Pine Village Preschool Goes to Mexico!

This past June, Brid Martin, Marina Ituarte, Peggy Kuhs and I, Emma Lavecchia, had the incredible opportunity to travel to Mexico and represent Pine Village Preschool at two amazing events.  The spirit of our visit was centered on the work we do around Social Emotional Learning in early childhood, and sharing the methods we use at Pine Village to support children’s emotional well-being and growth.  We thought we would share our experience today on the blog!

Our Pine Village Social Emotional Learning (SEL) team which consists of Marina Ituarte and Peggy Kuhs, submitted a proposal to present, and were selected to share our work at a conference of educators at the City Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City.  The conference participants consisted of those who are spearheading the SEL initiative in Mexico, educators and other leaders in the Dept of Education in Mexico.

Peggy and Marina created a presentation
describing the work our PVP educators have created to make their classrooms
rich in emotional support and learning. They showcased the techniques we use in
our classrooms, as well as our training procedures and the progress we have
made in developing our SEL program. 

This was an incredible opportunity
to meet and learn from others who are passionate about social emotional
education and to form alliances with partners in our field within the Spanish
culture that makes Pine Village so special. 
We were received with open arms and held in high regard, making
connections that will support continued collaboration in years to come.

In the days after the conference we had the amazing opportunity to meet with the Dean of the Dept of Education at the University, Hilda Patiño Domínguez and had an exciting conversation about the work we do in Boston at Pine Village, and potential ways we can collaborate in learning and professional development for our staff.  The University has programs in California where their teaching students complete practicums and work in schools that support their programs.  We spoke about exchange programs and sharing practicum opportunities among other exciting possibilities.  We’re looking forward to sharing all of these amazing new opportunities as we continue our planning together.

Later, in our 6-day whirlwind tour, we traveled north, to Queretaro, where we visited an incredible school called Evergreen.  Yes, there are so many similarities in our programs including the names of our schools.  Evergreen is a ground breaking private school that has been touted as one of the best schools in the world that supports mindfulness, social emotional learning and a high quality of education for children preschool to middle school.  

More on our Evergreen experience in the next Blog…there is so much to share about that visit! 

Needless to say our trip was incredible, educational, emotional, inspiring and simply a gift we will hold close in our hearts and minds forever.  Brid and I know the amazing ripple effects of these experiences in Mexico will impact our offering at Pine Village in the short-term but also in the long-term as we continue to grow and evolve.

We  look forward to sharing more with you in the weeks to come!

2019-2020 Saturday Spanish Is Back!

2019-2020 Juntos Conectamos: Together We Connect

Three 8-week sessions during the 2019-2020 school year:

When: Saturdays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sept. 21 – Nov. 16, 2019 [no class 10/12]
Jan. 11 – March 14, 2020 [no class 1/18 or 2/15]
o March 21 – May 16, 2020 [no class 4/11]

Where: Porter Square (2067 Mass. Ave., Cambridge)
AND Needham (65 Fourth Ave., Needham)

Ages: 3 – 7 yrs.
Cost per session:
$320
** Sign up for all three sessions (24 weeks total), pay in full before the start of first session and you get 10% off the total tuition. **

Juntos Conectamos is an innovative and educational Spanish immersion program designed for budding bilinguals ages 3 to 7 years old. The program centers on encouraging team building skills, problem solving, cooperation and fostering healthy peer relationships. This program is perfect if you want some extra exposure to Spanish for your child.

Apply now for our Saturday morning Spanish immersion drop-off program in Porter and Needham: http://bit.ly/PVPSaturdays

Questions? Contact Christine Williams at EnrollmentPVP@gmail.com or (617) 416-7763.

2019 Boston Parents Paper Favorites

THANK YOU to all of our families for voting for Pine Village Preschool as a 2019 Boston Parents Paper Family Favorites!! We’ve been fortunate enough to have secured a place in the Boston Parents Paper Family Favorites since 2014 and appreciate all of the love and support you’ve given us over the years.

Pine Village Preschool has won in the following categories:

  • Preschools: Bilingual Preschools
  • Preschools: Large Preschools (31 or more)
  • Child Care: Child Care Facilities

And, we’ve also placed in the Top 5 for the following categories:

  • Camps: Foreign Language and Cultural Immersion Summer Camps
  • Camps: Preschool Age Summer Camps
  • Classes and Enrichment Programs: Foreign Language Classes and Immersion Programs
  • Classes and Enrichment Programs: Enrichment and After-School Programs
  • Preschools: Independent Preschools

We look forward to many many more years with all of our amazing families and children!!