Hello, Weekday School Parents!
Welcome to the first newsletter of the 2018-19 school year. We use several layers of communication to keep you in the loop (Sunday email reminders, flyers in school bags, text/emails from Kaymbu, etc.) as a WDS parent. The explicit purpose of this monthly digital newsletter is to encourage you as parents. I hope you will find it to be a helpful guide as we move throughout the year.
Let me begin by saying a little about myself by way of introduction or re-introduction as the case may be. This is my sixth year as the WDS Director. For two years before that I was a 3 Day Lead Teacher. Honestly, I’d jump back into the classroom in a heartbeat. I love, love, love preschoolers. My husband Bobby and I have two children who attended Weekday School. Our son, Hunter (19), is currently living and working in NYC. Our daughter, Sarah Beth (17), is a senior at Winter Park High School. We are 89% empty nesters at this point - it is weird and disorienting on so many levels.
Here’s what I really want you to know about me: I get how challenging parenting (and marriage) can be. I am absolutely not a perfect mom (or wife) or preschool director. But I am committed to showing up and starting fresh each and every day and cheering YOU on too. I remember what was going on in my heart when my children were at Weekday School - the fears, anxieties, stress, joys, sorrows - and how the staff and teachers nurtured and supported ME and my children. That is my prayer for you this year. That you would feel our support. That Weekday School would be a place where you and your child can be real and imperfect and loved well.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.” I John 4:7
At Weekday School, we are aware of God’s great love for us. And we know that it is only with God’s help that we can truly love other people well. We also believe that children learn and grow best in an environment fueled by the perfect love of God.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,
because fear has to do with punishment.” I John 4:18
Growing in God’s love is not just a tagline. It’s something we practice together. On tangible way we open ourselves to God’s love and direction is through corporate prayer. I’d like to invite you to join us for our Prayer Walk on Wednesday, August 15 from 10:00-10:30 am under the Angel Wing. This is an annual tradition where staff, parents, and children gather for a brief devotion and prayer followed by a self-guided walk through the halls of Weekday School to pray over classrooms and the people who will occupy them.
Switching gears a bit, let’s talk technology! This year we are adding a new management software for data and finances called Prime Child Care. You will receive email invoices and pay your tuition bills through this platform. Just last week we made the executive decision to KEEP Brightwheel (a check-in app we added last year) in place. So even though you set a PIN through Prime Child Care, we will not be using it for check-in because it’s not nearly as robust as Brightwheel. Transparent, user friendly, safe check-in/out is a huge value for us! If you are new this year, don’t worry, we’ll help you out each step of the way. You’ll receive an invitation to Brightwheel later this week that you need to accept. We also recommend downloading their app.
Can’t wait to see you soon!