December 28, 2020
We hope this finds you and your family well living in this continued challenging environment. As promised, we are writing to update you regarding the status of the St. Mark’s Ark Preschool.
First of all, we are very pleased to inform you that we have hired a new director for The Ark! After a formalized interview process where we met with several qualified candidates, we came full circle and offered the position to our own Tiffany Bell. Tiffany did an outstanding job serving as interim director in late June/early July and we have determined she is well-qualified to move into the director position permanently. Tiffany has been on board since November 30th and has jumped in with her usual high energy and enthusiasm getting us ready to reopen. Her love of The Ark is very apparent, and her positive attitude is infectious!
In addition to hiring a new director, while Ark operations have been suspended, we have taken the initiative to paint all rooms, update the playgrounds, and update the curriculum, as well as addressing many other things. We celebrated 30 years of operation this year and we are preparing for the next 30 years!
Our planned reopen date is February 16, 2021. As your child/children were enrolled at The Ark in the spring of 2020, we are offering you the first opportunity to enroll for 2021.
We appreciate that you may have your child/children enrolled in another preschool at this point – and we hope the move has been successful and your child is happy in his or her new environment. However, if you are interested in returning to The Ark, we ask that you contact us by January 11th to let us know your intent. We want to be sure we have an accurate count to ensure staffing needs are in place and we are ready to go. All staff, whether returning or new to The Ark, will go through a week of training and orientation, including recertifying their CPR and First Aid credentials.
The best means of contacting us is by sending an e-mail to Tiffany Bell at StMarksArk@stmarksjax.org. Please provide the best phone number for her to call you and the time of day best to reach you. Tiffany will provide enrollment information and answer any questions you may have. You may also visit our new website: www.stmarksjax.org/Ark for more information and regular updates.
Thank you for your continued interest in and support of St. Mark’s Ark Preschool. We appreciate the trust you have placed in us through the years and look forward to renewing that relationship. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.
Pastor Daniel Locke Jane L. Kilby
Pastor, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Congregation President