The Nest

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UPCOMING EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED on AUGUST 30th

    Due to carpet cleaning, at least (3) parents are needed on Friday, August 30th from 4:45 - 5:15 PM to help move some of the furniture off the carpets.  If you are available, please email Trudi at ttuinstra@firstenvironments.org. Thanks!

  • UPDATED ENROLLMENT AGREEMENT

    Please complete the new FEELC Enrollment Agreement form, which has been updated as of 8-12-2019.

    The new enrollment agreement form has been updated to include the following:

    • New hours of operation starting Sept. 3, 2019

    • New late pick-up fee policy

    • EPA-RTP Campus policies regarding tobacco products

    • FEELC encouragement for parent involvement

    We need all families to complete a new enrollment agreement form for each child enrolled at FEELC by Friday, August 30, 2019.(you do not need to complete the new enrollment form if your child is graduating/withdrawing from FEELC prior to August 30th) Once you complete the form (by hand or electronically), please place it in the basket at the front desk or e-mail the form back to Kim at Kgraper@firstenvironments.org.

  • AUGUST TUITION DRAFTS

    For your planning purposes, August is the second (and final) month in 2019 that will have three (3) tuition drafts: August 2, 16, and 30.

  • NEW OPERATING HOURS BEGINNING 9/3/2019
    FEELC will begin our new operating hours (7:00 AM to 6:00 PM) on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  Tuition costs will remain at the current rate. Feel free to contact Beth at blake@firstenvironments.org with any questions.

  • PARKING LOT REMINDER

    The weather is heating up! Here’s a friendly reminder that for reasons of health and safety, FEELC does not permit families to leave their cars running when dropping off or picking up their child. Thank you for your cooperation!

  • 30-DAY NOTICE FOR WITHDRAWAL REMINDER
    With transitions to kindergarten occurring, here’s a friendly reminder that First Environments does require at least a 30-day notice of your child's last day at FEELC. Use the following link to access the official Withdrawal Form (PDF).

PARENT HANDBOOK REMINDERS

  • 2019 HOLIDAY/BREAK CLOSINGS: Please note that this information is available on our website and can also be downloaded here.

  • FOOD ALLERGIES & BIRTHDAYS: Please remember that FEELC is a PEANUT-FREE center. Due to food allergies, FEELC does NOT allow families to bring in outside food to be shared with other children.

    However, the exception to this policy is for children's birthdays. Cupcakes with the appropriate peanut-free label attached, popsicles, whole fresh fruit, and yogurt may be purchased and brought in for a birthday. If you bring whole fruit, we'll get it to the kitchen and washed and sliced for you. The wonderful thing about bringing whole fruit is that currently, every child in our school can eat it, so it's a great choice.

    NOTE: All labels need to be checked by an Administrative staff member for the “peanut-free” label and labels cannot say the food was made in or processed on equipment/machinery that may contain tree nuts or peanuts. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask an Administrative staff member or Ken or Sue.

  • CHANGE IN PARENT HOURS REQUIREMENT: After much consideration and feedback from our parent community, it has been decided by our Parent Board that FEELC will no longer have required Parent Hours. That said, it is still our hope to continue with our community spirit and have parent volunteers help out in various areas of our school. It is our belief that a program that builds a strong volunteer community helps to create unity between home and school. We will continue to post jobs on our volunteer board in the main hallway, send out help needed notices via Room Parents and Friday Updates. We understand working families are very busy and we don't want to create any extra burden through required hours, we just hope that when there is time in your schedule you will choose to help support FEELC. Thanks for all you do! -Beth

  • ACCESS TO TUITION RECEIPTS FOR TAX PREP
    As a reminder, you are able to access your First Environments tuition receipts through our Procare system online portal. More information is available on the Procare Portal Instructions page; it provides directions on how to set up an account so that you can access your child's tuition receipts. You just have to make sure you set up your account with the email address where you usually receive your Friday updates. 

SUPPORT FEELC

  • AMAZON CLASSROOM WISH LISTS: Check the full list of classroom wish lists here. A wonderful way to directly support your child's classroom is to find an item on their classroom wish lists.  Some classrooms are still working on creating one, but you will find that many have. Your order will be directly shipped to FEELC. Thank you for your support of our school!
    ** NOTE: PLEASE MAKE SURE TO NOTIFY TRUDI TUINSTRA (ttuinstra@firstenvironments.org) OF ANY PURCHASES SO THEY CAN BE DELIVERED TO THE RIGHT CLASSROOM **

FEELC Parent Board UPDATES

  • Slides from the January 29, 2019, parent meeting are available here.

  • Slides from the July 25, 2019, parent meeting are available here.

  • Please note that the Board members for the 2018-2019 school year are listed below:

    • President: Sania W. Tong Argao

    • Secretary: Kristin Lichti-Kaiser

    • Parent Coordinator: Mercy Arana

    • Fundraising/Social: Bill LeFew

    • Policy Coordinator/Treasurer: Anna Sacks

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Volunteer Opportunities

MENUS for the WEEK OF August 26 - 30, 2019

MONTHLY CALENDARS for AUGUST 2019

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Some upcoming family-friendly local activities!

  • 20TH PAPERHAND GIANT PUPPET PAGEANT - WE ARE HERE
    Every Friday/Saturday/Sunday & Labor Day @Forest Theatre - Chapel Hill from Aug. 2 - Sept. 29 @ 7pm (6:20pm pre-show) http://paperhand.org/

    OR @NC Museum of Art on Sept. 6-8 https://ncartmuseum.org/

  • NC SYMPHONY’S “FAMILY FUN 4 EVERYONE” SENSORY-FRIENDLY CONCERT

    Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 1:00-2:00 PM

    Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

    Cost: $5/ticket

    North Carolina Symphony

    Grant Llewellyn, conductor

    Andy Pidcock, co-host

    This concert experience is designed to be welcoming to all families—including children and adults with autism or other sensory sensitivities. At this one-hour, fun-filled performance, enjoy classical family favorites with your North Carolina Symphony.

    Come early to try out instruments at our Instrument Zoo and meet new friends!

    Click here for more information and to buy tickets!

  • Visit Carolina Parents - Things to Do for local family-friendly activities.

Last Updated 8/23/2019