We are so excited to get the new school year started and we look forward to a joy-filled, positive, and productive year with you and with your child!
Forming positive, responsive relationships with children and families is my primary goal at the start of every school year. I find that this happens quite naturally when you just spend time with the students and parents informally. I have made it a point to participate in some key times of the day such as: lunch time, nap time, outside time, group times, and Meeting time. One of my favorite parts of working with young children is listening to what they have to say and learning about how they understand the world.
I have been working in Early Childhood Education for over 22 years, across all my experiences I have observed many philosophies and styles of education. Throughout all these experiences one fact has remained; All children deserve quality early childhood education in a nurturing, engaging and safe environment with knowledgeable and caring teachers to support them on their educational journey.
Please feel free to call me or email if you have any questions.
At the Jericho STEM Academy your child's health is our number 1 priority! Allergy & Anaphylaxis Policy Upon enrollment at our academy and whenever there are changes, parents are required to provide us with up to date medical information for your child. including any allergies your child may have and any emergency medications prescribed for potential anaphylaxis. The school, parents and doctor will work in conjunction to fill out the required forms. These documents will guide the entire staff in the necessary actions to take during an allergic or anaphylactic reaction. Each classroom has a list of children's allergies with the child's photo next to the allergy. All staff members will be trained in the prevention, recognition and response to food and other allergic reactions and anaphylaxis. Our entire staff also maintain certifications in CPR & First Aid.
Let the Fall Fun Begin! From the Director’s Desk:
We can’t believe how fast September has flown by! It has been wonderful getting to know you and your children. We look forward to the months to follow and learning more about everyone on our journey together! We have a very exciting and full month ahead of us, filled with fun events and activities. Please continue to read the newsletters as they will contain all the important information you will need to know for the month. Now that summer has come and gone and we are entering into the Fall season, the weather will be getting colder. Please dress your child appropriately for the weather, as it is likely that we will be doing some outdoor activities such as exploring the change in color in the leaves. Please make sure to label all your child’s outerwear so it does not get lost. We are trying to encourage independence and develop self-help skills. Children can learn so much from doing things themselves. When children practice self-help skills they practice their gross and fine motor skills, gain confidence in their ability to try new things and build their self-esteem and pride in their independence. Thank you for helping us accomplish our goals.
The days are flying, and our special activities are in full swing.
October 7-Our weekly music program begins
October 10- Italian Heritage Day-Federal Holiday SCHOOL CLOSED
October 13-We will visit The Jericho Fire Department which is in our parking lot. They will stop by with the fire truck and all the children will get to take a photo. Please send back the permission slip so your child can go.
October 26- Our older students will visit White Post Farms.
October 27-Diwali Celebration
October31 Halloween Parade- Please have your child wear a costume over their clothes to school. No masks or weapons please.
November is a month to stop to think about the many things we must be thankful for. The leaves are falling, weather is changing daily and what happened to the daylight? Winter will be here before you know it. The children looked great for the Halloween Parade and enjoyed all the party festivities. Thank you for all the party goodies. This month we will be learning about Harvest time, Thanksgiving and Families. The children will learn about life long ago. They will enjoy playing, cooking, and living as the early settlers did. It is hard for young children to imagine a world without television, microwaves, and cars, much less a time without grocery stores The weather is changing, and we want to ensure we can still get outdoors whenever possible. Please make sure your child has an appropriate change of clothes in their class in case of accidents, messy art projects, etc. In addition to a change of clothes please wear, waterproof gloves, a hat, and a jacket to school every day in inclement weather. Remember to label everything. We follow our weather guidelines on when to go outside. If you have any questions on when that is just ask!
November 8 -National STEM Day
School closed 11/11 for Veteran’s Day
We will celebrate World Kindness Day on November 14
Parent/Teacher conferences will be on 11/17. Your teacher will let you know how to sign up for a timeslot. No aftercare or enrichments that day.
11/18-Mickey Mouse Day. Please wear a Mickey Mouse shirt Our Thanksgiving Feast will be on 11/23. The children will be Pilgrims or Native Americans. Each class will have a sign-up sheet for feast goodies.
School closed 11/24 and 11/25 for Thanksgiving
We will continue the Family Theme, Holidays, cultures, and traditions in December. We would love to learn about any special Holidays, traditions, songs, or recipes your family would like to teach or share with our classes in December. Please send anything you’d like to share with us to school with your child. As a preschool team, we would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation to you for allowing us to be part of your child’s life while here at the Jericho STEM Academy. Thank you for your ongoing support, kindness, and thoughtfulness to our academy. We are truly thankful and appreciative. Have a very happy and restful Thanksgiving Holiday!