The Waitsfield Elementary Preschool Program is licensed by the State of Vermont. We have achieved 5 STARS, the highest level of Vermont’s quality recognition system.
“STARS – STep Ahead Recognition System – is Vermont’s quality recognition and improvement system for child care, preschool, and afterschool programs. Programs that participate in STARS are stepping ahead — going above and beyond state regulations to provide professional services that meet the needs of children and families.” This program is overseen by the Vermont Agency of Human Services, Department for Children and Families, Child Development Division.
The Waitsfield Elementary Preschool Program is open to all, creating a diverse and balanced learning environment where we nurture the beliefs that:
*Children are intelligent, creative, competent and full of potential.
*Children are deserving of, and capable of love, kindness and respect.
*Children thrive in an environment that is safe, nurturing and beautiful.
We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, developed by Loris Malaguzzi in Reggio Emilia, Italy after WWII. Malaguzzi believed that children are endowed with "a hundred languages" through which they can express their ideas: painting, sculpting, singing, sewing, etc. This approach is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment, inspired by the interests of the children.
Emily Church, Preschool Teaching Assistant, works with me in our classroom and has been working at W.E.S in the preschool for nineteen years. We are so lucky to have her!
Sarah McHugh has also joined our preschool team. Sarah is a licensed early educator who has great experience working with preschoolers. We are so lucky to have her!
For more information about my class please visit my classroom blog. The blog is a place to find info about important happenings in preschool. The blog is also a place to check in and see what Winnie, our classroom bear has been up to.
Welcome to Ms. von's classroom! My name is Emily von Trapp. This is my eigth year teaching preschool at the Waitsfield Elementary School (W.E.S.). Prior to joining the W.E.S. teaching staff, I was the Executive Director of the Waitsfield Children's Center, a not-for-profit preschool and early education center for five years. I have also taught in New Zealand and Pennsylvania.
Emily Church, preschool teaching assistant, works with me in the classroom. Emily has been supporting the development of preschoolers at W.E.S. for the past nineteen years. Emily also works as the Library assistant.
Kaitlyn Wimble also works with us on the PK4 teaching team. This is Kaitlyn's second year working with us. Kaitlyn is also the PK3 Classroom Teacher. Please read more about Kaitlyn above
Our preschool programs runs from 8:00 a.m. (our classrooms open at 7:30 for families who need to drop off before 8:00) and runs until 12:30 p.m. daily. The three-year-old program operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while the four-year-old program operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Our daily schedule is listed below.
W.E.S. Preschool M/W/F Class Schedule Fall 2018
Visit Ms. von's classroom blog to learn more about the preschool program, classroom updates, view photos and keep up with what is happening in preschool. I hope that my blog will serve as an information tool for parents, and also a tool for children to look at with their parents, essentially a visual bridge to help them reflect upon their experiences at school. Preschoolers LOVE looking at photos of themselves and their friends too! If you are unable to access the internet to view my blog, I am happy to print out the posts for you- just let me know. When visiting the blog you will see that there is a Home tab, a T, Th, F Fall 2018 tab. The Home tab contains general information, while the T/Th/F tab contains content specific to the four-year-old preschool class.