Letter to Weekday School Families

Dear Weekday School Families,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year.  I am Christen Johnson, WDS Administrator, and am very happy to be returning to the Weekday School!  While my children attended this preschool, I served as a Classroom Teacher, Chapel Teacher, and Lead Teacher spanning 8 years.  I walk through the halls and as I think of my own children and the children I have taught, memories flood my thoughts.  It is wonderful to come home to a very special place!

The WDS is an amazing preschool whose foundation is built on developmentally appropriate practice, Conscious Discipline, Creative Curriculum, and NAEYC credentialing.  The people involved with the preschool share a love for the children and families and a commitment to quality early childhood education.

This year we will carry on the traditions, rituals, and routines that make the WDS the outstanding preschool that it is and explore new strategies and pedagogy that further the children’s growth.  I want you to feel secure in the fact that the WDS will continue to thrive on the foundations that make it a quality early childhood education environment.  I was Lead Teacher when these programs were adopted and believe in their authenticity and success in developmentally appropriate programs.

The staff will soon begin preparations for another great year at the Weekday School.   Our first week together will be spent training and readying the classrooms for the children.   Postcards from your child’s teacher will be sent the last week of August.  I would like to invite you to the Weekday School on Friday, September 1st from 9:30-12:00 to visit your child’s classroom and meet his/her teachers.  This is an informal event and you may stop by anytime within the allotted hours.

The first day of school is September 5th.  The school day runs from 9-1.  There is a calendar attached for your convenience.   Please note that we are strictly adhering to the Frederick County Public Schools calendar, other than the first and last day of school.  Please be aware also, that we release at NOON on the First Wednesday of each month, with the exception of September and January.

This year, Karen Gyurisin is joining me in the WDS office as the Administrative Assistant.  I am thankful for her day-to-day knowledge of more recent school procedures.  She is a valuable resource for our school!

I look forward to meeting each of you and getting to know your children.

I wish you well,


Christen Johnson, Administrator

First Presbyterian Weekday School

116 South Loudoun St. Winchester, VA 22601