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Director Notes

September 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

As we gear up for fall and the upcoming events, I wanted to provide you with following information including important dates and reminders.

Work Days

Thank you for supporting the ongoing professional development of our teachers. During the three work days, we received important information regarding Crisis Procedures, Administering Medication and a whole host of curriculum topics that teachers were able to choose from. Classrooms were cleaned, organized, and prepared for our new and returning children. We also took time to acknowledge teachers’ accomplishments and longevity. It was amazing to see how many staff have been at Gretchen’s House for 5 + years; 19 teachers just at our Dhu Varren center!


We hope to see many families at our potlucks this month! This is a great time to meet new families and spend time talking with your child’s classroom teachers. The children help make the desserts so they are excited about coming and sharing their treats with their loved ones. Watch for the flyer with more information and mark your calendar for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, September 16 = Farm Wing Potluck
  • Thursday, September 18  = Pond Wing Potluck
  • Monday, September 22 = Railroad Wing Potluck

Picture Day

We are excited to offer this great service for families. David Meyer had been taking photographs for Gretchen’s House for over 20 years. He takes his time with each child with the goal of getting the best natural smile possible. David also takes group photos of each classroom. As a mom of two Gretchen’s House graduates, I still enjoy looking back at the photos of the boys and their friends! There are different packages to choose from, including just getting the group photo. Please note the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 7 = Railroad and Farm Wings
  • Wednesday, October 8 = Pond Wing

David will do his best to get a photograph of your child, but remember that his subjects are young children who may feel uncomfortable with the camera, lights and an unfamiliar face. Your money will be returned to you if he is unable to get an acceptable picture of your child.

Group photos will be taken first. So please have your child at the center by 9:15 to ensure that are part of the group picture!

Routine Code Change

We will be changing the parent security code Monday, September 8th. This is a routine change and there is no reason for alarm. We will keep the current code as a secondary code throughout the week to allow for adequate time to communicate the change. On Monday, September 15th that code will no longer give you access.

As an added security step, we will not be giving out the code in any type of written form. Teachers and Administrative staff will be making a concerted effort to communicate this change to all parents. Please help us by:

  • Communicating it to other family members who participate in picking up and dropping off your child.
  • Asking what the code is.
  • Being patient as we will do our best to make contact with everyone. (Please don’t hesitate to ring the doorbell).

We understand that our security system is not fool proof. However, it does slow people down and is an added measure to the many policies and procedures we have in place intended to keep your child safe.

Thank you,



About Laura Griswold
Dhu Varren Director Laura Griswold has been a part of the Gretchen’s House team for almost twenty years, starting in 1992 as an I/T teacher at GH Mt. Pleasant. Laura served as the director of GH-Mt. Vernon for six years and as the director at GH-Traver for four years before opening the Dhu Varren center in October, 2003. Laura earned a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Development from Eastern Michigan University. She is a certified High/Scope trainer and also serves on the Washtenaw Community College Child Care Advisory Committee. Laura has two sons in elementary school who are GH graduates. In her spare time, Laura enjoys reading, scrap booking, and spending time with her family.

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