Monthly Newsletter

October 2019

Dear Parents—

We have certainly enjoyed some amazing weather during the month of September, and it is hard to believe we are already into the month of October! September was a busy month filled with meeting new friends and teachers, settling into new routines and just having fun at school!

As you know, we are celebrating 50 years here at Circle of Friends! Our big celebration will take place at Eastleigh Farm in Framingham this Saturday, October 5th from 11:00AM – 3:00PM. We are very excited about this big event and hope that you can join us! We are very lucky to have so many amazing parent board members who have been hard at work planning this wonderful event! A BIG kudos to all involved and especially to Stephanie Messom and Rachel Kiely!!

Operational Information:

ü Attendance call outs—If your child is not going to be in school for any reason please be sure to let us know. You are welcome to call the school or email us but please keep in mind teachers are busy in their classrooms and won’t be checking email until later in the day. Please plan to email Sarah, Ivana and/or me or call the school directly. Any children who are expected to be at school and do not arrive by 10 AM, we will call/email to check on their plan for the day. We want to ensure all children are always accounted for. Thank you!

ü New Teachers—I am happy to introduce some new teachers to our team.

o Helena Zaino started with us a few weeks ago and is working a few afternoons primarily in the Little Chicks and Butterfly classrooms. Helena is a mother of 2 boys, who both attended CoF. She has also worked with children of varying ages with a focus in art.

o Roxanne Carapezza joined us last week. She is working a few mornings/early afternoons in various classrooms. Roxanne is a mother of 4 children and has experience working with children in a variety of settings.

o We are also happy to welcome 3 new afternoon assistant teachers, Erin Kiss, Hannah Audouin and Maddie Venezia. All 3 young ladies attend Framingham High School.

October Closures:

Ø If your child is in our 9-month program, there will be no school on Wednesday, October 9th.

Ø Monday, October 14th, CoF will be closed for all programs in observance of Columbus Day

Music, Gym and Pizza October Schedule:

Music with Ms. Ellie:

October 2 & 16 & 30

Music with Hugh Hanley:

October 10 & 25

Gym with Coach Kate:

October 7, 8, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

Pizza Lunch Bunch Dates for Preschool:

October 3, 7, 15, 23, 31

Sign up at Ivana’s desk for one day or the whole year.

Upcoming Events:

Enrichment Classes:

Information regarding these classes was sent out last week and all classes except for Theater will start the week of October 7th. These classes are optional, take place in the afternoons after rest time and have an additional cost. Dance, yoga, theater and Knucklebones will be offered. There is still space in all classes so if you are interested in signing your child up for a class, please see Ivana. Please note the day for the Theater class has switched to Wednesdays and will start October 16th.

Picture Day:

Picture day for all children will be Thursday, October 17th and Friday, October 18th. Next week a sign-up sheet will be available at Ivana’s desk for times for family and sibling pictures if you are interested. Each class will have a time slot both days where each child’s picture as well as a class picture will be taken. There is no obligation or cost to you upfront.

Scholastic Book Fair: Our annual book fair will run October 21-25. Tables with Scholastic books will be set up in the hallway all week. You can browse and purchase anything that is of interest to you.

Cradles to Crayons:

We are happy to partner with Cradles to Crayons again this year. They are looking for new or gently used clothing for newborns to size 7/8. Their biggest needs include tops, bottoms and winter gear. The donation box is located at our entrance and we will collect clothing through the month of October.


Here at CoF we don’t officially celebrate holidays. We celebrate the seasons and all that goes with each season. With Halloween coming up this month, we thought it would be fun to have “Hat Day” on Wednesday, October 30th and Thursday, October 31st. Your child is welcome to wear a fun, silly or favorite hat.

ON-GOING FUNDRAISERS– features colorful baby and kid’s basics without logos, slogans or sequins.

Mabel’s Labels–Whether you need to label your kids’ clothes or your kitchen canisters, Mabel’s Labels has all your needs covered.

Amazon Smile–Go to and 0.5% of every eligible purchase will be donated back to Circle of Friends.

As always, please reach out at any time with questions, concerns, positive feedback, etc.

Happy October,

Laura J

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