History of Katrina Trask
Katrina Trask Nursery School found its very first roots in 1929, when a preschool playgroup was organized by the Skidmore Department of Home Economics. During the 1940s it evolved into a full-day childcare program, and by 1968 it became a cooperative nursery school chartered by the State of New York Education Department.
Who We Are Today
Today, Katrina Trask has maintained its commitment to existing as a cooperative nursery school. Parents and teachers work together to offer a nursery school program that endorses the philosophy of learning through play. The parents serve as the administrative body, responsible for heading committees that insure the successful daily operation of our school. The teachers are responsible for creating and implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum that supports learning through play. The school thrives on the sense of community that it creates through this model.
Informally known as “KT,” the school offers both a 3 year-old program (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:30) and a 4 year-old program (Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 to 12:00). Both programs are headed by teachers Therese Lesser and Andrea Famiano (pictured right). The children at KT are not formally “taught” subjects such as science, math or reading, nor do they receive work sheets or letter of the week type activities. Instead, they learn through hands-on experiences and exposure to places and things in our community and world.
Lots To Do!
Young children thrive on routine and rhythm and a typical preschool day at KT begins with a morning circle and welcome song. In addition the daily schedule includes singing, movement, stories, engaging art projects, free play, painting at easels and a shared snack time. The cooperative nursery school is also committed to outdoor play time on our school playground, weather permitting. Here the children enjoy a variety of activities such as gardening, raking, riding tricycles, swinging, pulling sleds and shoveling snow.
KT families appreciate the cooperative element of the school and the chance to be involved in their child’s education. This cooperative spirit is supported by inviting parents to be classroom helpers and serving on committees together. Parents are encouraged to be involved. KT, at its core, is really a family!
How Do I Sign Up?
If you are interested in learning more about Katrina Trask Cooperative Nursery School, we invite you to attend our Open House on Monday August 30, 2010 from 5-6 p.m. We currently have openings in both our 3s and 4s classes. You can also support KT by attending our children’s fall consignment sale at the American Legion on October 15th and 16th.
Contact Katrina Trask:
24 Circular Street
Saratoga Springs, NY
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Check out our website for more information on the school or consignment sale at www.ktnurseryschool.org.
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