Monthly Newsletter

January 2018

Happy New Year!! I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season and are ready to embrace all that 2018 has to offer!

On behalf of all of the teachers and administration, I would like to extend a big thank you for the delicious holiday brunch we all enjoyed in December.  We ate for days and loved it all!  Also, thank you for the kindness and generosity you showed us during the holiday season. Your gifts of gratitude were much appreciated! 


The snowy and cold weather is here to stay for a while with a snow storm predicted to hit us on Thursday.  As a reminder, here is our snow closing policy: 

Circle of Friends 9 Month Morning Preschool Program is determined by the Framingham Public School System.  If the public schools are closed, then the Circle of Friends 9 Month Morning Preschool Program and the Extended Day Program will be closed.

The snow closing policy for all other students in the preschool and children’s center is determined by the severity of the storm. We will always do our best to open, however, in the event of severe weather conditions, we may determine it necessary to close for the day or delay our opening.  If there is a delay or closure, an email will be sent to parents and updated information will be left on the school’s voicemail.  Any closings or delays will also be listed on the WHDH website (not on TV) under “school closings.” If we are in session during a severe storm, Circle of Friends staff will e-mail parents if an early dismissal is necessary.

The building will be closed for any State of Emergency, for example: hurricanes, tornadoes, extreme weather, public safety emergencies as well as building emergencies which would create an unsafe environment for children.

The safety of Circle of Friends children, families and staff is of the utmost importance in these instances.  For your safety and that of staff, please keep in mind the road conditions and the increasing severity of storms.  Be sure to allow ample travel time and note that late fees will still be applied as the policy states.


If you have any additional email addresses or a change in any email addresses, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can update my email distribution list.


**After many months of planning, I am happy to announce that our current kitchen/staff lounge will be receiving a fabulous make-over. Construction for the kitchen update is scheduled to begin at the end of January, lasting approximately 2 months. We have taken proactive steps to ensure the construction will be contained to the area where the work will take place. The kitchen construction will be sealed off to contain any dust and debris.  If you have any questions about the construction, please speak with Sarah or me.

**Pajama Day is coming to COF  On Friday, January 26th please send your child in their warm and cozy PJs.  We will enjoy the day being comfortable and warm!

**Lunch Bunch for January—

  • Wednesday, 1/3
  • Thursday, 1/11
  • Monday, 1/22
  • Tuesday, 1/30

The cost for Morning Only Preschool is $15, which includes staying until 1:00 and pizza lunch.  The cost for full day preschool is $2.00 for pizza lunch. There is a sign-up sheet on Ivana’s desk.

Tips for Displaying and Storing Your Child’s Art Work:

Do you ever wonder what to do with all of the works of art that your child brings home?  How much can fit on the refrigerator? Here are a few tips for storing and displaying their beautiful works of art:

  • Select your favorite art pieces to frame and hang in your home. A mat and frame or simple inexpensive frame can turn any artwork into a masterpiece, and your child will be proud to see their creations displayed.
  • Designate one wall as a rotating gallery. Display artwork for a few weeks and then take them down to make room for new pieces.
  • Use a display shelf to showcase works of art or sculptures
  • Laminate art work and use it as placemats, for yourself or give as gifts
  • Routinely give artwork away to relatives
  • Turn art work into wrapping paper or cards
  • Each year designate a box for your child to store their favorite pieces and only keep what will fit in the box.
  • Take photos of the artwork to save

 January Holiday:

**Circle of Friends Preschool and Children’s Center will be closed for all programs on Monday, January 15th.

Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or feedback.

In partnership,

Laura McGilvray


Upcoming Circle of Friends Events

Meet & Greet with Laura McGilvray **Due to the impending snow storm, it will be postponed to next Thursday, January 11th & Friday January 12th – 7:30am-9:30am

This fall, Circle of Friends was lucky enough to welcome Laura McGilvray as our new school director!  Now that she’s had some time to settle in in her new role, we’d like to formally welcome her with a Meet and Greet!  Come have a cup of coffee and meet our new Director, Laura!  Laura will be meeting parents from 730-930 am in the play space.  Say hello, introduce yourself or ask a question.  Laura is interested in getting to know the parent(s) and families that are part of our Circle of Friends community!  Many COF parent board members will also be available.  We hope to see you there!

Playdate at Playtown Express – Monday, January 15th – 9am-??

If you are looking for something to do while Circle of Friends is closed for Martin Luther King Jr Day, come on down to Playtown Express for a COF Playdate!  Discounted group rate of $8 per child will apply if there are over 10 children signed up.  The sign-up sheet will be on Ivana’s desk!  Come early and bring your morning snack, come later and bring lunch!  Come early and stay late through lunch!  Or just drop by for an hour…it’s up to you!

Playtown Express

150 Cordaville Rd, Southborough, MA 01772

Community Sledding / Outside Family Fun Event – Sunday, January 28th – 10:30am – Location TBD

Save the Date!!  The COF Parent Board would like to invite everyone for a morning of family fun in the snow!   Put on your snow gear and bring your sled, inner tubes and any snowy day games and join us for a morning of fun.  Fingers crossed there’s snow!  If not, bring frisbees, balls, or any outside fun for the kids to play with.  The parent board will provide hot chocolate and snacks for everyone!  More information coming soon.  We hope everyone can join us for this first time community event!

Reading Night at Circle of Friends – Thursday, February 1st – 6:30pm

All COF families are invited to join Laura McGilvray and the Parent Board in the play space for a night of reading!  The kids will enjoy several books read aloud by Laura.  Snacks provided, and pajamas are encouraged! Siblings are welcome to join accompanied by parents.  Keep a lookout for a decision on the theme of the event soon!  We hope everyone can join us in this fun community event!

The next Parent Board meeting will be held on Thursday, January 11th beginning at 7 p.m.

Happy New Year!

Thank you,

Regina McNally, Carla Parker and Kelly Bober

Parent Board Co-Presidents


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