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The Salisbury Presbyterian Church Preschool (SPP)!

If you come by the church just about any weekday morning and see the line of cars dropping off or picking up students, or you come by and see the play grounds and parking lot full of children playing, you know preschool is in session. If you have had a child or grandchild attend the preschool then
you know how wonderful SPP is.

SPP has been a ministry of Salisbury Presbyterian Church, serving families in the Midlothian area since August 1984. SPP proudly completed its 40th year of service to the community this school year.

SPP typically serves approximately 150 students from the age of 24 months to 5 years of age. Beginning the 2024-2025 school year we will have the opportunity to serve up to 170 students depending on class
configurations. The preschool uses 9 classrooms in the A&E building, Monday through Friday, as full-time preschool classrooms. SPP also provides a full Music & Movement program directed by Ali Pfautz, to all
enrolled students. Ali uses one of the adult centered classrooms upstairs in the A&E building for her classes Wednesday through Friday each week. An additional adult classroom is used during our school hours to provide speech and OT services to students. SPP collaborates with The Speech Path and First Priority OT Services along with preschool families to meet any special needs students may have.

Marie Harper, Preschool Director, along with Heather Baum, Assistant Director, will begin their 14th year guiding the direction of this school. They, along with a remarkably accomplished staff, have been able to maintain their high-quality education program and continue to provide a loving and safe place for the youngest of our community to learn and grow.

If you are not familiar with the Salisbury Presbyterian Church Preschool, give Marie Harper or Heather Baum a call to find a time to see first hand what a wonderful place the A&E building is on weekdays.

The Music Program, in case you haven’t noticed!

The SPC music program is composed of eight different ensembles with over 150 participants; while the SPC Music Academy provides instrumental and voice instruction.

There are four adult ensembles: the Sunrise Singers, directed by Mark Patterson and accompanied by Cathy Armistead, providing music for the early worship service; the Chancel Choir, directed by Mark Patterson and accompanied by Cathy Armistead, providing music for the 11:00 worship service and special services during the year; the Salisbury Ringers, SPC’s bell ensemble, directed by Marti Thompson, providing musical variety to worship through the year; and the Jubilation Choir, an outreach choir composed of adults from throughout the Richmond area, directed by Carrie Haacke-Golden and accompanied by Marti Thompson, providing music to area retirement, nursing and assisted living facilities.

There are four choirs for children and teens: the Youth Choir for singers from 6th-12th grades, directed by Jenny Kirkbride and accompanied by Cathy Armistead; the Junior Choir for singers in 3rd-5th grades, directed by Jenny Kirkbride and accompanied by Mark Patterson; the Cherub choir for singers in K- 2nd grades, directed by Kirby Gundlach with youth assistant Evelyn Smith, and accompanied by Dale Davis; and the Music Makers for singers ages 3-5, directed by Pauline King with youth assistant Julie Davis, and accompanied by Braxton Boone. These choirs provide music for worship services periodically through the year.

The Music Academy is led by Kat Oros, who coordinates the music faculty members (serving as independent contractors) providing musical instruction in piano, organ, voice, and guitar.

Expect more detail about these ensembles in upcoming newsletters. If you are interested in joining one of them, or exploring lessons through the Music Academy, feel free to contact Mark Patterson, our Director of Music and Composer in Residence.