The Sandcastle Times - August 2021

"Building Strong Foundations for Lifetime of Learning"

A message from Holly Bevilacqua, COO

Happy August!

The need for early childhood education is growing and Carelot is here to provide a great learning environment. Our growing enrollment is very exciting as we see many families being able to return to work. At this time, if you know someone looking for a rewarding career in the education field, please refer them to us!

Huge thanks for all of your continued support throughout the year! Our school year is just around the corner and we are diligently getting our curriculum and programs ready. We hope you have enjoyed our Facebook information, daily emails, and classroom communication that share all the exciting learning in all our programs.

As the fall season approaches, (more quickly than we would like) Carelot is busy enrolling new students and organizing our classrooms for our next school year! Through some monies from a State grant, we have purchased some new toys for the classrooms!

As always, we continually strive to make Carelot a wonderful learning environment for your children. Please remember that changes will occur and we will do all we can to make any transitions smooth for our teachers, students, and learning environment. If you have any concerns, questions, or ideas, please stop by to see your Site Manager or Executive Manager.

Calendar of Events- Click Here!

Check out all the exciting events happening at Carelot!

Summer tips and reminders

Day trip Ideas

· Take advantage of social and cultural opportunities. Preschoolers are curious about the world around them. A day trip -- even if it only lasts a couple of hours -- will occupy a preschooler while providing important social and cultural experiences. If you visit local museums and art galleries, point out colors and shapes. "Please touch" museums and exhibits encourage preschoolers to explore with their eyes and hands.

· Visit a park. Spending time at a park that is frequented by children of the same age can be a healthy, fun and inexpensive outing.

· Explore your neighborhood. Walk around your neighborhood looking for acorns, leaves, bugs or architectural features, which can teach your children to observe the world around them more closely.

Children are like sponges! Plan activities that will both entertain and educate them, and you'll both have a great time.


  • Shaving cream
  • egg cartons
  • toilet paper and paper towel tubes
  • washed and cleaned items for dramatic play (sour cream containers, laundry containers, butter containers, coffee creamer, cereal boxes, cool whip containers, etc )
  • bubble wrap
  • clean spray bottles (for hot days on the playground)

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Question of the month "What is your favorite summer place or activity to do with family and friends?"

July Winner: congratulations to Melissa Demma of Killingly for winning a $25 tuition credit!! Thanks for participating!

Don't forget to submit your answers to this month's question. You can win a $25 tuition credit on your account.

It's easy to win just clicking the link below to submit your answer!

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PTO news....

Upcoming events:

Slumber Club- We are considering this program again for the 2021-2022 school year. Stay tuned.

Next Fundraiser:

Butterbraids, Cookie dough.. Omar Coffee!

Start date 10/4, end date 10/18 (all orders submitted and closed on 10/20) with a delivery date on 11/12

One-Stop Holiday Shopping: Believe it or not our annual shopping event is on the first Sunday of November. Stay tuned for more details - This event supports the PTO and the Ronald Vlaun Scholarship program.

A huge thank you to all those who purchased our FUN PASTA!

East Lyme and WTFD: PROFIT: $397.00

Chaplin, Brooklyn and Killingly PROFIT: $22.60

We are always looking for new ideas for fundraisers if you have an idea drop by the office and share it with us.

Helping out with committees is easy, there are many ways to help!

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All Around Carelot

Our summer has been a blast! It has been full of sunny days, field trips, picnics, and water play! We are just weeks away from entering the new school year. Please be sure to finalize your fall schedules and update the Clubhouse/Center programs of your child care needs.

With Summer flying by, we can't believe it is August already! July Kicked off with our All American Spirit week! The weeks followed with Sea Adventures, a trip through the Rainforest and ended with the investigation of tiny creatures and bugs. The children enjoyed visits from CT music, water play days, amazing craft activities, and daily adventures in the classroom

Carelot’s Transition Policy!

As children approach developmental milestones Carelot begins to make transitions to prepare them for the next challenging stage! This may mean changes in the curriculum or moves to a new classroom. The Teacher or Assistant Teacher will keep parents abreast on their child’s development in regards to their strengths and weaknesses. This is done formally at our October Conferences and informally throughout the year. The teachers or assistants keep portfolios and assessment lists to assess each individual child. These portfolios are made available to our parents at all times to view and see how their child is growing. The director will assess your child as well with the teacher to make sure they are ready to make a change. Changes that affect the children, such as changes to a new room including teacher changes are mentioned to the parent/families through a letter notifying the family that it is time for the change and when that change will occur. (This letter is our "Time Fly's—it’s time to move” letter) At this time the family may voice any concerns to the teacher or director before the final transitions are made. The next step is for the parents and teachers to prepare the child for the change. Teachers and assistants will discuss the changes with your child and prepare them for their next road to discovery! This will include visits to the new classroom as well as spending time with teachers and new friends. We strive to keep changes to a minimum, however without change there is no growth. It is for this reason that we look into several factors to ensure a smooth transition for all the children involved…..not just the child being transitioned. NAEYC Standard-10.B.11-13

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.

Our program is rich in:

  • Social/Emotional Development
  • Physical Development and Health
  • Language and Literacy
  • Creative Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Cognition
  • Social Studies

Preschool is available to any children ages 32 months to 5 years.

East Lyme Summer Camp Nature Field Trip

Brooklyn & Killingly Camps headed to Ocean Beach!

Killingly & Brooklyn campers had a blast at Biomes Marine Biology Center today! We had a private tour/scavenger hunt at this hands-on Aquarium!


Carelot Children's Centers maintain a family information board in the main halls with resources for families to utilize and assist them with health, mental health, assessment and educational services for their children. In addition to this resource board each director maintains information in the office and is a resource to assist families in finding any outside resources they may need. Directors pursue community collaborations each day that allows him/her to know of the resources available in the community and state.

Carelot Children's Center, Inc.

"Building Strong Foundations for a Lifetime of Learning"

Providing education to Children ages 3 months to 12 years!