2017 SHINING LIGHT PRESCHOOL ANNUAL REPORT:
- Eric Wilth - Chairman
- Dawn Johnson
- Shannon Marks
- Arlyce Severson
- Dave Webb - advisory
Dear members of Redeemer Lutheran Church,
The Shining Light Preschool Board submits this update of the operations of the preschool. Over the last 12 years the preschool ministry has been focused on the mission to teach young children about God's love and his plan of salvation in Jesus and to provide a quality educational and social experience in a safe, friendly environment. Our Lord has blessed our ministry thorough your continued offerings and support of this mission.
Our current student enrollment is 17 for the 2017 / 2018 school year offering a 2 to 5 day with full and half day options. This is the second year offering a full day option. The board has continued to actively market the program in order to reach out to prospective families. The 2017 summer program had an enrollment of 12 students compared to 5 the previous year. This is an 8 week session that will again be offered in 2018. Last summer session Shining Ligf+ participated in an intern program from MLC. This program provides valuable experience in a classroom setting. We plan on asking for an intern for the 2018 summer session and like last year this will be an unbudgeted expense so a special gift fund raising campaign will be kicking off in January. The goal needed to participate in this program will be $3500.
There were leadership changes this year with the resignation of our director, Mrs. Erica Pfotenhauer last spring. Mrs. Carol Green accepted a one year call as director effective on July 1 and Julie Tjernagel accepted a position as assistant teacher for the 2017 / 2018 school year.
The board is working on ways to get out more communication out to the congregation on the happenings in the preschool. There have been bulletin insert updates highlighting the activities and projects the students are working on at school. At the end of the last school year the preschool had a program and graduation event with a light lunch that an attendance of over 100. This past Christmas the preschool participated in the Children's service along with the Sunday school children. Please let the board know if there are other methods of communication that you would like to see.
The board is currently working on getting ready for the annual open house for the 2018 / 2019 school year that is scheduled for January 27. Last year's open house was the most successful open house Shining Light has had with several prospects that toured the school along with 4 students that enrolled that day.
Your Servants in Christ,
Preschool Board and Staff