September 3, 2012
Dear Heath Extended Day Families,
I hope this letter finds your family well rested and ready for school to begin. With much planning, patients, rearranging and updating for the start of school well underway I would like to share some important information information with you. The first day of school is just around the corner and I am pleased to be spreading this exciting news with you.
Our 2012-13 teaching team is composed of many wonderful people that are enthusiastic about the upcoming year. We have put in a tremendous amount of flexibility and effort to help create a warm and nurturing environment for your family!
Alyssa Davis and Jackie Latucca will lead our PreK program. Both are returning for a third year in a row and are energized about many new and returning families that will be joining us. The PreK program will take place in the lower extended day (next to the main gym) room from 12:15-2:15pm.
The four superior educators that are excited to work with your child & lead the Kindergarten team are Alyssa Davis, Sofia Hamula, Angelica Bianco, and Molly Graham. They are thrilled to work with your child and are well organized and ready for a super year. This program will take place in both Min-Jens classroom and KBK within the new wing of the school.
Three amazing people will help create an enjoyable learning environment for all have created a strengthened 1/2 program. Jackie Latucca, Rachel Akiba and Jonathan Kreiger will use their creative talents, past experiences and education to make your child’s afternoon enjoyable. The 1/2 program will take place in the lower extended day room that is next to the main gym. This is also the location of the HEDP office should you need to complete any paperwork.
Malaina LeSage, Ellie Edaros, Jared Mael and Kevin Doherty will be taking charge in our 3-6 program. These four fantastic teachers will teach through entertaining and hands on activities that will only enhance learning. We are happy to have such strong dedicated leaders. All three are committed to great afternoon programming that supports and encourages academic learning. This group will be sharing space with the foreign language, METCO and Mrs. Gregoir in the upstairs-extended day room (above the lower level near the gym). We will occupy this space until the renovations are complete.
We also welcome a few wonderful assistants from Wheelock College who are thrilled to join our team. Katrin Reeder, Caitlyn Ennis, and Emily St Laurent are looking forward to sharing many expereinces with your family during the next year. They hope to learn more about teaching while working with your child in our program.
I am also happy to announce that HEDP is continuing to expand on our Tripping Out (for 5th-7th graders). This program will be lead by a highly organized and well-loved teacher, Malaina LeSage. She has planned many exciting trips for this group of kids. Please email email@example.com for more information and to see our September calendar as soon as possible. Space is limited for this one of a kind program.
As our first day of school quickly approaches please feel free to give us a call should you have any questions or concerns. You may also reach us by email at the address listed above. We welcome you to Heath Extended Day and wish your child a wonderful first day.
Noelle Ahearn, Director
*Our program is nut free. Please keep this in mind when sending special snacks or food for your child.*
Because HEDP is becoming more of a cooperative program please look for areas to volunteer in each classroom. These needs will be posted on the information station. There is a mandatory 5 hours volunteer commitment for each family.
Families who are applying for tuition assistance need to have all forms mailed to Noelle by September 30th 2012. Please note that our tuition assistance program is highly confidential and we ask that you provide all materials in a sealed envelope.
On Thursday, September 6th and Friday, September 7th you may pop into HEDP with your child to get acquainted with our teaching team, and our classroom between 11:00-2:00pm. This peak and meet with take place in the HEDP preK classroom which next door to the main gym.
Pre-K Extended Day will officially begin on Monday, September 10th at 12:15pm. Alyssa and Jackie will pick the Pre-K children up from Min Jen and Carries preK classrooms. Please send your child with:
~ A packed lunch
~ A change of clothes in a labeled bag
~ A king size pillowcase with his/her name on it
~ A picture of your child with his/her family.
On Thursday, September 6th and Friday September 7th, Kindergarten will have an early release. We welcome you and your child to come together to HEDP until 2:15pm. You may bring a lunch and have some fun. Our learning centers will be open for both your and your child in the lower extended day room (next to the gym). We will use this time to get to know you and your child.
Kindergarten Extended Day will officially begin on Monday, September 10th at 2:20pm. Alyssa Davis and Molly Graham will pick up the Kindergarteners at 2:20pm and walk them to the HEDP program in the new wing (Min Jen and KBK classrooms). Please provide your child with a change of clothes in a bag with his/her name on it.
All are welcome to begin attending HEDP on Thursday, September 6th at 2:20pm. Please look for HEDP teachers in the hall to guide you to our classrooms. We ask that all children bring in one family photo for us to add into our classroom collage.
Please note that there will be a homework and reading time (DEAR) each day. So remember to bring your favorite reading materials (books, magazines, newspapers, comics…)
The first official trip is set for Thursday September 13th. Please see the calendar for a schedule of events. Please note: all information must be complete before your child can take part in this exciting program.
Children with Allergies or Medical Limitations
PLEASE contact Noelle ASAP for the required forms. Your child cannot attend HEDP without signed medical forms from a certified practitioner. We also need a full dose of medication when applicable. Please see Noelle for more information.
We are still missing many registration packets. Please complete them and return them ASAP. All documents are needed before your child begins attending HEDP. This helps ensure that we will be prepared for your child.
Please check our website at www.heathextendedday.org for monthly newsletters, calendars and updates on a regular basis.
The annual meeting date has yet to be announced. Please look for notices regarding this mandatory meeting. We are still looking for board members and would love to hear from you shoudl you be interested in joing our board.
Please remember to phone HEDP at 617-879-4565 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org should your child be late or absent from HEDP. Please let us know no later than 1:00pm. Please note that we cannot call to confirm or coordinate play date arrangements for your child. It is essential that you have a handwritten note or email to alert us of a play date.
Please note our change of schedule policy that requires all families to pay a $150.00 fee for any change of schedule. The first fee free change period will take place October 15-31st for a December 1st start. All other changes will require a $150.00 fee.
Please note that HEDP closes at 5:45. We encourage you to make necessary arrangements should you not be able to make that time. Late fees will go into effect Monday September 22nd.
Please be prepared to sign your child out at the end of each day. It is essential that you make a habit of this. Please make an effort to make contact with a teacher and sign your child out each day. If a nanny or babysitter will be picking up your child, please be sure they have a picture ID for the first few weeks.
Get ready for a terrific year.
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