Monthly Archives: October 2018

Fall fundraising event is underway

Sunrise, with the help our Parent’s Club, will have a Yankee Candle fundraising event this fall. We will be providing families with packets of information on our fundraisers in October with a targeted distribution for the holidays. Sunrise will also partner with The RSEC Academy & Vista Learning Center to offer wreaths and poinsettias for sale and delivery for the holidays.

Join us for safe, and spooky fun

Halloween Trunk or Treat is October 23

It’s time to get ready for our annual family Trunk or Treat event, where costumed trick-or-treaters haunt the Sunrise parking lot visiting trunks of parents, teachers, and community members participating in this favorite event!

Join us from 6-7 pm on Tuesday, October 23.

It’s a great way to meet other Sunrise families and mingle with teachers.

For those hosting a trunk station: please arrive by 5:45 pm for set up. We invite everyone’s creativity in hosting a station, however; please refrain from use of weapons of any kind, horror and gore.

For those who want to be a part of the fun but do not wish to host a trunk treat station, please consider donating candy to our “candy monster” located in the conference room across from the front desk.

Our rain date is set for October 25

Halloween parade and class parties on October 31

On October 31st we will celebrate Halloween with a school wide parade with class songs and class parties. Children can come in costume. We ask that costumes are not overly scary or have obstructive masks. Class sign-up sheets will be posted.

October is National Fire Safety Month

We will be observing fire safety month throughout the month as well as National Fire Safety Week October 7-13. As we study the topic, we are expecting a visit from the Amherst Fire Department. We also will be distributing fire safety calendars for all families during Fire Safety Week.

For more information about what you can do to make sure your family knows what to do in the event of a fire, visit

Community helpers to visit Sunrise

In the month of October, Sunrise will be celebrating Safety and Community Helpers. We have several special visitors coming to our center throughout the month. These will include

  • Amherst Fire Department
  • Amherst Police
  • Grandmaster Bobby from Tokyo Joe’s Studio with a presentation on personal safety

We are also looking into scheduling a visit from a nurse, a veterinarian or vet technician, and a current or former member of the military. Please watch for BrightWheel notices and information posters at the front desk for dates and details as events are scheduled.

Safety at Sunrise: EOP update

Sunrise continues to actively work and improve on our Emergency Operations Plan. On October 8th, as part of Professional Development Day, the Sunrise staff took part in REACT training where they actively practiced drills from the Incident Command System. As part of NH Cohort on EOP, Sunrise will hold four of the eight ICS emergency drills during this school year. We will also hold a planned Family Reunification Drill by the end of November. Detailed information on how this drill will take place will go home mid-October. We plan to have our One Call Now system up and running by then. If you ever have any questions, please see Ms. Sarah or Ms. Lorraine.

Sunrise offers new enrichment programs

Beginning in October we will offer our first of many 6-week sessions of enrichment programs. We’ve added a few new ways to have fun and let children explore different activities through partnerships with community businesses as well as in-house resources. Check them out and let us know what type of programs you’d like to see next!

Parents Club

Are you interested in helping our program grow? Do you have access to resources our school could use? Are you not sure how you can help? We have the answer!

Sunrise is interested in developing a Parent’s Club. A group of parents who wish to see our preschool flourish by aiding in our school programs, developing a strong relationship with our community, and assisting in raising funds to improve the preschool. Please contact Ms. Michelle Terlizzi if you are interested.

Ducks in a Row Yoga

We welcome Ms. Amanda from Ducks in a Row Yoga to Sunrise! She will hold two 30-minute sessions each Tuesday morning from October 8 to November.

Focused on yoga for kids, Ducks in a Row Yoga excels in introducing yoga to children in a way that is fun and easy for our students to understand. Teaching them mindful movement through games and songs. Developing tools for dealing with stress, anger, and anxiety with new ways to breathe, and when to use them. All while developing an understanding of how to be kind to ourselves and those around us.

Ducks in a Row Yoga was founded by Amanda Barrick of Wilton, NH, in 2017, after recognizing the importance for her own children to learn stress, anger, and anxiety management skills. As well as the need to teach children of all ages how to be mindful not only in their words, but with their actions also.

Amanda is a RYT 200, as recognized by Yoga Alliance. As well as a Certified Advanced ChildLight Children’s Yoga Instructor. Having completed over 112 hours of specialty children’s yoga and mindfulness training, she is currently in the process of applying for a specialty designation under Yoga Alliance as a RCYT.

Please let the Sunrise front desk know if you are interested to ensure that your child does not miss this wonderful opportunity. Payment is $30 for the session, payable by cash or check.

Library and Literacy

We are pleased to welcome back Ms. Lisa from the Amherst Public Library. She will be visiting us twice a month. During her visits she will read and share in two classrooms. These dates and classrooms are posted on the front of our newsletter and our events bulletin board.

Also, this year we welcome students from The RSEC Academy as they visit classrooms with stories told through theatre and drama. We are excited to see their monthly unique storytelling and story presentations. The middle school students have been looking forward to sharing their time, learning, and sharing experiences with the students of Sunrise. In their Social Thinking class, they have been working on creating social stories (including being a good friend, using good manners, washing our hands, and sharing) and creating paper bag puppets to help tell the stories! Our middle school students are also very excited to play and read with the students of Sunrise, and look forward to being good role models.

Community service – helping victims of Hurricane Florence

As many of you have seen, eastern North Carolina has been devastated by Hurricane Florence. My hometown of New Bern was in the spotlight for news coverage. In conjunction with The Academy, Sunrise will be developing a community service project to aid in the rebuilding needs of families and friends in New Bern. More information will be forthcoming. Please let us know if you are interested in helping or have ideas or feedback about this effort.