November 2014

by added on 17 December 2014, Comments Off on November 2014 , posted in Blog

Wow!  We are already 1 month and 3 weeks into our school year.  Where has the time gone?  Ok, that has nothing to do with what I’m about to write about, but as I sat down to write, I realized it has been almost 2 months since I have seen many of the Woodinville Family Preschool members.  I want to revisit my 2 minute speech/introduction of myself and position as vice chair I gave at orientation, mainly because it is the basis of our preschool, and sometimes we need to be reminded why we are doing what we are doing.

Cooperative as defined by the online version of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

willing to be helpful by doing what someone wants or asks for together

involving two or more people or groups working together to do something

This definition encapsulates everything we do at the preschool.  We would not be able to function if it were not for the cooperative culture we strive to create.  As I sat at the parent ed table, I realized that we aren’t just cooperative in the duties, but in the raising of our children.  We share stories, struggles, triumphs, suggestions, and truly care about what is going on with each other’s children.  We laugh and celebrate together, and feel the same stress and frustration as we listen.  And then I see the genuine cooperation happening as another parent helps my child with the cooking snack, reads him a book as he sits so comfortably next to them, and listens when he is asked to start clean up.  As the children eat at the snack table, we all help each other with fulfilling the children’s needs.  Some still need help to serve themselves and everyone is willing to help.  We all know what we need to do, and when we don’t, no one seems to hesitate to ask.

I get excited to receive emails from members, even if they are complaints about their job.  I get excited because I know it means members are 1) doing their job and 2) have questions or concerns about doing the job.  Our goal as board members and staff is to make sure everyone is comfortable in the preschool.  There would be nothing worse than not enjoying your time at WFP because your job made it miserable.  We would prefer for you to see the results of all of your hard work and to know how your job impacted the success of our preschool.  Believe me, we would not be a NAEYC accredited preschool without the hard work of our members.  If not for the cleaning scheduler, we would not have a clean environment.  If it wasn’t for our director assistants, Cecile would not be able to devote the time she does to curriculum as well as the everyday duties as a director.  Speaking of curriculum, without the curriculum assistants, the children would not have such cool projects to work on, like the quilts the multiday classes are making.  Our online registration would not have come to life without the countless hours our online register put in over the past year.  And, finally, we would not be able to expand our curriculum, both indoor and outdoor, without the amazing success of our two auctions every year.  All of these examples just show that it truly takes a village of cooperation to be successful.  There is not one job more or less important than another and I appreciate every second you commit to the success of our preschool.  Thank you to each and every one of you for your hard work.  Believe me, it does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

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