Good Beginnings School offers an excellent balance between work and play. We believe that meaningful activity in all areas is essential to a well-balanced person. In addition to a strong academic program, we utilize a theme-based curriculum to further enhance and brighten our days. We will use the current theme being executed to plan any field trips or arrange for a monthly in-house guest. Every month there is usually something going on in our school! We have had puppet shows, music programs, clowns, and dramatically interactive storytellers, farm animals, reptiles, bugs and other creepy crawlers, magic shows, circus performers, just to name a few!
- We traditionally visit a local pick-your-own apple orchard. We get to pick (and eat) apples while we celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday!
- It’s usually Picture Day time!
- We learn about fire safety. We usually have a visit from our firefighters along with their fire engines.
- We also try to make sure to visit a local pumpkin patch for loads of fun!
- At the end of the month we’ll parade around our neighborhood in costume and happily accept treats in our trick-or-treat bags! Then back to school for a party!
- We have a scrumptious pumpkin pie or apple pie snack together with our parents, family or friends.
- We set up a Thanksgiving Basket in the front of the school for families to share with others in need. After two weeks, all donations in the way of non-perishable goods are given to a local charity where distribution is made to working poor families or families with medical problems, or immigrant families who need help.
- We usually host a scholastic book fair either the third week of November in honor of national book week.
- We set up a “giving tree” in our foyer. This is important to us because it helps us to focus on helping others in need. Over the years we have had a bake sale for the children in Afghanistan, we have sent help to hurricane or earthquake victims in Turkey, Mexico and Taiwan, we have provided toys and warm clothing to orphans, we have helped the homeless in DC, we participated in sending donations to families affected by the 911 tragedies, etc.
- Before we close for winter break we usually have classroom parties and, so far, every year we’ve had a delightful visit from Santa!
- We come back to school with renewed resolutions and look for ways to celebrate winter!
- We usually run a school wide competition to see which class can collect the most General Mills sponsored Box Tops. The winning class gets a special ice cream sundae party!
- We celebrate Valentine’s Day with classroom parties or a school wide carnival!
- We also participate in an annual contribution for Pennies for Patients to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Each classroom collects all spare change that families care to contribute for a period of two to three weeks. The class who brings in the most change wins a pizza party!
- We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with classroom parties! We try to remember to wear green!
- Usually it’s Picture Day again- this time for graduation and spring.
- We set aside the third week in April for Parent Appreciation Week. We value our parents and want them to know how much we appreciate their investment in their children and in our school.
- We have a Volunteer Awards Luncheon prepared by the faculty, to honor our many parents who have given their time in ways to help us at school!
- We set aside the first week of May for National Teacher Appreciation Week! We appreciate our teachers and want them to know how very special they are to us!
- We celebrate two graduation days! Our Junior Kindergarten classes have their own special graduation day program, and our Kindergarten class has their very own special graduation day! We do caps and gowns, keynote speakers, diplomas and refreshments! This is truly a “Kodak” day!
- School session ends
- Summer Camp