If you’ve had a chance to swing by school lately, you can’t escape the noise: hammering, sawing, beeping, bulldoze-ing, forklift-ing, and the hum of power tools. The other thing you might hear: a buzz of excitement accompanied by the familiar question ”Do you think it will be done in time?”
I’m sure many of you are wondering the same thing, so here’s the scoop:
- YES! The front playground will be open on the first day of school, with finishing touches like sod added throughout September and culminating in a wonderful family celebration on Sept. 20.
- The back playground is about 70% complete. It too will be open, and safely playable, on the first day. However, a good week of additional construction is necessary to bring the space to completion.
What else do you hear around DCP these days? Well certainly the beating of my heart. It is literally jumping with joy as I watch the enchanted play land growing outside DCP’s doors.
And speaking of those doors, once open you’ll see we are very busy inside as well. Our teachers and staff have been preparing for the arrival of this year’s students. After working in the building on and off during the summer I’ll tell you what my favorite noise is: the teachers settling back into their routines. Decorating, organizing, laughing, planning, and happily sharing ideas with one another.
As far as dust is concerned, we have also had a bit of restructuring in the DCP office. As many of you know, we hired Mary Nelson to be our Assistant Director last spring. Mary has been a parent at DCP for seven years and has held many roles, including that of Governing Board President. Bringing Mary on board has rounded out our existing administrative team, comprised of Administrative Assistant Cindy Young and me.
Cindy, Mary and I have spent the summer shuffling things around in the office and mapping out who does what. Our goal is for parents to know who it might be best to go to in order to get their needs met. With that being said, let me “re-introduce” the administrative team and explain our areas of responsibility, as well as special talents:
Janee – Executive Director
- Student Medical/Allergy Issues
- Staff/Professional Continuing Education and Development
- Committee Assignments
- Rules and Regulations
- Health and Safety
I handle general support and guidance as it relates to operations, staffing, programming, classroom experiences, and pretty much anything you need, including but not limited to – baby snuggles, walking and chatting, double dutch, and quoting Ghostbusters. I am in the office Monday through Friday.
Mary – Assistant Director
- Student Admissions and Enrollment
- Student Files/Paperwork
- Student Records
- Database Management
- Ordering and Supplies. I
Mary is our go-to person when we need attention to details, discovering great deals, life-hacks you didn’t know you needed, and telling a great story. Mary is in the office on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Cindy – Administrative Assistant
- Student/Family Accounts
- Financial/Tax Statements
- Denver Preschool Program (DPP) enrollment
- Scholarship Applications
- Lunch Bunch and Summer Camp Enrollment
Cindy can also be helpful when you need to look on the bright side, tidy/organize, make the most of tight spaces, or hear a corny joke. Cindy is in the office on Mondays and Wednesdays and in Parent Toddler classes on Fridays.
Please know that all three of us are here for you and more than happy to help regardless of how it relates to our specific job duties.
And when those doors swing open on Sept. 8, we are ready to welcome the greatest sound of all: little feet! Because what follows the pitter-patter — besides a lot of dirt — is laughter, love and play.
It’s going to be another great year at DCP!