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Welcome to Preschool

Welcome to the Cottage Hill Preschool. I am very excited to welcome both our new and returning families for another great year of our preschool.  

Preschool starts at 8:15 and ends at 11:15. The preschool is on the campus of Cottage Hill Elementary located in room 22. We have a Monday, Wednesday, Friday session for 4 year olds and a Tuesday,Thursday session for 3 year olds. 

*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, food, 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 4th year at Cottage Hill Elementary. My family and I have 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 minors 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. 

We also have 2 aides to assist with our class: Mrs. Jordan and Mrs. Lindsey

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

Recent Posts

Field Trip!

Hello Families,
As a reminder tomorrow (May 18th) is our Field Trip Day to Western Gateway Park. If you are planning to ride the bus please arrive at school by 8am as we will be trying to board the bus about 8:15am.  Those who are riding the bus must pack their lunches and disposable drinks in a brown paper-sack with the child's name on it.  Back packs are NOT needed tomorrow! Please remember that this field trip is all outdoors so closed toed shoes and sunscreen are recommended.
If you haven't already seen the classroom door please look as next week, we will be having our end of the year party. Please bring in your pre-cut food item the morning of your class's party. (Our Party will be held on Thursday May, 24th for Caterpillars and Friday, May 25th for the Butterfly class). Both events will take place from 10:40am-11:15am so mark you calendar for the last day's of Preschool 2017-2018.
Mrs. Mertens

Thank You All!

Hello Preschool Families,
I wanted to send out a BIG THANK YOU for showing me all the love this week during teacher appreciation. As we finish up the preschool year with only 2 weeks to go, it's about to be a whirl win of events.
Next Friday, May 18th we have our final field trip to Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.
Next week I will also be placing a sign up sheet out for our end of the year party. (Our Party will be held on Thursday May, 24th for Caterpillars and Friday, May 25th for the Butterfly class. Both events will take place from 10:40am-11:15am so mark you calendar for the last day's of Preschool 2017-2018.)
Mrs. Mertens

Preschool News/Reminder

Hello All,
Just a reminder that Field Trip Permission Slips are due this week. Our Field trip will be held on Friday, May 18th and is a family play date/picnic style trip.
Also this week will be our last time checking out library books.

Preschool News/Reminder

Hello Families,
Just a reminder that Monday, April 23rd there will be NO SCHOOL so teachers may have an Professional In-service Day. I hope you all enjoy a nice long 3day weekend in this beautiful weather.
Mrs. Mertens

This Weeks News!

Hello Parents,
Reminder for all: This week on Thursday, April 12th We will be having Open House Night from 6:30pm-7:30pm. I invite everyone to come stop by and see all the beautiful creations our class has made.
Also, I wanted to remind my 3yr parents that should you choose to turn your students creative artwork into something amazing using "Original Works" your item must be turned in no latter than Thursday, April 12th.

Preschool 2018/2019

Hello Families,
I wanted to let you all know that this week I am handing out enrollment paperwork for next year's classes. This is for all returning students as well as siblings if your interested in placing them in my class. For returning children just the packet is required for new students the packet as well as birth certificates and immunization records must be submitted. As of Monday, April 10th open enrollment will begin at the front office for anyone wanting to join preschool next year on a first come basis. (Pending age required by classes).

No School Monday, April 2nd!

Hello Families
I wanted to send out a reminder that tomorrow Monday, April 2nd there will be NO SCHOOL in observance of our snow day that we did not use throughout the winter months. So Caterpillars will come back Tuesday, April 3rd and Butterflies will come back Wednesday, April 4th. 
See you soon!

Tk and K Round-Up is Coming!

Hello Parents,
I wanted to remind you to mark your calendars for NEXT, Tuesday, March 20th as Tk and K round-up will be taking place in the Cottage Hill Multipurpose Room at 6:30pm. This is a Parent Only Orientation Meeting to explain and go over any questions you may have about next year. As you arrive there will be a sign-up sheet where you may pick out your child's assessment time for the following day. (Wed, March 21st) I encourage you to be punctual as getting your desired time slot for the following days assessment will fill up fast!

Also, get ready for Spring Break its coming March 26th thru April 2nd! (April 2nd is a possible day off pending we do not use our Snow Day between here and there). Ill keep you posted.
Hope you all have a Joyful Weekend!