Over the years we’ve received so many wonderful letters and thank you notes from the parents of our preschoolers expressing their gratitude and fond memories of the experiences, education and friendships they hold on to of our Great Falls, VA preschool.
We’ve even had a previous student “give back” to us through his Eagle Scout project in which he designed and installed our large sandbox as his way to say thank you to GFUMP. Here are some great excerpts from the letters we’ve received:
“Dear Staff (or should I say family!),
We would like to take the time to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the very important role you’ve all played in our children’s lives. The stew our kids simmered in at GFUMP consisted of love & concern, support, nurturing, lots of creativity, humor, patience, acceptance…and all that while learning…and learning not just the basic academics, but how to be good people. It saddens us to leave this place. I’ve toyed with the idea of having another baby just so we could still attend. No Can Do! So, thank you, thank you, and thank you!”
—The P. Family
“What a wonderful year it has been! E has had such a wonderful experience…and has learned so much! It’s hard to know where to start. She has learned to write and draw pictures and is starting to learn to read. She counts and does dot-to-dot pictures and can find matching objects and patterns. She learned about ice and magnets and dinosaurs and different countries. Probably her favorite activity was dressing up and playing imaginative games with other children. The pageants were outstanding and we loved the patriotic songs and meal blessings. It’s hard to express how grateful we are that she was part of your class and was able to have all those amazing experiences. We thank you (all) for your patience, nurturing, creativity, energy, cheerfulness, and loving ways – you are outstanding teachers!”
—The Y. Family
“…Would like to thank you for giving W. a wonderful gift this year – a perfect start to his many years of education ahead. W. has just blossomed this year…not just in his ability to recognize letters, or counting, or days of the week…but in his enthusiasm for learning. He loves school! We are so proud of his accomplishments and development this year. We know it is due in large part to the hard work you’ve done and the love you’ve given him this year. It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to the preschool but we (and most importantly, W.) are excited to move on to the big world of kindergarten!”
—L. & R. L.
“Thank you for the many years you have taken care of our children. We will never forget the incredible staff at GFUMP!”
—The H. Family
“We used the Great Falls United Methodist Preschool for my youngest son and we very much liked it. The teachers were just great and P. enjoyed the school a lot. I felt that both teachers and the director paid a lot of attention to individual needs of a child and worked closely (and hard) with parents, too. It was hard to get in and it is important to apply early.”
“Thank you for loving my children. When we looked at schools, we looked for one where our children would feel loved and develop a love for school. The bells and whistles didn’t matter to me. A home away from home did. They have always felt your support and affection. J. has even learned to ask for help when he is troubled or hurt. He trusts you and loves you. I will miss the GFUMP family. It was our first “home” in Great Falls and still has very close friendships with the families we met in those first years. I think (my children) will grow up to be better human beings for having known you.”
“I wanted to thank you for your time and for sharing your thoughtful comments and observations about my child. You really seem to understand who he is which is really touching! I want you to know that I truly value your perspective and your gift of working with and teaching children. There is no question in my mind that my son is in the right place and with the right group of educators! He is having a great year and I can’t wait to see him grow and change over the months to come…”