Dear Miss Alice,
I can’t believe our time with you is finally coming to a close. These past four years you have cared for our two “babies” and provided us with such sound advice and support that we will appreciate (and call on) until the end of time. Thank you for teaching our girls to think for themselves, be kind to their friends, love the elderly and our furry friends, and to always have PEACE in their hearts. We will miss you, but will always think of you with such warm affection. You mean more to us than you will ever know!
Alisa Gregory & Grant Cunningham
Banksia & Millie
We are so glad we found this little Gem of a preschool. Miss Alice has a vast knowledge of child development and makes learning fun for the kids. Her activities helped our son become an early reader and transition with ease to a private school. More importantly, He learned kindness, empathy and love for not only his peers but also animals and nature at My Special School. Miss Alice also provided a safe environment for him to increase language when he had difficulties in communicating his needs. She was open to working with us and specialist in providing the most productive environment for our son. We cannot be more happy with our experience at My Special School.
Miriam & Arthur Cislo
We both want to thank you for “My Special School”. We brought Amelia to your school when she was 2 years old, and the whole family couldn’t have been happier. It was a huge relief knowing she was in a caring, loving, learning environment. We were especially impressed by all the fun activities the kids were able to participate in – like yoga classes, dance, music and others. Sometimes I wished I could spend a peaceful day at My Special School! Amelia thrived in your school, made great friends and had years of wonderful experiences. We appreciated all the pictures and notes about her daily adventures and progress. We especially appreciated your advice and help when we had behavior issues at home. You were always able to talk to her (and us) and help us solve the problems that came up in a caring and effective way.
We also gravitated to your school because it is small and gave us a strong feeling of community. I was always happy to drop Amelia off on my way to work knowing she was in the best possible care. We even hired one of your alumni as a baby sitter and can only hope Amelia grows up to be as kind, fun, and responsible. You helped teach Amelia personal responsibility, care and consideration for animals, and to care for her friends and peers. And of course as Amelia has now moved on to TK and soon Kindergarten she completely surprised and impressed her teacher with her skills in her incoming assessments.
Thanks again Alice for your years of dedication, for sharing your time, your home and your love with our dear daughter.
With gratitude and love,
Lee, Shana, Amelia
After nearly 8 years of knowing Alice and having her care for our two kids, our
youngest has graduated from My Special School, bringing an end to our excuse to
visit Alice each day. It is truly the end of an era for us, a moment marked with
sadness at the loss of the daily role Alice played in helping raise our children an
with joy and wonderment at the growth of our kids under her care. Our two children
were different in many ways, yet Alice seamlessly adapted and applied her loving,
thoughtful and insightful mentorship to each. Her influence will forever be felt in
our family, and Miss Alice will always hold a special place in the hearts and minds of
our kids. Thank you Alice for everything you have done to support our family.
BEN HALPERN & KIM SELKOE
We can’t believe this time has come! Winona is going to miss you and Tootsie, Leilani, and Yenta so much. Thank you for all you have done to teach her in such a well-rounded way. You have played an integral part in who she is and will become.
When I first visited Alice’s school on a photography assignment, I was newly married and children were a far-off thought. That day, I was so struck with the magic that she worked with the children, I remember going home afterward and telling my husband, “When we have kids, I want them to go to Alice’s.”
When our first daughter was born, there was no question of where she would go, and two years later there we were at her first day of school at My Special School. Most kids cry the first time you drop them off at school, Alice told us, not to worry — but when we dropped our daughter off, she didn’t even look back, as she was welcomed immediately into a game with the other kids! (We have always been so impressed by the inclusiveness and lack of cliquishness that Alice cultivates in her kids.) No tears. Instead, she cried when we picked her up — she wanted to stay with her new friends and Miss Alice!
Thanks to her year at My Special School, at “almost-3” our daughter has learned her letters and numbers, how to dress herself, how to use the potty, developed excellent manners, learned how to share and how to handle conflict, and has formed strong friendships and a wonderful sense of self. She has also turned into a kind and giving big sister who loves to dote on “her baby”! We can’t imagine a better place for her to be, and recommend Alice many times over.
Kristen & Michael Long
It’s fun there!
You teach us really good stuff
You let us have very cosy naps
You are a very good teacher
You read us good books sometimes
Sydney is a good dog. She licks us a lot and whenever we come in she runs around and she wags her tail and licks us and plays with us!
The playground is good. The scooters are fun.
I learned the days of the week.
I learned Yoga and Qigong.
And Alice taught us how to go to the bathroom!
Sadia Halpern, 6 1/4 years
Baby Max Halpern 4 days old — waiting to join the MSS family!
(A framed gift from Colby at Graduation)
What is an Alice?
“Someone who I spend lots of time with.”
What does she do?
“She uses her gift from God to teach kids.”
What’s the best thing she does?
“She lets me spend the night.”
What does she look like?
“She has green eyes and wears dolphins because she loves dolphins.”
What will you miss about Alice?
“Her voice because it’s very special and she makes me feel special.”
Colby Noakes, 5 3/4 yrs.