News & Events
Shady Lane School invites all families, alumni, staff and friends in the community to stay connected to the latest school news and events. Your interest and participation makes Shady Lane a special place. In addition to this page, please follow us on Twitter (@shadylaneschool) and Facebook (search for "Shady Lane" in the search box and watch for our "shade trees" logo).
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Annual Giving for 2013-14 underway
As a friend of Shady Lane, you have long known about our programs, our wonderful teachers, and our core commitment to diversity and inclusion. What you might not know is that Shady Lane commits over $75,000 a year to ensure participation by all, without regard for household income. Demand for our program has also grown, as the availability of high-quality preschool programs and funding for those programs has decreased. We need your help to meet this additional need, which at this very moment is supporting the addition of new classrooms, the creation of a new gym space, and expansion of our teaching staff.
Think about all this:
- Together, we are growing and improving. We have already begun this exciting expansion to better serve the community. In 2012, we added a third Toddler class, and this fall we expanded again with a third Preschool class. We also have expanded our summer program for children between kindergarten and first grade, and continue to develop our new “little gym” so that all children will have indoor space for active play.
- Together, we serve our entire community. We know Shady Lane has played an important part in your family’s life. We are asking you to help us make the high-quality programs we offer available to more children in our community.
- Together, we overcome challenges. Even with all that parents pay each month, tuition does not meet expenses. Our budget can only balance if we raise at least $85,000 through events and efforts like Annual Giving. Costs keep rising and current parents can only absorb so much of an increase with a still-recovering economy. In short, we need your help.
Make your donation today via secure online site by clicking here, or simply by sending a check directly to:
Attn: Annual Giving
100 N. Braddock Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
For more information about our Annual Giving campaign please contact Patrick Webster, Executive Director, via email or at 412-243-4040.
Annual Book Fair a success!
The annual Shady Lane Book Fair, held this year during the week of November 19-22, was a huge success! Thanks so much to all of our volunteers, especially our Book Fair chair, Shannon Steele, as well as our Classroom Ambassadors for helping get out the word and volunteer support!
Thanks to everyone's efforts, we surpassed our sales goal of $5,000 by almost $400, resulting in a net profit for the School of $1,340.21. Thanks to all for your help!
Featured Professional Development Workshop
Variations on a Theme
K6 C2 61
Instructor: Polly Lipkind, Shady Lane Professional Development Director
Location: Shady Lane
Thursday, January 30, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 PM; total 3 DPW and Act 48 Hours
Early care and education is the “theme”. The “variations” include our own development as educators, changes in the child care profession, and ideas for moving with the changes. We will identify methods for development that benefit the educator, children, families, and programs. Participants will develop strategies to support collaborative efforts within their own programs and community as well as among other programs.
Please go to the PA Keys website to register for this class.
A Program of Shady Lane
This program is funded through the Southwest Regional Key and PAEYC.
See our Professional Development Page for more details of this and other Shady Lane professional development events coming between now and May, 2014.
Shady Lane represented at two major conferences
Three Shady Lane staff members, including our Executive Director and two Lead Educators, were well received during presentations at two major conferences this fall.
At the sixth annual Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Summit, held at the Penn Stater in State College from October 22-24, Maren Herman and Rachel Anderson, Co-Lead Educators in our Preschool 2 Classroom, were part of a panel and video presentation facilitated by representatives from the Fred Rogers Center and PAEYC on "Exemplary Use of Technology in an Early Childhood Education Setting". The discussion provided a realistic look at the journey that Shady Lane and other programs have taken to incorporate technology in developmentally appropriate ways.
At the 2013 NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, DC, held this year from November 20-23, Patrick Webster, Executive Director, and Maren Herman, Preschool 2 Lead Educator, were joined by Teri Pentz, Mobile Therapist at WPIC Early Childhood Mental Health & Trauma Center (a program of UPMC), to present "Understanding the unique developmental, social, and psychological needs of adopted children and their families". Patrick, Maren and Teri created this presentation by weaving together professional experiences with adopted children and research on Attachment Theory with the presenters' own personal stories and experiences within their adoptive families. Held as a 90-minute session at the NAEYC Annual Conference in 2012, this year's presentation was expanded to a full 3-hour session on the Conference's opening day.
We are always proud and excited to have such opportunities to extend our professional development work beyond Western Pennsylvania. Thanks to all who made these presentations possible.
A huge "thank you" to all who participated in the Pittsburgh Day of Giving on October 3. The residents of our great city donated a grand total of $5,808,367 to area nonprofit organizations during the 24 hours of the event, including over $18,000 in individual donations and matching funds for Shady Lane! Thanks to all who gave, with a special thanks to our incredibly generous and committed Board of Trustees.
As of December 1, there are a limited number of spaces available for children to enroll for Half Day (8:45-12:30) and Full Day (8:45-3:00) schedules only. (All children enrolled at Shady Lane are welcome to arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. to participate in early morning activities. Between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. each day, each class comes together in their classrooms to start the school day.)
If you have wanted to enroll your child at Shady Lane but worried that it was too late to inquire, now is the time to act! Please click here to visit our "Admissions & Financial Aid" page, or click here to download a Waitlist Form. If you have further questions, feel free to contact Janna Rasmussen, our Program Coordinator, at 412-243-4040, or use the "Contact Us" page to inquire about details.
Please click below or go to the "In Memoriam" page at "Our Story" to help us remember the legacy of Donna Chase.
Now we're on Twitter!
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