The Sandcastle Times - Oct. 2020

"Building Strong Foundations for Lifetime of Learning"

A message from Holly Bevilacqua, COO

Fall is in the air!!! We have all been adjusting to wearing masks, social distancing, limited activities and unusual schedules. What a great time of the year to spend with your family enjoying some great seasonal outdoor activities. Take everyone to an orchard and enjoy some apple or pumpkin picking. A hike and leaf hunt 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! Take a break from distance learning or crazy schedules. Hectic schedules cause us to forget about enjoying some of those special moments together! So… .sit back, relax and enjoy being with each other while enjoying the crisp fall air!

Calendar of Events- Click Here!

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, 2020. 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. parking lots can get busy at certain times of the day.

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 9am 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 assistance!

Thank you for respecting our social distancing, mask and health policies. Together we can keep those germs out of our program!

KIDREPORTS- Stay Connected!

  • Receive daily reports via push/email/text
  • Activity alerts throughout the day
  • Easily communicate with your center
  • View Daily Activities

    View Historical Activities

  • Share and Download Photos and Videos
  • Record Drop Off for your Child
  • Select your preferred language (40 available)
  • Edit your information simply

We hope all of our Families have enjoyed KidReports,

Big picture

Private Preschool 2020/2021 School year!

Our Preschool will began their school year curriculum on Sept. 8th! There are a couple openings available if you have a friend who would like to join our program.

We offer mornings, 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 enviroment.

Our program is rich in:

  • Social/Emotional Development
  • Physical Development and Health
  • Language and Literacy
  • Creative Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Cognition
  • Social Studies
Join our Facebook Page!!

Check out Pictures, Reminders, Parenting Articles, Updates and more!

Question of the month "What is your favorite fall activity?

Don't forget to submit your answers! It's easy to win by just emailing us an answer! $25 tuition credit!

Thanks for helping us make our programs better! 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!

SEPTEMBER “favorite family recipe”. WINNER IS: No winner

PTO news....

Upcoming events:

One Stop Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair: due to the current pandemic we will see you all in 2021! This annual event is to benefit the Ronald Vlaun Scholarship!

Slumber Club- cancelled until further notice.

Next Fundraiser:

Butter Braid Pastry and Joyful Traditions Cake Rolls and Simply Shipped Collection

PURPOSEProfits will be used for new playground/classroom Equipment!

START DATE10/5/2020

END DATE10/19/2020


DELIVERY11/13/2020 Afternoon

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!

Click: Discipline and Limit Setting

Watch this quick 5 minute video!

Big picture

All around Carelot


Our clubhouse programs are currently running distant learning programs in East Lyme, Killingly, and Brooklyn. The students have classwork time, zoom meetings, activities, tutoring as well as crafts, outdoor time, and free choice activities.

GRISWOLD FAMILIES: Due to the low enrollment and Board of Ed. decision to stay hybrid, The program will temporarily close until further notice. This closure will begin on Oct. 19th. We hope to reopen again soon! If you need care or have questions, please contact Heather or Lorraine.


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. We have all acclimated to the Covid regulations and learning is everywhere in the classrooms!

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!