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March 2021 – News

March 2021

“The rooster knew what he had to do. He turned around and went back home again. He enjoyed a good meal of gain and sat on his very own perch. After a while, he went to sleep and had a wonderful happy dream—all about a trip around the world”. Eric Carle

Dear Families:

Brooklyn Carelot celebrates author/illustrators all month long. Reading is Fun is our theme. We highlight Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Laura Numeroff, Margaret Wise Brown, and Beatrix Potter.  During the month, all classrooms read stories and created artist-inspired art pieces, including giant caterpillars, symmetrical butterflies, cookies, donuts, muffins, and lots of bunnies!  

We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this week with a fun event. The center is visited by a mischievous leprechaun named Lucky.  There was lots of excitement generated around how to catch a leprechaun with all classrooms making a trap. Don’t forget to ask your child if they caught him and received gold.

Every classroom celebrates the book If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff, with pig-inspired activities. Our toddlers will be playing in individual mud bins, our infants will be playing with pink whip topping, preschoolers will be eating pink pancakes and the kindergarten class will make and wear pig masks while eating bacon.

 

GREAT NEWS!

  • We are now accepting Brooklyn Public School children for our Before and After School Program. 
  • We still have a few spots available in our PreSchool and several spots available in Toddlers and Infants. Do you have friends in need of childcare, please have them call us and set up a tour. 
  • Our Little Ceasars PTO Pizza Fundraiser is starting. Don’t forget to sign up online and share with friends. This year all orders are shipped to homes. No deliveries are needed!
  • Our Summer Camp (ages 5 -12) enrollment begins this NOW. Make sure you enroll your child(ren) online at Carelot.net. Check out our information kiosk at check-in for camp themes and details.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Annie Aalto-Harvey
Site Manager


June News 2019

“Old MacDonald had a farm E, I, E, I, O”

Dear Families:
June 2019 was dedicated to farming! We discussed many aspects of a farm with the children. What is a farm? Who runs a farm? What happens on a farm? What animals live on a farm? What is grown on a farm? Singing Ole McDonald Had A Farm was a big part of the month. The toddlers have been creating artwork, painting with vegetables. Pre School and toddler did some apple stamping. Pre School planted beans and have eagerly watched them grow so tall. The infant room made the cutest farmers from their foot stamp.
We celebrated Dads with a classroom popsicle party. All children made either special Father’s Day gift or cards. Infants made hand printed T-Shirts, toddlers painted wooden rocket ships and “you’re the cheese to my macaroni” cards. We were happy to see so many father’s turn out for this event,
A few things started this month:
• Our summer camp program began. They have been busy creating a camp banner, working on making a pirate, fizzy ice cube pirate treasure and the end the month going to Webster Lake and Rocky Neck Park.
• The No Child Hungry sponsored free food program began. All child in the center receive a free lunch through August 2nd. A breakfast is served to children who are in the center prior to 8 AM. We are fortunate that the town of Brooklyn participates in this program.
• Water play activities have begun. Remember to bring in a bathing suit, towel and water shoes for your child. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen too. We go outside every day, weather permitting.
Watch our activity board located in the entrance vestibule. You’ll find all our upcoming July activity. I’m looking forward to a fabulous summer of fun with your children!
Sincerely,
Ms. Annie Aalto-Harvey
Site Manager


May News 2019

“I love you right up to the moon—and back.”
—Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Dear Families:
May 2019 finds all the children dreaming about being on the go, go, go and beyond. We are reading, learning and creating around the theme; transportation. We painted with cars and trucks; acted like a train moving from one place to the other; ran around the playground with arms spread open and soared liked planes; played with boats in sensory; and made our names into rocket ships. We also had a visit CT Music performed The Wheels on the Bus among other children classic sing-a-long songs.
We celebrated moms with a classroom tea party. All children made a special Mother’s Day gift. Infants made hand printed flowers on a canvas totes, toddlers painted wooded flowers and preschoolers painted flowerpots and planted a flower. Preschool thanks Loews for their kind donation of pots and flowering plants.
A staff shout out to parents who helped make Caretaker Providers Week so meaningful. We enjoyed the awesome French toast bake, sweet treats, special cards and flowers plus a cold cut sandwich lunch. We are deeply for your children and are glad you are appreciative.
Remember to join us for some upcoming events:
• Pops with Pop! Friday, June 14 at 3:30 pm. Please RSVP with your child’s teacher

Sincerely,
Ms. Annie Aalto-Harvey
Site Manager


April News 2019

April 2019

Oh, to be in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner now that Spring is here.

Dear Families:
We celebrated the Week of the Young Child™ which is an annual celebration hosted by NAEYC to spotlight early learning, young children, their teachers, families, and communities. Here in Brooklyn we celebrated with music, art, healthy treats, cooperative team work and family ice cream social.

Spring is in the air and April brings us new beginnings. We are happy to have 2 children ready to move to the Pre-toddlers classroom as we welcome 4 new infants near the end of the month. We also welcome new toddlers and a preschooler to our classrooms. We learn and we grow here at Brooklyn Carelot!
Near the end of the month our curriculum focus is on our mother, Mother Earth in all her spectacular glory. The beauty of butterflies, especially when created from baby footprints or coffee filter and watercolors. All classrooms will save any paper or plastic products they use during lunch and snack to help create an art-based recycled goods robot. We’ll be also focus on colors; the colors of the rainbow, color wheels and all the colors around us.
At Brooklyn Carelot:
• Slumber club at our Killingly Center is on April 27th from 5 – 9 pm. Remember…. we do all the work and you have all the fun!
• Our Summer Camp (ages 5 -12) enrollment begins this month. Sign up early for summer camp and receive $100 off enrollment fees.
• Please help out with Provider Appreciation Day in May. Watch for our emails and flyers on how you can help and recognize the great work of your child’s teachers and assistants.

Sincerely,
Ms. Annie Aalto-Harvey
Site Manager


March News- 2019

March 2019
“The rooster knew what he had to do. He turned around and when back home again. He enjoyed a good meal of gain and sat on his very own perch. After awhile he went to sleep and had a wonderful happy dream—all about a trip around the world”. Eric Carle
Dear Families:
Thank you to all the families who sent photos for our Oh the Places You Will Go ceiling display. We were one of the decoration incentive winners. Have you seen our NEW family interactive bulletin board located in the main hallway. This month we are asking for your favorite memories of going to a camp or your memories of summers past.

Brooklyn Carelot celebrated author/illustrators all month long. Reading is Fun was our theme. We highlighted Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Stan and Jan Berenstein, Tomie DePaola. During the month, all classrooms read stories and created art pieces, including an Eric Carle art inspired caterpillar, now proudly displayed in the hallway. The children enjoyed a pancake snack inspired by Tomie DePaola’s book, Pancakes for Breakfast. There will be lots of bear related activities featured next week when we are reading Berenstein Bears books.
We celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a fun event. The center was visited by a mischievous leprechaun named Lucky. There was lots of excitement generated around how to catch a leprechaun. The preschooler and the school age children set up a trap the catch that leprechaun. Don’t forget to ask the children if they caught him and the special marshmallow treats
At the end of the month we will celebrate the arrival of Spring. Our infant teachers have already hung up butterflies that our infants painted, using a rolling jar painting technique.
At Brooklyn Carelot:
• Our Little Ceasars PTO Pizza Fundraiser orders are due by 3/ 25th.
• Slumber club at our Killingly Center is on March 23rd from 5 – 9 pm. Remember…. we do all the work and you have all the fun!
• Our Summer Camp (ages 5 -12) enrollment begins this month. Sign up early for summer camp and receive $100 off enrollment fees.
• Learn more about Summer Camp with our FEAR FACTOR night on Friday, March 29th from 6 – 8 PM. Bring friends to see what camp life at Carelot would be like. Camp is always better with friends.
• Watch for information about our PTO’s letter to help out with Provider Appreciation Day.

Sincerely,
Ms. Annie Aalto-Harvey
Site Manager


February News 2019

February 2019
I Like You

Valentine, I like you; I’m glad that you’re my friend; We have lots of fun together,
We are a perfect blend!

By Joanna Fuchs
Dear Families:

Brooklyn Carlota loves our community helpers. All month long we have been talking, reading and creating art work around community helpers. During the month, all classrooms read stories, showed pictures, and celebrated the occupations of dentists, doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers, grocers, builders and fire & police officers. Ms Amanda Pre K classroom was visited by nurse who answered lots of questions about using a stethoscope! All classrooms will be making thank you cards for our Brooklyn community helpers which will be mailed.
Happy Birthday Carelot! On Friday, February 22nd, Carelot celebrated its 21st birthday with a day of birthday fun. All our children will played party games, ate cupcakes, sang and danced. One thing you can always count on…Carelot celebrates BIG.
At the end of the month we celebrate Dr. Seuss. We will be reading and rhyming all week long. In March, it’s Read Across America Week! Come volunteer to read to our children. Contact Ms. Annie to set up a time to join us. We have lots of books to choose from or bring your favorite.
We still have only a few available spaces in Preschool. Do you have friends or co-workers who need child care? We are here to help. Remember, you can earn a week free for any referral that enrolls. Earn up to $250.00! If you have any questions, please email me at brooklyn@carelot.net or stop by the office!

Sincerely,
Ms. Annie Aalto-Harvey
Site Manager


News from Brooklyn – December 2018

“Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches, plus two”!
by Dr. Seuss

Dear Families,

As I approach the end-of-year, this quote holds a great deal of meaning to me. No, I’m not a Grinch, it is that my heart does grow three more sizes everyday as Brooklyn’s Carelot’s Site Manager. It is the children and staff here that make my heart grow with such warmth. This program is very special, your children are special. I’m proud to be part of your child’s care and early education. Here are some personal December thoughts with you.
This time of year, music filters through the hallways from the classrooms with joyous children and teachers singing. There’s has been dancing; image seeing a giant snowflake dancing by you and says…” I hope I don’t melt.” Priceless! And your heart grows a little more.
The children’s artwork makes me smile, the “mistletoes” hung up in the infant room are so cute and a precious keepsake. The toddlers pure joy in participating in art, with paint from head to toes, touches my soul. Outside with the toddlers or preschoolers I always play a running game, catch Ms. Annie. I love seeing those little legs moving as fast as they can, giggling and smiling…..and my heart is filled with delight.

Just few thoughts on the teaching staff. In the infant room, it is not unusual to see Ms. Vanessa and Ms. Alli on the floor…” tummy time learning. Malorie, Ms. Carissa and Ms. Gina are wonderful, kind educators. Circle time with toddlers is great. Can’t wait to hear them sing the good morning song to me; a warm and wonderful experience. Preschool’s Ms. Amanda is a loving, determined teacher. She is persistence. She pushes through, helping your child learn to their full potential. She understands how individual and unique each child is in her class. Every teacher and staff member are dedicated to providing the best of childcare with a hands a on approach to learn…with lots of love and respect too.

I conclude with my letter with a thank you to all our families, parents/guardians. All our Giving Tree gift tags were taken, purchased and returned gift wrapped. Thank you for your generosity and kindness. Three deserving families will have a happier holiday this year. Thank you for the daily greetings, smiles and talks. You are a big part of why I love coming into work each and every day.

May there be Peace on Earth and all the world’s children have a restful nights.
Ms. Annie Aalto-Harvey
Site Manager

P.S. NEWSY UPDATES
o Please remember to discuss your holiday childcare plans with your teacher.
o Don’t forget about our Family Craft Night on December 20, 2018 from 3:30 to 5:30. We’ll be making a sensory craft/gift: Peppermint Patty’s Sugar Scrub.
o Our Ugly Holiday Sweater party for all classrooms is on December 21st at 10 AM.
o We will be closed on December 24 and 25 and closing early on 12/31 at 4 PM.


Brooklyn’s October 2018 News Report

Dear Families,

Thank you to all parents and children who joined us for a fun, information and learning night; Back to School. We had lots of fun showing how our toddlers participate in circle time, making ghost families in the infant room, and using fine motor skills to create monsters with candy cane teeth in Pre School.
When YOU think about October; brisk weather, a new season, falling leaves, pumpkins and apples, WE at Carelot learn and celebrate them. We also recognize National Fire Safety Week, teaching safe behaviors. Pre-schoolers spent all week practicing Stop, Drop and Roll, how to crawl under the smoke and don’t open a closed door that is hot. Both our infant and toddler’s room made hand and foot print fireman’s art. PreK’s sensory was for putting out “fires” and dramatic play had firefighter attire to explore and play.
While the pre-schoolers were rolling and learning, Ms. Vanessa, our infant room teacher, told me two of her infants rolled over onto their tummies by themselves! Our infants are achieving milestones every day.
We welcomed a new teacher into Lovebugs! When you get a chance stop by and say hello to Erika Kelly. She will be a welcomed addition to our team.
Near the end of the month we will all be exploring the inside of a pumpkin and apples. PreK will take a field trip to go apple picking. Lots of delicious apple snacks will be made and enjoyed by the children. We celebrate the season and learn!
We are now still enrolling for the fall. We only a few spots left. Please recommend the Brooklyn Carelot Center to your friends, coworkers for their child care needs.

Sincerely,

Ms. Annie Aalto-Harvey
Site Manager


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