October 9th. The children will enjoy a hay ride, picking their own pumpkins and a snack of homemade doughnuts and apple cider in the barn. Please return all permission slips. Thank you to all who have volunteered to chaperone. Please be sure the children are dressed for the weather and are wearing comfortable shoes for walking in the field.
A maximum of one week of vacation without responsibility for tuition is permitted during the one year period of enrollment Parents will not be charged for an absence due to vacation if the school receives two weeks written notice in advance. You need only sign up on the posted sheets if your vacation week falls on a public school vacation week. Sign-up sheets will be located on the office door.
Little Folks will always be open provided teachers can travel and are therefore available. Provided we do not have to evacuate the area for any reason, we will be here.
In the case of snowstorms or hurricanes, when the weather is particularly bad, use your own discretion in traveling. If a storm hits this area with a great deal of force, the governor may declare a State of Emergency. If this occurs, Little Folks will be closed as will most schools and businesses. We are not allowed to operate during a State of Emergency. If a State of Emergency is declared in the evening or early morning, the answering machine will inform you of any cancellation. If the State of Emergency is declared after we have opened, we are required to close. All parents of children in attendance will be contacted and expected to pick up their child within the hour.
This policy differs slightly from the one for regular snow days. The Snow Day Policy is printed in the Handbook.
Little Folks provides morning and afternoon snacks for all of the children. Typically, we serve them milk, juice or water (whatever they prefer) and different types of crackers, pretzels, or fruits. Some parents have expressed an interest in sending in snacks for the children and they are welcome to do so. If you would like to provide a snack for the class on any day, please just check with your child’s teacher.
We will celebrate all of the children’s birthdays. Parents are welcome to send in cookies, brownies (no nuts), or small cupcakes, etc. for their child’s birthday.
Blankets are required for all children who nap or rest during rest time. Parents may purchase a blanket from the school for the one time price of $10.00. The school will launder this blanket each week and you may keep it when your child leaves the school. If you wish to send in your own blanket, that is fine, the blanket will have to be brought in on a daily basis in a back pack or bag or be small enough to be stored with the child’s mat. We do not have the room to store – even on a daily basis – the large sized blankets, quilts, afghans, etc. which have been sent in the past. All blankets from home must go home at the end of each week to be laundered.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN – MS MARRIAH, MRS. DONAGHEY, MS LINDA and MS SARAH
The past month has been exciting for both the children and the teachers – getting to know one another and adjusting to the structure of school. Our themes for September were apples, leaves and acorns. We read several books about harvesting apples and what can be made with apples: A Day At the Apple Orchard, How Do Apples Grow?, Apple Trouble and Under the Apple Tree. As a special project, the children helped to cut apples into small pieces and then we cooked the apples to make our own applesauce. It made our room smell delicious! At snack, the children were able to sample the applesauce – most of them loved it! We also listened to a story called “The Little Red House”. This house was very unusual. It had no windows or a door, but something special was inside. Ask your child what it was. I’ll give you a hint, we used it to make our apple prints.
We also talked about leaves changing color, the job of the leaf, and acorns. We did leaf rubbings with real leaves, learned a cute song about an acorn “small and round”. If you haven’t heard the song yet, ask your child to sing it to you. The children loved dancing to “Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel Swish Your Bushy Tail” and moving to our “silly song” called “Listen and Move”.
It’s hard to believe that the spooky month of October is already here and Halloween is just around the corner. We will be decorating our room with pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, bats, and Frankenstein. We will also learn about Christopher Columbus and how pumpkins grow.
Academics This Month: SHAPE: Triangle; COLOR: Orange; NUMBER: 7; LETTERS: Cc, Dd, Ee and Ff.
How You Can Help:
Please remember to send the white home/school folders back and forth each day. (They should be emptied at home daily.)
- When the children arrive in the morning it would be extremely helpful if you could remind them to: independently hang up their backpacks.
- independently place their home/school white folder in their cubby box.
- independently put their lunch box on the shelf next to their cubby box if they are staying for lunch.
Our Halloween Parties will be on Wednesday and Thursday, October 30th and 31st. Children may wear their costumes to school. Please be sure that all costumes are labeled with your child’s name. If your child stays for lunch, please be sure that they bring a change of clothing. If any parents would like to send in some goodies for our parties, please let one of the teachers know. Wrapped treats to send home in goodie bags are always appreciated along with a few baked goods.
PRESCHOOL – MS. STEPHANIE, MRS. LILLEY, MS ANGELEE and MS NANCY
The spooky month of October is here! September went by so fast. The preschoolers were busy meeting their new teachers and making new friends. We have been working really hard also. We have been learning to recognize the color red and the circle shape. The numbers 1 to 10 are being introduced. We are also starting to recognize the letters of the alphabet. Each week the teachers will introduce a new letter. Naturally, we started with “Aa”. We made Apples and Ants on an Anthill. We also learned the letter T for Tractor. We learned about the number 1. We have been busy learning about Fall. We have talked about the leaves changing colors and the weather turning cooler.
We are looking forward to our pumpkin picking field trip to Smolak Farms!
We are looking forward to October!
The color for October is orange and the shape is the triangle. We cannot wait to start decorating for Halloween! We have some great activities planned – candy corn, pumpkins, bats, spiders, witches, Frankenstein and ghosts. We will also be making some prints using our Halloween cookie cutters. We will be learning two spooky Halloween poems: “Jack-o- Lantern” and “Five Little Goblins”. There will still be a strong emphasis on curriculum. We will continue with our letter recognition. We might even carve some pumpkins. Some special Halloween books we will be reading are: Where’s the Halloween Treat?, Popcorn, The Spooky Old Tree, Witches Four, and Clifford’s First Halloween.
Our Halloween parties will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, October 30th and 31st. Children may wear their costumes to school. Please be sure that all costumes are labelled with your child’s name. If your child stays for lunch, please be sure that they bring a change of clothing for the afternoon. If any parents would like to send in some goodies for our parties, please let Mrs. Lilley or Ms. Stephanie know. Wrapped treats to send home in goodie bags are always appreciated, along with a few baked goods.
Just A Reminder—– With the cooler weather approaching , please make sure that all coats, hats, mittens, boots, backpacks, etc. are labeled with your child’s name so they can be returned to you if left behind. Thank you!