From the Director

Dear Parents,

Reading happens to be my favorite pastime, which easily makes November my
favorite month at Jack and Jill Pre-School!
Research shows that reading aloud is the single most important thing you can
do to help a child prepare for reading and learning.
Facts About Children’s Literacy: Children who are read to at home have a
higher success rate in school.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a division
of the U.S. Department of Education, children who are read to at home enjoy a
substantial advantage over children who are not:
 26% percent of children who were read to 3-4 times a week by a family
member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14% of
children who were read to less frequently.
The NCES also reported that children who were read to frequently are also
more likely to:
 count to 20, or higher than those who were not (60% vs. 44%)
 write their own names (54% vs. 40%)
 read or pretend to read (77% vs. 57%)
According to NCES, only 53 % of children ages three to five were read to daily
by a family member (1999).
 The more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher students are in reading proficiency, according to the Educational Testing Service.
The Educational Testing Services reported that students who do more reading
at home are better readers and have higher math scores.
These statistics were found on www.nea.org and support our belief in early literacy education for children! So take a few moments each day to snuggle up
and read to your child! It’s a gift that keeps on giving!
November and
beyond…

11/2
Second Church Faire
11/11
School CLOSED
Veterans Day
11/19
PJ Story Time
6:30 PM
11/22
Book Order Due
Last order before
the Holidays
11/25
Friendship Feast
Tuesday Classes
Children Only
11/27-29
SCHOOL CLOSED
Thanksgiving Break
12/2
SCHOOL CLOSED
Parent—Teacher Conf.
9-1 and 6-8
Pop Open A Good Book!
Children will be sent home with construction paper “popcorn” pieces to record the books you read
with them at home. Please feel free to squeeze a few titles on each piece of popcorn. As our children read and turn in their popcorn, our popcorn container will get filled up! In the past 10 years
our students have read and recorded an average of 900 books during the month of November!

Health and Wellness

As the cold weather approaches, cold and flu comes along for the ride!

Please consult your parent handbook for a full description of our health policy. It is imperative that you keep your child home if they have an elevated temperature (over 100 degrees), cough, body aches, discharge from eyes or nose, or body rash or 1 or more episodes of vomiting or diarrhea. Your child must be kept home until they are symptom free for a MINIMUM of 24 hours. Your child must be fever free without the aids of fever reducing medications for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Your full support and cooperation is appreciated! We do not have a large sub list and need our teachers healthy! Please remember to call us if your child is going to be out sick!

Outdoor Play

A friendly reminder that we do go out to play every day! Please send your children with hats and mittens. When it snows please send snow pants and boots as well! Please label all items so that it is easy for us to figure out what belongs to whom!

“Every child is
born a
naturalist. Her
eyes are, by
nature, open to
the glory of the
stars, the
beauty of the
flowers, and
the mystery of
life.”
Ritu Ghatourey

4 and 5 year old Parent – Teacher Conferences

School will be closed on Monday, December 2nd for parent teacher conferences. Evening conferences will also be held.Child care will be available for day time conferences only. Please make other child care arrangements for evening conferences. On conference day… child care will be held in one of the church classrooms during day time conferences. You will just need to follow the signs when you get to the bottom of the stairs! Mrs. Vivar and Mrs. Lay will be here to care for your children while you conference. All conference sign-ups will be on Sign Up Genius this year! Be on the lookout for a link on Friday, 11/15!

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather Jack and Jill will be CLOSED if the Attleboro Public Schools are closed. If Attleboro Public Schools are delayed Jack and Jill will open at our REGULAR time. A message will be sent via remind and posted on FaceBook. Please reach out if you need the information about signing up for the app.

Classroom Volunteers
Thank you to those who have already taken the opportunity to volunteer in
our classrooms. I wanted to take a moment to remind all about confidentiality in our classrooms. We are a tight knit community and therefore sometimes the confidentiality line can be blurred. It is very important to the
success of our children that we do take confidentiality seriously. Please
note that what you hear or observe about students or staff while volunteering at Jack and Jill is confidential. Even a seemingly harmless comment
repeated to another can be misunderstood and cause distress to a parent.
Additionally, because children at this age develop at different rates we
have different goals and expectations for each child. Please allow the
teachers to handle all discipline issues in the classroom.
In order for our building to be a safe, secure place for our students to
learn and grow, we ask that parents working within our school show respect
for students and teachers alike by honoring our request for keeping information regarding students and teachers confidential.

“To
appreciate
the beauty
of a
snowflake it
is necessary
to stand out
in the cold.”
-Aristotle

Book Orders

Be on the lookout for a November – December book order coming soon! Please be aware that any books ordered should arrive early in December. If you would like to have your books bagged and kept secret just write “GIFT” on your paper order or let

Kara know if you place an online order. Orders are due by Friday, November 22nd. If you’ve made it this far come to the office for your free pre-literacy gift to enjoy with your child!

FRIENDSHIP FEAST
November is the perfect time to celebrate friendship! Thanksgiving is a reflective holiday and we want to give even our youngest citizens an opportunity to celebrate the relationships they
have made at school! On Tuesday, November 25th, our Tuesday
classes will join together for a friendship feast in fellowship
hall. Each class will make a special snack to share with their
peers at the feast! Each class learns a song and makes a decorative hat to wear. The children entertain each other with their
songs and enjoy each other’s company at this special event. The
teachers may ask for your help in supplying ingredients for their
special snack. See the bulletin board outside the classroom for
more information as we near the feast! This event is for the
students only. :)
Thanksgiving Break – Jack and Jill will be closed Wednesday,
November 27th – Friday, November 29th
SCRIP Fundraiser
Coming soon our… SCRIP (gift card) fundraiser! This fundraiser allows families to shop from the comfort of their home
and benefits the school at the same time! Be on the lookout
for the gift card order form, make your selections, and submit the order form and payment to the office! This will save
you time and energy and benefit the school at the same time!

“All children have
gifts. Some open
them at different
times.”
Patricia Polacko

DECEMBER 2019
Parent Conferences for 3 year old parents will
take place on Thursday, December 12th from 6-8
PM and Friday, December 13th from 9-11:00 AM .
There will be NO SCHOOL for the 3’s on Friday,
December 13th.

We will be closed for our Holiday Break from
Thursday December 19th through Wednesday,
January 1st. School will reopen for all classes on
Thursday, January 2nd.

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