Tuesday, April 30, 2013


       As the school year winds down we are beginning to make plans for our 2013-2014 school year.  Registration is going well but we could use more students in our four year old afternoon classes.  Recognizing that these classes are in the middle of the day, which could be a disadvantage, there are some real advantages to enrolling in these classes.  Consider these positives.  The tuition is less then for  threes days a week.  If you or your child like to sleep in or have a leisurely morning, the afternoon classes are for you!  The classes in the afternoon are smaller so the teacher/student ratio is better.  It is a good chance for you, parents, to have a little break in the day.  All of the curriculum taught in the morning classes is taught in the afternoon classes.  Have I convinced you yet?  If you would like to know more about our school visit our web site, www.salemcovpreschool.com.  To register, email Pam Carlson at pam@salemcovpreschool.com.


Tomorrow is May Day and the weather man is predicting a cold rain/snow mix for the next few days.  We are busy caring for our seedlings in our classrooms, hoping we can get them into our pre school garden before school ends at the end of May.  I am posting two pictures of our garden from last summer.   Is there hope for a beautiful garden this year?  The children say, "YES!"

Friday, April 19, 2013


We have been very busy planting marigolds this month at Pre School.  We learned all about what plants need to grow, good soil, water and sun.  Our seedlings are coming up slowly but the sun and warm weather are not cooperating!  Luckily our plant have been willing to give growing a try in spite of the snowy spring!


It’s spring!  At Pre School we’re turning “inside out” so to speak. Warm weather means trading the indoors for the outdoors more often. Because we are going outside, at school and at home, it is important to review some health and safety tips this month.  The New Brighton police and fire departments will both be stopping by to talk to our students.  These community helpers are there to keep us safe and to help us if we are hurt, lost, or afraid.  Meeting them in person is a good way to recognize that they are our friends.  We never need to hide from them.  We also get an opportunity to see the police car and the fire truck up close, including all of the specialized tools they have for helping in dangerous situations.
Another visitor we have in May is Julie Philbrook, a safety educator from Hennepin County Medical Center.  This year Julie will be teaching us about the importance of wearing a bike helmet every time we are on our bikes.  That will be often now that the weather is nice!  This lesson is for bike riders of all ages!  We appreciate Julie’s willingness to come and talk to us this year.
We celebrate the end of the school year by getting out into our community.  The four year old classes will be spending a class session at Silverwood Park.  The park educators will be teaching about birds in general and owls in particular since there is an owl’s nest with baby owls right there in the park!  Can’t wait to see them!  The three year old classes will be taking a school bus to Como Park for a morning of fun with the animals there.  Both the bus ride and the zoo are exciting for the children!
We’re sad to have our school year end in May.  We will have a fun summer.  Some of our students will be back in the fall to harvest our garden and to learn and grow in our classrooms.  Others will be off to kindergarden.  Congratulations and best wishes to them!