Dear Park’s Edge Preschool Families:

Can it really be June already? The month of May flew by… with Parent-Teacher Conference Night and the following morning we welcomed and celebrated mothers and grandmothers by treating them to a Mother’s Day Breakfast. The moms were also showered with cards and gifts to say, ‘thank you mom’…and ‘I love you, mom!’ Did you know that Park’s Edge Preschool employs 15 moms…and one dad? PEP fathers and grandfathers will be celebrated on Thursday, June 16, at PEP’s Annual Father’s Day Celebration. Please be sure to watch for an invitation with details in your family mailbox. Thank you to all of PEP’s mothers and fathers! Thursday, May 26, 2022, Park’s Edge Preschool held the Annual PEP Preschool Graduation Ceremony for PEP’s preschoolers graduating to 5-year-old kindergarten in the fall. Eighteen children proudly participated in the graduation ceremony, crossing over the bridge from preschool to kindergarten/elementary school. Thank you to Emanuel Church for the use of their beautiful sanctuary. After the ceremony, family, staff, and the preschool graduates were treated to ‘Granny’s Treats’. It’s an old-fashioned ice cream truck with individually wrapped ice cream treats…a ‘cool’ celebration at PEP! Park’s Edge Preschool is proud to provide the preschool graduates with tools, supported by Christian values, for life-long learning and loving. Congratulations to all 2022 graduates!

Park’s Edge Preschool was excited to hold our bi-annual Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, May 6th, in person this year. It is a privilege for PEP’s teaching staff to meet with families to discuss your child’s growth and development. The teaching staff enjoys sharing each child’s portfolio with parents and the Portage Assessment Tool. The assessment tool is used to document each child’s progress physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. The portfolio is a wonderful lifetime keepsake for when the child leaves Park’s Edge Preschool.

We were sad to hear of the school shooting in Texas and have since reviewed our staff safety protocol and active shooter procedures. The staff has been reminded of policies and procedures regarding security measures taken as a precaution in such a serious event. The staff has been instructed not to allow any strangers in the building and to report anything/anyone questionable. The police and fire department are aware of our building. We have an excellent rapport with both entities. PEP and Emanuel Church have worked extensively with both departments on current safety and security protocol. PEP has had extensive training for an active shooter situation and regularly practices for lockdown and re- verse evacuations. ‘Emergency preparedness’ is required and reported to the state licensing department as well. In the event we would have to move to another location we will move the children to the health-wise building next door and notify parents asap for further instructions. Please let me know if you have any questions about PEP’s safety protocol.

Another milestone…June 1st, 2022, is Park’s Edge Pre-school’s 23rd Anniversary! Thank you, to Emanuel Church members, for supporting quality, Christian, early childhood care and education, in Emanuel Church, Hales Corners. Park’s Edge Preschool will be serving cupcakes to honor Emanuel Church’s Heritage Days and in celebration of PEP’s 23rd Anniversary on Sunday, June 5th during Fellowship Hour. You are invited to join us at 9:30 am. Enjoy!!

We have a super summer planned and hope your family is looking forward to it as much as our staff is. We kick off our summer program on Wednesday, June 15th, with the fabulous foam machine. We wrap up the month on Thursday, June 30th, with Park’s Edge Preschool’s Bike Blessing. Calling all wheeled toys, buggies, and wagons are invited in to be blessed…sorry no motorcycles! Our annual bike blessing encourages safe travels for our children this summer. What a great way to start summer safely at PEP…just in time for the July 4th holiday celebrations. I am excited that summer is almost here, and the days are getting longer already but sad to see the school year coming to an end. It is this time of year we say farewell to friends who withdraw for the summer with the hope we will reconnect with many of them again in the future. I hope you and your family are blessed with a safe, happy, and healthy summer.

Sincerely, Ellen M. Kvalheim