From the Director’s Desk:
We are already a month into the year and there is so much to reflect upon. February is a month to think about kindness, friendships and the people, places and things we love.
First off, I know all the teachers and students are loving this mild winter and the opportunity to get out and enjoy our wonderful surroundings on most days, and when we are inside the use of the movement room and library are a welcomed change of scenery for the children. Many children got to enjoy their ZHPP friendships at Tumble Jungle during one of the school holidays. Watching the children show their care and concern for each other daily is an amazing experience. Whether a friend is absent, hurt or sad, they always help each other out. They also compliment the accomplishments and successes of their peers regularly.
The love for the arts and literacy continued last month with yoga, music and library, of course.
February will be filled with many more opportunities to express those loving feelings. We will enjoy African Drumming provided by Enchanted Garden, the dentist will visit to teach us how to care for our teeth properly, and in early March we will show our love for reading as we celebrate Read Across America Day.
Additionally, many of the children learned about Random Acts of Kindness over the past few months. We will continue this study with an interactive bulletin board this month. It will be titled “Share the Love – Do a RAOK.” Parents and children can complete one of the acts, take a picture and then display it on the board for everyone to see. I did this with my own children in December and it was amazing. The best was the one that landed on the Ridgefield Facebook page and was being paid forward. One small act can go a very long way.
I am looking forward to enjoying another lovely month with you and your children.
Dates to Remember
6 Valentine’s Day Teacher’s Luncheon
7 & 8 Yoga
9 & 10 African Drumming
12 Kid’s Movie Night, 5:30pm
14 & 15 Spanish
16 Coffee Klatch, 9:30am
17-20 No School – Winter Recess
21 & 22 Music
22 Kindergarten Readiness Panel, 9:30am
23 Parent’s Night Out, 8:00pm
23 & 24 Library
28 Dentist Visits
1 Dentist Visits
2 & 3 Read Across America Day & Dr. Seuss Celebration, 9:00-10:00am
15 No delayed opening for ZHPP (Wilton public schools have a delay)
31 Spring Fling Fundraiser, 7:00pm
*A complete 2016-2017 school calendar has been posted on our website.
Save the Dates
22 Parents and Pastries, 9:00-11:00am
8 4’s and 5’s Graduation
Miss Marissa’s Class, 9:30-10:15am
Miss Kristen’s Class, 10:15-11:00am
Miss Molly’s Class, 11:00-11:45am
Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Details regarding your child’s classroom celebration will be provided by your teachers.
Valentine’s Day Teacher’s Luncheon – Volunteers Needed
On Monday, February 6 we will be honoring our staff with a Valentine’s Day Luncheon and we need 6 additional volunteers to donate a special nut-free lunch. Volunteers prepare or buy a lunch item such as a sandwich, soup or salad, and add a dessert, drink and something special – in the past volunteers have included a magazine, lottery ticket or some other small token of appreciation. It is a fun event for our teachers and your help is much appreciated! If you would like to contribute, please email Tammy Ward at email@example.com.
Kindergarten Readiness Panel
Zion’s Hill will be hosting a Kindergarten Readiness Panel on February 22 at 9:30am in the conference room. Please join us to learn more about Kindergarten expectations, age requirements, an extra year of readiness and today’s educational trends. Panelists include Miller-Driscoll Principal Kathy Coon, Educational Consultant Anne Mead, Preschool and Elementary school teachers and parents of children who have completed a Five’s program in preparation for Kindergarten. This event is open to the public, so please share with friends. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Brenda.
Read Across America & Dr. Seuss Celebration
On March 2 and 3, from 9:00-10:00am, you are invited to join your child in the classroom for a morning of reading and a light breakfast of bagels, fruit and beverages. Children are invited to participate in a school-wide pajama day as well.
Kid’s Movie Night at Marley’s
February 12, 5:30pm
101 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton
ZHPP has booked the private room at Marley’s for a special private movie showing. For $10, each child will get dinner, ice cream, popcorn and drinks, while mingling with friends and watching a movie (to be determined). You can then enjoy a quiet dinner or drink in the restaurant and bar. An Evite has been sent; please check for further details and updates. You are welcome to invite non ZHPP friends. If you would like a restaurant booking, please specify on the Evite.
February 16, 9:30am
ZHPP Conference Room
Please join us for coffee and conversation after drop-off in the conference room.
Parent’s Night Out
February 23, 8:00pm
Craft 14 Kitchen + Bar
5 River Road, Wilton
Line up the babysitter and join us for drinks! We have reserved the high tops in the bar area. An Evite has been sent; please check for further details and updates.
We are delighted to welcome Enchanted Garden back this year. On February 9 and 10, all children will see an amazing African Drumming performance by Issac and Gloria Manheimer.
Visits from the Dentist
Dr. Maksymiuk of MaxDental will be visiting on February 28 and March 1 to teach the children about dental hygiene including proper teeth cleaning.
Mark your calendars! Zion’s Hill’s biggest social event and fundraiser of the year, Spring Fling, will be held the night of Friday, March 31 at Rolling Hills Country Club. We are currently seeking items for our silent and live auctions. If you have a vacation home, a club membership, season tickets to a sports team, connections to NYC entertainment events or any ideas for great experiences and unique items, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Fundraising Co-chair Melanie Will at melanieBwill@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your support.
Registration and Enrollment / Summer Camp
Registration for 2017-2018
Thank you for completing your registration forms for the 2017-2018 school year. Program placements will be posted in the lobby the week of January 30. The first tuition payment is due May 15. If you have any questions, please see Kelly. Class teacher assignments will be posted in the spring. The process for assigning classes is done by a drawing, and in an effort to provide a gender balance in each class, we draw for boys and girls separately.
We have started a waitlist for some of our classes so if you have any friends interested in enrolling at Zion’s Hill, please have them call the office as soon as possible to arrange a visit.
Planning is well underway for our Animal Adventures Summer Camp! We are excited to offer a 3-week program this year, which will include special guests, new activities and visits from local organizations. We are also welcoming families outside of Zion’s Hill, so please tell your friends! More details to come.
June 12-16: Farm Animals
June 19-23: Zoo Animals
June-26-30: Sea Animals
Board of Directors Update
Join the ZHPP Board!
The board is a group of parent volunteers who want to share their talents and give back to the school that has given our children and families so much. We meet monthly to plan programs and activities for the school, set policies, address suggestions made by parents and staff, review the budget and ensure delivery of our mission statement.
As families graduate from Zion’s Hill, openings on the board become available. We are looking for people who are interested in serving for the 2017-2018 school year and invite you to join us!
Please contact Jessica Joy (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jen Longmire (email@example.com) or Heather Bravi (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information regarding the board or to request an application.
Miss Brenda became a grandmother! Her first grandchild was born on Sunday, January 22 at 8:26am. Justin and Caylie Marchi welcomed Elliott Nolan Marchi, weighing in at 7 lbs. 13 oz.
Breakfast Club – New Option
We now offer two different drop off times for Breakfast Club, 8:00 or 8:30am daily. The fee is $12 for the hour and $7 for 30 minutes and includes a light breakfast of cereal and fruit. We require a 24-hour registration notification to schedule staff accordingly. Additionally, if you need to cancel, 24 hours’ notice is requested.
Please do not bring sick children into the school. We work very hard to keep a healthy school environment. We can assist you in monitoring your car visually or pickup or deliver your child to his or her classroom. Call the office when your child is staying home sick so we can make the other classroom families aware if necessary.
Please remember to dress your child appropriately for the winter weather. We go outside every day and the children need clothing according to the weather forecast and conditions outside. Try to send in clothing that your child can independently manage. Layers always work well.
School Closings, Delays, and Dismissals
Please remember that we follow the Wilton Public School schedule for weather-related closings, delays, and early dismissals. If there is a delayed opening, ZHPP will begin at 10:30am. If there is an early dismissal, ZHPP will dismiss at 12:30pm, with no afternoon programs. We will advise of any weather-related schedule changes via text message and email