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Recognizing Sirko

Dear Editor:

In light of the recent announcement of resignation of Dr. Diana Sirko, I would like to acknowledge her support of The Cottage preschool and for including the preschool in the Aspen School District campus community.

It is with her support and encouragement that The Cottage preschool was able to expand its buildings to include a quality infant and toddler program. Infant and toddler care is difficult to find. With Diana and the school district’s support, we are now able to offer an additional 14 slots per day to the community.

With Diana’s encouragement, The Cottage preschool has been able to tap into other “on campus” activities.

High School National Honor Society students are able to come to the preschool to volunteer their time for NHS hours. They are given tasks that support the child and the staff in the age group of their choice. This is a benefit to the high school student as well as the children and staff they work with.

Also on the high school level, Karen Zohar’s Harlem/Bronx ExEd participants are able to take part in hands-on job skills such as learning developmentally appropriate practices. These are skills that they will take with them to women in need at a shelter/daycare facility in the Bronx.

From the middle school, we have had many children over the years who have read to the preschoolers, written and published books, contributed bird houses they made, planted flowers and even poured a cement bike path in our playground.

From the elementary school, we are invited to musical concerts, plays performed by the children, and other creative arts experiences.

Our preschool has access to free hearing and vision testing at the district health office, as well as on site health nurse expertise on illnesses.

Ours is a unique program in the upper Roaring Fork Valley. Serving Aspen School District staff children, children at risk for school failure, children with special needs, infants and toddlers, children from our community. Families expect us to live up to the Aspen School District mission statement that “if you can’t find success here, you can’t find it anywhere.”

Our curriculum is based on building strong relationships among all children through the social/emotional support of peers, permitting the child to be active in an environment that is age and developmentally appropriate and gets them ready for the rigors of their school career.

All the staff at The Cottage want to recognize and thank Dr. Sirko for all that she and the Aspen School District board members have done to support our program over the last seven successful years. Dr. Sirko will be sadly missed by our program’s staff. We wish her the best.

Aspen School District

Cottage Preschool staff


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