September News

August 28, 2017

From the Director’s Desk:

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe, but summer has come to an end.  I am so excited and honored to be starting my second full school year at Zion’s Hill Preschool Program.  The summer at the school was very busy, as we redesigned some of the classroom spaces, incorporated new materials, and installed some cabinetry in our conference room.

The teachers are very excited to start using the new curriculum materials, including STEM materials. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are all part of everyday play, however the teachers will be doing more activities and experiments to engage the students in this type of learning process.

We encourage parents to spend time in the classrooms and volunteer when your schedule permits.  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!
Dates to Remember

5-8 Orientation Week, 9:00 am-11:30 am each day
6  Board Meeting, 7:30 pm (Conference Room)
11  Three’s, Four’s, and Five’s Full Day Begins, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
11  Afternoon Adventures Begin (Three’s, Four’s Five’s), 12:30 pm-3:00 pm
15 Tuition Payment Due, 2nd Installment
15 Parent Social, 7:00 pm.-9:00 pm (Heather Gaudio Fine Art)
18  Two’s Full Day Begins, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
18  Extensions Begin (Two’s) 12:30 pm-3:00 pm
19-20 Music with Miss Joanne
21  No School – Rosh Hashanah
24  Fall Family Fun Day, 10:30 am-12:30 pm (Rain date: Oct 1st)
25 Spanish with Senora Vicky
28-29 Pied Piper Visits

3  Parent Open House, 7:30 pm
3-4 Yoga with Miss Joanne
4  Board Meeting, 7:30 pm (Conference Room)
9-10  No School – Fall Break
14  Parent Social at Ambler Farm, 7:00 pm-10:30 pm
17-18 Music with Miss Joanne
18-19 Fire truck visits with Wilton Fire Department
23-24 Spanish with Senora Vicky
26-27 Wilton Library Visits
30-31  Halloween Parades

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

Special Events
Family Fun Day
Sunday, September 24th
10:30 am-12:30 pm

Calling all Mermaids and Pirates!  Grab your swords and wands and join us for our bi-annual free family event at Zion’s Hill Preschool! 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 1st

Social Events
Welcome Back Parent Social
Join us for an evening to mix, mingle and officially welcome the new school year on Friday, September 15th, from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm at the Heather Gaudio Fine Art Gallery in New Canaan. Sip, nibble and socialize in this beautiful gallery that specializes in both emerging and established artists, offering works on paper, photography, painting and sculpture.  A very special thanks to Heather Gaudio who has thoughtfully donated the space for this lovely event.  Please respond via the upcoming Evite if you plan to attend.  The fee for the social is $15 per person and can be dropped in the box/basket in the lobby.

Heather Gaudio Fine Art Gallery
66 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT

Annual Fall Parent Social at Ambler Farm
Gather together for the Eighth Annual Fall Parent Social at Ambler Farm on Saturday, October 14th, 7:00 pm-10:30 pm at the Ambler Farm Carriage Barn. Following past years’ traditions, there will be delicious food, wine, music and our chili & pie contests!  So pull out that cookbook filled with your favorite recipes, and start looking forward to another fabulous party!  Please respond via the upcoming Evite if you plan to attend – and definitely save the date in the meantime!

Ambler Farm
257 Hurlbutt Street
Wilton, CT

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, and runs from 12:30 pm-3:00 pm. 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 but more time for rest and free play. Extensions also include snack and playground
time, and run from 12:30 pm-3:00 pm. Extensions are offered Monday through Friday, starting September 18th.

The staff/child ratios are the same in the afternoon as in the morning program.  Space for these programs is limited so registration is required.  All drop-in requests are subject to availability.

Breakfast Club
This program allows parents to drop off their child at either  8:00 am or 8:30 am 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. At 8:55, a staff member will escort the children to their regular classrooms.

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’s 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 Yanina Dusheyko, 2nd Vice Chair, at or signup in class.

Specific duties include: acting as a liaison between teachers and families, finding volunteers for classroom special events and field trips, coordinating teacher gifts, and communicating important school-wide news to families.

New Addition
Danielle Wearing is excited to be joining the ZHPP team as an assistant with Miss Anna.  She holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology as well as Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  She has taught Kindergarten and first grade and has served on the Board of Trustees at local schools.  She resides in New Canaan with her husband and children

Important Notes
Board of Directors
There are still a few spots remaining on the Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 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.

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’shand. 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.