About Us.As parents, my husband and I were looking for a childcare facility to take care of our 3 month old baby boy, Michael. We visited several childcare centers, preschools, learning centers, and tutoring facilities in the city of Yorba Linda. however, none of which met our personal preferences and not one of them gave us that" our child will be safe and cared for" feeling.
What do we do now?  Read below                                                     
                                                                     
A  love story with over 50 years passion to educate children.
With the vision of my father as an experienced educator and member of a family who owned and operated Green Valley College since 1960, along with my mother as the head teacher and infant caretaker, my husband and I decided to build and develop an exemplary child care preschool in the city of Yorda Linda. We were very aware, as most parents are, that the early years of Michael's life, from birth to 6 years, are the most important years in the formation of his personality.
And thus how Pine Tree Montessori was born.

we would like to invite you as parents to an orientation tour to meet our qualified teachers and view the many features of our facility. We would like you to experience the difference between our family operated school in comparison to corporation run preschools. At Pine Tree Montessori, we cater  to each child's needs as though they are our own,  as though they are Michael, as well as providing them with the right environment to grow and flourish.


A  love story with passion to educate children: Pine Tree Day Care
A  love story with passion to educate children: Pine Tree Infant care
Like the seed of a fruit tree, the child has a miraculous life of its own. Providing the right environment, with freedom, respect and fun, the child will grow & develop into a healthy, balanced and well-rounded person. We have that right environment where  children are cared for as if they were at their own homes. Yes we are in Yorba Linda, Ca. but parents come to Pine Tree Montessori Preschool, as far as Chino Hills, Corona, Riverside, Anaheim Hills, Brea, Fullerton, Santa Ana, Orange and Placentia.

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Here are some short passages of what parents say about Pine Tree, selected by Joe Bulos
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Extracted by JB from Parents' Testimonials


 1. We were immediately taken by the family atmosphere this facility provided for my baby.

2- Tender loving care at Pine Tree is reassuring and gave us peace of mind.

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At Pine Tree child care (childcare) and preschool (pre school), my child was loved and cared for just as he would have been had he been at home. He was at his best.

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The people at Pine Tree Montessori daycare in Yorba LInda, Ca. are very genuine, nurturing and caring.

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The staff at Pine Tree child care (childcare), funtime and tutortime (tutor time), work hard at making sure my baby and all the children learn and have fun at the same time.

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The staff at Pine Tree infant care and kindercare (kinder care) preschool, was courteous and caring and very respectful of my needs and my child's needs. He comes home tired, happy and excited to go back.

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I couldn't ask for a better home away from home for my baby than Pine Tree.The best preschool. Plenty of fun time.

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This is a very special infant, baby and (childcare) and kinder care (kindercare). I consider myself fortunate to have found it.
It is a top child care preschool.

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When a child wakes up in the morning and asks to go to school then you can tell how much fun and good time that baby is having at that preschool. It is fun time and tutortime. (tutor time)

10. Pine Tree Montessori in Yorba Linda, Ca. is not just a preschool or kindercare (kinder care), it is a foundation for a great future of learning. One of the best day care (daycare) facilities.

11. Pine Tree preschool and child care is a remarkable day care (daycare), tutortime (tutor time) and kindergarten. Both of my kids attended from the time they were two and a half months until they went off to first grade. They are the best.

12. Pine Tree Montessori infant care, kindercare (kinder care) and child care, in Yorba Linda, CA,  played a huge role in raising our first daughter and now we feel comfortable entrusting them with our second baby.


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The caring atmosphere you’ve created along with a fun and tutortime (tutor time) environment is exactly what he needed to flourish and grow. Pine Tree, you are the top child care.

14. We think that family is the most important thing in the world, and if Dean, our son, can't be with his family during the work hours then I'm happy he is with one of the best families we know: The Bulos family, Jb, Fadia, Juliana and Micheal, the Pine Tree family.

15. Each baby and child is greeted by name, even before they can talk.

16. The teachers are top notch, well qualified in early childhood education and employee turn-over rate is very low.

17. The best place for children is with their own family, if this is not possible, choose Pine Tree Family.

18. This school is so special to us because of all the people who work here. They are top pros.

19.I can't believe how much his speech had developed and in such a short time at pine tree child care.

20. I just wish my son he'd want to come home at the end of the day at Pine Tree.

21 I am so proud of my decision to pick up Pine tree Montessori as my child's first preschool.

22. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to be flexible and work with my husband's and my schedule regarding Garret's participation in your program.

23. Pine Tree  is where caring teachers in small classes inspire children and kids to be curious, ask lots of questions and appreciate all cultures..

24. Kids learn hands-on about the earth, how to a garden grows, how animals live and most importantly how to respect each other. Serious learning while having quality fun,

25. Thank you Fadia for caring for our children, preparing them home-made lunches ( fresh from the garden harvest which the children planted earlier)

26. Your kind, gentle, loving attitude and actions speak volumes. All of you, JB, Fadia, Juliana and staff have, demonstrated that you truly respect the little ones in your care. Our children are your top priorities.

27.Thank you for opening such an outstanding  center which stands above the rest.
We know for our son Charles, Pine Tree is definitely the perfect choice.

28. As business people at the other end of the spectrum of care, we recognize and excellent product, from our own experience and expectations.

29. My son never ate vegetables before and now he loves them. I do not know what miss Fadia did to convert him.

30. We are very lucky to have our children at Pine Tree day care. We have peace of mind that they both are well taken care of. Having fun quality fun time,  and learning at the same time.

31. I was able to see first hand, how my son was able to explore and discover his surroundings at his new day care just like he was able to do so at home.

32. When a child wakes up in the morning and asks to go to school then you can tell how much fun and good time they are having at that  school.

33. My son was only 7 months old! After searching high and low, I found Pine Tree and thank God I did!

34. During our first visit, Juliana, the director, and JB encouraged us to talk to  any of the parents that were there at the time. That alone said a lot about their confidence.

35. This is the third year my son is at Pine Tree Preschool and that extra effort has been there every step of the way.

36. If you are thinking of sending your child to a preschool, you owe it to your children to bring them to the best place you could ever hope for a place where they will grow, learn and be loved, while having fun, quality fun time.

37. Pine Tree, a love story with passion to educate children.

 


1- The center of the following cities is 10 miles from Yorba Linda.

Placentia
Chino Hills
Brea
Fullerton
Anaheim
Orange
Rowland Heights
La Habra
Tustin Foothills
Walnut
Diamond Bar
Tustin
South San Jose Hills
Santa Ana
East La MIrada

(Corona and Riverside outside the radius)
2. Same cities Adopted the Montessori method of education.


Placentia
Chino Hills
Brea
Fullerton
Anaheim
Orange
Rowland Heights
La Habra
Tustin Foothills
Walnut
Diamond Bar
Tustin
South San Jose Hills
Santa Ana
East La MIrada

(Corona and Riverside outside the radius)
3. Demographics

Placentia
Chino Hills
Brea
Fullerton
Anaheim
Orange
Rowland Heights
La Habra
Tustin Foothills
Walnut
Diamond Bar
Tustin
South San Jose Hills
Santa Ana
East La MIrada

(Corona and Riverside outside the radius)
4. Total Population

Placentia
Chino Hills
Brea
Fullerton
Anaheim
Orange
Rowland Heights
La Habra
Tustin Foothills
Walnut
Diamond Bar
Tustin
South San Jose Hills
Santa Ana
East La MIrada

(Corona and Riverside outside the radius)
5. Average Income

Placentia
Chino Hills
Brea
Fullerton
Anaheim
Orange
Rowland Heights
La Habra
Tustin Foothills
Walnut
Diamond Bar
Tustin
South San Jose Hills
Santa Ana
East La MIrada

(Corona and Riverside outside the radius)
uuBRUCE C. STRONG/The orange County Register/front page
HE'S A YANKEE DOODLE DANDY: Fullerton service-station owner
Joe Bulos poses with- what else- the Stars and Stripes.


Call him, red, white and Bulos is
on a crusade to resurrect Flag Day.

June 11,  1998

By CAROL MASCIOLA
The orange county register

FULLERTON- Joe Bulos runs a Chevron station.  But his real passion is Flag Day.

Bulos, a Palestinian immigrant, is on a mission to resurrect the 121-year-old American holiday, which now gets less attention than Groundhog Day, and enthrone it alongside Christmas, Easter and the Fourth of July.

"I devote absolutely all my time to this, 10 to 14 hours a day, including Sunday," said Bulos, 62, his eyes shining under his blue Chevron cap and a rolling Middle Eastern "r" in his voice.

Bulos has spent the past year organizing what he says will be a humdinger of a Flag Day Festival on Sunday at Fullerton's Independence Park, complete with -- and a tear of joy comes to his eye when he says this --the world's largest sky-diving American flag.  "I'm going to take the flag to the highest place up in the sky so everybody can see it,"  Bulos said.  Some of my customers say, 'Joe, it takes an immigrant to show us the value of our flag.'  This is beautiful."

Bulos has used his chatty personality and patriotic spirit to attract about 100 volunteers, recruiting many from his pool of regular customers.  Customers, in turn, have recruited their friends and kids and neighbors.  He has created a nonprofit organization, Festival of the Flag Inc., for all his flag-related endeavors.

The idea for the sky-diving flag came to him in a dream, and he had it custom-made out of parachute material.  He wanted the flag to be 10,000 square feet, about a quarter of an acre, but the sky diver said he couldn't handle anything bigger than 1,500 square feet, about half the size of a tennis court.

The big flag will come screaming down from an altitude of 5,000 feet during the festival at an appointed hour that is being kept secret for dramatic effect.  Bulos has arranged for 20 volunteers to  scurry toward the flag as it nears the ground and grab it before it touches down.

He says the festival is costing $100,000, including $15,000 of his own money.  The balance is being paid by company sponsors and individual donors.  There will be a classic car show, arts and crafts, pony rides and all sorts of international music and food.

Bulos has left nothing to chance.  He chose the 13 food vendors himself, from 13 different ethnic restaurants after going undercover to taste the food.

Much of the brawn for the event is coming from the volunteers.  Some have signed on to grab the sky-diving flag.  Some say they'll pick up trash.  Some are doing public relations.  Mike Jone's is hooking up the generators.

"It's sort of  a dead holiday," said Jones, 49, an air conditioning contractor and Army veteran who joined Bulos' cause after hearing about it from a friend.  "Flag day needs more recognition."

Mike Fedyk, a 16-year-old from Anaheim who had never heard of Flag Day, learned about Bulos' plan from his mother, a gas customer, and joined up.  He created the Flag Day Festival's Web site: www.flagday.com
He rides his bike to the service station to tinker with it.

Bulos' next-door neighbor, Dik Jones, did carpentry for the event.  He worked so much he got a rash form wood dust.

Bulos has turned over the operation of his gas station, which includes a repair garage, to his wife of 30 years, Fadia Bulos, 48.  she says she barely has time to clean the house or cook anymore, but she's willing to make the sacrifice for the sake of Flag Day.

Fadia Bulos is the voice of reason in the household.  She rejected her husband's plan to jump out of the airplane himself with the big flag. They have hired a professional.

This is not the giant American skydiving flag's first voyage.  Joe Bulos had the flag, and a giant Palestinian flag, dive over a Palestinian festival he arranged in 1994 at the Los Angeles Police Academy.  He captured the moment on video.

"I love it! I can see it 100 times," said Joe Bulos

Bulos traces his zeal for Flag Day to his formative years as a Palestinian refugee.  In 1948, when Bulos was 12, he was forced to leave his hometown to make way for the establishment of Israel.  He had no soil upon which to fly his own flag.

His family moved to Lebanon.  He attended the American University of Beirut and majored in business adminstration, but didn't like it.  After college, he worked on film documentaries about Palestinian refugees for the United Nations.

In 1969, hoping to hit the big time as a film producer, he moved to hollywood, shortly thereafter bringing along his wife.  He rented an apartment and got a job with a film company.  It  was a good job that required him to drive, and in the first year he got 14 speeding tickets.  He was asked to surrender his driver's license. 

"I said 'Why?  I didn't make any accident's!  I just drive fast.' I was stuck.  Helpless."

It was around this time that Bulos had an experience that would eventually transform him into the Flag Day man he is today.  On television, he saw Vietnam War protesters burning the U.S. flag.  The sight haunted him.

Marooned by his bad driving record, Bulos took the first steps toward what would become a lifelong career in the gas-station business.

A friend who owned a Shell station in Torrance offered to employ Bulos until he was eligible for a new driver's license.  But Bulos stayed and stayed, finding that he liked interacting with his customers, and eventually bought half the station.

Bulos soon became a local character in Torrance because of his fun-filled style of gas-station management.  He had strange contests: Identify this poem and win a free oil change.  He planted 99 rose bushes alongside the station and put up a sign: "Free rose on your Birthday."

He added wildflowers and soon had a enviable garden, which he used as a backdrop to take photographs of customers.

He doesn't know who most of them are, these brief visitors who came seeking gas: a little girl posing in the purple inpatients, two firefighters in yellow suits, an Asian family peering through the black-eyed susans,a Highway Patrolman looking slight puzzled astride his motorcycle.

The Buloses owned several gas stations, at one point three at the same time.  In the early '90's they moved to Fullerton with their only child, Juliana, now 29 and married.  They bought the Chevron at Euclid Street and Orangethorpe Avenue,now Flag Day headquarters.

The mechanics' dark, greasy office has been turned into the Web-page design room.  the cramped convenience-mart offices is stuffed with rows of binders about the festival.

"Some of the volunteers come to the station to see me and they expect me to be a rich man, a millionaire, " he said.  "They can't believe I only have one Chevron station."

News researchers Gayle Carter and Penny Love contributed to this report.