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Preschoolers Trick-or-Treat on Campus

On Oct. 31, Wesleyan’s Neighborhood Preschool participated in the annual NPS Halloween Parade. The children, accompanied by their families and care-takers, stopped at Exley Science Center, Olin Library, South College and North College to trick-or-treat, sing songs and show off their costumes. Many trick-or-treaters are the children of Wesleyan faculty and staff. Wesleyan President Michael Roth and several staff from University Communications offered candy to the parade participants. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

Preschool Children Trick-or-Treat on College Row

On Oct. 30, Wesleyan’s Neighborhood Preschool participated in the annual NPS Halloween Parade. The children, accompanied by their parents, teachers and care-takers, stopped at North College to sing songs and show off their costumes. Many trick-or-treaters are the children of Wesleyan faculty and staff.

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Trick-or-Treaters Parade through Wesleyan’s Campus, Sing Songs

Children enrolled in Wesleyan’s Neighborhood Preschool participated in the annual NPS Halloween Parade on Oct. 31. The children, accompanied by their parents, teachers and care-takers, paraded through Exley Science Center and stopped at Olin Library and North College to sing songs. Many trick-or-treaters are the children of Wesleyan faculty and staff.

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Preschoolers Parade through Campus on Halloween

More than 50 children enrolled in Wesleyan’s Neighborhood Preschool participated in the annual NPS Halloween Parade on Oct. 31. The children, accompanied by their parents, grandparents, teachers and care-takers, paraded through Exley Science Center and stopped at Olin Library and North College to sing songs. Many Wesleyan staff members passed out candy to the children along their parade route.

Photos of the event are below. (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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Neighborhood Preschoolers Haunt Campus Oct. 30

Fisherman Andrew is the son of Trish Thompson, lab manager in the Biology Department. He was one of more than 50 children enrolled in Wesleyan’s preschool who walked in the annual Halloween Parade Oct. 30 on Wesleyan’s campus. The children stopped on the steps of North College and sang songs while the parent paparazzi took photos and videos.

Fisherman Andrew is the son of Trish Thompson, lab manager in the Biology Department. He was one of more than 50 children enrolled in Wesleyan’s preschool who walked in the annual Halloween Parade Oct. 30 on Wesleyan’s campus. The children stopped on the steps of North College and sang songs while the parent paparazzi took photos and videos.

Chocolate cupcake Tiana, 3, is the daughter of Amy MacQueen, assistant professor of molecular biology and biochemistry.

Chocolate cupcake Tiana, 3, is the daughter of Amy MacQueen, assistant professor of molecular biology and biochemistry.

Lobster Sam Higgins, 1 1/2, is the son of Sally Ross and Scott Higgins, associate professor of film studies.

Lobster Sam Higgins, 1 1/2, is the son of Sally Ross and Scott Higgins, associate professor of film studies.

Pirate Samuel Sorkin is son of Carolyn Sorkin, director of the Office of International Studies.

Pirate Samuel Sorkin is son of Carolyn Sorkin, director of the Office of International Studies.

Flower Geneva Wiliarty, 20 months, is the daughter of Kevin Wiliarty, academic computing manager for the Social Sciences, and Sarah Wiliarty, assistant professor of government, and tutor in the College of Social Studies.

Flower Geneva Wiliarty, 20 months, is the daughter of Kevin Wiliarty, academic computing manager for the Social Sciences, and Sarah Wiliarty, assistant professor of government, and tutor in the College of Social Studies.

Froggy Alan is the son of Yun Liu, coordinator of the Scientific Computing and Informatics Center.

Froggy Alan is the son of Yun Liu, coordinator of the Scientific Computing and Informatics Center.

Ladybug Aria and fireman Orr walk behind their father, Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, director of Religious and Spiritual Life and University Jewish Chaplain. At right, Catherine Crimmins Lechowicz walks in the parade with her twin boys Charlie (walking) and JP.

Ladybug Aria and fireman Orr walk behind their father, Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, director of Religious and Spiritual Life and University Jewish Chaplain. At right, Catherine Crimmins Lechowicz walks in the parade with her twin boys Charlie (walking) and JP. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett Drake)

Kischell Celebrates 25 Years with Neighborhood Preschool

Diane Kischell will miss playing with the children at NPS.

Diane Kischell will miss playing with the children at NPS.

For 25 years, Diane Kischell has cared for the children of dozens of Wesleyan employees and Middletown community members.

This month, Kischell, director and head teacher at the Wesleyan-affiliated Neighborhood Preschool (NPS), is retiring. She started at NPS in 1983.

“Diane’s teaching, mentorship and commitment have guided the Neighborhood Preschool, fostering a school where children can be themselves and where they develop a firm foundation of self-esteem and communication skills that sustain them as they grow,” says Suzanna Tamminen, director of Wesleyan University Press and mother of Hugh Barrett NPS ’07, Fiona Barrett NPS ’08 and Silas Barrett NPS ’12.

Ana Perez-Girones, adjunct professor of romance languages and literatures, left her daughter, Hanna Westby NPS ’06, in Kischell’s care for four years. Perez-Girones admired that Kischell would sit on the floor with the children, making herself approachable, while providing direction.

“What I loved about Diane’s approach to the kids was that it was so no-nonsense. She was direct, firm but not harsh, and she talked to the children as respectable people, young but smart,” Perez-Girones says. “Hanna was truly happy and secure there, and that place felt like home. If only every kid could go to daycare at a place like NPS, and with someone like Diane.”

Tamminen says she and fellow parents have relied on Kischell’s good nature, deep knowledge and steadfast practicality. Through her teaching and her extraordinary leadership at NPS, Kischell has made a profound difference in the lives of many families in the local community.

Kischell looks forward to spending more time with her own family, especially her new grandson, and to exploring new hobbies. Her favorite activity has been and remains playing with children.

Jody Viswanathan, library assistant in World Music Archives, put her child, Kerey NPS ’92 in the care of Kischell in 1989. They’ve remained close friends ever since. Viswanathan admires Kischell as both a gifted teacher and as a specialist in early childhood development.

“Beneath that wonderful, unassuming, unaffected person who gets right down on the floor with the kids is a tremendously insightful,intuitive, well-trained, well-read, incredibly astute person,” Viswanathan says. “There’s only one Diane — and being the one and only, she’s an unbelievably hard act to follow.”

A potluck retirement party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 12 at 115 High Street. Letters also can be written to Diane c/o NPS, 115 High Street, Middletown, CT 06457.

Neighborhood Preschoolers Trick-or-Treat on Campus

Six-month-old Sam Higgins, dressed as a lobster, celebrates Halloween on the Wesleyan campus with his mother, Sally Ross. Sam is the son of Scott Higgins, associate professor of film studies. More than 50 children children enrolled in the Wesleyan Neighborhood Preschool walked in the annual Halloween Parade Oct. 31 on Wesleyan's campus.

Six-month-old Sam Higgins, dressed as a lobster, celebrates Halloween on the Wesleyan campus with his mother, Sally Ross. Sam's father is Scott Higgins, associate professor of film studies. More than 50 children enrolled in the Wesleyan Neighborhood Preschool walked in the annual Halloween Parade Oct. 31 on Wesleyan's campus.