August Update

I hope you are having an enjoyable summer. It’s hard to believe that back-to-school orientation is just a few weeks away!

Perry Park’s summer program was held for three weeks this past July. We all had a lot of fun and look forward to offering it next summer; July 8 – 25, 2019.

View highlights of the summer activities at

We are excited to announce that Sarah Perry will lead Tot Yoga at PPP this fall.

Children 18 months – 3 years, along with a caregiver, are invited to join. Sarah is a certified yoga instructor as well as an assistant teacher at PPP. The six-class session will be held on Tuesday mornings in Fellowship Hall from 9:30-10:15 for a cost of $60. The class begins on Tuesday 9/25 and ends on Tuesday 10/30. Please register on our website; or you may call the school to register.

Orientation visits for the fall program will be held Wednesday, September 5th and Friday, September 7th. Please come in anytime between 9:00 -11:00 with your child.

The children will have the opportunity to visit with teachers and friends and explore the classroom before the start of school. Parents will receive a handbook, a school calendar and a family directory as well as other information.

Please bring with you:

*completed enrollment and emergency forms. Be sure to list local contacts for emergency purposes- someone who can come to the school just in case you can not be reached.

*medical and immunization forms with the date of the lead tests clearly stated.

–No child will be able to start school without this information.

*two photos (4×6 or smaller) of your child to use in school to label his/her cubby and snack time place card and

* first tuition payment.

The teachers have been busy preparing the classroom and planning the curriculum in anticipation of the new school year. Bridget Grenham is the Yellow Apple group teacher (4&5- year olds).

I will assist the Yellow Apple group each morning. Ilene Kozdra is the Red Apple group teacher (3&4-year olds). Sherry DePaolo will assist the Red Apple group on Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Mondays. Sarah Perry will assist the Red Apple group on Wednesdays, Fridays and alternate Mondays. One of the great aspects of our program is that the staff works together in all areas of the classroom throughout the morning and comes to know every child on an individual basis. Please be sure to meet the teachers at orientation. They will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

During your orientation visit there will be information and a signup sheet for those interested in joining our Parent Group. The parent group organizes social events outside of the regular classroom setting. Please let me know if you would like to help plan the first group outing in October.

Mark your calendar! The annual Ice Cream Social and preschool Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. More information on this evening will come home in September.

At this time there are limited openings for the fall program with a waitlist for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please let me know if you need to make changes to your schedule or if you will not be attending PPP as planned. There is space available for Lunch Bunch which is held from 11:45-1:00 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. A signup sheet will be available during orientation for those who may like to sign up.

Lunch Bunch will begin on Wednesday, September 19th.

I will be in and out of the classroom frequently during the next few weeks so leave a message at (978) 374-6678 if I can help you in any way. I can also easily be reached through email:

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer! School begins on Monday, September 10th.

WEEKLY UPDATE: MAY 14 – 18, 2018



This week the classroom will be buzzing with learning experiences! We will explore a variety of bugs and learn their characteristics and ways these creatures are important in nature. Activities planned include: creating thumbprint insects, assembling a large bug floor puzzle, painting with watercolors and observing the new Painted Lady Caterpillars in the science area. We will keep you posted on their metamorphosis.

WEEKLY UPDATE: MAY 21 – 25, 2018

This is the final sharing week for the year. The children may bring in a sharing item of their choice!

This week we will explore the world of water. The classroom activities will focus on rivers, oceans, ponds and lakes. We will discover the differences between them and learn which animals call these habitats home. At circle time we’ll conduct a sink or float experiment and at music time we’ll sing Down By the Bay, Yellow Submarine, Baby Fish, Row, Row, Row Your Boat and more!


**Each week of the summer program is full with a short wait list. Those who have already signed up need to return their forms and registration fees by Friday,

May 18thto hold their spots. We would like to accommodate PPP families on the waitlist so please return your forms/fees by May 18th. Thank you!

*Curious Creatures will be visiting PPP on Thursday, May 31stfor two shows.

See attached notice. There is a signup sheet for non-Thursday students to attend.

*Be sure to wear red, white and blue on Friday 18thfor some patriotic fun!

*Friday June 1stis the last Lunch Bunch for the school year!

*The May Lunch Bunch payment is due by Friday June 1st!

*The Yellow Apples have begun practicing songs for their graduation ceremony to be held on Tuesday June 12that 9:30. More info will come home next week.

*The last day of preschool is Monday, June 11th.

WEEKLY UPDATE: APRIL 23 – 27, 2018


This week we will explore a variety of occupations. Beauticians, teachers, community helpers and health care workers will be included. The learning centers will include:

-reading books about occupations,

-playing with pizza dough,

-painting with combs and brushes,

– a writing activity on “When I Grow Up” and

– the letter of the week activity is Y is for yellow.

**This is SHARING WEEK. The children may bring in an item related to any career on their scheduled sharing day.


*We welcome anyone who would like to come in this week (or in the next

few weeks) to share their occupation with the class. Please see a teacher

for scheduling.

*Registration for 2018-2019 is ongoing. There are openings for both red and yellow apples for the fall. If you know of anyone looking for preschool please have them call or email for more information. Thank you!

*The art show was a huge success! The children were so proud to have their art work and photos displayed and we appreciate all your support! See reverse side for raffle winners.

*The class picture will be taken on Wednesday, May 2nd at 9:30!!

Non-Wednesday students are asked to come for the picture at 9:30. Picture order forms will come home as soon as we receive them from Hockmeyer Studios.

Purchasing the picture is optional but we hope all will come to be in it!

*Registration forms for the summer program will come home after April vacation.

If you have already signed up you are guaranteed a spot. The registrations forms should be returned by May 25th; after that date the program will be open to new families. The weeks are filling up quickly so please sign up if you would like your child to attend.


This week our classroom will be busy with scientific activity!

At circle time a variety of simple experiments will be conducted and during free choice time we will do a follow-up activity to enhance the learning experience. We plan to experiment with water, bubbles, magnets, and make a lemon volcano and slime and silly putty in the sensory table!

We’ll experiment with crayon resist to make the letter X this week.


*If your child is going to be absent from school, please call to let us know

or send an email. Thank you.

*This is a good time to check the spare clothes in your child’s backpack.

Please be sure to include socks, underwear, and clothes for spring!

*There is a signup sheet for Tasty Tuesday on April 10th.

*Thank you for the quick response to the summer program signups.

The deadline for signing up is May 1st. The weeks will be finalized after that date.

*April vacation week is 4/16 – 4/20.

WEEKLY UPDATES: MARCH 26 – 30, 2018 and APRIL 2 – 6, 2018


During these two weeks we will explore the season of Spring. Hopefully the snow will have melted and we’ll have warmer weather and it will feel like spring is in the air! The activities will include observing signs of spring outdoors, reading books about spring and weather in springtime. Music and movement time will have us “shadow dancing” and “freeze dancing” and using scarves and streamers as we move like the wind!

The letter of the week activity is W is for weather.


*There is no school on 3/30 for Good Friday.

*Lunch Bunch will not be held on Friday, April 6th.

The Art Show is Saturday, April 7th. Baked goods can be dropped off on Friday

or on Saturday morning by 10:15. Please no peanut products.

*Progress reports are coming home this week. These do not need to be signed

or returned. Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions.

*There is a signup sheet for Tasty Tuesday on April 10th.

* PPP will hold a ½ day summer program in July;

July 9th – 12th (cooking and crafts) and July 16th – 19th (Western theme). There is the possibility of a third week July 23rd – 26th (nature week) if there is enough interest. The program is held Monday – Thursday each week and runs from 9:00-12:30. Children bring their own lunch and snack is provided.

The cost is $120 per week per child. There is a 10% discount for one child when siblings attend. There will be a sign up sheet for those who may be interested.

The program requires 12 students each week to be held. Registration forms will come home at the end of April.



The focus of our learning experiences this week will be on our favorite authors and illustrators. Each day at circle time we will read a book with a food theme by a selected author and the classroom centers will involve these books/authors also. The book selection includes:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) retold by Philemon Sturges

If You Give A Moose A Muffin by Laura Numeroff

More Spaghetti, I Say! by Rita Golden Gelman

Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake by Eileen Christelow

*This is a sharing week. On your child’s scheduled sharing day they may bring in one of their favorite books.

The letter of the week activity is V is for violets. .


*Congratulations to big brother Cooper Belisle and family on the birth of

Olive Kay on February 23rd!

*MARK YOUR CALENDARS: the Art Show will be held on Saturday April 7th from 10:30-12:00. A bake sale and a book raffle will be held also. See attached.

*There is a signup sheet for contributions of baked goods for the Art Show.

*The April snack calendar is coming home today. There will be one more snack

calendar for May/June.

*Children’s medical forms are current for one year from the date of the

physical exam. If your child has had a recent physical please send in a copy

of the current physical form to be kept on file. Thank you.

WEEKLY UPDATE: MARCH 5th – 9th and 12th – 16th, 2018


Art is an expressive and aesthetic activity that can be enjoyed throughout life;

it is also a theme that children especially enjoy. During our focus on art for these two weeks the children will explore a variety of artists, their tools and supplies. They will also learn where works of art can be found. Each day we will create a work of art inspired by an artist and many of our masterpieces will be on display at the Art Show in April.

(Please note this theme will be for two weeks and replaces the rainforest theme.)

The letter of the week activities are T is for tiger and U is for unicorn.


*The April snack calendar will be available to sign this week.

* The Art Show will be held on Saturday, April 7th from 10:30-12:00. More

information will come home as the date nears.

We hope you will all come by and see our artistic creations!

*The NSMT is mailing the show tickets to PPP. I will send them home as soon

as they arrive so everyone has their tickets prior to the performance.

*Be sure to wear green on Friday, March 16th for some St. Patrick’s Day fun!



You may hear us singing- “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?” as we learn about pets this week in school. During the week the children will discover the kinds of animals typically kept as pets and the care and feeding of pets and the occupations of people who work with pets. Some of the learning experiences your child may participate in are:

-graphing our favorite pets

-playing an animal soundtracks lotto game

-creating animal puppets & fish bowl art

-measuring our heights with dog bones

-visiting the animal clinic set up in the dramatic play area

The letter of the week activity is S is for snake.


*This is a sharing week. On your child’s regular sharing day they may bring in their

favorite stuffed friend for a checkup at the animal clinic set up in dramatic play.

*The Yellow Apple Group has begun home visits with the class book buddy. Knufflebunny and two books by Mo Willems will go home with each child in the yellow apple group and the children are asked to write about their experience in the class journal. All are anxiously awaiting their turn!

*We are currently accepting registration forms for the new school year. There

are openings for both red and yellow apple groups. If you know of anyone looking for preschool they may call or email to schedule a visit.

*We plan to be on the playground for 30 minutes each morning. We’re still thawing out from this cold winter so boots, hats, mittens (snow pants are ok too!) should be worn to enjoy playground fun!


This week the activities in our classroom will focus on Valentine’s Day, friendship and the Post Office. Circle time activities will include reading books and discussing the importance of sharing, giving, loving and friendship. We will deliver Valentine cards to our friends’ mailbags and explore the Post Office set up in the dramatic play area. Other activities planned for the week include:

-playing musical hearts and other Valentine games
-playing musical hearts and other Valentine games
-sponge painting hearts
-making a Valentine card for our families
-letter R is for roses and
-learning Valentine songs and poems at music time. One the children love to
recite is: “I love you, I love you, I love you divine,
Please give me your bubblegum, you’re sitting on mine!”


*The ticket money for Madagascar is due by Friday February 16th. There are 4 extra tickets if anyone else would like to attend, please let me know!

*The dramatic play area will be set up as a Post Office this week. Any donations
of stickers, paper and envelopes would be appreciated. Thank you.

*At circle time this week the Yellow Apples will begin to learn their addresses and to recognize their address in print.

*Children are asked to bring in Valentine cards Monday 2/12, Tuesday 2/13 and Wednesday 2/14. To make distributing the cards easier please have your child
sign the cards, but do not address it to anyone on the outside. Also send in enough cards for your child’s entire group. There are 25 Yellow Apples and 15 Red Apples.

*The March snack calendar will be available to sign this week.

*There is a signup sheet for the pizza lunch on Wednesday, February 14th.

*Please call or send an email when your child is going to be absent from school.

*February school vacation week is February 19th – 23rd. Enjoy the week!

Weekly update: JANUARY 29 – FEBRUARY 2, 2018


This theme will take the children on a journey around the world. Each country or continent has something different to share. We plan to explore the music, languages and crafts from a variety of countries.
The letter of the week is P is for penguin.

*Show your team spirit on Friday 2/2 and wear your favorite sports team apparel!


The winter games in PyeongChang will be the focus of our learning experiences
this week. We will pretend to be Olympians as we walk on a balance beam, skate to music and climb through an obstacle course. We’ll conduct a fireworks- in- a- jar experiment at circle time and paint colorful Olympic rings and medals!
Also this week each child will decorate a Valentine bag in order to receive Valentine cards from their classmates next week.
The letter of the week activity is Q is for quarter.

*The February snack calendar is attached.
*The book order is due by Friday 2/9.
*There is a signup sheet for a pizza lunch on Wednesday, February 14th.
*The children may bring in Valentines cards to deliver to their classmates’
bags on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 2/12-2/14. Be sure to send in enough cards for your child’s entire group. There are 15 red apples and 25 yellow apples. Please leave the outside envelope blank for ease of delivery for the children and only sign the inside of the card.

*We have seats reserved for the NSMT performance of Madagascar on SaturdayMarch 31st for the 10 AM performance. The tickets are $12 per person and the ticket money is due by Friday, February 16th. There are a few extra seats reserved if you didn’t sign up and would like to join the group or if you have any family/friends who might like to come as well. Just let me know!

Checks should be made payable to PPP.