Director

End-of-Year Reflections

Dear FPS Families,

Wow, how time flies when you’re having fun! What an awesome year of experimenting, learning, growing, bonding, and loving we have had here at Family Preschool. I continue to be amazed at what this cooperative preschool brings to these lucky little ones. Thank you for the opportunity to be here with you on this journey. I feel very special to have been a part of each child’s experience here this year. 

It’s the time that many of our friends are moving on to kindergarten and so are many families who have remained vigilant to the core philosophies of our program. We will truly miss all those who are not returning next school year. Please keep in touch -- send emails, visit for school activities, and keep us up to date on how things are going.

I would like to send a big “thank you” to this year’s board, led by Liz Snyder. The board has dedicated countless emails and many hours of work to stay the course for this preschool “ship”. I am excited to begin the next year with our newly elected board, led by Sarah Margargee-Hineman. There will be a potluck dinner at the Snyder residence on Monday, May 15th to welcome the new board members. Everyone is welcome –- please contact Liz Snyder if you plan to come.

Thank you to the heart and soul of Family Preschool, the outstanding teaching staff who have been with us this school year. Teachers Alison, Sue, Hannah, Ashley and Molly have magically lead children through this year of discovery. Their dedication and commitment to FPS goes above and beyond what I have ever experienced at any preschool. I have thoroughly enjoyed popping into their classrooms to see children happily engaging with teachers and friends.

Most of all, thank you to YOU – the parents of Family Preschool. Thank you for your days of being Helping Parents, committing to your co-op job, coming in as Guest Speakers, completing odd jobs for the school, soliciting businesses for fundraising, supporting and honoring our teachers, and for offering your unwavering support of Family Preschool and its principles. We are only as strong as the sum of our parts – the parents, teachers, and children working together.

Please join us on Friday, June 2, for our Annual End-of-Year Popsicle Party on the playground at 11:15 a.m. Following the party, please stay and join us for a Potluck Lunch!

A few reminders for May:

Summer Camp

There are still a few openings in Week 4 of Summer Camp (June 26-30). Please let me know if you are interested in signing up so I can secure your space. It's going to be a fun summer! Our summer camp is open to alumni, as well.

Memorial Day Holiday

Please remember that Monday, May 29, is a holiday, and we will not have school that day. 

School Clean Up Day

On Saturday, June 3, we will have our End-of-Year School Clean-Up day. John Mogensen, our VP, will be setting this up, and there will be two sessions for cleaning: one from 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. and one from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Thank you for being a part of this whole school clean up!

Thank you again for a memorable year!
Emily

Spring Has Sprung!

Happy April everyone! What an interesting March we have had! Some cold weather, some hot weather -- and we’ve ended it with lots of rain. We have had days of shorts and sandals, days of rain boots and mud, and days when we needed our extra glove box on the playground.

School activities have been highlighted by all things spring. The 1-year-old Ducklings have been painting rainbows with watercolors. The 2-year-old Tree Frogs have been creating flower bouquets with photos of spring flowers. The 3- and 4-year-old classes completed their Box Project with a showy culmination of all their knowledge and awareness of all things boxes. The Hedgehog, Penguin, and Zebra gatherings are now embracing spring and have been busy planting flowers in the garden, learning about the parts of a plant, and even using play dough to make flower arrangements.

Also this month, Family Preschool celebrated it’s 47th birthday. Each gathering celebrated in their own way: Making banners for the big day, baking cupcakes to decorate, and wearing festive party hats. The older students made a birthday cake out of boxes and wrote their wishes down for the school. Our families also got in on the celebration by purchasing special gifts for the preschool and the playground. We received quite a haul of new playground toys, ranging from new buckets and pails to new cars and trucks to ride. Thank you all for your generosity -- we are so lucky to have such an amazing community of families!

The school received an anonymous donation to complete the additions to the playground that our Playground Committee has drafted. The donation came from a special family who loves Family Preschool very much and wants to see the playground learning and fun continue for many years to come. We will have Go Out & Play come out during our spring break (April 10-14) to work on these additions. Keep your eye out for the following new playground enhancements: 1) a riding track near the wooden picnic benches,  2) a slackline at the top of the hill, 3) an angled climbing wall on the playhouse, and 4) a rope climbing area near the small slide near the bridge. We are so excited that these updates will be made this month so our friends this year (and many years to come) will enjoy them!

The Family Preschool Auction Fundraising Event is happening soon! Please ask your favorite places (restaurants, shops, play spaces, and other shops) to donate to help our school raise money for scholarships and other needs. Letters asking for donations are available in mailboxes and on top of the cubbies. Check out the "Information for Current Families" tab on the website for more information. Or ask auction chairs Kate Mauldin or Shane Nye or your classroom representative if you have any questions!

Summer camp is filling up for our four weeks of camp in June. We will have one more call for current families to sign up, and then we will open this wonderful camp to friends of FPS. If you have any friends that would be interested in signing up, please let them know we have space in Weeks 1, 3 and 4!

Important dates to remember:

  • Friday, April 7, is a make-up snow day for Family Preschool.  The Wednesday Ducklings, the 3-day Tree Frogs and all the 4- and 5-day gatherings will have class on Friday.
  • Spring Break will be April 10-14. No classes will meet that week. Teachers will be here for a workday on Tuesday, and Go Out & Play will be here all the week working on the playground. If anyone would like to come help lay the track on the playground, we could use some parent volunteers. We plan to tackle that on Tuesday morning. Please let me know if you are interested and available to help.

We still have a few spaces for enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. We have two to three spots in our 1-year-old program, one to two spots in our 2-year-old class, and two to three spots in our 4-year-old class. Please let your friends know if they are looking for a fun cooperative preschool experience for their child(ren). We will be leaving a flyer in each cubby tomorrow for you to hang up at a place you frequent.

Thanks for all you do to make Family Preschool to special and amazing community it is!

Best,

Emily

 

Happy Birthday Family Preschool!

Hi Families,

We are now well into our second semester of Family Preschool. It has been fun to look back at the family pictures taken during the summer home visits and see how much our friends have grown already!

The children have become very comfortable in their gathering groups and know the routine well. Teacher Alison has done an outstanding job in the Duckling classroom, and all our little ducklings -- even ones that just started last month -- are doing great! The Duckling friends have especially enjoyed making their Eric Carle-inspired mural in the classroom. Teacher Sue’s Tree Frogs have had a fun winter season with activities like making rocket ships blasting off to the moon (using baking soda and vinegar) to taking care of baby dolls with kindness and band-aids. The 4- and 5-day gatherings have been busy with their box project, including practicing drawing squares, esearching different boxes they can find around the school, and enjoying guest expert visits from so many FPS families. They also had a field trip to the UPS Shipping Station.

In March, we are celebrating Family Preschool's birthday. We are 47 years old this year! The week ofMarch 13th-17th, we will be celebrating our birthday with the school. During the week, we will prepare for our big birthday celebration by making wrapping paper and enjoying other activities. We will have classroom-specific birthday celebrations on Friday, March 17, and parents are invited to join us for a cupcake. Check with your child’s gathering teacher to find out the plan for that day! If you would like to purchase a present for FPS, we are focusing on playground toys this year. We will post a wish list of items that need replacing on the preschool door (and in the parents' section of the website). Items can be toys that you are retiring from your home collection or new toys. You could even pitch in with some other families in your gathering for a larger gift.

I have been so fortunate to have such an amazing group of parents and families here at FPS. Thank you for all your openness, guidance, and dedication to our school. Thank you to all the helping parents and on-call families who keep our school running so smoothly. A special thank you to our board, who have worked hard to support the school so successfully!

I cannot end this post without thanking our outstanding team of teachers. We are so fortunate to have this talented group of ladies working at FPS. I feel so thankful to be working in this warm, family friendly environment.

Best,

Emily