Slots are quickly being filled at Linton Hall School’s newly expanded preschool program. Principal Liz Poole announced the expansion today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for September 19 at 10 a.m.
“We have been overwhelmed by the positive response from the community and are thrilled to be able to offer a Benedictine preschool to families in and near western Prince William County,” said Poole. “Clearly, there was a need for more options for preschool-aged children, and our unique program has attracted a very enthusiastic group of youngsters and their families.”
Now welcoming children 2 ½-5 years of age, the preschool program includes age-appropriate curriculum designed to foster growth in a variety of areas, including religion, math, language arts, social studies and science. Additionally, Poole expects that their enrichment programs in the sciences, music and movement, art, Spanish and technology, along with special family programs and events throughout the year, will help each child develop to his or her full potential.
The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia have owned and operated Linton Hall School since 1922, adapting to the changing needs of the community by first offering a Catholic, all-male military boarding school and then transitioning into a co-ed day school with students in grades K through 8.
To meet the needs of the current community, a Pre-K class was added in 2003 with great success. The Linton Hall School staff and community believe the preschool expansion opens yet another successful chapter in the school’s history.
According to Stephanie Curry, Director of Development for the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, the newly expanded preschool program, also known as “Little Sprouts,” is being led by two dynamic women, Michelle Adzima and Heather Lattig, who come to the school with over 35 years of experience in child development and education. After having successfully run Little Graces Preschool out of Grace Episcopal Church in The Plains for 10 years, the two embraced the opportunity to manage the preschool program at Linton Hall School.
“After discussing a preschool expansion with Liz Poole, Heather (Assistant Director) and I quickly discovered that Linton Hall School’s philosophy on family, education and faith aligned well with our approach to preschool education and enrichment,” said Preschool Director Michelle Adzima. “We are delighted to lead the program that will help young children to develop the skills necessary to be lifelong learners.”
Throughout its 90-year history, Linton Hall School has remained steadfastly true to its Benedictine tradition of educating the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Students are encouraged to support, as well as challenge, one another in academic, athletic and spiritual pursuits. Individuality, creativity and diversity are celebrated at Linton Hall School with parents, faculty, staff and students working together to creative an inclusive atmosphere. Small class sizes and a warm family atmosphere are the two comments most often cited by parents when asked what they like most about the school.
For more information about Linton Hall School visit www.lintonhall.edu or call 703-368-3157.
About the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia
A Catholic community of 32 women living The Rule of Benedict, supporting one another in their mutual search for God and ministering to the needs of the Church in Virginia since 1868. They seek God in the everyday moments of life lived simply with gratitude and joy.
Embracing a life of contemplative prayer and merciful works, the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia warmly share their Benedictine charism with all who seek peace through understanding and a deepening spirituality. Living their charism daily, the Sisters also support two ministries, focusing on helping our most vulnerable populations become self-sufficient and productive — Transitional Housing BARN, a program for homeless mothers and their children, and BEACON, an adult literacy program focused on helping low-income immigrants learn English. Their Benedictine Pastoral Center offers workshops and spiritual direction to help individuals deepen their personal relationships with God. And their two schools — Saint Gertrude High School in Richmond and Linton Hall School in Bristow — celebrated 90 years of education rich in Benedictine tradition in 2013 and continue to promote a balance of spiritual, academic and personal exploration that enriches the lives of students, parents, faculty and staff.
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