February News

January 30, 2018
Dear Parents,
We are already a month into the year and there is so much to reflect upon. February is the perfect time to think about kindness, friendships and the people, places and things we love.
Watching the children show their care and concern for each other is truly heartwarming. Whether a friend is absent, hurt or sad, they always look out for one another, and regularly compliment the accomplishments and successes of their peers. The older children admire each other’s masterpieces in the stairwell, and I love to listen to what echoes through the stairs as they go up and down and talk about what they see, or share their excitement about their own artwork.
February will bring a visit from Dr. Maksymiuk of MaxDental to teach us how to care for our teeth properly, and in early March we will show our love for reading as we celebrate Read Across America Day.
The children have been learning about Random Acts of Kindness over the past few months and we will continue this study with an interactive bulletin board this month titled “Share the Love – Do a RAOK.” Parents and children can complete one of the acts, take a picture and then display it on the board for everyone to see. I did this with my own children in December and asked friends and family members to help us. At the end of our 26-day journey of kindness, over 400 people had been the recipient of a RAOK! Some of my favorites were making cinnamon ornaments to be delivered with the holiday meals through Meals on Wheels, and purchasing books about kindness for my children’s classrooms. Some smaller – but just as meaningful – acts included holding the door for others, helping friends clean up from lunch, and putting coins on vending machines for someone to enjoy a snack.
I want to thank all of the families that have participated in the meal trains, the many drives that have occurred at school, and the activities both at school and off-site, like the fun event at Wilton Sports and Fitness during the most recent school holiday. I look forward to enjoying another lovely month with you and your children.
Best Wishes,

Kelly

Dates to Remember

February
6 & 7 Yoga
10 Parents and Pastries, 9:30-11am
12 Valentine’s Day Teacher’s Luncheon
12 & 13 Spanish
13 & 14 Class Valentine’s Parties
16-19 No School – Winter Recess
20 & 21 Music
22 & 23 Wilton Library
March
1 & 2 Dr. Seuss Parent Read-Along
6 & 7 Yoga
12 & 13 Spanish
22 & 23 Wilton Library
27 & 28 Music
30 No School – Good Friday

*A complete 2017-2018 school calendar has been posted on our website.

Board of Directors Update

Join the ZHPP Board! 
The board is comprised of parent volunteers who want to share their talents and give back to the school that gives our children and families so much. We meet once a month in the evening to plan programs and activities for the school, set policies, address suggestions made by parents and staff, review the budget and ensure delivery of our mission statement.
As families graduate from Zion’s Hill, openings on the board become available. We are looking for people who are interested in serving for the 2018-2019 school year and invite you to join us!
Please contact Heather Bravi (heather.bravi@gmail.com), Melissa Leonard (mwalker521@gmail.com) or Melanie Will (melaniebwill@gmail.com) for more information regarding the board or to request an application.

Special Events

Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Details regarding your child’s classroom celebration will be provided by your teachers.
Parents and Pastries
Please join your child February 10 from 9:30-11:00am in their classroom for a morning pastry. This casual event is a great opportunity to see what your child has been learning about and creating in class.
 
Valentine’s Day Teacher’s Luncheon – Volunteers Needed
On Monday, February 12 we will honor our staff with a Valentine’s Day Luncheon and we need additional volunteers to donate a special nut-free lunch. Volunteers prepare or buy a lunch item such as a sandwich, soup or salad, and add a dessert, drink and something special (for example, a magazine, lottery ticket or other small token of appreciation valued at $10 or less). It is a fun event for our teachers and your help is much appreciated! If you would like to contribute, please email Sarah Rhee at sarah.rhee@gmail.com.
 
Read Across America & Dr. Seuss Celebration 

On March 1 and 2, from 9:00-10:00am, you are invited to join your child in the classroom for a morning of reading and a light breakfast of bagels, fruit and beverages. Children are invited to participate in a school-wide pajama day as well.


Social Events

Coffee Klatch
Wednesday, January 31, 9:00am
ZHPP Conference Room

Please join us for coffee, tea, breakfast snacks and conversation after drop-off in the conference room. Babies and children who don’t have school are welcome too!
Parents Night Out
Thursday, February 22, 7:30pm
Cactus Rose
Line up a babysitter and join us for drinks! Please be on the lookout for an Evite with further details.

Fundraising

 

 
Spring Fling Kickoff Volunteer Night
Tuesday, February 6, 7:30pm
Zion’s Hill is gearing up for our annual Spring Fling, which will take place on Friday, April 20 at Rolling Hills Country Club. We need volunteers to make this amazing event happen!
Please join us for the Spring Fling Kickoff Volunteer Night on February 6 to learn more about the event and how you can pitch in to help. We need people to help plan all aspects of the event – from decorations to menu planning to business solicitations. There are roles for everyone!
Additional details regarding the Volunteer Night can be found in the Evite. If you have any questions, or would like to help but can’t attend this event, please contact Heather Bravi (heather.bravi@gmail.com) or Melissa Leonard (mwalker521@gmail.com).

2018-2019 Registration and Enrollment

Thank you for completing your registration forms for the 2018-2019 school year. Program placements will be posted in the lobby the week of January 29. The first tuition payment is due May 15. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly.
Teacher assignments will be posted in the spring. The process for assigning classes is done by a drawing, and in an effort to provide a gender balance in each class, we draw for boys and girls separately.

We have started a waitlist for some of our classes so if you have any friends interested in enrolling at Zion’s Hill, please have them call the office as soon as possible to arrange a visit.

 

Summer Camp

Planning is well underway for our Summer Camp! We are excited to offer a 3-week program this year, which will include special guests, new activities and visits from local organizations. We are also welcoming families outside of Zion’s Hill, so please tell your friends! More details to come.
June 11-15: Beach Fun
June 18-22: Carnival Fun
June-25-29: Camping Fun
 

Featured Family: The LaBants 

New to ZHPP this year (they wish they had discovered us sooner!) and only back in town five years, Tim and Julia LaBant are Wilton natives. They met in kindergarten at Ina E. Driscoll School and graduated together from WHS. Because of their love for the town and the support system they have here – lots and lots of family! – Wilton was the obvious choice for their restaurant, The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, which will celebrate its 11th anniversary next month.
Their four kids, James (13), Anna (10), Julia (8) and Charlie (4) love to play sous chef, helping to peel vegetables and learning to put together dishes at Tim’s side. These little chefs will have ample opportunity to hone their skills with the coming of a second restaurant, Parlor, slated to open this spring in the Stop & Shop plaza, featuring neapolitan-style pizza in an open kitchen setting with a full-service bar.
Last May, Tim paired two of his passions, food and cycling, when he participated in Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry. Chefs Cycle is a fundraising endurance event featuring members of the culinary community riding 300 miles through Napa Valley over three days. The proceeds support No Kid Hungry, which is a movement of teachers, chefs, community leaders, parents, lawmakers and CEOs with the shared belief that no child in America should go hungry. With the support of many generous friends and family members, Tim met his goal of raising $15,000 and plans to participate in Chefs Cycle again in 2019.
Outside of work and school, the LaBants enjoy exploring the outdoors together. Warmer months are spent biking, fishing and boating on the St. Lawrence River, while winter months find them sledding, skiing and snowboarding throughout the northeast. Charlie mastered the chairlift this year – game on!
 

Important Notes

Changing Weather
We go outside every day and the children need the appropriate clothing according to the weather forecast and conditions outside. Try to send in clothing that your child can independently manage. Please also remember to update your child’s spare clothing with appropriate change of clothing in case it is needed. Layers always work well.
Sick Children
Please remember to follow the schools illness policy provided in the parent handbook. While some children appear to have the common cold, these symptoms could be indicators of the flu, strep throat or ear infections. If your child is having persistent symptoms, please be courteous to all other children and staff members by giving them some time to rest and feel better.
                                              
School Closings, Delays, and Dismissals
Please remember that we follow the Wilton Public School schedule for weather-related closings, delays, and early dismissals. If there is a delayed opening, ZHPP will begin at 10:30am. If there is an early dismissal, ZHPP will dismiss at 12:30pm, with no afternoon programs. We will advise of any weather-related schedule changes via text message and email.
Parking 
Please use caution in the parking lot as the weather gets colder. There may be ice patches under the snow that we can not see. Children should not be permitted to run on the sidewalk, or in the lot during the winter season. Additionally, please be courteous to the individuals who have reserved parking spaces. These include the Hickey Family and Welly Family.

AmazonSmile

 
Remember to use AmazonSmile to support Zion’s Hill! Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to ZHPP. Go to Amazon and choose Zion’s Hill Preschool Program or go directly here. Thank you!