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March 2021 News

March 15th, 2021

Dear Carelot Families, 

Happy March!  Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner!  Don’t forget that no matter what season, going outside is part of our curriculum.  Please keep an eye out for the weather, and make sure you are sending your child in with the appropriate outside attire.  Depending on the days lately, that could mean boots, hats, and mittens, or just a sweatshirt!  Also, don’t forget that the children love any “new” donated toys, especially for outside.  If you have an overabundance of sand shovels, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, balls, or outdoor games, or maybe you have an old bike and cozy coupe that your child has outgrown, feel free to donate them to the center.

This month we had tons of fun learning about different authors of classic children’s books! We learned about Dr. Seuss and Eric Carl and will end the month learning about Laura Numeroff, Margaret Weiss Brown and Beatrix Potter.

Kindergarten had fun learning about both Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle this week! We began reading Green Eggs and Ham, independently and learned the life cycle of a butterfly, along with doing some fun writing prompts!

We are now enrolling for summer camp!! Please go online to register your child for summer camp, to secure a spot if you plan on having them attend this summer. Spots are limited!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the above information, please feel free to speak to me.  You can reach me in the office, by emailing me at killingly@carelot.net, or by calling us at the center.

Sincerely, 

Tasha Schapp, Killingly Site Manager


June News 2019

June 15, 2019
Dear Carelot Families,

This month the children have been very busy. The preschoolers had a blast celebrating the end of the year with a field day on June 4th. They got to play games like bowling, and duck, duck, goose, as well as enjoyed bubbles and using the parachute. Preschool also celebrated, as they Graduated on June 4th. Congratulations to our preschoolers who will be moving up to Kindergarten!
Our infants and toddlers have been very busy as well! Our infants have been exploring different shaving cream and sensory bottles! Our pre-toddlers having been doing lots of fun sensory, including water play with dinosaurs and sand! Our toddlers have enjoyed all of the time they spend outside. They have also explored sand for sensory and made ocean bottle sensory bottles, too!
The hot summer weather is here, and it is important to apply sunscreen to your child before outdoor play. Please remember to do so before bringing your child to school or at drop off time. Teachers will only reapply sunscreen due to excessive sweating or water play activities. Also, remember to bring in a bathing suit, towel, and water play shoes for your child to wear during water play activities. Any children who do not have these items will not be able to participate in any of the fun water play activities that the teachers have planned.
Lastly, we are getting ready to kick off the start of summer in our summer camp program! We are very excited for all the fun field trips and activities that we have planned! Please make sure your child is wearing their camp shirt for EVERY field trip they go on. This includes our field days, too. Without their camp shirt, they will not be able to attend. This is to ensure the safety of all of our children, as we want to be able to provide them with a fun and safe summer. Thank you for your help in this!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the above information, please feel free stop by the office, e-mail me at killingly@carelot.net or calling me at the center.

Sincerely,
Tasha Schapp
Site Manager


May News 2019

Dear Carelot Families,

May has been an exciting month here at Carelot! We have been learning about different types of transportation all month long!

Thank you to all of the moms, grandmas, aunts, and other special ladies who came to celebrate our annual Mother’s Day Tea with us. We hope you all had a fabulous Mother’s Day! Our annual Father’s Day Celebration will be on Friday, June 14th. All dads, grandfathers, uncles, and any other special men in your children’s lives are welcome to attend. Each classroom will have a sign-up sheet. We hope you can join us.

Just a few dates of upcoming items to remember:
• Picture day will be Friday, May 17th for the whole center.
• Meet and Greet the Site Manager Tuesday May 28th from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm
• Preschool Graduation- Tuesday June 4th, 2019 at 6:00 pm
• We are closed on May 27th for Memorial Day
• The last day of school for Killingly Public Schools is Friday, June 14th. This day will be an Early Release Day. Please don’t forget to sign your school-aged child up if they will be attending the center that day.
• Summer camp for school-aged children starts on Monday, June 17th. Your child MUST have a summer camp registration form and all camp paperwork filled out in order for them to attend. Sign up now—space is limited and filling up fast!

Finally, if you have not done so yet, please take the time to fill out our Summer/Fall Registration forms with your child’s teacher. These forms are extremely helpful for us in planning our summer and fall staff schedules and classroom arrangements. Don’t forget, if you withdraw your child for the summer, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to hold their spot for the fall.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the above information, please feel free to stop by the office, e-mail us at Killingly@carelot.net or give us a call at the center.

Sincerely,
Tasha Schapp, Site Manager


April News 2019

April 15, 2019

Dear Carelot Families,

Happy Spring! The weather has been very up and down lately, with some days being warmer and others being very cool and rainy. Please remember that outside time is an important part of our curriculum, and we want the children to be warm and comfortable while playing outside. Children should be coming in each day with the appropriate attire to play outside, which can be tricky at this time of year. Some days only a t-shirt is needed, other days a light-weight coat or sweatshirt might be required. As the weather warms up more, it is important to remember that close-toed shoes are required for children playing outside. Please, no sandals or flip flops.

April is a busy month. The children have been busy learning about spring weather, and celebrated the Week of the Young Child! This is always a very exciting week at the center. The Week of the Young Child celebrations started on Monday, April 8th, and went through Friday, April 12th. The week is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and is put on in order to bring attention and awareness to the importance of Early Childhood Education. The week is full of fun celebrations for the children to enjoy and learn from. Music Monday had the children up moving, grooving, and singing, as well as making their own musical instruments. Tasty Tuesday has the children learn all about healthy foods, and doing a cooking project in their classroom. Work Together Wednesday will be full of group games and each classroom will be working on a group project. In preschool we made class murals together! Artsy Thursday is a day to explore different art mediums, and create a classroom mural to display. On Friday, we celebrated Family Friday with an ice cream social at 3:30 pm. If you would like to learn more about the Week of the Young Child, or the National Association for the Education of Young Children, please visit their website at www.naeyc.org.

Finally, summer is right around the corner, and we have begun registration for our summer camp. All children who have completed Kindergarten up through children age 12 are able to attend our summer camp program. Summer is a time for the school aged children to kick back, relax, and have fun after working hard all school year. In our summer camp program they will do just that. We offer cooking, science, sensory, and arts and crafts experiences daily, as well as fun field trips, swimming, and more!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the above information, please feel free to stop by the office, e-mail us at Killingly@carelot.net or give us a call at the center.

Sincerely,

Tasha Schapp
Killingly Site Manager


February News 2019

Dear Carelot Families,
February has been an exciting month, filled with learning about dental health and people in our community. We have learned about Doctors, nurses and ambulance drivers and why their jobs are so important to our community, and will be ending the month learning about fire and police along with Dr. Seuss!!

We will be having our annual book fair, which will be set up in the hallways from March 11th to March 15th. Keep an eye out! This is a very popular event which we do every year. Each classroom will be making a wish list of books they would like, if you are interested in donation money to the center for books. Every dollar counts. Also, the more books we sell, the more Scholastic points were earn to receive free books for the center. Please feel free to see me if you have any questions about the book fair and how it works.
Winter has come at us full force in the recent weeks, and with it so have many illnesses. Colds, the stomach bug, and the flu have all been affecting people in our area, especially children, and we are doing our best to keep our center a safe, clean, and healthy environment.
One of the easiest ways to stay healthy is to practice safe handwashing. For your health, and your child’s, we have placed hand sanitizer in the entryway of the building. Please use this before you clock your child in or out for the day. Also, we would like to remind you to make sure that as you enter your child’s classroom, both you and your child should be washing your hands.
We hope that you are having a safe, happy, and healthy winter so far! If you have any questions regarding this letter, please feel free to call me at 860-779-0611 or e-mail me at killingly@carelot.net.

Sincerely,
Tasha Schapp, Site Manager


January News 2019

January 15, 2019

Dear Carelot Families,

January has been a busy month so far! The children have been learning about different fairy tales! So far they have heard all about Jack and the Beanstalk and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children have enjoyed making Teddy bear toast and oatmeal playdough. They will be finishing up our fairy tale themed month learning about The Three Little Pigs, where our infants will make piggy footprints for art; and Little Red Riding Hood.

We are asking that all families bring in family photos on Friday, January 18th, so the teachers can put together family collages to hang up in the classrooms! The children love to share their families and see familiar faces throughout their day at school.

January is the month for our Winter Conferences. If you have not set up a time to meet with your child’s teacher yet, please feel free to do so. Conferences are a great time to sit with your child’s teacher and learn about what your child does each day, from daily routines to the concepts and skills that they are learning. It is also a great time for you to let your child’s teacher know what your expectations for your child’s learning are. We will do our next conferences at the end of the school year in late May/early June.

The weather has been cold, wet, and snowy lately. If you have not done so yet, please remember to send your child in with warm hats, mittens, scarves, snow pants, and boots, so that they can continue to go outside on the playground. Outside time is an important part of our curriculum, and we want to make sure that all children will be able to participate in the fun and games with their classmates, even if there is snow on the ground!

Just a friendly reminder that our center will be closed on Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There is no school for school-aged children on Tuesday, February 22nd. If you need your school-aged child to attend Carelot that day, please make sure you sign them up. Sign up sheets for Early Release Days and No School Days are outside of the JR BASP room.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the above information, please feel free to speak me. You can reach me in the office, by e-mailing me at killingly@carelot.net, or by calling us at the center.

Sincerely,

Tasha Schapp
Site Manager


Monthly Report- December 2018

Dear Carelot Families,

December is almost over, and we are about to enter 2019! It has been a great 2018 here at Carelot, and a pleasure for the Carelot staff to spend the year with your children!

The children have had a very busy month of December so far. They began the month by making cookies for our local fire department, making igloos out of mini marshmallows and having a special pajama party/ Polar Express movie day! The toddler’s most recent favorite activity was fluffy slime! Our pretoddler’s have been enjoying using their fine motor skills and creativity during art. They have done many individual and group projects lately.

Our toddlers have also been having a blast exploring fine motor play. They have engaged in many experiences lately, including using tweezers to pick up small objects (and improve their fine motor skills!) and dropping them into a bottle.

We will be having our Family Craft Night on Thursday, December 20th from 3:30 to 6:00pm. Please come join us for a fun craft for your child! This is a great way to meet and mingle with other families too! I hope to see everyone there!! We will also be having an ugly sweater contest during our classroom Christmas party, one December 21st. I can’t wait to see all the children’s “ugly” sweaters!

I hope that you all have a great holiday season, and a fantastic new year! I look forward to another year here at the center with everyone! 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the above information, please feel free to speak to me. You can reach me in the office, by e-mailing me at killingly@carelot.net, or by calling the center.

Sincerely,

Tasha Schapp
Site Manager


Killingly’s October 2018 News Report

October 15, 2018
Dear Carelot Families,

Hello, and Happy Fall! The weather is starting to get cooler now, especially in the morning and the late afternoon. Don’t forget to send your child with the appropriate outside attire (coat/sweatshirt, hat, etc) as we love playing outside! Also, don’t forget to check your child’s spare clothes bin. Now that it is cooler, you may want to bring in pants and long-sleeved shirts to replace shorts and tank tops that might still be in your child’s clothing bins. Remember, we like to have at least 2 full changes of clothes (shirt, pants, underwear, and socks) here at the center in case your child has an accident or gets messy while they are learning and playing.

On Saturday, October 13th we had our 11th Annual Harvest Festival. It was an amazing day with fun art crafts, science, and sensory projects, and lots of familiar faces of the families who attend our center. Thank you to all the families who came and enjoyed the day with us. Congratulations to Vanessa from our Brooklyn center for winning the Chili Cookoff! It was yummy!

If you are looking for a way to get some tuition assistance, a great way is through our referral program. For any family you refer that enrolls at the center you get $100 tuition credit on your account! If you have any questions about this program feel free to call or email me anytime.

On Wednesday, October 10th we held our Annual Back to School Night. We had many families who attended, and it was great to see everyone and spend time with the families while letting them know all about what we do each day with the children as well as get to know other families!

I would like to take this time to remind you of our call-out procedure. If your child will not be attending for the day, we would appreciate it if you could call the center by 9:00 am to let us know. This is important for children of all ages, even our school-aged children. If your school-aged child will not be getting off the bus in the afternoon, please call the center during the day to let us know so that they will not be expected to get off the bus.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the above information, please feel free to contact me by stopping in the office, e-mailing me at killingly@carelot.net, or by calling the center.

Sincerely,

Tasha Schapp
Site Manager


Diversity Week!

Each day within our classrooms we create caring classroom communities, appreciating each individual child’s unique qualities and characteristics. In turn, teaching children that diversity is something to be celebrated, helps to foster positive social lessons that will help mold them into future citizens of the world.
As part of our curriculum for the month of January, we focused on diversity through our theme “We Are All Alike/ We Are All Different.” The children in our center enjoyed making multicultural play dough and creating their own self portraits. Teachers talked with the children about how they are the same as their friends and how they are different from them. Our Busy Bees classroom enjoyed an experiment using M&M’s, they dissolved the different candy-coated shells in water to reveal that the insides of all the M&M’s are the same! Several of our classrooms used different eggs (green, brown, and white) to show that on the outside we may be different colors, however, on the inside, we all look the same!
It has been fantastic to see the children able to explore diversity in so many unique ways! It is through themes such as this one and our rich variety of activities and daily classroom climate that we help to foster important social skills and help to instill and inspire kindness in our fantastic children!


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