The Sandcastle Times - Sept. 2020

Back to School Edition

A message from Holly Bevilacqua, COO

A great big welcome to our new students that have joined our Carelot Family. We are very happy to begin our new school year and have lots of exciting activities planned! Our staff worked very hard getting their classrooms and programs ready for continued fun and learning!

This time of year is a transition for all of starts, jobs change, the weather changes, and more! Keep in mind that it is a time of change for all of us! Covid-19 has also brought many changes for everyone to acclimate to as well. Change is a good thing and it keeps our lives full of excitement. Enjoy the special moments with your children and cherish every minute!

Please take note of our calendar of events for easy planning. You can also check out information on our website. The site managers and executive directors are working diligently on the October through February programming for activities, special events for planning. All information will be put in the monthly newsletter and on our website.

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Please be sure to take advantage of our Referral Program! Check out the flyer on our Facebook page as well as in this newsletter! Who doesn't want FREE money??

Calendar of Events- Click Here!

Check out all the exciting events happening at Carelot!

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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.


Please make sure you are following your scheduled hours. This helps keep state mandated ratios in order as per the amount of staff that are scheduled. If you need to change your hours to earlier or later please give proper notice to the office so we can adjust our staff schedules. Also please make sure you are staying within the 9 ½ hour guidelines for each day that you have contracted with us.

Soon cool weather will be here. Please be sure to check your child’s extra clothes bins and bring home bathing suits and towels. It is important that your child has a change of clothes be sure you read your child’s daily to see if they need any items, we do not have spare clothes at the centers.

Please make sure you are giving a two week notice to the director for any schedule changes. Also, please be sure you call the center if your child will be late or absent. We kindly ask that you call before 9:30am. This allows for our teachers to plan their day accordingly.

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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 your taking the time to help us assess our policies, procedures, curriculum, and more!

Congrats to Jordan, Bentley and Bailynn's Mom for winning the August question of the month. We thank you for participating!!!

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PTO news....

Upcoming events:

Slumber Club-- Due to Covid-19 this program is suspended until further notice

Fall Fundraisers: Stay tuned for details

Thanks for all of your continued support! We are always looking for new ideas for fundraisers if you have an idea drop by the office and share it with us.

All around Carelot

CLUBHOUSE 2020/2021! Sign up for before and/or after school care now! Limited spaces are available in Griswold, Oswegatchie, Great Neck, and Quaker Hill schools! We are providing care according to the days your child attends school. Follow the 2 days a week tuition schedule. You need to register even if you attended last year!! Call Heather or Lorraine @ 860-739-1993 Ext. 120 TODAY!!!! Programs are offered in Waterford, and Griswold Elementary schools as well at The Friendship School in Waterford.


Summer has been flying by and we can't believe it is September already! We are very excited to start the school year with some great activities such as Family Collages, Graphing, Friendship murals, Good neighbor day, and more! Our Private Kindergarten and Distance Learning classrooms started on Tuesday and we are so excited to provide a safe learning environment as an alternative to the public schools. We have very few spaces available in East Lyme, Killingly and Brooklyn if you know a family who may be interested.

Wish list items- Drop off at any Carelot location

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

Shaving cream, Board Books, Bubble Wrap, outdoor toys (bubbles, chalk, hula hoops, balls, etc), buckets, shovels, water toys.

Private Preschool 2020-2021 School year!

Our Preschool will began their school year curriculum on Sept. 8th! 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 environment. Some Centers currently have a waiting list so please call the center of choice for availability.

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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Carelot Children's Center, Inc.

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning"

Providing education to Children ages 3 months to 12 years!