Bolton Hill Nursery Newsletter

Friday, September 19th, 2014

WE ARE FAMILY...GET UP EVERYBODY AND SING!

We wanted to send out a super special thank you to everyone who came to our Annual Back to School Picnic last Sunday. Ms. Louie and I were really impressed with the turn out. The dishes were delicious, the drinks were tasty and the spirits were high. Looking back at the photos from the event, it's pretty easy to see that a good time was had by all. (Over sixty families showed up!!!) Thank you to those who attended, contributed and volunteered!!

IMPORTANT DATES

OPEN BOARD MEETING

Monday, Sep. 22nd, 7pm

204 W Lanvale St

Baltimore, MD

Curious what goes on behind the scene? Have questions you'd like answered? Want to become a board member? Here's your chance.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Wednesday, Oct. 1st, 7-8:30pm

YOUR CHILD'S CLASSROOM

This event is just for parents. Teachers will discuss their plans for the year and you will have an opportunity to write a special message in your child's journal. (Parents and teachers get to chat without the distraction of little munchkins ;)

FESTIVAL ON THE HILL

Saturday, Oct. 11th, 11am-5pm

1300 BLOCK OF BOLTON STREET

It's time for all BHN families, old and new, to get behind the festival! Things are falling into place and we are on our way! We have Milkshake! We have Mambo Combo!


Of course, the main thing is to come to the Festival, volunteer an hour or two at a booth, eat, drink, talk to everybody and have a wonderful time!


You heard our spiel last week, but you may be wondering what else you can do to help? Are you a BHN Chef? (We know that many of you are after last weekend's picnic.) Would you like to contribute something to the Gourmet Gazebo? Please email festivalonthehill@gmail.com.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

CUBBY CLUTTER

It seems the battle against constant clutter has once again begun. Please remember that the birds in the 204 Nest should use their BHN bags everyday to bring items to and from school! No backpacks! No huge blankets for nap time! Since cubby space is limited (or nonexistent) everything should fit in the BHN bag (except for your child's lunch box which should be placed in the appropriate bin upon arrival). We make enough clutter on our own; please help us keep the rest of it to a minimum.

BHN'S SICK POLICY

At BHN, we try our best to do our part and keep our classrooms germ free, but kids will be kids- fingers will go in noses, toys will go in mouths and drool will dribble everywhere. And all the cleaning in the world doesn't do a thing if we keep spreading the germs around again and again. So please take a moment to review the sick policy below. If your child has any of the listed symptoms, please keep them home. We understand that it's a bummer to miss work, but the staff and the other parents will truly appreciate it.


When to keep your child home from school

Children go outside every day, weather permitting. Do not send your child to school if you do not feel they are well enough to go outside, or well enough to fully participate in all school activities. If your child is sick and will not be attending school, the parent/guardian should inform BHN at the start of the school day. BHN must also be notified if a child has a contagious disease or ailment, included but not limited to: strep throat, chicken pox, flu, lice, or pink eye.


The following symptoms suggest the presence of a contagious/infectious disease. Children who have the following symptoms MUST be kept home from school until they have been symptom free for 24 hours.


FEVER

  • An oral temperature of 100 degrees F or greater
  • Child is listless and uncomfortable


RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS

  • Difficult, rapid breathing or severe coughing
  • Child makes high-pitched croupy or whooping sound after he/she coughs
  • Continuous coughing


DIARRHEA

  • An abnormally loose stool in the previous 24 hours


EYE/NOSE

  • Thick mucus or pus draining from eye or nose
  • Red or irritated eye


SORE THROAT

  • Sore throat, especially when fever or swollen glands in the neck are present


SKIN PROBLEMS

  • Rash: undiagnosed or contagious
  • Infected sores or sores with crusty yellow or green drainage


ITCHING

  • Persistent itching or scratching of body or scalp.


APPEARANCE/BEHAVIOR

  • Child looks or acts differently: unusually pale, tired, lacking appetite
  • Confused, irritable, difficult to awaken


UNUSUAL COLOR

  • Eyes or skin appear yellow or jaundice
  • Stool is grey or white
  • Urine is dark or tea colored


When BHN will send a child home

If any of the aforementioned symptoms appear while the child is at school, BHN will contact the parents. The child must be picked up within one hour. It is the responsibility of the parent to designate a dependable adult, to be listed on the emergency card, who will be able to pick up the child if the parent is unreachable. The BHN staff will send a note home describing the symptoms. This will need to be signed and brought back to BHN when the child returns to school.

AROUND THE SCHOOL

JUST FOR THE GROWN UPS

Ever just want to pick up a book with more text than pictures? Please join us for the first-ever Bolton Hill Nursery Parents Book Club! Mark your calendars - our first meeting is Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. at a location TBD. We will be discussing The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832, by Alan Taylor - Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for History! "This searing story of slavery and freedom in the Chesapeake by a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian reveals the pivot in the nation’s path between the founding and civil war." Please RSVP to bhnbookclub@gmail.com so we know how much wine and cheese to bring!


Remember, if you shop at Amazon via the website www.smile.amazon.com and select "Bolton Hill Nursery" Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the nursery school. AmazonSmile has the exact same products, prices and features as Amazon with the added benefit that you can support your favorite charity every time you shop. Here's a link to the book at Smile.Amazon's site: http://smile.amazon.com/dp/039334973X

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

"The family is one of nature's masterpieces."- George Santayana