2019-2020 Welcome Message

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

August 2019

Hello Early Childhood Families:

I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome children and families, new and old to the Early Childhood Center (ECC).   We are so pleased that you have chosen the Salem Public Schools Early Childhood Center for your child’s preschool and/or kindergarten experience.  We have an exciting year planned and will be introducing new staff and a new kindergarten classroom along with a new social emotional learning curriculum. 

In preparation for the new school year we have posted a list of materials it would be helpful for your child to bring to school each day on the school webpage.  (There is also a wish list of items that classroom teachers use on a regular basis which is completely optional.) The first day of school for all Early Childhood students is Monday, September 9.  Morning and full day students begin school at 8:30am.  Afternoon students start time is 12:00pm.  We would also like to give you the opportunity to meet your child’s teaching team and visit their classroom prior to the start of school, so we are having our Parent/Child Orientation on Friday, September 6 at 9:00am for both preschool and kindergarten classrooms.  Teachers will give you a brief overview of what to expect during your child’s day with time to answer questions you may have.  We will also take this opportunity to update school emergency forms and other paperwork which is required during the first week each school year.  A brief written survey will be provided to parents so that you may have the opportunity to provide your child’s teacher with information about your child and your hopes and expectations for the school year.  We hope all parents will take the opportunity to fill this out as it provides us with valuable insight that will be used throughout the school year. 

On behalf of the Salem Early Childhood Center teachers and staff I am pleased to welcome all of the children and families to the start of a new school year.  We look forward to partnering with parents to provide your children with a rewarding early education experience.

Thank you,

Nancy Charest

Early Childhood Center Director

(978) 740-1181

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