Dear Park’s Edge Preschool Families:

Park’s Edge Preschool kicked off our school year with PEP’s Annual ‘Open House’ on Thursday, September 9th from 6 to 7:30 pm. Thank you to the families that we’re able to come to. The Open House precautions taken due to COVID-19 was to have families mask as they visited their child’s classroom and tour the PEP bus. PEP families had the opportunity to see for themselves the safety precautions taken in the classrooms; chairs have been labeled and seats have been assigned to keep playmate circles small as we make every effort to protect families from COVID. The bus seats are also labeled with children’s names for tracking purposes.

One of the other featured highlights for PEP’s Open House was a photo booth set up for fun family photographs. Park’s Edge Preschool treated everyone that participated with an ice cream treat from Granny’s Treats old fashioned ice cream truck. A cool way to kick off the 2021-2022 schoolyear at Park’s Edge Preschool. It was a nice opportunity to get to know our PEP families better and they were able to get to know Park’s Edge Preschool better.

A heartfelt ‘thank you goes to Ms. Karin McElrone, lovingly known as the ‘Church Lady’ was also in attendance at PEP’s Open House. Ms. Karin’s shared with families some goodies and an invitation to Emanuel Church’s Sunday School program, every Sunday at 9:30 am, here at Emanuel Church/Park’s Edge Preschool. Karin sits on Emanuel Church’s Board of Christian Education along with Ms. Jenele. Park’s Edge Preschool families are welcome to join us any Sunday for Sunday School. If you have any questions about Emanuel Church, please let me know. Emanuel Church’s active, participating families do receive a 10% discount on Park’s Edge Preschool’s child-care services.

Park’s Edge Preschool’s outdoor learning environment has recently been enhanced with 2 gazebos in the backfield. A big ‘thank you shout out to the Zacher family for providing Park’s Edge Preschool with the funds for the 2 gazebos for the backfield. The gazebos will serve a valuable purpose as shade, shelter, and outdoor classrooms for preschool and school-age children. Thank you to Marie Hoven, Emanuel Church’s Trustee for coordinating the installation of the sturdy structures. Emanuel Church and Park’s Edge Preschool’s children, staff, and families will value these shaded outdoor spaces for many years to come. THANK YOU!!

A Family-Friendly Halloween Event fondly known as ‘‘Trunk or Treat” is planned for all Park’s Edge Preschool/Emanuel Church families on Thursday, October 28 from 5:30 to 7:30+pm. Park’s Edge Preschool is hosting a safe, ‘spooktacular’ ‘trunk or treat’. The PEP staff will decorate the trunks of their cars. The decorated cars will be parked six feet apart in the northwest parking lot. Families will dress in costume and parade from car to car collecting commercially packaged goodies from each decorated car with costumed teacher(s). Families may also donate commercially packaged goodies by Wednesday, October 27, to PEP’s office for staff to distribute. Due to COVID we are asking that every adult and child preschool-school age be wearing a mask.

Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, Love of creation is one of the UCC’s campaign slogans. The children at Park’s Edge Preschool will be loving on the community by bringing in non-perishable food items the month of October to share with the local food pantry. Please help us fill the food barrel this month and help us share the love. It’s a positive way to help feed the hungry in our community. Thank you in advance for donating this month to the food drive with a bag or two of healthy non-perishable food items.

Friday, October 29th children are ‘dressing up’ as their favorite character for an all-center costume parade at 10:00 am. You don’t want to miss it do you? Halloween goodies for all! Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!! Mark your calendars now for the annual ‘Frazzled Family Dinner’ sponsored by the ‘Good News Group’ of Emanuel Church scheduled for Wednesday, November 17th watch for details! Food Is Love and we love Emanuel Church!

Sincerely, Ellen M. Kvalheim,