The Sandcastle Times - Sept. 2021

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 has been working very hard getting their classrooms and programs ready for continued fun and learning!

Farewell to all students who have moved on to the elementary schools! We wish you a great school year and look forward to seeing you back during vacations or summer camp 2022!

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! 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 the 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.

September Promotion:

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, 2021. 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 is 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 9:30 am. This allows for our teachers to plan their day accordingly.

Emails/ Facebook/Instagram

We know many of you utilize emails and Facebook pages. Not only is this a quick and effective means of communication it also saves paper and our environment. We kindly ask that all of our Families and Staff LIKE our Facebook page at or on Instagram @carelotchildrenscenter

We also ask that you provide us with a current email address to email you out current events and news as well as including you on our KidsReport daily communication.

Website- You can visit us at to keep updated on our center events and center photo gallery! Check it out! The website is updated as soon as new activities and events are planned. You can also view our monthly newsletter as well.

Join our Facebook Page!!

Check out Pictures, Reminders, Parenting Articles, Updates and more!


Our staff uses a process of documentation that aligns with the CT Early Learning Standards to record children’s growth and development. Through photographs, anecdotes, and children’s work samples, teachers put together a visual account of each child’s accomplishments. Using recognized developmental milestones, growth in the following seven areas of development are assessed:

  1. Thinking, Reasoning, and Problem Solving

  2. Emotional and Social Competency

  3. Language and Communication

  4. Gross Motor Development

  5. Fine Motor Development

  6. Reading and Writing Development

  7. Creative Development

The Assessment process recognizes and celebrates that all children develop at different rates and with various strengths. Collections are completed for fall and spring and kept in their portfolio binder as long as the child is enrolled in the program. At the end of the child’s enrollment, the portfolio becomes a memento to be taken home and treasured. This collection is a representation of the child as an individual with distinct interests, background, skills, and desires. Teachers will meet with you in family/teacher conferences twice a year to share these treasured collections and celebrate the accomplishments of your child. This is the time that you will also share information on the growth and development of your child. Conferences are an ideal time to share expectations and your family philosophies. A conference can be scheduled at any time outside these set dates.

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Question of the month "What is your favorite family meal??"

Don't forget to submit your answers by clicking the link below!

You can win a $25 tuition credit on your account.

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!

Congratulations to Heather Wheeler from our Waterford center. You have won a $25 tuition credit on your account!

Thanks for your feedback: Last Month's Answers:

Mystic aquarium and the learning center there!

We love to go to the Mystic Aquarium and cool off with the cool fish!

Go to the Southwick zoo

Favorite place is Maine Lebanon to the races with Family and Friends to watch the races and monster trucks! We make it a long weekend !

Going to the beach/pool

Flying our kite and riding bikes at Harkness Park

Family Communication-

At Carelot, we believe that communication between home and school is very important. We would appreciate it if you would advise your child (ren)’s teachers of any important information or changes in your family life which may affect your little one’s daily child care experience. Open communication between parents/guardians and teachers is a valuable tool in providing quality care for your child and will always remain confidential.

On a daily basis, communication between families and staff ensures a smooth transition for your child. A “Notes to the Teacher” log is available in each classroom for families to write down information that they may wish to communicate to the staff on an informal basis. You can also message your child's teachers using the parent communication app where you will also find daily information about your child's day. Any confidential information or concerns should be briefly discussed with the teachers. Mailboxes are also located in each classroom. Please check them daily. It is here that you can find important notices, daily reports, newsletters, director’s reports, and more! A parent bulletin board can be found in each of the classrooms containing current information regarding curriculum, daily schedules, and general information.

PTO news....

Upcoming events:

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

Fall Fundraiser: Butterbraids, Cookie Dough, Coffee and more!!! Starts 10/4, end date 10/18 (all orders submitted and closed on 10/20) with a delivery date of 11/12.

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.

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All around Carelot

CLUBHOUSE 2021/2022! Sign up for before and/or after school care now! Limited spaces are available in Great Neck and Quaker Hill schools! (Oswegatchie students will be bused to Great Neck School at this time. Call Heather or Lorraine @ 860-739-1993 Ext. 120 TODAY!!!! Programs are also offered 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! We are very excited to see so many friendly faces returning for a great year of learning!

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.

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Private Preschool 2021/2022 School year!

Our Preschool will begin their school year curriculum on Sept. 7th! We offer morning, 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!