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.

                                                                                             

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

                                                                                              

                                                                                          

                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                           




Seaside Preschool November Newsletter

NOVEMBER  NEWS

     Happy autumn to everyone. October was a
very busy month. The costume parade and party were both fun for the children.
They looked so cute, had a wonderful time, and were well behaved. We all
benefited from the various experiences from each classroom.

SKILLS and CONCEPTS

          Our theme for November is “God Made the
World and the Seasons”. In addition to looking at changes in nature due to
seasonal change and weather, all classes will be looking at size comparison and
sequencing. Our values this month that will be stressed are Thankfulness and
Manners. Our Kindermusic program will include music from the theme, “Home Sweet
Home” and they are also preparing for the music for our Christmas program. We
have been doing Bible stories based on the theme “The Fruits of the Spirit”. This
month we will focus on Peace. All Bible stories will be based on this theme.
The Bible verse of the month is “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.”
Colossians 3:15

HEALTH and WELLNESS

     We continue to be concerned about the
viruses and colds that are in our area. Some of our students have been absent
for various illnesses, and we appreciate you for keeping your child at home if
there is any sign of fever and/or contagion. We are working diligently to wipe
down our work areas several times a day with Clorox Wipes. The children  wash their hands several times in a morning
since “hand to mouth” is the most common way to get the flu. We are also trying
to get the students to cough into their elbow rather than their hands. This
still does not guarantee that illnesses won’t occur.

HIBERNATION DAY    

      November is a beautiful month in North Carolina. It is
very easy to use the month to focus on all of the blessings that are given to
us every day. In addition to the topics already listed, we will look at
specific things for which we are thankful and for the things in nature that
make our earth so special. Among these things is the hibernation of certain
animals that will be a focus of our study.

SCHOLASTIC BOOKS

     We are sending home quite a few
Scholastic magazines for you this month. I have received word that the October
books have been shipped. All new orders are due by Tuesday, November 13.

SAFETY FIRST

     We have had
some careless drivers driving through our parking lot when you bring your child
to school each morning. Please know that the teachers and I have told the
children that they are not to exit their car until a teacher is there to
receive them. The alternative would be for you to park your car and walk your child
into the building. We take the children’s safety very seriously and know that
this will only enhance their safety.

CALENDAR CLARIFICATION

     School will
be closed in observance of Veteran’s
Day on November 12.

THANKSGIVING VACATION

We
will be closed on Wednesday and
Thursday, November 21-22
in observance of Thanksgiving. On Tuesday, November 20, we will have our own Thanksgiving celebration here at school.
This is a special time for us to remember all of the things that we are
thankful for and to learn about the very first Thanksgiving.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

We so appreciate your support of this year’s
fundraiser. I will let you know how much money we made when I receive the
information.

SCHOOL PICTURES

We were fortunate in having every child in
attendance on Picture Day, and the proofs certainly depict what beautiful
children we have in this school. Please return your orders by next Thursday,
November 8. The photographer requests that all checks have your driver’s
license number on it. If you are not purchasing, please return the proof
package. Otherwise, the school is charged $10.

PLEASE REMEMBER

  • To
    update any change of clothing that you have sent in to the teacher. Shorts
    should be replaced with long pants and shirts should have long sleeves.
  • To bring
    your child and pick him/her up in a car seat. It is the law.

Each
of us is very grateful for having your children in our care for a few hours
each week. They are all happy, enthusiastic, and so much fun to teach. We each
have many humorous stories to relate at the end of each day. I know that you
feel very blessed in having them and are thankful for the love they give back
to you.

     We hope that you have a Happy Thanksgiving
and will take the time to count your many blessings.

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

Dates to Remember:
  11/8 – School Picture Orders Are Due
  11/12 – Closed For Veterans Day
  11/13 – Scholastic Book Order Is Due
  11/20 – Thanksgiving Feast for Preschoolers
  11/21 & 11/22 – School is Closed for Thanksgiving




May Preschool Newsletter

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

The end of the school year is here. Where did the year go? We’ve seen your children grow and develop so quickly. They are talking enthusiastically about being older and being ready for the next step in their young lives. I wish they would stay little for a little longer.

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

The week of May 7-11 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. I cannot sing the praises of your child’s teachers enough. They are so dedicated and devoted to your children. This is a perfect opportunity to send them a note of appreciation for all they do every day.

MUFFINS for MOMS

Mothers, we want to invite you to come in at 9:00 on Thursday morning, May 10, for a “Muffins for Mom” hour. The children have been preparing for your visit. If you cannot be here, we would be happy for a dad, grandparent, or other special person to come on your behalf.

PLAY DAY

We will hold our sixth annual play day on Thursday, May 17.  Weather permitting, all activities will be outdoors with time out for a hot dog lunch and ice cream.

GRADUATION and FINAL DAY

Our graduation and final day will be Thursday, May 24 at 10:00. The children will have a brief performance and will receive their certificates. Cookies and punch will be served following the program. After that, children will be dismissed for the summer.

GRADUATION CAPS

Parents, we have ordered new graduation gowns for the four year olds that are graduating this year. We want to keep the gowns, but you may purchase the mortar board cap, tassel, and charm with the year for $10. If you purchase

it, you may pay Miss Cathy, Miss Sarah, or me with either a check made payable to the school or in cash. This is something that has been in great demand in the past years, and we want you to have the same opportunity.

MAY CURRICULUM

This month, students will be learning more about the ocean and sea animals.  They will go through a review of the skills that they have covered this year. In our Bible study, we will focus on Being Friendly as one more way to prove ourselves to be of good character. The Bible verse this month is Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loves at all times.”

HICKMAN LIBRARY SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES

Hickman Library is offering a wonderful program this summer for children. We can never do enough to make books an important part of your child’s life. We hope you will find time to visit the library with your child and find out more about the program they are offering. Please note that the Hickman Library is moving to a new location.  The current site will close April 30th and the new opening date will be announced when the move is complete.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

The church is holding Vacation Bible School this summer from June 11-15.  The preschool class is limited to ten children and the children must have been in the four year old class this year. A flyer is being sent home today if your child is eligible. The church is taking enrollments online. Spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay. Our students have a short window of opportunity. If you have questions, please see me.

FINAL WISHES

A very special farewell to our four year olds. Many of them have been with us for three or more years. They are a very special group and are fully prepared for next year. We will miss them greatly.

Parents, you have been truly awesome. We cannot sing your praises loudly enough. You have been supportive and faithful to us and truly devoted to your children. It is heartening to see parents like you show such love and guidance to these children. They are certainly blessed.

The staff wishes all of you a great summer! God Bless each of you.

Sincerely,

Donna Russell

Cathy Milstead

Jennifer Gerrald

Sherry Marshall

Sarah Beauvais

Jean Francis




SUMC Preschool April Newsletter

 

APRIL NEWS

Dear Parents,

Happy 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. This was so evident in their remarks during the telling of the Easter story and weekly chapel.

 Monthly Themes

Our 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 Fairness as a First Rate Character Trait. Our Bible verse is “When justice is done, it brings joy…” Proverbs 21:15

Art Show

The annual Art Show is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 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 10 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 Orders

Scholastic book orders will be due Tuesday, April 17. This will be our final book order of the year as the May orders will probably not be back in time for graduation.

Attention to parents who purchased books in March: The books have arrived, but my order forms from you are missing. Please stop by my room and pick up the books you have purchased.  I am so sorry for the inconvenience.

Safety Reminder

The 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:

Scholastic Book Orders – due April 17

Art Show – April 25, 6-7 P.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 week.

Sincerely,

Donna Russell
Cathy Milstead
Jennifer Gerrald
Sherry Marshall
Sarah Beauvais
Jean Francis

 

 

 




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!

 




Seaside UMC Preschool March Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Each class has been affected this month by the flu, virus, cold, earaches, strep throat, and other illnesses, but the warm weather that March promises us always brings an end to these problems. In the meantime, please watch your child carefully each morning. If he or she shows any sort of contagion (fever, for example), please let him or her rest at home. Only by leaving the germs at home can we eliminate it from the classroom. We are taking extra precautions to keep things washed down with Clorox wipes, washing hands, using Kleenex, and teaching the children to cover their mouths with their arms when they cough.

Scholastic Book Order

Our Scholastic Book Order is due Tuesday, March 13 .The flyers are being sent home with this letter.

Preschool Enrollment

We are very pleased to see that so many of our two and three year olds will be back next year. Thank you for your support and goodwill among the community. So many of the incoming new parents have mentioned that parents of our children have recommended our school to them. We still have openings, so please let anyone know that is still searching for a preschool for their child. I would be happy to meet with the parents and explain our program to them. Click here for an Enrollment Form.

Read more…




February 2017 Preschool News

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.

 

CURRICULUM

        

Special Events

    Ground Hog Day – February 2

February 20 – Schools are closed

    

Scholastic Books

    If you are ordering from Scholastic Books, the due date for all orders is Wednesday, February 15.

 

 

 

Valentine’s Party

Tuesday, 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.

Enrollment for Next Year

Have
a Heart Month

Snacks Reminder

    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.

                    Sincerely,

                    Donna Russell        Sherry Marshall

                    Cathy Milstead    Jean Francis

                    Jennifer Gerrald    Sarah Beauvais




Preschool News for March 2016

Dear Parents,

    Each class has been affected this month by the flu, virus, cold, earaches, strep throat, and other illnesses, but the warm weather that March promises us always brings an end to these problems. In the meantime, please watch your child carefully each morning. If he or she shows any sort of contagion (fever, for example), please let him or her rest at home. Only by leaving the germs at home can we eliminate it from the classroom. We are taking extra precautions to keep things washed down with Clorox wipes, washing hands, using Kleenex, and teaching the children to cover their mouths with their arms when they cough.

Scholastic Book Order

Our Scholastic Book Order is due Thursday, March 10 .The flyers are being sent home with this letter.

Preschool Enrollment

    We are very pleased to see that so many of our two and three year olds will be back next year. We have only a few remaining openings, so please send your enrollment in soon if you plan to send your child to us again next year. Thank you for your support and goodwill among the community. So many of the incoming new parents have mentioned that parents of our children have recommended our school to them.

March Curriculum

    The curriculum this month is revolved around the themes of “Transportation” and “Community Helpers”. Teachers will also be emphasizing the concepts of Opposites, Following Directions, and Patience. We will also spend some time teaching the children about Poison Control. With the arrival of spring this month, the change of seasons is being readdressed. The Kindermusic themes this month are “Up in the Sky” and “Down on the Ground”. In addition, the children will be learning about “Faithfulness” in chapel. Our Bible verse is Proverbs 3:3, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you”. The Easter story will also be told through the use of Resurrection Eggs which tell the story in twelve parts.

Easter Celebration

    We are asking you to decorate a hat for your child to wear at our Easter Hat Parade on March 24. 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, March 24, 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, March 28-31, for Easter vacation.

Easter Egg Collection

    We are asking parents to send in a dozen plastic Easter eggs and/or small bag of candy that we can add to the eggs before the Easter Egg Hunt. We appreciate any help that you can give in this regard.

 

VFW Program

On Thursday, March 3, members of the VFW will be guests at our school and will address the purpose of our country’s flag and how we can do our part in being a good American.

Donuts for Dads

    Dads, don’t forget Thursday, March 17 at 9:00. This is a special time for Dads to come to school with their children for about an hour so that we can pay homage to you and the important role you play in your child’s life. If Dad cannot attend, we always welcome Granddads, uncles, moms, or other influential people in your child’s world.

Important Dates

March Special Events – Dr. Seuss’s Birthday – March 2

        VFW Presentation – March 3

        Scholastic Book Order due – March 10

        St. Patrick’s Day – March 17

        Donuts for Dads – March 17 – 9:00

        First day of spring – March 20

        Easter Hat Parade/Easter Hunt – March 24

        Easter Vacation – March 28 – 31

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 week.

                        Sincerely,    

                            Donna Russell

                            Cathy Milstead

                            Jennifer Gerrald

                            Sherry Marshall

                            Jean Francis

                            Sarah Beauvais




Preschool News for January 2016

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 the growth of them 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 two 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 in our learning about the Fruits of the Spirit. The Bible verse that the children will learn is Ephesians 4:2, “…be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

Dates to Remember

January 12 (Tuesday) – Scholastic book orders are due

January 18 (Monday) – Martin Luther King’s birthday – School is
closed

This is also the season when we see an increase in colds and flu. 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.

Each 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 day.

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

Sincerely,

Donna Russell

Cathy Milstead

Jennifer Gerrald

Sherry Marshall

Jean Francis

Sarah Beauvais




Preschool News for December 2015

Happy Holidays,

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. We will then be entertained by a special guest, Joanne Masino, who will present a short Christmas message with the children. The program will be on Thursday, December 17 at 10:00 A.M. in the church sanctuary. After the program, there will be punch and cookies. School will reopen on Monday, January 4.

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

Thank You

Thank you to the parents and children who brought in items for the shoebox project. We packed 17 boxes. We also thank you in advance for your support of our cupcake sales and silent auction. I will let you know in the January newsletter how well we did.

Scholastic Books

The Scholastic Book orders will not go out with this newsletter. All orders given to me last month have gone out and the books are here. We would not receive the new order before the vacation, so new fliers will resume with the January newsletter.

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 13:16

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.

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.

Final Wishes

It is our wish that your holiday 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.


                            Sincerely,

                                Donna Russell

                                Cathy Milstead

                                Jennifer Gerrald

                                Sherry Marshall

                                Jean Francis

                                Sarah Beauvais