31 December 2016
A big Lilliputian hello!
What a fantastic year it has been at our beloved little school. The classrooms have been full with students to near-capacity. We were awarded a playground improvement grant by the Pequawket Foundation which we are putting to work by adding a playhouse, a new picnic table for outdoor classroom options, and a new layer of soft playground-grade wood chips. Additionally, we embarked on a partnership with Saco Valley Slow Food who provided us with a grant to install garden beds. Our students and summer campers had a wonderful time growing their own snacks. We even won two ribbons for our home-grown produce at the Fryeburg Fair!
The 2015/2016 school year was the first for our new Director, Amber Smith. She and well-loved, long-time lead teacher, Suzie Carrier took it by storm. So far this year we have welcomed back Ms. Carol as a classroom assistant along with new faces Mr. Hunter and Ms. Katelynn. Both are incredible additions. Ms. Katelynn is even planning some vacation camps so look for those soon.
I have spent some time this fall thinking about what makes Lilliputian so special among preschool options in the Valley. I think I can answer with just one word: teachers. Everyday I see ways that our staff are extraordinary. Last week I watched students pig pile on top of Hunter on the playground; they all came up laughing. I watch Carol regularly cradling these little ones – sometimes so grown up – but crying while watching their parent drive away. My little guy calls out ‘Bye Ms. Katelynn!’ every time he leaves aftercare – even after he had known her only a few days. Ms. Suzie’s eyes fill with tears when she encounters one of her students from long ago, some starting families of their own. These teachers love our kids as they love their children – to me, that is the essential magic of Lilliputian.
We work hard to keep costs for our families competitive. Even with full classrooms, tuition does not cover all the expenses of keeping the school populated with skilled teachers, quality montessori materials, and warm classrooms for wee toes! Please consider contributing whatever you can to keep our school magical.
Lichen J. Rancourt
President, Board of Directors