What a wonderful and exciting year it has been for Mrs. Short and I to watch your children grow up before our eyes. Their wonder, enthusiasm and excitement make them so much fun to be around. They have all worked very hard and grown so much. I truly feel they are prepared to face the challenges that await them in Kindergarten.
I need to thank some people who make my job so much easier. First and foremost Tracee Short, who gives so much more of herself than is asked. She helps me continue to change and develop this program, making it one that we are both very proud of. Without her enthusiastic support and help I could not have accomplished all we have this year.
A special thank you to our Board of Directors, who handle all the business of making RAP run so smoothly: Craig Henderberg, Lauren Henderberg, Becky Bellanca, Bernadette Marino, Lindsay Valentino, Lisa Genovase, Christina Avallone, Kay Harder and Gordon Chapman. Your commitment to our program is vital to its success. If you are interested in joining our board, there are two open positions. Please contact a board member or speak to a teacher.
RAP parents and grandparents are some of the most special people I know. I want to thank you all for your outstanding support this year. Others who deserve our thanks are Kay Harder and Vicki Gutheil, the church’s Administrative Assistants, who type these newsletters, answers the phone and do so much for me. Thank you to Evan for keeping our building looking so beautiful. Also, Pastor Melissa DeRosia and the members and staff of Gates Presbyterian Church who so graciously share their space with us.
Mrs. Short is walking to raise awareness for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Please consider a donation. You may donate at:
222.namiwalks.org/rochester and search for Team – Just Keep Swimming
Our final field trip of the year will be to the Seneca Park Zoo. On Friday, May 6 we will meet at the zoo from 10:00 – 2:00. Bring a bag lunch and we can eat together at noon.
We are pleased to say our beautiful baby chicks went back to their mom and
dad at the farm. We miss them but we can go visit anytime.
There will be a small Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, May 18th at 1:30. Please bring one dozen of your families favorite cookies for the reception following the ceremony. You can drop them off with your child. Please remember we are a “Nut Free Zone.”
We have scheduled our annual end of the year RAP FAMILY PICNIC at Westgate Park for Wednesday, May 17. The shelter is reserved from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. so I hope you will all bring a picnic dinner and join us for our final goodbye to another fun year at RAP. You may come for a short while or stay the whole time. There will be a special surprise from 6:30 – 7:30.
Goodbyes are not easy and especially for this class. We have all grown so close. They are wonderful to be around and I will miss them all so much. Stay involved with your children – it will make a difference in their future!
If you would like to meet with me, just let me know and we can schedule an appointment for a Parent/Teacher conference.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT THIS YEAR AND
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR CHILDREN WITH US.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Friday, May 5 Field trip to the zoo
Make sure to have your secret map
Sunday, May 14 Happy Mothers Day
Wednesday, May 17 Graduation Ceremony – 1:30 p.m.
Students arrive at 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, May 17 Family Picnic at Westgate Park
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Super surprise 6:30-7:30
Monday, June 5 – Conferencing for students
Tuesday, June 6 leaving RAP