YMCA of Greater Westfield
67 Court Street | Westfield, MA 01085
P. 413-568-8631 | F. 413-572-3995

5 Day AM: Miss Ann

Program Time:
  • 5 Day AM
  • Tuesdays: Physical Education at 11:00
  • Wednesdays: Swim at 9:30.
  • Thursdays: Music at 9:15.

Introductions

Lead Teacher: Ms. Ann

I want to extend to you and your child my warmest welcome into our classroom. I joined the YMCA Preschool Program in January 2013, but I have over nine years of experience as an Educator.  I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Chemistry from American International College, upon graduation; I worked as a chemist for over 6 yrs. I returned back to American International College as a graduate assistant and earned my Masters in Education. I taught college courses while as a graduate assistant and later became a middle school and high school science teacher.

I have two children, both of whom graduated from the YMCA preschool program. My son Ethan is headed into 3rd grade this year and my other son Jaiden is headed into 5th grade. Actually, I also attended the YMCA Preschool Program, but that was LONG ago. It is a great program and they truly believe in investing in their students.

My philosophy for learning is that each child is unique, and each child learns in a different way. One of my jobs as a teacher is to help your child discover his or her individuality and work alongside with them to maximize it. I believe in hands-on experiences, learning creatively and learning through play. I am really looking forward to fun–filled and educational year!

 If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Teacher Assistant: Ms. Megan

Beginning School

Beginning school is a very exciting and emotional experience for both you and your child. Because children need to get used to the school environment and bond with their teachers and classmates, I am asking parents to encourage your child to sign in (trace/write name) independently. Ms. Megan and I will be there welcoming them and helping them to get involved with our morning activities. Although your child may get upset the first few days, we will be here to comfort them and they usually calm within a few minutes of your departure.

And remember, your child will mirror your behavior, so try your best to smile and show them how excited and confident you are that they are going to love coming to school!! It’s going to be a great year!

Morning Sign In

cubbySchool begins at 9:00.

Every morning when you arrive at school, please do the following:

  • Have your child use the restroom and wash their hands prior to entering the classroom.

  • Walk your child to our classroom and sign them in.

  • Take backpacks, jackets, etc. and hang them on your child’s hook in their cubby.

  • If they are staying for Lunch Bunch, please put take their lunch out of their backpack and place it in the bottom portion of the cubby.

Parent Pick Up

At the end of each day, my number one priority is the safety of your child, and pick up time tends to be very busy. If for some reason, someone other than yourself is picking up your child, please notify the teacher. If it is somebody that is not on your release form, please write a note giving us permission to release your child to that person. Otherwise we cannot legally release your child to that person without written parental/guardian consent.

Outside Pick Up

On Monday, Thursdays and Fridays, weather permitting, your child will be outside at the playground. FOR SAFETY REASONS PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE PLAYGROUND AREA. Your child will remain inside the fenced area until you have signed them out. Once signed out, your child will be released to you.

Classroom Pick Up

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the children will be released from our classroom. If the classroom door is closed, please wait outside in the hallway until we have opened the door. Once again pick up time tends to be very busy the children will remain in the classroom while you sign them out and will then be called up individually to leave.

Daily Schedule

Our schedule each day will vary slightly due to our specials. I will post the schedule for you to see outside of our classroom. Each day will consist of morning meetings, physical activity, snack, circle time, small group activities, free choice play centers and end of day routines.

Specials

We will be attending specials this year as part of our regular program. On Tuesdays, we will have Physical Education at 11:00; if the weather is nice and PE is being held outside, your child will be released outside from PE class. On Wednesdays we will have Swim at 9:30. During swim time only 2 parents are allowed in the pool area. I will have a sign-up sheet available in the classroom. On Thursdays we will have Music at 9:15.

Letter Bucket

Once we have settled into our new routine, we will give special attention to a letter of the week. Each child can bring in something from home that begins with the letter of the week. This is an opportunity for your child to share with the rest of the group. If you forget on Monday, don’t worry…we will be sharing the letter bucket each morning during circle time.

Student Assessments

In addition to daily observations, I will be conducting formal student assessments three times this year. During that time, I will gather information a variety of academic, physical and social skills. These assessments will be shared with you during conferences.

Health

It is our goal to keep everyone in our class (and our school) as healthy as possible. Please do not bring your child into school if they are not feeling well. It is also school policy that you keep your child home until they have been fever free with no medications for 24 hours. We will also be doing our part cleaning the classroom and toys to limit any spreading of germs.

Birthdays

We love celebrating each of the children’s birthdays and making a big deal of them!

Our school has adopted a new policy that we may not give the children sugary snacks (each of our school-provided snacks will contain at least one fruit or vegetable as well as whole grains and water to drink). This means no cakes, cookies or other sugary, trans fat foods or fruit juices, even as “treats”. If you would like to provide a special snack to celebrate your child’s birthday, please keep these policies in mind, as we will have to send home any foods that do not follow those guidelines. Think of bringing in your child’s favorite fruit or vegetable or whole-grain snack instead!

Please let me know in advance if you plan to bring a snack so that we can plan accordingly.

Shoes

We will have at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. On Wednesday we will have swim and Tuesday will have physical education classes. On Monday, Thursday and Friday we will be playing on the playground (weather permitting) or indoor activities. All of this is in addition to regular fun learning, moving and grooving in our classroom. For this reason, please have your child wear appropriate footwear, NO open toed or sling back shoes. They are NOT safe for running.

 

Clothes

We WILL get messy!! There will be messy art projects, outdoor play and the occasional “accident”. Please send your child into school in clothes that they can get dirty as well as a second set of clothes in a labeled Ziploc baggie to be kept in their backpacks.

We look forward to getting to know you and your child this school year, if you have any questions as the year goes by please feel free to contact me.