The Sandcastle Times - Oct. 2021

"Building Strong Foundations for Lifetime of Learning"

A message from Holly Bevilacqua, COO

Fall is in the air!!! What a great time of the year to spend with your family. Take everyone to an orchard and enjoy some apple or pumpkin picking. A hayride is also a nice treat or rake up some leaves and have fun jumping in them! Enjoy some quality time with your family just having fun! Hectic schedules cause us to forget about enjoying some of those special moments together! So… .sit back, relax and enjoy being with each other.

Join us at our upcoming Trunk or Treat in East Lyme on October 30thg from 11a-1p!

  • Keifer's Kettle Korn will be there with their great popcorn flavors
  • Flavor King will have ice cream
  • Trunk or Treating with free candy for the kids (if you would like to enter your vehicle into our lineup, please Check in with Sue or Sokie in East Lyme or complete the registration form below.
  • Craft area with activities for the kids
  • CT Music will be playing for some sing a longs and dancing

A great way to celebrate fall in a safe, fun environment!

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Check out all the exciting events happening at Carelot!


Time to think about scheduling your Flu Shots! 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, 2021. Please be sure your child gets their flu shot unless you have proper documentation stating they cannot get the vaccine.

Front Gates and Doors: to close the gate/doors behind you when you enter the building, this is for your child’s safety.

Check-in and out: please use the computer to check your child in and out daily, and to give your code to anyone else who is picking your child up so that they can do the same.

Call outs: Please call or arrive at our center by 9 am so that your child is not marked absent on

our daily schedule.

Scheduled Hours: It is important that you are not dropping off before your scheduled

contracted time. You are welcome to come in early to help settle your child in, but they

should not be left in the teacher’s care until your scheduled drop-off time. Not only do we

have to always stay in ratio, but the teachers may have other opening tasks that they are responsible for and need to complete so they are ready for the day and all the fun activities they have planned. If you need to make a change, please remember to give at least a two-week notice so we can make appropriate arrangements! We appreciate your


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Private Preschool 2021/2022

Our Preschool began their school year curriculum on Sept. 7th! There are a couple of openings available if you have a friend who would like to join our program.

We offer morning, full-day, 2, 3, or 5-day programs. Please be sure to sign up and share our program with family and friends. Our curriculum is based on the CTELDS (CT early learning and development standards) and NAEYC criteria for a quality learning environment.

Our program is rich in:

  • Social/Emotional Development
  • Physical Development and Health
  • Language and Literacy
  • Creative Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Cognition
  • Social Studies
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Question of the month "What is your family's favorite fall activity?"

Don't forget to submit your answers! It's easy to win by submitting an answer! $25 tuition credit to the winner!!

September's winner: Nicole Cyr - Mom of Grayson in Chaplin!!!!

Thanks for helping us make our programs better and sharing your ideas and feedback! Without everyone’s input, we are not able to effectively assess how our programs are doing! We appreciate you taking the time to help us assess our policies, procedures, curriculum, and more!

PTO news....

Upcoming events:

One-Stop Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair: Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, East Lyme High School is not renting out their space this year... see you in 2022!!!!!

Next Fundraiser: Butter Braid Pastry, Otis Spunkmeyer® Cookie Dough, and Simply Shipped Collection. The sale will run from Oct. 4 to Oct. 18. Delivery Thursday, November 11th - just in time for the holidays.

Thanks for all of your continued 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!


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Butterbraids, Cookie Dough and Simply Shipped Collection- Click below and start selling!

Waterford, East Lyme, Clubhouse Families - click here

Let's reach our goal of $1,000 profit!!! Click the link and start selling to family and friends.

Killingly, Chaplin and Brooklyn Families- Click here

Let's reach our goal of $1,000 profit !!!!! Click the link and start selling to family and friends!

Fundraiser instructions - Click the link above for your site and follow the steps below:

Participant to do: Follow the link

1. Open email invite

2. Click the link and login to your personal dashboard. You will need to create a password. Your email will be your user ID

3. Invite buyers to purchase. Click the invite buyers link on the left-hand side of the screen. See the 3 options.

a. Option 1 text the link to and then re-text all the people you would like to invite to purchase.

b. Option 2 Copy and paste all your contact email and cell number into the box. This will send them an invite to purchase from your store.

c. Option 3 copy the link and email/text it to your friend and family. This link can also go on your social media sites. It will bring them directly to your store to purchase.

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CLUBHOUSE 2021/2022

Our clubhouse programs are in full swing. Time for new friendships, new memories, and new experiences. What a great way to end the school day! Programs held in Waterford (Great Neck, Quaker Hill and The Friendship School)


The weather is getting cooler and fall is beginning to arrive!

So far this new school year has been fantastic here at Carelot. We have been getting to know one another and learning all about our families and friends.

October brings many new learning experiences as the children dive into Fabulous Fall! Fall harvest, fire safety, apples, pumpkins, scarecrows and they will end the month brewing up some fun. Stay tuned for more details on a Bootiful and Spooktacular Time!

Carelot Children's Center, Inc.

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning"

Providing education to Children ages 3 months to 12 years!