The Sandcastle Times - Oct. 2019

"Building Strong Foundations for Lifetime of Learning"

A message from Holly Bevilacqua, COO

Fall is in the air!!! What a great time of the year to spend with your family. Take everyone to an orchard and enjoy some apple or pumpkin picking. A hay ride 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! Hectic schedules cause us to forget about enjoying some of those special moments together! So… .sit back, relax and enjoy being with each other.

Join us at our upcoming Harvest Festivals on Oct 12th in East Lyme or Oct. 19th in Killingly!

Our 12th Annual One Stop Shopping is on Nov. 3rd!- Just in The Savage Spatula Food Truck will be there!

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, 2019. Please be sure your child gets their flu shot unless you have proper documentation stating they cannot get the vaccine.

Volunteering: We are always looking for parent volunteers to help out in our classrooms! Our children would love to do art and crafts with you or even bake something special! Also, our teachers really appreciate any involvement! Please see your child’s teacher if you have any great ideas and ask how you can help and be involved in your child’s classroom! LABEL– ALL items that come into the centers/programs

Front Gates and Doors: to close the gate/doors behind you when you enter the building, this is for your child’s safety.

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 notce so we can make appropriate arrangements! We appreciate your


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 East Lyme Families have enjoyed the introduction of KidReports to our program. Our next move is to set it up in all of our centers to Brooklyn, Killinlgy, Chaplin and Waterford will see this program introduced throughout October and November.

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Private Preschool 2019-2020 School year!

Our Preschool will began their school year curriculum on Sept. 3rd! 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
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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....

Upcoming events:

One Stop Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair: Our annual event to benefit the Ronald Vlaun Scholarship! East Lyme High School. Sunday, Nov. 3rd 10am-3pm! Over 60 vendors and crafters! This year come check out our food trucks for some lunch. A fun day out!

Slumber Club- Next Slumber Club will be Saturday, October 26th in East Lyme and Killingly.

Next Fundraiser: Butterbraids, Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies, Auntie Annie's Pretzels-

Sale will run from Oct. 25 to Nov. 15. Delivery the week of Dec. 16th - just in time for the holidays.

Boon Supply Fundraiser has now ended. Thank you to all of those families who participated. Our final number are not in, but we anticipate about an $800 profit for technology in our classrooms!

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!

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This a great night for you to see what your child’s program is all about. The teachers have been working hard planning for this annual event! This is a great time to ask questions, receive more information and meet other families. Bring your child or come alone for a great night to see what our day is all about. Refreshments will be served!

Join us and you may win a $50 tuition credit! Our teachers work very hard for this night so we encourage your family to attend.

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All around Carelot

CLUBHOUSE 2019-2020

Our clubhouse programs are in full swing. Time for new friendships, new memories and new experiences. What a great way to end the school day!


The weather is getting cooler and fall is beginning to arrive! Thank you to all the Grand Friends who attended our Grand Friends Celebration!

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.

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!

Halloween tips: Please use caution when picking out a costume at this young age. Many can be scary to younger children and we ask that you take into consideration keeping this event fun and happy. Please no masks or scary costumes. We thank you and look forward to an Outstanding month ahead!

News from the Accounting Department

We kindly as that you have a correct deposit on your account equal to your tuition rates.

If the entire deposit is not paid or you need of a payment plan then you will be charged for tuition insurance beginning on 10-26-19. Tuition insurance will be billed to all families at a rate of $10.00 per week until the deposit is paid in accordance with our policies.

Clubhouse school age programs do not apply. TFS will follow the set policies.


Carelot Children's Center, Inc.

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning"

Providing education to Children ages 3 months to 12 years!