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August/September Newsletter

Current COVID-19 Guidelines include:

  • Group sizes will remain under 12 for children under 4 and is 22 for children4 years and above.
  • Parent drop offs and pick-ups will be handled at the door.
  • Students are directed to handwashing immediately at drop off.
  • Students will be visually health inspected and temporal temperatures taken at the door.
  • Any symptoms of illness related to the coronavirus will be warrant for parent pickup.
  • All surfaces will be sanitized at every meal/snack. Both classroom & meal staff initial off.
  • Handwashing should occur before AND after every meal/snack as well as throughout the day.
  • All the usual health & sanitation procedures will stay in place.

Contact Us Anytime!

Call or Email!
Stafford Center: 540-659-9227
Fredericksburg Center: 540-371-6510
Erin Lacey, Owner: dawningpointowner@gmail.com
Arianne Fortune, Owner: dp.schoolacctsmanager@gmail.com
Betsy Guanciale, Director: directordpstafford@gmail.com
Tionna Quinn, Director: directordpfred@gmail.com

 August Themes & Objectives


Beach & Ocean Life

Students discuss possible summer experiences involving bodies of water- pool, ocean, lakes etc. Students are also introduced to at least four water animals with fun facts regarding their habitat. Students engage in multi-sensory experiences involving sand and water.

All About Me

Humans Change overtime- Baby vs. Adults

Students will be able to associated baby animals with their adult. Students will be able to show and order the stages of growth for different animals as well as humans. Students will be able to associate themselves in their own stage of growth.

School/Classroom Rules

Laws & Government

Students will be able to speak of authority in school, home and community. They will be familiar with rules in each setting. Students will be able to be familiar with and explain the roles and responsibilities within their classroom community.

September Themes & Objectives

Feelings & Emotions

In a multi-sensory unit, while students begin assessments and report cards, students will be introduced to words that describe emotions and pictures that also illustrate feeling. Stress balls, calming bottles, and cuddle bears are all items that assist with dealing with emotions. Students will use literacy and audio-visual materials to elaborate on emotion & feelings and how to treat one another and be aware of others’ feelings.

Community Helpers

Visit from the Fire Truck, Field Trip to the Grocery store, Banker, Police

Students will be able to associate common symbols with individuals and their roles in the community. Students will be able to recite and explain some common community helpers and what their jobs entail. Students will be able to discuss some roles they may be interested in when they grow up.

All About Apples

Johnny Appleseed

Apple-Picking Field Trip or Apple Sorting activity, Apple Prints

Students will be able to identify and order the stages of apple growth and the major parts of an apple. Students will be able to recite three major facts about Johnny Appleseed. Students will conduct a culinary art involving apples.

Eric Carle Week

Students do a “book study” with repeat readings of at least three to five Eric Carle books. Art, music, math and social science integrate the Eric Carle animal characters as well. While completing a book study including setting, characters, and story retelling students will be introduced to print awareness concepts such as book, cover, pages, pictures and words. PreK classes- author & illustrator roles as well.

Tuition Options During COVID-19

As a management team, we have been asked to hold student spots. Many new families are inquiring and many current families want a guarantee that there will be immediate care available when the various “shelter in place” orders are lifted and parents are required to go back to work. After careful review of what others in the industry are doing, what we need as a small business along with what we feel is fair, we have come up with some different options.

Parents may choose to do ANY of the following:

  1. Give a two-week’s notice that your child will be withdrawing. If your child returns within 4 weeks of the dis-enrollment date- they will not be charged a re-registration fee. The ability to return to care will be on the basis of space and staff availability.  While space should not be a problem-it will be first come, first serve.  If this 2-week contract is breached, we cannot guarantee a spot and re-enrollment for your child back into our program.
  2. Continue to remit half your normal weekly tuition while your child is absent. These families may return at anytime without question. We just ask that you inform us as soon as possible so that we can staff accordingly.  There will be no registration fees, no question of space or staffing- as their “spot” is being held for the duration of the shelter in place orders. Upon their return, normal tuition rates will resume.
  3. Remit normal tuition with the gift of one additional full vacation week, with the ability to use later this year and also a freeze on any tuition increases for the next 2020-2021 academic school year. These families may return at any time without question. There will be no registration fees, no question of space or staffing- as their “spot” is being held for the duration of the shelter in place orders.

Please email dp.schoolacctsmanager@gmail.com to elect an option or ask any additional questions.

Please remember we are a small independently-owned business with no corporate financial covering. We diligently strive to provide love and care for your children every day along with a safe environment. We are now trying to be able to weather this difficult period and appreciate your cooperation and support while doing so. Thank you so much!

Pay Curriculum Fee & Turn in School Supplies by August 17th


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To all current and prospective families: For more specific information regarding COVID-19 please reference the April newsletter, use the “Contact Us” tab, or email us at dawningpointowner@gmail.com or dp.schoolaactsmanager@gmail.com and specify the center location you are inquiring about. We hope that everyone stays healthy during this time!