September 2018 Newsletter

Westhampton Day School

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We are SO excited to get the 2018 - 2019 school year underway! If you have any questions or need help with anything, feel free to drop by or call the office at (804) 282-7459!

Office Hours

[7:00 AM - 3:00 PM] Danielle, Director

[8:00 AM - 4:00 PM] Alex Strabley, Assistant Director

[8:00 AM - 12:00 PM] Chrissy Szabo, Book Keeper

[8:30 AM - 4:30 PM] Heather Larsen, Administrative Assistant

[4:30 - 6:00 PM] Timberly Cox, Admin Support

[Part-Time] Jessica Noll, Development Director

Superstars Pizza Fundraiser [Thursday, 9/13]

Our first official fundraiser will be Superstars Pizza! Enjoy an evening free of cooking and support WDS at the same time.

Superstars Pizzas are oven ready when you pick up. Pre-order pizza to be picked up on Thursday, September 13th.

Turn your order form (below) & payment to the office by Tuesday, September 11th!

Tuition Reminders

Just a quick reminder that tuition is due by Tuesdays at 6:00 PM. You are more than welcome to pay weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc. Current payment methods are cash, check, or automatic billpay through your personal bank.

If you have any questions about tuition, feel free to email our Book Keeper, Chrissy, at

Fall 2018 Field Trips/In-House Activities

You received a copy of your child's class field trips for fall 2018! Please make sure you turn in your payment + the filled out/signed form to the office before the first field trip. The 2's do not travel on the bus so we bring vendors/activities to them. The 3's + Older will go on the buses!

Chaperones -- the more the merrier!

Please make sure you note on the F/T form if you'd like to chaperone and include any chaperone fees.

Resource Update: September 2018

Art with Ms. Elizabeth: This September, art classes will be experimenting with apple prints as well as looking at color wheels and color mixing. We will look at our faces, and draw what we see.

Music with Mr. Jeffrey: Students will be introduced to the basics of rhythm, the backbone of music. We will be learning about major and minor keys, song structure, and how they can change what we feel when we listen to music.

P.E. with Ms. Jennifer: We will start the school year off with an introduction to Kickball for the older groups. The 2’s & 3’s will learn about hip hop dance!

Culture Connection with Ms. Jordan: Hello everyone! For Culture Connection, we will start off the year learning about our northern neighbor, Canada! We will be learning all about Canadian culture as well as trying out maple syrup, playing hockey, and more. I really look forward to showing our classes at WDS Canadian flora and fauna.

Fall 2018 + Class Pictures

Southern Smiles will be taking individual and class pictures on 9/20 & 9/21! Please bring your child to school dressed in their picture clothes You can pack a change of clothes for them afterwards. Pictures begin at 9:00 AM!

Thursday, September 20th

All Pre-K, Kindergarten, & Siblings will be taking pictures!

Friday, September 21st

The 2's & 3's classes will be taking pictures. If your child took their individual picture + sibling picture on Thursday, they will still take their class picture on Friday.

Director's Blurb

Even though WDS is a year-round program, we too are leaving the summer routine and starting fresh with the academic year. There is a different feel in the hustle and bustle to the start of the year! Morning time can be a struggle in many homes with young children, but there are ways to start your day that can brighten the day for all! Blogger Larissa Ferretti, Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University, shared some tips to help get you out the door that I have summarized below...

  • Taking care of tasks the night before will mean the next morning isn't as rushed. Laying out clothes and shoes the day before, and knowing your breakfast plan, will make life easier.
  • The proper amount of rest will make for an easier morning. Though every child is different, preschoolers typically need 10 - 13 hours per night.
  • Create a morning checklist or chart with pictures for your child to follow along with the routine of the morning. This can help to instill a sense of ownership to the start of their day! Some examples could include: washing their face, brushing their teeth, combing their hair, getting dressed, eating breakfast, putting on their shoes.
  • While it's tempting to hit the snooze button, parents benefit waking up slightly earlier than their child to focus on the morning ahead (and enjoy a quiet cup of coffee). Giving yourself extra time ensures that you can handle the morning details without pressure.
  • Even though the clock is ticking, make mornings enjoyable! Choose a favorite song to listen to that creates a positive association with the upcoming trip to school. Music can also be an auditory cue about the day's timing -- when the song ends, it's a signal to put your shoes on.

Life with a young child is never dull, and is never the same day to day. But having a consistent morning routine is not only possible, but will also give your child a strong start to a successful day ahead.

Danielle Todd,

WDS Director

Mark Your Calendars!

October 2018

  • Fall Fling & Trunk or Treat [Friday, October 26th] More details to come...
  • Weeks of October 15th & 22nd: Fall Goal Planning Conferences with your teacher

November 2018

  • Grandparents Day [Tuesday, November 20th]
  • Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving [Wednesday, November 21st]
  • WDS Closed for Thanksgiving [Thursday, 11/22 & Friday, 11/23]

WDS has lots of fun events planned for this school year. Make sure you check out the 2018 - 2019 School Calendar (below)!