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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


Donna Russell

Cathy Milstead

Jennifer Gerrald

Sherry Marshall

Sarah Beauvais

Jean Francis

SUMC Preschool April Newsletter



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.


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.




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

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.


                    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.


                            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

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.


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.


                                Donna Russell

                                Cathy Milstead

                                Jennifer Gerrald

                                Sherry Marshall

                                Jean Francis

                                Sarah Beauvais

October 2015 Preschool News

Dear Parents,

    The first month of school is behind us, and most of the children seem comfortable and have settled in. The teachers in all of the classes are remarking on how quickly the children have gotten into routines and the mode of learning.


    The Drop-Off/ Pickup Program is now underway. Teachers are outside in the morning and at the end of preschool either to receive your children or get them to their cars safely. Please feel free to come in once in a while to see what your child is doing and to sign up for party donations if appropriate.


    Parents were so good in bringing in snacks last month that more was brought in than needed. As a result, each teacher is sending home a monthly calendar with your name on the day that a snack is needed. If the day assigned to you is not a good one, let the teacher know and she will switch you with another parent. There may be a month or two in which you will not be responsible for a snack. Thank you for bringing in such healthy snacks.


    October promises to be full. Our theme this month is “Around the Farm“. We will focus on the following skills:

    Colors: Review

    Skills: Shapes, Classifying, Categorizing

    Values: Respect for the environment; Respect for others

    Fall Crops,
Fall Harvest

    Kindermusic theme: Animals A Dancing/ At the Farm

Bible Stories: Stories based on the concept of “Fruit of the Spirit”- Joy

The Bible verse this month is “Come let us sing for joy to the Lord…” Psalm 95:1


Thank you for your support of the Scholastic Books. The first order has come in. We had a large order; thank you for your orders. We are sending home a flyer for the books offered in October. If you place an order, please return order form with payment by October 14. If writing a check, please make it payable to Scholastic Book Services.


    Classic Images, our professional photographer will be here on Monday, October 5, to take individual photos of the children. Have them dressed in the way you would like to remember them at this age. The pictures always look great and make wonderful Christmas gifts. If you have any little ones at home that you would like photographed with your preschooler, please let your child’s teacher know so that we can schedule them first with very little waiting time for you.


  • Please read the information that goes home in your child’s folder. It is the easiest way to make sure that all parents get the same information. Also, you will find your child’s work in the folder to be seen and enjoyed.
  • Please remember to send the empty folders back each day so that they can be used for new information and children’s work.


    Cold season has come. Please do not send your child to school if he or she is running a fever or is suffering from a very runny nose. We are trying to keep an epidemic from starting.

    Information will be coming home soon regarding our Costume parade and party on October 29. Please keep in mind, as you select your child’s costume, that we are a Christian preschool and, therefore, do not support devilish or frightening characters.


    We use old tennis balls on the bottoms of our chairs and tables to protect the floors and for safety for the children. Unfortunately, they eventually need replacement. We are in need of replacements; therefore, if you or anyone you know plays tennis and can give us your old balls, we will put them to good use. Thank you in advance.


        Columbus Day – Mon., Oct. 12
– School is closed

        Scholastic Book Orders – due by Monday, Oct. 14

        Costume Party and Parade – Thursday, Oct. 29

Thank you for letting us be a part of your child’s life. We feel very blessed to have such beautiful children in our midst every day. We will continue to do our best to give them the instruction and nurture that you want for your child.


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


September 2015 Preschool News

Dear Parents,

    Welcome to Seaside Preschool 2015. We enjoyed seeing so many of you at the Open House. The teachers felt positive about the beginning of this new school year and already can feel your support. Thank you for taking the time to come out and see us.


    Our theme this month is Getting to Know Me. We will focus on several major concepts and skills that will include the five senses, colors, matching, and textures. The theme includes family, friends, emotions, and knowing first and last name.
Cathy will begin the phonics approach to letters and their sounds. You are encouraged to always go over the papers that the children take home showing what they did that day.

    We are fortunate to have Miss Cathy offer the Kindermusic Program again this year. The unit from the program that she will be using to base her music is called “Marvelous Me”.

    We focus on all values all year long, but we are especially focusing on the values of Following Rules and Friendship this month. Any reinforcement that you can offer at home is always appreciated.

    This year, we will focus on the theme, “Fruits of the Spirit”. Each month we will focus on a “spiritual fruit” exemplified by a different Bible story each week. This month we will focus on Love. The Bible verse this month is John 13:34, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”


Several flyers are being sent home today of available books and materials for young children from Scholastic Book Services. Look at these with your child. If you choose to order, please return the order form from each flyer from which you made your selection with your payment. One check for the total order is all that is necessary. It is preferred that you pay by check, made payable to Scholastic Book Services. The deadline for orders is Monday, September 14. Thank you in advance for your support of this project as it allows us to build our own supply of books as well as help to instill a love of books in your child.


As part of our church’s Safe Sanctuaries policy, we are asking that you sign the sheet on your child’s teacher door that gives permission for your child’s photo to be displayed on our bulletin board. We occasionally have opportunities for our school to be highlighted in the Beacon, and there may be a photo taken of the children in a group. Please let us know if this is acceptable to you by signing

the sheet. In addition, please share your e-mail address with your child’s teacher. This will make it much easier in notifying you of last minute changes in the schedule due to weather or to send you a reminder of an upcoming event. As a side note, remember that you can view our newsletter on Then just click on preschool. Our pastors, Mary Jane and Scott Wilson-Parsons have also offered to send you a weekly update of church news which may include news about our preschool. Thank you to them for doing this as it further unites us with the church and communicates to our members the events of our preschool.


    To avoid parking and for safety reasons, children can be dropped off and picked up outside the entrance to our preschool wing from 8:55 until 9:05 A.M. and again from 12:00 until 12:15 P.M. There will be a teacher to welcome each child and make sure that he or she gets into the classroom safely. At the end of the day, the teachers will escort your child safely to your car. It is appreciated when the parent can help his/her child out of or into the child’s car seat. This eliminates a liability issue and helps to get children into school or on their way home more efficiently. Any child who is staying for lunch will be picked up inside the building unless otherwise notified. You are always welcome to bring your child into the building yourself, but we are hoping that this new system enhances the safety of our environment. We will begin this practice immediately.


    Lunch bunch will be Monday through Wednesday from 12:00 until 1:00. The $4 fee may be placed inside the lunch box. Any change will be placed in the lunch box. Lunch Bunch will begin next Monday. Please be sure to mark your child’s lunch box so that he or she gets the lunch that you prepared. Sometimes there is a favorite lunch box design and we may have three or four children with the same design. Please be prompt in picking your child up at 1:00.


    You will also find the Parent Handbook that explains our policies. Included in this handbook are the explanation of the Lunch Bunch Program and the year’s calendar of important events and days that the school is closed or is having a special program. In addition to the closings mentioned in the calendar, understand that we will follow the Brunswick County School decisions of any whole day closings due to inclement weather. If you have any questions, ask your child’s teacher for further explanation. If there are any changes to the policies listed in the Handbook, you will be notified before the changes take place.


Please send into your teacher a change of clothes in a baggie labeled with your child’s name. We invariably need to make a change, and the extra clothes will be welcome. This should include pants, socks, and underpants. Thank you.


As the calendar states, school will be closed on Thursday, September 17. If you have ever experienced the Country Fair at our church, you know that there is an entire day prior to the fair for setting up the different areas. You are invited to attend the fair on Friday and/or Saturday, September 18 – 19.


    All tuition monies should be placed in the gray box on our book shelf in the hall. The money is collected and deposited on a daily basis at the beginning of each month and no money is left in the box over the weekend. We will be enforcing the $10 late payment if tuitions are turned in later than the second full week of school. If it is necessary to pay the tuition later than that, please let me know so that arrangements can be made. Without my knowing, I will have to charge a late fee. A reminder that this year’s tuition is $190 per month.


    We want to officially welcome Jennifer Gerald to our preschool. She is the lead teacher in the three year old class and is highly qualified and enthusiastic about working with our children. Based on referrals and a stellar resume, we are very fortunate to have her with us. I am sure that the children will enjoy getting to know her and working with her. Please welcome her to our school when you see her.


    In addition to the handbook, the newsletter, and the Scholastic Book flyers you will find two other inserts in your child’s folder. One is a child’s identification booklet. It seems to be a good idea to do this for your child and keep it in a secure place. The other is a flyer about Preschool soccer offered in North Myrtle Beach. If you have an interest, there is a number on the sheet for you to call.

We all look forward to getting to know you and your child better this year. We are very blessed to have him or her with us. We will do our best to make it a wonderful year for all of us.


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