A Note From Our Principal
Summer has come to an end and another school year is upon us. We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new families, and a sincere thank you to returning families and those that chose to spend their summer with us. We enjoyed making memories with your children!
We recognize that this is a busy time for many families and are using this month’s school newsletter to include reminders on school closures, communication, security and more. Please read through this newsletter carefully, and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Holiday Closures & School Year Calendar
Our school does not follow the local elementary school schedule as we are open more days per year. For the 2019-2020 school year the days we are closed are:
- Sept. 2 -Labor Day
- October 11 – Professional Development Day
- November 28/29 – Thanksgiving Break
- December 24/25 – Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
- December 31 and January 1 – New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
- January 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- February 17 – President’s Day
- May 8 – Professional Development Day
- May 25 – Memorial Day
- June 18/19 – Professional Development Days
- July 3 – Independence Day
- August 24-28 – Teacher In-service Week
Links 2 Home
If you’re not currently receiving photos and daily reports for your child you can easily change this by downloading the Links 2 Home app on your phone. Just type ‘Links 2 Home’ in the search bar for the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. After downloading Links 2 Home you can register with the same email address that you used to enroll your child in our school. Links 2 Home also allows you to leave drop-off notes for your child and notify your child’s teacher of absences. If you’re having issues accessing Links 2 Home please let us know.
With so many new families starting in the fall this is a great time to review security procedures. You will need the door code to gain entry into our building. Please stop by the front desk to gather this information. Be sure to check your child in/out every day at the hallway iPad, or you can use the iPad in your child’s classroom. Please bring your photo ID with you at pick up time and instruct any authorized pick-up persons to be prepared to show photo ID anytime they will be coming to pick up your child.
School Picture Day
It’s time to get spiffed up for fall pictures! Lifetouch will be taking photos of all of our students on September 25th and 26th. All photos will be taken before lunch and nap time to ensure optimal cuteness.
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In today’s connected world, many families turn to online reviews to learn more about schools for their children. That is why we are asking you to take a few minutes to visit our school profile on Facebook, Yelp, Google or GreatSchools to share the wonderful experiences you have had with our school. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you!
From Our Education Department
5 Children’s Books that Celebrate Diversity
Books are a great way to enrich your child’s understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures. With this foundation in the preschool years, children have more social confidence and success in interacting with many different types of people as they progress through elementary school and beyond. Below are some age-appropriate options to read with your child at home.
1. Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz (ages 0-2)
This colorful board book highlights ten ethnically diverse babies who have a ton of fun until they fall fast asleep in their beds. It’s a great book to introduce friendship, numbers and an appreciation for diversity.
2. A Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan (ages 2-5)
Children can have friends of all different personalities, ethnic origins and abilities. You and your child will love reading this book that promotes multiculturalism, equality and acceptance.
3. Happy In Our Skin by Fran Manushkin (ages 2-5)
This book captures children and their families of various racial backgrounds. It celebrates skin tones from cocoa brown to peaches and cream and distinguishing features including freckles and dimples.
4. It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr (ages 3-5)
This popular story delivers the messages of acceptance, understanding and confidence. Your little one will enjoy looking at the brightly colored, silly illustrations as you flip through this book together.
5. What I Like About Me! by Allia Zobel Nolan (ages 3-5)
From braces to eyeglasses, the characters acknowledge and embrace the attributes that make them special. Your little one will love opening the flaps, pulling the tabs and feeling the textures found in this book.