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Preschool - Emily Von Trapp


Welcome to Ms. von's classroom! My name is Emily von Trapp. This is my sixth 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 seventeen years. Emily also works as the Library assistant. 

Lindsey Vandal has joined our PK 4 teaching team this year.

Typical Schedule

Our preschool program runs from 8:00 a.m. (our classroom is 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 and Wednesdays, while the four-year-old program operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Our daily schedule is listed below. 

Our general schedule for the three-year-old M/W class is as follows:

W.E.S. Preschool M/W Class Schedule Fall 2016

Time                Monday                      Wednesday

8:00-8:45         Arrival/Play                    Arrival/Play
8:45-9:00         Clean Up                         Clean Up
9:00-9:30         P.E.                                  Library
9:30-10:00       Snack                              Snack
10:00-10:30     Circle/Centers               Circle/Centers
10:30-11:15     Centers/Projects           Centers/Projects
11:15-11:30     Clean Up                         Clean Up
11:30-12:00     Lunch                              Lunch
12:00-12:30     Recess                            Recess            
12:30                Bus/Pick Up                   Bus/Pick Up

Our general schedule for the four-year-old T/Th/F class is as follows:
W.E.S. Preschool T/Th/F Class Schedule Fall 2016
Time           Tuesday         Thursday              Friday
8:00-8:45  Arrival/Play   Arrival/Play         Arrival/Play
8:45-9:00  Clean Up        Clean Up               Clean Up
9:00-9:30  Library           Gym                       Music
9:30-10:00    Snack         Snack                    Snack
10:00-10:30 Circle/Centers Circle/Centers Circle/Centers
10:30-11:15 Centers/Projects Centers/Projects Centers/Projects
11:15-11:30  Clean Up    Clean Up                Clean Up
11:30-12:00  Lunch         Lunch                      Lunch
12:00-12:30  Recess       Recess                    Recess    
12:30       Bus/Pick Up    Bus/Pick Up           Bus/Pick Up


  • Ms. von's blog

    Visit my 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 2016” tab, and a “M/W Fall 2016 tab. The “Home” tab contains general information, while the “M/W” tab contains content specific to the three-year-old preschool class, and the “T/Th/F” tab contains content specific to the four-year-old preschool class.

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