Unity Preschool News

March 2022

Ms. Linda's Letter

Dear Preschool Families,

Many of you are likely familiar with the many changes that DHEC and our Fort Mill School District has made regarding the handling of COVID cases. York County has finally moved to "yellow" and the good news is that we currently do not have any students or Staff members with COVID or on quarantine and we hope that trend continues.

Because most of our students are not (and cannot) be vaccinated, we will continue to follow our church policy that requires masks for anyone working with children under 5. We will continue to keep our classes separated while inside, but we are working with our Regathering Team (our COVID response team that has met weekly since the pandemic started) to approve whether we can allow some class interaction during outside time, eliminate morning temperature checks, and host a family outside lunch picnic in May.

Just a reminder to SPRING FORWARD this weekend.

Much love,

Ms. Linda

Director - Unity Preschool

Green Day and Kindness Day

Our next Color Day is Thursday, March 17 and it will be GREEN DAY! For many years, a leprechaun has visited Unity Preschool causing mischief in our classrooms, but also leaving some treats. We look forward to following clues to see if we can catch him this year.

Our Next Spirit Day is Thursday, March 31. We are WILD ABOUT KINDNESS at Unity Preschool so wear animal print attire and we will be doing some special projects to share kindness with our classmates, teachers, Church Staff and some homebound congregation members. A sign-up genius link was sent to Preschool parents this week to help us make this day extra special. Thank you for your generous response.

Teacher Feature - Ms. Jen

Ms. Jen Prelog is in her second year at Unity Preschool. She currently works with Ms. Dannielle as our Assistant Teacher in our Older Two's (Bee) class. Ms. Jen was previously an Assistant in our Three's class before taking a COVID sabbatical. Ms. Jen is a former Medical Assistant for a pediatrician, turned stay-at-home mom, until joining the teaching world at Unity.

Ms. Jen and her husband, Chad, have two children: Layla (6th grade at Forest Creek Middle) and Nolan (3rd grade at Doby’s Bridge Elementary School and a Unity Preschool alum). Ms. Jen and her husband, Chad met in college and have been together for over 20 years. They have moved around quite a bit. They are originally from Wisconsin but moved down to Florida 15 years ago, then up to Ohio, and then finally to the Carolinas 8 years ago. Ms. Jen and her family enjoy many outdoor activities including kayaking, hiking, biking, and camping. They also love to travel - especially going to Disney and Ms. Jen's happy place, Hilton Head Island. You will often find them on the soccer field cheering on both of their children and during football season they cheer on their favorite football team - The Green Bay Packers!

Here are a few of Ms. Jen’s favorites:

Favorite Foods: Italian and Mexican

Favorite Music: Pop and Christian

Favorite Book: Harry Potter series

Favorite Movie: The Breakfast Club

Favorite Activities: Spending time with family, sitting at the beach, hiking

Unity Preschool Request

We are looking for gently used Little Tikes vehicles for our "parking lot." The children have so much fun with these cars and some of ours are showing some wear. If you have outgrown yours or see them for sale on neighborhood postings, please let Ms. Linda know.

Upcoming Events

*Preschool Closed

Spring Break: April 11-14

*Spring Pictures

Kelley Smallman will be doing our pictures once again AFTER SPRING BREAK. We plan to do all classes on Tuesday, April 19 with a back-up day on Thursday, April 21. We will take individual pictures, sibling pictures (Unity students), and class pictures. The pictures are taken outside in our pretty courtyard. http://www.kelleysmallman.com/#welcome

*Graduation - Four's

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, May 18 at 11:00 in the Sanctuary for immediate family members!

Miscellaneous Reminders

*Tuition Withdrawal: Our next tuition withdrawal date will be Friday, April 1. This will be the last tuition withdrawal for those of you who made an August payment. I will send you an e-mail in April if you are on our shortlist of families who can expect a May tuition withdrawal.

*Bug Spray/Sunscreen: As it warms up, please apply sunscreen and/or bug spray in the morning before you drop off your child.

*Folder Reminder: Please remember to empty your child's folder at least every week!

COVID Update

We are happy to report that our quarantine numbers have much improved since our last newsletter. We currently have no Staff or students with COVID or on quarantine. We will continue to monitor so please let us know if someone in your immediate household has COVID. In fact, we had only two children absent this week and both were on trips.

Thank you for your faithfulness in keeping your child home if you or your child are not feeling well. We encourage you to temperature scan and monitor your child closely for any sign of potential illness. Students should remain at home if they are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, new or persistent cough, headache, loss of taste or smell, fatigue and/or stomach issues (diarrhea). It is also helpful to keep your children home if another family member in the household has similar symptoms.

We recognize that CDC quarantine guidelines are confusing and changing. We have a direct contact with DHEC so if you have any questions regarding whether you think your child should quarantine, please just ask. We pray that we continue to remain COVID-free.

COVID-19 CURRENT Update for 2021-22:

Quarantine Students: 0

Positive Test Students: 0

Quarantine Staff: 0

Positive Test Staff: 0

COVID-19 CUMULATIVE for 2021-22:

Positive Test Students: 14 (all have tested positive during or since Christmas Break).

Quarantine Classes: 2 (Monkey (missed 1 day) and Fish (missed 2 days)

Quarantine Staff: 2 (September and February)

Positive Test Staff: 1 (February)

Vacation Bible School - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Unity Presbyterian Church is thrilled to bring back in-person Vacation Bible School this summer. VBS will be held Monday, June 13 - Thursday, June 16 from 9 am - 12 pm for children in rising 4K-4th grade. Mission Camp will be held concurrently for children currently in rising 5th and 6th grade. This year's theme is Food Truck Party! Get ready to cook up some fun and get on a roll with God!

Registration is NOW open for Unity families, grandchildren of Unity members, and Unity Preschool families (current Three's and Four's students). Registration opens to the public on March 21 and will likely be full. We are currently looking for committee leaders to assist with planning of: Music, Crafts & Science, Recreation, Decorations, and Bible Storytelling, as well as additional volunteers for snacks, nursery, sound, and photography. If you are interested in registering or volunteering, please click on this link: https://unityfortmill.org/vbs/

Holy Week Opportunities at Unity

As we enter the Season of Lent this week, we are reminded that the destination of our Lenten Journey is the cross and empty tomb. We wanted to share Unity Presbyterian's plans for Holy Week with you (recognizing that things can change in a myriad of ways!) so that you can begin your own planning. We invite you to join us for:

Palm Sunday, April 10: Worship in the Sanctuary @ 8:45 am and 11:00 am with palm procession. Both services will be livestreamed.

Maundy Thursday, April 14: Worship with communion in the Sanctuary @ 6:30 PM. Will be livestreamed.

Good Friday, April 15: Good Friday joint worship service with Grace and Riverview Presbyterian Churches in the Unity Sanctuary @ noon

Easter Sunday, April 17: Live on the Lawn Worship @ 7:00 am and Worship in the Sanctuary at 9:00 am and 11:00 am with butterfly release following each service. The Sanctuary services will be livestreamed.

Unity Preschool Staff 2021-22

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Front Row - Left to Right by teaching pairs:

Ms. Maureen and Ms. Kellie (Fours - Fish)

Ms. Sarah and Ms. Elizabeth (Fours - Owls)

Back Row - Left to Right by teaching pairs:

Ms. Carolyn (Librarian/Thursday Helper/First Call Sub)

Ms. Jen and Ms. Danielle (Older Twos - Bees)

Ms. Beth and Ms. Becca (Threes - Monkeys)

Ms. Lauren and Ms. Laura (Threes- Frogs)

Ms. Linda (Director)

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