ESCANABA - It was 35 years ago that the doors of the Ark Preschool opened its doors for the first time and the tradition is continuing with a new school year and expanded programs that began in early September.
The preschool's Before and After Program has expanded to better meet the needs of the parents and classes have also expanded to include a pre-kindergarten class to help meet the needs of the children.
The Ark offers high quality programs including, three choices of preschool classes and the most recent addition, a pre-kindergarten class that will take the programing one step further.
No it’s not bedtime. But it was Pajama Day at the Ark Preschool in Escanaba early this year. Pictured are: from left front, Maggie Martin, Brianna Jones, Justin Berquist, and Connor Howes; second row, Molly Smale, Adelyn Derouin, Graham Johnson and AJ Schroeder; third row, Allison Larson, Hannah Schwalbach, Breanne Oxford and Harlee Coolman; back row, Cole Williams, Georgia Reed, Jack Peterson, Daniel Bender and Carly Bowden.
A little pumpkin was just the right size for Ark AboPreschooler, Georgia Reed, during a trip to a Pumpkin Patch last fall. In the background is Ark staffer, Traci Harris.
Owen LaBonte, left, and Luke Nault enjoy some quiet playtime at the Ark Preschool.
Graham Johnson looks over a fish he caught with the help of a volunteer when he and the other youngsters at the Ark Preschool visited the Pocket Park at the U.P. State Fairgrounds.
Madelyn Wagner gets up close and personal with her fish at the Pocket Park.
"We provide excellent state certified teachers and assistants, a safe and protective environment for children to learn in and one that is concerned with the development of the 'whole child' - physically, intellectually, spiritually, socially and emotionally," said director Jeanne Sauter. "We recognize that children mature in all these areas at his/her own pace, and recognizing this, we offer children who are 'not quite ready' to handle Kindergarten for a full day an opportunity to be a part of our pre-kindergarten class."
All students are required by law to have a physical examination and their immunizations updated before beginning their acceptance at the Ark. These forms are included in a packet which can be picked up at the Bethany Lutheran Church Office or The Ark Preschool, Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and noon or 1-4 p.m. Parents are encouraged to make a doctor's appointment early so forms are complete by the first day of school.
Parents are welcome to stop in and check out the classrooms and meet the director, Jeanne Sauter. Program director, Chris Brzezinski, as well as Traci Harris, Rene Schwalbach and Heather Johnson will also be available.e.
The Before and After Program is only available to children attending The Ark. Parents are able to drop off and pick up their child at the most convenient time for themselves.
To register a child for the Ark Preschool or for more information, call Jeanne at 786-5410 or 786-6642.