November News

The month of October has been filled with so much fun and excitement.  The children have been able to make many wonderful memories while exploring the ZHPP environment.  Mother Nature has been throwing in her own surprises and we are taking full advantage of it with picnics, bike riding, nature walks, and extra outdoor time.  It was so great to see so many of our parents attend the Open House on October 13th.  The teachers were delighted to share about your children’s days and the slide show that brought some of you to tears.  For those parents that were unable to join us, we do not want you to miss out on seeing all the great things your children do throughout the day.  There will be an encore presentation after drop off on November 9th.  It takes 10 minutes to view, but is worth every second.  If you already saw it but want to see it again, please join us for a coffee and conversation too!

While we had 5 days off of school, the month was jammed packed with events.  The Wilton Fire Department visited the children to learn about fire safety and show off the fire truck, of course.  The Pied Piper petting zoo returned for our little ones, while our 4’s and 5’s went to Castle Hill Farms to pick pumpkins, go on a hay ride, and solve a corn maze.  Picture day came with a lot of smiles and a few precious pictures of tears, but the day was a success.  We can’t wait to see the final product.  Thanks to the moms who were the extra set of hands and silly faces to get those smiles captured.

The upcoming months are going to showcase the loving nature of ZHPP.  November will be highlighted with the older children holding a Thanksgiving Feast, we will be hosting a food drive for the Wilton Food Pantry, followed by having our school be a local drop off spot for Toys for Tots.

I’m looking forward to my first holiday season at ZHPP and the magical moments they bring to the faces of the little ones!


Dates to Remember

2 Board Meeting, 7:30pm (Conference Room)
2-3 Yoga with Miss Jo Anne
7 Ice Mice at the Winter Garden Ice Rink in Ridgefield, 11:00am
7-8 No School
9-10 Spanish with Senora Vicky
9-20 Food Drive
10-11 Hay Rides
15 Tuition Payment Due, 3rd Installment
15-16 Music with Miss Jo Anne
16 Mini Class for Prospective Families, 9:30-11:00am
17 Thanksgiving Feast (4’s and 5’s only)
17-18 Library Visits23 No Afternoon Classes
24-25 No School – Thanksgiving Break

1 Mom’s Shopping Night at Blue Star Bazaar in Wilton, 7:00pm-9:00pm
7 Board Meeting, 7:30pm (Location TBD)
9 No Delayed Opening for ZHPP (Wilton public schools have a delay)
15 Open Enrollment begins for the 2017-2018 school year
16 Holiday Sing Along
23 No Afternoon Classes
26-30 No School – Holiday Break

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


Social Events

Ice Mice, November 7th 11:00am
Winter Garden Ice Arena
111 Prospect Ridge, Ridgefield
ZHPP students ages 3-5 can enjoy a complimentary Ice Mice class, including skates & hockey helmet.  Zion’s Hill students age 2 are welcome to open skate with their parent.  Older siblings are also welcome to open skate.  (Please note that parents and non-ZHPP students subject to a $5 equipment rental). Please RSVP to forthcoming Evite no later than November 1st.

Mom’s Shopping Night, December 1st, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Blue Star Bazaar
237 Danbury Rd, Wilton
Please join us for a night of shopping and fun at Blue Star Bazaar. Complimentary wine and appetizers will be provided. Best of all, 15% of the night’s proceeds go to directly to ZHPP.

Special Events

Encore Presentation of ZHPP Slideshow
Join us on Wednesday, November 9th after drop-off in the conference room for an encore presentation of the Open House Slideshow.  The 10 minute video captures so many of the special things that we do at ZHPP.  You will see children enjoying the classroom, playground, teachers and special activities.  You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a cup of coffee and converse with fellow parents.

Hayride, November 10th & 11th
This is a beautiful event for the children! The sound of the horses clip-clopping up the hill to the church is something you’ll hear about when the kids come home from school.


2017-2018 Registration and Enrollment

School Tour and Playdate for New Families, November 16th 9:30am
Our school tours for the 2017-2018 school year commenced in October. Rolling admissions begin on December 15th. The next Story Time Playdate and Tour will take place on November 16th at 9:30am. Please share this with your friends who may be looking at preschools for this year or next. Please contact the front office with any questions.

Open Enrollment
The 2017-2018 registration packet will be mailed in late November.We will begin open enrollment on December 15th, 2016 for all ZHPP families with a deadline of January 15th. Notification/Program Placement for 2017-2018 is scheduled for January 31st.

Shop Amazon and Support ZHPP!

We are pleased to announce that Zion’s Hill Preschool is now participating in the AmazonSmile program.  Amazon will donate .5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to ZHPP.  Be sure to go to the designated program page and start shopping today!

Teacher News

Baby News
Congratulations to Debbie Runestad on her pregnancy announcement!  We wish you a safe and healthy journey for you and your bundle of joy.

Annual Board – Staff Dinner
Each year the Zion’s Hill Parent Board hosts a staff appreciation dinner to honor our amazing teachers and staff.  The “80s theme” made for many laughs and memories!

Thank you to all of the board members for providing dinner and drinks, and for creating a fun and welcoming atmosphere. Special thanks to Tammy Ward, Hospitality Chair, for organizing and hosting this wonderful event in her home.

Community Outreach

Food Drive
We will be hosting a Food Drive to support the Wilton Food Pantry from November 9th-20th. Most needed items include personal care products, laundry detergent and non-perishable food including: canned chicken and tuna, breakfast cereals, pasta and sauce, canned fruits, canned black beans, peanut butter and jelly, soup, rice, macaroni and cheese, applesauce and ground coffee.

Toys for Tots
This year ZHPP will serve as an official drop off spot for donations for Toys for Tots.  This is a great way to invite the community to support a great cause and to welcome them into our doors. We will have more details and collection dates to come.

Meal Trains
Meal Train for the Hickey Family
Zion’s Hill is introducing Meal Trains to assist our families experiencing life events.  And timely, since Rebecca and Kevin Hickey have welcomed twin boys!  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:

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

Important Notes

Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher conferences will be held this month. The teachers put a lot of time and effort into the information that they are going to share with you, so please come prepared and do not hesitate to ask questions.  You will see a sign-up sheet in your child’s classroom.  See Kelly if you have any questions.

We have heard from a number of parents that school communications have been placed in their spam, junk and promotions files instead of their inbox.  This is particularly true with Gmail and Yahoo accounts.  You should be receiving daily Tadpole reports and occasional communications from your classroom teacher through the email accounts.  If this is not happening, please confirm your email address with your classroom teachers and check your email folders.

Breakfast Club
Breakfast club is available from 8:00-9:00 AM daily.  This is a great option for those parents that may have appointments or early morning meetings.  It is only $12 for the hour and includes a light breakfast of cereal and fruit.  We do require a 24 hour registration notification to schedule staffing 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.