In this space, we'll keep you up-to-date on all our current public events at EGCCNS. Check back frequently for changes.
We are enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year! We are looking forward to starting the year with both teachers fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and we hope for a more "normal"-looking school year. We will, of course, continue to follow all recommended state and local guidelines regarding the prevention of COVID-19. We are excited to be continuing the use of our outdoor classroom space, which is great for children's learning no matter what the situation is with the global pandemic!
We would love to talk to you more about our program! Please reach out ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ and we can tell you more about our school, arrange an in-person school visit, and/or set up a Zoom session so you can meet us. Registration forms for the fall can be downloaded here.
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COVID-19 has certainly made this a strange year. We currently have enough children enrolled for a Monday/Wednesday/Friday program, but we are gathering names for a waiting list, and if we have enough new enrollees, we hope to open for a full five-day week starting in November.
We are doing things a bit differently this year - for starters, we're using an outdoor classroom space. This not only reduces COVID risk, but also helps us do something we've been wanting to do for a long time: spend more time outdoors! Unless there are thunderstorms, or the wind chill is below 32 degrees F, we will be holding class outside. This means raincoats and boots may be needed, or sunblock and shorts, depending on the day! As usual, we'll ask everyone to pack an extra set of clothing to prepare for possible clothing changes. Children will still be using the bathroom inside our building, of course, and if there are sudden weather changes, we'll head inside.
We will be following all state and local guidelines regarding cleaning and COVID prevention. What does this look like? Children use individual art supplies. Rather than using a large sensory table, children have individual small sensory bins to use. Teachers wear masks at all times, indoors or out, and starting on September 21, children will wear masks when inside. We are washing toys and surfaces of tables, large toys, and outdoor equipment daily. Touchless soap dispensers are installed at sinks. Guest readers may be possible via Zoom, but won't be possible in person this year. Check-in and -out are being done outside the building.
We are very excited about our school this year! We believe that outdoor play is especially important for preschool children, and we are excited to be incorporating music, movement, art, stories, and French time into our outside gathering time.
East Granby Congregational Church has generously selected our school as the recipient of their mission fundraiser this year! The congregants are selecting items to purchase for our school, and contributing to our carpet fund, so keep your eyes peeled for some new things around the classroom and playground. We are very grateful to EGCC for their generosity!
Thank you to all who participated in the gifts for foster children! Altogether, we filled the Christmas gift wishes for thirteen at-risk children in the greater Hartford area. We are so grateful for your generosity.
Our Winter Concerts were great fun. Thanks to all who joined us! And a special thank you to Santa Claus for making a guest appearance.
Our kids get to do a lot of fun learning! Classroom events this year have included yoga activities by a yoga instructor; egg demonstrations by a chicken owner; and a special trip to the Polar Express thanks to Suffield's Kent Memorial Library. Thank you to all of our talented volunteers!