After 9 weeks of summer session, we are off to the start of a new school year! However this school year looks a little bit different. Thermometers, adults in masks, hand sanitizer, Lysol and Clorox wipes are part of our everyday routine. But the one thing that has not changed is the enthusiasm of our students and staff. We are doing our best to keep the early learning experience as close to normal as possible. Our students are playing and learning, dancing and discovering each and every day! Although our preschool/pre-kindergarten numbers are low, our kindergarten enrollment has increased dramatically. Currently we have 32 preschool/pre-kindergarten students enrolled and attending. This is a significant decrease from last year. However I am optimistic as we do have several families who are suspending their enrollment for now, but are hoping to bring their children back to class in the near future. I anticipate that as our local elementary schools reopen for in person instruction, we will also see many students return. On a brighter note, our kindergarten class is at maximum capacity with 20 students. We actually opened a second room to accommodate so many children. Last year our kindergarten enrollment was at 6 students. That is an increase of over 200%!
This week we returned to chapel as that is an integral part of our program. And our kindergarten students will begin participating in their Physical Education and Music classes as well. But as of now, we will not be holding our annual Book Fair and Grandparent’s Day celebration in September. We will continue to evaluate the climate to determine the feasibility of other upcoming events.
Please keep our staff, students and their families in your prayers as we strive to continue to educate and care for our youngest learners. And should you know a family that is looking for preschool, please share our information with them. We will continue to enroll as long as we have openings available.