Child's Birthdays

"Back in the day" when I would write an actual paper newsletter (ha! that betrays my age right there!) it was my tradition to include a poem about the passage of time and how important it is to treasure the little moments......ok, so nothing has changed but the format, right? But the timing was always coincidental with my son's birthday. Could it really be that very same Mini 3 student, now 37 years old!, has THREE children of his own, two of whom were also Mini 3's!!  His birthday, and the birthdays of ALL OUR BELOVED CHILDREN is such a bittersweet celebration. 

Many of you have heard my response when your child turns 5.....I'm sorry! I'm just sorry that the time is going so quickly. My own words echo in my head on this Sunday, January 13..... 'cuz I'm sorry he's already 37!!!  

Watch for this little section again next year......but .until then....

Have a joyful weekend...enjoy and take to heart the following....


My dishes went unwashed today,

I didn't make the bed,

I took his hand and followed

Where his eager footsteps led.

Oh yes, we went adventuring,

My little son and I,

Exploring all the great outdoors

Beneath the summer sky.

We waded in a crystal stream,

We wandered through a wood;

My kitchen wasn't swept today

But life was gay and good.

We found a cool, sun-dappled glade

And now my small son knows

How Mother Bunny hides her nest,

Where jack-in-the-pulpit grows.

We watched a robin feed her young,

We climbed a sunlit hill,

Saw cloud-sheep scamper through the sky,

We plucked a daffodil.

That my house was neglected,

That I didn't brush the stairs,

In twenty years, no one on earth

Will know, or even care.

But that I've helped my little boy

To noble manhood grow,

In twenty years, the whole wide world

May look and see and know.

Weekly Prayer.....Thank you for the blessing of children in our lives. Those we call our own and those we "share" with others through our ministry. In Jesus' name we pray.  Amen. 

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Once a family, always a family.

Years ago, when greeting a new family that had just enrolled into my children's elementary school, the parent expressed that she "envied my history" with the families at the school. While she quickly established her own identity in the school and forged her presence, I have never forgotten her words nor taken for granted the blessing in the truth of them. 

At La Casa, I feel equally as blessed to have that sense of "history" with each of you.  It is a rare gift to have a "history" and a school community with those around you.  It is comforting. It is stabilizing. It is fortifying. It is a blessing. It is FAMILY.  Whether you are new to our school this year, or this is your second, third, fourth (or....??) child, or you are the former student that is now a parent with a child here (in which case that includes YOUR parents who are now the grandparents) we share a past and a present. And a future. Because once a family .... always a family. Nothing will ever change that! 

Thanks for the "history" lesson each day. I cherish that and each of you. May you all enjoy great happiness in this New Year.  

Weekly Prayer: Jesus, help me to recognize the unconditional love that You show to me.  Let me not ever take that love for granted, as it is shown in so many ways. Amen

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A Special Time of Year

This is such a special time around the preschool. The excitement is building with so many fun things to do in and out of the classrooms. The children bring us such joy! Their faces reflect the love they surely must feel from each of us. We are blessed to have this time with them, and YOU. 

As you come to school each day, "stop and smell the roses" as the saying goes, and really watch the face of your kiddo as he/she sees the tree becoming full of ornaments, as they visit the stable and fill the manger with straw for baby Jesus, or as they run gleefully in the grass with their new life long friends before squealing off to their classrooms as the school bell rings. Witness pure joy.

Come to think of it.... (minus the tree and stable) this describes most other days here. Seems it is always a special time around the preschool.

Weekly Prayer: Jesus, help me to remember that it is Your love that sustains me and guides me and forms who I am. It is what gives me purpose and strength. Amen

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After the holidays, we began to look ahead to the next school year! Believe it or not, it will come sooner than you think or want! Please feel free to discuss your desires/options for your child with your teachers who may offer some suggestions, or of course, please see us in the office. If you would like to schedule an opportunity to visit a classroom, you are welcome to do so as well. What better way to see for yourself just how much the children are learning....even if it just looks like play!  

Mrs. Carol Larson, Desert Shadows Elementary Kindergarten Teacher and a foremost expert in education will once again present a parent seminar on Kindergarten Readiness. Plan to attend Monday evening, January 14. 

We remain committed to providing a strong foundation of learning through meaningful, age appropriate activities and challenges, which are best introduced in a play-based method in each class option. There are many options for that magical year after the three year old year, in either a Pre-Kindergarten three day or four day four year old program. Either option is designed to prepare a child to successfully transition to Kindergarten if emotionally and socially ready to do so. However, we even have the absolutely perfect class for the truly important often "gift" year of preschool. The curriculum in the Kindergarten Prep class is specifically designed to support the needs of the older student, which is any four year old turning five by 12/31 and for the already five year old who meets the age requirement of Kindergarten entrance but needs the "gift of another year" in the 5's class.  Be assured...what ever the kiddos need....we'll take good care of them!!

Registration materials will be distributed at Parent/Teacher Conferences Thursday and Friday, January 31 and February 1. 

Siblings and past siblings can register any time. Come on in!!!  

Preschool Registration in Scottsdale

Happy Thanksgiving Preschool Families

There is a great quote by George Eliot that says much more eloquently than I am capable of at this moment: 'Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul to another.' I have been privileged to be here at La Casa for many years. And in that time I have been surrounded by many loving human souls. And as many of you know, I can be brought to tears (of joy...or emotion) quite are all shaking your head, yep! But the tears that overcame me this past week came from seeing so many meal bags just keep pouring in to school, and the THEN the family feathers.....such an overwhelming response of love. True loving human souls all. My heart is full of joy and pride in what this school community does for and with others.

May your Thanksgiving be blessed with family and a great abundance of love. 

Weekly Prayer....Father, bless all that come to You in faith and belief. Let them be filled with the fruits of the spirit and be grateful for the countenance. In Your Son's holy name, we pray. Amen.  

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The Moment

Time goes quickly.....but memories last forever. November is nearly half over and December is right around the corner.... and with that comes the stress of getting all of the "important" things done! Well, the "important" things are right in front of you.....and they don't care if everything is done just right or perfectly. They, "your kiddos", just want YOU! 

Next time you are stressing out....take "them" out....for a walk to look at Christmas lights, or on a bike ride, go to the park, play a game of Candy Land, read a book, or just sit and cuddle...or..... what ever it is that you do....stay in the moment.... 'cuz that moment is going to fly by. 

Weekly Prayer....Father, help us to prepare our hearts in the manner You would have us to so that we can remain present in the moment. We give you thanks and praise for the joys You provide and pray for all those who are experiencing difficulty or pain. May your loving hand hold theirs and give them strength. In Your Son's holy name, we pray. Amen.  

Preschool Kids in Scottsdale, AZ

So Many Choices

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We are so proud to be an American, and live in the USA! Those are the lyrics to one of the songs to be performed by our precious kiddos at the Patriotism Day program. By this program, we are planting a seed in each little one's minds, and hopefully, their parents, too,

that we SHOULD BE AND ARE PROUD to have the many freedoms we do in this country.  The word "freedom" is difficult to explain to a child, but since every thing we do is intentionally age appropriate, we simply tell them that it means we are very blessed to "get to choose."

We get to choose which church to worship God in. We get to choose which school we want to learn in.  We get to choose where we want to live, and how we want to live. We get to choose which friends we cherish. We have so many choices!

We, as a staff, choose to teach the children that it is important to be grateful to people who do things that allow us to continue to have the right to "choose"!!

Weekly Prayer....Jesus, help us to choose You first and always. Through Your example, You show us the way to live our lives with dignity and respect for others. Help us to remain humble and grateful for what we have.  Amen.    

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

Almost daily I am privileged to "see" so many acts of intentional kindness at La Casa Preschool. You are all incredibly generous in so many ways, including the love, respect and support you show us. We are blessed for sure!  Some years ago, in these Notes I shared a poem entitled "When You Thought I Wasn't Looking". Check it out. This simple but poignant poem applies to teachers, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and anyone who loves and spends time with children. We are all able to teach. We are all able to be the best for each other.... after all, "good" never goes unnoticed. When "you thought I wasn't looking" I saw the good you do for this school and wanted to say "thanks a lot."

Weekly Prayer....Father, give me the vision to see the incalculable good in those around me. Please help me to be encouraging and supportive of them and to emulate their intentions. Amen.  

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Patriotism Day

Patriotism Day, now in its seventeenth year, has become an American tradition at La Casa Preschool! I am very proud to include this program/day among our many "signature events" that are unique to only our school.  It is significant for many reasons, not the least of which is the opportunity to express our gratitude to our honored guests for their efforts in preserving the freedoms of this country. As parents and staff, it is our responsibility to remember this and to teach the children that selfless bravery should always be acknowledged and never taken for granted. 

Of course, the endearing faces and sweet voices of the children are a bonus! They are artfully taught a medley of patriotic songs (with hand motions!) by Mrs. Donovan in preparation for the musical performance for our special guests and family audience. Over the years, our guests have represented every branch of military service. But best of all, whether directly or extended, they are exclusively members from our preschool family!!!!  Think about how amazing that is. We are surrounded by America's finest. It is our honor to let them know we care, respect them and remain forever in in their debt. 

Weekly Prayer....  Dear God, thank you for keeping safe from harm the men and women who stand firm in the face of danger while preserving our country's ideals. You have given them strength and courage.  Help us to show them the appreciation that they deserve. Bring this country together in our admiration for those who do so much for others.  Amen. 

Patriotism Day at Preschool Music Class

Let Them be Little

As society changes, our expectations and goals for children seem to follow. This trend can be a double edged sword. While the world they live in may have been transforming at an alarming pace, a child's pace is determined by a myriad of developmental factors.  Simply said, a child's progress, especially academically, needs to be nurtured and allowed to develop without force or inappropriate expectations. Let them be little, as the song goes. Give them the time, as we do here at La Casa Preschool, to try new things in new and varied ways. Let them explore the gifts of play, without the pressure of needing to be "gifted.” ALL OF OUR CHILDREN ARE GIFTED. Their gifts will just be revealed in their own perfect time. Trust that your own good instincts, trust your teacher's expertise, trust your schools, many of which are in your own backyard, trust all who join you on the educational journey, to know how best to bring out the very BEST in the children that we all love.

Weekly Prayer....  Dear God, We are entrusted to care for the children. All children! Help me to respect them and to allow them to grow according to Your plan. Amen. 

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