Welcome to the Blog of the Robin’s Nest Preschool
Welcome to The Robin’s Nest blog! We hope this will be a good way to keep our parents and prospective parents updated on what’s happening in our little preschool here in Palm Harbor. We’ll add our monthly newsletters here, as well as updates on the special happenings that are always happening here at the Robin’s Nest. Add our blog to your blog reader, or sign up for email updates and we will send you an email whenever we post something new. Enjoy!
SILENT AUCTION: BASKET FUNDRAISER – PAC is sponsoring a basket fundraiser. Room mothers from every class will make a basket for the silent auction from the items donated by the parents. The room mothers have already sent you a letter with your class theme and important information about the fundraiser. If you or someone you know owns a business or runs a home business and would like to donate to our fundraiser, please stop by the office to give them an information form. The basket silent auction begins on April 1st and ends on April 5th at 9:30 a.m. sharp! So don’t let your favorite basket walk away with someone else. Wahoo…let the bidding begin!
CAMP CUBBER 2019 – Registration coming soon! Current Robin’s Nest families will have priority registration days, on March 5th – 7th and 12th – 14th by appointment only. Camp CUBBER offers your rising K-8th graders a fun filled exciting summer in a family-friendly safe environment. This summer’s theme, “Dream Big: What Do I Dream to Be?” will focus on the question that so many kids ask – What do I want to be when I grow up? Each week will have activities and field trips themed around a few potential dream jobs for the future – things like marine biologist, scientist/engineer, actor/director, animal researcher, and more! Summer camp runs weekly from June 3 – August 2. You can sign up for the whole summer or just the weeks you want! For more information about Camp CUBBER and to download the camp registration paperwork (coming soon), please visit the camp’s website at http://www.cubber.org. Don’t miss it!
SPRING MISSION – This year for our spring mission, the Robin’s Nest will be doing a sock and underwear drive for Clothes to Kids. Watch for updates, Amazon link and collection bins in our hallway!
Safety First– Please remember to hold your child’s hand when walking to and from the parking lot. The parking lot is very busy at drop off and pick up times. This is not a safe play area.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Feb. 25 – March 1 Scholastic Book Fair
Feb. 28 & March 1 PAC meetings 9:15
March 11 – 15 Spring Break – No School
March 21 Jack Hartmann Concert
April 1 – 5 Spring Basket Silent Auction
April 10 Play-N-Around Theater
April 17 & 18 Easter Parties
REGISTRATION TIME IS HERE! Forms are available on our website or in the office. Open registration to the public is February 8th. Robin’s Nest parents please enroll your child to secure a seat!
Important: EVERY line on the forms must be filled out. VPK vouchers due no later than June 1, 2019. Download our REGISTRATION CHECKLIST to make sure you are prepared!
Note: A check for $150 registration fee and $100 activity fee are required for registration. VPK students are not required to pay registration or activity fees but are asked to make a voluntary donation of $250 at registration. This is to cover the cost of extra enrichment activities that are not covered by the amount that we receive from the State of Florida.
SCHOOL SPIRIT WEEK Robin’s Nest is having a spirit week starting February 4th. There will be exciting opportunities to dress-up and be silly. Watch for the flyer that lists daily themes!
FAMILY FUN NIGHT Don’t miss out on our family fun Night, February 7th at Chicken Salad Chick, 3:00-8:00. There will be children’s activities from 5:00-7:00
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR – The book fair will be held Monday, February 25th
through Friday, March 1st in room A120. Money raised will be used to enhance our
preschool literacy program. We need volunteers!
DADS NIGHT! Robin’s Nest has a special night planned for the 3’s and 4’s classes on February 28th starting at 6:00. If Dad is not available, grandpas, uncles, or other adult male friends are welcome. Watch for an invitation coming your way soon!
COLD AND FLU SEASON IS HERE! This is a great time of year to help your child focus on forming good healthy habits. It is especially important that during cold and flu season parents keep sick children at home to prevent spreading illnesses to others.
The best way to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy during the cold/flu season is to:
- Keep sick family members home;
- Contact your health care provider if you or your child are experiencing flu-like symptoms; and
- Follow your doctor’s guidance on treatment.
SPRING BASKET AUCTION – Can you believe it? We’ve already begun thinking about our Spring Basket Auction! With your help, each class will create a unique class art project and put together a fun-filled basket based on a designated theme. A list of the themed baskets is hanging on the PAC bulletin board in the Robin’s Nest hallway.
In addition to the class baskets, we often get generous donations from local businesses. Our auction usually has over 100 items to bid on!
If you know of any businesses that would like to make a donation – or would like to make a donation yourself- please let your room mom, PAC Officer Kristina Menke or the Robin’s Nest office know. We can provide any needed paperwork.
The Spring Basket Auction will run the week of April 1 – 5.
SNACKS – Please remember that we strive to provide the children with nutritious food snacks. Highly sweetened treats, such as cookies (all types), potato chips, brownies, granola bars, gummy bears, and fruit roll -ups, will be permitted only for special occasions. As a reminder, The Robin’s Nest is a peanut free school. No nuts or nut butters of any kind are allowed.
We hope you had a wonderful and joyous holiday season. Welcome back!
We hope you enjoyed your holidays! It’s wonderful to see all the children back in school. We thank all of you who have volunteered at The Robin’s Nest and especially during the busy holiday season. Parent participation is very important to the school and the children love it too!
The children enjoyed a very busy and exciting holiday season at The Robin’s Nest. December 3rd through the 7th our annual Santa Shop was opened serving over 400 shoppers! On the evening of December 6th more than 500 people attended the annual Christmas program presented by Mrs. Jenny Knott and The Robin’s Nest children. The program was priceless. December 8th was a festive morning featuring Breakfast with Santa for children and their families. On December 10th and 11th we hosted two very special Christmas Chapels for Robin’s Nest children and their families. Topping off the holiday season at the Robin’s Nest were classroom visits with Santa, a Christmas story time and of course the festive classroom Christmas parties. What an exciting and busy month!
A big thank you to Sarah Thompson, Brittany Proefke, Tina Savopoulos, Heather Dominie, and all of our volunteers for their help with shopping, organizing, wrapping, and staffing the Santa Shop. The Santa Shop would not be the success it is without you!
PEACEMAKERS – The Robin’s Nest is helping to create a new generation of peacemakers by having our VPK students participate in the Peacemakers program. The Peacemakers program is a holistic program developed to empower children and youth to live peaceful lives. Mr. John and Ms. Kim will visit each VPK class the during January and February, providing a 4 week Peace curriculum addressing peace, peacemaking skills, individuality and diversity, identifying & expressing feelings, safety planning and respect for the environment. Make Peace!
“The more peace there is in us, the more peace there will be in our troubled world.” – Etty Hillesum
ROBIN’S NEST REGISTRATION FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR
Registration begins January 29! To register for next year’s program, all parents are required to complete a new set of application forms. Please be sure to fill out the application completely. When filling out the registration forms, please do not skip any lines or information requested. Two checks will be needed at the time of registration, one check for the registration/activity fee, and a voided check for payments through electronic funds transfer. It is not necessary to get new health and immunization forms unless your current forms are expired.
Registration Appointments for Currently Enrolled Robin’s Nest Families: A SignUpGenius link will be sent out by email one week prior to your registration date!
Jan. 29th VPK registration for currently enrolled 3”s
Jan. 30st VPK registration for currently enrolled 3’s
Jan.31st 3’s registration for currently enrolled 2’s
Feb. 1st 3’s registration for currently enrolled 2’s
Feb. 6th Registration for all siblings of Robin’s Nest, Westlake Christian, Stars and Comets
Feb. 7th Registration for all PHUMC members and previously enrolled families
Feb. 8th Open registration!
Our school takes the health of our students very seriously and takes many precautions to control the spread of illnesses and to protect the health of your child. There are additional measures you can take at home to protect your child’s health as well, including:
- follow the basic prevention measures of hand washing, cough and sneeze etiquette and regular cleaning of high touch surfaces
- monitor your child for signs and symptoms of illness
- keep your child home from school and other activities when ill
- keep children home until they no longer have symptoms of illness and are feeling well and able to fully participate in daily programs – children must be free of fever and vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school
- seek medical attention if your child becomes ill, especially if they are at increased risk for complications from illness
DATES TO REMEMBER
Jan. 10 & 11 PAC meeting at 9:15 a.m.
Jan. 21 School closed – Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
Jan. 24 Wonders of Nature (special event)
Jan. 29 Registration begins
Feb. 11 Special Chapel 3-day 3’s
Feb. 12 Special Chapel 2-day 3’s
Feb. 13 Do Dad’s (special event)
Feb. 18 School closed – Professional Education Day
Feb. 19 & 20 Graduation and class pictures
Feb. 21 & 22 Parent Teacher conferences
Feb. 25 – March 1 Book Fair
Feb. 28 Dads Night 6:30, 3’s and 4’s only
It’s hard to believe that December is upon us already. As we begin this holiday season and are faced with the many events, “have-to-do’s” and “have-to-get-done’s,” I urge you to keep in mind the real meaning of Christmas. It is a time of God showing His great love for us; a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus; a time to invite Him into our hearts and a time to Rejoice! And so, as you celebrate your faith and family this holiday season…The Robin’s Nest wishes the light of the Christmas star to you; the warmth of home and hearth to you; the cheer and good will of friends to you; the hope of a childlike heart to you; the joy of a thousand angels to you; the love of the Son and God’s peace to you! ENJOY the season!
THE SANTA SHOP IS ALMOST HERE!
The Robin’s Nest annual Santa Shop will be open Dec. 3 – 7th! This is a special store for children to shop for gifts for everyone in their family. All items are priced at $5. It’s a wonderful opportunity for children to experience the joy of shopping on their own for their family and friends.
Please make sure your child’s shopping list has been turned into their teacher. Unfortunately if a shopping list with the enclosed payment is not turned, your child will be unable to shop. If you have more than one child shopping, they must have their own shopping list to be able to shop with their class. Additional forms are available in the Robin’s Nest office.
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS CHAPEL
We invite you to join us for our special Christmas chapel. The 4’s will be helping deliver the message at 9:15 a.m. on December 10th and 11th in the sanctuary. Please help your child choose a toy gift to bring to the sanctuary and place on the stage. The gift should be new, in the range of $5 – $10’s for a child age infant – 17 years old. Please do not wrap the gift. The Robin’s Nest is participating in a Christmas mission for our Feast clients and Metropolitan Ministries in need. This is a great opportunity to help teach your children the joy of giving.
All classes will attend one of the following days:
Monday, Dec. 10th at 9:15 a.m.: 3-day 2’s, 3-day 3’s, room 110 and room 104
Tuesday, Dec. 11th at 9:15 a.m.: 2-day 2’s, 2-day 3’s, 5-day 3’s, room 114 and room 116
On Thursday December 6, at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary, The Robin’s Nest will be presenting its 22nd annual Christmas program; “For Unto Us a Child is Born”. Jenny Knott and the classroom teachers are working with the children to prepare for this special musical presentation. Please drop your children off promptly at 5:45 p.m. in their classroom (parents bring 2’s to the church choir room).
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM DVD
The Christmas Program on December 6th will be videotaped by Felten Video. Please note that the center aisle of the sanctuary will be roped off the night of the program so that the children’s performance will not be interrupted and the videographer will be able to capture the best possible photos of your children. A great way to enjoy the program and preserve the memories is to pre-purchase the DVD. Look for an order form in your child’s backpack or folder. Additional forms will be available in the Robin’s Nest office.
Tuesday, December 18th
2-day-2’s, 2-day 3’s, room 104, room 110
Wednesday December 19th
3-day 2’s, 3-day 3’s, 5-day 3’s, room 114, room 116
All Robin’s Nest students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20th. There will be no Lunch Bunch or Extended Care offered that afternoon. School will be closed for the Holidays Friday, Dec. 21st through January 7th. School resumes Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019!
DATES TO REMEMBER
December 3-7 Santa Shop
December 6 Christmas Program 6:00 p.m
December 8 Breakfast with Santa
December 10 &11 Special Christmas chapels
December 18 & 19 Classroom Christmas parties
December 21 – Jan. 7 Christmas holidays – school closed
January 8 School re-opens, classes resume
THE ROBIN’S NEST STAFF WISHES YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY BLESSED HOLIDAY SEASON FILLED WITH PEACE AND JOY!
WE ARE THANKFUL!
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and we count our many blessings, we are once again reminded of what a genuine privilege it is for all of us at The Robin’s Nest to work with you and your children.
COOL WEATHER REMINDER!
With the cooler weather approaching, we’d like to remind you to label jackets and sweaters and perhaps exchange long pants in your child’s extra clothes bag at school.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Our Fall Mission is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind and we need your help to make this a success! Operation Christmas Child uses gift filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. The Robin’s Nest is involving our children in this mission project. THEY will be building the boxes and talking in their classes about the difference they will be making to a child in need. There are additional boxes available if you would like to build boxes at home with other children or as a family. Our goal is set for each Robin’s Nest child to build a box totaling 144! Boxes will be built November 5th thru 8th. Each box will be filled for a child between the ages of 2-4 years old. Please place your donated items in the Operation Christmas Child bin, located in the Robin’s Nest hallway.
GIVING TREE MUSIC
We will drum, dance, sing and laugh together as we learn to “talk” to each other on the drum.
Imagine an interactive circle of kids, all drumming together, holding a common pulse and weaving a facilitated rhythm into a cohesive musical experience. This is what The Robin’s Nest students will be experiencing when Giving Tree Music brings their drumming program to the school on Wednesday, November 14th. Their only rule- “if you don’t drum, you have to dance!!!
On Thursday, November 15th, and Friday, November 16th, the children will celebrate Thanksgiving with a special feast snack. To help with the celebration, the room mothers may be asked to help set up the snack. This is not a party for all parents to attend. We ask that each child bring in a specific food item. Look for the feast sign-up sheet located outside each classroom.
REINDEER RUN IS COMING!
Get out your reindeer antlers and lace up those running shoes! The 2018 Reindeer Run is coming Saturday, December 1, 2018. The race will kick off at 8:00 a.m. at Pop Stansell Park, located at 797 Florida Avenue in Palm Harbor. There will be a 5K run, Virtual 5K run, 1 Mile Fun Run and Tot Trot races for our littlest runners. Register, volunteer and view sponsorship opportunities at www.phumc.net
THE ROBIN’S NEST SANTA SHOP
This is an exciting event for the children! The shop will be open December 3rd – 7th. All children will have the opportunity during school to do some Christmas shopping for their family, grandparents, and other loved ones. There are many volunteer opportunities available! Check your email for a link to sign up on line or sign up in the Robin’s Nest hallway. All proceeds from the Santa Shop help keep our classroom equipment and curriculum current and new. Watch your child’s backpack for more information.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
The Robin’s Nest PAC is excited to present Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 8h at 9:00 a.m. in the multi-purpose room. Breakfast buffet includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, and choice of beverage – orange juice, milk, or coffee. Your child will have an opportunity to visit with Santa so bring your camera! Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $10.00 on sale beginning Monday, November 5th in the school office (children under two are free, but must share a seat).
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
A big Thank You to our new Community Partners Kemp Stucco LLC, James and Leigh Ann Sarantopoulos and Makenzie’s Grandma did it again and partnered with the Robin’s Nest Music Program! Thank you so much for your program adoptions. It’s never too late to adopt your child’s classroom!
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Nov. 1 & 2 PAC meeting and gift wrapping 9:15
Nov. 5 – 30 Tickets go on sale for Breakfast with Santa
Nov. 13 PAC Santa Shop Prep @ 10:30
Nov. 14 The Giving Tree (special event)
Nov. 15 & 16 PAC Santa Shop Prep @ 9:00
Nov. 15 & 16 Thanksgiving feasts
Nov. 19 – 23 School closed – Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 28 We Are One Chapel
Dec. 3 – 7 Santa Shop opens – Sponsored by PAC – forms will be sent home
Dec. 6 Christmas program @ 6:00 p.m. – Sanctuary
Dec. 8 Breakfast with Santa @ 9:00 a.m.
Dec. 10 Christmas chapel 3-day 2’s, 3-day 3’s, room 104, room 110
Dec. 11 Christmas chapel 2-day 2’s, 2-day 3’s, 5-day 3’s, room 114, room 116
Dec. 18 & 19 Christmas parties
Dec. 21 – Jan. 7 Winter holidays – school closed (school starts back Tues., Jan. 8th)
PARENT ADVOCATE CLUB (PAC)
Thank you to everyone that attended the first PAC meetings in September. Our PAC officers for the 2018-2019 school year are Sarah Thompson, Brittany Proefke, and Tina Savopoulos. The Robin’s Nest PAC is open to all parents and members of PHUMC who wish to actively support our school. PAC meetings are generally the first Thursday and Friday of the Month in room 201 at 9:15 a.m. Come join a committee and make new friends. Siblings are welcome!
YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER
Get your orders in by September 28! HOWEVER…online sales will continue until January so you can download the app, register and send out invitations (tax applies to all online orders). It’s a great way to get some early holiday shopping done. Let’s make this the best fall fundraiser ever!
Operation Christmas Child is our fall mission. We will be packing shoeboxes! Every shoebox gift delivered by Operation Christmas Child is a tangible expression of God’s amazing love. Details will be sent home in backpacks and by email.
Collection Dates: Oct. 8th – 26th Assembly Dates: Nov. 5th – 8th
NOAH’S ARK PARADE
Calling all animals to the ark! The Robin’s Nest 3 and 4 year old’s classrooms have been practicing for this fun event! Parents are asked to bring in an animal costume labeled in a bag (no masks allowed; shoes are required) the day of your child’s event. Everyone is invited to come and watch the Noah’s Ark Parade at 11:45 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Two’s classes are invited to watch the parade with a parent.
- Thursday, Oct. 25th: Parent/ Hudson, Martz/ Lilly, Bombar/ Brinton
- Friday, Oct. 26th: Robertson/ Rogers, Parent/ Wheeley, Hibbens/ Dorsett, Blake/Biewend
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Mark your calendars! The annual Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday,
December 8th at 9:00 a.m. in the multipurpose room/gym. Tickets will go on sale November 5th in the Robin’s Nest office. You don’t want to miss this wonderful event!
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
CONGRATULATIONS – Our list of community partners is growing, 31 and counting! We are happy to inform you that the following businesses and/or families have adopted a classroom:
The Aldrich Family The Bergstrom Family
Brain and Spine Neuroscience Institute The Brannon Family
Jon & Lora Brethauer The Casper Family
Chicken Salad Chick The Christensen Family
The Cox Family The Edwards Family
The Ford Family John & Jenny Goad (2 class adoptions)
Good 2 Go Chiropractic The Gonnelli Family
The Jackson Family The Kratimenos Family
Makenzie’s Grandma The McDaniel Family
The Morgan Family The Palma Family
The Petty Family
The Rankin Family The Rouse Family
The Sager Family The Savor Family
The Schmidt Family Southwest Pool Finishers, Inc.
The Sprowls Family The Terrio Family
The Thompson Family The Wortham Family
A big thank you goes to all who have participated in the adoption program. Adoption forms are located on the table outside the office.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Oct. 1 Fire truck visits rooms 104, 108, 110, 112
Oct. 2 Fire truck visits rooms 102, 108, 112, 114, 116
Oct. 4 & 5 PAC meetings 9:15 a.m.
Oct. 11 Conferences for the 2-day 2’s and 2-day 3’s classes
No School for 2-day 2’s and 2-day 3’s
Please note 5-day 3’s and 4’s (VPK) will have class!
Oct. 12 Conferences for the 3-day 2’s, 3-day 3’s, 5-day 3’s, and 4’s
NO SCHOOL for all children
Oct. 22 Special Chapel Hibbens/Dorsett
Oct. 23 Special Chapel Bombar/Brinton
Oct. 25 Noah’s Ark Parade at 11:45 a.m. – rooms 108, 114, 116
Oct. 26 Noah’s Ark Parade at 11:45 a.m. – rooms 102, 104, 108, 110
*two year old students may watch the parade with a parent
Nov. 3 Time change – set your clocks back 1 hour for Sunday!
PARENT ADVOCATE CLUB – Our PAC meetings start Thurs., Sept. 6th and Fri., Sept. 7th. Two PAC meetings are scheduled the first Thursday and Friday of each month so you may choose which day to attend. We try to keep all meetings to no longer than 1 hour in length. Children are welcome to attend with you
YANKEE CANDLE FALL FUNDRAISER – COMING SOON! SEPTEMPBER 10TH. The Robin’s Nest is excited to have Yankee Candle as our fall fundraiser. They are the world’s #1 candle brand and offer a wide range of premium candles, fragrances, and décor items! The fundraiser will run from Sept. 10th – 28th. Packets will be sent home with your child. This is a great time to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping, birthdays, and special occasions. Gifts start as low as $7. Proceeds will go to playground improvements. We appreciate the support you give The Robin’s Nest!
INDIVIDUAL PICTURES – Picture Perfect Images is our school photographer. School pictures will be taken September 11th, 12th, and 13th.
OPEN HOUSE – Open house for parents will be held the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 11th at 6:30. Watch for notices in your child’s bag.
SNACKS – Reminder . . . the Robin’s Nest is a PEANUT/TREE NUT FREE school. Please read the snack notice carefully when it is your child’s turn to be snack helper. If you have any questions, feel free to ask your child’s teacher or the office.
EMAIL CONTACT – You should be receiving information from The Robin’s Nest office. If you have not heard from us we may not have the correct e-mail address for you, so please send a message to us at email@example.com.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM – ADOPT A CLASS – The Robin’s Nest 2018-2019 Community Partnership Program has begun. Individuals, families or businesses may adopt a class, music program or the school by making a $150 tax deductible donation. 100% of your donation goes directly to your child’s classroom. Teachers may purchase classroom materials such as furniture, carpets, manipulatives, books, CD’s, and any curriculum materials. If you are interested in adopting a class or would like more information please ask your teacher or stop by the office for a brochure. We greatly appreciate all the wonderful individuals and businesses who generously adopted so far this year. Let’s keep it going!
The Bergstrom Family Chicken Salad Chick
The Ford Family John & Jenny Goad (2 class adoptions)
The Gonnelli Family The Kratimenos Family
Makenzie’s Grandma The Morgan Family
The Rouse Family The Sager Family
The Schmidt Family The Terrio Family
The Thompson Family The Wortham Family
Mark Your Calendars
Sept. 3 Labor Day – school closed
Sept 6 & 7 PAC Meeting – 9:15, Rm. 201
Sept. 10 Yankee Candle Fall Fundraiser Begins!
Sept. 11, 12, 13 Individual pictures
Sept. 11 Open House for parents 6:30
Sept. 17 Special Chapel for Ms. Blake & Mrs. Biewend’s class
Sept. 18 Special Chapel for Mrs. Martz & Mrs. Lilly’s class
Sept. 25 Timeless Tales – Gingerbread Boy
Oct. 11 Parent/Teacher conferences for 2-day classes
Oct. 12 Parent/Teacher conferences for 3-day, 5-day and VPK
(no school for all students)
Oct. 15 No school
Oct. 22 Special Chapel for Mrs. Hibbens & Mrs. Dorsett’s class
Oct. 23 Special Chapel for Mrs. Bombar & Mrs. Brinton’s class
Oct. 25 & 26 Noah’s Ark parades
Summer Hours at The Robin’s Nest
Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
To make sure we are here to greet you, please call the office at 727-786-1861 prior to visiting.
Thank you and have a super summer!
It’s hard to believe that the school year is almost over. It has been a joy to watch your children grow spiritually, mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally this year. We are happy for them but also a little sad to see them grow up so quickly
SAFETY FIRST– Student safety is a priority for us at the Robin’s Nest. We want to remain “family friendly”, but it is necessary to maintain a level of safety for all children and staff. We are reaching out to each parent and asking you to please be aware not to let anyone in the locked Robin’s Nest door when entering or leaving. The Robin’s Nest office will determine if they are given entrance. The church double glass door entrance is to be used for drop off and pick up times from 8:45 – 9:15 a.m. and 12:00 – 12:25 p.m. The interior gate will be opened at these times. If you are running late, the office will buzz you in at the Robin’s Nest locked door.
GRADUATION – We want to create an enjoyable and memorable graduation experience for all of our graduates this year. In order to achieve that goal, on May 18th during graduation rehearsal, our photographers that will capture the moment when your child receives his/her diploma. We will also make a video of the entire program available to you at the best possible price. For your part we are asking that you simply sit back and enjoy the program. You may still take a photo from your seat. The children and the teachers have worked hard and we want to honor their efforts by not interrupting the program with unnecessary distractions. We thank you in advance for your cooperation. See you May 18th at 11:00a.m.!
VPK LAST DAY ATTENDANCE – VPK students are required to attend the last day of school on May 18th. Any VPK child not present on the last day will be listed with the Early Learning Coalition as not having completed the VPK program. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
NO LUNCH BUNCH/EARLY DISMISSAL – Please note there will be no Lunch Bunch or Extended Day May 18th. All students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. the last day of school!
TUITION 2018-19 REMINDER – If your child is enrolled for the 2018-19 school year, your first installment payment will be drawn on August 1, 2018. Parents of VPK students, we thank you for your voluntary donation!
URGENT! VPK CHILD ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE – Don’t wait until summer! Please get your signed VPK Certificate of Eligibility to us as soon as possible. Your child can not be enrolled into a class without their certificate unless you are planning to private pay.
As the year begins to wind down, we would like to give a great big thank you to all who so generously donated to our Adopt-A-Class program this school year. Your donations were greatly received and used directly by your child’s teachers to purchase many needed materials and supplies for their classrooms. Here is a short list of some of the wonderful ways your generous donations were used to enhance your child’s classroom experience:
Math and language games, manipulatives, writing center, materials for writing centers, sensory tables, sensory items, doll house and furniture, sorting kits, sand and water activities, cash register, alphabet mystery box, krazy cut scissors, prayer boxes and prayer bears.
NEW STATE MANDATED REGULATION!
Calling all parents, the state now mandates parents must contact the school office if their child is absence. This is a new mandated regulation. Please notify the office no later than 9:30 the morning of their absence.
TECH FREE TUESDAY CHALLENGE
How much time should a child spend in front of any screen is a question being asked not just by worried parents but by psychologists, health organizations and even governments. Robin’s Nest would like to help our families find some balance. Watch for more information coming homing with your child. Are you up for the challenge???
SPRING BASKET FUNDRAISER
PAC is sponsoring a basket fundraiser. Room mothers from every class will make a basket for the silent auction from the items donated by the parents. The room mothers have already sent out a letter with your class theme and important information about the fundraiser. All baskets are due the week of April 9th. The silent auction begins on April 10th and ends on April 13th at 9:30 a.m. Winners of each basket may pick them up on Thursday, April 13th. All proceeds will benefit classroom and school improvements.
Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for April 26th and 27th. This is a great opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and ask any questions or concerns you may have. Summer activities will be shared to help support their growth and prepare for the upcoming school year. Conferences are scheduled at 15 minutes intervals. Childcare will be provided 5 minutes before your scheduled conference. We ask that you pick up your child as soon as your conference has ended to make room for others coming in. Look for the sign-up sheet posted outside your child’s classroom!
The 4’s classes will be participating in a graduation celebration on Friday, May 18, at 11:00 a.m. The graduation celebration will take place in the Palm Harbor United Methodist Church sanctuary. Please watch for your special invitation. Remember that your VPK child must attend school on May 18th in order to be listed with the state of Florida as having completed the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program.
PACKING SCHOOL LUNCHES
Important reminder! When packing your child’s deliciously nutritious lunch for school, please make sure to include an ice pack to keep it cool. The school is unable to refrigerate your child’s lunch so please keep it safe for them by including a pre-frozen ice pack.
Please remember to hold your child’s hand when walking to and from the parking lot. Also make sure your child avoids the bushes and climbing or jumping on the outdoor bins. These areas are not safe play spaces.
DATES TO REMEMBER
April 2 No school, Easter Monday
April 3 School resumes
April 5 & 6 PAC meeting @ 9:15 a.m.
April 9-13 Spring baskets due
April 11 Play ‘N Around Theater (Jack and the Beanstalk)
April 16-20 Spring Basket Silent Auction
April 24 PAC and Volunteer Luncheon – child care provided
April 26 & 27 Parent/Teacher conferences
April 30 Teacher Appreciation Week
May 10 Mother’s Day Festivities:
Multi-Purpose Room at 11:45 a.m.
Rooms 102, 108, 112, 114, 116
May 11 Mother’s Day Festivities:
Multi-Purpose Room at 11:45 a.m.
Rooms 104, 108, 110, 112
May 17 Last day of school for 2-day classes
May 18 Last day of school for all 3-day and 5-day classes
12:15 dismissal for all students
May 18 4’s Graduation 11:00 a.m.
No Lunch Bunch or Extended on Last Day
BACK TO SCHOOL 2018
Back to school dates for the 2018 -2019 school year are as follows:
Class Meet & Greet Day First Day of School
VPK Aug. 14th Aug. 15th
2-day 2’s Aug. 16th Aug. 21st
2-day 3’s Aug. 16th Aug. 21st
5-day 3’s Aug. 17th Aug. 20th
3-day 2’s Aug. 17th Aug. 20th
3-day 3’s Aug. 17th Aug. 20th