Newsletter October 2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for your co-operation and understanding during the first month of our new school year. We are very pleased with the adjustment that each child has made to school.

There are several health and safety policies (mandated by the State of N.H. Child Care Licensing Bureau) and school procedures contained in our Family Handbook. These policies and procedures help us to meet our primary goal of being able to offer your child a safe and healthy environment designed to promote development. It is our hope that you will take time to read our Family Handbook carefully, and will question us regarding any unclear policies and/or procedures. We will continue to follow the COVID-19 guidelines put forth by the CDC and the N.H. Division of Public Health Services as long as the State of N.H. Emergency Order is in place. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at any time.

We want to keep you informed of all the happenings at NCLC therefore each month you will receive a hard copy of our newsletter. The newsletter will also be available to read on our website. The newsletter is designed to provide an update on events and activities at the center as well as reminders of important dates and policies. Please take a few minutes to review the important information in our newsletter.

Sincerely,
Maria Donati, Director

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Fire Safety October is Fire Prevention Month.

Every October the Nashua Fire Department comes to NCLC for a meet and greet and “touch-a-truck” experience for all students. This event will be cancelled this year

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic however our students will learn about fire safety through our classroom curriculum and participate in special activities planned by their teachers. We hope to reschedule this fun event in the Spring.

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When is Tuition Due? (p. 8, Family Handbook)

Tuition Payment Schedule:

Weekly Tuition: Tuition fees must be paid the first school day of each week for child care students

Monthly Tuition: AM / 9:00-2:00 students’ tuition fees are due the first school day of each month.

Late Payment Charges

Late payments can pose serious problems for our program. Therefore we have put procedures in place to reduce their impact. All late payments are subject to a $25.00 late fee. This policy will be strictly enforced.

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Did You Know?

  • As a Christian school the primary focus and majority of activities in October are based on the season of fall and harvest. We refrain from activities related to Halloween – therefore you will see that your child’s classroom is celebrating the season with a Harvest party instead of a Halloween party.

  • NCLC has successfully demonstrated compliance with the applicable Licensed Plus Quality Standards and has once again achieved License Plus status. The Department of Health and Human Services recognizes child care programs like NCLC that exceed licensing requirements by meeting Licensed Plus quality standards.

  • You can count on us to keep your child safe when the unexpected happens because NCLC is prepared to respond when an emergency arises! We are proud to share that we received state recognition for our participation in the State of N.H. Child Care Cohort in Emergency Planning (EOP). This is the first known and recognized EOP Cohort in our nation! The “Step by Step: How-to-Guide” that we devised has already inspired national partners and agencies to reach out for resources to develop their own state EOP models. We practice a fire drill every month where each class must evacuate the building along with other emergency drills including but not limited to secure campus, lockdown and shelter-in-place.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Extracurricular activities are important in so many ways. They help a child to develop skills in many areas, build self-esteem and confidence and improve social skills. Through playful activities in small groups, children challenge themselves to try new things, learn how to be a part of a team and explore more about their talents. The following are some of the many extracurricular activities available to your child within their classroom environment depending on their age level:

  • Christian Ed with Pastor Shirley (all classes)
  • Music & Movement with Ms. Nancy (all classes)
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Theme Parties
  • In-House Field Trips
  • Show-N-Tell
  • Cultural Events& Celebrations
  • Art: Drawing & Painting
  • Crafts
  • Dramatic Play.

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

NCLC Pastor’s Corner

Isn’t Fall great! As we see the leaves on the trees turning beautiful colors and lawns getting lush and green again after the summer heat, I always thank God that He gave us eyes to see and the ability to experience His beautiful world.

The teachers are doing a fantastic job of teaching Bible to your children as you would expect. This month the children in Transitional Preschool and younger are continuing to learn about this wonderful world that God created. The older children are learning about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The children will be bringing home pictures they have colored and possibly a craft project relating to the stories they have heard. Please ask them about the story. It will help them remember.

As in previous years I have the privilege of going into the classrooms to spend time with the children. During this time, I get to listen to their Bible verses and talk about them. This year instead of singing the song everyone is learning that month, we are saying the song rhythmically with the hand motions. We are also saying other songs that go along with what they are learning. I have a lot of fun with them and they seem to be having fun, too. I hope to be able to develop deeper relationships with the children and help them learn to know God better.

Trunk or Treat! We are not having Trunk or Treat this year; I am sad to say. We spent some time trying to figure out how we could do it safely within the boundaries of COVID restrictions. Even though it is outside, we felt we couldn’t keep people, especially children, safely away from each other. So, to err on the safe side, we decided not to hold it this year. I hope you and your children have a great Fall season together.

Please don’t hesitate to call me if you have any questions about my role at NCLC, helping your child develop his/her relationship with God, or any family concerns, 603-883-4356.

Pastor Shirley (Kaltenbach)

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MUSIC & CREATIVE MOVEMENT

Nancy’s Notes

It sure has been different so far this year, but we are adapting. Because I’m wearing a mask and the children can’t see my lips, I have to do a lot more expressing through my eyes and the rest of my body to get across what I want them to do. We have been doing lots of rhythmic movement with egg shakers and kitchen “instruments.” But the favorite by far has been the “Sit Down Stand Up Song” (by Rick Goldin on Spotify). I don’t need to tell you what we do during this song 😉, but everyone LOVES it and is very tired by the end!

Next month I will bring in my cello and play some listening games. We will also do some fall favorites like “The Orchard” (Lui Collins) and 5 Little Pumpkins.

Happy Singing!

Nancy