Saturday, August 29, 2015

Preschool 4 Janesville (P4J)-
 Truly a Community Collaboration
by: Angela Lynch, P4J Coordinator

P4J is the School District of Janesville’s 4-year-old Kindergarten program. It is a collaboration of 16 sites in the community and 5 school district classrooms. P4J began in 2008-09 school year and has grown to over 600 students
that enroll every year.

ENROLLING NOW! Many open spots for P4J students.
Please come to the School District of Janesville Educational Services Center (527 S Franklin Street) to enroll.

P4J Mission statement is: To partner with families and the community ensuring quality learning and social foundations for all four-year-old children.

P4J Goal is to prepare students for Kindergarten and beyond.

Our P4J site partners include:
Cargill Christian Preschool and Daycare, Community Kids Learning Center, Creative Children’s Learning Center, Faith’s Little Friends, Goelzer’s First Step Nursery School, Hand in Hand Learning Center, Head Start @ St. Peter’s Church, Janesville Community Day Care Center, Janesville’s Montessori Children’s House, KinderCare, LSS Child’s First Child Care and Preschool, St. Mary’s School, St. Patrick’s School Early Learning Center, St. Paul’s Lutheran Early Childhood Center, YMCA, YWCA Discovery Center, Adams Elementary School, Jackson Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Madison Elementary School, and Wilson Elementary School. 

P4J had a booth at the National Night Out sponsored by the Janesville Police Department on August 4th. Over 20 staff members volunteered to help recruit families to sign their 4-year-olds up for P4J. We gave out pencils, tattoos, and prizes to all families that filled out an information form. We wanted to spread the word to the entire community about our outstanding P4J program and the 21 options families have to choose from. Enrollment is open now.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Summer School Musical an Incredible Success

This summer's musical "Phantom of the Opera," written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, was a tremendous success. The team of Jan and Brian Knutson, Jim Tropp, and Michael Stanek surpassed expectations as they brought to life “Phantom of the Opera.”  

Comments from the audience included the following:

"You don't need to go to Broadway to see ‘Phantom’ when Broadway is at Parker High School."

"The elaborate set design, special effects, costumes and the hard work of many people made this a spectacular show that deserved the resounding standing ovation from the audience."

“The music by Andrew Lloyd Webber was done to perfection by high school students who sounded like seasoned adults.”   WOW! These quotes in the paper were right on point.

The musical was also mentioned on Broadway under the title "Sing For Me! Incredible Video of High School Production of The Phantom of the Opera" by Pat Cerasaro.  Pat states, "A high school excels with The Phantom of the Opera!"

This was the last time this musical will be seen at the high school or college level.  The production company from Rodgers and Hammerstein will no longer license the musical at these levels. We are glad we had the opportunity to perform the musical one last time.

Hats off to Mr. Jim Tropp, Director; Mrs. Jan Knutson and Mr. Brian Knutson, Musical Directors; Mr. Michael Stanek, Choreographer;  and the cast, crew and musicians for their hard work.  They did an AWESOME job!