Welcome to another addition of the CoF Monthly Newsletter. October was a busy month that included lots of fun school activities.
Please help me in welcoming Laura to the Circle of Friends family. Laura will start her position as the new Program Director of Circle of Friends on November 6th. Welcome aboard Laura, we are happy to have you as part of the team!
SCHOOL CLOSURE POLICY
Snow Days: It is necessary for the director and staff to make quick and early decisions about school cancellations. The snow closing policy for 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 is closed.
The snow closing policy for all other students in the preschool and children’s center is determined by the severity of the storm.
In the event of severe weather conditions, if Framingham State College reports a college closure or delay on the television or radio, then Circle of Friends will delay opening. Please call the school’s voicemail for details. If we are in session during a severe afternoon 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 the staff, please keep in mind the road conditions and the increasing severity of storms. Be sure to allow ample travel time and note the late fees will still be applied as the policy states.
School pictures went off without a hitch. The children sported their best smiles for our friendly photographer, Ted, from Ted Morton Photography. Everyone, including Ted, commented how smoothly the two picture days ran and how well the children did while in front of the lens!
Ted has done an incredible job for COF in the past and he promises that the pictures will be returned within three weeks. We are all looking forward to seeing the finished product.
Thank you to Ivana Cacia for assisting Ted during the picture days.
The approaching season typically brings lots of sniffles as well as cold and flu symptoms. We do our best to teach children to cover their sneeze and wash their hands frequently to keep germs at bay. I am sure you do this at home as well.
Please revisit our Illness Policy outlined in the Parent Handbook. This policy states that a child must be un-medicated, fever and symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school. This policy is suggested by the Board of Health and enforced here at COF in an attempt to minimize the spread of germs.
Although I know this can be difficult for the working parent, you can help control the spread of viruses by keeping your child home an extra day to rest and make sure their symptoms are ready to tolerate the return to school. All the staff and children in the building appreciate your understanding and cooperation in order to keep us as healthy as possible!
IN THE PRESCHOOL
Fall Conferences will begin the week of November 13th and will continue into early December. All conferences are held with Lead Teachers and are in 15 minute appointments. This is a great time to ask questions about your child, so be sure to make a list.
It is extremely important that you arrive at your conference at the specified time so that we can acomodate everyone. If you are unable to attend at the designated time, please try to switch your time with another family.
Registration for next year will begin on Monday November 13th. You can drop your registration form and check for $100 at the office beginning at 7:30am. Look for a registration form and tuition sheet for the 2018-2019 school year in your child’s bag on 11/1. Please contact the office if you did not receive one or need a replacement.
Circle of Friends Preschool and Children’s Center families will have the first opportunity to register until December 4th, after which time registration will be opened to the general public.
Classroom assignments will be made at the discretion of the Director and teaching staff with the child’s readiness in and best interests in mind. Please remember that you are only allowed to return registration forms for your own family.
Teachers are unable to collect forms in the car line and those found in bags will not be counted until the end of the day.
Please be reminded that children should wear soft soled shoes or sneakers on gym day. This is particularly important as winter approaches and children begin to wear heavy all weather boots. A pair of sneakers in your child’s bag will make gym class fun and keep everyone safe.
The building will be closed for Thanksgiving break Thursday November 22 and Friday November 24.
The 9 Month Morning Preschool will be closed on Wednesday November 22. The building (all programs) will close at 1pm on Wednesday November 22.
The building will reopen for everyone on Monday November 27th.
Although we have had an unseasonably warm beginning to the fall season the colder weather is right around the corner. We have a limited number of extra hats and mittens in school. Most children feel more comfortable with their own things, please make sure they have what they need for the day (labeled of course).
Please remember that we don’t have the luxury of having children without the proper clothing (or with a cold) to stay in while the rest of the class is outside.
As always, feel free to call me with any questions or concerns. Your input and constructive criticism is essential to our endless journey in becoming a better school.
PARENT BOARD NEWS
We hope you are all enjoying a wonderful fall. We can’t believe its November already…seems like just yesterday we were at orientation.
The fall festival was a great day! The weather held out and we had a great turnout. A big thank you goes out to all the families that donated their time, food and prizes to this event. It went smoothly and everyone had a wonderful time. If you are interested in helping with next year’s event, please let us know. We will be looking for volunteers.
Thank you so much to our families who donated items during our “Cradles to Crayons” drive this year. You generosity allowed us to donate a huge box of gently-used children’s books and baby items. What a great display of our school’s spirit of “sharing and caring”!
The next Parent Board meeting will be held on Thursday November 9th at 7pm.
Regina McNally, Carla Parker and Kelly Bober – Parent Board Co-Presidents