Newsletter November 2020

Let Us Give Thanks

Thank you for the beauty, Lord, we find in each new day.

Thank you for the friends we have both near and far away.

Thank you for the food you give to make us big and strong.

Thank you for the happy times that fill our hearts with song.

Thank you for the little ways that we can show we care.

Lord, thank you for Thanksgiving and the blessings that we share.

Our primary goal is to offer your child a safe and healthy environment designed to promote development. We are here to support you in the joyous task of raising your child, and hope to be partners in this effort. Working together we can set your child on the road to a healthy and happy childhood full of wonder and the joy of learning. Please feel free to question us about your child’s day. We want to know all of your specific concerns and joys in regard to the education and well being of your child. The communication of these concerns and joys can help our teachers do a better job for the benefit of your child.

Parent/Teacher Conferences &Assessments

Developmental Milestone Assessments are sent home twice during the year. A baseline assessment will be completed and sent home by the end of November. A final evaluation will be completed and sent home by the end of May. Due to COVID-19 concerns there will be no face-to-face parent/teacher conferences this fall however, you are always welcome to set up a phone conference with your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

*KINDERGARTEN: Written assessments for first grade placement will be sent home in April.

November 11th: Veterans Day (observed)

No classes; Child care only

Please note: AM and 9:00-2:00 students may attend if space is available and with prior approval from the office. There is an additional charge for AM and 9:00- 2:00 children on this day. This day is not included in your monthly tuition rate.

November 19th: School Picture Day

November 26th& 27th: Thanksgiving Recess

N.C.L.C. will be closed on November 26th and 27th

FYI: Tuition will remain the same for the week of November 23rd.

ART WALL DISPLAY

Don’t forget to look for your child’s classroom display located in our school lobby!

October           Older Toddler

November        Progressive Pre-K

December        Transitional Preschool

January          Preschool

February        Young Toddler

March            Infants

April              Pre-K#1/Pre#2

May                Kindergarten (Graduation)

  • Please note that it is imperative that your child stay home if they are sick with COVID-19 symptoms or influenza-like illness symptoms and should not return to school until they are symptom-free. If your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or is sent home from school with COVID-19 symptoms please call your pediatrician for guidance. If this is a “new” symptom your pediatrician will most likely ask you to have your child tested for COVID-19 before returning to school. If the symptoms are chronic we must have a note from the pediatrician stating that these symptoms are not “new” and are due to seasonal allergies that usually occur in the spring and fall and are not COVID-19 related. If you or your child has had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, quarantine is a must for 14 days after your last contact with that person. Please contact the school immediately if your child has come into direct contact with a positive COVID-19 case.
  • Please dress your child for cool weather! We feel that it is refreshing for the children to go outside for recess at varying times of the day. Please label your child’s hats and mittens and all other belongings.
  • Tuition is due at the start of each week for child care students and at the start of the month for AM students and 9 to 2 students. It is imperative that you pay your tuition on time to avoid a late fee ($25) unless you have made prior arrangements with Christine in the school office.

Please be sure to note the week that you are paying and your child’s name on the check.

  • Please be sure to check your child’s file folder every day for important and time sensitive information
  • Snacks/Meals

Children who arrive to school in the early morning hours (7:00 am-8:00 am) are welcome to bring in a nutritious breakfast snack. Donuts and dessert-like snacks are not allowed. Please refrain from packing food with peanuts. We have several severe peanut allergies throughout our school this year.

Being that N.C.L.C. is a participant in the USDA Food & Nutrition Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) we are required to provide nutritious morning and afternoon snacks and lunch. Lunches sent from home are not recommended unless your child has allergies, or religious restrictions. If you send a lunch from home please be aware that as a CACFP requirement your child will also be served a school lunch unless there are allergies or religious restrictions. Lunches from home are to be nutritious (nothing with peanuts please). No candy, cookies or other sugar/dessert items are allowed.

INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS

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EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION

Due to COVID-19 we will not be following the Nashua Public School closings due to inclement weather. We will communicate to you directly through our automated parent notification system ONE CALL NOW.

***“One Call Now” Parent Notification***

One Call Now” is an automated parent notification system that allows NCLC to contact all parents within minutes via email/phone. We will use this automated notification system to alert you to the following:

  • Delayed Opening: If we are forced to delay opening due to inclement weather conditions.

  • Early Closings: If we are forced to close early due to inclement weather conditions.

  • Site Closure: Site closing due to severe weather or other conditions (i.e., snow, storms, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards, loss of power, loss of water).

  • Emergency Notification: Critical incidents where a child, staff member or parent’s safety is in immediate jeopardy. These calls include but are not limited to lockdowns, evacuations and relocations.

 

If a site closure falls on a day that your child is regularly scheduled for, you are still responsible to pay for that day.

Nancy’s Notes

Today in our music classes, I noticed how well the children have adapted to the changes I’ve had to make (no real singing, fewer props and instruments, etc.). They are actually helping me to become more creative with my curriculum – more make-believe, silly animal sounds to illustrate “high” and “low”, “soft” and “loud”, and all kinds of fun movement games to utilize our entire bodies to learn about the rhythm and beat of the music. I’ve even been able to incorporate some gross motor activities (like galloping and skipping) so that the teachers can use their observations of these for the children’s evaluations.

Although I have moved on to more seasonal songs, I still get many requests for the “Sit Down, Stand Up” song! I am being more flexible this year in taking requests from the children. It makes for perhaps a little less structure to my lesson plans, but makes up for it in more joy and fun!

Next month I will be bringing in my flute for some listening games, and we will focus on some Thanksgiving themes in our movement activities.

Happy Singing!
Nancy

Pastor Shirley’s Corner

As I walked into NCLC this morning, the frost was definitely on the pumpkin, but I know it will warm up and be a glorious day. When we get to live in days like this, I always thank God that He gave us the ability to experience His beautiful world. Since November is the month when we celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s take a minute each day to notice how much God loves us and thank Him.

I hope you and your family will be able to be with us October 31st at 11am – 12 noon in the parking lot for our Family Harvest Celebration Drive Through. I know it won’t be like our normal Trunk or Treat, but I will see a lot of you there. I hope you and your family will enjoy the games and activities in your family and packet. If you miss it and would like to have the packet of games and activities for your family, please let me know.

Because we will be celebrating Thanksgiving this month, our Bible verses, songs and some of the stories center around being thankful for who God is and the many ways He shows His love to us in our everyday lives.

Please continue to ask your child about the pictures and craft projects they will be bringing home, pictures relating to the Bible stories they have heard. It will help them remember. They are also learning Bible verses and songs they might want to tell you about or sing for you.

I have been visiting the children in their classrooms saying songs with them and on the playground, playing with them, reading stories together, and talking with them about God. They always have very good questions and I am happy to answer any question anyone wants to ask.

Chapel Dates and Times: Normally, the pastors have chapel with all the children during November. This year because we are trying to keep everyone safe, we won’t be able to do that. But I am going to have individual chapels in each class with the children.

A Request: If there are any changes in your family, please let me know. Changes in the family, even the loss of a well-loved pet, can deeply affect a child. We would like to be aware so that we can help your child through this difficult time. And, I would like to pray for you and your child and help you in any way that I or Community Chapel can help.

If you have any questions about my role at NCLC, helping your child develop his/her relationship with God, or any family concerns, please call me at NCLC, 603-883-4356 or send email to pastorshirley@community-chapel.org.

I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Pastor Shirley (Kaltenbach)