Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Thank You! From Director Molly Gareis

Thank You!

Co-op is a school that truly relies on parent involvement for our very existence.  Thank you to all of our parents for the time, effort, and dedication you have put into making our year so successful.  In a day and time where people are much more reluctant to give of their personal time and energy, your children are the ones who will benefit from your willingness to give a part of yourself to our Co-op Community.  Special thanks go out…
To our President, Rani Wachter, who has led our board with grace and efficiency.  Rani is always eager to jump in to help with anything we need and she is a tireless advocate for Co-op.   Rani has done wonders to increase the communication from the board to our parents and to enhance the cooperative spirit that we strive for.   Thank you, Rani, for everything you have done for Co-op!
To our Vice-President, Shannon Rickert, who has kept the teachers happy with wonderful birthday gifts and special treats!  Once again, Shannon stepped up to organize and head our very successful spring t-shirt sale and she was in charge of all of our Co-op Sprit Days.  Altogether, over $1,000 was raised for Co-op thanks to Shannon’s efforts.  Thank you, Shannon!
To our Secretary, Amy Elliott, who has worked diligently to write our board notes and distribute them in such a timely manner every month.  It is not easy to keep up with all the information that flies fast and furiously at our board meetings, but Amy has done a fantastic job.  We will miss having Amy on the board next year but are so pleased she will be one of our Visitation Coordinators.  Thank you, Amy!
To all of our Board Members whose dedication to Co-op is nothing short of inspirational.  You are there for everything Co-op needs, ready to pitch in and help out, or to offer a suggestion or question to help us see issues more clearly.  You have kept your classes informed with wonderful notes from our board meetings.  Thank you, Meghan Freeman, Laurel Henshaw, Rachel Lenahan, Heidi Pfister, Jennifer Walk,  Jennifer White, and Jordan Windle for all the time and energy you have given to Co-op this year!
To the Winter Wonderland Fundraiser Committee, who worked so hard to plan and organize our highly successful Annual Fundraiser.  I knew we were in good hands when Amy Day came to my office in April of 2013 and volunteered to head the committee.  Amy’s relaxed attitude, vision, and leadership are what made the event not only possible, but such a huge success.   Thank you, Amy, for giving so much of yourself and your personal time in support of Co-op.  Amy’s dedicated and talented committee worked together tirelessly to pull of such a successful and fun event.    A deep thank you to Amy Chen, Jasmine Connolly, Andrea Lagergren, Joelle Griffin Russell, Meagan Schultz, Quan Nim, and Crystle Williams.  Thanks to all of you, Co-op was able to purchase the fabulous new outdoor block set and shed.  We couldn’t have done it without you!
To our Playground/Equipment Committee for keeping our much-loved playground in safe and working order all year long – and in all weather conditions.  Thanks to the chair of the committee, Ken Butler, who has looked out for our playground for many years now…what will we do next year when Ken moves on?!  Thank you to James DiLeo and Jeremy Waddell for rounding out the committee and helping wherever needed…we appreciate all of your hard work!
To the Carnival Committee for providing us with a wonderful family-fun Carnival in May.  Co-op’s Carnival was made possible because of the hard work and dedication of Arianna Heck, Darcy Compton, Anne Nevins, and Kelly Scheerer.  Thanks for all of your hard work and creativity and for adding so much fun to our Co-op experience.
To Heather Gardner, our Newsletter Editor.  Thank you, Heather, for all the time and energy you put into producing our Co-op Capers this year.
To David and Kristin Fly, our Parent Ed Committee, who organized and led our first ever on-line book discussion.  Thank you, David and Kristin, for all of your hard work.
To Alison Howell and Lauren Malone for serving as our Visitation Coordinators.  Alison and Lauren were responsible for organizing and hosting visits for numerous prospective Co-op families.  This job starts in January and continues into April and requires a lot of time and energy.  Thanks to Alison’s and Lauren’s  efforts we have a whole new group of Co-op families who are joining us armed with knowledge about our preschool and filled with excitement about the coming year.  Thank you, Alison and Lauren!
To Sonya Peretti-Hull for being our Publicity Coordinator.  This job used to center around making sure Co-op was in the local newspapers as often as possible; however Sonya continues to take it to a whole new level with our blog, Facebook, and all of her wonderful ideas to help us get Co-op out there on the internet.  Thank you, Sonya.
To Kristin Gartland, our Health Chair, who meticulously checked every child’s file to make sure all their immunizations were up-to-date and that their parents TB tests were in order.  Kristin also checked allergies and made sure everyone in the class was informed of the situation.  Kristin’s efforts go a long way in helping us to stay healthy and in good shape for our licensing requirements… thank you, Kristin!
To Jessica Lienard, our Recycling Coordinator, who has faithfully emptied our recycling bins and helped to keep Co-op clean and green.  We appreciate the fact that our bins fill up rather quickly and that it takes quite a bit of effort to make sure the recycling is taken out on a regular basis…thank you, Jessica!
To our See Saw Books Chair, Sarah Lichtel, for distributing Scholastic flyers, helping us transition to on-line ordering, and getting books into the hands of our families.  For a school that values books as much as Co-op does, we love seeing the smile on your children’s faces when they receive their new books…thank you, Sarah!
To Richard Paulk, for being our Auditor.  We are so fortunate that Rich gives so generously of his time and talent to Co-op.  His advice is priceless and we quite simply rely on him to keep our business going!  Many, many thanks, Rich!
To our Website Coordinators, Emma and Jim McMillan, who keep our website fresh and up-to-date.  Our website has now become an important way for prospective families to learn about Co-op and thanks to Jim and Emma’s efforts, these families are already full of information when they make that first phone call to us.  Thank you, Emma and Jim!
To our End-of Year Clean-up Crew who will help us clean, clean, clean.  It is amazing to watch how thoroughly everything in Co-op gets cleaned and packed away at the end of the year.  This would not be possible without the help of all of youthank you!
And finally…to our many parents who hold jobs in our classrooms.  We simply could not function without all of our Class Schedulers, Art Assistants, and Field Trip Coordinators, who help make our day to day operations function smoothly and in an organized fashion.  Thanks for all the time and energy you have put into your jobs…we couldn’t do what we do without you!

With love and thanks from,