Player Early Childhood Center

August 2021

Welcome to Player Early Childhood Center!

Hello Families,

Whether you are new to Player School or a returning family, we welcome you to our Player Family! We are so excited to begin this new school year and we hope that you are too! This newsletter will have all the information you will need for the opening of school. Please make sure to read through the entire newsletter and don't forget to fill out the Getting To Know You form a little further down.

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Slow Start Up and Orientation

Please join us for an Orientation Day on your child’s first day of preschool. All families will come in for one hour on August 18th or August 19th (not both days). Please don't worry that you do not know your classroom number or teacher's name yet. This information will be given to you all on your orientation day.

For those students whose last name begins with A-J, your day is Wednesday, Aug. 18th. For those students whose last name begins with K-Z, your day is Thursday, Aug. 19th.

  • The morning orientation for both days will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • The afternoon orientation for both days will be from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

First day of school: All students will attend the entire 2.5 hour class beginning on Friday, August 20th.

AM Class is from 8:15-10:45 (Drop off begins at 8:10)

PM Class is from 11:45-2:15 (Drop off begins at 11:40)

On orientation days only: Park your car and enter in the back of the school in the playground area. The children will line up and enter school with their teachers. Parents will remain in the playground and receive a short orientation, along with some refreshments. Students and teachers will exit the school and you will have an opportunity to ask your child’s teacher any questions you may have. Masks will be required for students while indoors.

Beginning Friday, Aug. 20th, follow drop off procedures explained at orientation. If you are unable to come to orientation, I will put the slide show on our website:

We will also send you a folder with the paper version when your child comes to school on Friday.

What does my child need for preschool?

Our programs are supported through State of Illinois grants that allow us to offer programming at no cost to anyone. All materials, supplies, and snacks are provided. We do ask that students bring a backpack to carry their papers to and from school. We also ask that you bring a full set of clothes to keep here at school in case of an accidental spill or bathroom accident. The clothes should be placed in a large ziploc bag with your child's name on the bag. Please include pants, shirt, underwear, and socks in the bag.

Getting to Know You

Please take a moment to fill out the form below to provide us with a little more information about your child. It will also ask about other adults who are allowed to pick up your child. We will not dismiss your child to anyone who you have not indicated as an alternative pick up person besides a parent. You will also have an opportunity to submit any questions you might need to know prior to our orientation days.

Note: If you already filled this out from the previous time I sent it out or from our website, you will not need to do it again.

Remaining Covid Restrictions

Since March of 2020, all of our lives have changed drastically due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The entire 2020-2021 school year was highly affected by this pandemic. Those of you who had children in school last year know and understand how difficult it was for all of us. Here in the schools we had to make numerous adjustments when we were finally able to begin bringing students back into the school. Thankfully, many of the restrictions have been eliminated or reduced, but there are still a few that we are mandated to continue. The most obvious restriction that we will need to follow is wearing masks. Although this is an inconvenience and sometimes uncomfortable, it is something that needs to be done to continue keeping all people as safe as possible. Most adults in our building are completely vaccinated but none of our students are and for this reason alone, we are happy to do it. None of us want to see our young students become ill. If the masks help with this even a little bit, it will be well worth it.

We have always been diligent about hand washing and sanitizing here at Player School. We also continue to clean our toys, materials, classrooms, and all areas of the building. We will limit the number of students who can play in learning centers and areas as much as possible. We will also have to send children home when they become ill at school. This is not a new practice. We will always do our best to keep our students safe.

We are just very happy that we are able to reopen fully with in-person instruction. We will have full classrooms and be able to share some materials and toys. These are small steps to getting "back to normal".

Soon we hope to be able to have more adults in our buildings and return to having parent volunteers, parent education groups, parent-child activities, family nights, and much more.

For now, we are grateful to be back in session and we can't wait to meet all of you next week during orientation.

All of our best,

Susan Almendarez