October News

The school year is off to a great start! The children have had a smooth transition into their new classroom and for many, into their new school, as well.  The teachers are having so much fun getting to know each and every one of them through their home visits and classroom interactions.  I’ve been stopping by to say “Hello” every day and I’m truly loving all the hugs, smiles and high fives that I get in each classroom.

The days are flying by with all of our special activities in full swing.  It was great to see so many of our families at the Fall Family Fun Day.  Your children are super heroes at school when they share, interact and have positive interactions with their peers and teachers.  The Pied Piper petting zoo was a ton of fun for all the children.  The ducks, sheep and goats were super cute and great for comparing how they felt.  Miss Joanne was back to teach music and Miss Andrea from the Wilton Library paid us a visit.  October will be full of more excitement when the Wilton Fire Department stops by with the fire truck, Yoga begins, and everyone will participate in our ever so popular Halloween Parades.

The teachers work hard to make all the children comfortable and happy so by mid-October, the school is virtually tear free. This is great for Picture Days on October 13th and 14th. Since these days are right after our long holiday weekend, a morning reminder will be sent on the day of pictures. Please be sure to have your text alerts set up for this to occur.

On top of all these activities, the Afternoon Adventures have been crowd pleasers, so be sure to sign-up as soon as possible to guarantee a spot. This week the children played some games on the new SmartBoard on Monday and learned counting and songs in Spanish on Tuesday. Wednesday was fun as they explored the variety of buildings at the school and talked about the designs of each including materials used, shapes they could see and number of doors and windows. On Thursday, the crew cooked up some delicious strawberry and banana fruit parfaits and on Friday, the extra time in the movement room was so much fun.  The rock wall is definitely a workout for the children and the basketball game was super enjoyable-of course the children beat the teachers.

Girl Scout Troop 50600 completed their Bronze Award by planting a Sensory Garden near the lower playground. To achieve this – the highest honor for a Girl Scout Junior – a troop must select a project that will leave a lasting impact on the community.  ZHPP has had a lasting impact on the young women – almost all are alumni! Our children can explore the beautiful garden, filled with herbs and plants, and our teachers can further incorporate scientific discovery into their daily learning.  Thank you, Troop 50600, and congratulations!

I’m looking forward to everyone falling into all the fun and festivities this month.

Kelly

 

Dates to Remember

October
1  Parent Social at Ambler Farm, 7:00-10:30 pm
3  No School – Rosh Hashanah
4-5  Yoga
5  Board Meeting, 7:30 pm (Conference Room)
5-6  Wilton Fire Department visits
10-12  No School – Fall Break
13  Parent Open House, 7:30 pm
13  Parents Night Out (Marly’s)
13-14  Photo Days
18-19  Music
24 Mini Class for Prospective Families, 9:30-10:30 am
25 Coco and Coffee Event, 9:30 am
25-26  Spanish
27-28  Halloween Parades
27-28  Wilton Library visits

November
2  Board Meeting, 7:30 pm (Conference Room)
7 Ice Mice at the Winter Garden Ice Rink, 11:00 am (Ridgefield)
7-8  No School
15  Tuition Payment Due, 3rd Installment
16  Mini Class for Prospective Families, 9:30-10:30 am
23  No Afternoon Classes
24-25  No School – Thanksgiving Break

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

 

Special Programs

Wilton Fire Department Visit
The Wilton Fire Trucks and Firefighters will be visiting on
Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, October 6th. The children will have the opportunity to learn all about firefighting, have a chance to meet the firefighters and climb aboard the trucks for exploration.

Photo Days
Life Touch Photography will take class and individual photos on Thursday, October 13th and Friday October 14th. You will be notified by your teacher and receive a letter in your child’s cubby indicating which day your child will be photographed.  Sibling photographs will also be available.

With Life Touch, you only pay for the images you want to keep when they are delivered a few weeks after photo days.
Special Events

Open House*
Please join us for our annual Open House on Thursday, October 13th at 7:30 pm.  We will begin the evening in the Zion’s Hill Church basement, where Kelly will provide welcoming remarks.  Parents are then invited to walk down to the school and visit their child’s classroom and meet with the teachers. Learn about the curriculum and the special activities and events planned for the school year. This is a great opportunity to get to know our dedicated staff and meet other parents.

*This event is for adults-only.  Please RSVP with your child’s teacher.

Please join us at Marly’s for a Parents Night Out immediately following Open House. Please see below under “Social Events” for more details.

Mini-Classes and School Tours
The school began tours for the 2016-2017 school year in September. Rolling admission begins on December 1st. The next mini-class and school tour will take place on Monday, October 24th at 9:30 am. October’s class will focus on the new movement room for a Mommy and Me Movement Class. November’s tour will follow on Wednesday, November 16th with a fun filled story time. Please spread the word! Interested families can RSVP to 203-762-9620 or info@zhpp.org.

 

Social Events

Ambler Farm Parent Social
257 Hurlbutt Street
Saturday, Oct 1st - 7:00 pm – 10:30pm
Dust off your recipes and bring your “A Game” for some serious Chili & Pie competition.

Prizes for the best! You will have a chance to enter our raffle to win the chance to have Afternoon Adventures! A signature “Zion’s Zinger” cocktail plus beer and wine will be provided. BYOB is also a welcome option.

Please RSVP to the evite

Open House Drinks at Marly’s
101 Old Ridgefield Road
Thursday, Oct 13th – 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Please join us for post Open House drinks at Marly’s in the private room.

Please RSVP charlie_albers@yahoo.co.uk for the evening get together

Coco & Coffee Morning
142 Old Ridgefield Road
Tuesday, Oct 25th - 9:30 am
Come to Coco for 10% off nail treatments. Enjoy complimentary coffee courtesy of Tusk & Cup & ZHPP.
Space is limited to 12

Please RSVP to charlie_albers@yahoo.co.uk

Ice Mice at the Winter Garden
111 Prospect Ridge, Ridgefield
Monday, Nov 7th – 11:00 am
More details to follow

 

Fundraising – Annual Appeal

Every year Zion’s Hill holds two fundraisers, one in the fall, our Annual Appeal, and another one in the spring, Spring Fling. Financial contributions from families during these fundraisers support the continued operations and improvement of the school. Tax-deductible gifts to both fundraisers enable us to maintain and enhance our curriculum and upgrade our classroom materials and facilities.

We will be kicking off our Annual Appeal in October.  Please be on the look out for additional information in your mailbox. We will kick off the event with colorful lobby decorations on Tuesday. If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Will at melaniebwill@gmail.com or Yana Dusheyko at yanina.dusheyko@gmail.com. We look forward to your participation and thank you in advance for your consideration!

 

Tadpoles

Keeping our families informed and involved with the school has always been a priority of ours.  We were therefore very excited to be able to introduce Tadpoles in the spring.  A valuable communication tool,  the Tadpoles program allows our teachers to capture special moments, take photos, and videos of the children in action as well as send you classroom information.

We hope you have enjoyed seeing your child experience the many amazing moments and places at Zion’s Hill, from the Movement Room and Library to their classroom and playgrounds, and to the many visitors they welcomed this month including the Wilton Library, Miss Jo Anne and Pied Piper Petting Zoo.

With any new program, we welcome your feedback.  Please share your comments with your child’s teacher or Kelly.

 

Important Notes

Safety Reminder
We welcome the children to play outside after school and ask that you please use the playgrounds. Please do not allow children to run near the parking lot at pick-up.

Additional Reminders
Please kindly park in one of the designated parking spots and not the bend of the parking lot unless all spaces are full. This makes it difficult for larger vehicles to make the turn.

When signing in, please indicate the first and last name of the person who will be picking up.

Pick up time is 12:30 for our core program and 3:00 for Afternoon Adventures and Extensions.

Please send a healthy lunch containing 2-3 items including one protein. It is a ZHPP practice to not serve candy during our lunch period.

Afternoon Adventures and Extensions
Our extended day programs are offered on a drop-in or contract basis.  If you are interested in contracting for either a semester or the full year, please stop by the office to complete a registration form.  There is a 2.5% savings over the drop in rate for semester contracts and a 5% savings for a full year contract.

Forms Due
If you have not done so already, please remember to turn in the following forms to the office: (1) signed acknowledgement page from the back of your handbook, (2) photo permission form and (3) volunteer form.  Thank you.

 

Kelly’s Blog

Curious about our Creative Curriculum and how it impacts your child? Come see what Kelly is musing this month on her monthly blog by clicking here.