Little School News

May 2023

"When the sun is shining, I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome." ~Wilma Rudolph

I cannot believe this is the last newsletter of the school year! This has been one of the most rewarding years of my career. We have been surrounded by the most amazing families and students. Our teachers continue to garnish praise from around the community. Our speech consultants, behavioral therapist, faith leaders, and licensing agencies continually compliment our staff on their skills as educators and dedication to their students. I continue to be inspired and proud of the educators we have at Little School.

I would like to thank some of the support staff of St. Luke's Little School:

Nancy Mussetter (chapel leader, substitute teacher, guest reader, and obstacle course organizer), Barry Curtis (safety, maintenance, and janitorial manager), Sam Leahy (St. Luke's United Methodist Church director of Early Childhood and Community, aftercare teacher), Reverend Michele Kaminsky (head clergy), Reverend Liza Stoltz Hanson (associate clergy) , Ken Fong (head of trustees, and tech support), Theresa Richards (registrar and aftercare), Jessica Crean (aftercare), Jennifer Noonan (aftercare).

I would also like to thank our numerous substitute teachers, Roseanne Post, Jennifer Noonan, Theresa Richards, April Ure, Anita Christensen, Casey Acker, Diana Roppolo, Diane Rusk, Jana Warwick, and Linda Jares.

Without these amazing people, our Little School family would not be what it is. It takes a village to raise children, and our village is full of love, support, teamwork, and care.

Thank you for entrusting our staff with the care of your children. We want to wish you a wonderful summer. For those of you moving on to other schools, we want to wish you luck and thank you for letting us be part of your journey in life. For those of you returning next year, we hope you have a fun and relaxing summer.

Happy Summer!

Kelly Amadeo (Director and Principal)

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Music Class News!

Happy May, Little School families! Congratulations to our 2.5 and 3 year old's on their hard work preparing and soon performing their Spring Sing. It is now time for the 4's and Explorers to start preparing for their fun graduation program. Meanwhile, the younger children will learn and sing about animals, fairytales with rhythm instruments, spring and review of color and shapes songs.

This has been such a great year for Little School Music! We'd like to thank all of you for helping us to make it fun and exciting. We hope you all have a great summer, and that you'll stay safe and healthy. Keep singing!

Ms. Laura, Ms. Sheri and Ms. Jana

Letterland Parade for 4s

If you are the parent of a child in a 4-year-old class, please come watch our Letterland Parade. This is an end of year wrap-up of our Letterland Curriculum for our older students. Each student can dress like their favorite Letterland character. Parents may watch from the parking lots similar to how we do for the Halloween Parades. If the weather is bad, we will move it inside.
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Graduation Information

Graduation is for our 4s and 5s classes. These are regular school days for all students so please drop your student off as you normally do.

Wednesday, May 24th:

9:15am: MWF 4s (Sandi, Kara C, Kerrie)

12:15pm: Explorers (Mrs. Overman, Mrs. Wolfe)

Thursday, May 25th:

9:15am: TTH and TTHF 4s (Sandi, Lindy, Kristi, Deon)

12:15pm: M-F 4s (Dawn & Shelley, Jennifer)

If graduation is in the morning, students will stay until 1:00pm to finish their last day of school. If graduation is in the afternoon, students will come in the morning as usual at 9:00am to have a fun last day before graduation.

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2023-2024 School Year Returning Family Important Dates

If your child is an incoming 4-year-old, be sure to accept your Universal Preschool placement ASAP. You received an email on April 26th from UPK notifying you of what school you were matched with and how to accept your placement. You have a limited number of days to accept or decline your placement. Do not delay or you may lose your spot at Little School.

June 15th: Registration packets are due for all students. You will receive an emailed link in the next few weeks from Dropbox Sign to fill out those online forms.

July 1st: All learning requests (learning environment etc) are due. If you already put this on your registration form, it has been noted. We will not be able to make changes to class placements after this date. REQUESTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED!

August 1st: All medical forms (General Health Appraisal and Immunization forms) due for any child who receives a well-check over the summer. All medical forms must be up-to-date and current in order for your child to start school in August. If you have expired forms, or have not turned in medical forms, please be sure to schedule appointments and get those forms turned in.

August 1st: One month of tuition is due (applied to May 2024). If tuition is not paid on time, your spot will be given to a family on a waitlist and your spot will be released.

First week of August: Teacher placements announced. Teachers will email families welcoming them to their class. Check your junk mail!

August 15th: All allergy forms are due. Forms must be signed by a doctor sometime between June-August 2023. Medications will be turned in to us at Parent Back To School Night in late August. Children who have an allergy that requires medication to be kept at school, must have updated forms and medication before the child can attend school.

St. Luke's United Methodist Church Events

May 5th - "Come Alive" Children's Dinner Theatre. Dinner is at 6:00pm & Show 6:30pm - No Ticket Necessary (Donations appreciated). All are welcome to this fun event!

May 7th, 14th, 21st- SUNDAY SCHOOL IN PERSON at 9:30am

May 13th- Parents Morning Out: 9:00am-Noon contact for a reservation.

May 28 (SUN) - Memorial Day: NO SUNDAY SCHOOL - Enjoy Family Worship at 9:30am & 11am (Delicious Donuts & Coffee after the service)

Vacation Bible School 2023: June 5th-9th from 9:00am-Noon we still have spots available