Preschool Newsletter

From the Principal of LLC and Supervisor of Early Childhood

Dear Preschool Families,

I hope you are having a wonderful summer.


We want you to know that we are working hard to identify the best plan for September. Your child's health and safety are of the utmost importance to us. We also know the value of an in-person program for students' social-emotional learning, language, physical, and cognitive development. These times are difficult with many variables to consider for returning in September. We thank you for your patience during this time and for your responsiveness to our surveys and information. We will continue to keep you informed along the way. Please read through the newsletter for the next steps for you at home and other helpful ideas.


Deanne Guastello, Principal of LLC Preschool

Jarlyn Veras, Supervisor of Early Childhood

I am excited to introduce myself as the new Supervisor of Early Childhood for the Morris School District. I am a passionate advocate for quality early childhood education and am enthusiastic about the opportunity to work alongside Morris School District's wonderful preschool team.

I come to Morris School District with fifteen years of experience in early childhood programs where I have served in a variety of roles. I was a preschool teacher for ten years and have had the opportunity to work as a teacher coach, interventionist, and school administrator.

I look forward to using the skills I have acquired throughout these experiences to serve the children and families of Morristown and Morris Township. I also look forward to establishing partnerships, getting to know members of the community, and working collaboratively with all of you to provide our youngest learners with an exceptional preschool experience.

Pandemic Response Team

At this time, each school is developing a Pandemic Response Team. The Pandemic Response Teams will be needed to assist in centralizing, expediting, and implementing COVID-19-related decision-making. Pandemic Response Teams should include a cross-section of administrators, teachers, staff, and parents and should represent a cross-section of the school community including its gender and racial diversity. The LLC Preschool is seeking two parents to join our team. If you are interested, please email me at deanne.guastello@msdk12.net.

Next Steps For You At Home

As you are waiting for the district's plan for September, we ask that you help with some preparation for the coming year with a few steps you can take now:


  • Please find reusable/washable face masks that your child is comfortable wearing and gradually build up the amount of time they can tolerate wearing them.
  • Continue to practice hand washing techniques and other smart health practices that prevent sicknesses (appropriate amount of sleep, coughing in the arm, using tissues).
  • Talk about the importance of keeping hands and bodies to yourself.
  • Teaching your child how to use a personal supply of hand sanitizer (alcohol-based) is also helpful.

Google Email is Key

Communication is key and it will be crucial during the upcoming school year. We urge you to have a Google-based email (Gmail) and that you keep your contact information current. You can create one by visiting www.gmail.com and clicking "Create Account." A Google-based email will help streamline our communications whether it is coming from the school or from your teacher for virtual learning. Again, please ensure that your contact information is current with your school.

Home School Supplies

At this time we encourage you to have a bin of basic school supplies at home. These items will be helpful if we have a hybrid model or if parents opt for virtual instruction. Here is a list of basic tools you can purchase to have at-home: crayons, pencils, construction paper, glue sticks, scissors, and paints.

Get Involved in the Home School Association (HSA)

The Lafayette Learning Center Preschool’s Home & School Association is open to parents of all children in the school! We invite new and returning families to participate in the HSA and join us in this important organization. It’s a great way to get involved with the school and your child’s educational experience. Please click on the link to find out more!

Equity and Inclusion and Our Responsibility

This year we will continue to support district priorities and build anti-racist and social justice learning opportunities for students and staff. Early learning and exposure to topics of racism and social justice in a developmentally appropriate manner can help promote tolerance, equity, and inclusion. Our goal has always been to create inclusive classrooms and foster equitable teaching practices and this work never stops. This year we will continue to work hard to accomplish this by elevating our knowledge, enhancing our resources, and refining our practice.

Book Recommendations to Introduce to Your Children

Let's Talk About Diverse Books

If you're looking to do some reading for yourself or in a book group, here's a list for you.

If you're looking to diversify your classroom library, check out this list.