Welcome Letter

Monday, August 26, 2013

Dear Morning Glory Parents,

      I hope everyone is having a joyous summer. It is always such a fun and memorable time of year, especially when you have little ones to experience it with. Now that the first day of school will soon be approaching us, I am happy to welcome all of you and start planting the seed for the upcoming school year.  Ingrid and I are blessed and honored to share this special time of transitioning into school with you and your family. There are a few important dates coming up that will help us prepare for the school year.

Welcome Gathering at Hartigan Park and Beach (Albion Beach), Saturday August 24th, 10AM-12PM

      We would like to invite everyone to the beach for some socializing and fun. This can create the space for everyone to meet each other and mingle, while the children can play and familiarize themselves with their classmates and teachers. We will have a blanket laid out by the park area with some snacks. Please bring your own water/beverage and anything else you might need for the beach. The address is 1031 W Albion Ave, Chicago, IL 60626. Albion Ave. is off of Sheridan and close by the school.

Gathering in the Morning Glory Classroom, Saturday August 31st, 9AM-10:30AM or 11AM-12:30AM

      We would like to invite you and your children (siblings are welcome) to a welcome party in the classroom. We will have time for socializing, free play, and a story. We will provide drinks and snacks. We strongly encourage everyone to come. This event has really helped children with the transition into school and with the space they will be having class in. The story is also the one we will be telling the first weeks of school.

     Due to the size of our classroom and the amount of people (parents, children, siblings), we think it would be best to break this up into two groups. This will aid in the comfort level of the children, as this will all be quite new to most of them. I will have a sign-up sheet at the beach gathering. If you are unable to attend the beach day, then you can email me which time slot works best for you.

Parent Orientation Meeting, Tuesday September 3rd, 12:30PM-2PM

     We hope that all parents (or at least one from each family) are able to attend this meeting. Hopefully you have already received an invitation to the orientation events taking place at the school on this day. Our meeting will begin 45 minutes after the all school events are finished. In this meeting we will be introducing ourselves and a bit about us, previewing the school year, talking about what to expect on the first days of school, daily and weekly rhythms, birthdays, and holidays. If at least one parent is not able to attend from your family, please let me know ahead of time, so that I can be sure to get you all the information you need before school begins.  The meeting will be held in the classroom.

On the first day of school, Thursday, September 5th, please bring:

1. A pair of slippers.  The slippers should have backs.  Please make sure that they are comfortable and will stay on your child’s feet, as they will be wearing them all the time that we are inside.  Slipper socks or slippers with ribbing around the ankle work well.  We kindly ask you to please not send slippers with media characters.
2. A bag that can hang on their hook with a change of clothing, including underwear, socks, shirt, pants, and spare diapers if they are still transitioning out of them.  Please check your child’s extra clothing from time to time during the year to make sure that they are appropriate for the season and still fit. In order for your belongings to find their way home, we ask you to please label everything you send to school for your child, including outdoor wear.
3. If your child is staying for the afternoon, they will also need a pillow and a blanket that is large enough to cover them.  Each day your child stays for nap and lunch you are asked to bring a lunch from home that includes enough for lunch time as well as a snack for after nap.
You are welcome to bring all of these things to either of our in-class gatherings (Saturday or Tuesday).

I look forward to seeing all of you soon,
Amanda Barron