Notification Center

August 2020

Please find all upcoming notices listed below.

– Friday morning drop off is at 8:30 am. 

– Summer Programs are waitlisted. Please call 978 684 5055 for availability.

– SUMMER PROGRAM Guidelines below:

Our summer programs will begin the week of June 29th. The safety and well being for children, families & teachers is our biggest concern. As we reopen our doors we ask you follow these guidelines to ensure our summer programs open safely for all. 

During this summer we ask all families:

    • Please be patient with our staff, and fellow parents as we adjust to these new guidelines.  We will all be getting used to this new process.
    • Please be respectful of our hours.  We are only open from 8am-4pm this summer.  Please pick up and drop off on time. 
      • Families will not be bringing children into the building this summer. You will drive up & a staff will meet you to greet your child & bring them inside. At pick up time, the children will be outside with teachers & we will reverse the process.
      • Please place the last name of their child on the passenger’s side of their front windshield as you arrive for drop off & pick up. This will help us move the process along more quickly.
    • Please give yourselves extra time for pick up and drop off.
    • Please adhere to all Massachusetts guidelines and wear a face mask when on our campus picking up and dropping off.
      • We will not require children to wear masks but we ask that each child has a mask in their bag each day.
    • Please maintain social distancing.
    • Please do not send in children who are sick, or if anyone in your family is sick.
    • All children must have their temperature taken at home before entering our program for the day
    • All families must fill out the daily health check form before dropping off their child. This form is available online.
    • Please have children come in for the day with sunscreen already applied
    • Please make sure you & your children wash their hands before dropping off their child, before coming to pick up their child and upon returning home
    • Please provide their children their own lunch and enough snacks they will need for the day. We will not be providing snacks or lunches this summer.
      • Please disinfect lunch boxes and personal property before the next day the child is scheduled to come
      • Please send in a lunch that does not need to be heated in the microwave
      • Please send in 1-2 already filled water bottle with their child 
      • Please send in a Peanut and Treenut free lunch and snacks to keep other children with allergies safe.
    • Please limit the number of personal products and toys your child brings
      • Children will need to be able to carry all of their own belongings into the building,
      • Please remember that personal belongings carry a risk of becoming contaminated. 
      • Please supply a separate bag to hold children’s wet clothing and towels. 
      • Please label everything
    • If possible, please have the same caretaker do drops off and picks up each day.
    • Please make sure SHED has all updated family and emergency contact information. 
    • We ask that families do not use our facilities (playground, sandbox,) or congregate after you have picked up your child.

If you have any further questions, please reach out to Dina Hurley – dhurley@shedchildrenscampus.org

Thank you for your continued understanding and support during this time. Sending well wishes to you and your loved ones. 

– Nature is one of our five foundations for learning and as the seasons start to change we want your little one to be prepared to play outside. Please make sure to pack your child the appropriate weather gear for heading outside so we can support their natural love of being outside & exploring the elements. 

Below is a helpful weather/clothing guide to help treat each daly like a Forest Day.

– Please keep in mind there is a 30 day notification policy to change your child’s schedule and adjust tuition fees. 

CLOTHING FOR FOREST DAYS:

New England weather can be quite unpredictable but we have compiled a guide to help your family prepare for each season. Please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance with any of the items. We will do our best to get your child what he or she needs; gear should not be a barrier to participation, and a warm child is a happy child who is ready to learn.

Getting dirty is an important part of outdoor learning. We will often send home muddy wet children! Please use old clothes and let your child know that on Forest Days they CAN GET DIRTY and you don’t mind!

“If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it.”

David Sobel

LAYERING is key!

Sometimes we will be very active outdoors and sometimes we will be sitting. Layered clothing allows for flexibility–not too hot, not too cold. It’s a good idea to pack all three layers on forest days: we can peel off layers if things heat up, but we can’t put on layers if we didn’t bring them along in the first place.

1. Base layer (underwear layer): Snug fit that wicks sweat off your skin.
2. Middle layer (insulating layer): Insulates and retains body heat to protect you from the cold.
3. Outer layer (shell layer): Shields you from wind and water. Allows for waterproofing or water resistance. Should be easy to move in.

Below is a list of recommended items to keep your child warm and dry in all weather:

Rain boots: These keep our feet dry, warm, and act as a barrier for ticks. Some children wear insulated rain boots all year round and just add wool socks when it gets cold. We recommend BOGS and Mucks.
Insulated waterproof snow boots: A necessity for cold snowy days.
Rain pants and jacket, or rain suit with hood: Rain gear is great all year round! It can be layered over
clothing or snowsuits and keeps us warm and dry. We highly recommend getting a rain suit or rain pants with suspenders and wrist and ankle closures for a customized fit. See discount codes below. We recommend Grundens.
Long-underwear bottoms and top: Moisture-wicking fabrics include wool, silk, and capilene.
Wool sweater or fleece top: These are great for layering and can be taken on or off as needed.
Snow pants: These should be insulated with elastic closures at the legs.
Snow jacket: This should be insulated and water resistant. Also, make sure to check the zipper—does it work?
Hat: A baseball hat for hotter days can help protect us from the sun, and a wool or fleece hat for colder days is a necessity to keep warm.
Socks: Wool or fleece socks are recommended for cold weather, and cotton socks for warm weather.
Waterproof mittens: We suggest bringing two pairs: one to wear and one to keep dry in our backpacks. Please, NO gloves.
Neck warmer or scarf: Bring one but we will be making these during winter sessions.
Extra clothing: Children should bring an extra pair of clothing in a labeled bag with an additional bag for wet or dirty clothing.
Insulated water bottle: This bottle should be able to contain hot and cold beverages.

Please pack a plastic bags for bringing home muddy clothes or have a trash bag in the car to change before leaving. Some families find it helpful to throw a tarp or old sheet over the backseat of the car for changing and transporting gear.

Where to buy:

  • Check with other parents for hand me downs first! This is an excellent way to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
  • Thrift stores and consignment shops are a great next step. As we will be playing outside, our clothes will go through the elements so brand new is not necessary.
  • Marshalls and TJ Maxx typically have a fair selection of wool socks, base, and mid layers at reasonable prices.
  • Kittery Trading Post and REI are more expensive but often have deals and sales.
  • Polarn O. Pyret: For a 20% discount follow the below link and use the promo code OUTDOORPOP at checkout. http:// www.polarnopyretusa.com/ outdoor_schools_form
  • OAKI: Use discount code OAKISCOOL at checkout for 10 percent off.

We would love to start the tradition of having a clothing swap for families to trade gear at the beginning of the season. Also, in the future we hope to partner with more outdoor companies to get discount codes or funding. Please let us know if you are interested in assisting us with grant writing or research in support of our efforts to get all children and adults outside in all types of weather.