FRC - February Newsletter

by Our Tolland

FRC January Newsletter with registration information for Winter 2016 Programs

Dear Families,

Do you think the Groundhog will see his shadow? Did you know this is a leap year? We were lucky to be on the light side of the first winter storm, just enough for the kids to have some fun! I wonder what the rest of the winter will hold.

Registration for the 2016-2017 year has begun. In house families are guaranteed a spot in our 4 year old preschool, preschool enrichment and before and after school care programs, if their completed registration form and required fees are received before Feb. 1. Registration forms are available at the FRC and on our,/webpages/tollandfrc. Open registration begins February 1, and from that time it is first come first serve.

Think SUMMER, think ADVENTURE, think EXPLORATION, think FRIENDSHIP, think FUN, think AWESOME, think TOLLAND FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER SUMMER CAMP. We offer a full day summer program for children beginning Kindergarten in the FALL through 6th grade. We offer part time, full time and even a mini camp experience for our youngest campers entering Kindergarten in the fall. We are planning new ADVENTURES, with exciting outings to challenge and engage our campers. If you have ideas or program desires, let us know! We offer a high quality program. Our staff is experienced and well trained. All staff are certified in First Aide, CPR and are medically trained for emergencies to assure your child's safety. Registration begins March 1, 2016. See details on our website soon!

February brings some exciting program offerings. Check our website for on-going programs such as playgroups and Loving Literacy Night!

LOVE, LIMITS AND LESSONS an 8 week parenting class featuring Bill Corbett's practical approach to childrearing will begin this Wednesday, February 3. The cost of this class is $50 which includes materials, childcare and dinner. Call to register (860) 870-6750 x 206.

Financial assistance is always available. We offer Care 4 Kids for our school aged programs and scholarship possibilities or payment plans for our other programs. If times are tough or you find yourself or your children struggling in any way, please let us know and we will see if we can help. Communicating with us when there are challenges that can affect the kids at school can only help.

We have some important dates to share! (registration form for playgroups and family events is attached)

February 1 ~ Open Registration non-FRC registered families for all 2016-2017 programs. Staff will accept registrations complete with deposits and registration fees beginning at 7:00 a.m. at Birch Grove School. Use the side FRC entrance door. All forms will be dated and timed. Notification of program acceptance will be made by February 27, 2016. If a program is full your name and program desired will be placed on a waiting list that is reviewed as openings arise.

February 2~ Ground Hog Day

February 3~ Love Limits Lessons Parenting 8 week class begins

February 8~ Caregiver's training with Jodie Sprague MATH 6:00-8:00 p.m. Birch Grove second grade teacher's lounge

February 10~ FRC Loving Literacy Night at BG 6:30-7:30 p.m. cafeteria

February 12~ Lottery Drawn for preschool There are 12-14 spots for our three and four year old preschool, 10-12 spots for our Grow with Me for Twos and Threes. Families will be notified of their status by February 19, 2016.

February 14~ Happy Valentine's Day

February 15 ~ Presidents' Day no school

February 24~Half-day K-12 Teacher In-service FRC care open for those registered.

4 year old preschool lunch bunch 11:00-1:00!

March 1~ In house registration for full weeks of FRC SUMMER CAMP

March 2 ~4's field trip to Tolland Dentistry

March 3~ half day K-12 Teacher In-service FRC care open for those registered. Preschool enrichment 9:00-1:00 p.m. Artist in Me playgroup, bring your lunch 11:45-1:00 p.m.

March 4~ half day half day K-12 Teacher In-service FRC care open for those registered. Preschool enrichment 9:00-1:00 p.m. Afternoon preschool lunch bunch 11:00-1:00 p.m.

March 7~ 4's PJ Day to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday

March 9~ Raising A Kindergarten Star, adults only, 6:00-7:00 p.m. FRC classroom. Come discuss ways you can help your entering kindergartener shine in September.

March 10~ Kindergarten Parent Informational meeting! 7:00 p.m. Birch Grove Gym. Parents only please!

March 14-18~ Kindergarten registration Birch Grove Office 9:30-2:30 daily, March 16 additional hours 4:00-6:00 p.m. Register this week and receive a free Class of 2029 t-shirt!

March 16~Preschool Music Together Family Night 6:00 p.m.

March 25 ~No School

March 30~Half day K-12 Teacher In-service FRC care open for those registered. 4 year old preschool lunch bunch! 11:00-1:00p.m.

March 31~ TOLLAND EARLY READINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL 6:30-7:30 pm. Birch Grove Media Center. We invite you to join parents, educational, recreational and other Town representatives as we discuss programs to assist and support Tolland families. Come share your ideas.

April 4~ Caregiver's training with Jodie Sprague Children's Books 6:00-8:00 p.m. Birch Grove second grade teacher's lounge

April 8~ Grow a Healthy Me Family Event 6:00-7:30 p.m.

May 11~ Pizza and Game Night at TIS 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Program News:

All Star Bowling
is a program for special needs bowlers that meets on Thursdays at Spare Time in Vernon 5:00-6:00 pm. Now through March. Special needs bowlers of all ages are invited. We love to have peer Buddies to cheer us on. Come down and check it out, it is great fun!

New playgroups have begun, but it is NOT too late to join us!


Let's get moving.....indoors!! at Birch Grove

All ages! 9:00-9:45 AM (min. 5/max 15)

Teachers: Miss Karen and Miss Laurel

_____Session 1: January 11, 25; February 1, 8, 22, 29

_____Session 2: March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 18

Cook, Build and Create: Play and Learn! at Tolland Intermediate School

Ages 3-5 Parent and Child Together 10:00 AM-11:30 AM (min. 5 max 20)

Teacher: Mrs. Hiller $25 per session per child (6 weeks)

_____Session 1: January 11, 25; February 1, 8, 22, 29

_____Session 2: March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 18

Tuesday: 1,000 books before Kindergarten a joint playgroup with FRC and Tolland Public Library

10:15-11:15 ~ At Tolland Public Library A PACT, Parent and Children Together Class. We will read a story, complete a craft and have playtime too! For ages 2-5! FREE****schedule may need to be changed due to library construction schedule January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

"Adelante Español" a Spanish class -min. 5/max 10 children each class.

$60 each session * (7 weeks) Teacher: Mrs. Pallis

_____ Preschool Session 1: 1:30-3:00 January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16

______Preschool Session 2: 1:30-3:00February 23;March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5

______Preschool Spanish 3: 1:30-3:00 April 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

_____ Beginner Session 1: 3:20-4:20 January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16 (FULL)

______Beginner Session 2: 3:20-4:20February 23;March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5

______Beginner Session 3: 3:20-4:20 April 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31


Grow with Me 2's and 3's- 9:00-10:30; $51 per month: A special hour for 2 and 3 year olds and their special adult! Childcare for siblings available at an additional fee. Program is full, waiting list available. (FULL) _______full year program September 23-June 1 Teachers: Mrs. Bradford (Miss Karen) and Mrs. Leibowitz (Miss Laurel)


Find the Artist in You: Play and Learn ages 2 and up! $25 per child per session (min. 5 /max 10)

Parent and Child together 1:30-3:00 at Birch Grove FRC Teacher: Mrs. Morse

_____Session 1: January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18

_____Session 2: March 24, 31; April 7, 21, 28; May 5

"Adelante Español" Advanced Spanish max 10 children each class. Must have taken Adelante Espanola with Mrs. Pallis 6 weeks $50 3:20-4:20

_____ Session 1: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25

______Session 2: March 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 21

______Session 3: April 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; June 2


Babies Toddlers and Two's $30 per child (6 weeks)

Ages 0-2 9:00-10:30 AM Play time in the FRC preschool room! (Max 20)

Teachers: Carol from McLaughlin and Associates and Laurel Leibowitz, FRC

_____Session 1: January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12

_____Session 2: February 19, 26; March 4, 11, 18; April 1, 8

_____ Session 3: April 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27

Register by calling (860) 870-6750 x 215.

All of our programs will be getting outside as much as possible. Please be sure they have sneakers or boots that they can run in. Please send along a jacket, gloves or mittens, a hat, snow pants and boots if necessary with your child. Fresh air and exercise is so wonderful for the kids, but they can not play when they are not prepared!

The Family Resource Center will follow Tolland Public School delays and cancellations.

If Tolland Public Schools are delayed 90 minutes FRC before school care will open at 90 minutes late at 8:30 PM. 3 year old preschool will held from 10:45-11:45 and preschool enrichment will be held 10:450-1:00 PM, but there will be no morning playgroups at the FRC. (Call the library for Library playgroup cancellations.) If we have a 2 hour delay the FRC before school care will open at 9:00 AM for those children registered for that day. If there is a two hour delay, there will be no morning playgroups and FRC 3 year old preschool will be cancelled. Preschool Enrichment will run from 11:00-1:00 PM. If there is an early dismissal due to weather, there are no afternoon playgroups and no afternoon preschool. FRC afterschool care closes at 3:45. When possible, please pick your child up at your earliest convenience so we can get staff home safely too. If afterschool activities are cancelled FRC closes at 5:45 and all FRC evening events are cancelled. If the early release is due to conferences FRC releases at its regular time 5:45 PM.

FRC 3 and 4 Preschoolers are growing and learning every day. Their curiosity and excitement for learning is such fun to see. The FRC 4's have started to have some letter day fun! In February we will explore the letters B through G by reading books, creating art, sharing during circle time and more. Along with letter day fun we will learn about healthy teeth during Dental Health Month, celebrate Valentine's Day and enjoy a Lunch Bunch session on February 24, 2016. The FRC 3's will complete our color days theme with the color black and our favorite color day. We continue to explore color by creating art, a color days book and reading colorful books. Other themes this month will include Dental Health and Friendship. We will celebrate Valentine's Day and Favorite Book Character school spirit day. We do try to get outside when the weather allows, please label all clothing items and be sure to send in warm clothes for outdoor play.

FRC Preschool Enrichment Thank you to all the families that joined us for the back to school night for preschool enrichment. It was great to see everyone and to share the hard work and joys of your little ones. It truly is a special group! If you weren't able to join us, ask Mrs. Vaida or Mrs. C to show you your child's work file! Pretty impressive!! Groundhogs, making predictions, penguins and snow....all February themes our preschool enrichment program will explore in the month of February! Tuesday is their library day, they go to the library and check out books for the classroom. They have started practicing curved letter formation, so watch for their letter animal projects that will be coming home. Remember if there is snow the children can go sledding and play in the snow if they ALL have their snow gear.

Afterschool Program news:

This month we are focusing on SNOW. We will create art projects and winterize our hallway. We will experiment with snow and ice in some science projects. Remember if the children have all of their snow gear they can sled and play in the snow when it comes. All of the children are given time to work on their homework during their time at the FRC.

Wednesdays at TIS continue to be yummy as they cook their special snack each week. Children will get outside or into the gym for fun each day! Please send their winter gear! They always have time for homework and quiet reading. Themed club activity days will continue. Monday will be cooking and science, Tuesday will be Lego challenge day, Wednesday will be the car club, Thursday will be arts and crafts, Fridays will be activity club. They will celebrate the Chinese New Year and Valentine's day with special crafts. On February 24 students are invited to the Tolland library for Mad Science.

Please feel free to share ideas, interests and concerns regarding the before or after school program with us. Our goal is to provide a safe, fun, productive morning and/or afternoon for your child(ren).

Please continue to call when your child will be absent or not staying for afternoon programs. Preschool: (860) 870-6750 x 5, BG SAC (860) 870-6750 x 6 or TIS (860) 870-6885 x 228 Please visit our webpages frequently for updated information on specific programs! www.myteacherpages.webpages/tollandfrc Feel free to email me with any questions!

Stay warm, be safe and enjoy your children. As always if we can help with anything, give us a call (860) 870-6750 x 215.

My best,

Laurel Leibowitz

Tolland Family Resource Center Coordinator

Tolland Family Resource Center Program Registration Form

Use a separate form for each child you are registering for

Please print this form, fill out, and mail with payment made payable to Tolland Board of Education to:

The Tolland Family Resource Center

Birch Grove Primary School

247 Rhodes Road, Tolland, CT 06084

Or e-mail form to

Date: __________________

Parent(s): _________________________________DOB:__________________________

US Citizen? _____




With whom does child live? ______________________________________­­­______

Primary language spoken at home? ______________________________________

Have you participated in playgroups/family programs yet this year? _______

Child: __________________________DOB____________Age: ________M / F

Race: ___American Indian ___Asian ___Black, not Hispanic___White, not Hispanic

____Hispanic ______two or more races ______other:____________________

Ethnicity: _______not Hispanic or Latino ______Hispanic or Latino

Any special needs or services?_______________________________________________________

List any allergies______________________________________________________________________

Prematurity or complication during pregnancy?___________________________________

I would like to register for :


_______ Parenting Class Love, Limits and Lessons Wednesdays, beginning February 3

_______ ESL classes Monday and Wednesday 5:30-8:30 p.m.

_______ Loving Literacy Feb. 10 6:30-7:30 PM

_______ Raising a Kindergarten Star for parents March 9 6:00-7:00 PM

_______Growing a Healthy Me Family event April 8, 6:00-7:30 PM $10 per child $5 per adult $25 max per family (dinner included)

Written by:

Our Tolland

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