October News: Week of October 2nd and 9th

Halloween Parade

Our Halloween parade this year will take place on Tuesday October 31st at 9:30am – weather permitting!! Please send your child to school dressed in their costume and make sure it is labelled with their name. For safety reasons we ask that your child does not wear a mask and is able to walk easily in their costume. If your child’s costume has any loose accessories  (weapons, purses etc.) please keep them at home.

Friendly Reminder: Center (755 Central Ave and JAC) closes at 5:00pm on Tuesday October 31st.

Annual Flu Vaccine

Children who are between 6 months and 5 years old and attend a licensed child care or preschool facility in NJ are required to have a flu vaccine no later than December 31st of each year.

Please bring proof of vaccine to the office. Thank you.

Fire Prevention Week

New Providence Fire Department will be holding an open house on Saturday October 14th 11am – 3pm at the firehouse on Floral Avenue.

This event is being held in lieu of the firetruck visiting all local schools.

2024 Holiday Closing Dates 

Our 2024 Holiday Closing Dates can be found on our website using the link below.




There’s excitement in the Peapod room! We can tell Halloween is coming. Some of us were able to see and feel our “great pumpkin”! It was very smooth. We have also been decorating our classroom windows with fall looks. We hope you enjoy it. Ms. Lu brought out the bubble machine. There were so many bubbles! We had fun popping the  bubbles and shaking our maracas, we love to make noise. We had some sing-a-longs with Ms. Laura and Ms. Kiera. We especially liked “10 Little Ghosts”. Ms. Lu read Ten Flying Brooms by Ilanit Oliver.

Peapods II

Fall is in full swing and we are loving it in Peapods 2! We are counting down until Halloween. We did a few art projects over the course of the last two weeks which you can see hanging outside of our classroom. In the midst of fall activities, we are celebrating two birthdays! We can’t wait to see what great things this next year will bring. Our class is learning so many new words and actions. We are putting words with the corresponding sign together to communicate what we need or want. We’re becoming experts with our ‘please’ and ‘thank yous’!


What an exciting month it has been!

The Seedlings got a class pumpkin that we’re so thrilled to have in our room and can’t wait to carve it later this month.  We have been decorating our door with our Jack-O-Lanterns, ghosts, and spiders! It’s a lot of fun getting into the Halloween spirit and talking about our costumes.

For Fire Prevention week, we used Ziplock bags to mix red and yellow paint in to see what color it would make on the paper inside.  We loved to feel the paint move around without all the messiness.

During circle time, we read Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills, then sang and danced to “The Firetruck Song” by Miss Rachel.

Little Sprouts

Little Sprouts had so much fun learning this week! We enjoyed using color pencils to make Halloween bats, We loved fingering painting paper plates to make witches hats and using markers to color fall leaves. We had fun using our color and shape puzzles, playing with the trains and finding letters in our leaf pile! We also talked about different sizes, colors, and shapes of the leaves. Little Sprouts had so much fun looking at crane outside on Wednesday morning.

We loved reading Firefighters by Michael Rex and I Love Fall by Alison Inches. Little Sprouts favorite part of the week was jumping on the bubble wrap!


What a thrilling two weeks we’ve had here in Beanstalks! Last week we talked about leaves and trees, and even got to throw some of the leaves we found outside, what a blast! We used sponges to stamp around a leaf and q-tips to make our own colorful autumn tree. We’ve loved singing “All The Leaves Are Falling Down” and “Five Little Acorns”.

This week we’ve been talking about Fire Prevention, and how to stay safe! We talked about who to call for help and what they use to stay safe while helping us. We loved all the books this week, especially Five Little Firefighters by Tom Graham and Squirt the Fire Engine!  by Catherine Kenworthy. We’ve enjoyed talking about whether we’d want to be firefighters and singing “Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Fire Truck”.

Have a safe and happy weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!

Beanstalks II

Last week we learned and talked all about pumpkins. We enjoyed reading books about pumpkins like The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Jane E. Gerver and Steven Kroll and From Seed To Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer. We used paper pumpkin seeds with letters on them to spell our names, matched colored pumpkins together in pairs and counted and matched number pumpkins.

This week was Fire Safety Week so we learned about 911 and when to call that number and who will come if we call it. We also talked about how fire can be dangerous so we should never touch it and we also talked about “Stop, Drop and Roll”. The books we read included Firetrucks by Nancy Dickman and Dinofours It’s Fire Drill  Day by Melissa Cefali. We dot painted the Numbers 9-1-1 and rolled dice and then put the same number of spots on a fire dog.

PreK 3

Pre K 3 learned about Fall and Firefighters during the last few weeks.

We learned that trees loose their leaves in Fall and we get to rake them up and jump in them. The children worked on matching leaves to the correct shadow. We also matched up “leaf” numbers on a tree and built our name on a tree with letter leaves. The children got to finger paint a Fall tree and water paint a big beautiful leaf to help decorate our rooms.

This week is Fire Safety Week. We learned how to stop, drop and roll, 911 is a special number we can call in case of an emergency and what fire fighters use to put out fires.

The children made firefighters from their handprint and paper collage 911. We also worked on fire safety themed patterns and we saved bears from a paper fire. It has been an exciting time in PreK 3!!

PreK 4

This week in PreK 4 the children have been learning about fire prevention and safety. We talked about who to call in an emergency, stop drop and roll and fire drill procedures.

The children enjoyed listening to The Berenstain Bears Visit the Firehouse by Mike Berenstain and No Dragons for Tea by Jean E. Pendziwol.

We finished the Frog Jump capital letters in our HWT workbook and have begun the Corner Starting capital letters which are H and K. The children wrote about fire safety in their journals as we continued working on correct letter formation.