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Welcome to Preschool

Welcome to the Cottage Hill Preschool 

Preschool this year will be held in 2 sessions. We will be offering and Am class begins at 7:55 am and ends at 10:35 am and then a PM class starting at 11:40 am and ending at 2:20 pm. The Preschool is on the campus of Cottage Hill Elementary located in room 22. This year we will have a Wednesday, Friday sessions for 4-year-olds and a Tuesday, Thursday sessions for 3-year-olds.  This year students will be entering and dismiss from the back gate of the school one at a time as we try to help maintain appropriate social distancing.  Each class provides your child with the opportunity for social & emotional development as well as school readiness preparation. The classes are designed to meet the needs of children individually and as a whole unit.  Activities and curriculum are the age and developmental stage appropriate. 

*Preschool Enrollment --The preschool enrollment paperwork contains all of the documents that need to be filled out for your child to enroll.  Please bring these documents in addition to shot records and a birth certificate.   

*Preschool Handbook--The preschool handbook answers all sorts of questions regarding pick up, drop off, clothes, payments, etc.  (Found in the drop-down menu on the right)

*Preschool Calendar--Our preschool calendar is divided into 3 different 12-week sessions with a week or two break between each session. (Found in the drop-down menu on the right)

About the Teacher:
My Name is Andrea Mertens and I am the Preschool Director/Lead Teacher for Cottage Hill Preschool. I started the preschool in 2014 and this will be our 7th year at Cottage Hill Elementary. My family and I returned to the area where my husband grew up so that our 2 sons could experience the joy's this community has to offer its families. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Chico State in 2001 with a BA in Liberal Studies and a minor in Child Psychology and Physical Education. I also received a AA in Social Behavioral Sciences along the way. While being an educator has always been in my heart I chose to wait to start my career until my children and family were established. I love the joy of learning and the passion that each and every child brings with them as they discover through learning about the world around them. 
  *This year we will have Mrs. Jessie for our full-time aide in class
Thank you for choosing our preschool program. I look forward to meeting you and your child. If you have any questions, feel free to email me anytime. 

Mrs. Mertens


Preschool News!

Hello All,
I wanted to 1st say a big THANK YOU for showing Mrs. Jessie and Me all the love this week during Teacher Appreciation. As we are headed towards the last three full weeks of school, (yikes only 3 weeks) there are a few items to review. 
1st- HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all the wonder full Mom's out there. I hope your weekend is filled with love. 
2nd- Today is the last day to place your scholastic book orders. I will be closing the order over the weekend. Should you want to purchase online our class code is "NHJ2J"
3rd- Everyone should have received their last day of school field trip paperwork that must be returned no later than May 19th and May 20th. We then meet at the Western Gateway park on June 1st and June 2nd depending on your childs regular school day. (We have a bin near the front doo for papers)
4th The Move-A-Thon officially starts Monday, May 10th. So dont forget to get moving and turn in you pledge forms. (We have a bin near the front door for papers)
***Last but not least if you have not re-enrolled your child for next years 4yr old class NOW is the time to get your paperwork in as the class is filling up fast!
*****In the 3yr class we still have some room so please spread the word if you know of anyone interested in joining our Preschool Program at Cottage Hill. 
Mrs. Mertens 

May News for Preschool

Hello Everyone,
I just wanted to send a note to let you all know about 3 upcoming events with dates.
1st -Our LAST Scholastic book order for this school year will be closing on Friday, May 7th-2021 so please get those orders in for your summer books, and don't forget our class code is #NHJ2J.
2nd -The PTC Move-a-Thon event "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
      **Bingo forms will be sent home on May 3rd and 4th!
      ***The event then runs Monday, May 10th thru Thursday, May 13th.
      ****We are currently collecting funds should you need to turn them in and will stop collecting on Friday, May 14th to ensure prizes are ready for those who qualify.  
3rd- The May Collaborative Art Project ("feather" sent home this week) is to be decorated using gradient shading/blending technique and is due back by Wednesday, May 12th. When you complete your art please place the project in the labeled tray next to the door. 

News from Preschool

Hello All,
I wanted to share some upcoming events!
-1st for those getting ready for TK and Kindergarten next year it is TIME TO ENROLL online. In order to enroll your child, for the 2021-2022 school year, you will want to call the Cottage Hill office and speak to Mrs. Evans at 530-268-2808. She has a code that must be entered in order to transition your child from Preschool to next year's grade level. 
-2nd Next week our LAST SCHOLASTIC book order form for this year will be going home. You can order online or by returning the paper form up until Friday, May 7th. Our special Preschool class code is "NHJ2J" should you order online.
Have a sunny weekend and we will see you next week for the letter "W"

Preschool for NEXT YEAR! 2021-2022

Hello, Wonderful Preschool Parents,
I wanted to send out a reminder that it is now time to Register for NEXT YEAR'S Preschool program 2021-2022. As a way to make it a bit easier on families, ALL the needed paperwork/ forms are NOW online at the Cottage Hill website under the "preschool" tab at the top. (I have also sent an email out with the forms attached as well) Simply fill out the forms and return the needed paperwork to the office to secure your spot.

Preschool....Don't Forget

Hello Families,
Just a quick reminder that today was the last day of Session #2 in Preschool so we will have next week off as our session break. That's correct just Preschool has next week ( March 1st thru 5th) off. We will begin our final Session #3 on March 9th and 10th and Preschool session #3 will run until the end of May. 
Also, mark those calendars as we head into March for all those entering Tk and Kindergarten next year(2021-2022) as the Informational parent video will be posted on the school website on Tuesday, March 23rd for parents to view. 
* For those returning to Preschool next year, we will have our round-up informational video and or enrollment open on Monday, April 5th.

No School on Feb 18th and 19th

Hello Families,
As many of you are aware the entire staff of PRSD had the opportunity to receive the 1st shot of the Covid-19 vaccinations. On February 17th we will be receiving the 2nd shot. With the current reports stating that people have more of a reaction to the second shot than the first, we will NOT be having school on Thursday, Feb 18th, and Friday, Feb 19th to ensure we stay healthy and don't share our possible germs. To ensure everyone receives the same number of school days they have paid for we will be extending the Preschool School calendar year to cover the missed days. 
We hope you understand and wish us well thoughts as we do our best to get back to the regular school we all want and love!

Preschool-3 Things for Next Week!

Hello Preschool,
Next week is the last week to place your Scholastic Book Orders should anyone be interested in adding to your book collection. The order can be placed online for your convenience here:  simply remember to use our class code NHJ2J. If you don't see a book you like on the flyer remember you can always type in a key phrase and books will appear to meet your interest. I will close the book orders on January 31st to ensure all books are received before Valentine's Day should you want a surprise for your little loves!
Speaking of Valentine's Day, It's time to start writing some names. If you plan for your child to participate in giving a Valentine NOW is a good time for them to write their name on the cards ( From......) We have a maximum of 9 students per class. We will not be putting class members' names on the cards as we are still young, HOWEVER, most students can write their names and it is at this point that I recommend they write out their name on at least 3 cards a day to be complete in time. The Valentine cards must arrive NO later than Thursday, February 4th for the T/Th group and Friday, February 5th for the W/F group. This will allow the cards to sit in class and quarantine before being given out the following week during class. Please note if they come any later than the above date I will have to send them back home with your child per Mrs. Montero. 
Also, next week January 26th we might NOT have Preschool do to SNOW? Yep, the weather is forecasted to be snow at this point however, we all know that could change. With that said please be aware that the school would send out an ALL CALL to parents possibly Monday night or even Tuesday morning a by 6 am to let you know. I just wanted to give you all a heads up to stay connected as things are changing rapidly. You should also be able to go onto the School website or Pleasant Ridge website as well to see changes made to the school schedule should you need to. 
Stay warm and I'll hope to see you next week!
Mrs. Mertens 

Preschool News about Upcoming Events

Hello Preschool Families,
I wanted to send out a quick notice that as of today everyone should have received a Scholastic Book Order Flyer should anyone be interested in adding books to their collections. The order can be placed online for your convenience AT:  simply remember to use our class code NHJ2J. 
I will close the book orders on January 31st to ensure all books are received before Valentine's Day should you want a surprise for your little loves!
Speaking of Valentine's Day, I have been given the Ok for our student to bring in their cards (should they/you want to participate) AS LONG AS they arrive NO later than Thursday, February 4th for the T/Th group and Friday, February 5th for the W/F group. This will allow the cards to sit in class and quarantine before being given out the following week during class. Please note if they come any later than the above date I will have to send them back home with your child. 

Preschool and Thank You

Hello Everyone,
I just wanted to send out a quick reminder that Preschool ONLY will start the New Year with on-campus learning from January 5th thru January 15th. *Don't forget to dress warmly as I hear the wet weather will be here starting this week. 
I also wanted to send a big THANK YOU for all the love and support you have shown to not only myself but our classroom aid Mrs, Jessie as well. We both were extremely grateful for all the holiday gifts and treats. I hope you all had a fun Holiday Break and we'll see you soon!
Mrs. Mertens 

Preschool Hooray, Happy Holidays!

Hello All,
I just wanted to send a quick reminder:
*Holiday Break is next week December 21st thru January 3th there is NO SCHOOL. 
I hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating the season and enjoying each other. 
* You can choose to send back your library books this week or wait until after the holiday is your choice!
*The weeks FOLLOWING the holiday-  January 4th thru January 15th ONLY PRESCHOOL will be in session and on campus.
Smiles and Happy Holidays,
Mrs. Mertens

Welcome Back Reminders

Hello All,
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I wanted to remind everyone if you haven't already done so please send back the extra change of clothes with weather appropriate attire. Also, don't forget those Library books are due!
Mrs. Mertens

Preschool Reminder...

Hello All,
Here are just a few reminders:
*Your child's change of clothing bag (large ziplock with their names labeled on it) went home last week in the hopes that you would please update their clothes as we are now seeing winter weather and return them to school.
*Library books are due this Tuesday and Wednesday. I am not sure if we will be checking out this week as next week we have no school for Preschool.
*Session #1 is done and there is No Preschool from November 23rd thru November 27th. Session #2 will start on December 1st and 2nd.
* This Friday, Nov 20th is the last day to order from the Original Artworks and Scholastic Book orders.
* Picture RE-TAKES are this Thursday, November 19th. We will have picture retakes in case the 1st try did not look so good? Please let me know at drop off if we need to take them for retakes. (side note I do have their pictures to give you if you ordered) 
Thankful for our class,
Mrs. Mertens 

Preschool Info

Hello All,
I hope everyone is staying warm as the weather changes! I wanted to send out a quick reminder that there is NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, November 11th in observation of Veterans Day. 
**Also as we gear up for the holidays please be aware that this next week I am hoping to send home:
(1st) A Book Order Form from Scholastics that can be done on-line until November, 20th. This way we have the orders back before the December Holiday. Our class code for ordering is: NF6CC
(2nd) Be sure to check out your child's amazing artwork! The Original Works order form of the art we created in class is posted online now until November 20th. Please visit the online store to see your child's artwork transformed on to custom keepsakes at  and enter school code: Cott 
Both these items make great gifts so here's to hoping I make your shopping easier.
(3rd) With the weather change it's also time to update the extra clothes kept at school should we have an accident of some kind. So, Please be sure to return the zip-lock bag labeled with your child's name on it filled with love and warm clothes for the season.  

Happy Halloween Week In Preschool!

Hello All,
I wanted to let you all know that the school is allowing students to dress up for Halloween. So, we will be in Preschool tomorrow Thursday, October 29th, and Friday, October 30th to celebrate and have some fun! Please NOTE it is optional to dress up and your child must still wear their face covering's as well as be able to use the restroom should they need to without assistance related to their costume. 
Also please remember that your child is allowed to pack 1 small snack to safely eat while we distance for storytime. 
On a side note, I also wanted to remind everyone that Daylight savings is this coming Sunday, November 1st so don't forget after you have your Halloween fun to turn back those clocks one hour!

News for the Week 10-12 to 10-16

Hello All,
I wanted to send a quick reminder about upcoming events. 

1st- Picture day will be THIS WEDNESDAY, Oct 14th. Everyone will have the order form by Tuesday. With that being said is Wednesday is not your normal day....i.e. All the Caterpillar classes. Then you ave the option to come to school and meet at the Multipurpose room (near the front office) at 8: 10 am on Wednesday for your photo OR you can choose to sign up for an appointment between 2:45 pm and 4:15 of that day by going to the following link:

​2nd ALL LIBRARY Books are due back this week. As next week there will be NO SCHOOL for Fall Break from October 19th to October 23rd. 
​3rd ​ Should you be interested in purchasing books for your at-home reading or even as an upcoming gift Cottage Hill is now hosting a Scholastic Book fair from Oct 9th thru Oct 22nd. Please note all orders must be placed online and will ship directly to your house when purchasing over $25 in an order.
4th School time reminder. 
*Attending the morning or AM Session please be sure to arrive between 7:45 am-7:55 am as the back gate is locked by 8 am.  Then pick-up time is between 10:30 am and 10:40 am again the gate is then locked down.
** Attending the afternoon or PM Session please be sure to arrive between 11:30 am-11:40 am as the back gate is locked shortly after. Then pick-up time is between 2:15 pm and 2:25 pm then again the gate is then locked down.
Last but not least I wanted to share that we will be having the Original Artworks event this year. What is that you might ask? Original Works takes an art project we have created in class and will allow you as parents to personalize many items for you or whomever you choose. (Great for gifts with upcoming holidays and birthdays too!) This year we used our fingers, hands, and amazing painting skills to create a seasonal favorite for you..... Want to know what we made? Well then please be on the lookout after fall break for your order form packet to come home so you can choose what you want to create for a keepsake.  
Mrs. Mertens