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

Welcome Letter & School Supplies 2017-2018 - rev 7-14-17

It's the start of a new year! If you are a new OR returning parent, please take a moment to read our school Welcome Letter.

At the end of this letter, you will find links for your child's classroom 2017-2018 welcome letter and the supply list.
(These lists are updated before the start of each school year.)

Welcome to our 2017/18 Fall Program!

The staff at Stepping Stones would like to welcome all of our new friends who are joining us for the fall, and a special “Welcome Back!” to all of our returning Stepping Stones classmates.

If your child is just beginning our program you may find that starting in a new environment can be quite stressful. Please feel free to call at anytime during the day to check on your child. A good communication between your family and us is essential to a successful daycare experience. You can assist us in giving your child the best possible care by providing constant communication about your child, and any changes that occur during the year that may alter your child’s behavior. Naptime (12:30-2:30) is a good time to discuss items of concern with your child’s teacher.

Attached, is all of the information necessary for your child to participate in our Fall Program. Included in this packet is the following:

  1. This Welcome Letter and Inclement Weather Policy (found on the back.) (aqua)
  2. A Chaperone Information sheet and Fieldtrip/Activity Permission Form that must be signed and returned no later than MONDAY, SEPT 11th. (If we do not already have one on file for your child.) (yellow)
  3. A Calendar of Events for the entire Sept 5th - June 14th, 2018 school year. On the back is a Fall/Spring Fieldtrip Information Sheet. (goldenrod).
  4. A Welcoming Letter with supply list from the classroom your child is enrolled in, (each classroom has their own color) and any additional paperwork pertaining to your child's classroom.

Here are just a few Handbook Highlights as we enter into our fall session:
* If your child is returning to the center after leaving for the summer OR your child was enrolled prior to June 12th, 2017 (the start of our summer program) there is a $75.00 Activity and Supply fee due by September 11TH.(this fee does NOT pertain to NEW students who are starting THIS Fall). This year's Activity and Supply fee will include the following:

  • 3 (THREE) special lunches which we have planned during the holidays for ALL enrolled children,
  • A parent Christmas gift,
  • A Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gift,
  • 3 (THREE) in-house programs scheduled throughout the year.
This fee is non-refundable. BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL STUDENTS DO NOT PAY A FALL FEE and should CCPS be closed on a day of an activity, they will be charged the cost of the activity.

* SUPPLIES: Each classroom has provided you with a list of supplies needed for your child and the center. All supplies must be in by the start of our weekly academics on MONDAY SEPT. 11TH. (This information can also be found at the bottom of this webpage).

* Please LABEL!!  It is very important that you label everything your child brings to the center.

* ARRIVAL: Our Center opens at 6am and our doors will remain locked until then. Our staff may be in the building prior to 6:00, however they are preparing the building for opening. All key fobs are scheduled to work between the hours of 6am-6pm, M-F. They will not work prior to 6am or on the weekends.

Our center strives to provide your child with a solid foundation and balance between academic and social opportunities in preparation for Kindergarten. It is very important that your child arrive at school no later than 9:00 am to get the full benefit of our program. If your child is not going to arrive by 10am we ask that you to call or email us. Children arriving after 12:00 must come having already eaten their lunch. We do not allow drop off between the hours of 12:20-2:30, if arriving after this time, you must call/email the Center.

*BREAKFAST: Your child may bring in a breakfast item from 6 am to 7 am. At 7:00 breakfast time is over and all items will be put away. If your child arrives AFTER 7 am they will have to wait until our snack time to eat. Children who arrive in the center AFTER 7 am with food will be asked to either put it away or dispose of it.

* LUNCHES: Milk is provided at lunch everyday. If your child is allergic to milk or milk products please be sure this information is documented by your pediatrician. If milk is not to be given, you may provide your child with an alternate non-milk (i.e. Soy) product, or water will be offered to your child during snack and lunch times. We do not accept juice, soda, or alternate drink items for meals except for parties or fieldtrips. Please remember to supply ALL UTENSILS necessary for your child’s lunch. We supply CUPS, LIDS, STRAWS, AND MILK ONLY. Please be sure that all refrigerated items are placed in a separate ziplock baggie with your child’s name on it and placed in the classroom bin (6-7:30am) or refrigerator (if arriving after 7:30am).

* ALLERGIES: If your child has a food allergy please be sure that it is documented in their medical forms from the pediatrician. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide an alternate snack item on days that we are serving a snack that your child cannot eat. Most parents will provide an “extra snack bag” with a small quantity of snacks we can use during the month. For most children with allergies we find that providing approx. three snacks per week seems to work.

* HEAD LICE: Head Lice is a nightmare for all parties. While not considered a health hazard by the Carroll County Health Department, it is a nuisance for the staff, the children and all of our families. It is important that families understand some basic information about head lice.

  1. Head lice is not a sign of cleanliness. In fact they gravitate to hair that is clean.
  2. Head lice do not jump, fly or hop.
  3. Head lice cannot live in a building for more than 24 hours without attaching themselves to a person. Every weekend that the building is closed, they die.
  4. Pets neither get nor transport lice.
  5. Every year, CCPS sends a notification home with its students saying they have found head lice in one or more of its classrooms.

Stepping Stones takes a proactive approach towards this problem. We encourage EVERYONE to be proactive by purchasing all natural hair products that reduce the potential of lice migration. These products can be found either online at www.fairytaleshaircare.com or at a local hair salon. These products are made of herbs that are especially made for children and are considered safe to use on a daily basis.

OUR HEAD LICE POLICY IS AS FOLLOWS:
If WHITE LICE EGGS, BLACK EGGS, OR LIVE LICE are found on your child you will be called and asked to treat your child that night. Your child may return back to the center after treatment and a staff person has checked your child’s head for signs of lice. In all cases you will be requested to retreat your child again between 7-9 days later. Only by working together can we prevent this from spreading to our children and families!

* EMERGENCY INFORMATION: Please remember the importance of updating your child’s emergency card as soon as any information changes. In an emergency, we must have the correct information so that we can provide the best care for your child. In addition, please remember to sign your child in and out each and every day they are enrolled. These sign-ins are used not only for a quick reference as to who picked your child up for the day, but also as a communication between the center and you, the parent. CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WRITE IN THESE BOOKS! 

* Please, please, please - NO TOYS! Our NO TOY policy is strictly enforced (except on Show-N-Tell days). We have spent a tremendous amount of valuable teaching and management time locating toys that are brought in from home and misplaced during the day (not to mention the added stress of a crying child who lost the toy!) We have plenty of toys here at the center for everyone to share. Please explain to your child that this is a SCHOOL RULE and everyone must follow it. Thank you very much for your cooperation!

* PARKING: Stepping Stones rents the building from the Springfield Presbyterian Church. There are only specific places that are designated for parents to park. You may park on either side of the building, or in front of our playgrounds. Please remember that our driveway is ONE WAY! This is for the safety of all of our children in the center.

*FLIP-FLOPS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT OUR CENTER. Please ask your child to RUN in their footwear at HOME before they come here. If they fall off, if they slip off- do not send them here. SAFETY FIRST...STYLE SECOND!!

*EXTRA DAYS: Your child is guaranteed a spot in the room they are enrolled on the days you have requested. If you wish to “ADD” an extra day, you may do this if there is room in your child’s classroom. Extra days are charged the same as a 1 (one) day rate in that room. Sorry, but we do not offer “SWITCHING” of days at any time. The director must preapprove ADDED days.

* EMAIL PRIVACY: Each year Stepping Stones is asked to provide email address for party invitations. We will provide a class list with approved email addresses at the beginning of the school year. Please see your child’s teacher to complete this form. A copy will be provided to each family by the week of Sept. 18th.

* TUITION: Tuition payments are due weekly, biweekly or monthly PRIOR to care. Payments should be placed in the silver tuition box located by the front door. There are envelopes located above this tuition box for CASH PAYMENTS ONLY. Please do not place checks in envelopes in the box. You are welcome to set up tuition payments to be sent directly to the center from your bank account. Our mailing address is provided at the end of this newsletter. Tuitions are regularly deposited each week on WEDNESDAYS; however, checks should not be placed in the tuition box unless they are ready to be cashed at anytime! If a check needs to be held you must place this check in a separate envelope with specific instructions on the envelope. Payments received AFTER 12 pm. on WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON are considered LATE and may not be posted to your account until the following week. FIELDTRIP MUST BE PAID SEPARATELY FROM TUITION PAYMENTS. These activities can be paid either in cash or check. (Please click here to view Fall/Spring Fieldtrip Information).

* WEEKLY REMINDERS: Weekly email reminders are sent out each week by Thursday or Friday. These reminders are only sent out by EMAIL. If you do not provide us with an email address you will need to use your monthly calendars, our website and our Parent Boards to stay informed.

*COMMUNICATION: Communication is very important to us. We want you to feel comfortable discussing your child’s day with us, however, at the end of the evening please remember that our teachers are still working and must be available to watch and assist the children they are responsible for. While you may be “off” from work and free to talk, this is not always the best time for the staff. We ask that if you need longer than 5 minutes of the teacher’s time to discuss your child’s day or progress, please call between the hours of 12:30-2:30 while the children are resting and the teachers have time to provide you with additional information. You are always welcome to schedule a conference with our teachers during these hours as well.

Your Parent Handbook is the greatest source of information regarding our school. Please become familiar with it over the next several weeks. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

GENERAL INFORMATION
STAFFING: Our Fall staffing for the 2017-2018 school year will be as follows:
  • 2’s: Tiny Turtles- Ms. Lucy, Ms. Jeanne, and Ms. Destiny
  • 3’s: Wiggle Worms- Ms. Margo, Ms. Shannon, and Ms. Kim
  • 4’s: Busy Bees- Ms. Hannah, Ms. Rhiannon, and Ms. Stefani
  • 4/5+: Honey Bees and Before and After - Ms. Erin and Ms. Megan
AT THE DESK:
  • Ms. Nancy – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (am)
  • Ms. Chris- Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (pm)

We wish you and your family a wonderful school year and thank you for choosing Stepping Stones as your child’s first steps toward a successful school experience.
                                      The Staff at Stepping Stones Day Care

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION-
Mailing address - 7300 SPOUT HILL ROAD, SYKESVILLE, MD. 21784
E-mail address - Ssteppingup@aol.com
Website - www.asteppingstonechild.com

THIS LETTER IS BEING SENT VIA EMAIL. IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE THIS BY EMAIL PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL THE CENTER A.S.A.P.  SO YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS CAN BE ADDED TO OUR FALL SESSION.


Tiny Turtles 2017-2018 Welcome Letter - rev 7-14-17

Welcome Tiny Turtles!

Welcome to the Tiny Turtles classroom! This letter is provided to help your child have a successful experience in our classroom.  Should you have any further questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to ask.

Nap Items
Naps are taken daily between 12:30 and 2:30. Your child will be assigned a cubby to keep all their personal belongings. Please check your child’s cubby every evening. We ask that the cubby be kept clean of old food and soiled clothing at all times.
The following items should be kept in your child’s cubby all week:
* 1 small tote bag (approx. size 12x14) (labeled with their name)
* 1 crib sheet
* 1 SMALL cribsize blanket
* 1 sleep buddy is allowed for naptime, but must fit inside your child’s tote
* 2 changes of clothing (appropriate for the weather - underwear, socks, pants, shirt, and shoes if possible. When potty training we ask for 3 sets of extra clothes and 5 pairs of underwear) (These items will be kept in a container provided by the Center.)
** 1-3x5 picture used to label your child’s cubby area
Nap items should be taken home and washed weekly.
HELPFUL HINTS: Please remember to dress your child in clothing that their small fingers can easily manage. During potty training avoid clothing with buttons, snaps, belts and onesies (one piece shirts). Clothing with elastic works very well and is easy for your child to manipulate until they feel confident in this new experience.

Diapers & Wipes
Please provide at least ONE HARD PLASTIC container with wipes. We will send a note home when you are running low and you may replenish your child’s wipes with a refill package. If your child uses pull-ups we suggest using the ones with Velcro on the side, this makes changes fast and easy leaving more time for your child to play!

Outside Time
Weather permitted, we are required by the Health Department to take the children outside every day. Please make sure your child comes prepared to go outside in all types of weather. During the summer months sunscreen should be applied prior to bringing your child to school, and provided for us to reapply after naptime.

Sickness
If your child wakes up in the morning with a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or green/yellow discharge from their nose, please do not bring them to school. We try to keep a healthy environment for all students and teachers. In the event your child is on over-the-counter medicine we need a medical form filled out by the doctor. Prescription medicine requires the medicine to be brought into the center in its original container, and your signature on a medical form that is provided by the Center. Please do NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO TRANSPORT MEDICINE IN THEIR LUNCHBOX.

Nutrition
We serve 2 snacks a day. A snack list is posted monthly on the bulletin board by the front desk. Please let us know if your child is allergic to something. The morning snack is served by 8:45 a.m. and the afternoon snack is served at 3:00 p.m. The children are served either milk, juice, or water in a Styrofoam cup with a lid and straw, with their meals. Lunchtime is from 11:30-12:30. Your child must bring a lunch with either a fruit or a vegetable in it each day and you must provide your child with all utensils needed to eat their lunch. Lunches should be packed in a lunchbox with your child’s name clearly labeled on it. Milk is provided at lunch. We ask that your child NOT bring in juice boxes or sippy cups except on fieldtrip days. If you are packing something that needs refrigeration, please provide an ice pack in your child's lunchbox as we do not provide refrigeration. We do have a microwave in our classroom that we are happy to use for heating up leftovers or for items taking 1-2 minutes to reheat. Please do not send in items that need COOKING (i.e. items which need to be mixed with water, or need additional cooking time beyond 1-2 mins.) On fieldtrip days we ask that the children pack a completely disposable lunch with drinks.

Fieldtrips
We feel that fieldtrips are an important part of your child’s social development.  We participate in several fieldtrips during the year.  Each fieldtrip must have a certain number of chaperones to maintain a safe child/adult ratio.  Some of our fall fieldtrips may include: DISNEY ON ICE, PUMPKIN PATCH, CIRCUS, and the ZOO.  Remember, without your help these trips will not be possible.  If our classroom participates in a fieldtrip, your child must attend the trip or you will need to find alternate care for that day. Our fieldtrip board and permission slips are located directly OUTSIDE the classroom.

Fieldtrips are posted on your monthly classroom calendar and on our Parent Board.

Parent Handbook
Your Parent Handbook is the best source of information pertaining to the general rules and operation of the Center.

Communication
Communication between parents and staff members is vital for your child’s successful preschool experience. Please check your child’s folder (located inside the classroom on the back wall) for teacher-parent notes, artwork and reminders. The Parent Board is located on the left hand side of the door leading into the classroom, and should be checked daily for reports, and upcoming information about our class.

It is important that our emergency cards be kept up-to-date at all times.  Changes in phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses should be provided a.s.a.p.

If you should need to discuss any concerns or questions about your child you may reach us between the hours of 1:00-2:00 daily. Conferences need to be scheduled as we are working with the children at all other times of the day.

TINY TURTLES CURRICULUM
We will work on the following skills in our classroom:
Listening/following directions, Responsibility,
Small motor skills (coloring, cutting, gluing)
Large motor skills (dancing, tumbling, riding bikes, outdoor play)
Recognizing letters, numbers, shapes, colors,
Name Recognition, Social Skills, Counting, Spanish language activities, and Potty Training

Homework activities will be given each week to reinforce Unit concepts. Report cards and parent conferences will be provided in January/February and May/June.

School Supplies
- Two boxes of tissues
- 4 (four) additional refill packages of wipes for the classroom
- 3x5 picture of your child
- 1 (one) box gallon size zip-lock baggies
- 1 (one) pack washable markers

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A WONDERFUL AND EXCITING YEAR WITH YOUR CHILD!

The Tiny Turtle Teachers,
Ms. Lucy and Ms. Jeanne

Tiny Turtles 2017-2018 Supplies - rev 7-14-17

• Two boxes of tissues
• 4 (four) additional refill packages of wipes for the classroom
• 3x5 picture of your child
• 1 (one) box gallon size zip-lock baggies
• 1 (one) pack washable markers

Wiggle Worms 2017-2018 Welcome Letter - rev 7-14-17

Welcome Wiggle Worms!

Dear Parents,
Welcome to the Wiggle Worm classroom! The following pages contain information that will help you and your child become acquainted with the classroom. Should you have any further questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to ask.

Naptime
Naptime is between 12:30-2:30 each day. Children are required to lie quietly on their cot during this time period. Naptime buddies are allowed during naptime as long as they remain on the cot with the child. Naptime items must be taken home weekly and washed.

Each child has a cubby/bin. Please check your child’s cubby every evening. We ask that the cubby be kept clean of old food, extra papers, and soiled clothing at all times. The following items should be kept daily in your child’s cubby:
- 1 crib sheet (placed in a small tote bag)
- 1 small blanket (placed in a small tote bag)
- 1 small nap buddy may also be brought in for naptime only
- 2 changes of clothing (appropriate for the weather- underwear, socks, pants, shirt and placed in a labeled ziploc baggie)
PLEASE NO PILLOWS, BOOKBAGS or DRAWSTRING BAGS
All items should be labeled with your child’s full name in a permanent marker.

Nutrition
We serve 2 snacks a day. A snack list is posted monthly on the bulletin board by the front desk. Please let us know if your child is allergic to something. The morning snack is served by 9:00 a.m. and the afternoon snack is served at 3:00 p.m. The children are served milk, juice, or water with their snack. Lunchtime is from 11:30-12:30. Your child must bring a lunch with either a fruit or a vegetable in it each day and you must provide your child with all utensils needed to eat lunch. Lunches should be packed in a lunchbox with your child’s name clearly labeled on it. Milk is provided at lunch. If you are packing something that needs refrigeration, you must LABEL it and place it in our refrigerator bins prior to 8AM, after 8AM please place refrigerator items directly in our classroom's refrigerator. We do have a microwave in our classroom that we are happy to use for heating up leftovers or for items taking 1-2 minutes to reheat. Please do not send in items that need COOKING (i.e. items that need to be mixed with water, or need additional cooking time beyond 1-2 mins.) On fieldtrip days we ask that the children pack a completely disposable lunch with drinks. Occasionally we have special lunches and a lunch will be supplied here at the center.

Outside Time
We are required by the Health Department to take the children outside every day. Please make sure your child comes prepared to go outside in all types of weather. When snowing, please provide boots, hats, gloves, coat, and if necessary snow pants. During the summer months sunscreen should be applied prior to bringing your child to school, and provided for us to reapply after naptime.

Sickness
If your child wakes up in the morning with a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or green/yellow discharge from their nose, please do not bring them to school. We try to keep a healthy environment for all students and teachers. In the event your child is on over-the-counter medicine we need a medical form filled out by the doctor. Prescription medicine requires the medicine to be brought into the center in its original container, and your signature on a medical form that is provided by the Center. Please do NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO TRANSPORT MEDICINE IN THEIR LUNCHBOX.

Fieldtrips
We feel that fieldtrips are an important part of your child’s educational and social development. We participate in several fieldtrips during the year. Each fieldtrip must have a certain number of chaperones to maintain a safe child/adult ratio. We require each parent to chaperone at least 2 fieldtrips per year. Some of our fall fieldtrips may include: PARK, ZOO, PUMPKIN PATCH, and/or a PLAY. Remember, without your help these trips will not be possible. If our classroom participates in a fieldtrip, your child must attend the trip, or you will need to find alternate care for that day.  All fieldtrip information is provided at least 2 months in advance and permission forms must be completed for each trip.

Homework
At the beginning of each week a homework sheet/activity will be placed in your child's take-home folder located on the wall inside our classroom. These worksheets are designed to be a fun and positive learning activity to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom. We encourage you to take some time during the week to work with your child on the following skills:

Color & shape recognition
Reading readiness
Patterns
Matching
Theme-related activities
Sorting
Counting
Alphabet

We ask that homework sheets be returned within the week, they will then be returned to your child with a stamp or a sticker on the paper.

Please keep in mind that all children develop at a different rate. Most children will be excited about these activities and will enjoy the time they spend together with you. In addition, some activities may be too difficult for your child at this time. Please encourage your child to participate, but view the activity as a form of reinforcement of a skill, rather than accuracy for that skill. A child that has no interest should not be forced to participate, you may wish to save the papers in a separate folder and when your child shows an interest, bring one out and then work on it. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding homework please let us know.

Communication
Communication between parents and staff members is vital for your child’s successful pre-school experience. Please check your child’s mailbox (folder located inside the classroom on the front wall) for teacher-parent notes, artwork and reminders. The Parent Board is located on the right hand side of the SECOND classroom door - the one closest to the back door as you are leaving the building. Please check this board daily for reports and upcoming information about our class.

Changes in work schedule, work and home phone numbers, and addresses should be made to your child’s emergency card as soon as possible. It is important that our emergency cards be kept up-to-date at all times.

If you should need to discuss any concerns or questions about your child you may reach us between the hours of 1:00-2:00 daily. Conferences can be scheduled at anytime during the year.

3’s Weekly Curriculum

Monday:
- Intro to The Letter People (LP) song & poem
- Vocabulary/Intro
- Letter activity

Tuesday:
- LP song & poem
- LP handwriting
- Math
- Science

Wednesday:
- LP song & poem
- Art
- Vocabulary/sight word activity
- Math

Thursday:
- LP song & poem
- LP handwriting
- Art
- Math

Friday:
- LP review
- Vocabulary/Review
- Letter activity
- Science

Wiggle Worms Supply List
(Unless noted, all items are community items to be used by the entire class throughout the school year.)

1 Composition book - personal
4 Glue sticks
1 Box of 8 Primary Colored Washable Markers
1 Small bottle of Elmer's Glue
1 Box of Crayons
1 Box Ziplock Gallon bags
1 Yellow highlighter
1 Baby wipe refill package
2 Boxes of tissues

Personal Items:
1 Lunchbox (reg. size - no coolers please!)
1 Crib sheet
1 Small blanket
1 Tote (Approx. size: 12X14 - No drawstring bags please!!)
2 Sets of seasonal change of clothes (put inside a large ziplock baggie)
PLEASE LABEL ALL OF YOUR CHILD’S PERSONAL BELONGINGS!

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A WONDERFUL SCHOOL YEAR WITH YOUR CHILD!

THE WIGGLE WORMS TEACHERS,
Ms. Margo and Ms. Shannon

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Wiggle Worms 2017-2018 Supplies - rev 7-14-17

Wiggle Worms Supply List
(Unless noted, all items are community items to be used by the entire class throughout the school year.)

1 Composition book - personal
4 Glue sticks
1 Box of 8 Primary Colored Washable Markers
1 Small bottle of Elmer's Glue
1 Box of 8 Crayons
1 Box Ziplock Gallon bags
1 Yellow highlighter
1 Baby wipe refill package
2 Boxes of tissues

Personal Items:

1 Lunchbox (reg. size - no coolers please!)
1 Crib sheet
1 Small blanket
1 Tote (Approx. size: 12X14 - No drawstring bags please!!)
2 Sets of seasonal change of clothes (put inside a large ziplock baggie)

** Remember: Please label all of your child's personal belongings!

 

Busy Bees 2017-2018 Welcome Letter - rev 7-14-17

Busy Bee’s Pre-K Class

Welcome to the Busy Bee’s Room!  We are looking forward to a fun and educational year! The following information will help you and your child become acquainted with our classroom. We are eager to start working together to prepare for their educational road ahead.

Curriculum
Your child will be learning a number of skills to help prepare them for the transition to Kindergarten or the downstairs Pre-K class next year. Following is a list of what we will be working on this year:

  • Math - Recognizing and writing numbers, shapes, and patterns; simple addition and subtraction.
  • Science - Recognizing and naming colors; cooking, and simple science experiments.
  • Social Development - Learning though play; working together and sharing; using words to express themselves.
  • Language - Recognizing and sounding out letters and “high frequency" words or "sight words". We will learn the Pledge to the Flag in sign language.
  • Social Studies - Culture, community, history, economics, rules
  • Art - Using their imaginations to create and build.
  • Small Motor - Cutting, gluing, writing, sorting, and coloring.
  • Large Motor - Outside play and group lead activities.

Homework
Homework is sent home weekly. Additional information on homework and our class incentive program will be sent home the second week of September. Our curriculum program is called the "Investigator Club" and is an approved MSDE program for Kindergarten preparation.

Show and Tell
Our classroom uses Show-and-Tell as a learning opportunity. Every Friday your child will be able to show an item brought from home as long as that item's name/description is related to our topic of the week or letter of the week. Monthly calendars will provide additional information on this topic. Please limit Show-and-Tell items to ONE PER CHILD. Thank you!

Nutrition
We serve 2 snacks a day. A snack list is posted monthly on the bulletin board by the front desk. Please let us know if your child is allergic to something. You are responsible for providing an alternate snack if your child is not allowed the snack we are offering. The children are served milk, juice, or water with their snack, and milk with lunch. Your child must bring one fruit or vegetable in their lunch daily. Lunches should be packed in a lunchbox clearly labeled with your child’s name. Napkins and utensils should be included. If packing something that needs refrigeration, please label the items and place in a ziplock baggie and put directly in the refrigerator located in the kitchen inside our classroom. We have a microwave in our classroom that we would be happy to use to reheat items, however we do not accept anything that needs to be cooked (i.e. items that need to be mixed with water, opened with a can opener, or heated for more than 2 minutes.). On fieldtrips we ask that children bring completely disposable lunches with a drink.

Nap Time
Naps are taken daily between 12:30 and 2:30. Your child will need either a tote bag or book bag (labeled with their name) with the items listed below. This bag should go home every week to wash nap time items.

1 crib sheet
1 small blanket
1 set of seasonal change of clothes placed in a labeled ziploc bag.

Outside Time
We are required by the Health Department to take the children outside every day. Please make sure your child comes prepared to go outside in all types of weather. When snowing, please provide boots, hats, gloves, and coat, and snowpants if necessary (this will be planned in advance if playing in the snow!). During the summer months sunscreen should be applied prior to bringing your child to school and provided for us to reapply after naptime.

Fieldtrips
We feel that fieldtrips are an important part of your child’s educational and social development.  We participate in several fieldtrips during the year.  Each fieldtrip must have a certain number of chaperones to maintain a safe child/adult ratio.  We require each parent to chaperone at least 2 fieldtrips per year. Some of our fall fieldtrips may include: PARK, ZOO, PUMPKIN PATCH, and/or a PLAY.  If our classroom participates in a fieldtrip your child must attend the trip or you will need to find alternate care for that day. All fieldtrip information is provided at the beginning of the school and can be found on our website. Our fieldtrip/chaperone board is located directly INSIDE the classroom.

Communication
Communication between parents and staff members is vital to your child’s successful preschool experience. Please check your child's folder, located in the main hallway outside the Wiggle Worm's room, for any papers to go home. The parent board is located outside the classroom next to the door; please check this board daily for updates.

Changes in your work schedule, phone numbers, and address should be made to your child’s emergency card ASAP. If you should need to discuss any concerns or have questions about your child you may reach us between 1:00 and 2:00 daily. Conferences need to be scheduled as we will be with the children at all other times of the day. We encourage you to email us at anytime to discuss your child’s progress, or to answer any concerns or questions you have. Please send any correspondences directly through the Center’s main email address at Ssteppingup@aol.com.

We look forward to working with you and your children this year!

The Busy Bee’s Teachers

Busy Bee’s SCHOOL Supply List
Please label each item with your child’s name:

- 1 box crayons (label each crayon)
- 1 box markers (label each marker)
- 1 small plastic school box (8x5)
- 2 chubby pencils (label each pencil)
- 1 two-pocket folder (homework folder)
- 5 glue sticks

Busy Bee’s HOME Supply List
Your child will be given homework during the year that will require the use of the following materials:
- scissors
- glue
- crayons
- pencils

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Busy Bees 2017-2018 Supplies - rev 7-14-17

Please label each item with your child’s name.

  • 1 box crayons (label each crayon)
  • 1 box markers (label each marker)
  • 1 small plastic school box (8x5)
  • 2 chubby pencils (label each pencil)
  • 1 two-pocket folder (homework folder)
  • 5 glue sticks
For Nap Time: (Place in a LABELED TOTE BAG or BACKPACK)
  • 1 crib sheet
  • 1 small blanket
  • 1 set of seasonal change of clothes

** REMEMBER** Please label all of your child’s personal belongings!

Honey Bees 2016-2017 Welcome Letter - rev 8-8-17
HONEY BEE PRE-K CLASS

Welcome to the Honey Bee’s Pre-K Class!  The information below will help you and your child become acquainted with our classroom.

Curriculum (See additional information on our weekly curriculum in our schedule.)
This is a very important and exciting year for your child! She/he will be learning a number of skills to prepare them for their transition into Kindergarten. Here are some of the areas we will be working on throughout the year:

  • Math: Recognizing and writing numbers, shapes, and patterns; simple addition and subtraction; time and money.
  • Science: Recognizing and naming colors; cooking, and simple science experiments.
  • Social Development: Learning though play; working together and sharing; using words to express themselves.
  • Language: Recognizing and sounding out letters and "high frequency" (sight) words. We will learn the Pledge to the Flag in sign language.
  • Art: Using their imaginations to create and build.
  • Small Motor: Cutting, gluing, writing, sorting, and coloring.
  • Large Motor: Outside play and group lead activities.

Homework
Homework will be sent home weekly. Additional information on homework and our class incentive program will be sent home the second week of September.Our curriculum program is called the "INVESTIGATOR CLUB" and is an approved MSDE program for Kindergarten preparation.

Show-N-Tell
Our classroom uses Show-and-Tell as a learning opportunity. Every Monday your child will be able to show an item brought from home as long as that item's name/description BEGINS with the letter of the week they are learning. Please limit these items to ONE PER CHILD. Thank you!

Nutrition
We serve 2 snacks a day. A snack list is posted monthly on the bulletin board by the front desk.  Please let us know if your child is allergic to something. The children are served milk, juice, or water with their snack, and milk with lunch. Your child must bring one fruit or vegetable in their lunch daily. Lunches should be packed in a lunchbox clearly labeled with your child’s name. Napkins and utensils should be included. If packing something that needs refrigeration please label the item(s) and place directly in the refrigerator located inside our classroom. We have a microwave in our classroom that we are happy to use to reheat items, however we do not accept anything that needs to be cooked (i.e. items that need to be mixed with water, opened with a can opener, or heated for more than 2 minutes.) On fieldtrips we ask that children bring completely disposable lunches with a drink.

Naptime
Naps are taken daily between 12:30 and 2:30 from the end of August - December; starting in January the children will only nap from 1-2:30pm.  Your child will need a book bag or tote bag (labeled with their name) with the items listed below. This bag should go home every week to wash nap time items:

  • 1 crib sheet
  • 1 small blanket
  • 1 set of seasonal change of clothes.

Outside Time
We are required by the Health Department to take the children outside every day.  Please make sure your child comes prepared to go outside in all types of weather. When snowing, please provide boots, hats, gloves, coat, and if necessary, snowpants. During the summer months sunscreen should be applied prior to bringing your child to school and provided for us to reapply after naptime. 

Fieldtrips
We feel that fieldtrips are an important part of your child’s educational and social development.  We participate in several fieldtrips during the year.  Each fieldtrip must have a certain number of chaperones to maintain a safe child/adult ratio. We require each parent to chaperone at least 1 fieldtrip per year. Some of our fall fieldtrips may include: PARK, ZOO, PUMPKIN PATCH, and/or a PLAY.  Remember, without your help these trips will not be possible.  If our classroom participates in a fieldtrip, your child must attend the trip or you will need to find alternate care for that day. All fieldtrip information is provided at least 2 months in advance and permission forms must be completed at enrollment. Our fieldtrip/chaperone board is located in the hallway as you come down the steps. 

Communication
Communication between parents and staff members is vital for your child’s successful preschool experience.  Please check your child’s folder, located in the main hallway outside the Wiggle Worms' room, for any papers to go home. The parent board is located outside the classroom next to the door. Please check this board daily for updates. Changes in your work schedule, phone numbers and address should be made to your child's emergency card ASAP.

If you should need to discuss any concerns or have questions about your child you may reach me between 1:00-2:00 daily.  Conferences need to be scheduled as I will be with the children at all other times of the day. Please send any concerns or questions through our general email address at: Ssteppingup@aol.com.

The Honey Bees' Teachers:

Ms. Erin and Ms. Chris

Honey Bee’s SCHOOL Supply List
Please label each item with your child’s name.

- 1 box crayons (label each crayon)
- 1 box markers (label each marker)
- 1 small plastic school box (8x5)
- 2 chubby pencils (label each pencil)
- 1 two-pocket folder
- 4 glue sticks
- 1 2” binder

Honey Bee’s HOME Supply List
Your child will be given homework during the year that will require the use of the following materials:
- scissors
- glue
- crayons
- pencils

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Honey Bees 2016-2017 Supplies - rev 8-8-17
  • 1 box crayons (label each crayon)
  • 1 box markers (label each marker)
  • 1 small plastic school box (8x5)
  • 2 chubby pencils (label each pencil)
  • 1 two pocket folder
  • 4 glue sticks
  • 1 2” binder
**Please label each item with your child’s name and place inside the school box.

For Nap Time (Place in a TOTE BAG or BACKPACK):

  • 1 crib sheet
  • 1 small blanket
  • Extra set of seasonal clothes