S.T.A.R.S. Volunteer Information

The S.T.A.R.S. program (Seaside Teaching and Reaching Students) would like to know if you are interested in serving in some capacity during our program this summer. If you would like to sign up to volunteer or receive more information, please fill out the form below. Someone will be in contact with you to discuss your availability and areas of interest.

S.T.A.R.S. Volunteer Fair

You won’t want to miss this year’s STARS Volunteer Fair on Sunday, April 7th in the Fellowship Hall after all services.

You will:

  • Learn about changes and enhancements for 2019 STARS
  • Talk with folks who have helped with the program and hear about their experiences
  • Have “hands on” time with activities such as Picasso Tiles, K’Nex & Brain Flakes
  • Learn how you can sponsor a child for a variety of activities
  • Match STARS Volunteer Needs for children, families and the program with your gifts, talents and available time.

Share the fellowship, energy, laughter and sometimes tears of joy that are part of this annual event.

And did we mention cake and treats? Please call Barb Duclos at 910-579-5753 if you have any questions. On April 7th just “follow the footsteps” to the Fellowship Hall!

April Preschool Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Spring to all! We are so fortunate to live in an area usually filled with warm
sunshine and blue skies at this time of year. Hopefully, it is coming soon. As
the teachers watch the children play, they are all speaking of the children’s
growth this year. They are growing physically, mentally, and spiritually. Each
child has grown taller, each has learned so many new things, and each child
loves the Lord.

Monthly Themes 

theme this month is “God’s Living Things”. The children will be learning about
plants, birds, bugs, butterflies, and other living things. We will emphasize
the value of truthfulness in our choice of stories. All classes will be working
on following directions that involve several steps. Our Kindermusic program is
called “Outside My Window”. In chapel, we are now going to focus on Gentleness as one of the fruits of the
Spirit. Our Bible verse is “Let your gentleness be evident to all”  Phillippians 4:5.

Easter Celebration

are asking you to decorate a hat for your child to wear at our Easter Hat
Parade on April 18. Each child looks
so cute and each hat is so different. If you need materials to help you in the
decorations for the hat, let your child’s teacher know and she can help you.
They will parade in the sanctuary on Thursday, April 18, at 10:30. They have a couple of songs to sing for you and
then there will be our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Each age group will be in a
different part of the church yard. Remember that the school will be closed the
following week, April 22-25, for
Easter vacation.

Easter Egg

            We are asking parents to send in one dozen filled plastic Easter eggs  before the Easter Egg Hunt. As a precaution to spillage, we would appreciate you taping the edges of each egg.  We appreciate any help that you can give in this regard.

Art Show       

            The annual
Art Show is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1 from 6 – 7 P.M.  More information about the Art Show will be sent
home closer to the event, but please put the date on your calendar. The
children are always so proud to show off their artistic talent.

Muffins for Moms

A reminder that Muffins for Moms is scheduled for Thursday, May 9 at 9:00.   This is a time to honor all moms, grandmothers, and other women who are so very important in the lives of the children. We are always happy to welcome men as well when the mothers can not attend.

Scholastic Book

            Scholastic book orders will be due Wednesday, May 1.

This will be our final book order of the year as later orders will probably

not be back in time for graduation.

Safety Reminder

upcoming warm weather will allow the children to go out each day for needed
play. It is very tempting to dress your child in sandals or flip-flops. Please
be aware, however, that we do not let these children climb on the equipment if
they are not wearing rubber-soled shoes. It is too easy for them to slip and
fall with looser fitting shoes. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Also, please send in a change of clothing for your child that can be swapped
out for the winter clothing that most children have for “emergency wear”.

Special Dates     

Special Events:

           April 18 – Easter Hat Parade and
Easter Egg Hunt

22-25 – Easter vacation

Book Orders – due May 1

Show – May 1, 6-7 P.M.

for Moms – May 9, 9 A.M.

Our students are showing progress
at an increasing speed. They can now do so many things that they could not do
earlier in the school year. They are coming to circle time more and more eager
to share and learn. You have extraordinary children with so much enthusiasm to
share with us every day. Thank you for sharing them with us a few hours each


Donna Russell

Cathy Milstead

Patricia Herdic

Sherry Marshall

Kellie Frey

Jean Summers

February Preschool Newsletter

Dear Parents,

          January has been a month
of weather fluctuations. We have very cold days followed by warmer
temperatures. As a result of the weather and the season, we have had children
out of school due to colds, strep throat, ear infections, and the like. Thank
you for letting your child remain home to recuperate rather than send him/her
to school when he/she might be contagious. Because of your diligence, we have
not had any epidemics thus far.


The theme this month will be Dinosaurs.
In addition to learning about dinosaurs, teachers will be teaching rhyming
patterns and the values of kindness, taking turns, and honesty. Teachers will
also be revisiting the skills of last month, especially patterns and positional
words. In music, the theme is “Out and About” and “On the Go”.  February is also Dental Health Month;
therefore, the classes will be discussing the proper care of their teeth and
seeing the dentist.  This month we will
look at Kindness asone
of the Fruits of the Spirit. The Bible stories will focus on this concept, and
the Bible verse is “Be kind and compassionate to one another.” Ephesians 4:32

Special Events

Ground Hog Day – February 2                                               
Valentine’s Day Party – February 14 – More information to come

Presidents’ Day – February 18 – Schools are closed

Scholastic Books

            If you are ordering from Scholastic Books,
the due date for all orders is Thursday, February 14.


Thursday, February 14 is our Valentine Party. Each teacher will send home a class list for you so that valentines can be sent in for the classmates. If help is needed in preparing for the party, the teacher will notify you. E

Enrollment for Next Year

February is the start of enrollment for next year’s two, three and four year olds. An enrollment letter and enrollment form are attached. Please read and respond within the next two weeks if you would like to verify early placement. Your recommendations to neighbors and friends have always brought us wonderful families, so if you need extra forms, please let me know.

Have a Heart Month

          Each year, we have a coin
collection month. The purpose of this project is to instill in the children
that it is never too early to do good for others. We ask each child to bring in
any loose change each day and add it to their class’s “piggy bank”. At the end
of the month, we take the change that has been collected to the bank, have it
counted, and use the money to help someone in need. In the past, we have
collected money for the food pantry, purchased Thanksgiving meals for a few
families in the community, and given a donation to our local animal shelters.
Anything that you can do to remind your child to bring in a few coins each day
would be greatly appreciated. We will begin the drive on Tuesday, Feb. 5 and
end on Thursday, February 28.

Snacks Reminder

          Thank you to those
parents who have been so diligent in providing a snack for their child’s class.
Children enjoy the variety that you provide. Please let your child’s teacher
know if you are unable to provide a snack on the day that you were given on the
calendar. The teacher needs to know so that a snack is prepared for that class.
The snack can be simple. There are some food suggestions in the student

Tax Information

          Some of you have
requested our school’s identification number for tax purposes. The number is 56-1983731. I hope this will help you
during your tax preparation.

          February is a short
month, but it is such an important one because it makes us all stop and reflect
on those qualities in our loved ones that we so love and appreciate. It
certainly makes our staff know how much we love your children and how much we
appreciate you for allowing us to help them grow developmentally, spiritually,
and emotionally.

          Happy Valentine’s Day to
each of you.


                                                Donna Russell         Sherry Marshall

                                                Cathy Milstead      Kellie Frey

                                                Jennifer Gerrald   Pat Herdic

January Preschool Newsletter

Dear Parents,

          Happy New Year to each of you. I hope
you had a blessed Christmas and feel ready to face the New Year with
enthusiasm, optimism, and good health. We are ready, willing, and very
enthusiastic to see the children again.

          We appreciated your support at the Christmas program. We were very proud of the children and they were thrilled to see you out in the audience to see them perform. You will be surprised to see their growth as they perform at our end of the year program. This is the time when we begin to see a big learning spurt and development in the children. In the next few months, you will probably begin to see a “maturity” in your child at home as well.

January Curriculum

January will focus on the theme of Homes
and Habitats.
Each class will be making models of habitats that they have studied in
class. We hope you will stop in and see them. We will let you know more details
later.We will also be focusing on the skills of patterns,
positional words (over, under, behind, etc.), and tracking (following a defined
path to reach the end). Values that we will stress are team work and being
helpful. Kindermusic’s theme will be “On the Go”. In our Bible lessons, we will
focus on Patience as a Fruit of the Spirit. The Bible verse that the
children will learn is Ephesians 4:2, “… be patient, bearing with one another
in love.”

Kindergarten Readiness Tests and Conferences

Miss Cathy and Miss Donna are seeing some areas that still need more attention in teaching before mastery. Therefore the kindergarten tests will be completed in March. After the testing is completed, conferences will be scheduled. We want you to have an accurate depiction of what your child is ready to do in kindergarten and what areas will need more reinforcement over the summer.

Miss Cathy and Miss Donna are seeing some areas that still need more attention in teaching before mastery. Therefore the kindergarten tests will be completed in March. After the testing is completed, conferences will be scheduled. We want you to have an accurate depiction of what your child is ready to do in kindergarten and what areas will need more reinforcement over the summer.

Safety First

Please make sure that your child is always with an adult whether it is
in the parking lot or in the building. If a teacher is not in the room, please
wait with your child until the teacher returns. Don’t let your child out of
your car away from the door and expect him or her to get inside alone. We want
safety for your child at all costs. Thank you.

Dates to Remember

January 15 (Tuesday) – Scholastic book orders are due            

January 21 (Monday) – Martin Luther King’s birthday –
School is                                  closed

are hoping to avoid any more outbreaks of illness this winter. If your child
has a fever or shows sign of illness, please let him or her have a day at home
in the hope that it will ward off any contagion in the classroom. Thank you for
your part in avoiding illness.

of the teachers and staff want to thank you again for your generous gifts to
our school and us. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful parents such as
you to support us with your time, your money, and most of all the love you show
your child. Each of them models the love and nurturing that you give them every

all wish you a year filled with blessings, health, and peace. Thank you for
your continual support of us.


Donna Russell
Cathy Milstead
Jennifer Gerrald
Sherry Marshall
Kellie Frey
Pat Herdic

December Preschool News

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November seemed to fly by. We hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and that you are now preparing for the busy Christmas season ahead.

Christmas Program

We are busy with rehearsals for our Christmas Program. The children are learning to march in and find their places at the front of the church where they will serenade you with a number of Christmas melodies. The program will be on Thursday,December 20 at 10:00 A.M. in the church sanctuary.  After the program,there will be punch and cookies. School will reopen on Thursday, January 3.

Change of Clothes

Please bring in a change of clothes for your child conducive to the change in weather.Many of our children have shorts and short-sleeved tee shirts and now need long sleeved shirts and long pants. We will send home the other clothes. Also, be sure to send a sweater or jacket in case of breezes that make an otherwise warm day too cool to play outside

Scholastic Books  

The Scholastic Book orders are due December 6. This gives very little time to go over the flyers and order, but I am hoping that getting the order out on Thursday will enable us to receive the orders before vacation. I can not  promise, however.

Bible Lessons

This month’s theme is Welcome Baby Jesus. The children will learn the Christmas story and will learn that Goodness  is another fruit of the Spirit.

Our Bible verse this month is “And do not forget to do good and to share with others.” Hebrews 12:6

Santa’s Visit

            Santa will visit us before vacation.The date is to be announced. He will visit with each child. A photograph will be taken that will be given to you in the next week.  You may want your child to dress in a Christmas outfit for this keepsake photo, so we will let you know the date.

Skill Development

We will focus on scissors skills and sequencing this month and stress the values of sharing and generosity. The study of letters and numbers  continue. January always proves to be a turning point in learning. We will then begin assessing the four-year olds for kindergarten readiness. Conferences will begin after that is completed. Parents of the two and three year old classes may request a conference as well, but they are mandatory for our Pre-K class.

Thank You!!!

            Because of your support, our school will receive a check for nearly $300 for our fundraiser.

Polar Bear Express Day

            On Thursday, December 13, we will have a special day. We are asking you to let your child come to school in his or her PJ’s. We will have a fun day of reading The Polar Bear Express and enjoying cookies and hot chocolate.

Final Wishes

It is our wish that your Christmas will be filled with happy memories and the remembrance of the true meaning of the season. We wish for your children a holiday of safety, health, and much happiness, and we wish you and your family a very blessed and Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.


                                                                                                Donna Russell
                                                                                                Cathy Milstead
                                                                                                Jennifer Gerrald
                                                                                                Sherry Marshall
                                                                                                Kellie Frey
                                                                                                Pat Herdic





2018 STARS Summer Literacy & Enrichment Program Volunteer Fair


Seaside, together we celebrate the fifth year of our STARS Summer Literacy and Enrichment Program which begins Monday, June 25th and closes at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 3rd.

STARS is a six-week summer literacy and enrichment program offered to those rising second and third grade students who read below grade level at the end of the current school year. Statistics show that children, unless they have experiences and opportunities during the summer to maintain their reading skills, quickly lose what they’ve learned in the prior year, and begin the next school year further behind.

This is where STARS and YOU have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these children. And this year we need you more than ever.

Through the support of The Duke Endowment, this year Seaside will expand to four classes serving 36 children and welcome both teachers and students from Union Elementary School for the first time, and welcome back teachers and students from Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary.

Now it is even easier to volunteer. Click here to register on-line. You will receive an email that your registration has been completed. You can then view the entire STARS daily calendar, click on the day that you would like to serve and choose the activities that interest you the most or are still in need of help. Following are the ways in which you can make a difference in a child’s life this summer:

Morning Bus Driver (Mini-bus or van): No special license is needed. Pick up students that, without the help of church transportation, would not be able to attend the program.
Morning Bus Driver (CDL License with Passenger Designation): Drive the larger church bus for pick up.

Afternoon Bus Driver (Mini-bus, CDL Bus or Van): Take children home at 4:00 PM Dismissal

Morning and/or Evening Bus Chaperone: Ride the bus with the driver to help load/unload children.

Morning Sign In and Breakfast: Check in and assist the children that are car riders. Church opens at 8:00 AM with breakfast at 8:30 AM. Help serve breakfast, assist children as needed, spend time with the children until 9:00 AM when they go to class. Clean up as needed.

Lunch: Children are dismissed from class at noon and ready for lunch. Duties are the same as breakfast.

Afternoon Shifts:

Each day is different, with a similar pattern each week:


1:00 PM Activity.

2:00 PM Snack and prepare to leave for either Dinah Gore Aquatic Center or First Tee. Each child will have the opportunity to experience both for three weeks.

4:30 PM Children Return and have activity time until family dinner at 5:30 PM. Spend time with the children.

5:30 PM – 6:30PM Family Dinner. Opportunities to serve include kitchen, serving, fellowship with family, and clean up.

Tuesday and Thursday:

1-4:00 PM Children are separated into small groups and rotate through a number of classes or activities.

4:00 PM Dismissal


1:00 PM Afternoon Field Trips vary weekly.

3:00 PM Small Group Activity/Children Read With Therapy Dogs

4:00 Dismissal


12:30 PM Leave for Library

1:00 PM One hour program with Children’s Librarian

2:30 PM Snack

2: 45 PM PE Class

4:00 PM Dismissal

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Preschool Easter Program and Egg Hunt Photos

On Thursday, March 29th our Seaside Preschool Students held their annual Easter Hat Parade, Easter Music Program and of course, Easter Egg Hunt!

Click here to view some photos of this fun event!


Vacation Bible School Volunteer Fair

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We are so excited for this year’s Vacation Bible School, “Rolling River Rampage!” We get to spend an amazing week sharing the love of God with kids in our community while together we discover God’s love on the river of life! Dates for this year’s VBS are June 11-15, 9:00 a.m. – Noon.

On Sunday, April 15th, we are hosting a VBS Volunteer Fair. Come to the Fellowship Hall for some S’mores, Trail Mix and of course, cake! Take a look at some of the fun things we will be doing, and meet Romper, the River Otter. Even more exciting than all of that, however, is that you have the opportunity to learn how you can be involved in serving our kids throughout this amazing week. Below are the positions and descriptions we need to fill. You can either sign up with us at the Volunteer Fair, or fill out the form below and secure your spot on the team today!


Recreation Leader: This individual is responsible for planning and implementing games for our Elementary-Aged Children. There is a book of game suggestions provided, and all supplies are provided by the church. Games are held in the Fellowship Hall so that weather (heat or rain) is a non-issue.

Recreation Assistant: Assists the Recreation Leader with the games in the Fellowship Hall.

Snack Leader: This individual is responsible for planning and preparing snacks for all children, Preschool-Elementary. There is a book of snack suggestions provided. Snacks are planned for 50 children.

Snack Assistant: Assists the Snack Leader with preparing snacks each day.

Guides: These individuals are responsible for guiding their group of rafters (6-8 students) to their various stations throughout the day. Each day begins and ends in the Sanctuary with teaching and worship. The rest of the morning is scheduled between Bible Story, Science, Recreation and Snacks. Schedules are provided for the Guides to follow.

Parking Lot Attendants: These individuals are responsible for end-of-day pickup. Just like school, parents pull up to the door one car at a time to pick up their student/students. Attendants are needed to ensure that this runs smoothly and that kids are placed in the parents’ vehicles safely.

Photographers: These individuals are asked to come one day in the week (Mon-Thurs) and spend about an hour or two taking photos during various sessions. Professional photography skills not required, just an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy will work just fine! Photographers are then responsible for getting the photos to Stefanie no later than Thursday morning of the week.

Cookie Bakers (or buyers): These individuals are asked to bring one dozen cookies for the Friday reception at noon of VBS week. Cookies may be dropped off anytime on Thursday or Friday before 10:00 a.m.

You’re Invited to Seaside’s Family Christmas Celebration!

Join us on Sunday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall for this annual family event! We will gather together, sing some Christmas carols together, hear from some of our soloists and then simply enjoy some time of fellowship over appetizers and finger foods. This year, for the first time ever, we are even hosting an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest, so be sure to get yours best and ugliest sweater out of the closet to show off to your Seaside family! Bring an appetizer to share, and come ready to welcome the spirit of Christmas this year!