January 2018 Newsletter

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!  We sure hope everyone enjoyed a fabulous holiday! Sorry this is getting posted late…but it’s been hard to let go of the holidays for me! Can you believe we’ve already got our first week of classes of the New Year under our belts?

2017 ended with our fantastic Holiday Socials…thank you to everyone who came out to spend the morning with us. (And thank you for the delicious goodies that you all brought to the celebration as well!) We always enjoy the Socials, and the chance to get to visit with all of you. And as you may have noticed, I am a HUGE Christmas fan. It’s my favourite time of year, which may be why it was so hard for me to let go this year. (Gets harder every year! Always makes me sad when all the sparkly decorations have to come down.)

On behalf of the staff and myself, I’d also like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU for all the beautiful Christmas gifts that you spoiled us with. We are very touched.

Mrs. Dutt will be back…but was delayed in India by a couple of weeks. She is planning to be back at the centre on Monday January 29th, assuming all goes as planned.

January has a couple of important dates that you need to be aware of, so read on to see what’s happening this month:

Scholastic Orders Due:
The book orders are due on Tuesday Jan. 23. Scholastic Canada has been working hard to make the whole system more user friendly, so you can now order and pay online! For more information, you can go here. Thank you, as always, for your continued support. Your purchase of books helps us to keep our classroom bookshelves well-stocked for the children’s use. Be sure to check your child’s folder for this month’s book flyers.

Pajama Days:
Let’s get cozy! The children are invited to wear their pajamas to school. (And as always, it is completely optional. Not everyone thinks it’s fun!) Please remember that running shoes are the preferred footwear for the children’s safety in the classroom and gym.
Pajama days will be Thursday Jan.25 and Friday Jan.26.

Advance Enrolment:
Hard to believe, but it is that time of year again! It has always been our policy that currently enrolled families have first option at spaces for the upcoming school year. Advance enrolment forms will be in the children’s folders next week. The completed forms and required cheque(s) are due by Monday January 29th. The opportunity for advance enrolment applies to siblings and family members of currently enrolled families as well, so make sure you pass along the information to any family members who are looking to sign up with us!
AND: Exciting news! Beginning in September 2018, our classes will be 3 hours long! Classes will run from 9:00am-12:00pm.
We will open up registration to the general public on February 1st.

Storm Closures:
Please take a look at our storm closure policy here so that it is fresh in your mind in case of bad weather! We’ve been lucky so far, (though we did have a couple of close calls!) so we will keep our fingers crossed that our luck holds.

I think that’s it for now.
It’s nice to have everyone back, and some new faces join us, for the remainder of the year.

Happy New Year!
Mrs. T

December 2017 Newsletter

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December. DECEMBER?! Wow. Where does the time go?  Feels like we were only just getting started on a brand new school year and now the holidays are almost upon us!
Time does fly by…we blinked, and November has already passed.

November was a busy month, and saw our first Pajama Days of the school year. So fun! Nothing better than coming to school (and work!) in our comfiest gear. Look for more Pajama Days after the holidays.

Thank you, THANK YOU! for your generous donations of mittens, hats, gloves etc. We were especially thrilled to see all the lovingly hand-crafted items…you know who you are! There will be plenty of warm hands and heads this winter.  We will ensure they are distributed to families in need before the weather gets too much colder.

We continue to encourage the children to dress themselves for home, in their winter coats, boots, mittens etc. This is a wonderful self-help skill…the children are so proud when they can “do it themselves”! Help them keep up their skills by having them put their own coats on at home too! (And don’t let them tell you they can’t…because we know that they can!)

And don’t forget…please make sure that your child’s things are clearly labelled with their name. Mabel’s Labels are perfect for ensuring that your child’s belongings always make it home to them. Check out our fundraising link here, and remember: your purchase of labels not only helps you and your child keep track of their things, but helps us too!

I’m sure your children have already told you, but just in case they haven’t: Mrs. Dutt has gone to India on family business, and will be back after the holidays.  She asked us to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season, and we can’t wait to hear about her adventures when she gets back. We discussed it with the children before she left, so they are all aware that she “went on an airplane and will be back after Christmas”!

December will be busy, so here’s what you need to know:

Scholastic Book Orders:
The December book orders are due Dec.6th. We will submit them a bit early this month, in the hope that it will help ensure a pre-Christmas delivery. And don’t worry…if you order books, we always send them home in a manila envelope so your child won’t be able to see what you’ve purchased. (So if the books are Christmas gifts, your secret is safe with us!)

Holiday Socials:
We can’t wait! We are so excited about our 7th annual Holiday Socials, and getting the chance to spend some time with all of you! Invitations will be in the children’s folders next week, with all the information you will need.
Our Socials will be held on Thursday Dec. 21 and Friday Dec. 22. The socials will run from 9:30am-11:30am. Don’t forget, there will be no regular classes on these days, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Christmas Break/Closure:
The centre will be closed from Dec.25-Jan.5 inclusive. The centre will re-open on Mon. Jan 8th, and then it’s back to business as usual!

Cold and Flu Season:
It’s officially here…the runny noses and colds have started. We have stocked up on Kleenex, but please…if your child is ill, keep them at home. Germs can spread like wildfire in our classroom, so your help in limiting everyone’s exposure is appreciated. Your child may seem okay to you at home, but remember…home is a calmer, more relaxed place than our busy, busy school morning. They may have enough energy to be at home, but may completely run out of steam at school.
If your child becomes unwell while at the centre, we will contact you to come and pick them up. You can review our sick policy here.

Storm Closures:
The weather so far has been wonderful, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry! So, in the event of questionable weather, please take a look at our Storm Closure policy. You can find it here on our Policies page.

I think that’s everything for this month. So, on behalf of myself and all the staff of Bronte Harbour Nursery School, we’d like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your lives. We look forward to seeing you all at the Holiday Socials!

Happy December!
Mrs. T

November 2017 Newsletter

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Welcome to November! How did November get here so fast?!
October kept us busy with falling leaves, lots of Halloween conversations, and our every day kind of Bronte Harbour fun.

Thank you to everyone who made it out to our Parent Info night…it was a wonderful turn-out! We appreciate you taking the time to come and listen to Mrs. T blather on…and on…
I am working on a little write up about what we discussed that evening, and will distribute it shortly. A couple of things are still pending, and I am hoping to be able to send out the write up once I have some final answers. Cryptic? Sorry about that! Just some things need to happen in order for other things to be announced. There. Doesn’t that clear it all up for you?!

November is going to be busy, busy, busy! Lots to do, lots to plan as we head into the holiday season. Here’s what you need to know:

Scholastic Book Orders:
This month’s book order is due on Friday November 10th. Thank you for your continued support.

Mitten/Hat/Scarf Donations:
Thank you to all of our families for your generous donations to the local food bank.  And in keeping with the spirit of giving, we will be collecting donations of new hats, mittens and scarves for less fortunate families all month.  There will be a bin set up in the Preschool classroom for your contributions.  The Church will ensure that everything makes it to those who need it most. Thank you in advance for your help.

Pajama Days:
Yay! Pajama Days are here!
We invite the children to wear their coziest, comfiest pajamas to school on Thurs. Nov. 23rd and Fri. Nov. 24th.
Please send your child with running shoes…we will still be going to the gym as usual, and we’ve found that even non-skid slippers are just no good for running around in!
Of course, if your child is more comfortable wearing their “regular” clothing, that’s just fine with us.

Label them please!…And consider using Mabel’s Labels!
With the onset of colder weather comes more outerwear for the children to put on.  We’d like to remind parents to PLEASE make sure your child’s things are clearly labelled. We encourage the children to dress themselves, but items can get mixed up. It is a great help to the teachers if items are labelled; we can make sure your child goes home in their own things. Thank you in advance!
Also, when your child wears boots to school, please remember to send shoes for them to change into. Again, anything other than running shoes make our gym time difficult for the children to fully enjoy.
*Please note, whatever outdoor wear your child brings or wears to school, we will be ask them to put it back on when it’s time to go home. When we see an item on your child’s hook, we assume you want them to wear it home. Don’t forget, we don’t have any outdoor time during our class hours, so you may want to leave the snowpants at home.
Did you know that our centre has an ongoing fundraiser with Mabel’s Labels? Click here to purchase labels for your child’s things. Follow the link on the page, and be sure to select Bronte Harbour Nursery School. A portion of your purchase will be credited to the centre, and  will support our classrooms. As a not-for-profit centre, we do rely on our fundraising for those little “extras” for the school.  Thank you for your support!

Save the Date:
Our 7th annual Holiday Socials are fast approaching! This year’s festivities will take place on Thursday December 21st and Friday December 22nd. (These are also the last days of school before the Christmas holidays.) We will send more information out about the Socials towards the end of November, but for now, please save the date. You don’t want to miss this!

Birthday Treats:
Effective immediately, we will no longer be permitting parents to send in special treats for birthdays.

In an effort to ensure that no child feels left out, and to control the number of times in a month that we have to serve cupcakes (!), we will be designating one or two days a month on our snack menu as “Birthday Treat Day(s)”.  We will serve a special snack, and we will celebrate everyone having a birthday that month. Thank you for your understanding.

Illness:
Unfortunately, we are heading into that time of year…cold and flu season. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping your sick child at home so that they can fully recuperate, and not share their germs with everyone else! (We encouraging sharing, but not that kind of sharing!)
And don’t forget, the single most effective way to prevent the spread of illness is hand washing. We work daily with the children to ensure that they are washing their hands effectively. Ask your child to demonstrate the hand washing we do at school! (We follow the Health Department’s hand washing protocol: wet hands, add soap, lather for a count of 20, then rinse. Added bonus to clean hands? They are practicing their counting skills!)

That’s all for now…

Happy November!
Mrs. T

October 2017 Newsletter

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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!

Thanksgiving:
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 Orders:
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).

Halloween Celebrations:
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.

Reminders:
*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!

Mrs. T

August/September 2017 newsletter

Back to School!

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES:

Tues. Sept. 5th  (Tues./Thurs. programs) and Wed. Sept. 6th  (M/W/F programs)

Welcome to our new families, and welcome back to our returning families! We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful summer. We are all eager to get back to school, and looking forward to another great year at Bronte Harbour! But before we get down to business, we’d like to extend a heartfelt thank  you to all of our families for the thoughtful gifts that the teachers received in June. Thank you so much for thinking of us! We are so thankful that your children are part of our lives. We would also like to wish all the best to all of “our” kids who are headed off to “big school”…please come by for a visit and let us know how you are doing.

First day of school jitters?

As coming to school is a new experience for many children (and their parents!), here are a few tips to help ease the transition:
*We encourage you to drop your child off as quickly as possible, to help them settle.  The longer you stay, the harder the goodbyes can be, as your child begins to assume that you are staying with them.

*It is important that you say goodbye to your child before you leave, rather than sneaking out. Your child needs to know that you are leaving, and that you will be returning later.  This will help develop their trust in the school, the teachers, and you.

*Don’t forget…your child will take his or her cues from you. If you present a confident, excited attitude to your child about this new opportunity, your child will likely feel less apprehensive, and settle in more quickly.

We know dropping your child off can sometimes be stressful and upsetting to both you and your child, and we want to help make arrival time as comfortable as possible for everyone.  Please let us know if you have any concerns regarding the drop off, and we will be happy to assist you in finding a method that works best for you and your child.

Our first few classes will center on getting to know one another.  Plenty of time will be devoted to allowing the children to explore the classroom, and familiarize themselves with our routines.

*Wondering what your child needs to bring to school? Check it out here!

 Scholastic Book Orders:

This month’s book order will be due: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th

Every month, Scholastic book order forms will be sent home to you. Scholastic Book Club orders earn us “bonus” dollars, to use to supplement our own book center for the classroom. You are under no obligation to purchase books from Scholastic, but your orders are much appreciated.  Due dates for book orders will be posted on the whiteboard calendar outside the Preschool classroom, and on the Toddler room door, as well as on our events calendar.

Book orders are to be paid by cheque, payable to Scholastic Canada, or parents can pay online.  You can get more information about the online payment process here.

Staffing changes:

After the centre closed for the summer, Mrs. Caie and Mrs. Cruz made the difficult decision to leave Bronte Harbour. Mrs. Caie decided that the time had come for her to explore full-time employment options, and Mrs. Cruz has enrolled full-time in Early Childhood Education courses at Sheridan College.  We wish both ladies all the best.

Not to worry though…we’ve found an amazing new addition for our team! (Did you doubt I’d find the perfect someone for us?!) Please welcome Parul Dutt to the Bronte Harbour family! Mrs. Dutt will be working in both classrooms…so be sure to say hello!

Registration Update:

We still have a few spaces left in the Toddler and Preschool programs, so be sure to let friends and family know that spaces are still available.  If anyone you know is interested in signing up for our fantastic programs, please tell them to get in touch with Mrs. T soon!

Save the date for Parent Information Night:

We know how much information you received at your tour, through our Parent Handbook, the website, etc., etc., etc.!  It’s a lot to take in, and it’s easy for some information to be missed. There’s so much to know about what we do, and how we do it,  so we’d like to invite you to join us for a brief Parent Information Night! Join us on Tuesday October 10th at 6:45pm in the Preschool Classroom. We’ll explain some of our documentation process, how we monitor children’s development, and also share some of our exciting plans for the upcoming school year!
Hope to see you there.

 

And don’t forget: if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please speak to Mrs.T, or one of classroom teachers. You can contact us by phone at 905-465-3508, or via email at bronteharbour@hotmail.com (If you need to speak to us immediately, please note that we have limited access to email from the center, so during program hours, phone contact is best.  Email is generally accessed early in the morning, or late afternoon.)

I think that’s all for now…just the basics to get everyone started!

Stay tuned for newsletter updates in the next couple of weeks.

Mrs. T