This year is coming to a close, and once again I am amazed by the growth I’ve seen in your children. Thank you for letting us be a part of their preschool and kindergarten years. It’s the most fun job in the world! Thanks, too, for all your support with the parade and your child’s class parties and trips.

The fund raiser was successful. We purchased art supplies and sand toys. Thanks for your support.

In February you indicated your plans for fall and your bill will show any balance due on the deposit (ó deposit was required with your enrollment in February with the balance due this month.) If your plans have changed, now is the time to let us know (please send it in writing so we may attach it to your enrollment form). After Friday, May 4th your deposit is no longer refundable. We are very excited about next year, and hope you are too!

Book orders were due Wednesday, May 2nd and should be in before the end of school.

This month includes two weeks of big parties (Mother’s Day Teas and End of School Picnics), and I’d like to remind everyone to be thoughtful of our neighbors when parking at Gingerbread. The back field is available, as is the parking lot, and actually these places ensure that you don’t get blocked in–always a good thing! Please use the northwest or northeast corners (where there is no curb) to enter onto the field (as always, watch for Alameda traffic). DO NOT cross the neighbor’s yard to the south. These property owners have sued Gingerbread for being a nuisance in the neighborhood. We have a good relationship with the current renters and want to keep it that way. Thanks.

Mother’s Day Tea Parties are May 4-11. If you aren’t sure of your child’s tea party date, be sure to check with the teacher. These are very important and you won’t want to miss it–or even be late. This is a recital so bring your camera or video recorder. So sorry but we don’t have facilities for siblings.

Gingerbread End of School picnics will be Monday/Tuesday evening May 14 & 15 from 5:30-7:30 here at Gingerbread. School will provide hot dogs, chips and drinks, and we ask each family to bring a large salad or large dessert to share. There’s always lots of great food and it’s a nice way to end the school year. Remember to bring plates, forks, napkins and glasses for your own family. Please return the form at the bottom of this newsletter letting me know if you plan to attend so I can purchase enough food. See your class newsletter for which day your child’s class will be coming. If you have a conflict with the day, however, please be sure to come the other. Just make a notation on your sign up slip. If its pouring down rain, please call 321-0087 and I will leave a message at 5 pm with alternate plans.

Please stop by and check out our lost and found bins. We’ve accumulated quite a bit and will donate all of it after the end of school picnics. Thanks.

Please be sure to sun screen your child as the days get hotter and the sun gets closer to us. If you send a hat we’ll see that your child wears it. Feel free to send sun screen for your child’s longer day (put your name on it, please).

Gingerbread continues to sponsor the Summer Breeze concert series held from May into September. These are free family concerts at either Lion’s park or Andrew’s park and are held every other Sunday from 7:30-9 pm. This is great family fun with no vendors and a great atmosphere. I hope to see you there!

Our last day of school is Wednesday, May 23rd. Our Summer Fun sessions begin Monday, June 4th or Monday, July 2nd.

I think that’s all for now. I know I keep saying it, but I am so full of gratitude that I’ve had a chance to get to know you and your children.

Love, Skye