Parent Memos

Parent/Guardian Memos

November 20, 2020

RE: IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY 

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

1.       Storm and Unexpected Closure Days: While we will remain open on storm and other school closure days, the only times the Centre will close, is when an unexpected incident occurs (e.g., fire, flood); a severe storm; an exclusion period due to illness; or, a government mandated closure. In addition, we will close if we experience extended hours of power loss (i.e., 2 or more hours). However, if we lose power from 3:00 P.M. on, your child will be permitted to finish out the day with us (i.e., 5:30 P.M.). In all cases of delayed openings or closure, you will either receive a call notifying you that we will be closing early, or it will be announced on our website under Parent Memos (i.e., please see Delayed Openings and Storm Closure Days) as well as on the Fox Radio and Cancellation List.

 

2.      Centre Holiday Party on December 11, 2020: For those parents/guardians who are not familiar, each year we throw a Holiday Centre Party where all parents/guardians, grandparents, etc. are invited to attend. Sadly, this year due to COVID-19 Regulations, only the children and employees are permitted to attend. Nonetheless, the party will still take place, and all are highly encouraged to come in their best Christmas Sweater.

 

3.      Holiday Hours: Just a reminder we are closed on December 24, Christmas Eve at noon (pick-up 11:30-a.m.-12:00 p.m.), December 25, Christmas Day, December 28, in lieu of Boxing Day, December 31, New Year’s Eve at noon (pick-up 11:30-a.m.-12:00 p.m.), and January 1, New Year’s Day.

 

4.      Fees: Just a reminder that all fees are to be paid in full regardless of holidays (see section 6.3 Statutory and Other Holidays). illness, vacation, and brief periods of closure, occurring up to 2 weeks in duration (e.g., extended hours of power loss; severe storms; exclusion periods due to illness; government mandated closures, etc.). In addition, as this year, the first payment in January (i.e., January 1, 2020) falls on a closure day, we are asking parents/guardians to try to have their payment in on December 31, 2020. However, payments that are sent on January 1 will be received as per usual. Only payments sent after January 1 will incur late charges (i.e., $10/day).

 

5.      Attendance:

 

a. Morning Preschool: Just a reminder that childcare services are not provided on all school closure days (e.g., December 21, 2020-January 1, 2021). However, you will not be expected to pay the regular fees for these days. Therefore, your next bi-weekly invoice after December 4, will not be due until January 1. 

b. After-School: Just a reminder if you do not require childcare (i.e., $13.00 extra/day) on school closure days, and provide adequate notice (i.e., 1 week for planned school closure days, including PD Days; 1 month for Christmas Break, March Break, and Summer Camps; by 9:00 a.m. for unplanned closure days), you will not be invoiced the additional $13.00/day.

As this is an unusual year, we have extended the deadline for notification to November 27, 2020. Therefore, please send your vacation days to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 27th, so that you are not invoiced the additional $13/day for days your child will not be attending over the holidays.  

c. Infant, Junior, Senior, and Preschool: Typically, over the holidays, our numbers are significantly reduced. To enhance the quality of the program for the children in attendance, we generally combine children in an age-appropriate manner (i.e., 2’s with 3’s or 3’s with 4’s). This year, due to Covid-19 Regulations, we can only create new groupings a week at a time. Therefore, planning purposes, it would be exceptionally helpful if you could indicate with an “X” if your child will NOT be attending any of the following days over the holidays and return it in your child’s communication bag. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sara Thornton, Owner

Melissa McCallum, Director

Christine Brown, Assistant Director

 

November 18, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

For those returning on/after June 1, 2020, we ask that you carefully read, sign, and email the following contract to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COVID-19_Parent_Contract.pdf

In addition, please see below for the daily COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire for Early Learning Childcare Facilities and Summer Camps

Screening_Questionnaire_for_COVID-19.pdf

For more information, please see COVID-19_Operational_Plan.pdf

 

For information on directives for if we go into the Orange phase of recover, please visit:

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/eco-bce/Promo/covid-19/ChangesInDirectives.pdf 

Delayed Openings and Storm Closure Days

Monday, January 21, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Both our Royal Parkway and Main Street locations will be delayed opening until 11 a.m.

We greatly apologize for any inconveniences this may cause your family.

Publications

  One Fish Two Fish and Dance School by Sara Jane Thornton and Melissa McCallum

  The Solo Cup Song by Melissa McCallum

  Teachers Little Helper  by Kelly Poirier

  Centre Profile by Sara Jane Thornton

  Literacy in Our Classroom and We Are Making a Bowling Alley by Melissa McCallum

  You Can Cut Wood by Sarah Dobbin

  Story Time by Melissa McCallum

  Certification Project Report (Featuring pictures of Sara Thornton and Michelle Fife)

   Celebrating_Inclusion_in_the_Early_Years-_Behavioural_Interventions_in_a_Child_Care_Context_.pdf 

Literacy in the Classroom

One of the most common questions we are asked as early childhood educators is: How is my child learning to read and write?

The answer to this question is not a simple one. There are several ways in which we promote and facilitate children’s learning; however, we thought we would share with you a few of the literacy opportunities available in our classroom.

  1. Daily sign in
    Every day the children are expected to sign in when they arrive to class. This simple activity preforms two main functions: It requires them to read the names on the books in order to find their own, and it provides them with an opportunity to practice printing their name. Everyone is at a different stage of writing; for some it may mean simply making marks on the page, while others may have mastered their name and moved on to writing surnames, phone numbers, etc.

  2. Environmental print
    The classroom environment is rich with print. In addition to typed text, there is also hand writing from both children and adults. From labels to learning stories our room is filled with the written word. “As young children experience different types of print, they learn what all the letters and words mean in different contexts and how they affect their lives. Providing a print-rich classroom environment exposes children to reading in a functional way.” (Angie Dorrell, M.A)

  3. Opportunities for mark making
    You will find mark making opportunities throughout the entire classroom. Materials are readily available and can be accessed by children at any time. There are a variety of writing implements to choose from and invitations for learning are set out daily to inspire children.

  4. Quality literature
    The children are exposed to an assortment of high quality books, poems and songs on a daily basis. This exposure is an important part of a child’s early literacy experience. It exposes them to complex concepts, such as rhythm and rhyme, story structure and vocabulary. Often a child can recite selections well beyond their current level of speech.

Melissa McCallum

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