SCHOOL NEWSLETTER- SEPTEMBER 2017

            Welcome to Dolly's Nursery School! It's hard to believe that another year is about to begin. It seems like summer was barely here. As this preschool year begins we will do our best to ensure that each child has an exciting, enjoyable, and educational experience at our preschool.
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            This newsletter is published at the beginning of each month. It contains important information about events happening at school. The attached Calendar of Events depicts each day's projects for the month. Please post each newsletter where you can easily refer to it. All newsletters are on top of the cubbies by the playground door. They will have names on them. Please be sure to get one each month. Note: You will get an email version as well.
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            Our staff has some changes this fall: Mr. Kevin Battista (40th year). Miss Heather (26th year), Miss Nancy (14th year), Miss Mary Jo (2nd year) and Miss Stephanie (2nd year).  
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            VERY IMPORTANT!  DOLLY’S WILL BE PEANUT AND TREE NUT FREE THIS YEAR! We have two children who are highly allergic to tree nuts and peanuts. Please check all snacks and lunches to be sure the items do not contain nuts or are made in a plant that also makes foods with nuts.
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            We will be closed for the Thanksgiving, Christmas, February, and April school vacation weeks. These weeks have already been deducted from your tuition payments. Remember, your monthly, and quarterly tuition payments remain the same for the whole year. Note: School is closed for the following vacation weeks. These weeks are: Thanksgiving recess will start November 18, 2017 through November 26, 2017. The Christmas recess will begin on Monday, December 18th and we will return on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. February Vacation will start on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 and children will return on Monday, February 26, 2018. April Vacation will be from April 16, 2018 through April 22, 2018. Please mark your calendars!
            Please note the following schedule change: As we did last year, we will remain open for an extra week at the end of the school year. We will be open through Thursday, June 14th instead of closing on Thursday, June 7th as we have in the past. Unless you are paying tuition weekly, there is no charge for the extra week.  Note: We are delaying the start of camp until June 25th. Please mark your calendars.
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            We need all Health Forms, Developmental History Forms, Transportation Forms, and Permission Forms in this week. Your child will not be able to attend school unless these forms are in. NOTE: If your child attended last year, new forms are required for this year! If your forms are not in, your name will be on our door come Monday!
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            We have attached Firefly Book Club fliers to this newsletter. This club allows you to buy books at reduced rates and allows us to restock our library of books. You can purchase books on line. Our code is H936P. Or you can return your order form, with check (payable to Firefly Books) by September 29th if you wish to purchase books. It takes about a week for the books to arrive.
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            Please put your child's name on all of his/her belongings. This includes hats, coats, mittens, and lunch boxes. 
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            A HAPPY SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY TO OWEN BILODEAU,  KAI B., WILLIAM B., SKYLAR D., CECE K., MOLLY M., MISS HEATHER, AND MISS NANCY.
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            September 27th and 28th- (Wednesday and Thursday) - Show and Tell Days- Each child may bring in one item to show his/her classmates.           
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            Papa Gino’s Pizza Day is on Tuesday in September!  You have the option to send $5.00 for pizza and a drink instead of packing a lunch. Pizza Day will be on Friday in October. McDonalds Happy Meal Days will be on Friday in September. You have the option to send $5.00 for a hamburger, cheeseburger, or chicken nuggets meal instead of packing a lunch.  You can sign up for pizza or McDonalds on the morning of each day. Happy Meal day will be on Tuesday in October.
            Lunch Bunch (the extra hour) is available on a daily basis. Your child can stay until 12:30p.m. or arrive at 11:20 a.m. The cost is $10.00 per day. You can buy a book of 6 tickets for $50.00. Please be sure to sign up for Lunch Bunch or call the school to have us sign your child up.  If you want your child to have Pizza or McDonalds you must call the school by 10:15 a.m. Note: Lunch Bunch does not include the cost of pizza or McDonalds.
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            We will be offering LUNCH BUNCH PLUS again this year. If your child attends school in the morning or afternoon, you can sign up for Lunch Bunch Plus. If your child attends the morning session, he or she can stay at school until 3:00p.m. for $24.00. If your child attends school in the afternoon session, he or she can come in at 9:00 a.m. for $24.00. You will need to call in the morning to be sure we have room.
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            If we don’t have a picture of your child as of the start of school, please send one in to put in his/her cubbie. ==========================================================================================
            Please limit your time at school when picking up your child. We must keep traffic moving and keep parking spaces available.  Please turn around in our driveway and park facing toward Rte. 228. Remember to drive slowly (10mph) on Pine Street.  Also, please do not park past our driveway. We will do our best to keep traffic moving so your waiting will be kept to a minimum. If your child attends the morning session, please try to be on time (by 11:30 a.m.) when picking up your child. Thank you.
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            Our Parent/Teacher Advisory Board (PTAB) will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, September 20th from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at school. Our board helps organize school events, suggest new school activities and raises funds for special school projects and local charities. We had several dedicated parents who attended our monthly meetings, but we will need new people to help this year. Please consider coming. It’s an hour out of the house!! All parents are welcome to join!
            The PTAB is doing a fall fund-raiser! Attached to your Newsletter are order forms from Yankee Candles. We hope that all of our families will help the board continue its great work. ==========================================================================================
            Reminder, if you wish to pay tuition Quarterly, Semi-Annually, or annually, the remainder of your payments are due now. Remember to deduct tuition already sent in from these payments. Thank you.
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            A Parent's Handbook is attached to this month's newsletter. Please read this newly updated version. We have attached a copy of “How Sick is Too Sick”. This guide is published by the Mass. Department of Health. It is a great guide for finding out when it is okay for your child to return to school after being sick.
            Please sign and date the page attached to your newsletter indicating you have received your handbook.
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            Any parent who would like to come into school and share your expertise about a hobby, profession, skill or talent is absolutely welcome to set up a time to come in.
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            We are putting together school directory with all of our family's addresses and telephone numbers. You can use this directory for setting up car pools, birthday parties, etc. IMPORTANT: If you do not want your name listed in the directory, call or email Kevin before September 22nd. These directories will only be given to families of children attending Dolly's and not to any advertising companies.
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            TOOTH BRUSHING AT DOLLY’S - In order to comply with EEC regulations, Dolly’s conducts tooth brushing for all children who have lunch at school. The children brush their teeth after lunch using pre-pasted, disposable tooth brushes. We are using pre-pasted, disposable tooth brushes to minimize germ transmission potential from storing the tooth brushes at school. Your child will be included in the program unless we receive a written and signed note from you asking that your child not be included.

WELCOME, AND HAVE A GREAT MONTH!