June 21, 2018

Dear Families,

We have been itching to write this letter and share the great news.  Many of you know we have been rated at the highest level on Arizona’s Quality Improvement and Rating System for the past 4 years (ever since the program released public ratings).  This spring we went through another Quality First assessment which included 3 days of classroom observations and another day of policy review.  After all this, the powers that be in Phoenix decided we are still worthy of the 5 Star rating.  (Hooray!)  As far as we know, we are the only program in Southern Arizona (and perhaps statewide) to receive three ratings in a row of 5 Stars.  We are so proud of our teachers and appreciate all the time and energy they devote to teaching.  Please congratulate them if you get the chance.  Do you want more information about Quality First?  Just ask, we are happy to share.

The first session of swim lessons ends Thursday, June 28th.  The next swim lesson session will begin Thursday, July 3rd.  Please let us know if you would like your child to be part of the second, and last, swim lesson session.

Attached to this newsletter is our new meal benefit form.  We must ask you to fill out a new form every July.  Whether your child has been here 2 days or 4 years, all families must complete this new form and return it to the office.  While it looks similar to last year’s form, it really is different and we do need you to complete it.  This information is used by the Department of Education to reimburse us for some of our food costs.  Your individual information is not reported to the State; we simply collect the info and report it in bulk.  We don’t, and are not required to, report any of your names or demographics.  As a reminder, what you report on this form does not impact your tuition.

Is your child currently a Mountain Lion?  Is your child entering Kindergarten?  If you answered “yes” to either of these questions you also have a transportation form attached to this newsletter.  Please let us know your plans for August.  We do want to ensure we save a spot on our bus for current families so we will guarantee you space in our afterschool program until July 13th.  After the 13th we will begin enrolling new families for the school year.  We will transport children to/from Davidson, Cragin and Academy Adventures for sure.  We may also transport children to/from Presidio if we have enough interest.

The last day of swimming is August 1st for our Mountain Lion class.  The last swim day for all other classes will be Friday, August 3rd.

August 6th will be the first day of our new classes for all children who are not Mountain Lions. You will receive a letter from us in mid July with your child’s new class and teachers.  We will  begin talking with the children about the transition to new classrooms in mid-July.

New this year!  We invite you to come in on Sunday, August 5th anytime between 5:00 and 6:00 to meet your new teachers and drop off any items such as family pictures, spare clothing, etc…  This is intended to be a quick 5 – 10 minute visit to make Monday morning a bit easier for all of us.  We will schedule classroom open houses later in August where you will have the opportunity to hear more about your child’s new class.

Please help us!  If you pick your child up during dinner please sign your child out in the book and computer on your way out, not on the way in.  The Child and Adult Care Food Program we participate in requires that children stay until 5:15 for us to receive reimbursement for children’s meals.  If you stay until then, please be sure to sign out on the way out, after the meal is finished.  Thanks!

Reminder, there is no need to keep the attached forms in the backseat of your car – please fill them out and turn them in as soon as possible.

We will close on July 4th to celebrate Independence Day.  Enjoy your holiday.

Thank you for being a part of our school!

Minnie, Blanca & Bill

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