Jack and Jill Pre-School
September / October 2019
What a fantastic start to the year we are having!
Please take a few moments to read our newsletter to become acquainted with us. There may be things mentioned in this newsletter that were not covered during our orientation!
Please feel free to stop by the office and visit any time. I am always available to assist you with any questions you might have.
There are many ways to stay in touch with us this year. Join Remind by texting @klehan to 81010 for regular updates. Like us on FB at Jack and Jill Pre-School and visit our website often at www.jackandjillattleboro.com.
Late Arrival / Early Pick Ups
Please plan to call us on the school line at 508-222-1149 if you arrive after the doors are locked or if you are dismissing early. The buzzer at the back door does not ring at Jack and Jill.
Additionally, if you are dismissing early please be aware that we do have pick-ups at varying times. Pick up time are at 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 12:45 and 1:00 depending on the day of the week.
Car Pick Up
Car pick up has been going well! We will continue to work out the kinks over the next few weeks and you will find the pick – up line moving faster each day. Here are some pointers to help you along:Do not begin lining up until 5 minutes prior to dismissal. Enrichment 4’s line begins at the end of Pre-K 2 line, so please make sure you do not get in line prior to 5 minutes ahead of time or you may end up in the middle of Pre-K dismissal
If you arrive early park in a spot and begin forming the line 5 minutes prior to dismissal
Please allow for parked vehicles to join the line
If you are the first car please pull up ONE FULL CAR LENGTH PAST the dumpster
If you arrive and the line is at the end of the drive, make a loop and come back around
If you decide to park in the Bank Street lot and walk over, we will ask you to wait inside the playground or hallway with your child, until all the cars leave the parking lot
PLEASE DO NOT MAKE LEFT HAND TURNS into the parking lot
One of the ways you can help is by donating materials that we use on a daily basis. If you are interested please consult the giving tree in the hallway. The items that we need are posted on the tree. Feel free to take down the card listing an item and bring it back with your donation. Donations can be given directly to your classroom teacher or brought to the office to be stored.
A HUGE thank you to all who have donated thus far! Your generosity has been overwhelming!
Reading out loud to children is such an integral piece to their development. Scholastic Book Club provides parents with an opportunity to build their children’s library inexpensively. You will have the opportunity to purchase books through the book clubs on a monthly basis. If you are interested in participating you should complete an order form and send it in with a check payable to Scholastic Book Clubs. You may also order books online! Books typically arrive 2 weeks later. If you are purchasing books for gifts just put a note on your order and we will be sure we hand them to you on the sly! The first order will be out soon!
Any questions just ask!! Book orders will be due back by Friday, September 27th.
Tunes for Tots
Our three year old classes will enjoy monthly visits from Mrs. T from Tunes for Tots!
Mrs. T brings her guitar and engages our children with singing and dancing! Her first two sessions with us will be on Thursday, September 26th and Thursday, October 24th.
Music Together with Ms. Gwyn
We are sharing space with Ms. Gwyn from Music Together this Fall and offering a collaborative opportunity for you and your children. Gwyn will be offering a Monday session of Rhythm Kids for parent / child and a Wednesday session of Drumming for kiddos only. Please visit her website at:
As a special gift Ms. Gwyn has provided us with a coupon code for $20.00 off your first class. You are welcome to share this code with friends who are also “first timers” to Gwyn’s classes. The coupon code is – Jack&JillKids. Gwyn would also welcome you to attend a free demo class before committing to the program.
Our first Enrichment session will be Art with Ms. Brenna. Brenna is the owner of Hope & Bay Designs specializing in Interior Decorating and children’s art classes. This will be her second year teaching art at JJ.
Mr. Chuck will be our weekly reader this year. He will be coming in on Tuesdays beginning 9/24/19 and reading to each of our 4 / 5 year old classes.
2 Hour Pledge
We have been overwhelmed by your responses to our 2 hour pledge request. Many hands make light work and we really appreciate your willingness to help!
For those of you, who indicated that you were interested in serving as a Room Rep, please be on the lookout for an email from Liz DeArruda or Brenna Silveria. Please save the following dates and plan to attend one of these meetings to learn more about the role.
Wednesday, September 25th at 8:45 Thursday, September 26th at 9:15 AM These meetings will be held in the room at the bottom of the stairs. Siblings are welcome!
Classroom Helper Orientations:
Please join me for a classroom helper orientation. This orientation is not mandatory, but is helpful for those of you who may be entering a classroom for the first time. It will help acquaint you with a few of Jack and Jill’s golden rules, as well as inform you about what a typical day is like for a classroom helper.
Wednesday, October 9th at 9:15 AM and 6:00 PM
We will not have child care, but children are welcome to attend with you and enjoy some quiet activities.
Thursday, October 10th at 9:15 AM
A classroom helper calendar will be posted on the bulletin board outside your child’s classroom. You will be required to sign in and out of the school each time you volunteer. Our volunteer log in located on Kara’s desk in the office.
If you have not done so already, please leave an extra set of clothes for your child at school. For the AM 4’s, Enrichment and 3’s classes, clothes should be labeled in a bag and left on the shelf above the coat hooks. For the Pre-K class, bags can be given directly to the classroom teachers and stored inside the classroom. Thank you!
Our classes go outside in all weather. Please dress your child accordingly. Layers are great for this time of the year. We have some chilly AM’s but warm up fast! Please be especially aware of footwear! We want our children to be able to run, jump rope, bike ride and climb during their outside time! During these early Fall days, you may want to continue to apply sunscreen.
Please begin to send jackets on a daily basis as soon as the weather begins to turn. It is often chilly in the early morning when the Pre-K class goes out to recess. Mittens will be important soon as well, so dig them out now! The equipment is cold in the mornings and your children will want them!
We teach all of our students how to put on their own coats. We use the practice:
“Tag at the toes,
Arms in the holes,
Up and over the head it goes”.
Memorize this little rhyme and help your kiddos master this technique at home too. It will help us get outside faster so that we can enjoy an amazing fall!
The four year old classes will have their first fire drill the week of September 16th. We will discuss the drill with the children before we sound the alarm. If you have not done so already, consider having a drill at home too. A family meeting spot is a good idea! Always better to be prepared. J Our three year old classes will be having their first drill in October.
Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary
The Oak Knoll Wildlife Sanctuary educators will come out to our program once a month to provide a nature program. Each of our 4 and 5 year old classes will have a 30-45 minute program once a month. The program is both informational and hands on, depending on the topic. We will keep you posted on the topics so that you have an opportunity to ask your child about the program! Our first visit from Oak Knoll will be Wednesday, October 2nd .
Annual Fall Festival
Save the date for our annual Fall Festival! The purpose of our Fall Festival is twofold: a community building event and fundraiser all in one. The date for this year’s festival is Saturday, October 19th from 10-12.
Admission fees will be charged for children ages 2-12. We will begin selling “Pumpkin Passports” by order form the week of October 7th. The pumpkin passport will cost $8.00 and will give your child an opportunity to make 3 crafts, play 2 games, have their face painted, receive a glitter tattoo and visit the snack station!
In addition we will be holding a bake sale and craft sale. If you are crafty and would like to donate anything for us to sell, please be on the lookout for our Fall Festival Sign Up Genius. The Sign Up Genius is an online tool that helps us to organize events and donations!
Mrs. Lehane will also be selling “Book Grams” for $3.00 apiece. A book gram is an opportunity to purchase a book for your child, write a special note inside and have it delivered to their classroom! Book grams are used to help us kick off Literacy Month in November!
Health and Safety
Please keep in mind that we would like you to call the school at 508-222-1149 when your child is absent.
If your child is seen by their doctor and treated for a communicable illness, please let us know. We will let classroom families know if we have strep, stomach bug or other contagious illnesses spreading in our program.
You can also help us avoid spreading illness by keeping your child home for a full 24 hours after beginning treatment. Please read the illness policy in our parent handbook for specifics.
Another tidbit for you: We teach the children to sneeze and cough into their elbows. This technique “catches” the germs and helps us minimize the spread. We also ask the children to wash their hands anytime they blow their nose, or those little fingers end up in the nostril for other reasons! J Hand washing with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds reduces the spread of illness. Take the time at home to follow these practices as well.
Healthy Food Options
A snack at Jack and Jill must be TWO components such as juice and crackers, or vegetable, cheese and water. Juice and a fruit are only one component. I know this can be confusing, so we will talk about it often. We do offer a second component to children when they do not have two from home. We typically have goldfish and apple sauces to offer. Lunch at Jack and Jill should be five components. For example, a sandwich with cheese and deli meat counts as 3 components: Grain, protein, and dairy.
W September 25th Room Rep Mtg 8:45 AM
TH September 26th Room Rep Mtg 9:15AM
3’s Music and Movement with Mrs. T
F September 27th Book Order Due
W October 9th Classroom Helper
Orientation 9:15 AM & 6:00 PM
Board Meeting 6:30
TH October 10th Classroom Helper Orientation 9:15 AM
M October 14th SCHOOL CLOSED Columbus Day
F October 18th Fall Festival Set Up 9:00 AM
S October 19th Fall Festival 10-12
M October 21st Classroom Volunteering Begins
TH October 24th Music and Movement with Mrs. T