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November 19, 2021

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Principal's Message

Hello Preschool families! Happy Friday! This week our students had a visit from Dr. Pryor, who is a dentist. They learned all about keeping their teeth healthy. Our students also continued their study of either Bread or Making Music. Continue to ask your child about what he/she has learned with these studies.

There have been a few instances recently in which a student was not met at the bus stop or was not picked up from the school and we have been unable to reach a family member. Please be certain your child’s teacher and the office have your current contact information and the current information for anyone who you permit to pick your child up from school. We understand that things happen. Communication is the key! Please know that we are NOT permitted to transport your child in our school van. The only way we are permitted to transport your child is if you are with us in the vehicle and the child is in an appropriate car seat.

Just a reminder that next week is a two-day week. Our school will be closed Wednesday-Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Have a wonderful weekend! I hope you have an opportunity to get outside to play.


Character Strong- Purposefull People

Our school district has adopted a social-emotional curriculum this year. This month our program is focusing on the character trait Courage. Activities are embedded throughout the day in the classrooms. Your child's teacher will be sharing more information as we progress throughout the year.

Starting with Sounds

Tennessee Department of Education, in collaboration with Tennessee PBS, has launched Starting with Sounds, a Reading 360 statewide awareness campaign to help Tennessee parents and students understand the importance of reading in an engaging and fun way.

Starting with Sounds is a component of Reading 360, a comprehensive statewide literacy initiative to provide optional grants and resources to help more Tennessee students develop strong phonics-based reading skills by supporting districts, teachers, and families. Components of the Reading 360 initiative are funded with federal COVID-19 relief and stimulus funding.

Here is a new video that you can watch with your child.

Pups in Action

Ms. Bryant and Ms. Cofer's class took a field trip to Millborne Bakery. They learned about the ingredients needed to make bread, how to mix them, roll the dough out on a sheet, and best of all they were able to taste the bread!

Family Services

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While the holiday season might include time-off from school and work, there's never a break when it comes to parenting. Parents are on the clock 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. At Nurture the Next, we know that while the holidays can be rewarding, they can also provide unique challenges. Whether it's traveling for the holidays, financial stress, or just added family drama—the upcoming weeks can feel overwhelming for some, especially on the heels of the last year plus! These stressors can be even worse for those without strong support systems.


Parents are the most important influence in their child’s life from birth to age three. It’s important for new parents to learn and keep healthy stress management habits for both themselves and their children. No matter what you celebrate, the extra responsibilities and additional financial stress—on top of normal parenting responsibilities—only adds to a parent's stress level. This added stress will make it harder than normal to regulate and keep emotions in check. That is why it's important to continue practicing self-care. Schedule out some downtime for you to exercise, meditate, watch your favorite show, and do whatever else helps you relax and unwind.


Children (and parents!) rely on regular sleep and meal routines to keep stress levels at a minimum, and this time of year can really shake up your children’s schedule. It's important to try and keep these schedules as consistent as possible. Click the button below to watch our video on helpful tips for establishing healthy habits for mealtime with your child!


While the holidays can be an exciting and fun time for your child, it's also a time of major disruptions to a child's normal routine. These kinds of disruptions to a child's schedule can result in increased irritability, emotional outbursts, crying, tantrums, and complaining. Your child may also change their sleeping and eating habits, as well as decrease their participation in family activities. Thankfully there are some simple ways to mitigate these behaviors.
Nurture the Next

Please visit our community partner's website for more information.

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Free Online Adverse Childhood Experiences Early Trauma Online Training

Tuesday, Nov. 30th, 10am

This is an online event.

Training can be completed at any time. Once you've completed the online training, you will receive a certificate of completion. Once you receive the certificate, we encourage you to inform your family advocate or take a picture to send to your family advocate.


Click on the link to register.

Substitute at the Preschool

Did you know that you could be a substitute teacher and work while your child is at school? Click on the above button to find out how to apply!

Health and Safety

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COVID-19 Testing

Reminder, if your child has been tested for COVID they cannot return to school until the negative test result is back.

Please see below regarding COVID-19 testing.
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Health Reminders

Thank you to all the parents/guardians that have completed the health requirements for enrollment.

Below is a list of the items needed for enrollment. If you have not submitted these for your child, please do so as soon as possible.

  • Current Physical
  • Up-to-date Immunizations
  • Current Dental Exam & Cleaning
  • Bloodwork – Hematocrit/Hemoglobin & Lead
  • Medication & Diet Restrictions (if applicable)

Just a reminder that if medication is needed at school, we are required to have the medication and the Medication Administration Form prior to your child’s first day of attendance.

If your child has not had their first dental check-up, we can provide you with a list of area dentists.

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Lisa Downard, Principal lmdownard@ortn.edu

Erin Pearson, Education Coordinator eepearson@ortn.edu

Tribby Kelly, Family & Community Engagement, Compliance Monitor, ERSEA tkelly@ortn.edu

Julie Julian, Health & Facilities Coordinator jmjulian@ortn.edu

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