Jack and Jill Pre-School
September / October 2018
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.
Warmly, Kara J
70th Anniversary T-Shirts We have a surplus of t-shirts that we were selling as a fundraiser last year! We are selling them off at $5.00 a piece in the office! Stop on by and buy one! J
Late Arrival / Early Pick UpsPlease 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-up lines at 11:55-12:10 and again from 12:25 – 1:10.
Car Pick Up -Car pick up has been going VERY 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 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
What is a room representative?
A room representative is a very important volunteer role at Jack and Jill Pre-School! As a room representative, you would be asked to organize teacher gifts at the holidays; assist Kara with school wide functions such as PJ Story Night, Mothers and Father’s Day events and Graduation. Room Representatives are also encouraged to host monthly parent coffees for each classroom. There may be other ways that you can help the individual classroom teachers, such as taking home projects that will assist them in the classroom. If you are interested in volunteering in this way please speak with me at your earliest convenience.
Giving Tree 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!
Classroom Helper OrientationsPlease 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 parent helper.
Tuesday, September 25th at 6:30 PM
We will not have child care, but children are welcome to attend with you and enjoy some quiet activities.
Thursday, September 27th at 9:30 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.
Scholastic Books 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 28th.
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 27th and Thursday, October 25th. J
Enrichment 4’s Our first enrichment series – Karate – is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, September 19th. Sensei Mike from Lotus Studio in North Attleboro will be coming in Wednesdays from 11:00 – 11:45. Sensei is skilled at providing an opportunity for physical, emotional, and moral development in young children. I have been so very impressed with his classes here at Jack and Jill. Please dress your children comfortably on Wednesdays so that they can move easily and take full advantage of this opportunity!
Mr. Chuck -Mr. Chuck will be our weekly reader this year. He will be coming in on Tuesdays and reading to each of our 4 / 5 year old classes.
Extra Clothes -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!
Recess -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!
Fire Drills The four year old classes will have their first fire drill the week of September 17th. 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 5th.
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 27th 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 8th. 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 SafetyPlease 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 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. J
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.
T September 25th Classroom Helper Orientation 6:30 PM
TH September 27th Classroom Helper Orientation 9:15 AM
TH September 27th Music and Movement with Mrs. T
F September 28th Book Order Due
W October 3rd Board Meeting 6:30 PM
M October 8th SCHOOL CLOSED Columbus Day
M October 16 Classroom Volunteering Begins
F October 19th Fall Festival Set Up 9:00 AM
S October 27th Fall Festival 10-12
TH October 25th Music and Movement with Mrs. T