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Pond Preschool-September Reminders

September 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Greetings Families,

We wanted to remind you of the following:

  • We will be going to the Michigan Academy of Gymnastics this Thursday and Friday. Please check our door for more information and times!
  • Our Pond Wing Potluck will be Thursday the 18th from 5:30-7:00
  • Whitney will be off Thursday and Friday, September 25th and  26th
  • Flu shots are available Tuesday, the 30th at our Dhu Varren location. Please sign up at the front desk if you would like to get one.
  • Please take your child’s water bottle home on their last day each week. This helps to keep our room healthier!

Thank you!


Pond Preschool-August Information

August 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Families,

We wanted to remind you of the following:

  • We will be closed next week from Wednesday, August 27th-Friday, August 29th
  • We will re-open on Tuesday, September 2nd
  • Please take your child’s bathing suit and towel home with you
  • Please take home nap blankets, pillows and sheets to be washed
  • Please take your child’s water bottle home to wash as well

We also wanted to say goodbye to the following children:

  • Lyla’s last day is Thursday, August 21st
  • Ammar’s last day is Friday, August 22nd
  • Amelia, Haruka, Ian and Mina’s last day will be Tuesday, August 26th

Enjoy the rest of your week!


Pond Preschool-Weekly Update 8/11/14

August 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Hello Pond Preschool Families,

Here are some reminders for the upcoming week(s)

  • The Ann Arbor Symphony is visiting Thursday. Our classroom will visit them at 9:30 in the gym. Please try to have your child here before then, so that they can enjoy the instruments!
  • Whitney is off Thursday and Friday 8/14-8/15 (Josh will be her sub.)
  • We will be going on a field trip on Thursday the 21st and Friday the 22nd. Please look for information on our classroom door.
  • Alyssa will be off on her Birthday, Friday, 8/22
  • We will be closed Wednesday-Friday 8/27-8/29


Hope everyone is having a wonderful week! :)


Pond Preschool-Weekly Updates

July 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 


Here are some friendly reminders for the upcoming week:

  • Please check out our lost and found. We have noticed it is growing.
  • Please bring a bathing suit in for your child so that they can enjoy water play. (Be sure to label it with your child’s name.)
  • With the weather being so back and forth, please check and stock your child’s cubby for appropriate clothing.
  • Feel free to bring in a labeled water bottle. Many children are asking to have one at school.
  • Whitney will be off Thursday-Monday. Kristen, Alyssa and Josh are here to answer any questions.

Have a great week!


Pond Preschool-July Reminders :)

July 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Below are some friendly reminders for the next few weeks of July.

  • Alyssa will be off this Friday, July 18th.
  • Whitney will be off next Thursday, July 24th-Monday, July 28th.
  • Please bring in a crib sheet or extra blanket for your child’s nap mat. (We are trying to make nap time more comfortable by having them lay on top of a blanket or sheet, instead of the vinyl nap mats.)
  • Please be sure to take your child’s water bottle home with you weekly-we are unable to wash them at school.
  • Kristen will be off Friday, August 1st-Tuesday, August 5th.


Hope everyone is having a great week,


Pond Preschool-New Faces, New Changes

June 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

As many of you have noticed, we have many children coming and going from our classroom these days. This past month, we said goodbye to Wesley D., Payton, Conor, Lara, Ryan,Tyler and Shiv. We also said, “see you soon” to Mina and Ismaeel, who are both traveling for the Summer. As of June 16th, we officially welcomed our new transitioning children, Jason, Edwin and Supriya. All 3 children joined Kristen in the Blue Group.

Some of you may have seen the welcome sign for our new teacher, Alyssa! We are happy to have her as a full-time teacher for the Yellow Group.  Here is some information about her, but you can find it posted in our classroom as well!

Alyssa is a returning teacher to Gretchen’s House. She began her employment at the Traver location, but took a short break to finish her Bachelor’s Degree in Family Life and Education from Spring Arbor University.  Alyssa also has an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Development. She has been working in early childhood for 5 years and is excited to continue her experience at Gretchen’s House. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with her family and friends.

We realize change can be difficult for both children and families. To help support everyone with these recent changes, we created family group picture pages so that you can become more familiar with the new names and faces. We placed them in your Parent Mailboxes early this week. We hope you enjoy them!


Pond Preschool-Classroom updates/reminders

May 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We wanted to send out a few reminders to you all:

*Please check your child’s cubby and re-stock it with seasonally appropriate clothing. (Extra socks and pants are recommended for the muddy season)

*We have our Ice Cream Social/Classroom Potluck, next Thursday the 22nd. It starts at 5:30pm-we hope to see you there! If you’d like to bring in something, there is a sign-up list on top of our parent sign-in/sign-out sheet.

*Conferences are next Monday and Tuesday 5:45-8:45- please double check your day and time that you’ve signed up for.

*I will be off next Friday, May 23rd.

*Kristen will be off Tuesday, May 27th.

*We are CLOSED Monday, May 26th for Memorial Day.

– Whitney



Pond Preschool-Big Thanks

April 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to all the parents who came out on Friday for our Trike-a-thon! It was great having a crowd cheering on the children as they rode their bikes around the playground. The children enjoyed showing off their pedaling skills, as well as showing other children their helmets! It was a fun way to spend a Friday morning!

Thanks again,

Whitney, Kristen, Claire, Josh and Q


Pond Preschool-What’s happening this week…

April 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Our busy month is under way…here are some important dates that are coming up:

  • Thursday, April 17th-Yoga visitor! (Please send your child in comfortable shoes)
  • Friday, April 18th-Pond Preschool Trike-A-thon
  • Tuesday, April 22nd-Pond Wing Potluck (look for sign-up sheets in the Wing)
  • Wednesday, April 23rd-Kid’s Treat!

Happy Month of The Young Child,


Pond Preschool-Goodbye Toya!

April 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

We wanted to let you all know that our intern Toya will be leaving us soon. Her last day is going to be Wednesday, April 23rd. The children have enjoyed having her “Toya time” in the gym, where they express themselves through movement and talking about emotions, as well as forming a bond with her in the classroom. We wish Toya the best of luck and hope she enjoyed her time at Gretchen’s House!


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