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Principal: Joan Schell, EdD
Teacher Leader, General Administration: Nancy Garlock
Teacher Leader, Special Education: Administration: Elizabeth Bednarski-Mahon
Parent Outreach/CFCE Coordinator: Kimberly Shippee-Hicks (; 413-772-1313 x2)

Now enrolling for 2014-2015


To inquire, please call 772-1390 and leave a message or email Nancy Garlock at

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!

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April 2014 Newsletter

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We are filling up quickly for next year. Thank you to all of the AEL families who returned their enrollment forms for next year. You will soon receive letters letting you know whether your child has been placed in a full or half day classroom for next year.  We have made every effort to honor your first choice requests. Specific classroom assignments will be mailed to you in early August.

OPENINGS: We still have a few afternoon openings available for the fall.  Please spread the word to your friends and family. Anyone interested in a tour or a registration appointment may call the office at 772-1390.

We now have a movement/dance teacher who will run weekly movement classes for all of our classrooms.  She comes to us with many years of teaching dance/movement to preschoolers. Her curriculum blends beautifully with what we are working on through our preschool curriculum.  We are very excited to add an integrated arts component to our program!

We are experiencing a surprising number of late arrivals, pickups and bus returns because no one is home to get children off of the bus. Late arrivals make for more difficult transitions and are disruptive to the classroom routine. When families are late to pick up children or no one is home to meet the bus, children become upset and often feel frightened and forgotten.  It is difficult for children to watch all of their friends go home and they are left waiting, sometimes with staff that they are not completely familiar with.  Please make every effort to be here by 8:35 for drop off and by 2:55 for pick up (11:15 for morning session) at the latest. If you know you will be late, please call us and let us know when you anticipate arriving so that we can reassure your child. Late pick up fees go into effect 5 minutes after school ends and are expected to be paid within the billing cycle.

Dates to RememberDATES TO REMEMBER
April 10
PTO meeting 6-7 PM

April 21-25
Spring Break

AEL is very fortunate to have a gift fund that has been set up to cover expenses that are not ordinarily covered by school budgets. Teachers frequently pay out-of-pocket for such things as field trips, emergency snacks, photo printing, special project supplies etc. These costs may seem inconsequential but over time, they add up to a considerable amount of money. We welcome donations to this fund as it helps us to be able to continue the “extras” that we consider critical to the quality of our program. Donations may be made to “North Parish Gift Fund”.

Healthy Food PyramidNUTRTION PROJECT
This month, we were thrilled to have AEL parent, Sara Sabelawski and her nutrition students from UMASS visit our classrooms to provide a nutrition lesson focusing on fruits and the fiber and energy they provide for us. Classrooms will make a fruit pizza to eat! They will also be putting together an AEL recipe book, filled with favorite AEL recipes, for the children and their families to use at home! Thank you, Sara!

Back in January, our staff participated in wonderful full day training on Teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to PreK students using Bee-Bots. A Bee-Bot is an exciting new programmable robot designed for use by young children. According to the Bee-Bot website, “this colorful, easy-to-operate, and friendly little robot is a perfect tool for teaching sequencing, estimation, problem-solving, and just having fun!” We have been searching for a way to fund the addition of these robots to our curriculum and have just learned that we will be receiving enough Bee-Bots to outfit each classroom! It is very exciting for us to be branching into an entirely new area of preschool curriculum!

Academy Staff
Full-Day Classrooms
• Jennie Horton (teacher)
• Janice Fuller (teacher)
• Julie Letendre (teacher)

Half-Day Classrooms (morning & afternoon)
• Claire Glabach (teacher)
• Caissie Putnam (teacher)

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

All-School Staff
• Nancy Garlock, Program Coordinator
• Liz Bednarski-Mahon, Program Coordinator
• Lynne Heath, Custodian
• Coleen Martin, School nurse
• Maggie Padilla, Receptionist & Tuition Coordinator
• Renee’ Southwick & Donna Gaylord, Speech & Language Pathologists
• Tarah Perna, Wrap-around care

Book Fair
Book FairThe World Eye Bookstore Book Fair is scheduled for March 27th with a story. The PTO will send home more information.


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).


Brain Building LogoFor more information about the importance of children interacting and learning in enriching environments, visit Brain Building in Progress, a public-private partnership, led by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and United Way.

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January 9, 2013
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September 12, 2012
August 1, 2012

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Page last updated: April 1, 2014




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