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Principal: Joan Schell, EdD
Teacher Leader, General Administration: Nancy Garlock
Teacher Leader, Special Education: Administration: Elizabeth Bednarski-Mahon


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To inquire, please call 772-1390 and leave a message or email Nancy Garlock at nangar1@gpsk12.org


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September 2014 Newsletter
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WELCOME!
Welcome to preschool! We are looking forward to an exciting year with your children. Our classrooms look fantastic and teachers are ready with exciting activities to promote your child’s learning. We have some wonderful additions to our staff this year and we are looking forward to getting to know you and your children. On the first Thursday of each month, your child will bring home a newsletter that will include reminders, announcements, calendars and highlights of the month. We hope that our newsletters provide a way for families to stay in touch and informed with what is happening here. If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please be sure to call me (Nancy Garlock) at 772-1390 or email me at: anangar1@gpsk12.org.

FORMS, FORMS, FORMS
At this time of year, we send home lots of forms! Please complete all forms and return them to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. Be sure to include phone numbers where we can reach you as well as back-up emergency contact numbers.

SCHOOL ABSENCES
Please call the office by 8:30 a.m. at 772-1390 to notify us if your child will be absent. You can leave a message any time of night or day.

LABELS
Please label your child’s clothing, backpack, lunch box and anything else your child brings from home, with a permanent marker. This helps avoid confusion and lost items.

SCHOOL PICTURES
School pictures are scheduled for Tuesday, September 23rd. Forms will be sent home a week before the picture date. Payment is required on picture day.

DROP OFF AND PICK UP
Here are some tips for drop off and pick up:

  • The drop off/pick up line allows families to drive up to the school and remain in the car while staff come to get your child in/out of the car. Families must remain behind the wheel in the drop off/pick up line.
  • Families may park on the street or in available parking spaces if they want to walk their child over to school.
  • If you are coming into the building, please be sure your engine is turned off when you are not behind the wheel!
  • If you arrive after 8:35, please park and come in to walk your child down to their classroom.
  • Please drive slowly and be on the lookout for small children!

Dates
DATES TO REMEMBER

September 11th
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. PTO

September 23rd
Picture Date

September 26th
No preschool. Wrap Care Available.
Contact Wrap Care Coordinator at 772-1390

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BE INVOLVED!
We encourage families to become involved in the preschool in any way they can. Some ways to become involved are by volunteering in a classroom helping out at events, or chaperoning field trips. Anyone interested in volunteering must complete a CORI form (available in the office) which allows the school to request a criminal record check. Please bring some form of picture ID.

If you plan on providing transportation for a field trip, we ask that you bring, in advance, a copy of your driver’s license, auto insurance coverage and a completed CORI.

PTO
We have an active preschool PTO that meets monthly with the first meeting scheduled for September 11th from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. The PTO does fundraising for the school and offers many great programs and family events. The PTO is a great way to support your child’s school!

CONTACTING/TALKING WITH TEACHERS
Our teachers are available to meet with you to discuss your child. You can always call the school at 772-1390 to leave a message for your child’s teacher and she will get back to you as soon as possible. Because attending to your children is our highest priority, please schedule a time to speak with your child’s teacher rather than going down to the classroom during the day or trying to catch the teachers during drop off/pick up. Our teachers want to be able to give you their full attention!

STOP AND SHOP A+ REWARDS
Our preschool participates in the A+ Rewards Program at Stop and Shop. By shopping with your Stop and Shop card, you can earn money (1 point for every dollar spent) for our school! Beginning September 15, you can log on to: www.stopandshop.com/aplus to register your card and begin earning money for our school! Our school is listed as North Parish Elementary School. This is a great and easy way to support our school! We will send another reminder in our October’s Newsletter.

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
There is free breakfast for all students in our morning and full day classrooms. This year, we are pleased to announce that lunch is free for all full day students. Lunch menus will be sent home each month. Students are still welcome to bring lunch from home if they prefer.

CALENDARS AND DATES TO REMEMBER
The preschool calendar notes any changes in the schedule. Please note that on days that the elementary schools have an early release day, there is no preschool on these days. Wrap care is available on a first come, first served basis on these days. Contact Heidi Merritt, the wrap care coordinator.

Academy Staff

Full-Day Classrooms
• Jennie Horton (teacher)
• Janice Fuller (teacher)
• Julie Letendre (teacher)
• Claire Glabach (teacher)

Half-Day Classrooms (morning & afternoon)
• Caissie Putnam (teacher)
• Tarah Perna, (teacher)

Intensive Special Needs Classroom
• Liz Bednarski-Mahon (SPED Coordinator & teacher)

All-School Staff
• Nancy Garlock, Program Coordinator
• Liz Bednarski-Mahon, Program Coordinator
• Keith Urkiel, Custodian
• Tiffany Losier, School nurse
• Maggie Padilla, Administrative Assistant & Tuition Coordinator
• Renee’ Southwick & Donna Gaylord, Speech & Language Pathologists
•Heidi Merritt, Wrap-around care

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Our Mission

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).


 

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Academy of Early Learning PTO
Meeting Minutes/Newsletters
PTO News: May, 2014
PTO News: November-December, 2013
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Page last updated: September 11, 2014

 

 

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