Preschool Press

September 2015

Welcome New Preschool Teachers and Staff!

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!

First, we are so excited to have Mrs. Emily Logan working at our preschool desk in the galleria this year! This is a new position, and Emily will be here every day to be sure that we always have someone at the desk to answer the phone, help children with boo-boos, greet visitors, help with administrative tasks, etc.. She has been a wonderful addition to our staff, and we know that you all are going to love getting to know her this year!


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

Here is a list of their names and positions:

Ginna Ezernack -- assistant to Mrs. Carol in the Honeybees class

Laura Evans -- assistant to Mrs. Gay in the 3-Day-2s

Erica Malcom-- assistant to Mrs. Sarah in the 5-Day-2s

Noelle Beussee -- assistant to Mrs. Alyssa in the 5-Day-2s

Catherine Spearman -- lead teacher in the 3-Day-3s

Heather Dean - assistant to Ms. Catherine in the 3-Day-3s

Betsy Bahnsen -- assistant to Pre-K


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 this year and also the return of the Scholastic Book Fair! The dates for the book fair are September 14-18, and it will be 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 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. 15 and 16. 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 fairly smoothly so far this year! 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.

Please 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. Thank you so much for helping us with this!

Chapel with Mrs. Linsey

Chapel is held in the church's drama room on the 3rd floor. All of the 2s, 3s, and PreK classes get to attend Chapel once a week. In Chapel, Mrs. Linsey will dress up and act out a story, have a puppet show, read a Bible story, or just talk to the children with some props. We LOVE learning about God’s word. We sing songs in Chapel and of course pray. One of our favorite songs to sing is, “A Friend Loves At All Times,” Proverbs 17:17, sung to the tune of “The Farmer and the Dell.”


So far this year, Linsey has been talking with all of the preschoolers about rules and how we have rules to keep us safe. She is teaching the children that God also has a rule! God wants us to love one another as he loves us. We are trying to teach our preschoolers how to LOVE BIG!


Also this year, Mrs. Linsey is teaching the boys and girls about "God Sightings". "God Sightings" are when we see our friends acting like Jesus. For example, when our friends share, take turns, help a friend, or give a hug! Ask your child what "God Sightings" they make at school each day!

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! We do not allow peanut butter or nut products of any kind in the building.


Preschool parent Gena Knox is the author of "Southern My Way," a recipe book of traditional southern dishes updated with healthy living in mind. Below, she offers some tips on healthy snacks for preschoolers.


Ways to incorporate Healthy Snacks in our 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, Tortillas, Low sugar, healthy 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

Combo Ideas: Turkey/cheese tortilla roll-ups; Hummus and tortilla roll-ups and fruit; Hummus with carrots and whole grain crackers; Cheese cubes with whole grain crackers and handful of raisins or fresh fruit; Homemade whole wheat muffins/banana bread (see attached recipe) and fruit; Low sugar (plain or vanilla) yogurt with fruit; Honey wheat pretzels and hummus for dipping; Applegate Farms pepperoni with pretzels/crackers and raisins or dried fruit


Things to avoid for snacks: Donuts, Cookies, Fruit gushers/gummies, High sugar yogurts (15+ grams sugar)

Wednesday Nights at AFUMC

If you are interested in having your 3 or 4 year old child participate in one of the children's choirs here at AFUMC, 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 choirs by Emily's desk in the Preschool Galleria and also on the church website.

AFUMC Churchwide BBQ

This Sunday, August 30 at 5:00pm is the churchwide BBQ at Sandy Creek Park! This is a fun time of fellowship for our church members, but anyone is welcome to come whether you are a church member or not! Coach Rusty will be there with the jumpy and other fun activities for kids, and there will be bluegrass music as well. Please feel welcome to attend!! There is more information about this event on the church website.

CALENDAR REMINDERS for September/October

Monday, September 1: Tuition Due (payment 2 of 9) & Supply Fee of $25/child, late by the 5th with $20 late fee


Monday, September 7: LABOR DAY (No school)


September 14 - 18: Scholastic Book Fair


September 15 and 16: Memories with Mom


Wednesday, October 1: Tuition Due (payment 3 of 9), late by the 5th with $20 late fee


October 7 and 8: Fall Pictures


October 12: COLUMBUS DAY (No school)


Friday, October 30: No School; Fall Break

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 2015-2016 school year was due by May 1, 2015 to keep your placement. The remaining eight tuition installments are due on the first of each month starting with September 1, 2015 and concluding with the April 1, 2016 installment.


SUPPLY FEES: There is a twice a year supply fee of $25 per student due September 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016.


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: $185

3 days per week: $220

4 days per week: $275

5 days per week: $285


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

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

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"A friend loves at all times." Proverbs 17:17

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