August 2017 Director’s Letter

By | August 2, 2017
Windham Coop Director's Letter

Dear Families,
Welcome to a new year at Windham Cooperative Kindergarten and Nursery School. The teachers and I are very excited to begin the 2017-2018 school year and meet all of our new families and connect with our veteran families again. WCK is truly a special community that incorporates learning, fun, and involvement through “Co-oping”. If you have any questions for the beginning of the year, do not hesitate to ask me or stop by the office to see Patti, WCK’s business manger.

Parent/Staff Day:
Our staff has already been busy getting the rooms ready for the beginning of school. On Thursday, August 31 we will hold our parent/staff workday from 9:00-12:00. We request that you join us for part of the day. It is a great chance to connect with other parents and meet our teachers. Since this is a very busy day, children cannot stay for the workday. We will have take home projects for those who would like to help, but are unable to stay. Jobs include cleaning, project preparation, washing toys, etc.

Staff Emails:
Debbie Bois: dbois@windhamcoop.org
Patti Michal: info@windhamcoop.org
Kendall Desrosiers: kdesrosiers@windhamcoop.org
Megan Clark: mclark@windhamcoop.org
Pam Deveau: pdeveau@windhamcoop.org
Heather Hankus: hhankus@windhamcoop.org
Kellie Fraser: kfraser@windhamcoop.org
Lisa Storie: lstorie@windhamcoop.org
Jennifer Brand: jbrand@windhamcoop.org

Amazonsmiles:
WCK is part of the Amazon Smiles Program. Go to smile.amazon.com to sign up. Select the Windham Cooperative Kindergarten as your charity and then we will get back 0.5% of your purchases. This is an easy way to help out your school.

Lower Playground:
Our lower playground is in the process of being created into a natural playground for the children. This will be done by the beginning of school for the children to enjoy. Go onto our facebook page and check out the updated pictures as it is constructed.

Nursery Substitute Teachers:
As many of you know, Ms Desrosiers is expecting a baby in December. While she is on maternity leave, Mrs. Clark will be stepping up to the lead position. Mrs Wein will be the assistant on MWF. She has taught at WCK in Pre-K and over the past few years, she has been our consistent substitute for all of our classes. Mrs. Bulkley will be the assistant on T/TH. Both of her children attended WCK and she was one of our substitutes last year in many of the classes. Both will make the transition very smooth for the nursery children.

Lunch Bunch:
Your child may stay for lunch from 11:30-12:15. The cost is $8.00 or you can buy a card for 5 lunches for $35.00. Send in a nut free lunch with your child and let Patti know in the morning if your child is staying for lunch bunch.

Parent Orientation:
On Thursday, August 31 we will hold a parent orientation at 6:30 PM at the Windham High School. Each family will receive their child’s school folder filled with school information and forms. This will allow families time to complete forms prior to attending their child’s orientation. Parents can meet both returning and new teachers and executive board members. There will be a brief presentation about programs, events and school guidelines, with time for a question and answer session at the end.
If you have volunteered for a job at the school this year, there will also be time available to meet with a board or staff members to help you understand your responsibilities. We will make every effort to keep the meeting brief and informative for all.
If you are unable to attend the Parent Orientation, you will need to make arrangements to stop by the school and pick up your child’s folder. By having the forms done ahead of time, teachers will have more time to interact with the children and their families during the children’s orientation. Please be aware that per state law your child will be unable to attend class until we have their current emergency and health forms on file.

Child Orientation:
During the 2nd week of August, you will be receiving a letter from your child’s teacher. It will let you know when your time is for your child’s orientation. This is a great day for your child to see their new classroom and meet their teachers. We ask that you make arrangements for siblings to be watched by a family member or friend so ensure a positive experience by all. Many of our families trade off with each other. Please note that PEEP students do not attend a separate orientation.

Backpacks:
During the year, the children will bring home lots of art work, projects, and notices. They are given a folder to put these in. We encourage you to have your child bring a large backpack that can fit a folder and other items. Also send in a spare set of clothes in the backpack. Thanks!
Maintenance throughout the year:
As part of our co-op program, each family is required to come to a maintenance day during the year. In each of my newsletters, I will have a maintenance project that can count towards this and can work around your schedule.

Program Openings:
We currently have limited openings in our T/TH Nursery program, KEEP and PEEP programs. If you would like to find out more about these programs or know someone that is looking for a wonderful early childhood program, please give us a call at 893-3069 or visit our website 

1-2-3- Go Camps:
In addition to child orientation, Nursery and Pre-K students have the opportunity to attend a 2 day camp where they can meet their teachers and see their classroom on August 23 and 24 from 9-10:30. For new students at WCK, this is a great way to see how a mini day runs for nursery or pre-k. The cost is $30.00 for this camp. Check the website for details or call the office.

Have a great rest of the summer!

Debbie Bois
Director of Windham Cooperative Kindergarten and Nursery School
dbois@windhamcoop.org

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