N-2/Ms. Samantha Maiale

Welcome Nursery Friends! 
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I am so excited to begin our year together! Below you will find some important dates and information that will be helpful through the year. 

Half-day students are dismissed at 11:00 am at the South Gate.
Half-day students should have their folder and one snack with them each day.
Please label all these items with your child's name.
Full-day students are dismissed at 3:00 pm at the South Gate. Full-day students should have their folder, lunch, and two snacks with them each day.
Please label all these items with your child's name.

Should you plan to pick your child up from school early, kindly write a note and place inside the folder. If your child is picked up by a person other than a parent, documented 
photo-ID is mandatory for the teacher and the office. Thank you in advance!

Valet has begun! See below for more information.

Important Dates Coming Up:

Thursday, November 8th: Early Childhood Open House - 7:00-8:00 PM

Monday, November 12th: School Closed - Veterans' Day

Thursday, November 15th: Picture Day! - Individual Pictures

Friday, November 16th: Picture Day! - Class Pictures

Wednesday, November 21st
: Our Thanksgiving Celebration! 9:00-10:00 AM
*Half-Day - Dismissal is at 11:00 AM through the front doors.*

ALL WEDNESDAYS: Show and Tell 
Please bring in an item that corresponds to our color and/or shape of the week!
This week we are focusing on the color brown and hearts.

In our class...

Themes this Month:
Week 1: Thanksgiving - Our American Traditions
Week 2: Thanksgiving - Native Americans and Pilgrims
Week 3: Thanksgiving - We Are Thankful!

This week our friends will be exploring the color brown and the shape of a heart. This week we will be beginning to learn about the Thanksgiving holiday! We are also continuing to explore the beauty of fall!

We will be:
 -exploring the color brown and creating brown turkeys, 
-identifying hearts,
-reading lots of Thanksgiving literature to learn about the holiday,
-practicing our geometry skills by continuing to create different shapes,
-discovering our color and shape of the week around our classroom and school,
-continuing to practice sharing,
-practice walking in a line,
-practicing our prayers,
-learning new Thanksgiving songs,
and having fun in school together!

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Color and Shape of the Week:
Brown and Heart

Coming Up...

This next month will be focused on the Thanksgiving holiday!

Our special schedule:

Wednesday: Phys Ed 
Don't forget your sneakers!
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Thursday: Music
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Valet Service: (Drop-off Procedures) Beginning on September 17th, 2018 Image result for car clip

Kindly remember that the roads around Notre Dame are a School Zone. Although it may not be posted, the speed limit in a school zone is no more than 20 miles per hour. Be sure to drive cautiously on the roads surrounding our school. Valet Service is an option that you may like to take advantage of. If you are opting to use the Valet Service, there are a few rules that you must follow in order to ensure the safety of the children as well as the adults on supervision.
Below are a few reminders of how Valet Service is used:

1. The teachers/teacher aides will stand at "checkpoints". The "checkpoints" include one teacher at the door, one at the gate, and three teachers along the sidewalk of Mayfair Road for the cars. The teachers at the sidewalk help children out of the cars and watch as they walk to the next "checkpoint". Be sure not to block checkpoints, instead stand to the side so that all teachers are able to see all children at all times.
2. The cars must pull up to the teachers three at a time. The teacher greets the child and helps them out of the car. The cars then leave together, being cautious as to not pull around the car in front of them. Also be aware of oncoming traffic and those who are not using the Valet Service.
3. The next set of cars may pull up to the teachers when the first set leaves.
4. DO NOT let the children out of the car unattended. You have to wait for the teacher to open the car door. It is dangerous to allow any Nursery/Pre-K child to open the door and allow themselves out of the car. 
4. Please do not drive faster than 20 miles per hour.
5. If you are opting to not use the Valet Line, park your car in a safe place  (you may not block driveways, and you must be away from the valet line). Kindly walk your child to the South Gate. Please refrain from leaving any other children inside your car unattended.
6. When driving, be sure to follow the law. You may not park your car at a curb and face the wrong direction. It is unsafe. Always follow the rules of the road.
7. Valet Service runs from 8:35-8:45, it is a 10 minute window. If you are running late, it is okay! If the Valet time is over, you may park your car and walk to the front of the building. The front door will be open to you. Kindly refrain from speeding in your car, or rushing and running to the side door. 8. If your child is reluctant to leave the car on the Valet Line and shows a struggle, kindly pull up to a safe area, park, then walk your child to the South Gate.
Thank you to those who have followed our Valet procedures thus far. The teache
rs and teacher aides appreciate your cooperation and understanding. Kindly remember that the safety and well-being of the children and adults is our main concern!


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