Dear Preschool Families,
We hope you’re doing well and staying healthy through this challenging time. We appreciate you and miss you and we are looking forward to seeing you again. We have really enjoyed your messages, pictures, and the videos of your children responding to our activity suggestions. It has brought us so much joy to be able to stay in touch with you during this forced separation. You truly are like family to us !
In this letter you will find details regarding how we presently plan to move forward … which is based on what we know today (3/30/2020). We don’t know what the future holds, but fortunately we know Who holds the future.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
The most current information from Lodi Unified School District is that they plan to re-open on Monday, April 20th. In the past, in an effort to keep your preschoolers and their older siblings on the same school calendar, we have mostly chosen to mirror the LUSD calendar, but this situation requires a different approach. The convenience of a common calendar is great, but our highest priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our students. Given the near-impossibility of proper social distancing between them, and the frequency with which they tend to put things in their mouths, we believe it’s in everyone’s best interest to lengthen the cushion of time to ensure their safest possible return.
Therefore, our present plan is to re-open Vinewood Preschool no sooner than Monday, May 4th (9:00 a.m.) for our M/W/F students and Tuesday, May 5th (9:00 a.m.) for our T/TH students.
That means no school during April. It also means there is no expectation on your part to pay tuition for April. While this decision is financially challenging for us as a not-for-profit preschool – we believe it properly reflects our “kids-first” prioritization. Normally, we would be charging your credit cards and receiving your checks around the 5th of April, but we will do things a bit differently this month. For April -- we will not automatically charge your credit cards, and will not be expecting your tuition checks. If, however, you choose to make a donation of your regular tuition amount (or any amount) we would be most grateful ! We’re trying to continue to pay our Preschool Staff, so any contribution is greatly appreciated.
During April, any amounts we receive from you will be considered tax-deductible donations, and the Preschool will issue receipts to you with our sincere appreciation. You have 3 easy options for either donation or refund:
1. Call or email Miss Michelle (209-334-4302 / email@example.com) with
the amount you’d like us to charge to the credit card we have on file for you (as a donation); or
2. Mail a check, payable to Vinewood Preschool, to us @ 1900 W. Vine St. Lodi, 95242. (You could also
hand-deliver it by placing the check in an envelope clearly marked “Vinewood Preschool” and slipping
it through the mail slot by the Church Office door (park in the half circle driveway).
3. For those of you who have prepaid tuition for the entire school year, you have a couple of options:
a) You may request a donation receipt or refund for the amount of the April tuition: or b) you may
carry a credit into our next school year (for returning students).
We also understand that some of you may be dealing with illness and loss. We are praying for you. We love you and feel incredibly blessed that you’re a part of our Vinewood Preschool Family. I am always available by cell phone (209-712-6731) if you’d like to talk to me.
Love, Hugs, Prayers, and Blessings,
Debi Hyzdu, Director