GUMC Preschool

January 2022 Newsletter

Blessings for a Happy New Year!

By now, many of the Christmas decorations and gifts may have been put away or dispersed, but the warm memories and the love of families and friends are ours to treasure forever. We pray God's Blessings for a Happy New Year and thank Him for sending His son Jesus who allows us to carry Christmas in our hearts all year long!

Welcome back GUMC Families! Below you will find specifics about the month ahead to include information on registration and our new Music Teacher, Amy Story! 2022, ready or not, here we come!!

Prayers for a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Miss Kim

What's Happening?

January Calendar


1/11 Registration Forms for currently enrolled families go home in weekly folders.

1/12 Registration Forms for currently enrolled families go home in weekly folders.

1/13 through 1/19 Registration Forms and Deposit Payments DUE for currently enrolled families. See information below.

1/12 and 1/13 Music with Miss Amy for 3's and Pre-K classes

1/17 GUMC CLOSED, HCPSS Closed. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday.

1/19 and 1/20 Music with Miss Amy for 3's and Pre-K classes

1/20 through 1/28 Registration Forms emailed and Deposit Payments DUE for waitlist families. See information below.

1/24 GUMC has classes as usual, HCPSS Closed.

1/26 and 1/27 Music with Miss Amy for 3's and Pre-K classes

2/1 GUMC CLOSED, HCPPS CLOSED Teacher Professional Day

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2022-23 Registration for:

Currently Enrolled Families Begins January 13th

Currently enrolled families will register beginning January 13th through January 19th. Registration forms will go home on January 11th and 12th, in your child's weekly folder.

Forms should be completed and given to your child's teacher, emailed or you can drop them in the mailbox in the church circle out front. You will be invoiced via Procare and can either pay through the app or with a check made payable to "GUMC Preschool" for the amount due. Please write your child's name and class selection in the memo line if you choose to pay by check, and return it with your child's Registration Form.

Should your currently enrolled child need a larger T-shirt, pay by check for $9.00 making sure to note the size needed, and we will send one home in several weeks after we receive the order.

Please email or call the preschool office if you have any questions, or 410-489-7702.

Waitlist and New Families Begins January 20th

Families on the Waitlist will begin registering January 20th. Registration forms will be emailed. Forms should be completed and mailed, emailed, or put in the mailbox in the church circle out front. Please note the size T-shirt that you would like to order for your child upon starting in the fall on your registration form. Totes and T-shirts will be distributed when school starts. You will be invoiced via GUMC's Procare app, which you will be invited to download once we have received your Registration Form. If you would rather pay by check, you can place it in an envelope with the completed Registration Form, made payable to "GUMC Preschool" for the total amount due. Write your child's name and class selection in the memo line of the check. Again, you can either mail the registration form and check to the school at: GUMC Preschool, 13900 Burntwoods Rd. Glenelg, MD 21737; or you can drop in the mailbox in the church circle out front.

Announcing Some Exciting News!!!

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Welcome to our New Music Teacher, Miss Amy Story!

Amy lives in Ellicott City with her husband and their three kids, Emma Grace, Judah, and Luke. She studied music at Christopher Newport University and earned both her Bachelors of Music and Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education. Her music degrees have allowed her to do a lot of fun jobs! She’s been a middle school choir director, worked with inner city beginning music students, worked in many facets of church worship, and had her own private piano studio. But she is probably more excited about this GUMC job than any she has ever had. This is her very favorite age group to teach and she loves the pre-school music curriculum! When she’s not doing something music related you can find her snuggling with her kids, taking a walk in the woods behind her house, drinking coffee, laughing at her own jokes, and crafting.

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December 30, 2021 Letter: COVID and Return to GUMC

Dear GUMC Families,

As you know, we are experiencing unprecedented numbers with regards to COVID, specifically the Omicron variant. GUMC will continue to invoke its "no symptom" policy and conduct wellness screenings upon arrival. If your child is experiencing/has experienced any symptoms, they will need either a negative PCR and/or a doctor's note stating an alternative diagnosis and that your child is not contagious to others, in order to return to class. Otherwise, they will need to remain at home for the isolation period of 10 days. We ask for your continued support and consideration of our school community with regards to this no-symptom policy.

Many of you have heard about the changes the CDC is recommending with regards to isolation and quarantine periods. These changes were made based on knowledge gained over the past two years, changes in variants, and efforts to allow vaccinated individuals to return to work sooner. However, to date, the Maryland Health Department has not made any changes to its protocols. Keep in mind that the largest part of our school population remains unvaccinated at this time, and so the Health Department is currently recommending a full 10-day isolation after symptoms appear and/or positive test, and up to a 14-day quarantine period for close contacts that cannot consistently social-distance and wear a mask. If and when their policy changes, GUMC will adapt accordingly.

And so here we are, after the holiday gatherings, faced with a large number of people experiencing symptoms and positive test results. We kindly ask for your continued support and patience as we will very likely deal with room closures resulting in teachers having to offer Zoom-room classes. The best way to avoid this is for you to keep your children home if they, or anyone else in the family is not feeling well, experiencing symptoms or may have been exposed to someone with COVID. *If you have traveled or feel that your child may have had unknown exposure elsewhere, and are not able to get a PCR test* (*note this change due to the diminished availability of testing), we ask that you quarantine your child for 5 days and monitor for symptoms during that time before returning them to school. Everyone knows by now that COVID is insidious, clever and can be asymptomatic. Never-the-less, we will do our best to obstruct its transmission, and keep the school open.

We will get through the challenging times ahead this next month, just like we did in March 2020.

Blessings and be well GUMC!

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Winter is Here!

GUMC Preschool will be closed when Howard County Schools are closed for inclement weather.

  • If Howard County Schools open 2 hours late, classes will be held from 10:00 until 11:45 (2's) and until 1:15 (older 2's, 3's and Pre-K classes).
  • Should Howard County Schools close early, GUMC will dismiss all classes at 11:45.
  • Notifications regarding delayed openings and closings will be sent via Procare and email.

Extenuating circumstances and closing due to dangerous conditions at the school will also be at the Director’s discretion and parents will be notified accordingly.

If there are more than 5 snow-day closings, GUMC teachers will offer Zoom classes for any additional days closed due to inclement weather.

Education Station

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How Every Child Can Thrive by Five

What happens in a child's first 5 years affects the rest of their life — here's how you can make the most of this crucial time...

"What if I was to tell you that a game of peek-a-boo could change the world?" asks seven-year-old Molly Wright, one of the youngest-ever TED speakers. Breaking down the research-backed ways parents and caregivers can support children's healthy brain development, Wright highlights the benefits of play on lifelong learning, behavior and well-being, sharing effective strategies to help all kids thrive by the age of five. She's joined onstage by one-year-old Ari and his dad, Amarjot, who help illustrate her big ideas about brain science. (This TED Talk was produced in collaboration with Minderoo Foundation as an educational tool for parents and caregivers around the world and is supported by UNICEF.)

Watch the full talk here: