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Newsletter–December 2014

Letter from the Director

Dear Parents,

The excitement at the Co-Op is beginning to build as the anticipation for the upcoming holidays and winter break begins! This time of year signals a huge growth in the kids as well as a sense of settling in of each classroom. Each class and child is comfortable with the routine, expectations, and the fun factor.

On Monday, December 22, and Tuesday, December 23, we will have our annual Holiday Concert in the Big Hall at 9:30 a.m. The children will perform a variety of holiday songs and then return to their classrooms to have a special snack with their friends. (Mrs. Rousseau’s class will be performing both days, but will celebrate with a special snack on Thursday.) Pick up will be at 12:00 p.m. on both days. There will be a HALF DAY for the FULL DAY CHILDREN on the 23rd. At the conclusion of school on December 23, we will begin our winter break and school will reopen January 5, 2015.

When we return in January, we will begin the registration process for the 2014–2015 school year. On January 5 and 6, I will be sending home registration forms. Currently enrolled children and their younger siblings have priority for next year’s registration. Please return your forms ASAP as we will open enrollment to the public February 1!

We have been very fortunate with the weather thus far; however, it will soon be very cold, and I would like to remind you to be sure that your child comes to school with a LABELED hat, mittens, snow boots, snow pants, and jacket. I cannot stress enough how much we appreciate labeled clothing. It makes the teacher’s and the parent helper’s job much easier when trying to get the children dressed and undressed. We will go out if the temperature is 32 degrees or above.

In the event of snow, we will cancel school based upon the town of Chelmsford closings. If public school is canceled because of the weather, we will close as well. If Chelmsford has a delay, our HALF day program will cancel, but our FULL day program will follow the delay for Chelmsford. Please feel free to check WCVB online for the Central Co-Operative school’s listing or any of the news channels for Chelmsford Public’s announcement.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Suzanne Dionne

Letter from the President of the Board

Dear Parents and Families,

My how time flies! It is hard to believe Thanksgiving has passed and the winter holidays are finally upon us. There certainly is a feeling of magic in the air as our families prepare to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and/or Kwanza. While this time of year can certainly be hectic, it also provides the perfect opportunity to reflect upon our many blessings.

Without sounding too hokie, I must say that I feel blessed to be a part of this Co-Op community. I hope you, too, feel as though our school has been the best choice for your child. We are so lucky to have such wonderful teachers to guide and nurture our children. The kids have settled nicely into their classroom routines, friendships are blossoming, and strong academic skills are emerging. We are fortunate to be able to provide enriching experiences like the Traveling Barnyard and the visiting firefighters to the children. These experiences are vital to the development of the “whole” child. And we are privileged to have a group of parents as wonderfully cooperative and supportive as you. Without such parent participation, be it in the classroom, assisting with our fundraising efforts, and/or donating needed goods to the school, we would not be able to experience such success.

And so at this time of thanksgiving, I thank you teachers, parents, and students for contributing to the Co-Op’s success!

Believe it or not, when we return from the winter break we will begin enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year. Please be sure to get those registrations in as soon as possible as the Co-Op has become the “place to be” and we are likely to fill up quickly again this year! In addition, the Board of Directors will hold an “open” meeting on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7:30pm. I invite all of you to attend as this is a wonderful opportunity to voice your thoughts and opinions regarding the goings on of the Co-Op and your child’s education.

Andy Williams and many others have sung “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” and while those lyrics hold very true, we at the Co-Op understand it can also be a very chaotic time. We do appreciate the time you take to be involved in your child’s education; it truly makes a difference. I do hope this hectic time of year is a pleasurable one for you and your families! Enjoy the upcoming winter break and have a very Happy New Year!

Christina McConnell
President, Board of Directors

Help make a Child’s Christmas Special

santaThe Chelmsford Santa Fund and Nurse Maureen Perry have been making Christmas special for those who are less fortunate for many years. The Co-Op would like to join Nurse Perry to work together and make a child’s Christmas a little brighter; we would appreciate any help that you can offer!

Here’s how you can help!
• Look for the Giving Tree in the hallway December 4-12th
• Take an ornament off of the Tree
• Each ornament will have the name, age, and an item that the child has wished for
• Purchase the desired item
• Bring back the gift wrapped and tagged with that child’s name and a gift receipt by December 16th.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude for your continued support and generosity throughout the year!

Holiday Shopping

Here are some ideas for your holiday shopping that will also benefit the Co-Op!

Amazon Details: Place your Amazon.com orders using the Co-Op’s Amazon Smile link, and the Co-Op gets a portion of the sale back. (It does not cost you anything extra or require anything additional on your part.)
Dates: Ongoing
What You Need: http://www.centralcoopshop.com
Cafe Press Details: Order gifts with the Co-Op logo, and the Co-Op gets a portion of the sale back.
Dates: Ongoing
What You Need: http://www.cafepress.com/centralcoopshop
Weston Nurseries Details: For each purchase ($30 minimum) at the Chelmsford store location, Weston Nurseries will donate $10 to Central Co-op Nursery School.
Dates: 11/17–12/24
What You Need: Bring this flyer
Yankee Candle Details: For each order through our Yankee Candle fundraiser, the Co-Op earns 40% of the sale.
Dates: Ends 12/31
What You Need: http://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com (use group number 99563033)

Upcoming Events (View Calendar)


12/8: Spirit Day–Favorite Sports Team Day
12/9: Spirit Day–Favorite Sports Team Day
12/10: Applebee’s Fundraiser
12/15–12/19: Scholastic Book Fair
12/22: Holiday Concert at 9:30 a.m.
12/23: Holiday Concert at 9:30 a.m.
12/23: Half Day for Full-day Students
12/24-1/2: No School–Vacation Week
1/12: Spirit Day–Silly Socks Day
1/13: Spirit Day–Silly Socks Day
1/13: Cardio Kids
1/14: Cardio Kids

Full Day Available

If you are looking for a little extra time to get errands done, we have availability for Full Day on an ad hoc basis! Tuesdays and Thursdays we have a couple of spaces open, but on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, we have lots of availability. Please let me know if you would like to add your child for the day.

The cost is $40 and pick up is at 4 p.m. You provide a peanut-free lunch, and sheets and blankets and we do the rest. Please remember that you must confirm with me before leaving your son or daughter.

Bee Hive

beeThanks to everyone for making the “bee hive” so successful. The bee hive board contains items from the current wish list from the teachers.

Car Seat Safety in the Winter

As temperatures start to dip, we bundle our children up to prepare them for the elements, but even with good intentions, a bulky coat and a car seat is a dangerous combination. We all want to keep our children warm while traveling in the car, but there are ways to safely transport children in the cold weather while still keeping them warm.

As a general rule, winter coats should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat. A bulky coat under a child seat harness can result in the harness being too loose to be effective in a crash.

To read more about car seat safety and winter coats, please read this article found in Consumer Reports.

For more information on car seat basics, visit: mass.gov
Birth through Age 2 Rear-facing child safety seat
Ages 2–4/
Until 40 lbs
Forward-facing child safety seat
Ages 4–8/
Until 4’9″ Tall
Booster seat

Scholastic Book Fair
Dec 15–Dec 19

scholastic book fair logoAn amazing selection of books is headed our way! At the Scholastic Book Fair, you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents. And, you can contribute books to your child’s classroom library. The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading.

For more information, or to order online, please go to http://bookfairs.scholastic.com

peanuts_hatJust a reminder that Central Co-Op is a peanut and nut free school. Please check our list of approved snacks, if you have questions.

Letter from the VP of Fundraising

Hello Co-Op Families,

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and are well on your way for preparing for the rest of the holiday season. Right now we have a number of ways that you can help the Co-Op, and all of it with the two things everyone does most this time of year—shopping and eating!

Amazon sales have jumped as expected with holiday shopping going on. In November, the school earned $162 from Amazon, which is almost half of all the Amazon earnings so far! Keep shopping and sharing the link—you’re all doing a great job of it so far!

Remember that the online orders for Yankee Candle are open through 12/31, so it’s not too late for holiday shopping. Just use our group number – 99563033 at www.yankeecandlefundraising.com.

The long-running Weston Nurseries fundraiser is still going on through 12/24. Just print the flier before you go shopping and the school gets $10 for a purchase of $30 or more.

Dining Night at Applebee’s is on December 10, so print the flyer and enjoy a night out without cooking. Who couldn’t use a night off of kitchen duty among the craziness of the holidays?

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be at the school 12/15–19. This is your chance to skip the malls for some of your holiday shopping with no worries about shipping, because unlike the order forms we send home periodically, the inventory of books will be set up on the stage and you take your books with you.

Mark your calendar now for next month’s dining night—January 18th at Bertucci’s.

Thanks so much for your continued support of the Co-Op!
Johanna Shaw
VP of Fundraising