Dear Mrs. Brophy, Madame Gaspari and the WONDERFUL Thumbelina staff.
I can’t believe the year is coming to an end — where did the time go? It seems like yesterday I was bringing Kyra and Rory to your door for the first time. Before the school year officially ends I wanted to take the time to write a special thank you to an AMAZING team of people that have made this year so successful for Kyra and Rory! Kyra and Rory have made such tremendous gains this year, it is truly incredible.
Ms. Michelle, Ms. Lisa and Ms. Maria and the wonderful Thumbelina staff have made such a positive impression on Kyra and Rory and will hold a special place in all of our hearts! For me the idea of leaving my 2 ½ year olds was a bit nerve racking to say the least. However, it didn’t take long for my nerves to settle. Kyra and Rory’s teachers have been so nurturing and loving from day one. At this age I truly believe this is essential. Ms. Michelle, Ms. Lisa and Ms. Maria bonded with Kyra and Rory earning their trust and providing an environment where they felt safe and comfortable to learn and explore. Throughout the year they have been given many opportunities to explore developmentally appropriate activities that fostered growth in both fine and gross motor, social growth (sharing and cooperative play—not an easy task with 2 year olds) as well as both emotional and intellectual growth.
As the year progressed Kyra and Rory were presented with experiences that changed to meet their developmental needs and to get them ready for Tom Thumb next year. In additional to taking good care of my girls, the Thumbelina staff has been wonderful to me as a parent. Communication has always been consistent and informative, they have truly worked with me in a partnership to make sure that Kyra and Rory had a successful and happy year! I am thrilled with this team of wonderful women who we have had the pleasure of working with this year. They are an asset to the Thumbelina program and I truly believe that they are a rare combination of excellence.
Before coming to Thumbelina I looked over, under and in between to find a place that I would feel comfortable bringing my young daughters. I was a stay at home mom and I wouldn’t settle for anything but the best. Not one other place that I looked at comes even close to what we found here at Thumbelina. Furthermore, now that the year is almost over I can honestly say they not only met my expectations but exceeded them. This was Kyra and Rory’s first experience away from mommy and first school experience. It has been unbelievably wonderful. Kyra and Rory will be sad to leave Thumbelina, but are also very excited about going to Tom Thumb next year!
We all wish that their wonderful teachers could come with them as they have made quite an impression on us all! Words could never express my gratitude for all they you have done for Kyra and Rory this year. I know that Ms. Michelle, Ms. Lisa, Ms. Maria and Ms. Carol hold a very special place in their hearts.
Sincerely, the C. Family.
Dear Mrs. Brophy, Madame Gaspari and Tom Thumb Staff,
I can’t believe the year is coming to an end. It seems like just yesterday I was bringing Derrick and Jaden to Tom Thumb for the first time! Before the year is officially over I wanted to share some of my thoughts and feelings as I reflect on the experiences that Derrick and Jaden have had at Tom Thumb. First of all I can’t say enough to everyone I meet (and now I am telling you) how confident I am that Derrick and Jaden are more than prepared for Kindergarten thanks to the numerous experiences they have had this year at Tom Thumb. I truly believe both as a parent and as an educator that your program is designed perfectly to meet the developmental needs of all the students you see.
Additionally, I believe you set high standards that encourage children to learn and grow while providing the care and support needed to attain them. My famous line to people I meet is “Tom Thumb is AMAZING—-they get kids, they get it all!”
Mrs. Brophy, I know that you work hard all year (and every year) to perfect this craft of educating the future, and I must say thank you and congratulations for this amazing program. This year has truly been a gift for both Derrick and Jaden. It is obvious that you and your staff care about what you are doing and recognize the importance of these early educational experiences. Every building must have a strong foundation and every plant, strong roots. It is much the same way with small children.
These preschool experiences shape who they are going forward. Derrick and Jaden have had so many wonderful experiences at Tom Thumb this year! They have had tremendous gains, not only intellectually, but socially and emotionally. Your program has fostered independence, encouraged excellence, and modeled sharing and cooperation amongst others. These are life skills that Derrick and Jaden will need for many years to come. I know that you have made a lasing impression in their lives, and for that I thank you!
While I firmly believe that a major part of the success your program is due to all the “hands” that go into the everyday routine (Nancy—director, teachers, assistants and support staff). Words cannot express how grateful we are to your staff for being so in tuned to our children’s needs.
Derrick and Jaden were seen as individuals (which believe it or not some people forget considering they are twins) and it didn’t take you long to figure out what each of them needed. Staff has always gone the extra mile to make them feel comfortable and successful. Your program offers clear expectations, routines, consistency, and constant care! If this isn’t a recipe for success, I don’t know what is! You have fostered learning on so many levels while Derrick and Jaden both adore Madame Gaspari, you must know that Derrick will always have a special place in his heart for you.
Thank you! So I close this letter (finally) with words that seem too simple and short to express all my gratitude…..THANK YOU!!! Mrs. Brophy, you run an incredible program with incredible people. We are lucky to have had the “Tom Thumb experience” and look forward to sending you Kyra and Rory.
Sincerely, The C. Family.