Let your light shine

In the Firefly Classroom, the children are introduced to the wonder of the world around them through opportunities to explore. The open-ended nature of play with a variety of materials encourages the children to develop the skills they need in order to progress to the next level. The teacher/student ratio is 2:8 if we are enrolled to capacity.  We offer two class schedules:  Mon/Wed or Tue/Thur.  Ms. Karissa and Ms. Patty teach both classes.

2021-2022 Schedule: 

9:15 – 9:30  Student Arrival, Playdough & table activities

9:30 – 10:15   Free Choice & Art Activity 

10:15    Classroom Clean Up & Handwashing

10:25   Snack Time

10:45 – 11:15 Recess in the gym or playground

11:20 – 11:30   Circle & Sticker Time

11:40 – 11:45   Flubber

11:45   Parent Pickup

Firefly Line Up Song!


“Fireflies, Fireflies, Shining Bright

We are such a beautiful sight! 

We walk down the hall, in a quiet straight line

Fireflies! Fireflies! Oh, how we shine!

Fireflies, Fireflies, shining bright,

We are such a beautiful sight!” 


Are You Ready?

(To the tune of “Are you sleeping”)


Are you ready? Are you ready? 

To go outside (to the gym), to go outside? 

Our bodies are nice and quiet, 

Our bodies are nice and quiet, 

To go outside, to go outside. 


lead firefly teacher

ms. Karissa

This is Ms. Karissa’s first year as a lead at VCP! We are so thrilled for her!

Karissa does such an amazing job with these young students. She brings her playful nature and love of art to her classroom in such a fun, bright way!  Prior to joining our team at VCP, Karissa taught at Touchstone Preschool in Hillsboro where she taught a full-day class of both 2s and 3s.  She also worked as an Art Teacher at Masters School of Art in Beaverton where she taught introductory and advanced drawing techniques to middle school and high school students.  In addition to teaching at VCP, Karissa is also currently attending Portland Community College.

Karissa was born in Oregon City and has lived in Oregon all of her life.  She comes from a large family; she has 6 sisters!  She has a HUGE golden retriever named Macy who loves to eat anything and everything!  Karissa is passionate about art and her hobbies include drawing, painting, writing poetry.  She also enjoys listening to music, playing video games and traveling.  Fun fact about Karissa; she loves to sing silly songs!  She enjoys making up fun songs to sing with her students every day.

assistant firefly teacher

ms. Patty


Bio coming soon!