The Sandcastle Times - April 2019

Monthly Theme: Spring is in the Air!

A message from Holly Bevilacqua, COO

Hello and Happy Spring to all! It is so nice to know that we have some sunshine and warmer weather just around the corner.

As spring flowers begin to bloom and changes to the new season come into view, we are very excited to swing into spring with some exciting programs and educational activities for your children. Our Monthly theme is Spring is in the Air! The children will explore Flowers, Weather, Butterflies and Caterpillars, Our Earth, and a Rainbow of colors. We are excited to have CT music in again this month as we explore music in a variety of ways!

Our website is being updated monthly with Director’s News, Special events, employment opportunities, and PTO news. Check it out! We’ve been working on many improvements in our programs and thank all of our families and staff for their input! Make sure to submit an answer to our question of the month. This is one of the many ways we get our families and

staff to give their input!

Don't miss all the exciting events during the week of the young child! It's Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday and Family Friday! I am very excited to welcome all of you to our classrooms on Friday April 12th for PM snack as our classrooms plan a Holiday Celebration and Ice Cream Social!

You may have noticed that our staff and children have access to iphones, tablets, and computers in the classrooms. Our staff are able to do lesson planning, take photos and videos for child assessments as well as for communication to our families. It is amazing how much we can use technology for while working and teaching our children. We are currently looking into digital daily reports and have a few programs being piloted in our centers.

Calendar of Events- Click Here!

Check out all the exciting events happening at Carelot!

Just a few reminders:

If you have any changes to you address, phone number or employment, please stop by the office and fill out a new emergency form for your child.

Please remember that our KILLINGLY parking lot is one way! It is important to watch your speed in the parking lot, and pay attention while driving through the parking lot, as you never know when a little one might run out.

Our family referral program is a great way to earn tuition credits while sharing our wonderful centers and clubhouse program with family and friends. Ask your site manager how you can earn tuition credits!

Please make sure that you label all items that come into the center. Especially lunch items!

Please remember that we are not allowed to prep food for any meals. Please send in items for your children ready to be served. We are able to heat items in the microwave as long as they are ready to heat.

In hopes that the warmer weather will arrive soon, please remember our policy on open toe shoes/sandals. Due to safety concerns, open toe sandals, jellies, or flip flops should not be worn. Please make sure shoes protect their feet and are safe for the playground.

PHOTOS WANTED! Send in family photos for our collage project by April 10th for our Hall Display on Family Friday!


The winner for March was Nicole R from our East Lyme Center! She has won a $25 tuition credit which will be applies to her account. Thank you for submitting an answer to our March Question! Your kind words were greatly appreciated!!!!!

It's easy to win by just emailing us an answer! $25 tuition credit!

Email your responses along with your name and the program your child attends to 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!

PTO news....


The PTO is looking for donations of any type for events that are being planned for our staff. Email to be a part of our event planning or for donations or questions. Donations/Donation forms are due by April 19th!

Fundraiser: The Little Ceasars Fundraiser was a huge success thanks to all of our staff and families. We were able to raise just under $1000.00 for classroom supplies and technology items to be added into our classrooms. Delivery will be April 5th! Please be sure to pick up your items as they are perishable.

All around Carelot……….

The East Lyme Center is anxiously awaiting their visit from NAEYC. The National Association for the Education of Young Children(NAEYC) is the largest nonprofit association in the United States representing early childhood education. They have established an accreditation system that sets professional standards for high quality programs for young children.

NAEYC has established ten standards of excellence for early childhood education that involve children, teachers, family and community partners, and program administration. Programs that meet these standards are recognized for providing a safe and healthy environment for children, and having teachers that are well trained, have access to excellent teaching materials, and work with a curriculum that is appropriately challenging and developmentally sound for young children. NAEYC accredited childcare programs enrich the childcare experience for children and their families. An accredited center is one that is recognized as providing exceptional care and a variety of educational, developmental, and personal services that ease the burden of working parents.

Earth day is just around the corner and the children love to plant flowers and spruce up their playgrounds for outdoor fun. If you are able to help out, stop by the any center on Thursday, April 25th in the afternoon to help us get our playground back from the winter blues!

Summer camp enrollment has begun. Do you know a child between the ages of 5-12? Our summer camp is the perfect place for them to spend their summer! Weekly themes are planned with amazing activities, field trips and programs to keep them engaged all summer long! Sign up early as our spots fill up quickly!

Wish list items- Drop off at any Carelot location

Pots, plants, seed, potting soil, outdoor toys like bubbles, chalk, games, hula hoops, etc

Any old working Ipads, Iphones or tablets for our classrooms!

Has your child outgrown their t-shirts? Or do you have some t-shirts to get rid of and you just don't know what to do with them? DONATE them to Carelot! These make great painting smocks to keep our kiddos clean while doing some messy activities.

Carelot Children's Center, Inc.

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning"

Providing education to Children ages 3 months to 12 years!