Preakness Early Childhood Center Newsletter

Dear Families,

Dear Families,

As we venture into the month of November, we begin to focus on all that we are thankful for. I would like to express my thanks and gratitude to each of you, our parents, teachers, and staff working together to provide the greatest level of care while educating Wayne's youngest learners - it truly takes a village! If you have any questions, at any time, please feel free to call or email me at

Dr. Jess Hammmond

Principal, Preakness Early Childhood Center

Nurse's Notes

Flu season has arrived! As per New Jersey State Code, Chapter 14 Immunizations requires all preschool children 59 months ( 4 years 11 months old) and younger to receive a flu shot between September 1st and December 31st, 2021

  • Proof of your child’s immunization must be received in the Health Office before this date or your child will not be able to return to school on January 2, 2021.

Please feel free to call Nurse Brie with any questions or concerns you may have.

To call your child in to school please call the Attendance Line at 973-968-7400 ext. 2690

Nurse Brienne Trignano -

973-968-7400 ext. 2670

Governor's Educator of the Year Award Nominations

Do you know a classroom teacher or educational services professional who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference? If so, please take the time to recommend this person for the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program by completing this nomination form template and returning it to the building principal by the specified deadline. Administrators, staff members, students, parents, and community members are encouraged to participate.

Please complete the form here and return it to the principal by Monday, November 23, 2021.


Our arrival and dismissal seems to be going very well, a big thank you to our parents and caregivers for ensuring the safety of our young students. As a reminder, our procedures are outlined below.

Parents transporting their child to and from school will use either the driveway in front of the school via Hamburg Turnpike or the Church Street entrance and park in the side parking lot near the playground and walk to the front of the school for drop off/pick up.

• Follow the arrival and dismissal traffic patterns at the front of the center. You may park your car and hand your child off to a staff member in the front of the building. For safety reasons, children should exit from the passenger side of the car only and caregivers will hand their child to the staff on duty. Dismissal follows the same pattern as arrival.

As a reminder, parents should NOT use the back driveway as that is strictly utilized for our school buses.

Bus Students will be assisted by the teachers and paraprofessionals.

Important Reminders:

If the adult picking up your child is not known to our staff, he or she must show photo identification (driver’s license, etc.) to prove his or her identity before your child may be dismissed into his or her care.

AM Sessions

  • AM Arrival is at 8:20am (doors open at 8:15am)

  • AM Dismissal is at 10:55pm (doors open at 10:55am)

PM Sessions

  • PM Arrival is at 12:10 pm (doors open at 12:05 pm)

  • PM Dismissal is at 2:45 pm (doors open at 2:45 pm)

Upcoming Events

November 3 - The Wayne Fire Department is coming to visit!

November 4-5 - NJEA No School

November 12 - Picture Day - will be held in the gym - More details to come!

November 13 - PTO Clothing Drive to be held at ECC

November 24: Minimal Day - Start of Thanksgiving Holiday

November 25-26: Thanksgiving Holiday

December 6-7: Minimal Day due to Parent-Teacher Conferences - will be held virtual

December 23: Minimal Day - Start of Holiday Recess

December 24-31: Holiday Recess

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The PECC is now able to order lunches through the online google form here. The monthly menus can be found here.

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The Preakness ECC took the No Place for Hate Pledge the first week in October and we celebrated all month long!

No Place for Hate Pledge:

I promise to do my best to treat everyone fairly.

I promise to do my best to be kind to everyone-even if they are not like me.

If I see someone being hurt or not treated fairly, I will tell a teacher or trusted adult. Everyone should be able to feel safe and happy at school.

I want our school to be NO PLACE for HATE.

PECC November Calendar

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PTO News

PTO November Update

We enjoyed celebrating our October fundraisers with so many of you. Thank you for being a part of our PECC community. Please read below and find out about the fun we have in store in November! Our next meeting is on November 16 at 7:30 pm via Google Meet.

School Spirit Looks Good!

November 1-6, David Ezra Salon & Spa will donate 10% of service proceeds to Preakness ECC’s PTO. Please mention the ECC fundraiser at checkout. Appointments can be scheduled online or by calling 973-628-7803.

Picture Day- November 12

November 12 is picture day! Information will be sent home with preschoolers on the day of the event with information on how to order.

Clothing Drive- November 13

On November 13 from 10:30-12:30 pm, we will hold a clothing drive in the PECC parking lot. Used clothing, shoes, and household items will be accepted. Note: we will not be collecting items in advance; they must be dropped off during the designated time on 11/13. Our PTO will receive a monetary donation based on the total weight of items collected.

NexTrex Recycling Challenge

We are nearly halfway to our recycling goal with 227 pounds of plastic collected. Please continue sending plastics in with your student and click here for more information on acceptable items.

To help our committee with a Friday recycling drop-off, please email

Dine to Donate- November 30

Join us at Boniello’s Restaurant in Riverdale for Dine to Donate. Pick-up or in restaurant dining anytime between 4 and 8 pm. Boniello’s will donate 15% of sales for those that mention the PECC fundraiser.

For more information on how to volunteer and get involved, please contact us at Thank you!