The United Methodist Church of Garrettsville
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Apple Tree Preschool


         Apple Tree Preschool News


March 7th 10am - Noon

We are super excited about our new fundraiser this year for the Apple Tree Preschool!  We have been offered an opportunity to have a one day crafting event with Gale Lane of DevineDesignsbyMG.  She has been instructing classes and selling beautiful wreaths for years now.  Mark your calendars and invite a friend or family member to come along, have fun and make a wreath to welcome spring.  Whether you keep it for your front door or give away as a gift, everyone will leave with a wreath and the knowledge that you have helped to bring fun and learning to a future Apple Tree student.  You do not have to be a ‘crafty’ person to attend.  Everyone is welcome, so please spread the word and help us fill up the seats.  Children are also welcome to join in the fun this year.  We will have a movie, snacks and spring craft for them to make and take. 

All money earned from this fundraiser goes back into our classrooms for supplies, to replace broken and worn out toys, and new educational curriculum.  If you are unable to attend or this type of fundraising event is not for you, that is fine.  You are welcome to make a monetary donation instead.  We also hope you will spread the word to help keep our preschool thriving in the future.


Click here to sign up before March 5th:






We have an opening for a 3 year in the morning class.  If interested, please call the church office @ 330-527-2055.


Apple Tree Preschool News

The year is off to a great start!  Our students are busy learning the routines and making new friends.  We did not have enough students to start an afternoon class this year, but we do have a waiting list started which should keep our morning classes full.  Mrs. Ruffing and Mrs. Wohlever are both doing a great job in their new roles.  The students are enjoying lots of new fun learning activities.  The classrooms and schedules have been rearranged this year for better learning in an early learning environment.  This new arrangement is still evolving but should prove to be more productive and effective for our students.

We’ve had some special guests join us including Rev. Rich. He was kind enough to play his guitar and lead a sing-along to The Wheels on the Bus and Old McDonald Had a Farm with our music class. The students learned opposites as he showed us how loud and soft he could play and everyone got a turn to go up and gently strum the strings.

Another regular special guest will be Lisa Schwan.  She has graciously agreed to come in and do fun science experiments with the classes once a month.  She is also helping out with ideas and supplies for our snacks on Thursdays.  The school is lucky to have her. 

We are excited to have Mrs. Robin, the children’s librarian from Portage County District Library, to read to the students and we are expecting a special guest from Hiram College Biology Dept. in November to bring in some animals to learn about.

We recently enjoyed our fall field trip to Guyette’s Farm in Mantua in the beginning of October. It was a special day for our parents and students as we learn about animal and plant science as well as getting a chance to play in their corn filled slides and hay maze that was just their size.

The students have already begun practicing for Christmas and we are looking forward to trying something new this year. We will be joining the Sunday school students by singing in their Christmas program. 

The congregation has always been very generous to the preschool in the past. We want you to know that it is appreciated.  If anyone is able to help us out this year, we are in need of baby wipes and Lysol wipes. Thank you!!

 Apple Tree Preschool Staff.     


Great News! Morning classes are full! 

 We would be thrilled to add an afternoon class if we can find enough interest. Please help spread the word if you know a 3-4 year old.  Interested families can email for information or check out our page on the church’s website

Location: Garrettsville United Methodist Church

          8223 Park Ave.    (Next to the YMCA)

For more information:

Phone:    (330)527-2055




General Information

 Apple Tree Preschool was established in 2006 and offers an age appropriate program for the creative, emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development of the preschool child.    Opportunities are provided to develop the child’s visual, auditory, and large and small muscle motor skills, and to improve communication skills by sharing experiences through formal and informal conversation/discussion.  Apple Tree Preschool seeks to stimulate creative and cognitive development through everyday exposure to a wide variety of art, play materials, and curriculum.

 Apple Tree Preschool is licensed by the State of Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. The preschool is governed by the Apple Tree Preschool Executive Board which consists of the preschool director, three to four church members, and the minister.  The Preschool Executive Board meets 4-5 times per year to discuss preschool policies, staff issues, and preschool budget issues. 


 Two separate classes are offered; a 3 Year Old Class and a Pre-k Class.  Each class has a lead teacher and a teacher assistant who works in conjunction with each lead teacher, assisting daily in each room as needed.  School begins the first Tuesday after Labor Day and ends in May.  Class times are as follows:


        AM Classes – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday -   9:15 AM – 11:30 PM


2019/2020 Staff Members

 Currently Apple Tree has three staff members that are paid through student tuition.  Staff members are required to sign contracts yearly, are evaluated annually, and must maintain first aid and CPR certifications.


Preschool Director – Dana Lininger


     Pre-K class:           Dana Lininger

     3 Year old class:    Melissa Ruffing

     Assistant:              Ann Wohlerver      


Contact Information  

For additional information, email appletree or call the church office at 330-527-2055.

Appletree Preschool Pictures 2019/2020!