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August 2013

Dear Parents,

Every year, I have written to the parents of the children entering our class offering to visit their child at home and including the latest version of my adaption of the preschool supply list. This is the first year it has occurred to me that perhaps my beloved returning families would like to have the list as well. I am therefore attaching it below along with a very heartfelt welcome back! I hope your summer was splendid.

For those new families who have not yet contacted me about setting up a home visit, I wanted to let you know that I will be away from September 4th through the 8th. I am available almost every other day, although I may need to work around meetings as we get closer to the beginning of school. If it is simpler for you to email me with a suggested date and time, I will call or email you back to confirm that I can make it. If it is more convenient for you and your child to visit in our classroom on Tuesday, September 9th, just let me know when you would like to arrive so that I can be sure to be there. If any of the older children would also like to come and visit, Mrs. Jaskowski and I would be so happy to see you and hear about your summer adventures.

Right now, I am happily planning and preparing for the year ahead. By next week, I hope to be at school setting up our room. As always, please feel free to call me with any questions, concerns or anything you would like to discuss. I am so looking forward to seeing everyone at our orientation on September 9th and especially welcoming the children on the 11th.

Please dress your child in clothing that is comfortable, uncomplicated and easy for the children to manage at bathroom time – a great confidence booster. All clothing and shoes should also be able to stand up to rugged outdoor play. Expect mud. Also, please avoid all media inspired clothing or clothing with distracting images. The children are so open and imitative that the whole group may be caught up by the image, rather than allowing more healthy and imaginative play to emerge. Please do not send your child to school with play tattoos, light up shoes, nail polish, watches or jewelry. Jewelry is easily lost and can become a safety hazard during active play and climbing.

It is important that the children have the opportunity to experience nature and that they discover the play possibilities of wind, snow and puddles. We therefore go out in all but the most inclement weather and it is important that the children be dressed accordingly. For rainy days, they will need raincoats with hoods or hats, rubber boots, and rain pants. On cold days please dress your child for a long stretch of outdoor play. Layering is suggested and a warm hat, warm mittens, warm boots, snow pants, a scarf, and an undershirt are essential. For hot sunny days, a hat is strongly recommended for sun protection.

What to keep in school

Your child’s cubby should always contain a change of clothing, including socks, underwear, a shirt, pants, and a sweater. An adult’s shoebox is just the right size to hold this. Please check often for completeness and update seasonally. In the winter months, it is helpful to have an extra pair of snow pants, warm, waterproof, well-fitting mittens or gloves, hats and insulated winter boots. For girls who wear dresses, it is important to include a pair of warm leggings or pull on pants for outdoor play in cool weather. Rubber boots, hooded raincoats and rain pants are also strongly recommended, as it is often muddy even when it is not raining and the children enjoy playing beside our little pond in the warm weather.

Your child will need a pair of indoor shoes or slippers (the simpler the better). Rubber or other non-slippery soles are important for safety and to avoid frustration when climbing up ramps in an obstacle course, etc. It is also best if slippers do not have an open heel as these can slip off easily, especially when we kick up our heels at circle time. For the older children who are mastering the art of shoe tying, a pair of inexpensive canvas tennis shoes with wide laces is a good choice.

A simple unbreakable cup

REMEMBER TO LABEL ALL CLOTHING AND OTHER BELONGINGS WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME.

Thank you.

Warmly,

Mrs. Pat Foster
Kindergarten Teacher
The Waldorf School of Garden City
225 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
Tel: (516) 742-3434
Fax: (516) 742-3457
Email: fosterp@waldorfgarden.org

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