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!
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
DAD’S NIGHT – REMINDER… Dad’s Night is March 1st from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00p.m. The children of 3 and 4 year old classes have a fun filled evening planned! Dads or any special role model i.e. grandpa’s, uncles, adult friends in your child’s life are invited to share in this special evening. They will visit your child’s classrooms, watch Wonders of Nature show, enjoy a treat from Kona Ice, and shop at the book fair. We look forward to this exciting event!
BOOK FAIR – THE BOOK FAIR IS HERE!!! The Robin’s Nest Annual Scholastic Book Fair is here from Monday, February 26th through Friday, March 2nd. Students will have a chance to preview the book fair and create a wish list on either Monday or Tuesday. The Book Fair is opened to families on the following dates and times:
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Monday – Friday
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Monday – Friday
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Thursday
SPRING MISSION – As you have noticed in our hallway we are collecting items for F.E.A.S.T. Food Pantry. Donations for non-perishable food items as well as laundry/dish detergents, personal hygiene items, paper products and disposable diapers are all greatly appreciated!
CALLING ALL PARENTS! – Your child’s classroom needs your help for their Spring Basket. Check the list posted outside your child’s classroom or check with the teacher for items needed if you haven’t already. This is a fun and exciting event starting the week of April 16th. You can bid on your favorite basket throughout the week. Bidding begins April 16th at 8:45 a.m. and ends Friday, April 20th at 9:30 a.m. sharp! So don’t let your favorite basket walk away with someone else. Yahoo…let the bidding begin!
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 March and April, providing a 5 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 HALLWAYS – The Robin’s Nest feels so blessed to have the privilege of so many wonderful families attending our preschool. For safety purposes when dropping off or picking up your preschooler, please make sure your other children stay with you at all times. The hallways get very busy making it not a safe place for play.
CAMP CUBBER – Registration coming soon! Current Robin’s Nest families will have priority registration days, on March 8th – 9th at 8:00 am – 10:00 am & 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Camp CUBBER offers your rising K-8th graders a fun filled exciting summer in a family-friendly safe environment. This summer’s theme, “Epic Adventure 2: The Extraordinary Voyages”, will focus on the many works of Jules Verne exploring his classic tales with exciting activities, trips and more! For more information about Camp CUBBER and to download the camp registration paperwork, please visit the camp’s website at www.campcubber.com. It’s going to be another EPIC summer. Don’t miss a minute of the adventure!
DATES TO REMEMBER
March 12 No School
March 15 Jack Hartmann
March 22 & 23 Easter Parties
March 26 – April 2 Spring Break
April 5 & 6 PAC Meeting 9:15
April 16-20 Spring Basket Silent Auction
April 26 & 27 Conferences
REGISTRATION TIME IS HERE! Forms are available on our website or in the office. Open registration to the public is February 9th. 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 15, 2018. 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.
SAVE THE DATE – The Robin’s Nest students will be singing at the 11:05 a.m. church service on February 18th. Please have your child wear their Robin’s Nest t-shirt if they have one. Looking forward to a fun morning!
100 ACTS OF KINDNESS CHALLENGE 2018 – Simple acts of kindness can change lives. During our challenge this month we are going to help teach our children to be kind and do more for others in simple ways. Each time our students commit an act of kindness we will add a heart to the Kindness Tree. Check out our Kindness Tree in the Robin’s Nest hallway and watch it grow!
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR – The book fair will be held Monday, February 26th thru Friday, March 2nd in room A120. Money raised will be used to enhance our preschool literacy program. Volunteer to help with the Book Fair at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4aaaa728a02-scholastic1
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.
BUSY PARKING LOT DAY! – Westlake Christian School is having a special chapel the morning of February 7th. Expect a busy parking lot!
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 16 – 20.
Robin’s Nest Mom’s Unite in Prayer – Please join us at Mom’s in Prayer held each Wednesday morning following drop off (9:10) in the Chapel next to the Sanctuary.
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 of any kind or any nut butters are allowed.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Jan. 30 – Feb. 9 Registration
Feb. 1 & 2 PAC meeting – 9:15 a.m.
Feb. 5 Special Chapel 3-day 3’s
Feb. 6 Special Chapel 2-day 3’s
Feb. 19 School closed-Presidents Day
Feb. 27 Class pictures for rooms 102, 108, 112, 114, 116
Graduation pictures for rooms 114, 116
Feb. 28 Class pictures for rooms 112, 108, 104, 110
Graduation pictures for rooms 104, 110
Feb. 26 – March 2 Scholastic Book Fair
March 1 Dad’s Night at The Robin’s Nest 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
We hope you had a wonderful and joyous holiday season. Welcome back!
It’s wonderful to see all the children back in school. We know the holidays are always busy, yet we had many parents volunteering their time. We thank all of you who have volunteered at The Robin’s Nest during the year. Parent participation is very important to the school and the children love it too!
The children enjoyed a busy and exciting holiday season at The Robin’s Nest. On the evening of December 14th more than 500 people attended the annual Christmas program presented by Mrs. Kelly Groves and The Robin’s Nest children. It was enjoyed by all!
Breakfast with Santa was a fun and festive morning for children and their families on December 9th. Robin’s Nest would like to thank SiBelle Jewelry, Stephanie Biewend’s business, for helping sponsor our breakfast. Check out her amazing website for specialty items at www.sibellejewelry.etsy.com. We are so blessed to have such wonderful support again this year. We would also like to thank our volunteers, cooks, and teachers for making Breakfast with Santa a success.
A big thank you to Kristina Menke, Jill Pearen, Kayla Marsh, Heather Dominie, Linda Heywood, Christy Nash, Michelle Zamparelli, Mary Kis, 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!
WESTLAKE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Westlake Christian School is giving a special tour designed exclusively for parents of Robin’s Nest students. They will meet in the Westlake Cafeteria on Thursday, January 11th, at 9:15 a.m.
Dress code reminder: For the safety of the children no sandals, open-toed, or open-back shoes are to be worn to school. Girls who are wearing a dress to school must wear shorts. (Please refer to your parent handbook for all the policies and procedures).
ROBIN’S NEST REGISTRATION FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR
Registration begins January 30! 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.
Jan. 30th VPK registration for currently enrolled 3”s
Jan. 31st VPK registration for currently enrolled 3’s
Feb. 1st 3’s registration for currently enrolled 2’s
Feb. 2nd 3’s registration for currently enrolled 2’s
Feb. 7th Registration for all siblings of Robin’s Nest, Westlake Christian, Stars and Comets
Feb. 8th Registration for all PHUMC members
Feb. 9th 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
SAVE THE DATE!
FEBRUARY 18TH, The Robin’s Nest students will be singing at the 11:05 a.m. Sunday service. Please wear your Robin’s Nest t-shirt if you have one. More information to follow!
DATES TO REMEMBER
Jan. 11 & 12 PAC meeting at 9:15 a.m.
Jan. 15 School closed – Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
Jan. 25 Wonders of Nature
Jan. 30 Registration begins
Feb. 19 School closed – Professional Education Day
Feb. 26 – March 2 Book Fair
Feb. 27 & 28 Graduation and class pictures
March 1 Dads Night 6:30, 3’s and 4’s only
THE SANTA SHOP IS ALMOST HERE!
The Robin’s Nest annual Santa Shop will be open Dec. 4 – 8th! This is a special store for children to shop for gifts for everyone in their family. All items are priced $3, $4, & $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 11th and 12th 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. 11th at 9:15 a.m.: 3-day 2’s, 3-day 3’s, room 110 and room 104.
Tuesday, Dec. 12th 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 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary, The Robin’s Nest will be presenting its 21st annual Christmas program; “Merry Christmas to All”. Kelly Groves and the classroom teachers are working with the children to prepare for this special musical presentation. Please drop your children off promptly at 6:15 p.m. in their classroom (parents bring 2’s to the church choir room).
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM DVD
The Christmas Program on December 14th 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 19th
2-day-2’s, 2-day 3’s, room 104, room 110
Wednesday December 20th
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 21st. There will be no Lunch Bunch or Extended Care offered that afternoon. School will be closed for the Holidays Friday, Dec. 22nd through January 8th. School resumes Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018!
DATES TO REMEMBER
November 30 & December 1 PAC meetings
December 4-8 Santa Shop
December 9 Breakfast with Santa
Decmber 11 & 12 Special Christmas Chapels
December 14 Christmas Program 6:30 p.m.
December 19 & 20 Classroom Christmas parties
December 22 – January 8 Christmas Holidays – school closed
January 9 Classes resume
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.
We would like to say THANK YOU for all the support we have received in the way of donations to the volunteers in the classrooms, lap readers, and to the PAC volunteers for all their help. We appreciate everything you do!
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
The Robin’s Nest is overjoyed with all the wonderful “WOW” items, smaller toys, school supplies and personal hygiene items that have been donated. What an exciting project and experience this will be for our Robin’s Nest children. Boxes will be built November 7th and 8th.
GIVING TREE MUSIC
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 8th. Their only rule- ‘if you don’t drum, you have to dance!!!”
On Thursday, November 16th, and Friday, November 17th, the children will celebrate Thanksgiving with a special feast snack. To help with the celebration, the room mothers will 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 2017 Reindeer Run is coming Saturday, December 2, 2017. 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 4th – 8th. All children will have the opportunity during school to do some Christmas shopping for their family, grandparents, and other loved ones. The gifts range in price from $3.00 to $5.00. 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 proud to present Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 9th 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 6th 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 Partner, The Salomoni Family! Thank you so much for your classroom adoption. It’s never too late to adopt your child’s classroom!
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Nov. 2 & 3 PAC meeting and gift wrapping 9:15
Nov. 6 – Dec. 1 Tickets go on sale for Breakfast with Santa
Nov. 8 The Giving Tree (special event)
Nov. 9 Santa Shop Gift Wrapping 9:15
Nov. 16 & 17 Thanksgiving feasts
Nov. 20 – 24 School closed – Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 30 PAC meeting and gift wrapping 9:15
Dec. 1 PAC Meeting and gift wrapping 9:15
Dec. 4 – 8 Santa Shop opens – Sponsored by PAC – forms will be sent home
Dec. 9 Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 11 Christmas chapel 3-day 2’s, 3-day 3’s, room 104, room 110
Dec. 12 Christmas chapel 2-day 2’s, 2-day 3’s, 5-day 3’s, room 114, room 116
Dec. 14 Christmas program @ 6:30 p.m. – Sanctuary
Dec. 19 & 20 Christmas parties
Dec. 22 – Jan. 8 Winter holidays – school closed (school starts back Tues., Jan. 9th)
PARENT ADVOCATE CLUB (PAC)
Thank you to everyone that attended the first PAC meetings in September. Our PAC officer for the 2017-2018 school year is Kristina Menke. 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 each month at 9:15 a.m. Come join a committee and make new friends. Siblings are welcome!
YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER
Get your tax free orders in by October 6th! Online sales will continue until January 10th 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 Date: Month of Oct. Assembly Dates: Nov. 6th – 10th
PALM HARBOR FOOD FEST – SAVE THE DATE!
On Saturday, October 14th 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Palm Harbor United Methodist Church is having a FOOD FEST! This is going to be a FUN time! There will be lots of children’s activities, bounce houses, food trucks, live music, vendors and carnival games.
NOAH’S ARK PARADE
Calling all animals to the ark! The Robin’s Nest 3 and 4 year old’s have been practicing for this fun event! Parents are asked to bring in an animal costume in a labeled 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. 26th: rooms 108, 114, 116 · Friday, Oct. 27th: rooms 102, 104, 108, 110
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Mark your calendars! The annual Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 9th at 9:00 a.m. Tickets will go on sale November 6th in The Robin’s Nest office. You don’t want to miss this wonderful event!
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
CONGRATULATIONS – We are happy to inform you that the following businesses and/or families have adopted a classroom:
The Brannon Family The Brightman Family
The Gonnelli Family Audrey and Marc Ford
The Rouse Family The Schmidt Family
The Hanff Family The Jordan Family (3)
The Knable Family The Strong Family
Wayne and Julia Sager The Fernandes-Miller Family
The Wortham Family Chicken Salad Chick/The Rohr Family
The Kratimenos Family Clay and Christie McDaniel
The Flynt Family Makenzie Attuso’s Grandma
The Jackson Family John and Jenny Goad
The Barlas Family The Christensen Family
The Morgan Family
A BIG thank you goes to all who have participated in the adoption program. Adoption forms are available in the office if you are interested.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Oct. 2 Fire truck visits rooms 112, 114, 108, 116
Oct. 3 Fire truck visits rooms 112, 108, 110, 102, 104
Oct. 6 PAC meeting 9:15 a.m. (Santa Shop Coordinators meeting)
Oct. 14 Palm Harbor Food Fest, 11:00 – 4:00
Oct. 16 Hurricane makeup day
Oct. 19 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. 20 Conferences for the 3-day 2’s, 3-day 3’s, 5-day 3’s, and 4’s
NO SCHOOL for all children
Oct. 26 Noah’s Ark Parade at 11:45 a.m. – rooms 108, 114, 116
Oct. 27 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
Oct. 30 Picture Day for 5-day 3’s, 3-day 3’s, Blake/Biewend
Oct. 31 Picture Day for 2-day 2’s, Hibbens/Dorsett, 2-day 3’s
Nov. 3 Picture Day for 3-day 2’s, Bombar/Brinton, Martz/Lilly
Nov. 4 Time change – set your clocks back 1 hour for Sunday!
PARENT ADVOCATE CLUB – Due to the hurricane, PAC meetings will be held Thursday 9/21 and Friday 9/22. 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 – The Robin’s Nest is excited to have Yankee Candle as our fall fundraiser. The fundraiser will run from Sept. 18th – Friday, Oct. 6th. Packets have been 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 $5. Proceeds will go to school and 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 October 30th, 31st and November 3rd.
Monday 10/30: 5-day 3’s, 3-day 3’s and Blake/Biewend VPK
Tuesday 10/31: 2-day 2’s, 2-day 3’s and Hibbens/Dorsett VPK
Friday 11/3: 3-day 2’s, Bombar/Brinton VPK and Martz/Lilly VPK
PALM HARBOR FOOD FEST – Save the date! On Saturday, October 14th 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Palm Harbor United Methodist Church is having a FOOD FEST! This is going to be a FUN time! There will be lots of children’s activities, bounce houses, food trucks, live music, vendors and carnival games.
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, please feel free to ask your child’s teacher or the office.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM – ADOPT A CLASS – The Robin’s Nest 2017-2018 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 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 Brannon Family Wayne and Julia Sager
The Brightman Family The Fernandes-Miller Family
The Gonnelli Family The Wortham Family
Audrey and Marc Ford Chicken Salad Chick/The Rohr Family
The Rouse Family The Kratimenos Family
The Schmidt Family Clay and Christie McDaniel
The Hanff Family The Flynt Family
The Jordan Family (3) The Jackson Family
The Knable Family The Barlas Family
The Strong Family Makenzie Attuso’s Grandma
John and Jenny Goad The Christensen Family
EMAIL CONTACT – You should be receiving regular 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.
Follow us on Facebook @ PHUMC The Robin’s Nest
We’re looking forward to an exciting 2017 – 2018 school year!
Back to School Dates
Tuesday, August 15 Meet and Greet for VPK classes
Wednesday, August 16 First Day of School for VPK classes; VPK Parent Meeting & Welcome Coffee 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, August 17 Meet and Greet for 2-day classes
Friday, August 18 Meet and Greet for 3-day classes and 5-day 3’s
Monday, August 21 First Day of School for 3-day classes and 5-day 3’s; Welcome Coffee 9:15 a.m.
Tuesday, August 22 First Day of School for 2-day classes; Welcome Coffee 9:15 a.m.
The stores are stocked and the sales have begun! You may even want to take advantage of Florida’s Back-to-School Shopping Sales Tax Holida scheduled for August 4th – 6th. Your generous donations help tremendously and are greatly appreciated!
Find the supply list for your child’s class here:
VPK families, please make sure you’ve turned in your child’s VPK voucher. We must have your voucher in order to complete your enrollment in VPK at The Robin’s Nest. If you havent’ yet registered for your voucher, please do so immediately by following the instructions at http://www.elcpinellas.net
Full Day Pre-K
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The Robin’s Nest offers a Full Day Program for VPK students? The hours are 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily. Parents must register their child for this program. Our Full Day VPK includes time for lunch, indoor and outdoor play and various daily enrichment classes – such as Art, Yoga, Spanish, Music and Science. This exciting program not only extends students’ learning experiences but also helps parents coordinate their preschool child’s schedule with school-age siblings’ or parent work schedules. Please contact the office for more information if you are interested.
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.
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 17th 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.
VPK LAST DAY ATTENDANCE – VPK students are required to attend the last day of school on May 17th. 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 17th. All students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. the last day of school!
TUITION 2017-18 REMINDER – If your child is enrolled for the 2017-18 school year, your first installment payment will be drawn on August 1, 2017. 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
- Final weeks of school are extremely busy; it’s so important that students get to school on time at 9:00 am.
- Afternoon pick up times remain the same – classroom dismissal 12:15, lunch bunch 1:55 and extended care 3:00. Please be on time for pick up.
DATES TO REMEMBER
May 4 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!
May 5 Conferences for the 3-day 2’s, 3-day 3’s, 5-day 3’s, and 4’s
NO SCHOOL for all children
May 11 Mother’s Day Tea in the multi-purpose room at 11:45 a.m.
2-day 2’s, 2-day 3’s, 5-day 3’s, and Bombar/Brinton’s 4’s, only
May 12 Mother’s Day Tea in the multi-purpose room at 11:45 a.m.
3-day 2’s, 3-day 3’s, Martz/Lilly’s 4’s, Hibbens/Dion’s 4’s, and Blake/Biewend’s 4’s
May 15 Last day for 3-day 3’s class
May 16 Last day of school for all T-Th classes
May 17 Graduation 11:00 a.m.
May 17 Last day of school – dismissal at 12:15 p.m. for all remaining classes
No Lunch Bunch or Extended Day