The Sandcastle Times - May 2021

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning!"

A message from Holly Bevilacqua, COO

May greetings to Carelot Families and Friends!

First and foremost, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the families, center and PTO for their kind donations for our staff! We dedicated last week to recognizing the staff at Carelot. Some of the fun surprises included, a swag bag of goodies, seed packets and thank you pot, lunch, breakfast, and special snacks! We couldn't have done it without the support of our Families! On Tuesday, May 11th we will be holding a door prize drawing for numerous prizes and gift certificates. Our staff are the backbone of our programs and dedicate each day to the education and care of the children! THANK YOU!!

Communication is the KEY! At Carelot we strive to work together with our families to provide the best care and education. Our parent-teacher conferences are a great way to have a say in the planning of our programs to meet the needs of each of your children, however, we ask that you continue to plan with the teachers year-round. Communicate daily or schedule a time to discuss your thoughts, concerns, or ideas to make the home/school experience the best for your child!

Change of plans for summer or fall care? Please be sure to let your site manager aware or feel free to call Anne so she can let everyone know!

We are always looking for parent/family volunteers. Come and share a favorite story, make a snack or craft with the children, or just come and spend time in your child’s classroom! We are still practicing Covid Safety Protocols, so be sure to schedule a time with your child's teacher in advance.

Our programs are getting ready for summer. Summer Camp for school-age and preschool children will begin in June. We are also offering a camp program @ The Friendship School for students enrolled at the Friendship School. (This includes children entering the program in the fall) Please sign up early - spaces are filling quickly!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU , THANK YOU for your understanding and working together to provide the best environment during these changing times.

Calendar of Events- Click Here!

Check out all the exciting events happening at Carelot!

All Around Carelot!

April was filled with some exciting learning about Spring! We learned about flowers, the weather, butterflies and caterpillars, our earth, and rainbows. The week of the young child was a great event with activities focused on cooperation, food, music, art and we ended the week with an Ice Cream Party!

May is just around the bend and filled with even more challenges and learning. Our theme will be transportation. We can't wait to travel around finding out all the ways to get around! CT music will be back as we move and groove to the sounds of music!

Nutritious Meals

We like to occasionally remind families about the importance of nutritious meals for young children. Although packing meals at home for school is time consuming, the types of foods that your child finds in his or her lunch box help to determine the energy that he or she has for participating in school activities. When selecting lunches, please consider those that are low in fat, sodium and sugar. For example, some of the ready-made snacks or lunch meals look appealing, but are low on nutritional value. It may take a few minutes, but it is worth your time to make a peanut butter or cheese sandwich and add a piece of fruit. Yogurt and fresh fruit make nutritious snacks. Please help educate your child about nutritious eating and snacking so that he or she will benefit from these lessons now and in the future!

Check out Pinterest for some great school lunch ideas!

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Just a few reminders:

  • Please bring in a change of clothing that is “weather appropriate”
  • Labeling: we ask for help and please label all of your child’s belongings (clothes, bedding, lunches, etc.) This helps keep items from getting lost!
  • Please take home your child’s lunch daily. Unfortunately we cannot store food that is not eaten.
  • Please be sure to Label ALL Items that come into the Clubhouse. We have Sharpies available if you need one. It is our hope to have the lost and found items all find their proper owners.

Save the Date! PreK/Kinder Graduation: June 8th, Brooklyn, Killingly & Chaplin-- June 10th East Lyme & Waterford

Question of the month "What do you like most about the children's portfolios?

APRIL WINNER: Jennifer Fletcher from the Waterford Center! Congratulations!

It's so easy to win- Just submit an answer by May 25th!

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

Here are some day trip ideas that were shared!

My favorite day trip is NY city so much to do and see. I also like Newport.

Berry picking

Our family loves the zoo!! It’s not too expensive and it’s a great day trip and the kiddos love the animals!

Day trip at the arboretum to explore the plants and flowers growing

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!

Wish list items- Drop off at any Carelot location main foyer.

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

Sand Toys

Any toys you have cleaned out in good condition

Cars or trucks

Board books

Stacking blocks

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Carelot Children's Center, Inc.

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning"

Providing education to Children ages 3 months to 12 years!