Happy Spring! I have always found springtime to be a fun and eye-opening time at CCNS. As we approach the end of the school year, you can really see the students blooming! They become more comfortable and confident with their classmates, co-opers, and teachers, and most of the kids seem to feel at ease (and ecstatic about!) running around the playground, working on classroom projects, or setting out for new field trip adventures. Through play, they have learned so much about the world around them—essential skills and experiences that will help them be successful with school, friendships, and much more. And for parents, let’s be honest, co-oping at the end of the year is usually a bit easier than at the start, when so much is brand new.
This time of year is also packed with fun activities including a pony party, outdoor field trips, graduation for our kindergarten-bound students, and of course, the annual Spring Picnic. This year the picnic will be on Saturday, May 19th so mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details. There will be lots of food from R&R BBQ, a fantastic silent auction, and lots of kid-friendly activities. The picnic is always fun for the whole family and an important fundraiser for CCNS scholarships. You don’t want to miss it!
This May will also mark the end of my time as a parent and Board President at CCNS. It has been a privilege to spend the last 4 years helping run this amazing school, which has been educating preschoolers and fostering community for 56 years. I have enjoyed working with fantastic teachers and directors to create new programs that are moving the school forward, while maintaining the CCNS philosophy, mission, and values. And I especially appreciate the dedicated parent-volunteers on the Board, who have brought their unique skills to the table, making CCNS the best it can be. But most importantly, I have treasured the opportunity to experience preschool with my three kids, who will forever be proud CCNS alumni.
I am pleased to announce that Dana Powers will be taking over as President of the Board of Directors at the end of May. Dana is a 4-year CCNS parent and board member, and co-taught in the Wasatch Wanderers program this year. She has been teaching and/or co-oping for the last 14 years in many different settings in a variety of roles including lead teacher and program director. She will continue to bring lots of experience and great ideas to CCNS in her new role.
I hope you enjoy the last few months of the school year – see you CCNS!