7300 Spout Hill Road, Sykesville, Maryland  21784  (TEL) 410-549-6585    M-F: 6AM-6PM 

Summer Camp Welcome Letter
rev 5-5-19

We hope you enjoy your first week in our Summer Program.  With fingers crossed, we’re wishing for beautiful, sunny, and warm summer days!

So that you can follow our “codes” throughout the summer, these are the names of our classrooms:

TINY TURTLES - 2’S Room
WIGGLE WORMS - 3’S Room
BUSY BEES - 4/5’S Room
CAMPERS - 5 and over
While we have a mixture of ages in all of our classrooms, this is a general way to help you determine what class your child is enrolled in.  This will help you with future correspondence from us over the summer.

Here are a few reminders for those children joining us for the first time:

* No matter how old your child is, ALL PARENTS MUST walk their child INTO their classroom or playground, and be sure to check in with the teacher.  This is similar to “passing the baton” in a relay race!  Our teachers must know when they are “on”, can see your child come in, and will then check them in for attendance.  ABSOLUTELY NO CHILD CAN WALK TO THE CAMP ROOM (DOWNSTAIRS) UNATTENDED!!!

*  Please remember to sign your child in and out every day and to check your receipt folder- located in the back of the youngest sibling's sign in book.

* CAMPERS must take all of their items downstairs every morning, and pick up their items downstairs every evening.  PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY ITEMS IN THE UPSTAIRS HALLWAY DURING THE SUMMER.  There will be a Camp teacher in the classroom each day until 5:15/5:30pm.

*  Sunscreen is a must!  Please remember to put sunscreen on your child each morning before arriving at school.  We will reapply sunscreen before our afternoon outside time.

* You are required to provide a CRIB SHEET for your child’s cot (CAMPERS DO NOT HAVE COTS OR TAKE NAPS).  Please only provide a crib sheet as all other non-fitted sheets slip off of our cots, putting us in jeopardy of not complying with our licensing regulations. Only SMALL blankets should be provided for your child.  Large comforters do not fit properly on our cots and are difficult to store in your child’s cubby or pack back.  No pillows are allowed.

*  Please provide at least TWO sets of extra clothes in case of an accident/ Campers downstairs should have one set in case of spills.

*  It is very important that everything you provide for your child is LABELED.  We have over 100 children enrolled--that is a lot of clothing, nap items, sunscreen etc. for us to keep track of.  Labeling helps us!

*  We provide all your child’s drinks throughout the day.  Milk is always provided at lunchtime, and water on the playground.  Only children enrolled in our CAMP program are allowed to bring extra juice boxes from home.  We do NOT allow SODA at anytime in the center. If your child is lactose intolerant, your pediatrician must provide a note, and you should provide labeled lactose free milk for lunchtime.  Juice boxes are allowed only on fieldtrip days when you are required to pack a lunch.  Sorry, but we do NOT allow sippy cups for snack or lunch.

* Children may bring in, and eat, breakfast before 7:00am. Breakfast is not allowed to be served to the children AFTER 7:00am and is NOT allowed on the playground. Any food or drinks taken to the playground will be immediately thrown away. We ask that you please bring in nutritional breakfast items.  Some suggestions are: cereal, mini muffins, pre-made pancakes/waffles, fresh fruit and yogurt.  Please avoid sugary items! We serve morning snack at 8:45am each morning!
* POLICY ON REFRIGERATED ITEMS…. PARENTS NEED TO LABEL ALL REFRIGERATED ITEMS, TAKE THEM OUT OF YOUR CHILD’S LUNCHBOX AND PLACE IN HIS/HER CLASS'S FRIDGE EVERY MORNING AT DROP OFF.

*  Remember, ALL of your child’s activities and special lunches have been paid for in their Summer Activity Fee.  NO MONEY will be collected during the summer unless you have decided to chaperone, then you will owe chaperone fees.

* LICE - As a courtesy, the staff at Stepping Stones will check for head lice during the first 2 weeks of summer and then again sometime over the summer.  Please keep in mind that this is a FAMILY responsibility and NOT the Center’s to monitor.  We recommend that the girls wear their hair in ponytails, buns or braids. Stepping Stones is a “nit free” facility!  This means that while we understand the Health Department's regulations on this matter, and realize that the public schools do not ENCOURAGE OR ENFORCE a “no nit” policy, we have found this to be the ONLY successful way of stopping the spread of this nuisance.   Therefore your child can only return back to the center if they are “nit free” as well as free from live lice.

Questions?? You may call at any time to get answers or find out how your child’s day is going. If you would prefer to use e-mail, our e-mail address is:  Ssteppingup@aol.com.   EMAIL is the preferred method of communication throughout the day. If you need to speak directly with a teacher, please call during our naptime hours (12:30-2:30pm.)

Any questions regarding tuition are directed to Ms. Nancy. You may reach her via email at nansilbaugh@gmail.com. She will also be here on Wednesdays of each week. Ms. Chris cannot answer any questions regarding tuition, this must be addressed directly with Ms. Nancy in person on Wednesdays or via her personal email.

Our Summer Staff is:

Tiny Turtles- Ms. Lucy, Ms. Sara and Ms. Stefani
Wiggle Worms- Ms. Margo, and Ms. Destiny
Busy Bees- Ms. Hannah and Ms. Erin H
Campers- Ms. Jeanne and Ms. Shannon
Director- Ms. Chris M/T/TH/F
Owner- Ms. Nancy  (Wed only)
You will find our teachers mix in the classrooms over the summer as we cover a large number of vacation hours!  Vacation hours will be posted on each weeks email reminder.

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A “SUN”SATIONAL SUMMER!
THE STAFF AT STEPPING STONES

STEPPING STONES SENDS OUT WEEKLY REMINDERS EACH WEEK ON THURSDAYS DURING THE SUMMER.  THIS PAPER HAS BEEN SENT OUT AS AN ATTACHMENT TO THE WEEKLY REMINDER BEING SENT ON FRIDAY, JUNE 21st  AND IS IN EACH CHILD’S FOLDER FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 24TH.  IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE THIS, WE DO NOT HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS! PLEASE PROVIDE THIS TO US ASAP.