The Sandcastle Times- Dec. 2019

"Building Strong Foundations for Lifetime of Learning"

A message from Holly Bevilacqua, COO

We would like to take this time to wish everyone a joyous holiday season. The month of December is filled with wonderful things for children. It is very exciting to hear all the different ways families celebrate the holiday season. We welcome all of you to share your traditions with our teachers! We love to connect home and school activities!

The festivities of the holidays brings joy and warmth that envelops both your child’s home and school lives. Our teachers have lots of fun activities planned for the season as we take a trip around the world and Celebrate different traditions! During the holiday season, all we need to do is drive through town to see decorations and busy shoppers everywhere. Remember, the holidays are a time for family and traditions. It is a time to teach our children the gift of giving!

Thank you for entrusting your child with us here at Carelot. Every child is special and seeing their smiling faces each day makes us love our job even more! We look forward to 2020 and all of the new and exciting memories it will bring. May your holidays be filled with peace and joy! Have a Happy New Year!

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Time to get that Flu Shot! Please be advised that it is the Connecticut State Law that all children attending child care have a seasonal flu vaccine if they are between 6 to 59 months by December 31st, 2019. Please be sure your child gets their flu shot unless you have proper documentation stating they cannot get the vaccine.

Label and Date all of your child’s snack and lunch items. Place items in the labeled bins in your child’s classroom. This is a NAEYC requirement and also for the safety of the children. Thank you for your help! Permanent markers are available in all classrooms for your convenience when labeling!

Change of Clothes: If you haven’t done so already, please make sure your child(ren) has an appropriate change of clothes and thicker blankets for nap. In order to play outside in the snow, each child will need snow boots, snow pants, hats and gloves. Parents, don’t forget that going outside is an important part of our curriculum. As weather gets colder, it is important to send your child in with a warm coat, hat, and mittens/gloves daily. Snow pants and a pair of snow boots are required as well once it starts to snow.

Scheduled Hours: Please follow your contracted hours for your child’s care. There have been many late pick-ups in the past few weeks. Our teachers are scheduled until a specific time and need to go home to their families as well. If you need to make a change, stop by the office.

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Stress Free Holiday

Here are some great links for a stress free holiday from Parents Magazine!

PTO news....

Upcoming events:

Slumber Club- Next Slumber Club will be Saturday, December 14th in East Lyme! It's a Grinchy Night so wear your PJ's - Hot cocoa, crafts, pizza and movie.

Fundraiser: Thank you to all those that participated. The PTO was able to raise $750.00 with your help!

Giving Tree

This year the PTO has sponsored 20 Families for the Holiday! We are excited to help those families by making the children’s holiday a memorable one. But we need your help!!! Simply choose a tag off of the tree in the main hall or simply click the link below to order and have your item delivered right to the PTO!!! We ask that all gifts be sent in by Dec. 11th. Don’t forget to tape the tag you picked off the tree onto the gift! Thank you for your continued support during the Holiday Season!

If you do not wish to choose a tag off the tree, general gift items that can be dropped off to the office could include, a family game, movies, gift cards to restaurants, grocery stores, Walmart, department stores, gas cards, Dunkin Donuts etc. We will be able to enhance our giving tree family gifts with items such as these.

OR make a cash donation and we will do the shopping!


Thank you to those who came to our One Stop Holiday Shopping event! The Ronald Vlaun Scholarship and the PTO raised $3200 at our Annual One stop shopping event.


Thanks for all of your continue Support! We are always looking for new ideas for fundraisers if you have an idea drop by the office and share it with us. Helping out with committees is easy, there are many ways to help!

Sign up for Slumber Club Here!

Register for a fun night out while your children enjoy fun and games with Ms. Tasha and Ms. Donna!!!

Wish list items- Drop off at any Carelot location

shaving cream, egg cartons, paper plates, dry beans, cornstarch, rice, recycled grocery containers for our dramatic play areas (EX: coffee creamer containers, egg cartons, old pasta boxes, etc.

Any old working Ipads, Iphones or tablets, or toys your child has outgrown for our classrooms! Recycle!

Carelot Children's Center, Inc.

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning"

Providing education to Children ages 3 months to 12 years!