Preschool Press

September 2018

Welcome New Preschool Teachers!

We are so excited to introduce our new staff members to you! If you are a returning preschool parent you have probably noticed some new faces this year, so we wanted to let you know who they are.


Our new teachers this year are getting settled and doing a fantastic job already!

Here is a list of their names and positions:


Amy Ivy -- Lead teacher of a 3-day-2s class

Fay Davis -- Assistant teacher of a 3-day-2s class

Alyssa Fowler - Happy Feet teacher *Alyssa has taught our 5-day-2s class for several years, so she is not new to our school. She is excited about her new position as our Happy Feet teacher this year!


It is so exciting to have these wonderful ladies join our preschool family this year!

Memories with Mom/Book Fair Week

We are excited to have Memories with Mom in September again this year and also the book fair! The dates for the book fair are September 10-14, and it will be located in the Preschool Galleria. It will be open the same hours that the preschool is open. The book fair is a great way to help nurture your child's love of reading, build your book collection at home, and also purchase gifts for birthdays and Christmas presents.

The proceeds that we receive from the book fair also help us purchase new books and resources for our preschool classrooms! Thank you so much for supporting our book fair!


The Memories with Mom dates are Sept. 11 and 12. Please be sure to check with your child's teacher to know which day to come for your child's class. We can't wait to host all of our moms in just a few weeks! It is such a special day!

CARPOOL REMINDERS

Carpool has been going very smoothly so far this year both at arrival and dismissal time!

At morning drop off, the teachers come to you and get your child out of the car for you. At afternoon pick up, we load 4 cars at a time, and the teachers will bring your children to you to load and buckle. For the safety of your child and those around you, please do not use your cell phone while you are in the carpool line. Please pass this information on to babysitters, grandparents, and others that may be picking up your children this year. Thank you so much for your cooperation and help with this!


Lastly, ALWAYS TURN RIGHT when exiting the carpool line. This is for safety and also it keeps our line moving so we are not backing up the carpool line and waiting on traffic.

Our first priority at carpool is safety, and we really appreciate your help!

Chapel with Mrs. Linsey

Chapel is my favorite day of the week! Jesus said “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” (Matthew 19:14 NRSV) All people are loved by God, and it is important to talk to your children about God on their level and within their own experiences. Chapel time is a time to help the children come to know they are people whom God loves and that they are part of God’s kingdom. I read/tell stories from the Bible, act out characters, use puppets, sing songs, or whatever it takes to help your children know God's truth!

Preschool Snack Time!

Snack time is a fun and important part of everyday at Weekday Preschool. Parents bring in snacks on a rotation basis determined by your child's teacher. Your teacher will alert you to any specific allergies in the class that you may need to keep in mind. NEVER SEND PEANUT BUTTER OR OTHER NUT PRODUCTS! We do not allow peanut butter or nut products of any kind in the building.



Ways to incorporate Healthy Snacks in School….

Healthy snacks help kids stay calmer, alert, and focused in school in addition to keeping their tummies satisfied and full. High sugar and low protein snacks do the opposite. To maximize your kids learning time and assist teachers in keeping kids focused – we can feed our children healthy, high protein, whole grain snacks.


Choose food – not food products. Avoid high fructose corn syrup and choose foods with the least amount of ingredients (less processed).


Grains: Whole grain crackers, popcorn, Honey wheat pretzels, Crisp flat breads (Wasa crackers), homemade whole wheat muffins or banana bread

Fruits: Apples, Bananas, Blueberries, Clementines, Grapes (halved), Kiwi, Orange wedges, Strawberries, Raspberries, Watermelon (cubed), Orange wedges, Dried fruit (raisins, pears, apples, etc.)

Vegetables: Baby carrots, Cucumber slices


Things to avoid for snacks: Donuts, Cookies, Fruit gushers/gummies, High sugar yogurts

Wednesday Evenings at AFUMC

If you are interested in having your 3 or 4 year old child participate in one of the children's programs here at AFUMC on Wednesday evenings, all are welcome to join! You do not need to be a church member to participate. Sarah Lawing, who teaches Joyful Noise (Music) here at preschool, is the Children's Music Director for the church. There are registration forms for all programs on the church website. Click this link to learn more and sign up: http://athensfirstumc.org/kidsmusicandarts/

CALENDAR REMINDERS for September/October

September 1: Tuition Due (payment 2 of 9) & Supply Fee of $25/child


Monday, September 3: LABOR DAY (No school)


September 10 - 14: Scholastic Book Fair


September 11 and 12: Memories with Mom


October 1: Tuition Due (payment 3 of 9)


Monday, October 8: Columbus Day (No school)


October 9 and 10: Fall Pictures (individual pictures only)


October 23 and 24: Day with Dad


Friday, October 26: No School; Fall Break

TUITION and FEES INFORMATION

Confused about when and what you owe to Weekday Preschool?

Hopefully this will help!


REGISTRATION FEE: A non-refundable registration fee of $150 was due at the time of registration to secure your child’s placement in the preschool program.


TUITION: Tuition is paid in nine installments; the first tuition installment for the 2018-2019 school year was due by May 1, 2018 to keep your placement. The remaining eight tuition installments are due on the first of each month starting with September 1, 2018 and concluding with the April 1, 2019 installment.


SUPPLY FEES: There is a twice a year supply fee of $25 per student due September 1, 2018 and January 1, 2019.


Tuition and fee reminders are included in this monthly newsletter. Personalized invoices are NOT sent. A late fee of $20 is assessed if not received by the 5th of the month.


Tuition Amounts by # Days per week your child attends:

2 days per week: $187

3 days per week: $223

4 days per week: $280

5 days per week: $290


Sample Payment Schedule

Registration Fee--Due January or at time of registration, $150 per child

May 1--Tuition Payment #1

Sept 1--Tuition Payment #2 and $25 Supply Fee

Oct 1-- Tuition Payment #3

Nov 1--Tuition Payment #4

Dec 1--Tuition Payment #5

Jan 1-- Tuition Payment #6 and $25 Supply Fee

Feb 1-- Tuition Payment #7

Mar 1--Tuition Payment #8

Apr 1--Tuition Payment #9, last payment for 2018-19

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Athens, GA 30606

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