Enjoy this Last Week of School

Ringing the school bell each morning is one of my greatest joys. It continues to be a highlight of my day to see the children's faces as they hurry off to their classrooms squealing with happiness all of the way.  A selfish pleasure, I am not ashamed to admit the holder for the bell in my office reads: Mrs. L's bell... To call the children to learn and be loved. May you never doubt for a minute the truth in that statement. 

As this week winds down, I will ring the bell on Thursday and Friday knowing that many of these precious kiddos are "movin' on", including my own sweet grandson. Not to see his or the other now "big kids" (AKA kindergarteners) faces here at school will be hard!  

There is comfort knowing they will now be loved by new teachers and new people in their lives. And that's ok. We want that. They may love them next, but we will ALWAYS be the ones who loved them first.

4 Year Old Preschool Boy

Enjoy this last week of school. Stick around and chat with each other a few minutes longer. Savor the relationships formed. Embrace the scurry of little feet, revel in seeing the hugs between little "besties", and love the happy squeals......as much as I do.

Weekly Prayer.... Dear Jesus, watch over all of our little ones whom we love.  Keep them safe from all harm. Shield them from those who would keep them from loving You. Bless them and their families always. In your name we pray. Amen 

A Huge Thanks

Please indulge this opportunity for me to express my heartfelt, and impossibly adequate, thanks to the wonderful staff of La Casa de Cristo Preschool. I am truly blessed to have Cheryl Costolo as an Assistant Director who is supportive and dedicated (31 years now, and counting!) beyond measure; and Vicki Koehler, as an Office Manager (30 years!) who keeps everyone (especially me!) in her care with grace, efficiency, humor .... and has a candy drawer to envy! 

The teachers are absolutely the best representatives of what excellence in education, especially Early Childhood Education, should be!!! All of the incredible teachers are women of great character and dedication as well. To each and every one of these women I owe much gratitude and say thank you from the bottom of my heart, as they are the heart and soul of this school. They humble me greatly.

With only two weeks of school left, the bittersweet reality has sunk in that for many of our families this is your fond exit to the next step on life's path. May you leave knowing that you will have left a great impression on our hearts and the memories are sweet and lasting. May the families for whom the fun of this and the previous weeks are just a prelude for another year ahead, know that your presence in our lives is treasured and never taken for granted. We will always strive to be just what you and your child wants and needs!!! 

Weekly Prayer.... Dear Lord, You are my hope, my trust, my strength, my comfort and my faithful helper in every need. Amen.  

Preschool Staff La Casa Preschool

Wet Oatmeal Kisses

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT FROM MRS. L

Spirit Shirts at La Casa Preschool Scottsdale

As we prepare for the remaining days of school I am reminded that each day is a gift. Though there may not be many left in this school year, each one has been unique and special and truly in every way, a gift. We should be grateful for each. I can, without any reservation, speak for all of the teachers and staff when I assure you that this is our genuine and heartfelt attitude.  At this time of year, especially, we begin to wish there were just a few more PE and Music classes, just another couple of Kid talks and group hugs, more playground times, more play time, more everything with these precious "littles", more chances for wet oatmeal kisses...... 

WET OATMEAL KISSES

The baby is teething. The children are fighting. Your husband just called and said, "Eat dinner without me". One of these days you'll explode and shout to the kids, "Why don't you grow up and act your age?" And they will. Or, "You guys get outside and find yourselves something to do. And don't slam the door!" And they don't. You'll straighten their bedrooms all neat and tidy, toys displayed on the shelf, hangers in the closet, animals caged. You'll yell. "Now I want it to stay this way!" And it will. You will prepare a perfect dinner with a salad that hasn't had all the olives picked out and a cake with no finger traces in the icing and you'll say, "Now THIS is a meal for company." And you will eat it alone. You'll yell, "I want complete privacy on the phone. No screaming. Do you hear me?" And no one will answer. No more plastic tablecloths stained with spaghetti. No more dandelion bouquets. No more iron-on patches. No more wet, knotted shoelaces, muddy boots or rubber bands for pony tails. Imagine. A lipstick with a point. No baby sitter for New Year's Eve, washing clothes only once a week, no PTA meetings or silly school plays where your child is a tree. No car-pools, blaring stereos or forgotten lunch money. No more Christmas presents made of library paste and toothpicks. No more wet oatmeal kisses. No more tooth fairy. No more giggles in the dark, scraped knees to kiss or sticky fingers to clean. Only a voice asking: "Why don't you grow up?" And the silence echos...........

"I did."

Kind of says it all, doesn't it??? Enjoy these days. What I wouldn't give for "just one more ___________.

Weekly Prayer: Thank you, Father, for my blessings, which are many. Help me to remain humble and grateful for them. In your Son's name, I pray. Amen.

It Matters

We pride ourselves on finding value in tradition. 

Traditional teaching methodology, utilizing play based materials and activities to stimulate and inspire. 

Reprising signature events year after year, such as the Mother's Tea, Dad's Day, the Olympics, Ice Cream Social and even Wacky Day, and that's just to name a few. 

Holding true to the tradition of including families in the education process of the whole child! Encouraging that partnership always has been a cornerstone for us.   

This ALL MATTERS TO US! 

And, as an entire staff, we hope this is evident in our willingness to remain dedicated to tradition while being innovative and open to including fresh new ideas. 

That said, we have only a few precious weeks of this school year left. As inclusive as we like to be in most things, fair warning.....except for special events, we may "un-invite" you to be a parent helper in the classrooms! Please understand, if we become a bit possessive and want them all to ourselves, it's because your children have crawled into our hearts and taken up a permanent spot and we don't want to share them right now! Sharing may be good for preschoolers but not for us teachers who love your kids!!!   

Thanks for understanding! 

Weekly Prayer.... Heavenly Father, thank you for allowing us to come together each month for our courtyard prayer time, "group hug" and Family Kid Talk. The children have learned that it is a privilege to pray with and for each other together. May Your words of love shared each time remain in their hearts forever. Amen.  

Preschool Dress Up Play

Happy Spring Break

Playing at La Casa Preschool

The subject line on this email reads "spring break is here...finally" but that betrays my true sentiment.  The actual truth is that spring break always heralds the ending of school for me, and with that comes an almost overwhelming sense of melancholy that the year will too soon be over. It doesn't matter the number of years spent here at La Casa Preschool, each one is special and unique and will be remembered and missed for its passing.  I have often referred to the collective students, parents, teachers and staff of our wonderful preschool as being one big FAMILY!  I can honestly say, never has it felt more so!!!  

To each of you, know that you are loved, considered a blessing, and kept in prayerful thought always. Have a safe time away from school but just for a few days......we still have much to do, together, as a family. 

Weekly Prayer.... Dear Jesus, keep my family safe from all harm. Let them know Your love and feel your protection always.   Amen.  

Mission Accomplished

Pony Rides in Scottsdale

From the beginning of school until now it is amazing to see the transformation in your children. They are truly remarkable and such a joy to have around. I mentioned a few "Notes" ago how strongly we feel about our Christian mission here at La Casa. Well, with permission from the momma, I share the following story as evidence to report - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

While loading her children in the car the other day her kiddos thought it would be funny to scare her ..... to their great delight her reaction was definitely that of one who was scared. In fact, she exclaimed in colloquial terms, "Oh, you scared the be-jesus out of me!!!" Of course, her children were distressed that they scared the JESUS out of her! To which her three year old middle child responded by taking his small hand and pressing it to her heart saying, "I'll put Him back in your heart!"

I repeat, mission accomplished. 

Weekly Prayer.... Dear Jesus, help me to keep you in my heart always. To be thankful for those in my life who remind me always through their words and actions that Your love never fails. Amen.  


Spring at La Casa Preschool

There are so many wonderful things to look forward to as we go through the remaining few months of school. Check out our website....we promote our school as being the preschool "with a difference". And, that we are! Just take a look at the calendar each month to see all the special events and learning opportunities we present to the children and families! 

From Dino Days out in the courtyard right before spring break, and then immediately after we prepare for the Mothers Spring Tea and Art Walk! Whew! Then it is on to welcoming Recyclesaurus, and of course, the celebration of Easter! 

We end the busy month of April with our third STEAM FAIR of the year. La Casa has always been full 'STEAM' ahead of the game. The A in steam is for art. Children learn through the PROCESSES of art. Things like: fine motor control, crossing the midline of their body as they cut or create (this stimulates reading and math processing), following directions and much more. The S, T, E and M represent science, technology, engineering and math. Though they may be today's buzz words, STEM and STEAM activities introduced through play have been a staple of our teaching philosophy and methodology for years. Plan to come see for your self what wonderful, natural critical thinkers your kiddos are!

Oh, and I cannot forget to mention the culmination of our Pint Size PE program and our 33rd (YEP, THAT'S NOT A TYPO) PRESCHOOL OLYMPICS DAYS!!!!!! This wonderful event is not to be missed. The children are so proud of their athletic accomplishments and Mrs. Gollobit will be happy to have them "show off", for sure!

See?????? Can you imagine a more fun place to be and to grow and to learn and to be loved than right here at La Casa?????

Weekly Prayer....In Jesus' name we pray that our world is a safe place for our children to grow and thrive. We trust in His mercy that this and all of our prayers be answered according to His will.  Amen.  

Let them press every boundary!

In just a few weeks it will be Spring Break and it could not come soon enough in some of the classes! Every year, we begin to see the signs of "senior-itis" setting in especially with our older kiddos. You know them.....they are the ones who just instinctively know they are ready to move on to the "next big thing" (aka Kindergarten)! And trust us....at times they certainly act like they don't need to be "here" anymore!  But we are patient and ask that you, too, be patient with these emerging butterflies who are ready to spread their wings. Their transformation can be trying as they try to reconcile being big while they really are still little.  While we try to contain their enthusiasm, we will continue to enjoy them.  Gently reminding them we still have a few weeks of school!! 

Dad's of Preschoolers

And be patient with us, too, as we do the gentle reminding! You may think we are being too hard on them, I did just remind you they are still little after all, but understand that this place, while here in preschool, is the very best place for a child to "kick their heels", "sow their oats" and every other cliché!  Let them press every boundary! You want them to do so in an environment that is loving and forgiving and teaching and guiding, always. There is always a purpose to redirection as it helps a child understand what is expected of them and to then learn to follow through. Every day starts new and every new day is a chance to grow. 

Let us all cherish this time. It will go as quickly as they wish, and too quickly for us as we would rather hold on to them a bit longer! 

Weekly Prayer.... Jesus, remind me to slow down and take advantage of every opportunity to be with family and friends. To remind me of their importance in my life and to whom I am blessed to spend time with.  Amen.  

Here to Stay

Our children are here to stay

But our babies are not, I'm sorry to say

They grow and learn everyday

In the most remarkable and intriguing way

We watch and admire our babies so young

Hoping someday they will grow to be strong

Wisdom and integrity are a hopeful thought too

Their brilliance is amazing that much is true

Now they are in school and you don't know what to do

The house is so unnaturally quite and subdued

You try to keep busy, a hobby of some sort

But it doesn't quite fill the missing sound of

children playing of course

Off to college and all grown up, how could this be?

Just yesterday it seemed they were three

You can't wait to watch them grow

Pajama Day at Preschool

Then the day comes when you watch them go

Cherish the little moments so tender and sweet

They grow so quickly you can barely speak

But remember this, as I reassure you with a tear in my eye

Babies are your children and your children will never

say 'Good Bye'

Weekly Prayer.... Father, watch over our children as they grow. And remind us to pay attention. Help us to slow down so we don't miss a moment. Amen.