January 19 - 2:18PM
Good afternoon all,
Here are a few important items to note:
We will be tapping our lovely maple ladies, Aunt Jemima and Mrs. Butterworth, next month when Mother Nature tells us it is time, but until then I would like to begin asking for anyone who has gallon sized WATER jugs to begin bringing them into school. This is a community project here at FOG - we tap the trees and then give various gallons to parents who volunteer (community service hours anyone?) to boil it down into sap. When we finish the project, we combine all of the sap we receive back and have a tasty day of waffles and syrup for all of the children to taste! We won't take gallon sized milk jugs, just water jugs, since no matter how much we try to clean out old milk jugs, an awful smell remains.
I have been notified of three strep cases in the Sprouts classroom this month, so it is now time to let everyone know and keep a close eye on your child for symptoms, which can be fever, headache, sore throat and general malaise. If your child has any of these symptoms, it is best to get a throat culture and then please let me know of any more cases. We always ask for parents to call in with symptoms or diagnoses so that we can keep track of the nasty bugs going around in order to notify you all of contagious diseases.
The Seedlings room is missing a heart shaped rock called a labrydorite. It is blue green in color and shiny. If anyone's child came home with this rock, can you please return it to the classroom?
Miss Jan, our friend, supporter and humane educator, came yesterday to do a program on rats in the Elementary/Middle classroom. She brought with her a cockatiel that needed a home, hoping to introduce it to our two cockatiels we already have, and of course the children decided they wanted to keep her. Reluctantly I agreed, but have to pay $40 for the bird. We had a class meeting and decided to adopt the bird as a class so that all of the students will own a part of her, making them feel more responsible for her care. Each child would have to bring in $3.00 in order to cover the cost. I would prefer that they do something to earn the money at home so they can feel as if "they" paid for the bird, not their parents. We appreciate your help in helping them to feel ownership with a new animal. This applies only to the Elementary/Middle kids.
One of our teachers found an IPhone 4 on the side of the road between the Seedlings parking lot and our regular parking lot. It is unfortunately smashed, but I would like to return it to its proper owner for funeral arrangements.
Have a nice day!
January 13 - 4:08PM
Good afternoon to all!
A few items to note:
Don't forget we are closed this coming Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
We began sending home our Valentine's Day chocolate fundraiser information today. We do business with Rose Mountain Chocolatier, a very local, fair trade, organic, etc. chocolate company right here in Vernon! I think her chocolate is the best, to be quite honest. Go visit her on Rt. 638, right off of Rt. 515 at the top of the hill. Please have all orders back to us by January 26th for delivery on February 9th.
Some of our Elementary/Middle kids have used up all of their toothpaste, so please replenish their supplies please! We have been sending home notes but we still haven't seen replacements sent in. Help us to keep your kids' teeth healthy!
Make sure your children - INCLUDING Elementary/Middle kids - have replacement clothing here at school, especially during the winter with wet snow, mud, accidents, etc. Cold, wet bodies mean cranky kids!
Next Wednesday, our friend and humane educator, Miss Jan, will come to the Elementary/Middle classroom to discuss a wonderful subject - RATS!!! I have just released our scripts for our play this year and you got it! RATATOUILLE! Since our theme is "We Are What We Eat," I felt that this play would be the best because I like the inherent theme in the movie, which is, "Anyone can cook," and also they talk about the fact that we are what we eat in the play! Seedlings do not perform in this play, but most of the Sprouts will be, you guessed it - rats - so costumes will be easy this year! Parents are responsible for obtaining/making all costumes, so get your thinking caps on since May comes around so quickly! I will send a final character list as soon as I finalize everything and then you can plan your child's costume. More information will come soon!
The week of January 23rd is School Choice Week. We love celebrating this week because we are so thankful that all of you made the choice to send your child here to Fields of Green. For that we are always thankful, and we, along with your kids, celebrate by inviting you to breakfast here at FOG on January 25th from 9:30 to 11. The kids become your waiters, waitresses and cooks as they serve you as if you are in a restaurant! This also fits in with our play, since it takes place in a restaurant. We won't have rats cooking your food, though. More info is to come, but please mark your calendars for that morning so your child can serve you breakfast.
Since Monday is a holiday, I want to remind all Ski Club members to make sure to bring your ski gear and to dress properly on Tuesday when we come back!
Have a great weekend!
December 9 - 2:30PM
Since the weather is going to turn very cold this weekend and into next week, please make sure that your child comes daily from now on with hats, gloves and warm shoes or boots. We still go outside the same amount of time each day unless it is under 20 degrees. Also, since I see they are calling for snow on Sunday night, we may have a delay or closure on Monday. In any case, should there be snow on the ground at any point during the winter, we then ask that you send in your child with a snowsuit in addition to the other warm items.
I also received a notice that on Friday, February 3rd, it is "Give a Kids a Smile Day" in New Jersey. For some reason I couldn't scan the flyer, but if your child or someone you know is not able to send their child to the dentist due to money concerns, there are many dentists on that day willing to give children free dental care all over the state. If you are interested in this, please let me know and I will give you a copy of the locations.
Have a great weekend and stay warm!!
December 5 - 7:42AM
Today we will experience a delayed opening. ALL CLASSES WILL BEGIN AT 11 AM. Kids scheduled for the morning session may attend from 11 to 1 and can bring a lunch. There is no morning early care.
Staff arrives shortly before 11, so please do not attempt to drop off your child before 11 am.
We also are now listed on WSUS in their Delays and Closings area of their website, so you can also go there to look for a delay or closing, although no details are given there so you must also check your email for specific information.
For those new with us, I usually post a delay or cancellation due to weather by 6:30 am, and if you do find that I have posted a delay, always check your email before leaving for school to make sure that a delay hasn't turned into a closing. We hate to see families drive out in bad weather if we have decided to close.
Those of you who would like a text message sent, you must sign up with our Remind.com list. You received information on that site when you registered your child.
Thank you, and please drive carefully!
November 16 - 10:21AM
This Friday we are having two visitors to our school that will presenting programs to all of the students!
The first is Miss Jan Berlin, from Everything Animals, who will do a live animal program entitled, "What's on the Menu?" that goes along with our yearly theme. She will discuss all about the things that animals eat and will bring along some of her favorite friends! The cost for this will be taken out of your Activity Fees, so no money is needed to send in.
The second is Miss Amanda Hayes, who is an Americorps NJ Watershed Ambassador. She will be teaching the kids all about water and how it is important to all of us. This is a free program.
For those who do not normally attend on Fridays and who wish to share the morning with us, feel free to bring your child and stick around for both programs. Miss Jan will begin her program at 10 am for Seedlings and Sprouts in the Barn Room (Miss Caroline's classroom), and then at 10:30, Miss Amanda will enter and do her program. Figure on an hour or so - a half hour for each program.
We look forward to a Fabulous Friday here at FOG!