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Devens approved!

19 Jun

I am thrilled to share that Applewild School has been approved to open our new satellite preschool and transportation hub. Applewild at Devens will open on September 2 at 27 Jackson Rd, the second building off of Route 2 that also houses the Mt Wachusett Community College satellite campus. The Center will house a year-round preschool and child care facility for ages 2.9 to 5 and also contain a transportation and activity hub for K-8 students attending Applewild School in Fitchburg.

The representative from the Department of Early Education and Care who made her licensure visit on June 13 was so impressed with our preparation and the attractiveness of the space that she recommended that we receive immediate approval to “go public,” and that was granted that Friday afternoon. Congratulations to our team of experienced Early Childhood educators, led by Director Sherri Ebner, for their work, together with the Applewild administrative team and Board of Trustees.

Of immediate interest to current families will be the availability of this attractive, convenient location as a transportation hub. This is also true for families interested in a superb K – 8 program who may have felt Applewild was too far away. Families can drop off between 7:00am and 7:30am and pick up between 4:20pm and 6:00pm. Enrichment activities will be part of the afternoon “Extended Day” program, just as the school provides on our main campus. There will be a special one-way transportation rate to and/or from the hub. That information will be available with our normal summer mailing that includes the bus information.

Overlooking a nature-based playground next to the Oxbow Nature Preserve, the preschool’s program will include enriched literacy, science and math programs, an art studio, yoga, music, and movement, and extensive use of the outdoor classroom for nature exploration and gardening. Occasional connections between the satellite and the ApplewildSchool main campus will add to the enrichment of the program. A year from now we will add a kindergarten option. There is dedicated space for the after school program for our older children.

Open House June 30 and July 19

We can now advertise and accept enrollments! Families interested in finding out more about the Applewild at Devens program can contact the school at 978-342-6053 x110 or go to www.applewild.org/learnmore. As always, word of mouth is the most impactful way to spread the word. Our first Open House at Applewild at Devens is Monday, June 30 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm.  We will also offer an Open House on Saturday, July 19 from 10:00am – noon. Feel free to stop by and to pass along the word.

Transition to Director of Admission and Financial Aid Jen Wing

As we formally announce this exciting initiative, we also welcome Jen Wing on June 23. Emily Bracchitta’s last day will be Friday, June 20. We have been celebrating Emily’s four years with us in a variety of ways in the past few weeks. She has been an articulate advocate for Applewild and for families, and I know that we all wish her well. She and Jen have been working closely together, and Jen has visited several times this spring. Jen’s email address is jwing@applewild.org, and she looks forward to beginning to work with Applewild families.

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