Wee Blessings Preschool
My 3-year-old son Joshua started preschool at Wee Blessings on
Queen Creek Road just south of the Chandler Airpark a few weeks ago. I
was anxoiusly running through my head all the different senarios that
could possibly happen the first day. And, to my surprise, none of them
came to pass.
On the first day, once we walked into the school
building, Joshua ran ahead of me, straight to the train table he saw
displayed in the hallway, and I could barely peel him away. Once I got
him to his classroom with Mrs. Deborah, he saw the toy bin and ran past
the other parents and kids in line waiting to check in. Mommy's little
boy didn't even notice when Mommy left. Sniff, sniff...
Then when I
came to pick him up, he didn't even seem to care. Joshua is highly
focused. Once we said "good-bye" to Mrs. Deborah, he ran straight back
to the train table and was determined to fight for the #1 little blue
Thomas train. I am so happy Joshua loves preschool.
When we come
home Joshua carries his backpack around the house quite frequently and
reminds me he is in "school, school, school" every so often. If I tell
him he has to go to school tomorrow, he insists on sleeping with his
backpack. (Thank you Dora song! "Backpack, backpack... loaded up with
things and nick nacs too...")
Wee Blessings really has been a
wonderful blessing for us and I highly recommend the school for any
parent who is looking for a preschool. If you want more information
about the school you can visit their website at: www.weeblessingspreschool.com or call them at 480-634-4788.
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Preschool's supporters press Chandler for second vote
by Edythe Jensen - Nov. 4,
2011 02:00 AM
The Arizona Republic
A divided Chandler City Council
denied their permit request but supporters of Wee Blessings Preschool aren't
giving up hopes of moving to a vacant office building south of the municipal
The upscale preschool that's using
temporary space in a Methodist church had support from municipal planners and
about 100 petition-signers before the council voted 4-3 to deny the zoning
permit Oct. 27. Opponents said the airport site is too close to flight noise
and a horse farm that uses fly spray. Now the school's owners and
representatives are pushing for a do-over that could happen if one of the
council dissenters brings it back to the table. City rules say only a member
who voted against an agenda item that failed can ask for reconsideration and
that must be done within 30 days of the original vote.
Rick Heumann said he plans to do
that Nov. 14 because he has learned details about the state's
preschool-permitting process and pesticide regulation that wasn't available
before the vote. Flight noise wasn't one of his concerns when he voted to deny
the permit. "I'd like to be able to help these people if I can,"
Heumann said, adding he now plans to vote for the permit. If a majority of the
council votes to reconsider the case Nov. 14, it will be placed on a December
agenda for a second permit vote.
Councilman Jeff Weninger voted for
the permit last week and is hoping for a second chance. He considers the defeat
a blow to property rights and blames it on pressure from an airport contingent
that wants to lengthen the runway and doesn't want conflicting land uses to
stand in the way. Critics of the center who said it's about flight noise and
safety "are speaking in code," Weninger said. "It's really about
wanting to lengthen the runway."
Councilman Matt Orlando voted
against the permit and said he has consistently turned down plans that put
homes, churches and schools
beneath the flight paths that exceed certain noise levels.
"It's a good compromise between
keeping a vibrant airport and keeping houses, churches and schools out of the
55 DNL," he said. He is referring to an area that averages 55 decibel
average day-night noise levels, the Federal Aviation Administration's standard
for measuring airport noise.
Councilman Kevin Hartke also voted
"no," but said after the meeting that reconsideration is a
possibility. Noise, pesticide use by the horse farm and economic-development
implications of having a preschool so close to the airport were among his
Jon Willis, real-estate
representative for the proposed location, lashed out at the council's decision
in a lengthy e-mail. "I think the reasoning for your decision to vote
against the school lacked common sense but was full of political
protection," he wrote. A member of the Chandler pioneer family after which
Willis Road was named, he went on to say the city is difficult to work with
and the owners don't want to move the school north of Loop 202 "because that
part of Chandler is a dump, we all know it."
The preschool, which operates out of
temporary quarters at Chandler United Methodist Church on Chandler Heights
Road, was preparing to move to the Airpark South Professional Village near
Cooper and Queen Creek Roads so it could expand, according to city memos. The
center's classes are full, and there's a waiting list. Wee Blessings charges
$350 per month for half-day pre-kindergarten sessions four days a week and $230
a month for half-day preschool programs three days a week, according to the
Charles DiRuzza, a real-estate
broker who submitted petitions supporting the project, shares Weninger's belief
that the council turned down the permit request so the airport can expand in
the future. He said the site is ideal for Wee Blessings because the outdoor
playground is not near a main street or busy retail parking lot and the school
is close to customer homes.
Heavy traffic on streets around busy
shopping centers where other schools are located and the potential for car
accidents present more of a hazard than airplanes overhead, DiRuzza said.
He and others said they were
surprised by the council's vote, given there are several medical uses in the
same office complex, including a children's speech and language clinic that
operates a special-needs preschool on-site. According to a city staff analysis,
the special-needs school is classified as "medical," not a preschool
because it addresses the youngsters' medical needs and is not open to the
Wee Blessings co-owner Phil Chavez
said he has spent about a year looking for a site and was intending to lease
then buy this vacant office building.
Councilwoman Trinity Donovan also
voted against the permit; Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Councilman Jack Sellers voted
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Chandler plans second vote on preschool use permit
by Edythe Jensen - Nov. 16,
2011 10:24 AM
The Republic | azcentral.com
A preschool will get a second chance
to move into an office building near the Chandler airport.
The City Council voted 4-3 Monday
night to reconsider Wee Blessings Preschool's use-permit request after voting
4-3 against it on Oct. 27. The latest vote was for reconsideration only; a
second permit vote will be Dec. 15.
The school is using temporary space
in a Methodist church on Chandler Heights Road and was preparing to move to the
Airpark South Professional Village near Cooper and Queen Creek roads so it
The permit has support from
municipal planners and about 100 petition-signers but was recommended for
denial by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Opponents said the airport site
is too close to flight noise and a horse farm that uses fly spray.
Councilman Rick Heumann, who had
initially voted against the permit, brought the issue for reconsideration. He
said new details about the state's preschool-permitting process and pesticide
regulation came to light after the first vote.
Councilman Jeff Weninger voted for
the permit last month and said he was hoping for a second chance. He considered
the defeat a blow to property rights and blamed it on pressure from an airport
contingent that wants to lengthen the runway.
Council members Matt Orlando Kevin
Hartke and Trinity Donovan voted against the permit and against the
reconsideration. Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Councilman Jack Sellers voted for the
permit and for the reconsideration with Weninger and Heumann.
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