Monthly Newsletter

April 2018

Dear Parents,

Happy Spring! Now, we just need Mother Nature to get the memo that Spring is here! We know that warm and beautiful days are right around the corner! J

A big thank you to everyone for participating in our Scholastic Book Fair and March Month of Raffles. Both events were quite successful which benefits the children again and again!

SPREAD THE WORD

As we continue to enroll for the next school year, please continue to spread the word about our wonderful school to your friends, neighbors, family and co-workers! Thank you!

SUMMER PROGRAM

This is for Preschool children who attend our 9 or 10 month program. Just a reminder that if you have not signed up for our summer program yet, there is still time and some space available.

DROP OFF LINE

As a reminder, drop off line is 8:55-9:10. Please be sure to pull up in the line (without parking) and wait in your car. Someone, usually Ms. Ivana, will be out to get your child. Please be patient as she may be taking another child into the building. Thank you!

UPCOMING EVENTS & REMINDERS

**Circle of Friends will be closed Monday, April 16th in observance of Patriot’s Day.

**April School Vacation—April 16-20. There will be no morning Preschool or extended day program during this week.

**Annual Framingham Family Fair—April 7th 11:00-12:30 at Nevin’s Hall, Memorial Building. There will be lots of fun activities for children! Sarah and I will be there hosting the Circle of Friends table so if you are free, stop on by. Please see the attached flyer.

**Back by popular demand—Reading night with Laura. Thursday, May 3rd beginning at 6:30pm in the CoF playspace. The theme is TBD. Looking forward to another fun evening!

**The staff lounge/kitchen is DONE!! It is fabulous and we are loving everything it has to offer! Stop by and take a peek. We are more than happy to recommend the contractor who completed the kitchen. Steven Reesor with Square One Builder is the general contractor and he can be reached at squareonebuilder@gmail.com or 508-740-5321. Steven and his crew were a pleasure to work with and just look at the end result!

**The construction has inspired spring cleaning and updating. We are looking to spruce up our conference room. We would love to add a small, loveseat sized sofa to that room. If anyone has a gently loved, small couch you are looking to get rid of, please let Sarah or me know.

**Lunch Bunch for April—

✓ Thursday, 4/5

✓ Monday, 4/9

✓ Tuesday, 4/17

✓ Wednesday, 4/25

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.

Gym with Coach Kate:

4/4 & 4/5

4/9 & 4/12

4/24 & 4/25

Music with Hugh Hanley:

Monday, April 2

Friday, April 13

PRESCHOOL SPRING BRUNCH/BREAKFAST

 

The Preschool classes are starting to plan for the annual brunch/breakfast days in May. For those of you who are new to our school, let me provide a little information. Each child invites ONE special person to attend this wonderful event. Only one person is invited due to space constraints in the classrooms.

The children do all the “cooking” and decorating. You will be receiving a special invitation soon so keep your eye out.

With this being my first year, I am really looking forward to these upcoming special days! Here are the dates for the breakfast/brunch by classroom:

Pandas & Bunnies—TBA soon

Little Chicks—Friday, May 18th 9-9:45

Ducks—Thursday, May 24th 9-9:45

Cubs—Friday, May 25th 11:15-12:15

Owls—Friday, May 18th 9-9:45

PRESCHOOL SPRING CONFERENCES

April 9-13—Pandas/Bunnies

April 23-27—Cubs

April 30-May 4—Owls & Little Chicks

May 7-11—Ducks

Information regarding conferences has been or will be distributed soon.

As always, please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or feedback.

Here’s to an Awesome April,

Laura

PARENT BOARD NEWS

This month’s meeting primarily focused on the budget for the 2018/19 school year and budgetary changes needed to support our school to the best of our ability. Circle of Friends completes this advisor lead review and vote on a semi-annual basis. During the meeting we voted on two budget items:

· Sibling discount: While we love offering this to new families we have found that it does not impact decisions to attend CoF versus another school. It does, however, carry a heavy impact on our budget and therefore the board voted to reduce the sibling discount to 5%. All currently registered families will continue to receive the 10% discount.

· 2018/19 Tuition Rates: Each year CoF assess tuition rates considering the competitiveness of our teacher’s salaries and rates of competitive centers. The board voted to increase Children’s Center tuition by 3% to better support our teachers and the programs they are able to provide to our children.

Once the financial fun was out of the way we heard about the Professional Development Day the staff participated in on March 9th, completed planning towards upcoming events and toured the newly renovated kitchen. It’s beautiful!

Lastly, we discussed a request to offer “Camp Days” for graduates of CoF who are in Kindergarten and 1st Grade (ages 7 years old and under). These “Camp Days” would be offered for care during days off on the Framingham Public Schools calendar (vacation weeks, professional development days, holidays, etc.). This care would be offered to graduates of CoF only giving the kids a chance to spend the day with old friends and teachers and help parents out with care they know they can trust!! Stay tuned as it’s something being discussed as a potential program (contingent on space and teachers) for the 2018-2019 school year!

Our next meeting is Thursday, April 12th at 7:00PM. As always, anyone is welcome to join us.

Have a great day!

Regina McNally

Board Co-President and Mom to Connor (Ladybugs) & Keira (Graduate)

 

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