January News

From the Director’s Desk:

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. It is hard to believe that this newsletter marks the one year anniversary of my tenure at Zion’s Hill Preschool Program. It has been such an amazing year for me. Coming into such a warm and welcoming environment from the start, has helped me develop both personally and professionally.

Zion’s Hill Preschool Program is so fortunate to have such a wonderful staff, dedicated parents, and community support.  Over the course of the year, it has been so rewarding to work with the parent run Board of Directors who give so much of their time and talents to the school. In addition to the Board, there are many other parents who help out with class parties, volunteer in the classroom and with other school activities.  When life events such as child birth or the passing of a loved one occur, the ZHPP community pulls together to show our support for these families.

With the generous contributions of our families, we have created two new beautiful learning environments for the children including the movement room and library. Additionally, our Tadpoles communication system allows all of you to see the fantastic daily activities your children get to do within their classrooms.

The family fun days, summer concerts and playground clean-ups are just another example of the joint efforts between the school and the families to make ZHPP stand out.

While there have been many changes throughout the year, the entire ZHPP community has embraced them all with joy! I am looking forward to another year of fun, enthusiasm, fostering both old and new relationships, and enjoying all the special moments to come in 2017!

Dates to Remember


2 No School – Observance of New Year’s Day
3 School Resumes
3 & 4 Yoga
4 Board Meeting, 7:30pm (Conference Room)
10 & 11 Spanish
15 Registration due for 2017-2018 School Year
15 Tuition Due, Fourth Installment
16 No School – MLK Holiday
16 Afternoon Playdate at Tumble Jungle, 3:00-4:00pm
17 & 18 Music
18 Spring Fling Kick Off, Volunteer Night, 7:30pm
19 Coffee Klatch, 9:30am (Conference Room)
26 & 27 Library
31 New and Current Family Notification/Program Placement for 2017-2018 School Year

6 Valentine’s Day Teacher’s Luncheon
17-20 No School – Winter Recess
22 Kindergarten Readiness Panel

*A complete 2016-2017 school calendar has been posted on our website.

2017-2018 Registration and Enrollment


Rolling admissions began December 15 and enrollment is going strong. Please be sure to submit all registration paperwork by the deadline of January 15. If you have any friends or neighbors interested in Zion’s Hill Preschool Program please have them call the office as soon as possible to schedule a visit.

Special Events


Valentine’s Day Teacher’s Luncheon – Volunteers Needed
On Monday, February 6 we will be honoring our staff with a Valentine’s luncheon. 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. Items are brought to school at pick up on February 6. If you would like to contribute to this special day, please email Tammy Ward at tammyward13@gmail.com.

Social Events


Afternoon Playdate
January 16, 3:00-4:00pm
Tumble Jungle
250 Westport Avenue, Norwalk
$12 per child for an hour to zip, jump, slide, and make new friends! Non-ZHPP siblings are welcome. Kindly RSVP to upcoming Evite and make payment (with Miss Brenda at front desk) by January 11, as space is limited.
Coffee Klatch
January 19, 9:30am
ZHPP Conference Room

Please join us for coffee and conversation after drop-off in the conference room.



Spring Fling Kick Off, Volunteer Night
January 18, 7:30pm
Home of the Ponomarev Family
293 Sturges Ridge Road, Wilton
Zion’s Hill is gearing up for our annual Spring Fling, which will take place on March 31 at Rolling Hills Country Club. We need volunteers to help us make this amazing event happen!

Please join us for a Spring Fling Kick Off Volunteer Night event on January 18 to go over the information about the event, the auction, and how you can pitch in to help.

We need people to help solicit businesses, coordinate the auction book, and so much more! There is something for everyone we promise!

If you have any questions, or would like to help but can’t attend this event, please contact Yana Dusheyko (yanina.dusheyko@gmail.com) or Melanie Will (melaniebwill@gmail.com).

Meal Trains


Meal Train for the Rondeau Family
Sarah and Brian Rondeau have welcomed their baby girl! In an effort to help them through the next few weeks, the ZHPP community has organized a meal train for the family. Please consider participating by clicking on this link to select a date for dinner delivery: https://mealtrain.com/9854ro

During the course of the school year, if you are aware of a family in need of support or a good meal, please contact Kinley Welly at kinley.welly@gmail.com.

Important Notes


School Pictures
Please return the pictures you do not wish to keep along with your payment to the office by Friday, January 6.

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.

Changing Weather

Please remember to dress your child appropriately with 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.

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.


Please use caution in the parking lot as the weather gets colder. There may be ice patches under the snow that we can not see. Children should not be permitted to run on the sidewalk, or in the lot during the winter season. Additionally, please be courteous to the individuals who have reserved parking spaces. These include the Runestad Family and Pastor Peggy.


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