3’s & 4’s News



Dear Parents,

Why are endings never as much fun as beginnings?  The last newsletter for the year is always difficult to write because it means an end to many things, but hopefully not an end to our friendships.  We wish you well in the future and hope you will all come back sometime to visit us. Please know you are always welcome!


I would like to thank the many people who make my job easier.  First the two people who put up with me on a daily basis – Tracee Short and Nicole Benedetto. You know how much I appreciate all that you do.  Thank you both for your hard work and unwavering support.  This program would not be the same without the love you give our children.


A special thank you to our Board of Directors, who handle all the business of making RAP run so smoothly:  Craig Henderberg, Lauren Henderberg, Bernadette Marino, Lindsay Valentino,  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 open positions for the 2018-2019 school year.


RAP parents and grandparents are some of the most special people around and I thank you for your support all year.  Others I need to thank are:  Kay Harder and Vicki Gutheil, the church’s Administrative Assistants who type these newsletters and answer phones and help in many ways.  A big thank you to our custodian, Bob, who makes our room so neat and clean; also the Pastors, members and staff of Gates Presbyterian Church, who graciously share their space with us.


The final field trip of the year will be to the Seneca Park Zoo.  On Friday, May 4, we will meet at the Zoo from 10:00 – 2:00.  There will be a scavenger hunt to find your favorite teacher.  Bring a bag lunch and we can eat together at noon.


The last week of classes this year are Monday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 15 for all students. On Wednesday, May 16 only those students going to kindergarten in September will come to school.  There will be a small graduation ceremony for them at the end of the day.  Students arrive at 11:30 and the ceremony is at 12:00.  Please bring one dozen of your family’s favorite cookies for a small reception following the graduation ceremony.  Please remember we are “nut free” zone.


We all come together at the Family Picnic on Wednesday night, May 16, at Westgate Park.  We have reserved the shelter from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and invite all our families to bring a picnic dinner and join us for our final goodbye to another year at RAP.  You can come for a little while or stay the whole time.  We hope for nice weather and fun for all.  There will be a special surprise from 6:30 – 7:30.  So, bring the family, something to eat, and come for a fun time!!

Goodbyes are not easy for me, so until we see each other again, it has been my pleasure to know you all. Please stay involved with your children – it will make a difference!

On behalf of Mrs. Short, Mrs. Benedetto, and myself, thank you for sharing your children with us!




Friday, May 4    Field trip to the Zoo.  Make sure you have your secret map


Sunday, May 13   Happy Mother’s Day


Wednesday, May 16   Students arrive at 11:30 a.m.

Graduation ceremony at 12:00 p.m.


Wednesday, May 16   Family Picnic at Westgate Park

4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Super surprise 6:30-7:30


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 sharing your children with us!




















































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