And it’s October! Already! September was a fantastic first month of school, and it totally flew by. And all the sunshine sure helped keep everyone in the best of spirits.
So what exciting things went on at Bronte Harbour?
Well, we’ve spent the last month getting to know one another, and the children are settling in beautifully (as they always do). Everyone is getting the hang of our daily routines, and for the most part, those first day jitters are gone! We are still seeing the occasional tears, but that’s typical for the end of the first month. Those first couple of weeks are often a “honeymoon” period for the children, and then reality hits. I have to come preschool ALL THE TIME!
So, here’s a big WELL DONE to all the parents and children for making it through those sometimes difficult first days of school. The children are already thriving in their programs!
And if you haven’t already had a look around our website, don’t forget to check out our events calendar; all the important dates for each month will be listed there. We also have a Parent Info/FAQs page. Take a look!
October is going to be another busy month…here’s what you need to know:
Food Bank Donations:
Every year during the month of October, we collect donations of non-perishable food items for the local food bank. Please consider sending in a few items for our food collection boxes. We will be talking with the children about the donations during our group discussions, and will focus on the importance of helping others. Anything you can contribute is much appreciated. Thank you!
The center will be closed on Oct. 9th for Thanksgiving. We hope you all have a wonderful long weekend, filled with family, fun and food!
Scholastic book orders are due Fri. Oct. 13th. Thank you for your continued support.
Parent Information Night:
Join us on Tuesday October 10th at 6:45pm in the Preschool Classroom for a brief Parent Information session. We will answer some of the more commonly asked questions, and will be sharing with you some of our exciting plans for the upcoming school year!
Hope to see you there.
*Please note that childcare will not be provided, and we respectfully ask that you make other arrangements for your child(ren).
To ensure that all the children have the opportunity to dress up for school, we will be holding our Halloween celebrations on Monday Oct.30th and Tuesday Oct. 31st. Costumes are optional, so if your child doesn’t feel comfortable wearing one to school, they are welcome to come in their “regular” clothing! We do ask that costumes not be “scary” please, as it can be upsetting for some of the children.
If you would like to send in a “treat” for your child to hand out, you are welcome to do so. We do ask, however, that whatever you send in follow our Anaphylaxis Policy guidelines: items must be store bought, in their original container, and labelled nut-free. Thank you for your cooperation.
*All children are required to bring a back-pack or bag to school every day that contains a complete change of clothing, and diapers/wipes if applicable. Don’t forget spare socks…nothing more miserable than wet socks! Spills and accidents happen!
*Children must wear closed-toe, properly fitting footwear. Tripping occurs frequently when a child’s shoes are too big, and little toes can get stepped on when not protected by closed-toe shoes. It’s important that your child can walk and run safely, especially in the gym!
*Please ensure that your child’s belongings are labelled…this is especially important as winter weather approaches…hats, mittens, boots and coats often look very similar. Need labels? Check out our Mabel’s Labels fundraiser here.
*As cold and flu season approaches, we’d like to remind you that sick children should be kept at home, for the protection of everyone. If your child is unable to cover their mouth/nose when they sneeze or cough, they risk infecting the whole group. We encourage children to cough into their elbow (not their hands!) and teach the hand-washing protocols from Halton Region’s Health Department. We encourage you to use these techniques at home too. (Our goal is to have all of the children be hand-washing/mouth-covered-when-sneezing/coughing pros by the end of the month!)
I think that’s everything for now…Happy October!