Dear Park’s Edge Preschool Families:

Thursday, May 24th PEP families and staff celebrated together twenty-four preschool graduates crossing the bridge from preschool to five-year-old kindergarten in fall 2018. Thank you, to Emanuel Church and the Good News Group, for supporting PEP’s Preschool Graduation by giving books and a goodie-bag to every preschool graduate!

Congratulations to all 2018 graduates big and small!‘Muchas Gracias’ to the ‘Good News’ Group of Emanuel Church! The Park’s Edge Preschool staff were treated to an Appreciation Luncheon on Saturday, May 5th…on CincoDeMayo! The PEP faculty toured 3 accredited child care centers in Waukesha County by the PEP bus and then went to lunch at Jose’s Blue Sombrero at Goerke’s Corners, Brookfield.

Touring other child care centers falls under classification of continuing education and can be sued towards meeting the twenty-five hours annual requirement. The first stop on the list was Wee Know School. The center is in the former Bark River School on HWY 83 in Hartland. Second tour stop was at WCTC’s Child Development Center, located on Peawaukee Campus and is also a teaching lab for early childhood students from WCTC, Carrol College and UW-Whitewater. Apple Ridge was our last destination located in Brookfield. Each center, unique in design, provides quality care for early childhood. The morning offered an educational and uplifting experience shared by the PEP staff. The staff took pictures and recorded many wonderful ideas represented in each center and will share them at our June 14th staff meeting. You are welcome to join us for the photo tour, just let me know you’d like to attend.

Wanted Fathers and Grandfathers…for PEP’s Father’s Day Celebration on Thursday, June 14thfrom 4 to 5pm. Come share the afternoon with your youngster(s) at PEP…an activity, snack and fun are on the agenda. You do not want to miss it! Watch for an invitation in your family mailbox for Dad and Grandfather(s) too! Wednesday, June 20th PEP’s summer program will get rolling…two, three or four wheels rolling that is. The Park’s Edge Preschool’s Bike Blessing will start the summer off with Pastor Bill blessing the PEP children’s bikes. Every child may bring a wheeled toy from home to be blessed. A ‘thank you’ in advance to Pastor Bill for blessing our bikes and starting our summer safely and spiritually at Park’s Edge Preschool.

Thursday, June 28th is PEP Picture Day with Life Touch (again?). Originally, we scheduled a photo shoot with Sylvia and Magic Photographer’s. However, I am sad to report that Sylvia, the magical photographer, has retired and the company felt she cannot be replaced. Happy retirement Sylvia…now you’re the one smiling

A traditional family favorite is…AugustFest! This year’s family fun event for all ages will be held on Sunday, August 5th. AugustFest wristbands for the children are sold in advance at PEP or will be available at AugustFest.Unlimited games, inflatables and a children’s meal (hot dog, chips and a pickle) all for only $15.00 wristband. The tug-of-war between Emanuel Church and Park’s Edge Preschool was lovingly named the ‘John Farina Memorial Tug of War’in honor of the former Emanuel Church’s Building and Grounds Trustee! We look forward to this year’s AugustFest and the Tug-of-War Challenge! Incidentally, PEP has won the last two years competition! Be sure to watch for details of the summer highlight…you don’t want to miss it!

Keeping our cool at PEP now that summer weather is finally here! The staff do apply sunscreen and hydrate the children regularly to keep them safe and healthy! Children stay in at temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Please be sure your child has a swim-suit and towel daily for water play. Thank you!


Ellen M. Kvalheim