Letter to Families

Below is the letter we sent out via snail mail and email this weekend.  

We hope that you’ve enjoyed your summer. We're getting the building ready for our Parents' Open House on Wednesday, August 22, at 7:00 pm. Our students will join us for a Get-Acquainted Day on Thursday, August 23 from 9:00-10:30. We ask that all parents park and walk their children to class for our Get-Acquainted Day and pick them up afterward. (Our 2s are a little bit different since a parent accompanies them for a get-acquainted playdate on Thursday. If you're the parent of a two-year-old you should have received an email with details on this.) Everyone should receive an email and/or a snail mail contact from their child's teacher sometime in the next week.

School officially begins on Monday, August 27. Carpool begins right away for our 3s and 4s. We ask that our 2s parents continue to do a walk-in/pick-up through that first week. It's also helpful if you place your child's carseat on the passenger side of your vehicle to make it easier for us to help your child get in and out. You'll receive more details about carpool from your child's teacher during Open House.

We've had a few changes in classes and staffing. Check below for more information on this. Right now we have a couple of spots open in our TTH 2s, one spot open in our 3s, and one spot open in our 4s. Our other classes are full with waiting lists. If your plans change about attending WIPP this year, please let us know so we can offer your child's spot to the next family on our list!

WIPP will continue its active participation in the Georgia Preschool Association and Georgia Accrediting Commission. Our staff is required to have instruction in developmentally appropriate educational practices each year in accordance with our accreditation. We have an open-door policy and welcome you to come and visit at any time. We strive to offer a caring, Christian environment that provides the skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to enable each of our students to achieve his/her individual potential.

There's a copy of the school calendar posted on the blog--just check the link on the right hand side of the page. Our school blog is a great way to keep track of things going on in our building throughout the year.

Keep your eyes open for information on WIPP's Publix Partners changes. The program is changing to an online registration where you'll punch in an ID number during checkout. Last year we received over $800 from Publix—just from the use of our Partners cards! As soon as all of the details are in, we'll send out the information. Please continue using your Publix Partners cards in the meantime—Mine still worked this weekend! :-)

We also collect used toner and ink cartridges to recycle at Staples. For the last two years, we've used these recycling points to purchase all of the case paper used in the school throughout the entire year! If you (or your business) has used ink/toner cartridges (any brand) that you're not currently recycling, please send them to school in a Ziploc bag for us!

Beginning Tuesday, September 4, we will offer our Early Bird program each weekday morning starting at 8:15 for $2.00 per day. We will also offer our Lunch Bunch program Wednesday through Friday starting on September 5. Lunch Bunch hours are 12:00-1:00 at a cost of $5.00 per day. Students need to be potty-trained to stay for Lunch Bunch! In addition to the Y offering gymnastics pickup for Tuesday classes (Contact Islands Y for more info.) Sweet Feet Soccer will do 10 week programs in soccer on Mondays and lacrosse on Tuesdays. There will be additional information on all of this forthcoming.

We're looking forward to seeing you soon and sharing this year with you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

WIPP TEACHING STAFF 2018-19

2s Classes
TTh Miss Emily and Miss Terry
MWF Mrs. Anderson and Miss Sandy
5-day M-F Miss Jaycie and Miss Kathryn

3s Classes
MWF Miss Didi and Miss Ashley
MWF/5-day Mrs. Heebner and Mrs. Bailey
5-day Mrs. Knudsen and Miss Paula

4s Classes
Miss Heather and Mrs. Horton
Miss Deborah and Miss Karin

Almost August!

We hope that you've had a wonderful summer so far. We're still a few weeks away from the start of our school year, but we're posting out our basic supply lists now to give you plenty of time to get ready.  You can find the list for each class below.

Teachers will receive their class lists the week of August 13th and you should receive an email and/or a letter from your child's teacher shortly after that. 

Our Parent Open House is Wednesday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This meeting gives our parents an opportunity to meet their child's teacher and get a sneak peek at classrooms. 

Our Student Get-Acquainted Day is Thursday, August 23, 9:00-10:30.  You can send supplies in your child's bookbag on the Get-Acquainted Day. 

There is no school on Friday, August 24. Regular classes begin Monday, August 27.

Threes and Fours
With our 3s and 4s we ask that you walk your child to his/her class at about 9:00, say a quick goodbye, and then return to the classroom at 10:30 to pick up him/her. Your child will have a chance to meet his/her teacher, interact with friends in the classroom, and have a little snack. 

Twos
Our 2s have their visit as a "playdate" with mom or dad, (or grandma or grandpa) some time between 9:10-10:30. We ask that you bring your child to his/her class, come in and look around with him/her, play a little bit and/or do an activity. After 15-20 minutes, you can pack up for home--but please talk to your child before classes start up the week of August 27th about all of the fun things and good friends that he/she will have to look forward to. You can send supplies in your child's bookbag on the Get-Acquainted Day.

Because one classroom has a class who will be attending TTh and a class who will be attending MWF, we're asking that all of our MWF students come by with their parents from 9:15-9:45 while our TTh students visit between 9:50 and 10:20. That way there will be plenty of room for everyone!

Our M-F class can stop by for a visit any time between 9:10 and 10:30 since all of these students will be in our five-day classroom. We anticipate some crowds around the 9:00 drop-off time and the 10:30 pick-up time for the rest of the building, so you might want to avoid those times!

We're looking forward to seeing everyone!  If your plans have changed and your family won't be joining us this year, please let us know.  We have waiting lists for several of our classes!



Supply List for WIPP 2s
  • large bookbag (Many of our projects are on 9" X 12" paper and they get crushed in a small bookbag!)
  • complete change of clothing in a ziploc bag (Please label this with your child's name.)
  • 2 boxes of baby wipes
  • 2 containers of disinfectant wipes 
  • box of tissues
  • one box resealable baggies (Snack, quart, or gallon size preferred!)
  • 2 foaming hand soaps
  • light brown pillowcase (for a Thanksgiving project!)
  • Walgreen's gift card ($15) for photo developing

Supply List for WIPP 3s
  • large bookbag (Many of our projects are on 9" X 12" paper and they get crushed in a small bookbag!)
  • complete change of clothing in a ziploc bag (Please label this with your child's name. We will keep it in his/her cubby at school.)
  • one box resealable baggies (gallon or quart size)
  • 1 package of glue sticks
  • baby wipes or disinfectant wipes 
  • 1 box of tissues
  • 2 foaming hand soaps
  • Walgreen's gift card ($15) for photo developing

Supply List for WIPP 4s

  • large bookbag (Many of our projects are on 9" X 12" paper and they get crushed in a small bookbag!)
  • complete change of clothing in a ziploc bag (Please label this with your child's name. We will keep it in his/her cubby at school.)
  • One box resealable baggies (gallon or sandwich)
  • 2 cans plain white shaving cream
  • 3 packages of baby wipes (Refill packs are fine!)
  • 2 foaming hand soaps
  • 1 box of tissues
  • 3 full-size cans Playdoh (any color)
  • 1 package stickers, ANY kind
  • Walgreen's gift card ($15) for photo developing

Summer Welcome Postcard & Email

Welcome to our 2018-19 WIPP students!

The blog is a great place to check for updates throughout the year.

This week we sent out emails and snail mail postcards with some basic information about the start of the school year. If you didn't receive an email, please check your spam folder first. Sometimes our group emails end up being flagged as junk. If we've somehow missed you, let me know at wipp450@gmail.com. If your email address changes, or if you would like to add another email address to the list, just email back and let me know. While we do still send home paper notices for most things, there's a lot that's covered in our email updates!

Our Parent Open House is Wednesday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This gives parents an opportunity to meet their child's teacher and get some additional details on the start of the school year and classrooms. This meeting is for parents and should be over by about 7:30-7:40.

Our Student Get-Acquainted Day is Thursday, August 23, 9:00-10:30. For our 3s and 4s, we ask that you walk your child into his/her class, give us some fun time together, and then return to pick them up between 10:20 and 10:30. We do our 2s a little differently, with a 15-20 minute playdate. There's more information on this on our emails and postcards.

There's no school on Friday, August 24, to give teachers a chance to get all of their last minute things finished. We ask that you talk to your child before classes start up the week of August 27th about all of the fun things and good friends that he/she will have to look forward to. You can send supplies in your child's bookbag on the Get-Acquainted Day. We'll send supply lists out in July once we take stock of the tissues/hand sanitizers/glue sticks/etc. that we have left from this year! :)

Teachers will receive their class lists the week of August 13th and you'll receive an email and/or a letter from your child's teacher shortly after that with some class specific information.

Most of our classes for 2018-19 are full with short waiting lists. If your plans change, please let us know so we can make sure we open up a spot for another family.

Let me know if you have any questions!
Thanks for joining us!

Kathleen

Sunshine Summer: Week 3

Birds! Birds! And more birds!  Plus lots of fun!
That was Week 3 of Sunshine Summer!






















Sunshine Summer: Week 2



We had a great time with all of the bug crafts and activities last week. Tomorrow will start Week 3--the theme is BIRDS!

We ask that all parents walk their child/children up to the registration table near the school door on the 4s side on Monday morning to check-in and find room assignments. (If you haven't completed payment, we ask that you do so Monday morning.) After the first morning, we'll do a regular carpool in the front parking lot from 8:50--9:05 in the mornings and 11:50--12:05 in the afternoons.

Your child won't need to bring a backpack until the final day of the week. We'll save most of our projects to send home then. We serve snack just as we do on a regular school day, so you won't need to worry about sending any food or drink.

Check out these "cute as a bug" pictures!


















Getting Ready for Week 2!

We finished up our first week of Sunshine Summer with hotdogs! They were a hit! We're looking forward to Week 2: BUGS!

Because Monday is Memorial Day, Week 2's classes start on Tuesday. We ask that all parents walk their child/children up to the registration table near the school door on the 4s side on Tuesday morning to check-in and find room assignments. (If you haven't completed payment, we ask that you do so Tuesday morning.) After the first morning, we'll do a regular carpool in the front parking lot from 8:50--9:05 in the mornings and 11:50--12:05 in the afternoons.

Your child won't need to bring a backpack until the final day of the week. We'll save most of our projects to send home then. We serve snack just as we do on a regular school day, so you won't need to worry about sending any food or drink.

PS If the weather forces us to change any of our plans, we'll send out an email and post to our FB page and blog.



Sunshine Summer Week 1

Week One of Sunshine Summer is all about the beach!  We've had projects with fish, crabs, jellyfish, and shells. We're playing with our friends, enjoying outside time, and making some cool snacks.  Beach Week has been a lot of fun!