The Sandcastle Times - May 2019

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning!"

A message from Holly Bevilacqua, COO

National Provider Appreciation Day is Friday, May 10th. We would like to dedicate the whole week of May 7-11th to show appreciation to our staff here at Carelot. We are proud to have several of our staff members with us for 1 year or more!!! We are so proud of our great team of educators! Please take the time to let your child’s teacher and assistants know how much you appreciate all they do for your children! We thank you so much for the support we received to put together some great treats for our team!

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 time to discuss your thoughts, concerns, or ideas to make the home/school experience the best for your child!

Have you sent in your Summer and Fall Registration Forms? Please do so ASAP. This helps us to plan our staffing and classrooms for the summer and fall.

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!

Our programs will be getting ready for summer soon. Summer Camp for school age 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!

Calendar of Events- Click Here!

Check out all the exciting events happening at Carelot!

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!

Just a few reminders:

  • Please bring in a change of clothing that is “weather appropriate”
  • Please don’t forget to utilize our Teacher Communication clipboards in the classrooms. This is a great way to let the staff know where you are for the day, who will be picking up your child, tips for your child’s day, phone # for the day, special requests etc.
  • Getting involved in your child’ s day to day happenings is key to their learning years. Please take the time to look around your child’s classroom, read postings, go through items sent home in their mailbox and support center events. Your partnership is what makes our program high quality.
  • 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.


All centers: Monday, May 13th at 3:30pm

Clubhouse programs: Friday, May 10th 4:15pm

Question of the month: "If you could recommend a summer activity/day trip that your family enjoys with other families, what would it be?"

No April Winner- 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!

Email your responses along with your name and the program your child attends to 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!

PTO news....


The PTO is looking for donations of any type for events that are being planned for our staff. Email to be a part of our event planning or for donations or questions.

Upcoming events:

Slumber Club- May 19th at the East Lyme Center- Pizza, snacks and crafts for the kids. This month's theme is Our Furry Friends!

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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 yound child was a great event with activities focused on cooperation, food, music, art and we ended the week with our family Ice Cream Social!

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 along with Felicia as we move and groove to the sounds of their instruments! Stop by and join us!

The children and teachers are getting ready for our Mother's Day tea. Please save the date to join us as the children treat you to a special event!

Wish list items- Drop off at any Carelot location

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

Shaving Cream, Pasta, Rice, Bubbles and Sidewalk Chalk.

Has your child outgrown their t-shirts? Or do you have some t-shirts to get rid of and you just don't know what to do with them? DONATE them to Carelot! These make great painting smocks to keep our kiddos clean while doing some messy activities.

Any wish list items can be dropped off at the main office or at our Corporate office.

Carelot Children's Center, Inc.

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning"

Providing education to Children ages 3 months to 12 years!