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2016 Annual Report

 

Nursery School Teachers Report 

The following is the report of Trinity Nursery School Teachers to the 2016 Annual Meeting.

The school employs a treasurer and five teachers working with three classes (two four-year-old classes and one three-year-old class).

Lee Ann Delaney has been appointed as the Administrator along with being the school's head teacher. Teacher's files continue to be reconstructed for efficiency and organization. The new Professional Development procedure which includes tracking updates for all certification and training courses which are required by the State of CT Statutes and Regulations is running smoothly. With few changes, this new system reached its two-year anniversary in July 2016.

Contracted Nurse Consultants LLC. are thorough and keep their scheduled visits as required per state regulations. They check and advise overall health, safety and nutrition of the nursery school program. This contract is required by state licensing.

The annual NAEYC Accreditation application was reviewed in the Washington D.C. Headquarters and TNS received their certificate for another year. This is an extensive, time consuming and expensive application. NAEYC has increased their fee which brings the amount to $700 per year. We are very proud to achieve such standards; given that we are a small nursery school in Collinsville. Many private/church nursery schools cannot afford NAEYC accreditation; there are very few accredited in the Farmington Valley and Litchfield area. The cost for renewal is over $1,700.

The Parent Volunteer Committee and Lee Ann have been working on an overall survey to aid in future marketing, publicity, and overall financial decisions.

Lee Ann and Amy Wasseluk (Publicity) have worked on new ways to advertise for the school. Trinity Nursery School now has a Facebook page and Lee Ann posts weekly updates on activities and events. She is gradually updating and improving the information on the nursery school website so that it is mobile friendly for parents and prospective families who are “on the go”.

Teachers Judy Sharp, Mary Doran, Katy Gentile and her two daughters Bella and Sophia purchased and collected gift items for various ages and packaged them for their annual contribution to Canton Food Bank families.

A curriculum-based fundraiser with each class raised over $400 to buy sheep via Heifer International for impoverished families. The students learned the many ways sheep can benefit families. A lamb (Oreo) visited the class, the children read stories, sang songs, played in a variety of centers with different types of wool, pretended to trade wool and cheese for medicine and clothes. Lee Ann made a Lamb dish with Naan, Tzatziki, and curried rice. Surprisingly, the majority all tried it or asked for seconds! Most importantly the nursery school children and their families experience the intrinsic value of doing work for others (in this case, age-appropriate chores to raise money), witnessing the fruits of their labor in multiples-group outreach and exposure to the vast world we live in. Heifer international sent Trinity Nursery School an award for being outstanding and dedicated patrons to their cause.

The teachers have created new and inventive ways to hang the children’s art work and post the plethora of policies, here there and everywhere. On a lighter note: Did you know that our classroom Guinnea pig, Maizy has her own policy which is required to be posted on the wall next to her crate? Lee Ann took it down to revise and will be updating it to be sure no snacks with nuts are offered to Maizy, due to children with nut allergies.

I write on behalf of our teachers and families: We are blessed to work with young children at Trinity Nursery School; they’re our hope for the future and world. We would like to take this time in our report to thank Linda Spiers, Mary Jones, Trinity’s Vestry, Trinity Parishioners, and the Episcopal Diocese of CT for supporting our nursery school program. The children also want us to be sure we thank the nice man (Mr. John Almori) who delivers recycled cans (without sharp edges) for their paint. 

We are thankful for the parents and alumni families and those who assist in keeping our nursery school in operation. Blessings to all.

Respectfully submitted,

Lee Ann Delaney, Administrator/Head Teacher 




 

 

Trinity Nursery Parent Volunteer Committee
2016 Annual Report

We continue to see a decline in enrollment that has been observed since the 2012 school year resulting again in 3 out of our 4 classes running. In 2015, we operated on two 3’s classes and only one 4’s class, and this year it has flopped to one 3’s class and two 4’s. We have 16 students in the am 3’s and 11 students in the am 4’s and 9 students in the PM 4’s. We actively market and promote our school in a variety of ways. In the past we have not fully utilized our marketing budget, but fully intend to this year by furthering our presence on the internet, making fresh signs for our open house and updating our website and brochures. Our open house is coming up on Wednesday, January 25 and are hopeful that we will meet our minimum numbers to have all four classes in session for the 2017-2018 school year. Should we not reach enrollment numbers by May, we will be brainstorming alternative classes keeping in line with our mission to offer to our families in an effort to fill the empty class session. We have agreed to keep tuition rates for next year, but increase our registration fee from $75 to$100 which will help bring in a few extra dollars to our budget.

As in previous years, we continue to focus on both paid and free advertising opportunities to maintain and attempt to bolster enrollment. The school’s website is still in the process of further updates to include parent testimonials and further highlight our schools offerings.

Our school continues to maintain its NAEYC accreditation, thanks to the intensive work of administration and the dedication of our teachers. The lengthy and intense documentation process will happen again in 2017, as it is a 5-year renewal program. Continuing our NAEYC accreditation sets TNS apart from other preschools in the area and validates the excellence of our educators and the program provided for our children and families.

Fundraising efforts for the year are underway. To date, we have had the following fundraisers, Mixed Bags, Scholastic Book Sales, T-shirt/sweatshirt fundraiser and our annual Candy Cane Carnival. Our fundraising chair has a Munson’s candy sale planned for February and a Chipotle dinner fundraiser is being discussed for the spring. We continue to try and focus on fundraisers which are the most successful, as well as those that appeal to our families and that the children will enjoy as well.  As a parent board, we are working on taking unnecessary pressure off our families and keeping the focus on the preschool experience.  This year’s Candy Cane Carnival went very smoothly and was enjoyed by attendees. With a small core group of volunteers, we still raised an impressive $3,400, which was approximately 10% higher than last year. We used signupgenius.com as well as lots of emails to the families for help which is why I think we were able to increase our sales even with lower enrollment. We updated some of our games and put in a lot of effort to continue running the event successfully.  However, if the low enrollment trend continues, we would anticipate fundraising efforts to fall under budget despite our best efforts. We are in the midst of surveying our current families about the Candy Cane Carnival fundraising specifics as well as general fundraising thoughts.

We continue to identify the need to replenish the Deborah Burton Trust Scholarship Fund, as it has historically benefitted so many families wishing to attend our program.  Since 2013, the fundraising and scholarship committees were combined and ten percent of all fundraising proceeds continue to go towards the Scholarship Fund.  This has worked hand in hand with our efforts to limit fundraising demands, and we anticipate this to generate a regular source of funds to keep the scholarship active. We also have a fundraiser at LaSalle Market specifically for the scholarship planned at the end of January (1/21) and all funds raised from this evening will go directly to the Deborah Burton Trust.

School activities outside of the classroom continue to include hayrides and pumpkin picking, seasonal programs at the Roaring Brook Nature Center, a classroom visit from the RBNC, a family movie night, ice cream social, and our end of the year picnic, complete with school bus ride!

The publicity committee continues to work hard to utilize local free press opportunities, in turn bolstering TNS awareness in the community.

The playground committee continues to be vigilant in keeping our outside space safe, bringing in new mulch. We also upgraded our bathroom toilet paper rolls to a more sturdy rust proof holder that a parent volunteered time and tools to also build out the units off of the wall so the children can feel more comfortable reaching the toilet paper independently.

We continue to employ one full time teacher, our Head Teacher, Lee Ann Delaney, who teaches the three and four-year-old classes.  Lee Ann functions as the Program Administrator as well, and successfully fulfills both roles.  Katy Gentile, a part-time teacher, has continued in the classroom with Lee Ann teaching the four-year-olds.  Judy Sharp, Mary Doran and Diane Hale continue to be part-time teachers working with the three-year-old classes.  Our teachers consistently display their love of preschool education, and are recognized in the community for their outstanding creativity and teaching skill.

Donna Miscikoski continues as our Treasurer.  As mentioned above, Lee Ann Delaney began as Program Administrator in March 2014.  Our Treasurer and Program Administrator are reimbursed for a variety of administrative duties to include renewal of state licenses, renewal of our NAEYC accreditation inspections, contracts, student paperwork, registration, invoices and payments, budgeting, budget variance tracking, cash flow management, tuition tracking and follow up for any other duties required.  The Executive Board continues to meet on an as needed basis and consists of the following members, PVC Chair, Administrator, Rector and Treasurer.

We are thankful for another successful year as always due to the generous relationship between our school and its parent volunteers.  We are extremely grateful for our dedicated parent volunteers, as well as our committed school staff.  We would also like to express our sincere thanks to the members of the church Vestry and their continued support of the nursery school.

 

Respectfully submitted,
Judy Corry, PVC Chair

Lee Ann Delaney, Program Administrator

 

                         Trinity Nursery Financial
2016 Annual Report

                                                                           

The following is a report from the Trinity Nursery School Board of Directors for the 2016 annual meeting of Trinity Episcopal Church, respectfully submitted by Judith Corry, President and Donna Miscikoski, Treasurer.

  • Enrollment has been on a downward trend for the past few years, from 49 in 2014-15, to 39 in 2015-16, to 36 in 2016-17, and we have therefore run 3 out of the 4 planned classes in each of those years. We believe that the economy as well as the move toward full-day kindergarten has contributed to this decline.  In an effort to stabilize and reverse this decline we have enhanced our focus on both paid and free advertising.
  • We have maintained state licensing, and are current NAEYC accreditation. 
  • We currently have one full time teacher/Administrator, Lee Ann Delaney, who teaches the 3-year-old and the 4-year-old classes.  Katy Gentile, a part-time teacher, joins Lee Ann in teaching the 4 year olds.   Judy Sharp, Mary Doran, and Diane Hale are part time teachers, working primarily with the 3-year-old classes.  The current staff is an excellent mix of education and talent, all with a very high level of dedication and enthusiasm. Donna Miscikoski is our Treasurer.  Both Lee Ann and Donna are paid to perform various duties that we feel, in order to provide year over year consistency, are better performed by an employee rather than a volunteer.  Some of their duties include the renewal of the state licenses, inspections, contracts, student paperwork, registration, invoices and payments, budgeting, budget variance tracking, cash flow management, tuition tracking and follow-up and more as indicated in the Trinity Nursery School Bylaws.
  • Another wonderful year can be reported in great part due to the efforts and donations of our volunteers.  We would like to extend our thanks to all of the parent volunteers who have contributed this year and of course, to the staff of the school.  We would also like to thank the members of the church Vestry for their continued support of the nursery school.

 

Trinity Nursery School Financials:                                                                            

Cash Balance, 6/30/2015                                 $66,626.50
Revenues, 7/1/2015-6/30/2016                       $66,697
Expenses, 7/1/2015-6/30/2016                        $77,949
Net Revenue                                                   

Cash Balance, 6/30/2016                                 $55,374.79
*Lost money in spite of reduced spending due to lower enrollment.

Respectfully submitted,
Donna Miscikoski, Treasurer


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