Unity Preschool News

January 2023

Happy 2023!

Welcome back from what we hope was a fun and restful Christmas Break that was filled with quality time with your family. We are excited to return to Unity Preschool with many "winter" activities. We pray that the weather will continue to cooperate. Please remember that we follow the Fort Mill School District (FMSD) regarding weather closures and if there is a delayed start we will NOT have Preschool.

January is our registration month so please return your registration forms and fees by Thursday, January 19 so that you have a spot for next year. Registration information for current families and siblings was e-mailed earlier today and you can find the online registration form link in this Newsletter and on the preschool website.

Just a reminder that we will not have preschool on Monday, January 16 because the FMSD will be closed in recognition of the Martin Luther King holiday. The preschool calendar incorrectly lists the date as January 23rd.

Happy New Year,

Ms. Linda

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Color Days - White and Gray

As you can see below, our students had fun celebrating White Day today. Our next Color Day is Thursday, January 20 and it will be GRAY DAY!

Spirit Day - TEAMWORK DAY - January 26

Our Spirit Day for January will be Thursday, January 26! Wear a shirt from your favorite team (professional or college - any sport). We will be reading stories about teamwork and working together on some fun art activities and games that require teamwork. We will also be gifting a special Book Fairy book for each child.

Teacher Feature - Ms. Danielle and Ms. Jen

Ms. Danielle is our Older Two's Lead Teacher and works with Ms. Jen. Ms. Danielle has been both a Two's Assistant and Four's Assistant. She also works in the Preschool Office on Mondays and teaches music to our Four's classes.

Ms. Danielle and her husband, Tommy, have two boys who currently attend Doby's Bridge Elementary school and are Unity Preschool graduates. Colton is in fourth grade and Daxton is in second grade. Ms. Danielle attended Southeastern Louisiana University. She has several years of childcare experience and was a former Children's Coordinator at her church.

Below are some of Ms. Danielle's favorites:

Favorite Foods: Mexican and Thai

Favorite Music: Country and Pop

Favorite Book: Ms. Danielle loves anything by Elin Hilderbrand and loves a good Devotional. Breathing Room is a favorite of hers.

Favorite Activities: She always enjoys going on trips with her family, especially to the beach. She can often be found at the football field cheering her boys.

Ms. Jen is our Older Two's Assistant Teacher. Ms. Jen was the Two's Assistant last year and a Three’s Assistant previously. She subbed at Unity prior to being a permanent teacher. Her son Nolan is a Unity Preschool Graduate.

Ms. Jen and her husband, Chad, have two children. Layla, who is a seventh grader at Forest Creek Middle School, and Nolan, who is a fourth grader at Doby’s Bridge Elementary. Ms. Jen attended the University of Wisconsin Whitewater where she meet her husband, Chad. She transferred to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where she graduated. She has many years of experience working with children and was a former medical assistant for a Pediatrician. Ms. Jen spends most of her weekends during the school year at the soccer fields cheering on both her kids!

Below are some of Ms. Jen's favorites:

Favorite Foods: Mexican and Italian

Favorite Music: Pop and Christian

Favorite Book: Where the Crawdads Sing

Favorite Sports Team: Green Bay Packers and Charlotte FC

Favorite Activities: Trips with her family, especially visiting her two happy places….Disney and HHI! Biking, hiking, and anything outdoors. Watching her kids play sports!

Supply Closet Needs

We are almost halfway through our school year! We assessed our supply closet and would appreciate donations of the following to help us though the end of the year:

*Two's and Three's - Hand Soap

*Four's - Baby Wipes

Thanks in advance for any donations that you can supply!

MLK Day of Service - Fort Mill Community

If you are looking for something to do with your children on January 16th, here is a great way to involve your children when helping others. Perhaps choose an organization or item that is meaningful to you and your family and have the children help purchase and drop off the item at Fort Mill Town Hall.

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve,” the Town of Fort Mill hosts its annual MLK Call to Service event. We will be accepting donations for several organizations on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Fort Mill Town Hall, 200 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.

The Town spotlights several area organizations that each need critical items for the populations they serve. We ask residents to serve their community and honor Dr. King’s legacy by donating items to each organization. This year we will be accepting donations for the following organizations: Adult Enrichment Center/Renew Memory Care, Bethel Shelters, Classroom Ready, Fort Mill Care Center, Historic Paradise Foundation, Palmetto Women's Center, and York County Council on Aging.

Click here for more information, including a full list of requested donations and details about each organization.

Registration for the 2023/24 School Year

Current Student/Sibling Registration for 2023/24 School Year: Registration forms and fees are due January 19, 2023 to reserve your spot for next year. Here is a link to our online registration form: https://form.jotform.com/223333872304148. Please remember to also return the registration fee ($125 - Older Two's/Three's and $150 - Four's) and the Tuition Authorization Form.

Miscellaneous Reminders

*Preschool Closed:

MLK Holiday: Monday, January 16

President's Day Holiday: Monday, February 20

Spring Break: April 3 thru April 6

*Warm Jackets and Hats: We go outside if the temperature is above freezing and it is not rainy or too wet. Please send your child in warm jackets, hats and mittens. They need and enjoy fresh air and exercise!

*Label Clothes: Please remember to label jackets/sweaters/extra clothes that you send to school so that we can make sure they go home with the correct child.

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

*Tuition Withdrawal: Our next tuition withdrawal date will be Wednesday, February 1.

Unity Preschool Staff 2022-23

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

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

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

Ms. Linda (Director)

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