Dear Park’s Edge Preschool Parents:

Happy New Year to all! The New Year brings an opportunity to start anew. The staff at Park’s Edge Preschool will meet early this month to set new goals (resolutions) for the New Year, both personal and professional. 2017’s goal the staff set out to upgrade the health and safety of each child in our preschool classroom by adding individual cubby units to them. The new addition of cubbies enhanced the entire quality of the classrooms on the lower level through this upgrade. Again, our #1 New Year’s resolution to the community is to continue to offer quality rated 5-star, YoungStar child care services in 2018! Congratulations to Ms. Jenele who successfully accomplished earning an Early Childhood Associate Degree, December 2017!

Jesus’ Birthday Celebration was held at Park’s Edge Preschool on Thursday, December 14th. Jesus’ Birthday Celebration is a favorite ‘family’ tradition here. A big thank you to the many family and friends that attended in helping to make Park’s Edge Preschool’s Annual Christmas Program a success. Special thanks to our beloved ‘Pastor Bill’ Utke for his availability and a lesson shared with the children at PEP’s Jesus’ Birth- day Celebration similar to ‘Children’s Time’ of Emanuel Church’s worship service. Also, thank you to Nancy Erenz’, an Emanuel Church member, this is her ninth year in musically accompanying the children and adding a special element to PEP’s Christmas Pageant. Thank you for bringing the ‘Baby Jesus’ Birthday Gifts of non-perishable food donations collected for the Hunger Task Force. Food donations are always welcome at Park’s Edge Preschool/Emanuel Church because hunger is year round. The 2017 Christmas season will be filled with many happy memories to hold onto…be sure to treasure every one of them!

2018 rates go into effect on Monday, January 1st, 2018. Please be sure to complete the Health History and Emergency Care Plan and the Tuition Agreement forms and return to the center office no later than Friday, January 5th, 2018. You will receive 2018 vacation vouchers upon completion and return of the required forms. 2017 tax statements will be available the week of January 8th, 2018. If you have any questions see Jessica or me. Thank you.

Sunday, January 28th is CHHSM Sunday. Park’ Edge Preschool has been a member of the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries since June 1999. CHHSM Sunday gives Emanuel Church members an opportunity to celebrate Park’s Edge Preschool’s ministry serving Hales Corners and the surrounding community with Christian child care. Members of Emanuel Church and those of Park’s Edge Preschool, that are in the health and human service professions (including PEP’s staff) are invited to participate in the ‘blessing of the hands’ ceremony during Worship Service on CHHSM Sunday. I want to take this opportunity to invite the many Park’s Edge Preschool families to attend Emanuel Church’s Worship Service on CHHSM Sunday for an exciting opportunity to learn about Emanuel Church and CHHSM. CHHSM’s Annual Meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri on March 1st to 3rd, 2018.

2017, the General Synod of United Church of Christ unveiled a new denomination wide initiative; ‘Three Great Loves’, as a way to unify efforts towards the realization of the UCC’s vision of a ‘Just World for All’. CHHSM members (Park’s Edge Preschool) have been asked to partner in this initiative: Love of Neighbor; Love of Children; and Love of Creation. Park’s Edge Preschool’s 2018 goal is to embrace this initiative to create a just, caring and compassionate world. Watch for ways Parks Edge Preschool is supporting this UCC initiative and how you can help too. It’s a great way to start the New Year!

Happy New Year & Good Tidings,

Ellen M. Kvalheim, Director