Our sister school, Knowledge Beginnings of Cary, recently congratulated us on the retention of our 5 STAR status with a very “grove-like” present.
2012-2013 The Cary School Calendar
9 PAC Meeting
30-31 Teacher Professional Development Day ~ School Closed
31 Meet the Teacher
3 Labor Day, Monday ~ School Closed
4 First Day of Fall Classes
13 PAC Meeting
7-13 Fire Prevention Week Activities
11 PAC Meeting
26 Fall Festival
29 Fall Pictures
8 PAC Meeting
16 Grove School Family Feast of Thanks
21 Teacher Professional Development and In-Service Day ~ School Closed
22-23 Thanksgiving Holiday ~ School Closed
3-7 Parent Teacher Conferences
13 PAC Meeting
21 A Family Night of Giving
24-31 Grove School Winter Break ~ School Closed
1 Grove School Winter Break ~ School Closed
2 Return to School
10 PAC Meeting
18 GroveSchoolBirthday Bash
7 PAC Meeting
18 Teacher Professional Development and In-Service Day ~ School Closed
21-22 Student Progress Reports
1 Read Across America (Dr. Seuss’ Birthday March 2)
14 PAC Meeting
28-29 Preschool Round-Up
11 PAC Meeting
14-20 Week of the Young Child
22 Earth Day and Celebration
6-10 The Grove School Teacher Appreciation Week
9 PAC Meeting
13 “The Lady I Love” Event
20-23 Parent Teacher Conferences
23 Pre-Kindergarten Graduation
24 Teacher Professional Development and In-Service Day ~ School Closed
27 Memorial Day, Monday ~ School Closed
31 Summer Kick-Off Party
3 1st Day of Summer Camp
13 PAC Meeting
14 “Man of My Life” Event
4 Independence Day ~ School Closed
11 PAC Meeting
It was a great turn out on Saturday, November 3rd for our Park Clean Up. There were 20 adults and children gathered to clean up the park and then have some fun together. Be sure to stop by Sears Farm Road Park and check out our Adopt A Spot sign!
Head of School, Lorrie Schelkle and Curriculum Lead, Katie Markelz were featured on My Carolina Today Friday, October 19, 2012 with host Valonda Colloway. The Grove School’s Outdoor Grove Classroom was highlighted.
Head of School, Lorrie Schelkle and School Operations Manager, Shay Pleasant were featured on My Carolina Today Monday, September 10, 2012 with host Valonda Colloway. The Grove School’s features and philosophy were shared.
Hello everybody! I just moved here from Fleetwood, Pennsylvania; a small town where there are cornfields and soccer fields on every other corner. I was born and raised in Fleetwood and grew up playing tennis, basketball, and soccer. Since I could remember I have been an avid TarHeel fan, following their tennis, women’s soccer, and men’s basketball programs. It was not until my freshman year in college when I first went to a game at the Dean Dome, and along with falling in love with Roy and the boys even more, I fell in love with the town. It took me a little while to take that step forward in following my dream to relocate to North Carolina but I am here and could not be happier. It has only been a short time that I have been here thus far and I am more and more impressed each day by what this state has to offer in its scenery, culture, recreational opportunities, and especially the people. I have already made some great friends.
As a young child when I was not on some form of sports court, I remember playing “teacher” with my brothers and friends. It was not until I was a sophomore in high school that I knew what age level I wanted to teach. The opportunity to watch 6 young children between the ages of 3-9 helped shape a decision that changed my life. I went to a local state college, Kutztown University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education. Throughout my college career and first few years after, I found places to teach where I made tremendous friends and gained valuable opportunities, however I never found the “perfect” fit. Family and friends tell me it is because I have extremely high expectations for the type of school I would like to be a part of, but the glory of that value is it is exactly how everyone should approach their education- with high expectations. I have a wide range of experiences with kiddos 2 months to 13 years old in a variety of settings including public and private schools, sports and outdoor recreational camps, coaching athletic teams, and tutoring programs.
I am a firm believer that hard work and dedication will help you succeed in anything you want to, and I strive to improve education with young children every day. Children are some of the most creative and imaginative beings on this planet, and we all can learn from every smile, laugh, and intense stare of curiosity we are part of. I am thoroughly excited to join The Grove School and am eager to become part of what seems to be a fabulous family!
“Winners are just ordinary people, making an extraordinary effort!”
I am originally from Apex, but currently live in Durham, NC. I graduated from North Carolina Central University in May 2010 with a degree in Family Consumer Science Education with a concentration in Child Development. I have worked in the childcare industry for many years and have enjoyed every second. I worked in the field for a few years and then decided to go get my degree in Child Development. During that time, I have worked with all age groups.
During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my sweet 3 year old, Natalie. I really look forward to experiencing great new things at the Grove School. I believe in the Grove School curriculum and believe that you can teach children at any age to value the concept of healthy bodies. I also look forward to learning new things myself that I have not yet experienced within this field. We are always LEARNING!!
I first came to teach at The Grove, June 2011, as the soccer/fitness instructor. I am a working mother of an active 5 year old boy named Jackson. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education & Health Education K-12th grade. I have 20 years of experience as a Physical Education Teacher in Wake County Public Schools & Hillsborough County Public Schools, in Tampa Florida.
I grew up in the sunny city of Tampa, Florida. My soccer and sports career began in my early childhood. I began playing soccer in my early teens and was, recruited to be the goalkeeper for a highly competitive soccer club, Black Watch Heather, in Tampa, Florida.
I was also Captain and a 3 year starter in goal for my high school team. I received the rankings of a State, Regional and National Player. During my senior year of high school, I was selected as Most-Athletic from my graduating class. While attending Tennessee Wesleyan College, I studied Physical Education, competed in NAIA soccer, captained my own team, and was selected as Most Athletic and Most School Spirit for the graduating class
Today, I enjoy spending time & the outdoors with my husband Brian and son Jackson. Professionally, I am excited about exploring all aspects of Preschool/Early Childhood Education. I am very passionate about teaching your children fitness, the necessary skills to obtain confidence, and the determination to succeed. I will also be seen helping out the teachers within the classrooms when the need arises for my assistance. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to learn the Pre-school way from the fabulous teachers at The Grove School. I look forward to getting to know everyone as I start a permanent position with the Grove School.
The Grove School of Cary is pleased to announce the newest members of our Leadership Team. Ms. Katie Markelz and Ms. Stephanie Coyle have recently been promoted to Curriculum Leads. We are very excited for them to take The Grove School of Cary to great new heights! Below are a few words from both Ms. Katie and Ms. Stephanie about their new positions.
“It is with great honor and excitement that I have accepted the role of Core Curriculum Lead for the Grove School of Cary. Having been a lead teacher at the Grove School for the past two years, I have seen our wonderful school community change and grow. While contributing to the development of curriculum and instruction in the classroom, The Grove School has truly taken on an identity of its own and lives up to its claim as “a seriously fresh new preschool.” We are a school like no other, and as Core Curriculum Lead, I will continue to support and grow all that makes us unique and wonderful. Through providing teacher training and support, collaborating with others to establish curriculum standards, and developing our outdoor classroom, I will utilize my creativity and passion to provide what I love doing the most, creating inspiring Early Childhood Education. I want to thank the Grove School parents and staff for your endless support and encouragement as I embark on this new adventure with our school. The Grove School is an exceptional community of excellent education, love, and inspiration, and I am honored to play my part in it.” ~Ms. Katie
“I am very excited about the new opportunities and challenges ahead of me and I would like to thank Ms. Lorrie and the Grove School Team for setting this trust in me to keep up the high level of education that the Grove School offers. To give you some background information: I am a certified Kindergarten Teacher from Germany and have many years of experience teaching in Germany, Canada, Australia and the USA. Being the Education Manager of CarolinaKinder for the last seven years gave me the hands on experience for my new position as the curriculum head. Children are my passion in life, they inspire me, and I agree with Angela Schwindt who says “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about!” I am very excited that this new position will give me the opportunity to have a positive impact on every child at the Grove School.”
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” By Dr. Seuss
The Grove School of Cary, NC embraced the READ ACROSS AMERICA campaign, while highlighting Dr. Seuss’ Birthday today. We started our day greeting children in regular Thing 1 and Thing 2 Fashion, “We did not say much just, How do you do” and Good Morning to You!! We were even greeted by a parent with a “Where’s your Thingamajig.” All different characters from our famous books, Ms. Katie as “The Fox in Socks,” Ms. Dawn as “A Star Bellied Sneetch,” Ms. Lorrie and Ms. Shay as “Thing 1 and Thing 2”, Ms. Stephanie as “Cindy Lou Who”, just to name a few! We even served up a sample of Green Eggs and Ham. We heard a lot of “I do not like green eggs and ham” and a few that said, “I do so like green eggs and ham! Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-am!” We had a guest reader that read this phrase, “We looked! Then we saw him step in on the mat! We looked! And we saw him! “The Cat in the Hat.”
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