Zion’s Hill April Newsletter

Zion’s Hill April 2018 Newsletter


April Calendar

3-4 Yoga
4 Board Meeting, 7:30pm (Conference Room)
9-13 No School – Spring Break
16-20 Week of the Young Child
17-18 Music
20 Children’s Parade, 9:15am
20 Spring Fling, 7:00pm (Rolling Hills Country Club)
23-24 Spanish
25 Administrative Professionals Day
25 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
26-27 Library


From the Director’s Desk:

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Dear Families,

March didn’t offer the best beginning to spring, but we made the most of it with special indoor activities like making Kool-Aid scented playdough, and a field trip to Ambler Farm for the 4’s and 5’s where they got to learn about maple sugaring and see brand new baby chicks.

We begin April with yoga to help us ease into the month, then all will enjoy a much needed Spring Break. I hope your families get to do some fun and exciting activities together!

Upon our return, we will celebrate your children with the “Week of the Young Child” — a week of fun and adventure for all the children, and a few activities for the parents as well. The first week back will culminate with our annual Spring Fling Social for parents and we hope to see everyone there! To finish off the month we will learn Spanish with Miss Vicky and read books with Miss Andrea from Wilton Library.

I hope you will be able to join some of the very special activities happening this month. After all, as Robin Williams said, “Spring is Nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’ ”


Date Changes

School Year

Please note that the school year has been extended and note the following date changes:

June 8 Last day of Extensions/Afternoon Adventures

June 15 Last day of school


Due to the extension of the school year, we will offer two weeks of camp this summer: June 18-22 and June 25-29.

If you had registered for camp the week of June 11, please contact the office to switch weeks or receive a refund.


4’s & 5’s Graduation
June 14

Due to the extension of the school year,
the date has been moved to Thursday, June 14.

Miss Marissa’s Class, 9:30-10:15am
Miss Kristen’s Class, 10:15-11:00am
Miss Molly’s Class, 11:00-11:45am

End-of-Year Picnics
June 14 and 15

Last Day of School/End-of-Year Picnics
End-of-year picnics will be held on Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15.

Teachers will be sharing the day of your classroom celebration soon.



Mark your calendars and line up your babysitters! Zion’s Hill’s biggest social event and fundraiser of the year is Friday, April 20 at Rolling Hills Country Club!

Join us for a fun-filled evening of dinner, dancing, live music, and silent and live auctions with fellow parents and our teachers!

Kindly return your reply card with payment to the office if you haven’t done so already. A HUGE thank you to all the parents who have been working so hard to pull off this amazing night!


Week of the Young Child

This year we will celebrate our friends, families and Zion’s Hill Preschool spirit from April 16-20 in honor of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child.

NAEYC sponsors this week annually to celebrate early learning, young children, their teachers and families.
We have planned events at varied times in an effort to provide an opportunity for every family to participate and celebrate with us. We hope each child will have one guest during the week at one of the events.

Your child’s teacher will be sharing additional information in the coming days.

Monday, April 16
Parents will write love notes to their children. These will be read during the week at lunchtime.

Tuesday, April 17
Silly Hat Day

Wednesday, April 18
Kid’s Choice Day / Create Tie Dye Shirts

Thursday, April 19
Show and Tell

Friday, April 20
Family Parade (9:15am) and Pizza Party (12:00pm for students only)


Join the ZHPP Board!

You have probably received a letter and application to join our parent-run Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 school year. We have some fun roles open with varying time commitments, including Social and Hospitality co-chair positions. Please consider joining this dedicated and enthusiastic group of parents and complete an application today. Board meetings are held once a month in the evenings.

For more information, please contact Heather Bravi (heather.bravi@gmail.com), Melissa Leonard (mwalker521@gmail.com) or Melanie Will (melaniebwill@gmail.com).


Autism Awareness

Please join the staff in wearing blue on Tuesday, April 3 as we take part in Autism Awareness Month.

This cause is near and dear to many of us as we have family members and friends who face daily challenges. Autism Awareness Month seeks to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support.


Important Notes

Tick Control

We would like you to be aware that CT Tick Control sprays our property for ticks 3 times a year. This company is approved by the state of Connecticut. The first application will be later this month.

Playgrounds & Gates

With the nicer weather, you and your child/ren may depart from outside and through the side gates. To ensure safety, we ask that the gates be opened by adults only; please remember to close them.

If you choose to add a little extra play time on the playground at the end of the day, please clean up and close the gate.

Extended-Day Adventures

Did you know that your child can extend their learning until 3:00pm? Themed Afternoon Adventures occur daily from 12:30-3:00pm for the 3’s, 4’s and 5’s. After a brief rest period to regroup, the children do a variety of activities and enjoy additional outdoor time.

Monday: Games and Gadgets
Tuesday: Spanish with Señora Vicky (these small group sessions are always popular!)
Wednesday: Building and Design
Thursday: Cooking
Friday: Fitness Fun

Spaces are limited, so if you would like your child(ren) to participate please sign up 24 hours in advance. Payment of $42 per session is due upon sign-up.

This is a great opportunity for children in the 4’s and 5’s programs to begin transitioning to a longer day. Kindergarten is a big adjustment so helping them get a jump start is always beneficial!

Buildings & Grounds: Spring Clean-Up

Our landscapers will be in sometime this month for a “spring clean-up.” This will include removing leaves and debris, weeding, raking back mulch from the fences to maintain the required height, adding lots more sand to our sandboxes, adding mulch to the playgrounds and whatever else needs sprucing up.


Upcoming Events

May Calendar

1-2 Yoga
2 Annual Meeting, 7:30pm (Conference Room)
7-11 Teacher Appreciation Week
7-8 Spanish
15 2018-2019 Returning/New Families’ Contracts and 1st Tuition Payment Due
15-16 Music
16 Bike Day (4’s & 5’s)
20 Spring Family Fun Day, 10:30am-12:30pm
24-25 Wilton Library
25 Mini Marathon
28 No School – Memorial Day
View School Calendar


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470 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897
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