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News

1/21/2005 Sentinel School News

    

The annual winter concert was postponed last week due to the weather and is being held tonight at the New Windsor School. The Pre-kindergarten and Elementary students will be performing under the direction of musical director, Kathy Baker. Tammie Engelhart, artist in residence, worked with the students on their mural for the concert. Classroom teachers Margarita Melendez, Melissa Broe, Melissa Smith, Jennifer Decatur, and Laura Lewis have been rehearsing with the students and the performance promises to be a great deal of fun. Every month the students at Windsor Academy fill a basket with donations for needy families in the community. This month, the goal is nonperishable food. Everyone is being encouraged to add something to the basket in the main lobby. Last month all donations, including new gloves, hats and scarves were donated to Project Life in Newburgh. Reverend Byron Williams, one of the school’s parents facilitated the project.



1/14/2005 Sentinel School News

 

It’s the beginning of a busy month at Windsor Academy for the older students. Tonight, the Pre-Kindergarten and Elementary students will be performing at their annual Winter Concert, which will be held on the New Windsor School stage at 6:30 p.m. The older students will be playing their recorders as well as singing. Miss Smith’s pre-K class began their tennis and swim program at Sportsplex this week. The Elementary students recently completed their Sportsplex activities and were awarded American Red Cross Swimming cards and Tennis certificates. These students also went to the Newburgh Free Public Library last week. Every three weeks, books are borrowed and returned and projects are worked on at the library to supplement the in-classroom activities. Finally, the students were the recipients of a gift from Scenic Technologies last week. Under the direction of Lori Austin, one of the parents, a very impressive puppet theater was presented to the students that had been designed and constructed at the technology building in New Windsor. Needless to say, the students were thrilled and are very grateful.



12/24/2004 Sentinel School News

The Elementary School Program at Windsor Academy is unique in many ways. We believe that by fostering the qualities of individuality, creativity and social responsibility, our students will develop into healthy, productive adults who understand that it is not only what they know, but also how they choose to use their knowledge and talents that will matter in the long run. During this holiday season, we have had many opportunities to live our philosophy. The children designed and built their own gingerbread houses. The group brought in the supplies. All the children had the same resources to use. Yet, no two looked alike and each was admired and respected by the other children. Unlike many activities in other schools, we do not ask the students to duplicate a teacher-made project. We, instead, ask the students to risk something new and personal. Their houses are a perfect example of this approach.

The holidays are a time for giving. Our lobby Christmas tree, Chanukah menorah, and Kwanzaa display all reflected the beliefs and traditions of our students and staff. Our tree became a giving tree covered in donated hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and socks. Our baskets were filled with donated toys. Everything was new and given by the children. Our elementary students spent last week wrapping and labeling gifts. The wrapping was done by the children, the finished products the work of youngsters, not adults. With the help of one of our parents, Reverend Byron Williams, everything was distributed to needy families in our own community. The children understood why they were involved in this project. The pride, the joy, the teamwork has spilled over into the rest of their lives. That’s how we do it at Windsor Academy.

 



11/5/2004 Sentinel School News

Halloween at Windsor Academy is establishing some new traditions and refining some of the old. Throughout the month, each classroom, designed and constructed life-sized scarecrows for the school. We saw “women,” “men” and yes, even baby and toddler-sized scarecrows throughout the building. Pumpkin patches, and other fall decorations were abundant. However, there were no witches, no goblins, no ghosts, no monsters, no graveyards. That is not what we are about. Our art was colorful, appropriate and happy. On Friday, October 29 our classrooms were filled with characters from storybooks and history. Many groups held class-wide pajama parties. It was a gentle celebration. There were no tears, no fears, and a minimum amount of sugar. One pre-school had an orange and black breakfast party. Another group baked. Children did not spend the day eating candy and wearing masks. That is not who we are.

We culminated the weekend by organizing a table at Munger Cottage in Cornwall. The community is in the process of raising funds for a new playground and we were proud and pleased to be part of the kick-off activities. Many thanks to Melissa Smith, Janette Bravo, and Jean Callahan for helping children make hundreds of badges in support of the park. It was a long day. It was child-centered. It is what Windsor Academy is all about.

 



10/15/2004 Sentinel School News

Every summer, it has become a Windsor Academy tradition to be involved in a major construction plan to upgrade an area of the site. This past summer, we worked on the playgrounds, began our landscaping renovations, and are completing our new ramps. We have 5 major playgrounds that include a blacktopped area just for ride on toys, a blacktopped area for basketball, jump rope, and other sports, two areas of swings, climbing apparatus and open areas and of course our infant-toddler play area. We’ve put in all new fencing that protects the children from a security standpoint and allows us to keep a 360 degree eye on the children in each area. Thanks to Stan and Fred Dabroski and their team at Dabroski Fence for creating such an impressive new look. Two Brothers’ Landscaping moved all our play equipment, added new landscaping, redid our playground surfaces, created paved pathways for the children to follow and upgraded our lawn areas as well. Many thanks to Mike and Bill and their men. Barry Sandler and his crew from Hudson River Contracting are putting the final touches on a major ADA approved ramping system attached to our Infant-Toddler room. This will now give us alternate and ultra-safe methods of exiting the building with the very youngest of our children. It was a major project and we thank the men for their efforts. Architect, Marshall Rosenblum, designed the high-level system and a big thank-you goes to him as well. Our new Treks stairs on either side of our main building were also completed this summer. Again, thanks to Marshall Rosenblum for the designs and thanks to Brian Wolfe, our in-house contractor for the labor and expertise. They not only look so much better than steps that had been with us for at least 40 years, but are a far safer exit system for the children. Felix Cabrera of Cabrera Plumbing installed new water lines, moved outside lines, installed a new hot water heater for the main building and worked with Brian Wolfe on the installation of two new sink-counter areas in our Infant-Toddler Center. There are new, ASTM approved commercial high-chairs in our Toddler Room, and all our classrooms received a variety of new furniture, window treatments, sanitizing equipment, etc. Our 75 gallon aquarium remains the central point in our main lobby.

One of the goals at Windsor Academy is to provide a physically safe environment for all of our families and staff. We work hard to educate our students. We also work hard to make Windsor Academy a clean and happy place where parents can feel safe bringing their children, knowing that we care about and respect the whole child.

 



9/24/2004 Sentinel - School News

Last night, Windsor Academy held its annual Meet-the-Teacher night. Parents of children in our infant room straight through our Elementary program spent the evening in their children’s classes learning more about the plans for the new school year. Thank-you to our parents for your involvement. Thank-you to our staff for your hard work. Our high school and college students who served as baby sitters during the evening are to be thanked. Finally - thank-you to Vince Tangredi at Kar-Vin Abstract, our neighbor and good friend. We couldn’t have done it without the use of your parking lot as well!

Next week, Nancy and Al Pacenza will once again be bringing their Ident-A-Kid Program to Windsor Academy. On Wednesday, September 29, all parents will have the opportunity to have their children’s current identification photos and information (including fingerprint, weight, height, etc) configured on wallet size laminated cards. These are intended to be carried by any adult who is with the child. In case of an emergency, this information is immediately accessible to help locate and identify a missing child. We make this service available to all of our parents and the COMMUNITY at large in the hopes that it will never have to be used. This year we are also taking a photo ID of each student that will be kept in our student files and will travel with staff during class trips. We invite our parents and interested community members to join us on September 29 in our on-going efforts to maintain a safe and secure environment for all children. Windsor Academy is a community school.



9/10/2004 Sentinel School News

Windsor Academy is pleased to announce a new after-school program that is open to both Windsor Academy students and to the public in general. The In Character Dance Program is a comprehensive dance and creative movement program for children, ranging in ages from 3 - 10 year old. It is designed to allow children to express themselves freely while learning fundamental techniques of Ballet, Jazz, and Modern Dance. The students will be exposed to improvisation, developing creative artistry, and character dancing. The program will improve mental concentration, develop creative expression, build confidence, and improve self awareness. Children will be grouped by age and the program will culminate in a recital in June. Sharon Watson is the founder and director of the In Character Dance Program. She majored in Physical Education and Corporate Fitness and has studied dance at Garden State Ballet, the NJ Gallman’s Dance Theater, and the Dance Theater of Harlem in New York. She has performed with the Kean Dance Theater, Spectrum Dance Company as well as other small theater groups throughout New Jersey. Please feel free to call the school or stop by for more information. The dance room at Windsor Academy will be a busy and happy place this year.

 



8/20/2004 Sentinel School News

     We so often hear the phrase, “it takes a village to raise a child.” People will usually nod their heads in agreement and some will even think of a situation that supports the statement. However, at Windsor Academy, we live this approach every day. We are a school and child care center. We therefore teach and care for children. That’s a given. Then there are our families, our parents, our faculty and community. Whether it’s the parent who volunteers to help us move furniture, the dad who redesigns our website, the father who happens to also be a plumber who installs our new bathrooms, furnaces or sinks, the mom who paints rooms and sews curtains, the father who installs windows and then comes in to teach a high level science lesson, the teacher who plants a garden for the children in her free time, the father who always arrives with his power driver, “just in case” we need something fixed, built or repaired, the father who is also a police officer who comes to speak to classes, the grandfather who makes pizza or brings his fire fighting company for a visit, the alumni who come to visit and end up volunteering their time, the teenagers who come to fulfill their community service requirements and end up staying, the landscaper who comes back one more time to sand and salt during a bad storm, the parents who helped when the rains came before our new parking lot was complete, the dad who invites the students to his place of business, the mom who sends in lunch for everyone, the husbands who help their wives, our teachers create classrooms for the students, the teacher who paints murals, the teacher who raises bunnies and gives them to our families, the parents who bring their children to school with smiles and an eagerness to be part of the Windsor Academy community. These are but some of our “village” who are raising your children. We are very grateful and very proud, here at Windsor Academy.

 



8/6/2004 Sentinel-School News

 

On Thursday, July 29, the weather cooperated and the children at Windsor Academy were able to hold their annual Trike-a-thon for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During the prior weeks, discussions of community responsibility, helping others, and of course bicycle safety were part of the curriculum. The students collected donations and pledges in preparation for their laps. The bicycles, tricycles, and big wheels started arriving and by Thursday morning, helmets and bicycles could be seen parked and ready to go. The main parking lot was closed off for the older students. The infants were in their strollers, the younger children were ready to ride in their newly enclosed play area for ride on toys. Volunteers, Phoebe Wolfe and Sarah DeMilio positioned themselves at either end of the riding field to help direct traffic. The Channel 6 Cable News Team was in place and filming. Our staff distributed themselves throughout the field ready to assist and cheer on the riders. They were off! The children were wonderful! They rode, they laughed, they understood that they were helping other people. Yes, we did reach and surpass our goal. We “did a good thing.” More importantly, the children are still talking about the day they helped sick children by raising funds. For a few moments children at Windsor Academy were directly linked to the children at St. Jude’s. On Friday night, when they were able to see the news report about their program on TV, the satisfaction of a good week at Windsor Academy was complete.



7/16/2004 Sentinel - School News

The summer program at Windsor Academy maintains the same high academic standards that exist during the school year. Our Pre-K and Elementary students work with certified teachers honing their skills and preparing for September. But it’s still summer - it’s still vacation - and there are trips, sprinklers, projects, art, music, and outdoor time. It’s a much more relaxed atmosphere, and yet it’s still a school being taught by professionals. Our infants, toddlers, and preschoolers continue in their developmentally appropriate classes, with our staff who are all familiar to them and who are able to maintain the continuity of the school year. As new students enter our community of students, they are welcomed and embraced quickly and enthusiastically. Many come just for the summer. Others begin their enrollment before September to build self-confidence and a comfortable feeling. Others simply visit in preparation for September. Whatever the reason, new, smiling faces are becoming part of our programs. We invite the community to visit our school or to visit our website at windsoracademy.org to see what we’re all about. We’re very proud of our families and staff at Windsor Academy.

 



7/9/2004 Sentinel - School News

Gifted programming and education is alive and well at Windsor Academy. In the most refined sense, educators identify those students who are academically gifted, who learn quickly, who have long attention spans, high language skills, are generally bright. Studies tell us that about 5% of the population is truly gifted. What happens to these children in a traditional setting? They become isolated because they learn differently. They become individuals who “help” other students, who always have their hands raised, their answers ready. What happens to these children when they are grouped together? What happens when children with similar learning styles are taught together? The students “feed off of each other,” they spur each other on, they receive the message that there are peers who think and learn they way they do. They become less isolated, less frustrated, less alone. This is the argument for identifying and grouping academically gifted students together. Then there are the opposing arguments. What about the traditional student? Shouldn’t all children be exposed to the message that we all have different strengths and struggles, that everyone has something of value to offer the group, that we need to work and play together, that diversity is our strength? Maybe these positions aren’t diametrically opposed. What about the notion of the “self-fulfilling” prophecy? Teach all children as if they are bright and able to learn well. Teach all children utilizing their individual learning styles. Teach all children utilizing their strengths and strengthening their weaknesses. Teach so that children learn. Treat all children with respect and enthusiasm and love. At Windsor Academy we do all of that and more. Our staff is trained to identify children’s needs and to appropriately teach to them. Our director is trained in Gifted Education and spent years creating programming in and outside of the United States for students and school districts. We are able to meet the special needs of all of our children. We know when to involve support systems in the county and school districts. We know when to heterogeneously mix our students and when to group by learning styles and needs. Our gifted programming is actually programming for every student. After all, isn’t every child special? Isn’t every child a gift? At Windsor Academy, they are.



7/2/2004 Sentinel School News

 

Our Elementary students were involved in the 2004 New York State Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program this year. Under the direction of our art teacher, Tammie Engelhart, they worked on and submitted original works of art to be considered in the competition. Reproductions of their work are now framed in our upstairs lounge. All students received certificates of accomplishment from New York State and one of our Third Graders, Emily Strongreen was awarded Third Place in her division out of hundreds of entries from the entire state. She attended the awards ceremony with her family and our art teacher recently. Reproductions from the entire state will be on display throughout the year in different locations. All our participants were awarded their certificates at our End of Year Pot-Luck dinner and Awards night for the Elementary School last week. Congratulations to Tammie, Emily and all our elementary school participants.



3/1/2004 School News-March 5, 2004

As spring approaches, we are already in summer preparation mode at Windsor Academy. Most of our students continue, “business as usual” during July and August. Staff and programming are maintained at the same level. Most of our infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are on their same schedules. Our pre-kindergarten and elementary students select a variety of options. Some take a summer vacation from school with plans to return in September. Others adjust their attendance to fit around family vacations. Still others maintain their regular daily schedules. Children from the community who are normally involved in public schools also join us. We provide an academically based program in the mornings with our certified classroom teachers in charge. Their goal is to review the past year and prepare students for their upcoming grade. The remainder of the day includes swimming, trips, computer lab, art, music, theater, dance, cooking, traditional sports and specialty programs and visitors. The newly added, fifth outdoor playground area will offer students a wider variety of activities as well. Our extended day program from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. enables our working parents to maintain a consistent location for their children for the entire day. We have the flexibility to build a schedule around a family’s personal needs and this year we are working with a nine-week program from June 28 through August 27. Staff and students are already talking about the activities.  We’re excited and ready for some really nice weather and some really nice plans at Windsor Academy this summer.

 



2/24/2004 Sentinel School News - February 27, 2004

Our twice-postponed-due-to-the-weather Winter Concert will be held Friday night, February 27. The weather seems to be cooperating - so it’s a GO! Thank-you to the New Windsor School for the use of their stage. Thank-you to Tammie Engelhart for our artwork. Thank-you to Kathy Baker, music teacher extraordinaire and of course our classroom teachers: Jennifer Hadden, Danielle LeClair, Laura Lewis, Karen Lee and their teaching assistants: Jacqueline Holsten, Margarita Melendez, Lauren Pena, Eileen Carr, and Tana Feigel. This the first time in a number of years that our Pre-Kindergarten students will be taking the stage as well and performing. Our elementary school students will combine their recorder talents, singing and song composition for the remainder of the program. An additional opening number will be an ArtsCaravan demonstration. The students who range in age from three to seven years old are involved in our after school dance classes. Their recital is in June, but they will be on the stage this Friday evening to give us a peek at their hard work. Thank-you Dana Merritt for her hard work as well. Our seasoned eight and nine year old students are comfortable on the stage. Our younger students are excited. They all enjoy the moment and their self-confidence continues to grow over the years. Performance and pride in ones’ accomplishments are important components of our programs at Windsor Academy.

 

 



2/20/2004 Sentinel School News - 2/20/04

Children spend a good deal of their lives in school. At Windsor Academy, that time is usually expanded through holidays, early drop-offs, late pick-ups and summer programs. Since it is a given, therefore, that the school needs to serve as a microcosm of the world, it is imperative that a sense of community be an integral part of our environment and program. The community for our students encompasses their school and the greater world outside our doors. A number of activities over the years help us to deliver that message and live it.

Within the school, the students, regardless of age, develop a sense of pride in their surroundings, are given the opportunity to help other students, mentor, assist a teacher, and interact on a compassionate level. Academics are a focal point of each day, but every teacher has been known to stop a lesson in mid-sentence if necessary to reestablish a sense of personal responsibility for each other. Children are given the tools, strategies, and support systems to deal with daily interactions with understanding and awareness. They learn through role-playing, programs, and role models.

There is a Donation Basket in our main lobby that is always earmarked for a local charity. Whether it’s food, clothing, or toys, the children are asked to bring something in for someone who needs a little extra. They know the basket is then donated to a local group in the community. Each year, our students participate in raising money for St. Judes’ Children’s Research Hospital. We hold our bike-athon, as well as our math-athon for the Elementary student. The American Heart Association Jump-a-thon is part of our Physical Education program as well. The students don’t just participate in the activity, they understand why they are raising money and whom it is helping.

Last year, the New Windsor-Cornwall branch of the Optimists’ Club began a local chapter of the Junior Optimists’ Club at our school. Our older students were involved in environmental clean-ups, holiday parties at Head Start, and participated in a number of other charitable opportunities. Some of our other students created a public display at the Newburgh Free Library that remained for over a month. Other students were involved in a major Yard Sale at the school to help raise funds for a variety of selected projects.

We want our children to be aware that they do not live in isolation. We want them to understand that by giving of themselves, they are fulfilling a responsibility that we all must assume. We want them to be compassionate, empathetic people, who understand that it is our differences and our struggles that make us stronger. We want our children to grow into healthy, aware adults who remember what they began to learn through daily life at Windsor Academy.

 



2/13/2004 Sentinel School News

As our morning staff begins arriving about 6:15 a.m. to set up for the day, cars are pulling into the parking lot. By 6:30, our very first students are coming into the building. Their parents work for West Point Bus Company, and have to start their first runs. We are their daycare provider. Other students from the public schools as well as some of our full day students begin arriving a few minutes later. Breakfast is served and the children slowly start waking up. The infants and toddlers have also been arriving since 6:30. They are greeted by a full staff in their own rooms and begin their day. The preschoolers have been going directly up to their own early morning area for breakfast as well. Until 8:00 a.m. a variety of early morning activities, social interaction and preparation for the school day are underway. It’s at this point the students leave their breakfast rooms and are taken or sent to their classrooms for the beginning of the formal day. Simultaneously, our public school children are being sent on their way, as their buses pull in for pick up. Just like at home, we need to be sure, lunches, backpacks, coats, hats, instruments, and projects are all ready and sent along with each child. There have been times when a staff member has driven to one of the public schools to drop off a forgotten project or even a well-loved hat. We never want any of our children beginning their day feeling unsettled or confused. We do our very best to ensure a pleasant early morning environment. This sets the tone for the rest of the day.

By 2:15 p.m. our afternoon school children begin arriving. Until almost 4:00 p.m., buses are bringing children who have spent a day at their school to now be with us, often until 6:00 p.m. Many of our full time students remain after the official end of their classes for the day at 3:15 as well. Their afternoon includes doing their homework under the supervision of our certified classroom teachers, being part of a variety of after school activities that may include computer lab, art club, dance, cooking, board games, outdoor play and sports.

Our non-curriculum days allow for those students who need care when the public schools are closed to join us for the full day or half day and be totally combined with any of our students who are also here for daycare during holidays.

Many of our classroom teachers work extended hours so that the lines of communication and continuity remain open. Our staff is consistent. The children know the routine. Our parents have the opportunity to speak with teachers when they pick up their children. The building is safe, the children are busy, the extended school time is appropriate and well spent. Whether a full time student at our school, or a public school student who spends mornings, afternoons, or even holidays with us, the children know that they are part of a school program that is responsive to their needs. They know that they belong, when they are at Windsor Academy.

 



2/6/2004 Sentinel

Our Elementary program began in 1996 with a single, small kindergarten class. It has grown over the years to include students through sixth grade, all licensed with the New York State Department of Education. At times there have been combined grades, at other times, an individual grade has been of an appropriate size to maintain them as a separate entity. Our teachers are all New York State certified, with post-graduate work in a variety of fields as well. All are specialists in their own right. All work at Windsor Academy because of the flexibility, small class size, availability of materials and resources, high level peer interaction, and the families we work with. They are all seasoned professionals. They love what they do. Our curriculum takes what has proven to be the best in the field and utilizes a variety of approaches to facilitate learning for all students. We are constantly assessing what we do, what we need to do that will work better, what the children need to be doing. We not only prepare them academically for whatever school they will eventually move to, but establish a foundation that includes a love of learning, mutual respect, critical thinking and problem solving and the ability to take a healthy risk in a safe environment in order to learn something new. Our children are not afraid to fail. They do not fail, rather they move through this educational journey trying, experimenting, and learning with egos intact. They learn from mistakes, they are collaborative; they learn to live in this world. They are safe and loved. Expectations are high. Results are high. Since most parents drive their children to school daily, communication occurs regularly. There should be no surprises. The children all work with an Agenda Planner to facilitate their organization skills. They are all involved in a Spanish program, Art, Music, Computer Technology Lab and a Physical Education program held at Sportsplex that includes swimming, tennis, traditional sports and movement. The visit the public library on a scheduled basis, to study research skills, borrow books, and work on projects. Recess includes our outdoor play areas with basketball court, open soccer field, and traditional playground equipment. Their instructional day is a full seven hours with an additional hour tacked on at the end of the day where their classroom teachers supervise Homework Club. This is an optional activity, but those who stay, are able to complete their homework under the guidance of their classroom teacher. After school programs run until 6:00 p.m. and many of our students take advantage of this as well. There are class trips and in house speakers. The students are surrounded by music and art. They are surrounded by intelligent adults. They are surrounded by a gentleness and joy that comes from people who truly enjoy what they are doing. They are at Windsor Academy.

 



1/30/2004 School News

Sentinel - School News - January 30, 2004

Windsor Academy

The Pre-Kindergarten Center at Windsor Academy is made up of two complete classrooms each with a state certified elementary school teacher and a teaching assistant in each room as well. The classes have between 15 - 18 students, all of whom are four years old and preparing for their Kindergarten experience the following September. It’s an interesting combination of children. Parents have the option of a full day program running from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., including an extended morning or afternoon from 6:45 a.m. up until 6:00 p.m. or a morning program from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Some of the children are part of the Newburgh School District’s Universal Pre-K Program, and their tuition is funded differently, that is the only difference. The children are combined in their classes, so that they all receive exactly the same curriculum, which includes music, art, physical education, computer lab, and Spanish, by specialists who are also teaching in our Elementary School classes. The curriculum is a dual one that allows for the child who is experiencing school for the first time, and the veteran who has been attending classes for a number of years. The children are exposed to developmentally appropriate academic preparation and instruction while keeping in mind that they are still “just 4 years old.” Many still nap, and those who need to are permitted to do so. They go on class trips, they cook, they have in house visitors and speakers, they are getting ready for their first Winter Concert on a real stage! Part of our philosophy is that we expose the children to a variety of stimuli and information. For many, that is all they need to grasp a new concept and move on to the next one. For others, it begins an exposure and familiarity to a new subject and lays the foundation for additional learning. Regardless of the plans for Kindergarten, whether the student stays at Windsor Academy or moves into the public or parochial school systems, he or she is totally prepared to be an interactive and receptive member of the receiving school. The children leave us with skills, with knowledge and most importantly with an excitement about learning and the enhanced ability to work and play in a variety of environments. They are ready for the next step. They have been to Windsor Academy.

 



1/19/2004 School News

Sentinel - School News - January 23, 2004

Windsor Academy

The pre-school program at Windsor Academy unlike many other programs in the community, falls under the licensing of the New York State Department of Education. Our Infant-Toddler building is under the auspices of the Office of Children and Family Services, but as a certified private elementary school, our preschoolers are considered the first educational step in the school, itself. We have four preschool classes and are able to group the children not only according to their age, but also according to their learning styles, developmental needs, and social skills. Each classroom has two trained teachers and 10-12 children depending on the size of the room. As a school, our special subject teachers also provide classes for the preschool - Kathy Baker in music, Tammie Engelhart in art, Beth Strongreen in computers and Sharon Watson in physical education. Our classroom teachers, Brooke McElroy, Veronica Mann, Taura Combest, Annie Combest, Paula Clark, Valerie Smalls, Jenn Decatur and Cynthia Slade come to us from diverse backgrounds and experiences. They are a cohesive team and work together to ensure that the children are prepared for their next stages of academic, emotional, and physical development. They know all of the preschool students and the students are all comfortable with all of the teachers. The families are part of the team and are well known to each other, the other students and the faculty. Our staff all work a variety of extended day combinations so that the lines of communication and consistency are maintained. We use our carbonless log system in the preschool as well. This enables our parents to maintain an updated information “hot line” with the staff. In addition, since our preschool program covers a two-year time frame, during the second year, our teachers work closely with the Pre-kindergarten staff to help maintain continuity into the next phase. Those children who turn four years old during their last year of pre-school will enter our Pre-kindergarten program in September. We need to be sure that they are ready and that the transition is a smooth one. We are very proud of our teachers and the students. They work hard. They play hard. They are an integral part of Windsor Academy.

 



1/16/2004 School News

Sentinel - School News - January 16, 2004

Windsor Academy

Our infant/toddler program has been in existence for many years. In an ongoing attempt to refine and upgrade, we have developed some approaches over the years that we feel are not only an asset to the program as a whole, but beneficial to the children we care for. In both of our rooms, three adults, instead of the mandated two, are always present. The staff is mature and “seasoned.” At times, a fourth person is added to a room, if there is a particular need or if a child needs some extra one on one attention. Our staff overlaps their work schedules so that there is a continuity of communication for each other and our parents. Our daily parent logs are carbonless and allow a parent to take home information each day. There is a telephone with an outside line in each classroom. Parents are invited to call as often as their comfort level dictates, and of course, our staff can be in contact with parents as needed. The only schedule our infants follow is their own. Whenever a person visits, they will probably see a baby sleeping or another eating. We do not feed or nap the children all at the same time. It’s not realistic. We feel that by following their rhythms and the schedules that our parents have established at home, we are able to maintain a more stress free and relaxed environment for the children. The children are exposed to developmentally appropriate activities throughout their day. Whether its “belly time” or cheers as they begin to sit up, turn over, crawl and walk, our staff is intensely involved with every aspect of the children’s lives. They are aware of nuances, of body language, and are totally in tune with the babies’ development and progress. Our toddler room, which is next door, is a happy, active place. Our staff has implemented a complete art program, where the children are exposed to painting with a variety of tools and brushes. Their music is filled with rhythm instruments and dance. They have large and small motor toys and activities. Of course, we take the children outside for fresh air as often as it is healthy and appropriate. Our children see the same faces everyday. Our parents get to know each other and each other’s children. There is a collaborative, interactive relationship. The rooms are filled with love and caring. It is very difficult for parents to leave their babies with caregivers and go to work. We are sensitive to this issue. We strive to be an extension of family life, while bringing our training and expertise into the curriculum. We are not “just daycare”. We are an integral part of the children’s lives. We are Windsor Academy.

 



1/11/2004 Sentinel School News

January 9, 2004

Happy New Year to all of our families and friends. The children came back to school this past Monday, filled with stories of their holidays and ready to begin the next phase of classroom activities. Our Community Project this month is the collection of new hats, gloves, mittens, and socks. These items will be donated to the New Hope Baptist Church for distribution. We encourage our families to add to the basket in the lobby. A message of social awareness and responsibility is part of who we are.Next Wednesday, January 14, all of our 4, 5, and 6 year olds will be going to Eisenhower Hall to see the “Dora the Explorer” presentation. For many of our children, this is their first exposure to a large theatrical performance. So many of our parents are joining us that we’ll be taking two full busloads. Thanks to West Point Bus Company for their ever-efficient help with the trip. On Friday, January 16, our annual Winter Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the New Windsor School. The music program is under the direction of Kathy Baker. Our Elementary students will be performing with their recorders. Dana Merritt’s Arts Caravan Program will present as well. Thank-you to the Newburgh School District for making the stage available. The students thoroughly enjoy being on a real stage and being part of the show.Many parents are beginning to call and visit with plans to begintheir children in a program some time this year. We do not have an OPEN HOUSE. Instead, we invite the community to stop by or call and we’ll be glad to answer all your questions and take you through the school at any time, on any day, for any reason. Our doors are always open.



11/28/2003 Sentinel School News

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our families and friends at Windsor Academy. It’s hard to believe that over a quarter of the school year has passed. Our students are thoroughly involved in their individual and class routines, our staff and parents see each other daily, interact and are working as a team in the best interests of all the children. We have once again been able to donate non-perishable food to the Newburgh Soup Kitchen thanks to the generosity of our families. As the December holidays approach, we ask our families to once again help us help our community. A tree will be on display in the lobby. We ask that each family bring a pair of new gloves, mittens, socks, or a hat to school and hang it on the tree. Our “giving tree” will serve as a reminder all month that the gift of giving is an important part of who we are. We are also asking that a small, wrapped gift be placed beside our holiday displays that include our Chanukah menorah, our Kwanza kanorah, and our Christmas tree. All of these presents as well as our tree “decorations” will be donated before the actual holidays to community programs in the area.

The Museum of the Hudson Highlands spent the morning at Windsor Academy this week. They brought their Native American program to all the pre-kindergarten and elementary school students. As always, their program was timely and very well received. Thank-you to teacher, Jennifer Hadden for orchestrating the day.

All students and staff members will be receiving a new Windsor Academy T-shirt within the next week. It is our way of saying thank-you. . The first month of school tested everyone’s patience. The parking lot renovations were intricate and lasted much longer than we had planned. Thank-you to all our families and staff for maintaining their sense of humor and for their support.

 



11/7/2003 Sentinel School News

Sentinel School News - November 7, 2003

In an ongoing effort to bring Community Service into our school on a regular basis, the families at Windsor Academy spent the month of October, collecting canned produce that was donated this week to the City of Newburgh’s Soup Kitchen. Thank-you Reverend Briggs for helping us facilitate this project, and thank-you to one of our own parents, Pastor Byron Williams, for helping us make this connection. In honor of the Thanksgiving holidays, that are fast approaching, our November project will be to collect food that families in need will be able to use to help them enjoy their own Thanksgiving dinner. Our baskets are filling quickly. The children are able to see that each one of them is able to make a difference, and that as a group, we are able to become an important force of good in the community.

Our semi-annual Scholastic Book Fair begins on Monday, November 10. Our families and the community are invited to browse and purchase for personal use and for holiday gifts. The fair will be held upstairs in the main building and will stretch from the Teachers’ Lounge to the Dance and Music Room down the hall.

Our Halloween celebrations last week took on a more creative feel as our families began to make the commitment to home-made and class generated costumes. The students enjoyed seeing homemade ladybugs, the “ghost” of George Washington Carver handing out peanuts, festively decorated paper bag costumes, puppy dogs and cats. Thank-you as always to Joe and Hilary at Mid-Way Market for providing goodies for the students, and thank-you to our staff and parents for helping us create a more gentle holiday celebration.



10/28/2003 Sentinel School News

Our parents have always been an asset to our school. They all come to us with a variety of backgrounds, skills, and talents. This week, we want to formally thank Alex Devia, parent of Kayla and Pamela. Alex’s background is in computer applications and over the last month he has been the driving force and creator of a new website for Windsor Academy. Our original site had served us well over the past few years. Thanks to the efforts of another one of our parents, Adam Delarede, we were able to make school information available to parents researching the facility. Thank- you Adam! Now, Alex has moved us into the next phase of our development. We invite our parents and the community to visit the site at www.windsoracademy.org. Besides offering a great deal of information about the school, the site now allows parents to print necessary forms and applications, e-mail us directly, view an updated daily calendar with reminders and alerts, link to other resources, review policies, press releases, information about staff and programs. As with everything else at Windsor Academy, we are always a “work in progress.” This site represents our commitment to our families and students to provide them with as much information and support as we can. Thank-you Alex for your insight, professionalism, and motivation. We are very grateful.