November News

2022

Parents Please Peruse this Newsletter for Important Information for November 2022!

November News

Happy November! This is my favorite time of the year! The excitement of the holidays are approaching quickly and this month is the prelude to the most festive time of the year. Thank you to all who purchased chicken tickets for our fall fundraiser. We enjoyed seeing our families at the Fall Festival this past month. Thank you always for supporting GEARS.


Kids Center has many wonderful activities planned for November. This includes a Thanksgiving Lunch for staff, children and our Seniors in the Senior Center on Wednesday, November 23rd. Another wonderful Intergenerational Activity here at GEARS.


As the weather begins to become chillier, please make sure we are sending sweatshirts or jackets with your children. We typically go outside for fresh air and gross motor time every day. For our younger classrooms, please send in multiple sets of clothing in case of bathroom accidents or spills; this eliminates the need to disturb parents at work to bring extra clothing during working hours.


Reminder concerning health and safety protocols, we are approaching the winter months and we are bound to have illness in our midst. Please follow our DHS protocol, if your child is running a fever over 100 degrees, your child may not attend until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine. Also, vomiting or diarrhea would follow the same protocol, symptom free for 24 hours to return to care. Communicable illnesses require stay at home time and would require a doctor's note stating that the child may return to care. Kelly and I will be more than happy to answer any questions relating to the health protocols with any family privately.


Looking ahead to December, please note the schedule for the Holidays; GEARS will be closing early on Thursday, December 22nd at 3 pm for a Staff Meeting; GEARS will be closed on Friday, December 23rd to December 30th. No payment is required for the week of December 26th. GEARS will resume our programs on January 2nd, 2023.


Note concerning, Non-School Days and Early Dismissals calendar can be found on the Elizabethtown Area School District Website. Kelly and I would like to review the process of sign-ups for these days. GEARS staff are scheduled extra hours of time when these "days" occur, thus why we charge a small fee for Early Dismissals and Non-School Days. We ask parents to please schedule your children for these days when the "Google Sign Up Sheets" are sent. These "sign-ups" are sent to parents so we can assure we are appropriately staffed and maintain ratios for licensing. If your child is on the list and does not attend, the extra fees will still be charged; as we schedule our staff two weeks in advance and also share the expected rosters with the school secretaries for Early Dismissal Days. This is helpful when EASD teachers are dismissing children on the early release days to go on the bus home or to go to the GEARS program. Non-School Day sign-ups are necessary so we know how many staff to schedule and how many children to provide snacks and lunches on the days when "special lunches" are served. Kelly and I are always available for questions concerning this topic.


Wishing all of our Families a very Blessed and Safe Thanksgiving!


Warmest Regards, Wendy Musser, Kids Center Director

November Activity Calendar

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GEARS Calendar for Holidays and Days Closed!

Please note a change for December 22nd, GEARS hours will be 6:30 am to 3 pm!

GEARS will be closing at 3:00 pm on Thursday, December 22nd-Please note the change!

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November Snack Menu

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Upcoming Events!

Non-School Day sign up for November 23rd and November 28th! See Link Below!

Breakfast with Santa--------Saturday, December 17th, 2022 9:00-11:30am

GEARS Scholastic Book Club

Hello Families,


With the holidays approaching, books make great stocking stuffers for Christmas or Hanukkah! Give the gift of literacy to your child this season! Grandparents can purchase too!


GEARS online ordering code is J2JXH. Go to https://clubs.scholastic.com to place an online order. You may have it shipped right to your door!


For every online order, GEARS receives free books to replenish our classroom libraries!


Thank You, Wendy and Kelly

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Preschool Newsletter

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Preschool and Kindergarten Classes have Adopted A Calf!

The "Adopt a Cow" program is sponsored by "Discover Dairy". This program will teach our students the importance of farming and will learn so much more. Lessons are created around learning why cows are important to us; as they give us milk and other foods made from milk. Healthy habits and discussion about keeping our bodies will also be reviewed with the children. The program has tons of fun facts to learn and plenty of hands on activities. The children can graph, count and ask questions about what they want to learn more about. The children will also be able to take home a special "Journal Bag" very soon over a weekend. (more details will be coming) We will watch Paisely grow from now until May of next year through pictures and videos sent from the Host Farm Family.

Meet Paisley!

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Meet our Host Farm Family!

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Kindergarten Newsletter

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Bainbridge Newsletter

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Bear Creek Newsletter

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East High Newsletter

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October Teacher of the Month--Belinda Goodman

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Lin joined our team in June of 2022 to work in our Preschool and Kindergarten Classrooms. Lin has been a great asset to our Community Center classrooms. She adores the staff and the children that she has gotten to know. Lin is very talented at patting our preschool students to sleep during naptime. The current school year, Lin began working with the PM Kindergarteners and helps the staff with keeping the room in order and likes playing with the kids.

Thank you Lin for all you do for GEARS Kids Center.

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PATHS KID OF THE MONTH

Thank you to Elizabethtown Fire Company for your Visit!

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Thank you to Innocent Reptile Rescue for visiting GEARS on 10/7/2022!

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THANK YOU FOR READING OUR NEWSLETTER!