Now enrolling for 2014-2015
To inquire, please call 772-1390 and leave a message or email Nancy Garlock at firstname.lastname@example.org
A free developmental screening for your child will be completed at
registration. Take this opportunity to register your child now for a top notch preschool program!
February 2014 Newsletter
We will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, February 26th from 5:00-6:00 to showcase the preschool to prospective families. If you know anyone looking for preschool for next year, please encourage them to come check us out! In addition, we are happy to give tours during the school day to anyone who is interested in seeing the program in action!
ENROLLMENT FOR NEXT YEAR
Students returning to the Academy will bring home a re-enrollment form after the February break. Space is limited, and returning students who complete and return their forms by the return date are given preference. Let us know too, if you have a younger child you’d like to enroll.
For new students, we will be hosting registration sessions on Friday, February 28 from 9:00-3:00; Wednesday, March 5 from 12:00-6:00; and Friday, March 7 from 9:00-3:00. As part of registration, all children will receive a free developmental screening. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Families should call us (772-1390) to set up a registration appointment. Please encourage friends and family to consider our preschool program!
Kindergarten registration at all three Greenfield elementary schools is scheduled in March. We will send home registration information once all the dates have been set.
It’s not too early to start touring the schools. This can help you decide which school may provide the best fit for your child. We are always available to help you through this process.
Starting February 12, 2014, we will be offering free dental screenings to children! Families will have the option to signing up for a dental screening, fluoride varnish and sealants, and cleaning (if needed) for their child. Information and sign up forms will be coming home next Thursday!
DATES TO REMEMBER
PTO 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Winter Vacation - NO SCHOOL & NO WRAP CARE
Open House for new families
First Registration Session
We try to go outside for recess whenever possible. Please plan on sending snow pants, hat, gloves and boots daily throughout the winter so that your child will stay warm and have fun outdoors! Be sure to label your child’s clothing too! If you are missing any clothing, feel free to come and check the Lost and Found box which is kept in the front portico entrance.
Thank you, PTO!
The PTO has arranged for Steve from A Natural Music School to visit all of our classrooms to perform with the children. This is a wonderful way to enrich the children’s music education. The visits are scheduled for Feb. 26th and 27th. For more information about this program, you can visit their website at: http://www.anaturalmusicschool.org/about.html
With Valentine’s Day approaching, our teachers are focusing on the many ways we celebrate friendships. Our preschool curriculum offers many activities related to friendship including stories, writing letters and mailing them, and greetings for friends. Classrooms may do a valentine exchange (which is optional) which is then incorporated into the curriculum activities. At home, families can help by talking about the importance of friendship.
POSITIVE PARENTING TIPS
Many families struggle with how to involve their children in every day chores around the house. Some children are eager to help with everything and others are less excited about helping out. By giving responsibility to your child, you are helping build self-confidence and conveying that you see your child as a contributing member of the family!
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- Make sure the chores you have your child do are safe and age-appropriate. Give children simple chores that they can do alone such as putting things away or emptying their backpack. You can also give chores that you can do together.
- Start young! This helps get your child in the habit of helping out and being responsible. Have your child put their laundry away or help set the table for dinner.
- Make your expectations clear and acknowledge hard work. It is important for your child to feel successful. Acknowledge their hard work and thank them for their help. Try to avoid money as a reward for chores. In order for a household to run smoothly, we all need to pitch in and help. An occasional pizza night or movie night together might be a good way to acknowledge the chores being done by everyone.
- Make a family chore list. This helps remind everyone of their responsibilities and helps your child know what is expected. Let your child “check off” when their chore has been completed.
BIG Y/STOP AND SHOP
Please remember to register at Big Y and Stop and Shop to earn dollars for our school. At Stop and Shop, please register under: North Parish Elementary School. At Big Y, please register under: Academy of Early Learning at North Parish. Every time you use your Big Y or Stop and Shop store card, you earn dollars for our school! Get your friends and family to sign up too!!
EARLY LITERACY TIPS
Here are some easy tips for encouraging early literacy well before your child learns to read!
- FORM A CLOSE BOND: Your relationship with your child is very important to his/her ability to learn. If you are interactive, close and loving, your child will reap the rewards!
- GET IN ON THE FUN: Being a participant during playtime can bring you closer and help you learn useful information about your child’s habits and emotions.
- TELL TALES: Build narrative skills by gathering family members at meal times and having them tell the story of their day.
- PLAY RHYMING GAMES: This helps build phonemic awareness (the ability to distinguish and manipulate individual sounds)…and it’s fun!
- BRING READING AND WRITING INTO EVERYDAY LIFE: Encourage literacy in your child’s daily routine. Some examples might be making shopping lists together, and labeling their drawings together.
- BE ATTENTIVE: and engaged when you communicate with your child. By paying attention and listening to what your child has to say, you are giving them the message that what they say is important!
- READ TOGETHER: Make story time a daily ritual that your child can count on and look forward to. Reading before bedtime is a wonderful way to wind down and have some special time together.
Academy of Early Learning Staff
Assigned Principal: Joan Schell, Ed.D.
Program Co-coordinators: Nancy Garlock & Elizabeth Bednarski-Mahon
Secretary & Tuition Coordinator: Lori Provencal
Custodian: Lynne Heath
Full-Day Classroom Teachers
• Jennie Horton
• Janice Fuller
• Julie Letendre
Half-Day Classroom Teachers (morning sessions & afternoon sessions)
• Claire Glabach
• Caissie Putnam
Special Education and Student Services
- Liz Bednarski-Mahon (Special Education Teacher and Co-coordinator)
- Nancy Garlock, (School Social Worker and Program Co-coordinator)
- Renee’ Southwick & Donna Gaylord, Speech & Language Pathologists
- Anne Kaplan, Psychologist
- Tarah Perna, Before- and Afterschool Wrap-around Childcare Coordinator
- Kimberly Shippee-Hicks, Parent Outreach Coordinator
The Academy of Early Learning provides quality pre-school education and support services in a safe, nurturing public school environment. We believe young children learn best when discovering and exploring their world through play. We are dedicated to being a responsive, community-based preschool while meeting all district, state and national performance standards for excellence. We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).