School Closures and Dates to Remember:
May 7th- TUMC Children's Sunday 9:40am
May 17th- 3 Year Old Picnic 11:15am
May 24th- Pre-K Graduation 9:30am
May 26th- Pre-K Field Day and Last Day of School

Little Pebbles from 
Stepping Stones
May 2017
Graduation Edition


FOND FAREWELLS
         Where did the year go? Our journey began just nine short months ago as we encouraged our children to always listen for God's voice, so that He will show them the way they should go. Each month we expanded their horizons, by having guests come and teach us about the different modes of transportation. Whether it is a limo, train, dump truck, or horse, we have had a wonderful "Go" of it! As we have watched your children grow physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually, we realized how fortunate we were to have "little friends" on our long ride. Children see the world differently from adults. Size does matter! When you are only three or four feet tall, a dump truck can be the most wonderful thing in the world. What fun we had listening to God's direction as we rolled down this track called life! This will be the last issue of our newsletter for the 2016-2017 school year, and primarily contains parental reminders of important end of the year activities. It's been a pleasure and a privilege to nurture your children.


MORE FOND FAREWELLS
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the retirement of Linda Kilmer, Stepping Stones' Assistant Director in charge of finances. Linda has been at our school for 40 years in both teacher capacity as well as administratively. She has had many of our parents in her classroom as young children. Words can't express how appreciative we all are for her many years of service to this church, our families, and our Lord. She will be sorely missed. Please keep Ms. Kilmer your prayers for her continued journey in life after work. (No more alarm clocks! Yeah!)


STEPPING STONES PRESCHOOL GRADUATION
Mrs. Smith's Class,  Mrs. Woodend's Class, & Mrs. Hofstetter's Class
Wednesday, May 24th 9:30 a.m.
         Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, May 24th, our 2017 Graduation Ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the choir room, located on the third floor of the education building. Although there will be limited seating in this venue, it will provide a more intimate setting for families. The teachers and children have been working hard to make this milestone memorable. We ask the parents to remain seated during the ceremony. We will provide an opportunity for pictures with the teacher directly afterwards. Thank you for your cooperation.

THE RECEPTION
          After the ceremony, there will be a cake reception held in each child's classroom. This will be an excellent opportunity for pictures with teachers and friends, and to share fond memories together. Our dessert and paper products were provided with the monies from our Special Events Fee. We can't wait to see you there!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 GRADUATES
Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Berry's Pre-K Class: Tristan Belser, Audrey Boada, Luke Carmichael, Breck Cheshire, Owen Cushing, Haylen Dean, Katherine Dotson, Camila Elsberry, Jackson Holt, Alexandra Malaty, Pearson Marante, Finley Matzenbacher, Kylie McDavid, Liam Pirkle, Cameron Rosselle, Abigail Rousseau, Scout Szabo, Julie Tillson, Michael Walsh, and Blake Williams.

Mrs. Woodend and Mrs. Gilbert's Pre-K Class:  John Alexander, Alex Anderson, Hannon Chagaris, Kase Cheshire, Logan Collado, Zachary Forbes, Tarannnom Ghorbaniha, Suhruth Gopisetty, Cameron Haines, Kaige Hanus, Grant House, Alexander Ligman, Harper Long, Lily Kaufman, Kyndra Monroe, Mia Nick, Malachi Stauffer, Foster Swindling, Jillian Taylor and Milana Tomeo.

Mrs. Hofstetter and Mrs. Parker's Pre-K Class:   Blake Anderson, 
Ava Campbell, Jax Cheshire, Darren Hickman, Madeline Immonen, Joaquin Iturraspe, Aiden Justice, Preston McGriff-Brown, Josh McNally, Riley Miller, Lauren Nicolich, Allison Peach, Allyce Roggenkamp, Lila Starnes, Aileen Traynor, Jonah Turgeon, Grayson Whitmer, and Bryna Wright.



KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP
        Kindergarten Round-up for Alachua County will be held on Wednesday, May 10th at 2:00pm. To determine your "zoned school" call (352)955-7700. Be sure to bring the following documents with you at this time: birth certificate, proof of physical exam, immunization record, Social Security card, and two different proofs of residence in parent's name. Be looking for our electronic Graduate's Survey sent to our former families in October. We are very interested in how well your child was prepared for school readiness.


Come "Enjoy the Outdoors" with us at our next Parent's Night Out on Friday, May 5th, from 5:30-8:30!  It will be a fabulous night of pizza, crafts and adventurous outdoor play! This is for ages 12 months - 5th grade! Cost is $12 per child with a $30 cap per family.  Please register and pay on-line by Wednesday, May 3rd. For questions email Virginia Lewis at or call 416-3014.


May 7th (9:40am) 
is Children's Sunday!
Join us at Trinity as our children lead us in worship through prayers, song and dance.  It's a great chance to get a glimpse of all of the wonderful children's opportunities Trinity offers to families!




FIELD DAY FOR Pre-K
Friday, May 26th 10:00am
        Field Day will be held inside the Worship Center. Children will be participating in many relays like the wheelbarrow race, 3 legged race, lemon carry race, and so much more. Please have children wear tennis shoes on this day for optimum exercise and success! It's fun for all where everyone's a winner. Parents are welcome to come and cheer your team on as we celebrate our graduates. A heartfelt thank you to Julie Hansen, our amazing Happy Feet coach! Rah!


CALLING ALL MOMS!
May 9th and May 10th
Ziba our wonderful eyebrow threader has donated her time and services again!  This is how it will work:
  •    You come to the office and make a $10 donation to Stepping Stones. You will then make an appt. with us. 
  •  Ziba will do the threading here at school.  Between 9am-9:30am on May 9th and 10th.
THREE YEAR OLD PICNIC
Wednesday, May 17th 11:15am
        Three year old parents please come and join us on Wednesday, May 17th, as we celebrate a wonderful year of fun! We will meet at the Welcome gazebo in front of the worship center. Each child will then go with their parent to help them get food from the picnic buffet. Please be sure to sign up to bring an item to share. Also, do not forget your blankets and chairs! See you there!

MS. JUDY SCHOLARSHIP
        Stepping Stones Preschool is now in the process of taking requests for the Ms. Judy Scholarship. Recipients are chosen based on need. If you are interested in a partial scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year, please contact the school office for more information. Ms. Judy Duff was one of our beloved teachers for many years, and this is in her memory.



MONSTER TRUCKS
Wednesday, May 10th 9:30am-11am
Vroom! Vroom! We cannot wait to see this monster truck in person! The kids will get to see it, touch it, and climb in it! It is sure to be a "monster" good time!

CUBBIES
       Don't forget to clean out your child's cubby on the last day of school, Friday, May 26th. No telling what "goodies" you may find in there. Ha!


VBS:
 
"Hero Central - Discover Your Strength in God" June 5-9, 
9am-12pm


  • Children Kindergarten through 6th grade can be REGISTERED now to be a part of this awesome week!  You'll be guaranteed a VBS shirt if you register by May 8th!
  • WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! Volunteers can still register for Vacation Bible School. By signing up to help, you can also register your children at the same time.
  • Check out our VBS donation bulletin board in front of the Children's Ministries office, rm 108.

2017-2018 OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, August 17th
        Open House for our new school year will be held on Thursday, August 17th in the morning. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to meet their teacher and become familiar with their new surroundings. You will receive more information over the summer. Our new school year begins on either Monday, August 21st or Tuesday, August 22nd depending on your child's enrollment. The faculty is enthusiastically planning for next year already, with a new theme...God's Wild Kingdom, where we will get wild about all of God's living creatures as we explore the jungles, deserts, and forests all around the world! IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE!


SUMMER TIME FUN:   Children, age 1 (and walking) by April 1, 2017, through incoming 1st graders, are invited to join a fun-filled morning of activities, crafts, music, movement, and free play related to special Bible themes.

CROSSTRAINERS: Incoming 2nd - 7th graders are invited to join an outdoor-based day camp. Children will play and learn fundamentals for basic sports, participate in group games, and enjoy a fun Florida summer.

FUSION:  Fusion is for incoming 1st & 2nd graders only and spaces are limited!  This hybrid day camp will incorporate elements of Summer Time Fun (STF) and CrossTrainers (CT) programs into one.

SPECIAL KUDOS
        On behalf of the entire Stepping Stones faculty, we would like to thank you for the opportunity to teach your children this year. What an extraordinary group we have had! Both children and parents have left a special mark on our hearts for years to come. We praise God for the blessings He has bestowed upon us as educators and as a school. We pray Christ will continue to use our Christian school as a dwelling place for His Holy Spirit, and a facility for His love. Enjoy a safe and relaxing summer. See you next year. Same time. Same place. God Bless.
In His Service, Jan Banks

MORE SPECIAL KUDOS
* A very special thank you to our wonderful Preschool Team who made this faculty feel appreciated all year long by providing breakfast and lunches. Teacher Appreciation Week was also wonderful and our hearts are overflowing with gratitude!  Bless your hearts!
*Lauren Nicolich's Grandpa-CHICKS! What a wonderful experience for our children! Peep! Peep!
*Jocelyn Holt-More donuts please. Kristy Kream is our favorite, they melt in your mouth. Great way to start the day! We'll miss you so much! XXOX
*Ziba Ghorbaniha-You are so kind to donate your services to our school. Thanks!
*Kelly Williams-You keep us "moving" in the morning with caffeine! Whoo hoo!

 
AFTERNOON ENRICHMENT
The afternoon Enrichment kids will be sailing the blue seas this month with stories about the ocean. They plan to make kites, sea shore sand art, slippery fish finger plays and much, much more! It's great to be an Enrichment kid!

TEACHER TEASERS:
See how many you get right. No worries, we're not taking grades.
1.) I have had a recipe published in a cookbook. Guess Who?
2.) In the 5th grade, I was in the play Charlotte's Web. Guess Who?
3.) Since I've been 16 years old, I have taught swim lessons. Guess Who?
4.) I was the drum major in our High School band. Guess Who?
5.) I was born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Guess Who?
6.) My son competed in karate at the Junior Olympics and won a gold medal in sparring! Guess Who?
7.) I played college soccer. Guess Who?
8.) I love to jump on pogo sticks and I own one. Guess Who?
9.) Scary movies are my favorite, but I don't like to be scared. Guess Who?
10.) I grew up at Trinity UMC. Guess Who?
11.) I twirled baton for 10 years. Guess Who?

Answers to Teacher Teasers: 1.) Cheryl Berry 2.) Deana Giunta 3.) Caren Rowe 4.) Jenny Smith 5.) Nadia VonGunten 6.) Heather White 7.) Alyson Woodend 8.) Michelle Ropp 9.) Mallory Davis 10.) Robin Parker 11.) Kristen Ebbeling



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