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 6-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 7-Our weekly music program begins
October 11- Italian Heritage Day-Federal Holiday SCHOOL CLOSED
October 14-Jericho STEM Fall Festival- Your child will enjoy choosing a pumpkin to take home from our pumpkin patch at school. Please send in $5.00 in an envelope labeled PUMPKIN so your child may participate.
October 29- Halloween Parade- Please have your child wear a costume over their clothes to school. No masks or weapons please.
Our afterschool enrichment classes have started. If you’d like to try a new class that you didn’t register for call us. We can charge you for the one class.
Monday-Dance 3:15-4:15, Tuesday Mandarin 3:30-4:30, Wednesday -Sports with Coach Steve 3:30-4:30, Thursday- Animal Kingdom 3:30-4:30
Happy November!November News
It was so much fun seeing all our preschoolers with their Halloween costumes during our parade. The children had a great time showing off their costumes, as well as participating in all the fun activities the teachers had planned for them. It was a great day!
When I walk into our school each morning I feel very grateful. I see happy children, invested teachers, and programs that are flourishing. I am extremely grateful for the community that is being nurtured and grown at our school, and for the role you play in creating this environment!
This month we are focusing on gratitude and connecting with others. Though we cannot hold our normal Thanksgiving feast this year we have many special activities planned for our students and are looking forward to sharing photos with you
With the colder weather quickly approaching, your child should be sure to bring a jacket to school. Please mark the inside tag with your child’s name or initials. Can your child put on his own jacket? We are teaching the children to place their jackets on the floor, lining side up, with the collar closest to the child, and then slip their arms into the sleeves, raise their hands up, and presto, the jacket magically slides down the arms and over bent shoulders into place. Your help with training in the “set up,” or jacket position, is the key to success. Before too long, your child will be able to “set it up” by themselves. The smile of independence and pride on the child’s face is enough to melt your heart.
Leaping for Literacy
I would love to receive suggestions from our students on their favorite book for December but here is my favorite for November. It is Bear Says Thanks, written by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.
I love this story because it really focuses on the important aspects of Thanksgiving which is being thankful and spending time with family and friends. I hope you enjoy it!
REMEMBER, I would love to hear from you on what your child's favorite book is for my December newsletter. HAPPY READING!
As Thanksgiving approaches, we would like all of you to know how thankful we are to have you as part of our Jericho STEM family. It is a joy to work with your children and to be in partnership with you as they learn and grow
Illness Policy Reminder
Our parents are vital partners in helping us to maintain a safe and healthy environment for the students in our school. The most important thing you can do to assist us in creating a healthy environment is to keep your child home if they are ill. This reduces the spread of illness and allows your child to fully recuperate. For more information, please see our Parent Handbook
Dates to remember
NOVEMBER 4- School closed for Diwali
NOVEMBER 11-School closed for Veterans Day
NOVEMBER 18- Mickey Mouses’ Birthday- Wear something Disney
NOVEMBER 23- Parent/Teacher Conferences (You will hear from your teacher by Friday 11/8 regarding your time) Parents with proof of vaccination may attend meeting with teacher. PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR CHIDREN
NOVEMBER 25-26- School closed for Thanksgiving
We want to wish each of you Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year! We also want to thank you for entrusting us to educate your child/children in a safe, loving environment. All of us at Jericho STEM Academy love our jobs and have made the choice to be part of this school and your families. Here’s to a wonderful and healthy 2022. A friendly request to those who are traveling over break to please have a Covid test (PCR) for your child before returning January 3.
Let's close the gender gap
In 1992, Mattel Toys put the first talking Barbie doll on the market. Barbie's first words were, "math class is tough." Mattel thought they were simply expressing the feelings of many school aged girls. Many parents and teachers , thought Barbie should keep her mouth shut. As a result Barbie stopped talking.
The controversy surrounding Barbie and her statement about math highlights a concern in this country about male-female differences in math and science. Although the gender gap has narrowed over the years, boys continue to outperform girls on standardized math and science tests.
At the Jericho STEM Academy we are striving to make math and science accessible to all children at a very early age. We encourage our children to use their natural curiosity when working on an engineering, math or science activity. Our teachers are taught to inspire a love of learning and discovery.
We make sure all of our children know that they can become anything they want to be...even a mathematician or a scientist!