As of January 2nd we are in our new home. It was two weeks of moving 30 years of preschool materials into a space with 50 years of history. American Lutheran had an established school here until last year when their director retired. They graciously offered Messiah the space and we took the holiday to get re-set. The students are adjusting to the change. We now have two rooms instead of one. The staff of ALC has been very welcoming and excited to see the young ones back in the building. Pam Lowe, the original director 50 years ago, came to meet us on the first day. Mrs. Smith's son is on a college break and has been helping us the first week as well. He is studying Elementary Ed, so it's a great experience for all of us. The gentle giant is 6'9" so the students are enjoying having a big boy around for a bit.
Our parents have been working together to carpool from their west end homes. We are building some new relationships that way. All in all it has been a great start in our new home.
Hard to believe, but enrollment for fall '19 will begin soon. So spread the word. Messiah has moved. Same program and fun, just a new place to learn and grow together.
Seasons Greetings from Marianne, down in your preschool. The students are spending every December class making messes and hopefully some joyful noise in preparation for our program on Tuesday the 18th. Both classes perform together in the sanctuary that night. This year will be especially bittersweet as we look to the future of our program.
It is with sadness and excitement that I let you all know that our preschool is officially moving to a new building in January. I have really prayed about waiting till spring to go. With the winter coming, the snow removal needed, and the financial circumstances of Messiah I needed to make a decision about our program. American Lutheran Church had a preschool for 50 years. They chose to close their doors this fall with their director's retirement. American made the gracious decision to wait and see what Messiah’s future was before hiring a new preschool team there. As much as it pains me to leave Messiah, I have decided to move over the break. If I waited until spring, I am afraid that it would end up costing money that could be used for the church’s prolonged needs. American is a thriving congregation with a beautiful facility. It will be a fresh start for all of us over there. The staff is excited to have preschoolers in the building again making that "joyful noise" every day.
I sincerely want to thank Messiah for blessing us with this space and their unwavering support of the Preschool. I was a part of it for its entire 30 year ministry. I couldn’t be more proud to have been a board member, parent, and part of the staff. My heart is heavy but also blessed to have contributed to Messiah's beautiful ministry. My prayers are with them as Messiah finds their way in the future. Marianne
Welcome to the preschool news. We are enrolling students for the fall. Our open houses will be full of families exploring the classroom. Once these students get used to the routine, we will take off. September it’s a time for play and exploration while we learn how it works.
Children come to Messiah in a two year program, progressing with skill levels as they are developmentally ready. We start the year learning all of the rules and routines in a preschool day. We have help from our friend the Bee. Be kind, be safe, be a friend, be quiet, or just be our selves. One of our first Bible stories is Jesus feeding the 5,000. Snack at preschool only feeds 18, but we learn to share, learn our table blessing, and work on our manners when we hear this story. We also get to learn a bit about allergies with a peanut allergy in our Tu-Th class this year.
We try to update our Facebook page often at Messiah Lutheran Preschool, Billings and continue working on this web page, so check in for answers to any questions you may have about our program (or as always, feel free to ask Mrs. Smith anything).
We want to add a thank you for all of the work that Messiah members Pastor Kris, Karen Duncan, Dennis Hackmann, Tim Singer, & Skip Mitzman have done for the preschool. If we missed anyone who contributed time and talents to our basement classroom, we thank YOU too.
Thank you for your continued support as we begin a new year downstairs in your preschool. Marianne
Most of you are already aware that Messiah has a small congregation. In the last year, this church has been faithfully praying for growth. The preschool has been housed here for 30 years, rent free, as an outreach program. Messiah is currently working on various ways to continue their ministry. Please keep this congregation in your prayers in this coming year.
Because of their unknown future, we have graciously been invited to move over to American Lutheran Church (on the Corner of Division & Lewis). We prayerfully made the decision to commit to moving the preschool to ALC in September of 2019. They had a preschool there for close to 50 years before their most recent director retired. ALC is willing to wait and offer Messiah’s program a safe, fun, established space to move to when we need it. The plan is set for next September, but they are available as soon as January 2019 if we should need to give Messiah back their space sooner.
We do realize that it is a few miles farther for some of you to travel. A move will not change our program or our connection to your children. We will all have to make the 10-minute adjustment if we end up moving during this current school year. We GREATLY appreciate your commitment to our program and philosophy. We are going to have a great year even with potential changes ahead. When we know more you will too. Until then we play and learn together happily at Messiah.
We hope you are having a good summer. Postcards will go out mid August to remind the students that we don't start quite when the big kids go. You get a bit of extra time with your preschooler before we begin after Labor day. We're gearing up for another great year in preschool. It has been great meeting some of you this summer at our first time visits. We are looking forward to getting to know all of the new students. Our open houses are the Wednesday and Thursday of Labor day week and the classes start a week from Labor day on Monday and Tuesday. See you in September!
Can you believe it is already the end of March? We've only got two months of school left for the year. We will be taking a mini-spring break over Easter weekend. We hunt Easter eggs on Mon/Tues and then break through Easter Monday (12-17th).
The elementary school kids are out on Monday April 3rd, but we don't take that day off. You can choose to keep your preschooler home with siblings or send them and meet one of Mrs. Smiths kids, who will sub for Jessie/Jill while they are home with their kids.
Next month the graduating students will go to the zoo on Wed the 17th and have a grad brunch on Wed the 24th. The Tuesday/Thurs class will end on Tuesday May 23rd this year. Class will begin again for them the week of Labor day next fall.
We've got a lot to do in the next two months. It goes way to fast for sure. Happy Spring to all!
Yesterday and today we had our open house for each class. We had some shy introverts and some enthusiastic extroverts at both. We can't wait until next week when we can really get to know your child's personality. There are 14 students back from last year. There are also a lot of siblings of past students in each class. It's fun when it is finally their turn to come to school.
We are going to have so much fun with your children this year. Next week we will spend most of our time getting to know each other and learning how the school routine will work. It's ok if you have to leave them screaming in our arms at 9 a.m. We will make sure they are safe and learn to be comfortable at school. It's also ok if they really don't want to leave us at the end of the day. That's a good sign, even if you carried them out kicking and screaming. You are not the only parent this is happening to on either end. We are all there to support you and make this a terrific, fun learning experience for your child.
It's going to be a great year! See you on Monday or Tuesday next week.
It’s the last day in August and we’ve got a week to go until we meet you and start our year. Hope you got your welcome postcard? Preschool seems to take forever to start once the big kids go to school. Waiting is so hard, isn’t it? We are getting things ready for the open house, cleaning all the toys and planning our year. We are excited to get started!
The open houses are Wednesday and Thursday next week. You can come anytime between 9-11 a.m. to meet us. We will try to take your child’s picture that day, so we can put in on their cubby. Sometimes the child will be shy and not be up for that and that’s ok. We’ll catch them in play the next week and get it done. We will also be making their crowns and doing a shape/color page for us. We like them to do it with you, because they aren’t quite comfortable with us yet. Once they get familiar with our routines we can really get to work here. It’s going to be a great year at Messiah!
See you all soon!