December News

November 29, 2017

From the Director’s Desk:

Dear Parents,
November was another busy month, and Mother Nature gave 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 as we rode through the parking lots of the school and church. All of the children enjoyed another round of yoga, music, library, and Spanish, where Senora Vicky taught some words related to Thanksgiving!
The end of the month was extra special as our 4’s and 5’s classes hosted a Thanksgiving Feast for their families. The children cooked throughout the week, filling the air with wonderful smells, and worked extra hard on their special table decorations. 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 Person-to-Person
to assist local families through the holiday season.
Although a shortened month, December will be as busy as ever. The children will be learning about all of the holidays, and we invite parents to share the special holiday traditions your families celebrate. The school community will come together on December 15 for the annual Holiday Sing-Along after drop-off.
Will we be dashing through the snow? No one knows, but we will enjoy all the joys of the season throughout the month.

Dates to Remember

1 Wilton Library Visit
5-6 Yoga with Miss Jo Anne
Board Meeting, 7:30 pm
11-12 Spanish with Senora Vicky
15 Holiday Sing Along, 9:30 am
19-20 Music with Miss Jo Anne
21-22 Wilton Library Visits
22 No Afternoon Classes
25-29 No School – Holiday Break
1 No School
2-3 Yoga with Miss Jo Anne
8-9 Spanish with Senora Vicky
15 No School
16-17 Music with Miss Jo Anne
25-26 Wilton Library Visits
30-31 Mad Science (tentative)
*A complete 2017-2018 school calendar has been posted on our website.

Special Events

School Sing-Along
The annual school holiday sing-along will be on Friday, December 15 at 9:30 am in the church basement. This is an all-school event, with family and siblings welcome to join in. Miss Jo Anne will lead us as we sing festive songs to celebrate the holidays.

Social Events

Sip & Shop, December 2, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Please join us for a morning of shopping and holiday cheer at J.McLaughlin. Complimentary light refreshments will be provided. Best of all, 15% of the proceeds go directly to ZHPP! If you can’t make it that morning, mention Zion’s Hill to the salesperson when you check out and J.McLaughlin will honor the promotion throughout the weekend.

2018-2019 Registration and Enrollment

After careful consideration and in order to create a more efficient process, registration packets for the 2018-2019 school year will be distributed after the new year. Please contact the office with any questions.

Teacher News

New Faces 
We are excited to welcome two new faces to the ZHPP family.
Diana Martinez
Diana Martinez will be volunteering in the classrooms each week as she
completes her course work in
Sara Kosche
Sara Koschewill
be subbing in the classrooms on an as-needed basis. She has an extensive child care background and babysits for several of our families.

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.

Cheering Squad

Congratulations to Miss Anne Gaston on the completion of the New York Marathon on November 5, 2017. This is the 7th 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!
Congratulations to Kristen Partenza on completing the Philadelphia Marathon with a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon in 2019. We are all so proud of you and excited to cheer you on in the future!

New Car Seat Law

Did You Know? 
New car seat laws have gone into effect in the state of CT. Please clink on the link below to see if you need to make any modifications for your child’s safety.

Shop Amazon and Support ZHPP!

With the holidays upon us, be sure to shop on AmazonSmile and support Zion’s Hill! Amazon will donate .5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to ZHPP.  Go to the designated program page and start shopping today!

Important Notes
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher conferences will be held this month. The teachers put a lot of time and effort into the information that they are going to share with you, so please come prepared and do not hesitate to ask questions. You will see a sign-up sheet in your child’s classroom. See the Director if you have any questions.
We have heard from a number of parents that school communications have been placed in their spam, junk and promotions files instead of their inbox. This is particularly true with Gmail and Yahoo accounts. You should be receiving daily Tadpole reports and occasional communications from your classroom teacher through the zhpp.orgemail accounts. If this is not happening, please confirm your email address with your classroom teachers and check your email folders.
Changing Weather
Please remember to dress your child appropriately for 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.
Weather-Related Delays and Cancellations
Please be advised that it is ZHPP’S policy to follow the protocol of Wilton Public Schools for delays and closings due to the effects of Mother Nature. If there is a delay, we will begin our mornings at 10:30 am. If there is an early dismissal, we will end at 12:30 pm with no afternoon activities. A closing will be followed once the district announces it.
There are multiple ways to find out about these events which include emails from the school, text messages from the school, NBC Connecticut, or the local radio. There may be occasions when certain methods of communication fail because of power and internet outages. Please be certain to check multiple sources for up-to-date information.