Normandale Preschool News



Normandale Field Trip to Orchestra Hall

Mrs. LeFebvre, Mrs. Warnke and Mrs. Wroge's classes will all go to Orchestra Hall on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, to attend a Kinder Kozert.  Kinder Konzerts is a unique program designed for 4 and 5 year old preschool students and kindergarten aged children that combines music education with literacy development.  Each program consists of two sections: the first half of the program children sit on the stage with an ensamble of Minnesota Orchestra musicians. Musicians introduce their instruments and give examples of common musical concepts. A story is then narrated to a composition the musicians perform.  (This year's featured story is the Paul Galdone version of Goldilocks.  The music was commissioned by FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra specifically for this story and was composed by Daniel Dorff.) For the second half of the program children participate in a sound factory where they continue to explore musical concepts and try instruments like a violin and snare drum.  Please follow these links for more information and permission forms.  We look forward to a great field trip!

Picture Day is here!

Bring your smiles and your Picture Day Forms for picture day!  Our Monday/Friday classes and Mrs. Wroge's Monday-Thursday class will take their pictures on Monday, October 19, 2015. All other classes will take their pictures on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.  Lost your picture form?  Don't worry -- we have extras in the office. 

Fall Open House and Family Concert

Join us at our Fall Open House and Family Concert on Tuesday, October 13, 2015!  Every year, Normandale Preschool invites family and friends to visit our preschool.  Come and show your family and friends your classroom from 6:00 to 6:45 pm.  Later, head down to the Fellowship Hall for a time of refreshments and to hear Jack Pearson, Musician and Storyteller, in concert.  Bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy this fun time together as a family.  Don't forget to walk around and see the new look of Normandale Lutheran Church!  We can't wait to see you!


Construction at Normandale Lutheran Church

Normandale Preschool will be affected as Normandale Lutheran Church continues their improvements to the church building.  We expect to be impacted until November, as Normandale Lutheran Church replaces and upgrades the elevator, and remodels the Center for Healing and Wholeness and other spaces on the second floor.  

During construction, our usual Preschool Entrance will be unavailable, and we are asking preschool families to enter the building using the south entrance by the playground.  Members of our Advisory Council will direct you to the south entrance during the first week of school.  We will also have eye catching signage and balloons to attract your attention to the south entrances.  Parking is available in both the upper east and lower west parking lots with doors to access the preschool on both sides of the building.  After you enter, walk down the 9 steps, directly into the preschool hallway.

You will be unable to access Blessing Place from Normandale Preschool as there is a temporary wall and locked door between the foyer and Blessing Place. However, it is a quick walk or drive over to the main church entrance to get to Blessing Place.  

Remember, this is just temporary.  If you believe that you will need assistance in entering the building, please call or email 952-977-9371

For more information about the construction project, please visit Normandale Lutheran Church's All Together In One Place page.


Welcome to our new staff at Normandale Preschool!

We welcome four new staff members at Normandale Preschool beginning Fall 2015!

LORI BERNING is our new Teacher Assistant, working with Sheri Kalb in the T.W.TH. older 3's and younger 4's classroom.  Lori graduated from Luther College and has worked in Education and Children's Ministry at Maranatha Christian Academy and served as the Children's Music Leader at Redeemer Lutheran Church and Day School.  Lori has a rich history of church leadership and missions work.

JANE HALVERSON teaches the older Monday/Friday students.  She also works with Mrs. Lindemann as a Teacher Assistant in our T.W.TH. 3's program.  Jane graduated from Moorhead State University and is certified in Elementary Education with Kindergarten Certification and has a minor in Early Childhood Education.  She has taught 2nd grade in Redwood Falls, worked at Edina Morningside Nursery School, and Mount Olivet Day Services.  Jane also has experience as a Children's Librarian.

MARIA HINK is our new Friday Plus One teacher.  Maria holds a B.A. and Masters Degree in Education as well as a B.A. in Psychology from Madras University in Chennai, India.  Maria has worked at Wooddale Preschool and St. Peters Lutheran Church School.  She has experience as a Behavior Therapist and was an instructor for the Autism Society of Minnesota.

DAWN MARTINS works with Mrs. Warnke as a Teacher Assistant in the 4 day 4 year old classroom.  Dawn's children are alumni of Normandale Preschool! Dawn graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Cloud University and has since worked as a paraprofessional in the Bloomington Public Schools.  She has worked in Kindergarten, EBD, DC, and ASD classrooms.  

We are so excited to have these wonderful women join our staff at Normandale Preschool!


We say Good-Bye to Mrs. Karlen, and welcome Mrs. Kent

Mrs. Karlen has accepted the position of Assistant Manager at Pathways Bookstore located at Christ Presbyterian Church.  She will be with us through March conferences before moving on to her new position.  We will miss Jennifer's giving nature and loving spirit at Normandale Preschool and wish her well on her new journey. 

We are excited to welcome back Mrs. Christine Kent, to the Normandale Preschool staff!  Christine was part of our 2013-2014 staff, working with Mrs. Lindemann in the 3 day T.W.TH classroom. She will return to this same position, taking the place of Mrs. Jennifer Karlen, after Spring break. 

Christine's mother, Arloine Johnson, started Normandale Preschool in 1973.  A plaque can be seen in the preschool hallway commemorating the tree on our playground in her memory.

Welcome Back Christine!


Construction at Normandale Lutheran Church will affect our Circus!

Construction is coming to Normandale Lutheran Church, but the show must go on!  Because Normandale Lutheran Church's renovation project begins soon, we have changed the date of our famous Circus to Thursday, April 16, 2015.  Please change your calendars to reflect this change, and read more about about the changes at Normandale in our March Newsletter.


Normandale Preschool Earns National NAEYC Accreditation!

Normandale Preschool has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) -- the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.  We're proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to the highest professional standards.  NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our high-quality program have teachers who create engaging classrooms, enhance relationships with their parents and families, and develop rich experiences for their students.


Field Trip to Stages Theater

On February 12, 2015, Normandale Preschool will see Goodnight Moon: The Musical  at Stages Theater in Hopkins.  Based on the classic about the little bunny who wants to put off going to sleep for as long as possible, Margaret Wise Brown's classic story has entertained four generations of little ones.  The pictures on the wall, the toys in their box, and the moon itself all become characters in this magical production!


Read-A-Story Theater 

Our students will enjoy a lively theatrical reading of children's stories by a group of talented seniors from the Richfield Community Center.  The Read-A-Story Theater actors create a theater of the imagination filled with expression and enthusiasm as they dramatize children's stories!


French Fun, Mais Oui!

French Fun, Mais Oui

Normandale Preschool is excited to be offering a new one day French Immersion Class in the fall of 2014!  French Fun Mais Oui, will be taught by Marie-Jeanne Delevaux-Hargitt, a native French speaker and one of the founders of Normandale French Immersion Elementary School. This new class will meet on Mondays, from 12:30-3:00 p.m. and is open to any child turning 4, by September 1, 2014.  Madam Hargitt, will follow all the domains of learning found in the Normandale Preschool curriculum adding fun games, songs crafts, art and movement…all taught in French!  We can take only 10 students in French Fun Mais Oui, so register soon as the class is filling quickly.

Who can register:            Students turning 4, by September 1
Class Time:                      Mondays 12:30-3:00
Cost:                                  $120 per month
*Bring a bag lunch and come at 12:00 p.m. for our lunch bunch. Cost:  $5


Call 952-929-1697 for more information
or e-mail


40th Birthday Celebration

This fall, Normandale Preschool opened its doors to students for the 40th year. To celebrate this milestone in our history, we invited the community to join us for an Open House and Family Concert. We sang and danced to the music of Mister Jim and enjoyed the company of individuals from within the community who have over the years supported our school. Former preschool staff and committee members were invited to a luncheon and program at Interlachen Country Club where we honored those who had gone before us in establishing Normandale Preschool. A plaque was presented to Mr. Lee Johnson, dedicating the Ornamental Pear Tree on our playground in memory of his wife, Arloine Johnson, the first director of our school. We thank Normandale Lutheran Church for their support and look forward to serving families for many years to come.stmas Chapel and Carol Service.