Ideas to Impact: Your Gifts at Work
Preschool - A Community's Investment Pays Off
From the beginning, PCEF has partnered with the District to provide high quality and affordable preschool. Study after study shows the impact of early childhood education is immense, and that has been proven true in Park City as well.

Debbie Freeman has been teaching Preschool since it's inception, and now teaches the all-day class. "It's opened the door to more working and middle class families who needed an all-day option," she says, "and the longer day is beneficial." In fact, the all-day pilot at McPolin was so successful last year, it is offered at Parley's this year as well.
"What's been fun is we've been able to add enrichment in the afternoons. We have library, PE, and art once a week. We go to lunch in the cafeteria. The Kindergarten teachers are excited that they won't have to teach all that. These 
students are going to be great role models for the children coming into all day kinder next year!
"But the most important thing is, they love school. It's a safe place where they can express themselves, where their ideas matter. They are like a little family, and they take care of each other. They work really well together.  Academically they are doing great, but more importantly, they are happy here and want to be here, and hopefully that will carry on. It's a good start for them."

The inaugural Preschool class is now in 4th grade. Preschool Director Kathy Anderson notes, "The data for these 4th graders is still showing the impact of the PCSD Preschool Program.  These students were able to begin Kindergarten with many more skills than they would have had they not attended preschool, and they continue to close the learning gap and growth trajectory on formative assessments."

Thank you to Vail Resort's EpicPromise for their fourth year of support for Preschool. 
Enjoy this short video about PCSD Preschool!

Check out this article on the importance of Preschool:
If you are interested in learning more about the Preschool Program, please contact our Executive Director 

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Donor Spotlight: Why We Give: Bill Rock and Vail Resorts

The Rock Family
Bill Rock and his family moved here from Tahoe in 2013 when he became the Senior V.P. and COO of Park City Mountain. "It's been a good move for us," he says, "The transition for the kids has been fantastic. The great news about Park City is the school district has an excellent reputation. The fact we could move here with young children, and be comfortable as they move on to the junior high and high school, was fantastic.

"We love that there is such strong support for education in this town, both through parent engagement with teachers and in classrooms, as well as support for PCEF. My own children have been impacted by PCEF each year we've been here. Right now my son is in band at Ecker, and he practices at home with the SMART Music software, provided by PCEF."

"As a company, it was easy to support PCEF. PCEF is one of the most beloved organizations in town, and we could quickly see the impact it was making. Our overall mission is to support the communities we work and live in. The Epic Promise grant focuses on the environment and kids, so it's a natural fit.

"Our grant committee is locally based, and reflects the priorities of our local families, which is why we support Preschool through PCEF. Our team has identified that this affects our employees specifically. The district Preschool is high-quality and affordable, available at each of the elementary schools, and prepares 200 kids for success in school. The all-day classes help with childcare, too. We love supporting a program like that."
Volunteers Needed to Read Fun Books to Elementary Kids on 3/2!


  • Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday by reading to students for half an hour!
  • You'll have fun reading, and PCEF will donate books for the classroom library. Win-win!
  • PCEF is planning on donating 250 books to celebrate literacy!

Teacher Spotlight: Celebrating 30 Years
Throughout the year, as part of our 30th Anniversary Celebration, we will spotlight teachers and administrators who have been in the District for 30 years, or graduated 30 years ago!
Ms. Tuso on the left!
Kathy Tuso Anderson
-PCSD Preschool Director

-29 years teaching/26 in PCSD

-BS in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, New Mexico State University , Master's in Reading, ESL and Reading Endorsements

-First teaching job in Albuquerque, NM

When I first started teaching, it was a very isolated job. You were alone in your classroom with your class, and there weren't even telephones in the rooms.  Now people work more collaboratively; there is support and other adults, both staff and parents, coming in and out of classrooms. There is so much more to teach now, too. The world is constantly changing and evolving more quickly than ever.

The best part about teaching this long has been watching my students grow up to be amazing adults! The students from the first class I taught here in kindergarten are now 32 years old.  I've been to weddings and baby showers, and I love seeing them. I've now been fortunate enough to teach some of my former students' children!

I have so many great memories, but probably the most meaningful one would be in 1992, when my second grade class at Parley's Park all banded together to help support one of their classmates who had terminal cancer.  The kids were so kind and caring to him.

For me, PCEF has made a huge difference! The numerous programs they support as well as the grants they fund provide multiple added opportunities for both the students and the teachers. I've been awarded many grants over the years. For the past 6 years I've been directing the PCSD Preschool program, which now receives a signature grant every year from PCEF to help us provide affordable preschool to everyone who is able to come! Our first class of Preschool kids is in fourth grade now, and we are still seeing the benefits for them!
Men4Ed News: 
Thirsty Thursdays!
On the first Thursday of every month, come join the Men4Ed members at Park City Brewery for a beer from 6-8 PM. 

Our next Thirsty Thursday is March 2, 2017

We will host casual conversations with Mike Burton, TSES Coding Teacher 


Member/Guest Casino Night!
Coming up in March, our Annual Casino Night will be at the Hi-Ute Ranch on 3/11/17. 

Bring a friend and your spouse!

EVA (Elementary Visual Art) Lesson for February: Bridget Riley
Parley's Students' Op Art!

Op Art
  - How do 2D geometric shapes invoke movement?

  - How can the manipulation of geometric shapes and patterns create dimension in 2D art?

Lesson Overview/Objectives
Students will learn about the artist Bridget Riley and her work in Optical Art (Op Art).  Riley (1931-present) is a British artist known for bringing about the Op Art movement.  Op Art is a style of visual art that uses precise patterns and color to create optical illusions. Op art works are abstract, with many better known pieces created in black and white. Typically, they give the viewer the impression of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibrating patterns, or of swelling or warping.   After learning about Bridget Rily and the Op Art movement, students will create an Op Art heart and background for Valentine's Day. 

Thanks to our donors, PCEF provides over $90,000 per year for the EVA program.

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