September 2018 Newsletter

Wow, that seemed like the fastest summer ever. It was so nice to see so many of our new families as well as returning families at our Summer Concert and the New Family Playdate…


September Calendar

4-7 Orientation Week, 9:00-11:30am each day
5 Board Meeting, 7:30pm, Conference Room
10 No School – Rosh Hashanah
11 Full Days Begin (Three’s, Four’s, and Five’s), 9:00am-12:30pm
11 Afternoon Adventures Begin, (Three’s, Four’s, and Five’s),12:30-3:00pm
17 2nd Tuition Payment Due
17 Full Days Begin (Two’s), 9:00am-12:30pm
17 Extensions Begin (Two’s), 12:30-3:00pm
19 No School – Yom Kippur
20-21 Pied Piper Petting Zoo
23 Fall Family Fun Day, 10:30am-12:30pm (Rain date: Oct 14)
27-28 Library
29 Parent Social, 7:30-10:30pm


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From the Director’s Desk:

Dear Families,

Wow, that seemed like the fastest summer ever. It was so nice to see so many of our new families as well as returning families at our Summer Concert and the New Family Playdate. We are all looking forward to kicking off the school year this Wednesday with Meet the Teacher. The teachers will be on the playground from 11:00am-12:00pm to greet all of the students.

Over the summer, the teachers worked hard in their classrooms, rearranging furniture, making new displays and reconfiguring some of the overall design elements so if you have older children, the classrooms may look a bit different this year. They are also very excited about being able to communicate via Tadpoles on their new iPads in each classroom. The Three’s playground has a new sandbox and all the playgrounds have been groomed and freshly mulched.

On the first days of school, the children will be greeted in the front of the building by the Administrative team with a special opportunity to take a “First Day of Preschool” photo. This was a huge success last year and we hope it continues to be this year.

We encourage parents to spend time in the classrooms and volunteer when your schedule permits over the course of the year. Zion’s Hill Preschool Program offers an array of opportunities for social gatherings, parent interactions and most importantly, creating long lasting relationships for the children and adults alike.

I am looking forward to working with you and your child this year. It is a joy to watch children learn and grow before my eyes. Their time of being little goes so quickly, and the dedicated staff at ZHPP cherishes the chance to help shape them through our play-based curriculum.

Cheers to a successful school year!


Special Events

Family Fun Day
September 23
Join us for our annual free family event at Zion’s Hill!

Come welcome the fall with new and old friends as we play games, make crafts, eat treats and more! Special guests and surprises will make this an unforgettable day! Rain date: October 14.
Annual Fall Parent Social
September 29

Fall Parent Social

Gather together for the Ninth Annual Fall Parent Social on Saturday, September 29 at the Haggerty’s home from 7:30-10:30pm. Expect a fun night with old and new friends to celebrate the start of school. Details to follow in an upcoming Evite, so save the date!

The Haggerty Home
157 Huckleberry Hill Road
Wilton, CT


Room Representatives

Calling all volunteers! Being a room representative is one of many ways to be involved in your child’s classroom activities while helping the school community. It is also a great way to get to know the other parents in the class! If you would like to be a room rep, or if you have questions about this position, please email Sara Wynkoop, 2nd Vice Chair, at or sign up in class.

Specific duties include: acting as a liaison between teachers and families, coordinating teacher gifts and communicating important school-wide news to families.


Extended Day Programming

Afternoon Adventures

Our wonderful extended day programs for the Three’s, Four’s
and Five’s are designed so your child can learn, play and explore a new skill in a caring and nurturing environment. Afternoon Adventures include a short rest, focused instruction from our teachers, snack and playground time. Each program runs from 12:30–3:00pm.

Choose the day or days that appeal to your budding adventurer:

Monday – Games and Gadgets
Tuesday – Spanish Language
Wednesday – Building and Design
Thursday – Cooking with Friends
Friday – Fun with Fitness

Extensions for Two’s

Extended day options are available for our Two’s as well, with less emphasis on focused instruction and more time for rest and free play. Extensions also include snack and playground time, and run from 12:30–3:00pm. Extensions will start the week of September 17.

Breakfast Club

This offering allows parents to drop off their child at 8:00am or 8:30am, before the start of our core program. All children in the Breakfast Club will meet in the same assigned classroom and enjoy quiet age-appropriate activities and a healthy breakfast provided by the school (until 8:40am). At 8:55am, the children will be escorted to their regular classrooms by a staff member.


Important Notes

Board of Directors

There are still a few spots remaining on the Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 academic year. We invite you to consider volunteering for a position and support the school that gives so much to our children. Please contact the Board Co-Chairs Melissa Leonard ( or Heather Bravi ( with any questions.


ZHPP has a few openings remaining for the 2018-19 school year. If you or someone you know are interested in enrollment, please contact the Director ( for more information.


Tuition Payments

ZHPP does not send invoices for tuition. Please kindly remit your payment to the office on or before the due date.


Please be sure to notify the office and your child’s teacher when someone other than you will be picking up your child. Also, please remind that person to bring a driver’s license for identification.

Parking Lot Safety

Please use extreme caution when driving and walking in the parking lot. Hold your child’s hand. Remind your friends and family when they pick up your child to use extra caution in the parking lot. We recommend driving in the lower driveway and out the upper driveway during the busy morning drop off.

ZHPP Is an Allergy-Aware Environment

We ask that parents be aware of the foods that they send in their children’s lunches. We do not allow peanut butter, nuts or foods containing nuts. We will send home any products that state on the label that it comes from a plant that processes nuts. In addition, we send home food that looks like it contains nuts.


Upcoming Events

October Calendar

2-3 Music
3 Board Meeting, 7:30pm, Conference Room
8 No School – Columbus Day
9 Parent Open House, 7:30pm
9&15 Spanish
16-17 Photo Days
23-24 Yoga
25-26 Library
30-31 Halloween Parades
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