Preschool Press

Back to School Edition, July/August 2014

Weekday Preschool Webpage

Click here to access registration forms, view the school calendar, download the parent handbook, or make a payment.

Meet the Teacher, Friday, August 15

Please join us to visit with your teachers and classmates using the schedule below. The staggered times help ease congestion in the hallways. If you cannot join us at the scheduled time, please let us know so we can put you in touch in with your teacher prior to the week of August 18th.


Join us at 9 a.m. Dismiss by 9:45 a.m.

T/Th Caterpillars

T/Th Young 2’s

5 day 2’s

5 day 3’s


Join us at 10 a.m. Dismiss by 10:45 a.m.

M/W Butterflies

M/W Honeybees

3 day 2’s

3 day 3’s


Join us at 11 a.m. Dismiss by 11:45 a.m.

4 day 4’s

5 day 4’s


"Who is my child's teacher?" You will hear directly from your child's teacher via email sometime the week of August 11. Be sure to check your junk folder in case your teacher's email address is not recognized. If you have not heard by noon on Thursday, August 14, please contact Mrs. Laura at preschool@athensfirstumc.org

Health Forms Due August 15

Every child must have an up-to-date certificate of immunization from your child's doctor or the health department on file with Weekday Preschool to attend. This document is called a "3231" form and is generated by your child's doctor who records your child's immunizations with the State Health Department. Is your child current on his/her immunizations? If so, have your child's doctor fax your child's 3231 by August 15 to my attention. If you send an expired form, I will notify you so that you may follow up with your doctor. These forms often have an expiration date noted on them. Your child's form must be current/not expired to be valid. Your child cannot attend preschool on August 18 without this health form on file with Weekday Preschool.


Forms may be faxed by your doctor's office to 706-546-4797. Scanned forms may be emailed to preschool@athensfirstumc.org. You will recieve a confirmation from Mrs. Laura when your form has been received.

AFUMC Children's Consignment Sale Begins Aug 15

As you come to meet your child's teacher, please allow time to shop the Children's Consignment Sale!

· Shop early on Friday, August 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Special time open only for AFUMC Preschool Parents)

· Shop regular sale hours: Friday, August 15 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. or on Saturday, August 16, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

· Invite your friends to come and shop!

Proceeds from the sale benefit Stop Hunger Now!

From Mrs. Linsey...Tips for the First Day of School

The first day of school is one that we hope will be a positive experience for you and your child. To help your child start his/her preschool year off on a positive note, please make every effort to:


  • Plan your schedule so your child will be well rested, unhurried, well fed and relaxed for the first morning and every morning.


  • Expect that your child will go to school happily and will have a good time. Use encouraging and uplifting words with your child about his/her first day. Your child will sense your own insecurity or anxiousness quickly.


  • Talk about preschool in a positive way and name specific activities that your child will enjoy during the day. “You will have so much fun making art with your friends” or “I can’t wait to hear about your day and see what you have made” or “Your teacher (use name) will be so excited to see you today”.


  • For children in the Y2’s and older classes we ask that you keep all personal items such as: blankets, pacifiers, lovies, etc. at home. These items are “germ catchers” and can easily speed them around when other children try to enjoy them.


If tears at drop off continue to be a problem, we encourage you to go through the car pool line, especially if you feel there may be some separation issues or anxieties. Be assured that your child’s teachers will comfort and calm your child’s fears and/or anxieties. Many times it is more difficult for the parents to leave a child who is struggling with going to school than it is for the child.

Lunch Bunch to Begin August 25

Lunch Bunch provides an additional hour of care after schoolfor $5 per day during which time children eat a lunch from home and have free play outside or in the gym. It is available most days and open to children who are 2 or older and are completely potty trained. Mrs. Tina organizes Lunch Bunch and will email parents the first week of school with instructions on how to sign up.

Updated Calendar/Parent Handbook Available Now

The 2014 calendar is available as a downloadable/printable PDF at the Weekday Preschool Webpage. The updated Parent Handbook is also available and contains critical information about our illness policy, curriculum, safety measures, and more!


Preschool Calendar 2014-2015


Preplanning for Teachers- August 11-15


“Meet the Teacher”- Friday, Aug. 15


First Day of School- Monday, August 18


No School-Labor Day- Monday, September 1


No School-Fall Break- Friday, October 31


No School-Thanksgiving Break- Wed-Fri., November 26-28


No School-Christmas Break- Fri., December 12- Mon., January 5


No School-Teacher Workday- Monday, January 5


School Resumes Tuesday, January 6


No School-MLK Day- Monday, January 19


Day with Dad- Wed., February 11 and Thurs., February 12


No School-President’s Day- Monday, February 16


No School- Spring Break #1 (Clarke Co.)- March 9-13


Scholastic Book Fair- March 23-27


Memories with Mom- Tues., March 24 and Wed., March 25


No School-Good Friday Friday, April 3


No School-Spring Break #2 (Oconee Co.)- April 6-10


Last Day of School- Thursday, May 14


Updated July 2014

CALENDAR REMINDERS

Friday, August 15: 3231 Health Forms Due to Weekday Preschool

Friday, August 15: "Meet the Teacher" Event; staggered times by class

Monday, August 18: First Day of School for M/W/F and M-F Classes

Tuesday, August 19: First Day of School For T/Th Classes

Monday, September 1: No School Labor Day,

Monday, September 1: Tuition Due and Supply Fee of $25 per child due, late by the 5th

TUITION and FEES 101

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 2014-2015 school year was due by May 1, 2014 to keep your placement. The remaining eight tuition installments are due on the first of each month starting with September 1, 2014 and concluding with the April 1, 2015 installment.


SUPPLY FEES: There is a twice a year supply fee of $25 per student due September 1, 2014 and January 1, 2015.


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: $180

3 days per week: $215

4 days per week: $270

5 days per week: $280


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 2014-15

Pay Now

Click here to make a payment through our website for tuition, lunch bunch and/or supply fees.

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