November News

From the Director’s Desk:

Dear Parents,

The month of October has been filled with so much fun and excitement. The children have been able to make many wonderful memories while exploring the ZHPP environment. Mother Nature has been throwing in her own surprises and we are taking full advantage of it with picnics, bike riding, nature walks, and extra outdoor time. It was so great to see so many of our parents attend the Open House on October 3rd. The teachers were delighted to share about your children’s days, and we know parents love to watch the annual student slideshow!

October seemed to fly by as it was jam-packed with events. The Wilton Fire Department visited the children to learn about fire safety and show off the fire truck, of course. Our Fours and Fives went to Castle Hill Farm to pick pumpkins, go on a hayride, and solve a corn maze. We sang songs about the fire trucks in music, had fun with Senora Vicky and became trees in yoga class, too.

The upcoming months are set to showcase the loving nature of the ZHPP community. In November we will celebrate the Thanksgiving Feast with the older children. And in December we will host a food drive for Person-to-Person, serve as a local drop-off spot for Toys for Tots, and enjoy festivities like our annual Holiday Sing-Along.

I’m looking forward to the upcoming holiday season at ZHPP and the expressions of joy on the little ones’ faces during all of those magical moments!


Dates to Remember



Board Meeting, 7:30 pm (Conference Room)

1-2 Hayrides

6  Ice Mice at the Winter Garden Ice Rink in Ridgefield, 10:00 am

6-7 No School

8-9 Yoga with Miss Jo Anne

13-14 Spanish with Senora Vicky

14-15 Photo Days
15 Tuition Payment Due, 3rd Installment

17 Thanksgiving Feast (4’s and 5’s only)
22 No Afternoon Classes
24-25 No School – Thanksgiving Break

28-29 Music with Miss Jo Anne

30 Wilton Library Visit

1 Wilton Library Visit

5-6 Yoga with Miss Jo Anne

Board Meeting, 7:30 pm (Location TBD)

No Delayed Opening for ZHPP (Wilton public schools have a delay)

11-12 Spanish with Senora Vicky

15 Open Enrollment begins for the 2018-2019 school year

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


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


Social Events


Ice Mice, November 6, 10:00 am

Winter Garden Ice Arena

111 Prospect Ridge, Ridgefield

ZHPP students and siblings age 3-7 can enjoy a complimentary Ice Mice class over the November holiday. Please see the forthcoming Evite for additional information.


Special Events


Hayride, November 1st and 2nd

This is a beautiful event for the children! The sound of the horses clip-clopping up the hill to the church is something you’ll hear about when the kids come home from school.


2018-2019 Registration and Enrollment


Open Enrollment
The 2018-2019 registration packet will be mailed in late November. We will begin open enrollment on December 15, 2017 for all ZHPP families, with a deadline of January 15th. Notification/Program Placement for 2018-2019 is scheduled for January 31st.


Mommy and Me Class


We are pleased to announce we will be holding our first Mommy and Me class at ZHPP. This B is for…. Themed class will be held for 5 weeks in November and December. The class will be for children between the ages of 6 months and 18 months. The class will be from 9:15 am-10:15 pm on Thursdays each week. The dates will include November 16, 30, December 7, 14 and 21. The cost is $125 for the full session and space is limited to the first 6 children to register. Miss Brenda will be teaching the babies about balls, books and bubbles with some fun additional activities added in.




JoyRide Wilton is offering ZHPP parents a free week of classes. The promotion runs from Monday, November 13 – Monday, November 20 and applies to the 9:50 am and evening classes. Sign up at and use code ZHPPJOYWILTON17 at checkout. Valid for new riders only.


Shop Amazon and Support ZHPP!


We are pleased to announce that Zion’s Hill Preschool will continue to participate in the AmazonSmile program this year. Amazon will donate .5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to ZHPP.  Be sure to go to the designated program page at and start shopping today!


Teacher News


Welcome Back

We are happy to welcome back Debbie Runestad to the position of Floater. Debbie took a leave of absence to be at home with her new baby. She has an extensive Early Childhood background and is also an Alumni Parent. We are excited to have her back on our team.
Annual Board – Staff Dinner

Each year the Zion’s Hill Board of Directors hosts a staff appreciation dinner to honor our incredible teachers and staff. The international theme this year allowed everyone to sample dishes from around the world.


Thank you to all of the Board members for providing a delicious sampling of Mexican, Indian, Italian, Greek, Korean and other cuisines. Special thanks to Hospitality Chair Sarah Rhee for coordinating the evening with her creative ideas and to Board Co-Chair Melissa Leonard for hosting the event in her home.


Community Outreach


Food Drive

We will be hosting a Food Drive to support Person-to-Person from November 1-17. Most needed items include personal care products, laundry detergent and non-perishable food including: canned chicken and tuna, breakfast cereals, pasta and sauce, canned fruits, canned black beans, peanut butter and jelly, soup, rice, macaroni and cheese, applesauce and ground coffee.


Toys for Tots  

This year ZHPP will serve as an official drop-off spot for donations for Toys for Tots. This is a great way to invite the community to support a great cause and to welcome them into our doors. We will have more details and collection dates to come.


Ambler Farm Recap


Chili and Pie Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our Chili Cookoff and Pie competition at the Ambler Farm Parent Social. Tim LaBant created the top tasting chili in a very tight race, while Liz Brown created an amazing Key Lime Pie.


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 Kelly 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 email accounts. If this is not happening, please confirm your email address with your classroom teachers and check your email folders.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast club is available from 8:00-9:00 am or 8:30-9:00 amdaily. This is a great option for those parents that may have appointments or early morning meetings.  The rate is $14 for the hour and includes a light breakfast of cereal and fruit. The cost for a half hour is $8. We do require a 24 hour registration notification to schedule staffing accordingly. Additionally, if you need to cancel, 24 hours’ notice is requested.

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.