December News

November has been another busy month and Mother Nature has given us such beautiful weather to enjoy.  Our horse drawn hay rides were a huge success on a fantastic fall day.  The children admired the draft horses and had fun singing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” as we rode through the school and church lots.  All the children enjoyed another round of yoga, music, Spanish and library this month.  Spanish was highlighted with learning some words related to Thanksgiving and stories about turkeys from Miss Andrea during library time.

The end of the month was extra special as our 4′s and 5′s classes hosted a Thanksgiving Feast for their families.  The smells of them cooking filled the air throughout the week and their table decorations were extra special.  It was wonderful to see all the smiles on the faces as the children sang, “Simple Gifts.”

Our food drive was a huge success with all classrooms participating.  The food will be delivered to local food banks to help assist local families through the holiday season.

December will be a shortened month, however, we will be as busy as ever.  The children will be learning about all of the holidays and we invite parents to share the many holiday traditions your families celebrate.  The school will come together on December 16th for the annual Holiday Sing-Along.

Will we be dashing through the snow?  No one knows, but we will enjoy all the joys of the season throughout the month.

Kelly

Dates to Remember

December
1 Mom’s Shopping Night, 7:00pm – 9:00pm (Blue Star Bazaar)
7 Board Meeting, 7:30pm (Home of Heather Bravi)
9 No Delayed Opening for ZHPP (Wilton public schools have a delay)
14 Coffee Klatch, 9:30am (Conference Room)
15 Open Enrollment begins for the 2017-2018 school year
16 Holiday Sing Along, 11:45am (Church Basement)
23 No Afternoon Classes
26-30 No School – Holiday Break

January
2 No School – Observance of New Year’s Day
4 Board Meeting, 7:30pm (Conference Room)
15 Registration due for 2017-2018 School Year
15 Tuition Due, Fourth Installment
16 No School – MLK Holiday
31 New and Current Family Notification/Program Placement for 2017/2018 School Year

*A complete 2016-2017 school calendar has been posted on our website.

Social Events

Mom’s Shopping Night, December 1st, 7:00-9:00pm
Blue Star Bazaar
237 Danbury Road, Wilton
Please join us for a night of shopping and fun at Blue Star Bazaar.  Complimentary wine and chocolate will be provided.  Best of all, 15% of the night’s proceeds go directly to ZHPP.

Coffee Klatch, December 14th, 9:30am
ZHPP Conference Room

Please join us for coffee and conversation after drop-off in the conference room.

Special Events

School Sing-Along
The annual school holiday sing-along will be on Friday, December 16th at 11:45am in the church basement.  This is an all school event with family and siblings welcome to join in.  Miss Jo Anne will be leading us as we sing festive songs to celebrate the holidays.

2017-2018 Registration and Enrollment

Registration packets for the 2017-2018 school year will be mailed this week.  Open enrollment will begin on December 15th for all ZHPP families with a deadline of January 15th. Notification/Program Placement for 2017-2018 is scheduled for January 31st.

Fundraising

Annual Appeal – Thank You!
The 2016 Annual Appeal was a great success!  We raised over $10,500 with over 85% of families participating.  Thank you to all who donated.  Our children and teachers greatly appreciate the contributions!

Teacher News

Congratulations to Miss Anne Gaston on the completion of the New York Marathon on November 6, 2016.  This is the 6th time that she has run it.  She must get all the extra energy from those 2 year olds she spends her days with.  We are so proud of your accomplishment!

Toys for Tots

This year ZHPP will serve as an official drop off spot for donations for Toys for Tots.  The box has arrived and we are hoping to give a lot of support to this organization.  New, unwrapped toys are given to those families in need locally.

AmazonSmile

With the holidays upon us, be sure to shop on AmazonSmile and 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!

Important Notes

Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher conferences are still occurring.  If you were unable to make your original time, please check with your child’s teacher for a time that would be convenient to reschedule.

Breakfast Club – New Option
Starting this month, we will offer two different drop off times for Breakfast Club, 8:00 or 8:30 am daily.  The fee is $12 for the hour and $7 for 30 minutes and includes a light breakfast of cereal and fruit.  We require a 24-hour registration notification to schedule staff accordingly.  Additionally, if you need to cancel, 24 hours’ notice is requested.

School Pictures
Please return the pictures you do not wish to keep along with your payment to the office by Monday, December 5th. We expect revised class photos to arrive prior to this day. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Changing Weather
Please remember to dress your child appropriately with the change of seasons and upcoming winter 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.

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 10:30 AM.  If there is an early dismissal, ZHPP will dismiss at 12:30 PM, with no afternoon programs.  We will advise of any weather related schedule changes via text message and email.