Happy Summer Everyone!
I come with the good news that “Project Reopen CPC WNSK” has officially launched! With Central Presbyterian Church’s support and after many hours of collaborative consideration, the Advisory Board, our newly created Planning Team, and myself are excited to announce that we have begun the process of reopening CPC WNSK to welcome your children back to school in September.
As with so many things during these times, some parts of school can stay the same while other parts will need to drastically change. This has not been an easy decision but this group, comprised of current parents of the school, past parents of the school, teachers and Pastors of Central Church, has diligently focused on two main goals: first, that upon opening, we can follow and maintain all health and safety guidelines, protocols and mandates set forth by the Department of Children and Families to ensure that we are doing all we can to protect the children, staff and families in these uncertain times; and second, that we continue to provide the high quality early childhood program that you have all come to know and expect from the Weekday Nursery School and Kindergarten.
The biggest change you will notice in September is that there are now only 10 children in each class. Children must remain with the same group of children and with the same teachers in the same classroom throughout the day. This unfortunately no longer allows us to offer Library time in the basement or different teachers for Handwriting, Creative Movement, and Music to enter each classroom. Rest assured that we will continue to work to incorporate these elements into your child’s day! Over the summer, the basement play space and the Library will be reconfigured into two additional classrooms allowing us to accommodate more children without adding classroom dividers.
We are most excited that we will continue with our Kindergarten, Almost 5’s, 4’s and 3’s Programs as was confirmed to you back in February. Children enrolled in the afternoon enrichment Explore and More and Imagination Station sessions will be grouped together in the same morning class and will have the same teacher throughout their entire day. We are pleased we will still be able to accommodate most enrichment days that were requested. You will be individually contacted where what you requested may no longer be possible in the afternoon. Bear with us, as again it is a puzzle to be sure children are grouped together. We will be in touch just as soon as we can. Keep in mind that we can no longer offer our rolling Friday Mini-Workshop Series. Enrichment is the only full-day option this year. We do have space for families to add enrichment sessions on specific days, so please reach out!
As for our younger Programs, our 3-day, 2-½’s will now become a 2-day program that meets on Thursday and Friday mornings. Our 2-day, 2-½’s is now a 1-day program that will meet on Friday. Unfortunately, we can no longer accommodate our Curiosity Corner afternoons.
Sadly, because of a lack of classroom space, we are forced to eliminate both the 2-day and 1-day 2’s Programs as well as our Drop-in Program. We can also no longer offer the Flexible Lunch Program. We truly hope these programs will be reinstated next year. In the meantime, we will refund the registration fee and deposit for our 2’s classes.
We know there are still many unknowns for the school year ahead, but I am confident that we as a school will adapt and thrive. Our teachers will receive training this summer in Google Classroom should virtual learning become a reality next school year so we can easily transition once again. Our teachers will also participate in extra training to address the new protocols for health and safety set forth by the Department of Children and Families. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with them as well (www.njdcf.gov) so you understand, among other things, the new drop-off and pick-up procedures that will be in place.
Next week you will receive in the mail the school calendar, the medical forms that need to be completed before school begins again, and an invoice with the first half of tuition due mid-July.
For today, we celebrate that “Project Reopen CPC WNSK” has officially launched and we look forward to the day when we welcome your children back to school and we look forward to you joining us in making this happen. Thank you.