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July 26, 2017

Dear Parents and Community,

It is with immense gratitude and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new Director of Wasatch Presbyterian Preschool (WPP). I could not be more honored and proud to represent a school so rich in developmental excellence and so deeply dedicated to the betterment of all children.

Being an integral part of the WPP community for the past nine years (three, solely as a parent; five, exclusively as an educator; and one, as both), I have gained a rich understanding and heartfelt respect for the admirably dedicated teachers and staff, the collaborative successes of the church and preschool administration, the beauty and safety of our building and grounds, and of course, the hopes and needs of our students and their families. I am truly passionate about all that is Wasatch.

I have always loved working with children. Before I joined WPP as a pre-kindergarten teacher, I was the head kindergarten and art teacher at Saklan Valley School in California. Prior to that, I taught preschool and extended-day kindergarten at The Concord Children’s Center in Massachusetts, created and led summer art workshops for children in my community, and worked as an after-school and summer camp counselor at the I.J. & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center. I am a proud magna cum laude graduate from Westminster College, with a BA in Early Childhood Education. I am a life-long learner and enthusiast of creativity, who firmly believes education is a gift and a necessity, not only for all children, but for adults as well.

Thank you, very sincerely, for your support and encouragement during this exciting transition at WPP! We could not be more fortunate to have such a compassionate and invested community to serve. We look forward to expanding our tradition of providing quality preschool education, and especially, developing and continuing our partnership with you.

With that, we would like to formally welcome you to Wasatch Presbyterian Preschool for the 2017-18 school year. If you have not already, you will be receiving a message from your classroom teachers with detailed instructions regarding the start of school. They will inform you of the following:

Tuesday, August 29th, or Wednesday, August 30th - 10 minute Meet & Greet
Please bring your child's updated immunization records into the office before your assigned Meet & Greet time. This is a requirement for your child to start school. At the Meet & Greet, you will be given a Registration Packet to complete on your own and return to the front desk by the first day of class (9/5 or 9/6). Take advantage of the one-on-one time with your teachers to inform of any allergies, health issues, or other concerns.

Thursday, August 31st, or Friday, September 1st - one-hour Open House
Please join your child in exploring the classroom and getting to know the teachers better during this informal one-hour Open House.

Tuesday, September 5th, or Wednesday, September 6th - Regular Drop-Off
Please sign your child in and drop them off at their classroom door by 8:45 (AM students) and by 12:15 (PM students). We encourage you to develop a habit of being on time, as this has proven to help students transition more smoothly. Attached are some thoughts on Separation Anxiety, which can be a common issue at the beginning of school.

Also attached to this email is the 2017-18 School Year Calendar. Please note, if you have received an earlier version, this is the most up-to-date calendar. Some dates have been changed. We offer early morning care from 8:00-8:45 ($5), as well as Lunch Bunch extended care from 11:30-12:30 ($8). And new this year, we are offering an after school "Tiny Toes" dance class on Wednesdays from 12:15-1:00 (please see attached flyer for more information).

Our office will be open from 9:00-12:00, Monday-Friday, the week of August 21st. As always, feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns you might have. Thank you, again, for being part of our wonderful community!

Christy Lawlor
Preschool Director
Wasatch Presbyterian Preschool
1626 South 1700 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
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