Garden School’s preschool has been given state approval |

Garden School’s preschool has been given state approval

Another option for preschool education is being offered to New Castle parents. The Garden School has just been given state approval for its new preschool. Enrollment for Christian preschool started in mid-September. Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays, and parents may choose either 8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m. for preschoolers aged 2.5-6 years of age. Up to 15 children in each session can be accommodated. Call the school at 984-0604 or Dennie at 984-0760 for more information. Cost is $135 per month.Stephanie Smith of Silt is the director/core teacher of the new preschool. She has developed a curriculum around the Charlotte Mason philosophy and incorporates the classical model for teaching that is also used in the Garden School’s K-12 program.Classes are held in a newly remodeled space at the Apple Tree Mall building in New Castle.

Cold season photographs are needed for banner poles to be located in various places in New Castle. Moderate payment will be made for the photos that will be used, and a committee will choose the photos based on their criteria. Some of the photos will be used by the New Castle Chamber for the Chamber’s Web site. Call Patti Ringer at 984-0445, and she will describe the project in detail.

In celebration of Children’s Book Week, Nov. 12-18, the New Castle Branch Library will have two special programs. Meet author Amy Krakow at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15. She will offer special readings of her “Mutt and the Monster” series, and give advice for other aspiring writers. The library’s traditional Teddy Bear Storytime will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Wear your pajamas, bring a friend and enjoy special stories, treats and prizes. Call Diane at 984-2346 for more information.

Have you done your civic duty and cast your vote? The last day for early voting is Friday, Nov. 3. Voters can vote at either the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood or the new County Human Services Building, 195 West 14th St. in Rifle. It is quite a lengthy ballot, with many important issues that deserve your serious attention. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. New Castle precincts 13, 14, 15 and 18 will vote at Polling Place 6, the New Castle Community Center, 423 West Main Street.Silt precincts 16,17 and 18 will vote at Polling Place 7, the Silt Fire Station, 611 Main St., in Silt.All absentee ballots must be returned no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News,” appears every other Thursdays. For news tips and inspirations, please call 384-9118 or e-mail

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