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May 3’s/4’s/5’s Newsletter

St. John’s Episcopal Preschool

3’s/4’s/5’s Newsletter

May  2017


It’s hard to believe our final weeks are here—it seems like we were just at Orientation Night together!  We have enjoyed this class immensely—what a wonderful group of children and what good friends they have become! I’m sure they’ll want to have playdates over the summer!


April kept us busy with many activities.  The children have very “green thumbs” with all the TLC of daily watering, love and patience they’ve been giving to their flower and carrot seeds. They are excited to check the carrot roots and worms through the root grower, especially after a weekend.  We’ve been recording the growth of the carrot tops and sometimes it’s been ½” over the weekend!


We’ve been talking about safety again lately.  Most children can now say their phone numbers and some know their address.  Please continue working on these with your child if necessary.  It’s important they know these and are able to say them clearly if needed, as well as knowing their parents’ first names. We talked about spring weather and had another tornado drill. We will be having another fire drill soon.


The next few weeks will include some “summer fun” activities.  We’ll be sure to get out all the camping equipment and have fun “going on a bear hunt.”  We will continue to review the sounds of all of the letters and practice our counting skills. This month, we’ll be celebrating birthdays for Kinleigh, Lily, Preston and Isabel.


A Look Ahead

Wed. May 3 – Due date for flower voucher orders.  Vouchers will be distributed the week after. 5Please refer to your order forms for further details or contact Dani Liphard (Ellie’s Mom) @ danimax29@hotmail.com or 989-980-9633.  Thank you in advance for your orders.


Parent-Teacher Conferences  – I will be holding another set of conferences the week of May 8th to give you and discuss your child’s Progress Report.  Please be sure to sign up.


Monday, May 15-Last Day of School for the 3’s/4’s/5’s (Date changed last month from May 10th

                                                                          due to the number of weather cancellations this year.)

Parents and family members are invited to stay at 9:00 to join us for our end-of-the-year celebration!  We’ll have a short presentation for you starting at 9:15 and then the children will receive a few special items!  Afterwards, we’ll have a fun snack.  Weather permitting, we’ll plan to play outside afterwards until lunch time or play some indoor games.  We’ll dismiss at the usual time of 12:30 but if you want to sign out your child early, that’s OK, as long as we know.


Friday, May 19 – SJEP Rummage Sale @ 505 Broadhead Drive, Midland  9-4 pm

We are now collecting donations for our annual rummage sale.  All proceeds go back to the preschool. Please pre-price your items.  Thank you!  Volunteers are needed to help transport items from the preschool to the sale location, with set-up the night before and the day of the sale.  Please contact Dani Liphard for more info @ danimax29@hotmail.com or 989-980-9633.


Monday, May 29Memorial Day Parade  10am – For the past few years, our preschool has been in the annual Memorial Day parade in downtown Midland and we’re hoping to do so again this year!  Parents are welcome to pull their young children in wagons as the children toss candy to everyone watching!  We’ve also had a trailer hitched to a truck with children on board.   Older children have ridden their two wheelers or scooters.  Please mark your calendars and contact Dani Liphard @danimax29@hotmail.com or 989-980-9633 if you and your family are interested in being in our preschool contingent!  Always a great time!!




2017-18 School Year – We have openings in all of our classes from the “2’s And You” to the Young 5’s for next year so please pass the word along to friends and neighbors.  Applications are on the wall by the 2’s room or online.  Also, the 2017-18 school year calendar for Midland Public Schools is now posted on their website if you would like to look ahead to note their holiday schedules, which SJEP follows.  There’s a link to it from their home page, www.mps.k12.mi.us


Clothes Needed:  Occasionally, some of the children have needed to borrow a change of clothes from our extra supply.  We are low on bigger sizes, so if anyone has any sweatpants, t-shirts, sweatshirts, socks, winter or rain boots, etc. that they would like to donate for both boys and girls, we would appreciate it.


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In Closing…

We would like to thank you for all your support this year in so many ways—we have had another year of such wonderful, co-op parents who are so willing to do whatever is needed and asked of them–dealing with glue, glitter, sparkle and sprinkles forever!, your generosity in purchasing items from the wishing well, Scholastic and our fundraisers, accompanying your children on field trips and your ongoing support at home with little homework assignments, reading with your children, etc.  Being a co-operative preschool, we would also like to thank you for all your time and effort with your family co-op responsibilities including those of you who have served on the Board, helped on clean-up nights and special events, fixed chairs and playground equipment, made playdough, etc. All of your efforts are appreciated and make our jobs much easier!


Please plan to read daily with your child over the summer.  The importance of reading together cannot be stressed enough with its benefits towards success for reading and writing skills in the early elementary years and onward.  By 3rd grade, children are basically reading to learn, rather than learning to read.  Remember, our Grace A. Dow Library is a wonderful resource in town that offers a great summer reading program, free movies, special events, etc.! Take a few minutes to check out their Tumble Books, a huge collection of free ebooks that can be viewed on your home computer with sound and highlighted text as they’re read. It’s another way for students to enjoy the magic and excitement of traveling to other places through reading, and children love them!  Please remember the importance of daily math activities too–whether it’s counting butterflies in the park, estimating how many scoops of sand will fill their sand bucket or comparing which rock is heavier!  Take advantage of our many wonderful parks, playgrounds and facilities here in Midland and the area, many of which are free!  Even packing a picnic lunch and visiting a new, school playground can be a wonderful, new adventure!


They say it takes a village to raise a child and I firmly believe this.  We are all here for the same purpose—to help, guide and nurture our little ones to learn and grow to their fullest potential in a happy and healthy environment where they feel safe and secure.  We thank you all for the privilege and enjoyment of teaching your children.  We have grown so attached to them and are very proud of each and every one!  Some will be returning for our 4’s and Young 5’s programs in the fall and we hope to see the rest as they return with younger siblings, or just to say hello.  If a move is in your future, our best wishes, and again, please stay in touch.  We love to see our former students and hear how they’re doing!


Have a wonderful, relaxing summer and enjoy every day with your precious children! J 


Wendy Fritsch & Michele Farley


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