Happy Fall!

It's been an exciting week and we're only halfway through! We had a visit from the fire truck today to talk about fire safety and show us the firefighting equipment. Look below for some of our pictures!

Next week we have some off-campus field trips to the Islands Y Pumpkin Patch scheduled for our 3s and 4s. Miss Heather's class is going on Monday 10/23 and Miss Deborah's class and all of our 3s are going on Wednesday 10/25. This isn't a regular school day for those classes. The students don't come to school, but instead meet at the pumpkin patch at 10:00 to start their field trip. Activities usually wrap up about 12:15-12:30. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather! If there are heavy rain/thunderstorms, we have to cancel and have a regular school day.

Make-up pictures are up on AdLib Photography's website. Follow the directions listed on the original blog post to order. (http://wippreschool.blogspot.com/2017/10/our-school-pictures-are-ready.html) . The next batch of prints will be ordered Friday morning.

If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, come visit the Fall Festival at the church! There will be fun and games for everyone!


We've been practicing our Halloween songs; decorating our classrooms; and working on lots of ghosts, pumpkins, bats, owls, and monsters!  Our class Halloween parties will be on Monday 10/30 and Tuesday 10/31.  Keep an eye out for additional info from your child's teacher.

Below are the words to our Halloween songs if you'd like to sing them too!

Five Little Witches
There were five little witches flying in the air, flying in the air, flying in the air. (Fly hand like a broom)
There were five little witches flying in the air
For this is Halloween!
There were four little skeletons jumping up and down... (Shrug shoulders up and down.)
There were three little ghosts that were scaring everyone....(Boo!)
There were two little goblins saying “Trick or treat!”...
There was one little pumpkin swinging on a gate...(Sway back and forth.)

Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again!

Stirring the Brew
Stirring and stirring and stirring the brew (Pretend to stir something in a big pot.)
Whooo-ooo! Whooo-ooo! (Put hands near mouth and wiggle fingers.)
Tip-toe, tip-toe, tip-toe—BOO! (Use fingers to tip-toe in the air until BOO!)

Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Pumpkin, pum pkin, round and fat (Hold hands out to sides like a round pumpkin.)
Turns into a jack-o-lantern (Twirl hands.)
Just like that! (Bring hands out to side with palms up, then clap on THAT.)

Johnny Appleseed Blessing
The Lord is good to me and so I thank the Lord
For giving me the things I need
The sun and the rain and the apple seed

The Lord is good to me!

October Update!

Just a few updates for October...
  • Photo retakes are this Friday at 9:15.  We'll automatically take pictures for anyone who was absent during picture days.  If your child had a picture taken last time, but you'd like a retake, please email wipp450@gmail.com or call the office @ 912-897-7568 so we can get his/her name on the list. If your child doesn't attend school on Fridays, just come on up at 9:15 and we'll get the pictures taken ASAP.  Directions for ordering are below on the blog.
  • This Saturday is Family Fun Day at the Wilmington Island Farmers' Market.  WIPP will be doing Storytime and a Halloween Sing-Along at 10:00 on the stage.  We've been practicing our Halloween songs during music with Miss Kathleen, and we'd love to have our students come by to sing!  We'll be sending a flyer home this week with some of the other fun things going on (including Family Fun Yoga, Art, and Cooking!)
  • This month is Fire Safety Month.  In addition to crafts and activities in our classrooms, we'll have a visit from Southside Fire Department on Wednesday, October 18 (weather-permitting and barring any emergency calls!)  If your child is a Tuesday/Thursdaystudent, we invite you to come by and see the fire trucks between 9:30 and 10:00.  Our Wednesday classes will be going out to visit and hear the firefighters talk about their jobs and safety equipment during the morning.  
  • Hopefully we are through with any weather-related days off for this year!  Instead of scheduling make-up days during Thanksgiving or Christmas break, we will be discounting tuition for our students 25% for the month of November.  We'll send additional information on this when tuition envelops go home at the end of the month, but we wanted to send out a heads-up!
  • As of the end of this month we will have one spot open in our 3s, one spot open in our 4s, and one spot open in our 5-day 2s.  If you know of anyone who's interested in joining us at WIPP, tell them to give us a call!
Don't forget to check our class blogs to see what's going on in your child's classroom.  Links can be found on the right-hand side of this blog!

Our School Pictures Are Ready!

Thanks to AdLib Photography for capturing how beautiful our students truly are!
*Our school password was in the email sent out to parents (and is on the printed copy coming home in backpacks today and tomorrow.)
Make-up day for pictures is Friday, October 13, at 9:15.

Getting Ready For October!

It's hard to believe that September is almost over, but we're ready for October and all of the excitement that fall brings.  Some of our classes will be visiting area pumpkins patches; Southside Fire Department will come to visit for Fire Safety month; we'll all have a chance to come to school in our costumes for our class Halloween parties; and some of us will be visiting Summer Breeze to trick-or-treat.  We'll all be having lots of fun!

Individual fall pictures will be taken next week.  In case you missed the flyer we sent home, there's a copy below.  Some other fall dates to note:
  • October 9: No school for students (This is designated as a parent conference day. Your child's teacher should be contacting you shortly about offering conferences. )
  • October 30/31: Class Halloween parties
  • Friday, November 17: Thanksgiving Program @9:15
  • Monday, November 20 through Friday, November 24:  No school for students (Thanksgiving Break) 

We're Happy To Be Back!

After our time off for Hurricane Irma, we are happy to be back in school and hanging around with our friends!

Update: School Closing!

Update 9/12:  We will remain closed this week and reopen Monday, September 18th.

Update: We will remain closed through Wednesday, September 13th.

We will be closed Friday, Monday, and Tuesday. Please keep all of our families in your prayers as we prepare for Hurricane Irma.

Labor Day 2017

Labor Day Weekend Email
Hi Families!
Happy Labor Day weekend!  We hope that you're enjoying this long holiday weekend.  As we start back to school on Tuesday, carpool will be in full swing for all of our students.  Since we haven't yet learned all of the cars for the kids in our classes, it would be a big help if you would hold up the class name tag as you get near the front of the carpool line.  Once we get better at recognizing cars laying it flat on the dashboard should be fine, but it would help us out a lot if you hold up the tag for the first couple of weeks.  Also, we ask that you hold off talking on your phone during drop-off and pick-up.  There are kids and teachers walking through the parking lots to reach cars and we want distractions at a minimum to make sure everyone stays safe.
Remember that we always have our older siblings go to their younger siblings' carpool lot. If you have more than one child at WIPP, we'll make sure that both of your children are together at dismissal in the lot that your younger child uses.  All of our 2s classes will be using the back parking lot along with Miss Heebner's class.  All of the other classes are in the front parking lot.
In order for us to put your child in the car during carpool, you must have an appropriate car/booster seat for him/her.  Please make sure if someone else is picking up your child, they are also in compliance.  Georgia Child Passenger Safety Law (code 40-8-76) states that children under age 8 must be properly secured in an approved car seat or booster seat while riding in passenger automobiles, vans, and pickup trucks. The car seat and/or booster seat must: 
  • Be in the rear seat
  • Be appropriate for the child’s weight & height
  • Meet all U.S. Federal standards
  • Be installed and used according to the manufacturer’s instructions  
If you have any questions, please check  http://www.gahighwaysafety.org/fullpanel/uploads/files/childpassengerc3.pdf .
I know we throw a lot of information your way at the beginning of the school year, but one thing I wanted to point our from our handbook is our health guidelines. Please make sure we have a phone number where we can always reach you or an emergency contact in case your child gets sick.  It's so upsetting when we have a little one who doesn't feel well and is tearful and asking for mommy or daddy, and we can't get a hold of anyone. If your contact information changes, please let the office and your child's teacher know so we can update everything.  Thank you also for keeping us up-to-date on any contagious illness your child contracts.  It really helps us stay on top of things to know exactly what sicknesses we're dealing with.  Below is the excerpt from our handbook on health guidelines.
 For the health and well-being of your child and of others at school, please keep your child home for the following reasons:
1. Fatigue (for any reason), lethargic behavior
2. A fever (a child should remain at home for 24 hours AFTER the fever is gone and/or until prescribed antibiotics have been administered for 24 hours)
3. Sore throat
4. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (child should remain home for 24 hours after the last episode)
5. Red, crusty, or itchy eyes (conjunctivitis or pink eye is very contagious). The child must be kept at home for 48 hours while being treated with antibiotics and should only return to school if there is no discharge from the eyes.
6. A runny nose if there is colored nasal mucus**
A parent or person on the emergency contact list must always be available by phone during school hours. It is the parent’s responsibility to have someone available who can come to the school for emergencies or for a sick child.
 **Yellow or green mucus is often a sign of an infection.  If we notice this in your child, especially if it's accompanied by other symptoms, we will call and ask you to pick him/her up in an attempt to keep illnesses at a minimum in the classroom.  At this age, many of our students are still learning to cough into their elbows, use a tissue to blow their noses, and keep things out of their mouths. We need all of the help we can get to keep everyone well!

If you have a child in our 3s and 4s who is interested in playing soccer with Sweet Feet Soccer on Monday afternoons (12:00-12:45) on the back field at WIPP, make sure you check out the registration information at http://www.sweetfeetsoccer.org/ .  Class will start on Monday, September 11.
With the possibility of an approaching storm, just a reminder that our closure schedule follows that of Chatham County Public Schools.  
  • If SCCPSS closes, we are closed.
  • If SCCPSS will be opening an hour late, we will open an hour late.
  • If SCCPSS will be opening two hours late, WIPP will be closed.

Thanks for helping us get the school year off to a great start!


Tuesday 2s: Playground Time!

Our 2s had a lot of fun with their new friends on the playground today. We were really glad that the rain held off!