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From the Director’s Desk…..

Where did March go?  I know the old saying is “In like a lion out like a lamb”, but we roared through the entire month with that chilly wind!  Now it is time to spring into April.  For the last six weeks, the children in our Pre-K and Fours programs have been participating in a karate class as part of their recess on Fridays taught by Sensei Rick of Leadership Martial Arts.  This class is a beginner class designed specifically for children ages four and five to learn karate but also build skills in focus, self control, attention, and body awareness.  Funding for this class so each child could participate was provided through two donors.  While I find this program immensely beneficial to all of the children, I would not have done it if all could not be included.  There is a special graduation ceremony for all at the Leadership Martial Arts Dojo. There is no cost, but it will be a special event for families.  We hope you will attend.

The month of April also provides us with the opportunity to talk about the true meaning of Easter with the children.  We will be making beautiful crafts and sharing stories about Easter at their house!  I would like to personally thank all of the families who were able to come to our Annual Art Show opening / Parent Appreciation Night.  It was wonderful getting the time to talk with you and celebrate the artistic talents your  children have!  Mayor Dickinson stopped by as well and was so impressed to see what your children created!

We have a few special events planned this month so please watch your calendars.  “Bring a Friend to School” is planned on Saturday, April 6th from 9:30-10:30am.  Please sign up to bring a friend and come have a fun Saturday school morning.  Our Third Annual Little Zion Trike-a-Thon For Saint Jude is this month.  It is scheduled on Thursday, April 25th at 2pm for the Threes and Friday, April 26th at 3pm for the Fours & Pre-K.  Our rain date is May 2nd or 3rd.  You will receive a pledge booklet at the beginning of the month to gather sponsors for your ride.  Remember, it does not matter how much you raise!  St. Jude’s Hospital is appreciative and can do great work with anything we can donate!  The week of the ride you are welcome to leave your bike out in front of the front door.  Please make sure your name is on your bike and helmet.  We have had duplicates in the past.  Just a polite reminder, we are off for spring vacation during the week of April 15th-19th.  I will be in the office on Monday-Thursday from 9-4 if you need anything.  The Kindergarten Readiness Workshop with the principal for E. C Stevens has been rescheduled for Monday, April 29th.  Please spread to work to family and friends you know with children who are preschool or kindergarten age.  All are welcome.  Summer Camp registration is open to all on April 1oth so register soon.  Pre-K and Fours’ families, please make sure you save the date for Graduation:  May 17th at 5:30pm.

~Candace Hoyas

Threes’ Program

March was full of beautiful art and a lot of wacky weather.  The art show projects were finished up just in time and everything looked just amazing.  Your children are fabulous artists!  They certainly had great ideas about how they want to recreate the works of art they saw as we learned about Klee, Monet, Cezanne and Pollack.  A very special thank you to all the families who were able to come out to our parent night for the art show opening.  If you couldn’t make it this year, don’t worry!  It is an annual event so save it in your calendar for next year.  We love celebrating you too!

April brings many exciting things to Little Zion.  The most important will be a focus on Easter for the first part of the month.  We will learn about Jesus as well as some fun Easter Egg dying, basket decorating, and there may be a bunny or two.  Then it will be time for spring to really kick into to high gear.  We also have the Bring a Friend to School Day on Saturday, April 6th.  If that day doesn’t work for you, please let us know.  You can always schedule a day to bring a friend in for a short visit.  Summer camp registration is open and the annual St. Jude Trike-a-Thon will be April 25th at 2pm for our class.  It is such a fun day and important cause.  What a busy month!

~Mrs. Boisvert, Mrs. Passariello, and Mrs. Hoyas

Preschool 4s’ & Pre-k Programs….

Let’s hope in saying good-bye to March, we are also saying good-bye to the colder weather too.  It is time to leap into spring.   The weeks before our break will be filled with talk of Easter.  In addition to the typical Easter eggs, baskets and bunnies there will be a focus on teaching the real meaning of the holiday.  The children had such an appreciation of Christmas that we want to support the children as they learn about the cross and how much Jesus loves us.  The biggest message we will be teaching is the best gift of Easter is Hope!

After the break, which will be April 15-19, the children will be diving into spring.  We  will explore outdoors and see all the changes that happen around us.  Doesn’t that warm sun feel great?  The class will be working on the numbers of 10, 11, and 12. This means counting, and recognition of it numerical form.  We will also revisit sorting and grouping in 5 or 10s as well as making estimating.    Literacy skills include the letters E, U, and R, parts of a story and comprehension skills and conversation skills. Social Studies is all about meeting our police officers.  Its going to be a great month!

~Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Ryan, Mrs. Cyr and Mrs. Cappucci.

Enrichment Clubs….

We Marched through with a month full of celebrations with a week for Dr. Seuss, National Music Week and more.  It was wonderful to see so many creative ideas come to life.  I must say, some of my challenges are getting to easy for this group.  I am going to have to up my game for this month!

The month of April is all about our world coming alive.  We will have a week about insects and bugs and of course the children will need to create their own pet bug.  I just love their interesting stories.  They have amazing imaginations.  They will be writing stories to go with pets their create.  We will also have a week for caterpillars and butterflies. It may not be warm enough to allow us to get real ones though.  I will watch our temps and we may have to do it later in the year.  We will also have a week all about recycling and taking care of our Earth.  There is so much we can do with recycled material.  Just wait and see.  Please send in any recycled materials you may have to share by April 22nd for us to use.  Thank you.  Lastly, a week all about gardens with planting activities await us.  There will be a lot of fun and hands on activities!  ~Mrs. Rosa


STEAM Program….

Puddle Duck Adventures!

The children loved the month long focus on construction.  There was a lot of very interesting ideas of what types of houses and other buildings we need.  Some of our favorites were dinosaur house, unicorn stable, and a monster truck shaped fire house.  Very cool designs accompanied these.  Now it is time to move to a new theme… Caring for our Earth.

Earth Day is in April so what better month to learn about our planet.  We will start by diving down deep into the oceans.  We will learn about waves, the sea and the life inside them.  Then it will be time to go on land and see the wonderful world of geology.  These children sure do love rocks as we are sure you already know!  What until we study them!   Then we will talk about recycling to help understand why we do it.  What a month to look forward too!   ~Mrs.  Passariello, Mrs. Carter,  Mrs. Rosa and  Mrs. Hoyas

Important Dates to remember:

April 5th:   

Karate Graduation 6:45pm @

Leadership Martial Arts

April 6th:

   Easter Bunny Breakfast 9am at Zion Lutheran Church

April 10th:

Summer Camp registration open to the public

April 14th—April 19h:

Spring Vacation ~ Little Zion Preschool is closed.

April 25th: 

3’s Trike-a-Thon 2:00-2:30pm.

April 26th: 

4’’s & Pre-k Trike-a-Thon 3:00-3:30pm

April 29th:  Kindergarten Readiness Workshop 6pm

Easter Blessings to you:    Easter is a time to embrace hope and life, it is a time to reflect on the path that has lead you to where you and to look ahead to where God is guiding you.  I want to extend my heartfelt blessings to your family, our teachers and the Zion community.  I feel truly blessed and so humbled to be part of your children’s lives and this school!  May you feel the love and hope of God today and always!  ~Mrs. Hoyas