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Newsletter - July 2019
Welcome back after the long summer vacation. During the holidays, the basement was completely refurbished and is looking new and spacious. All classrooms have been painted, the furniture has been spruced up, and new materials have been added to the Infancy rooms. The grounds have been replanted with new grass and, thanks to some rain, the lawns and plants are lush.

Outdoor activities this month will depend on the weather. The children are charmed by the rain and love to experience it. We have planned many projects around the monsoon. Umbrellas and rain shoes have been arranged and the children will experience a walk in the rain. Foods traditionally eaten in the rainy season such as corn, mangoes and jamuns will be added to the lunch menu. Music will also focus on the rainy season and will include ragas which were inspired by the rain.
Sports activities will be moved into the basement on rainy days.

School Timings
Infant classes 1, 2, 3 and 4 9am to 12noon
Pre-school
Classroom No 5 & 6 8:30am to 12:30pm
Upstairs
Classroom No 2 & 3 8:30am to 12:45pm
Classroom No 1 & 4 8:30am to 1:00pm
Please note: It is important that children arrive in school on time each morning. Punctuality is a valuable habit and best learnt early. Children who arrive late are often embarrassed to join a class that is already at work.

Snack and Lunch
A mid-morning snack and lunch are served to all children at the magic years. Snack consists of toast and lime juice. Please be reminded that this is not intended to replace breakfast. It is ideal if children eat before coming to school. Please inform the teacher on the days your child has not eaten breakfast and we will arrange fruit or something more substantial than the snack so your child is not hungry.

The lunch menu for the term is attached. Please note that a lot of thought has gone into planning the menu. We believe it is important for the children to experience different types of food, taste and textures, and that they learn to eat independently. The different meals introduce a variety of tastes (sweet, salty, sour, bitter, etc) as their taste buds develop. The children are quite delighted by the sensations and soon enough, display distinct preferences and dislikes.

Requests are often made for dhal and rice and while we can cater to this on occasion, we encourage you to understand why the menu is planned as such and only make special requests for health reasons.

School Fees
Also attached are the calendar and the bill for July – September 2019. Kindly make payments before the last date, i.e. 17th of July. All fees must be paid by cheque. Receipts will be issued on the following day and can be collected from the class teachers. Kindly adhere to the dates for payment. Delays in paying the school fees are a burden to the accounts department and will incur a late payment charge of ₹500/- per month which will be reflected in your next bill.

In the last term, over half of the families did not bother to pay fees on time and, despite multiple reminders, several cheques arrived close to the end of term. It is both time-consuming and embarrassing for us to make these calls. All education institutions require that fees be paid in full in advance before term commences.

Security Passes
Please be reminded to wear your security pass when you enter in the mornings and collect your children in the afternoon. Many parents do not think this rule is important. Please remember the importance of security for your children for whose benefit this rule is being enforced. You may request the office for an additional pass if required.

The school is responsible for your child once he enters the premises. All children are handed over to parents or caretakers at the end of each day. Once the handover has taken place, the responsibility is with the adult who has taken charge of him from the teacher. Please take extra care that your child does not hurt himself or wander off while you may be exchanging greetings or concerns with other parents.

The teachers will ensure a safe handover from the main door to the exit gate. Handovers and departures are overseen by six members of staff and security cameras are in place. The school will not be held responsible for your child after handover.

Parking
Please note the importance of maintaining traffic regulations on the street in front of the school. All parents are asked to enter from Street E1 and exit from Street E8. Drivers must be instructed to drop parents off at the “drop off” point and to keep moving, not to wait in front of the school gates or to double park. Cars should take a complete circle and return to pick up parents. Any delays at the gate holds up cars - and children. We seek your co-operation with this.

Finally
The staff and I look forward to seeing all the children back in school, refreshed and ready for a full term ahead at 8.30am on Wednesday the 10th of July.

Contacting us
Please inform the office of any changes in our contact details. Parents who want clarification on any point may contact us by phone on 26140317 / 41704307 or email info@themagicyears.com
Further information is available at www.themagicyears.com