Wednesday, November 4: Evening appointments for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Thursday, November 5: CLOSED for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Monday, November 9: Fireside Talk, after drop off (around 8:45 a.m.). Meet by the Fire Pit in the Meadow; hike to the Preserve at 9:15 a.m.
Our glorious Fall color is departing as fast as the leaves can hit the ground. Rain and chilly winds put a crimp in this year’s Halloween celebration. Our awaited blue moon hid in the clouds most of Saturday night, and no one is sure where the refrigerator sized asteroid, due to arrive today, is lurking. These were all things on my nature radar last week, along with the protective covering of plants in the Overfield garden. This week I am looking forward to the appearance of Indian summer, warmer temperatures, the harvest of the sweet potatoes and parsnips, and the planting of our 2021 garlic crop.
The honeybees are busy preparing for winter. They need to have enough pollen and honey stored for the cold winter. The pollinator garden is offering up the last of its gifts for the insects. The birds and small mammals may still enjoy its presence. Native wooly bear sightings are showing all black “coats” this season: could be a sign of a cold, long winter.
The chipmunks and squirrels are filling their larders as fast as they possibly can with Overfield birdseed. The deer have been seen munching the last of our holiday jack-o-lanterns; the reptiles, amphibians, and groundhogs are staking out their winter burrows. The Overfield children are always visible, playing, hiking and exploring the wonderful Hobart Ridge, and preserve. How fortunate we are that E.A. Hobart built his home on the edge of Troy – with a backdrop of rolling farm land (no interstate highway, urban sprawl, or Walmart). Deb – Overfield Naturalist
November 4 & 5, 2020
Parent-Teacher Conferences are fast approaching! Our teachers have been preparing to meet with you by diligently observing each child, and creating photo files and portfolio pages that will be used to support discussion with you during your scheduled conference time in November.
These Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, November 4 and all day Thursday, November 5.
There will be NO OVERFIELD CLASSES on November 5th as parents meet with teachers. A link to an electronic sign up sheet has been sent to you. Please make sure to reserve your meeting time with your child’s teacher as soon as possible. Due to COVID-19 concerns, all of these meetings will take place via Zoom.
Once you have scheduled your Parent-Teacher conference time, you will receive a link and password information for your Zoom meeting. Teachers will provide you with a USB stick prior to the conference which will contain a photo file and portfolio pages, so that you can view these items prior to and during your conference time.
This Parent-Teacher Conference time is allotted for us to discuss your child’s progress, and since it is not appropriate to discuss a child in his/her presence unless you are talking to that child, please make sure your child is not within hearing during your meeting.
Each conference will be 30 minutes in length, and it is important we stay on schedule. We will discuss our observations about your child and any questions or thoughts you have for us. If you feel more time is needed, we can immediately schedule another conference on another date.
We are looking forward to meeting with you all, and discussing all of the wonderful children we are fortunate to spend time with at Overfield!
Safety Considerations at Arrival and Dismissal
Please make sure to observe safety protocols while dropping off and picking up children at Overfield. This includes:
Observe the speed limit of 10 mph on the lane and in the front circle.
Please don’t park in the area immediately around the corner turning down the lane. This is designated with a yellow painted curb.
Avoid parking at the end of the lane by the K/1 building, making sure to leave enough room for cars to turn around in this area.
Please pull to the side when dropping off or picking up children, including in the front circle. This is important in order to maintain a good traffic flow.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to keep all children safe!
Join the Overfield Family Partnership and Beth Poronsky for our first of many “Fireside Talks” following drop off on Monday, November 9.
Please join us at the Overfield Fire Pit in the meadow for conversation, community and a nature hike in the preserve. Feel free to bring a camp chair for our Fire Pit time. We encourage bringing your own warm beverage to sip.
We will head into the preserve for our nature walk sometime after 9:15 to ensure that everyone has time to drop off their kiddo. All are welcome to join. Little ones are also welcome.
Please feel free to bring questions for our Fireside time. Samples include: reducing screen time, tips on exploring nature as a family, did your child do “xyz” at this age, what is Reggio, Reggio in the home, etc. I can’t guarantee all the answers, but it’s a good group to discuss with and Beth Poronsky is a wealth of information on early childhood and Reggio.
With COVID still a factor, please RSVP on the Facebook event page or to email@example.com so we can ensure social distancing and safety. PLEASE wear a mask. Here is the link to the Facebook event.
I hope that you are able to join. If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there! Melissa Simmons – OFP Chair