Open House to Public Tonight 7-7:30

posted by Dawn Dupont

We've moved!  Join us tonight from 7-7:30pm for our open house and see our new classrooms.  We are located at 215 21st Ave SW, lower level of the former St. Ludmila Elementary School.  We'll have a silent auction going on as well to raise money for our playground.  Follow us on facebook  www.facebook.com/trinitylanepreschool  

2018-2019 Supply List

posted Jul 31, 2018, 9:01 PM by Dawn Dupont

Supplies for the school year can be brought with you to the Meet and Greet Days on August 29th and 30th.  Please look at the list for specifics for what needs to be labeled.  If you are not able to make Meet and Greet you are welcome to bring supplies on the 1st day of school.

New Full Day Option for Fall 2018!

posted May 1, 2018, 1:02 PM by Dawn Dupont

We have decided to make a small change to our class offerings to better serve those families that really need full day options.  If you're child is registered for our fall 2018  3s am class or the 4s am class, you may now add an afternoon option so that your child is in school from 9am-3:30pm (Three yr olds will have no preschool on Friday mornings).  All morning students wanting to add an afternoon option will need to bring a nut free sack lunch.  After a 30 minute lunch they will attend preschool with Miss Angie in a 3s/4s combo class.  This class is NOT free to 4 yr olds if you are already enrolled in our FREE  4s am class.  Tuition for 3 and 4 yr olds for the afternoon session will be $275 for lunch bunch and afternoon preschool Monday-Friday.  This is a steal of a deal!  We will be limiting this option to only 6 students and is not available for our sliding scale financial aid program.  If your child still naps in the afternoon, this program may not be for you.  For more info call 362-2702 or email trinitylanepreschool@gmail.com.

Benefits to Afternoon Preschool

posted Apr 26, 2018, 8:57 AM by Dawn Dupont   [ updated Apr 26, 2018, 9:13 AM ]

Afternoon preschool classes are more difficult to fill, but there are some real advantages to choosing an afternoon class.  One of the advantages is a calmer, more focused learning classroom.  Reasons why this might be the case:

Children have not been rushed out the door to get to school.
Children have had a full nights sleep.
Children have had a full and healthy breakfast and lunch.
Children have had a chance to run and play.
Quieter environment- less students in the afternoon

Here are some things to consider if you are debating on morning vs. afternoon classes:

What times work best for your work schedule and daycare?

If you answer yes to one of these questions, your child is a good candidate for afternoon preschool.
Does your child like to sleep until 8am or later?
Does your child take time to warm up in the mornings or do they seem to enjoy hanging out in their jammies for a bit? 
Do you have a baby at home that makes it more difficult to get out the door quickly in the mornings? 
Do you enjoy doing other preschool age community activities that are usually held in the mornings during the week?Playgroups, story time at library, music class, gymnastics, toddler time at AirFX, Art or movement classes thru CR Recreation, etc.
Does your child have sensory issues?
Does your child have difficulty warming up to new situations or other children?
Is your child no longer napping or taking naps less than 7 days a week?  
Do you have some concerns about developmental delays?  Our afternoon class will most likely have less students which means more one on one time with staff to give your child extra support.
Is your child advanced?  Our afternoon class will most likely have less students which means more one on one time with staff to create challenges for your child.


My child still naps:
If your child is still napping daily, an afternoon class may not be best.  But consider how many months away Sept. 2018 is.  If it's several months away your child's napping could change a lot between now and next fall.  If your child is only napping a few times a week, they may be weaning out of naps and attending school in the afternoon could keep them stimulated enough to skip an afternoon nap and transition into an earlier bedtime instead.  This transition will eventually need to happen with all families by kindergarten because schools in the Cedar Rapids area provide kindergarten as a full day program, Monday-Friday.

If you'd like to get a feel for afternoon preschool visit any time between 12:40-3:30 Monday-Friday.  Afternoon preschool is available for the 2018-19 school year for 3 and 4 year olds.

2018-19 Registration Updates

posted Apr 25, 2018, 12:47 PM by Dawn Dupont


Registration is under way for the 2018-2019 school year. For those that have already registered, you will be getting your confirmation letters in the mail by the end of next week.  Here are some updates on spots still available:

2s am- spots still available in each class
3s am- only 2 spots left!
3s pm- new section just added, spots available
4s am- FULL- taking names for wait list only
4s pm- spots still available

Call today for more info 362-2702!

Registration 2018-2019 Begins on Monday

posted Feb 1, 2018, 10:36 AM by Dawn Dupont   [ updated Feb 4, 2018, 11:04 PM ]

Registration for 2018-2019 school year will start next week.  

Monday, February 5th- current preschool families
Monday, February 12th- former preschool families and St. Ludmila families
Monday, February 19th- open to the public

Tuition accounts need to have a $0 balance in order to register.  
Registration form is attached.  You may email your registration or fill out a hard copy at school.
4s will also require a copy of birth certificate.  2s and 3s require registration fee paid before spot is confirmed.
Those applying for sliding scale, please contact me and I will email you additional info.  

•New- registration may be paid online if you are registering via email.  See "pay online" button on home page to make a one time payment.  Forward receipt of payment email to trinitylanepreschool@gmail.com.

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

posted Jan 31, 2018, 9:56 PM by Dawn Dupont   [ updated Jan 31, 2018, 9:57 PM ]

Online signup is now available for spring parent/teacher conferences.  Click on the link below to get you started.  4s parent/teacher conferences are required and strongly encouraged for our 2s and 3s.  If you are not comfortable signing up online, speak directly with your child's teacher and she can do it manually.   

https://ptcfast.com/schools/Trinity_Lane_Preschool

Letter to Parents- We are Moving!

posted Jan 10, 2018, 12:39 PM by Dawn Dupont   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 12:49 PM ]

As all of you know, the big for sale sign outside has been a thorn in our side all year.  Many of you have asked about the future of our preschool and where we will be located next year if the building is sold.  Although we ultimately wanted to purchase the building ourselves, God had bigger plans for us. 

I wanted to let all our current families be the first to know that we will be moving out of our current location this summer and moving into St. Ludmilas Elementary School, 215 21st Ave. SW.  St. Ludmilas is a private catholic school located next to St. Ludmilas Catholic Church.

St. Ludmilas announced to their families that the school will closing after this school year the same week our article came out in the paper about us needing a new home.  Fate brought our two churches, St. Ludmilas Catholic and Lovely Lane United Methodist, together.  We started talking, had several meetings and the official decision was made last night.  

For those that live outside the Trinity Lane neighborhood I wanted to give you a sense of direction as to where our new location resides.  It is 1.5 miles from Trinity Lane or a 4 minute car ride.  It is 5.9 miles from Lovely Lane Preschool or 8 minute drive.  The school is easily accessible from the interstate like us, but is a little further south ( close to Wilson Ave. exit).  

We are sad to be leaving our current location, but beyond excited for the possibilities this new location holds including remaining in a Christian environment, a huge amount of empty space in the school building for us to potentially expand, a large parking lot, 1st floor classrooms (no more stairs!), land to possibly build a brand new playground and an existing full court gymnasium for those cold or rainy days.  

This is all the info I can give at this time.  Registration for the 2018-19 school year 2-4 yr old preschool will happen in February as planned, with hopefully more details to pass along then.  But I wanted to let families know as soon as possible that next year will for sure be in the soon former St. Ludmilas Elementary School building so that you can think about how that will work for your family.  We hope the majority of our families will take this new journey with us!    

One last thought I had about all of this is what a great community we live in and how powerful it is to see God's work before our eyes.  We have two different churches, one Catholic, one Methodist, that have come together for one common goal- to provide the best possible education to ALL children in our community.  I'm really not trying to present any political view here, just glorifying the fact that when people get to know each other they may find they have more in common than they do differences and at the core is a belief in God.  When one door closes, another opens :)

Blessings,

Dawn DuPont
Site Director
362-2702

Fall 2017 Conferences

posted Oct 20, 2017, 9:14 AM by Dawn Dupont   [ updated Oct 20, 2017, 9:16 AM ]

Sign up has begun for fall conferences.  Follow this link  https://ptcfast.com/schools/Trinity_Lane_Preschool
 to sign up for a 15 minute conference with your child's teacher.  Day and evening times are available for working parents.  

Parent Reminders

posted Jul 26, 2017, 1:43 PM by Dawn Dupont   [ updated Jul 26, 2017, 1:49 PM ]

Here are a couple reminders for this upcoming school year. 

Starting August 1st the office will start sending announcements to our master list of parents thru email in addition to facebook and this website.  Student/family info will also be shared with teachers at this time.  Your child's teacher will email or call to set up a brief home visit in August.

Supply lists are posted below.  You will also receive a hard copy in your home visit folder.  Supplies can be brought to the Meet and Greets.

Meet and Greets are scheduled for Wednesday, August 30th and Thursday, August 31st from 9am-11am. (parent orientation at 10am) for our morning classes and Wednesday, August 30th from 12:40-1:40pm for our afternoon class. (parent orientation at 1:00)

All paperwork will need to be turned in by the first day of school. 
First day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 5th and Wednesday, Sept 6th.

Due to the volume of questions I receive over the summer it is best to direct questions to trinitylanepreschool@gmail.com vs. facebook, voice mail, etc.  This email is checked every day and will ensure you receive a response from me within 24 hours.  We're looking forward to another fantastic year at Trinity Lane Preschool!

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