Unity Preschool News
September 2022 - Week 4
Ms. Linda's Letter
Dear Preschool Families,
Thank you for a fantastic first month of preschool. The car line is running smoothly and the children are doing well learning and following classroom routines. At Unity Preschool, one of the first items that we focus on is developing self-help skills. Self-help skills are abilities that children gradually attain to give them more independence. All of the children have mastered our first self-help skill: walking to their classroom without tears! Additional self-help skills that we are working on include hanging their backpacks, taking out their folders, taking care of their trash after snack, attending to bathroom needs, and picking up toys. When we trust children to do things for themselves, they feel empowered. Their involvement contributes to growing their learning experiences. It is also about learning life skills so they can look after themselves without depending on others. It has been a joy and a delight watching your children learn to master these skills and we look forward to continuing the process throughout the school year.
Director - Unity Preschool
Spirit Day - DOT Day
We will continue to host fun internal events in our classrooms on the last Thursday of each month. Our first "Spirit Day" is next Thursday, September 29. We will read "The Dot" by one of our favorite authors, Peter Reynolds, and enjoy some fun activities. Please wear something with polka dots to preschool.
Future Spirit Days:
October 27: Halloween Celebration - We will have Halloween parties in our classrooms.
November 22: Feast Day - We will celebrate Thanksgiving in our classrooms by enjoying a Thanksgiving meal prepared by some special Unity Preschool friends.
December 15: PJ Day - We will all wear our pj's and enjoy some Christmas fun.
Family Picnic - October 5 and 6
Scholastic Book Order
We will be finalizing our order on Monday, September 26 so that we receive maximum awards for September. We included a link below for the digital flyers for preschool students. Thanks in advance for your support. Connect and Shop Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/GXCK8https://orders.scholastic.com/GXCK8
Our Class Code: GXCK8
Please place your online orders by Monday, September 26.
Thank you for your support!
Teacher Feature - Ms. Maureen and Ms. Kellie
Ms. Maureen Nolin is beginning her 4th year at Unity Preschool. She currently is our Lead Teacher in our Fours (Fish) class. This is her third year working with our Fours classes. She was previously our Lead Teacher in our Threes class. Ms. Maureen is a former Kindergarten teacher when she lived in New York.
Ms. Maureen and her husband, Tim, have three daughters: Ellie (a student at Fort Mill High School), Bailey (a student at Pleasant Knoll Middle School), and Colleen (a student at Orchard Park Elementary School). Ms. Maureen and her family are members of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Fort Mill.
Here are a few of Ms. Maureen's favorites:
Favorite Foods: Seafood, BBQ, and Chocolate!
Favorite Music: Country Music
Favorite Book: "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae. Gerald the giraffe learns that "we can all dance when we find music that we love." This is a great motto to teach and to live by.
Favorite Movie: “Grease”
Favorite Activities: Spending time with my family and going to the beach!
Ms. Kellie Ellis is beginning her 6th year at Unity Preschool. She currently assists Ms. Maureen in our Four's (Fish) class. This is her fourth year working with our Fours classes. She worked three years in the Threes classes and was a Twos Assistant at her previous preschool. Ms. Kellie and her husband, Jeff, have two children: Ainsley (a Sophomore at Clemson) and Ryan (a Senior at Nation Ford), and a beloved dog, Savvy. Ms. Kellie serves on our Preschool Advisory Board and helps us with singing during our Chapel lessons. We are so grateful for Ms. Kellie and the abundant joy that she shares with us often, especially when she dances in our hallways.
Here are a few of Ms. Kellie's favorites:
Favorite Foods: guacamole, tacos, and Korean food ("bulgogi and kimchi are amazing!")
Favorite Music: all music but country. Ms. Kellie loves going to concerts, especially with her daughter. She recently attended the Maroon Five concert at the PNC Music Theater.
Favorite Book: "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio. Ms. Kellie says "I think everyone should read this book so they can learn about humility, acceptance, and inclusion."
Favorite Movies: action/adventure (has seen all Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU a/k/a the superhero movies) with a good "chick flick" sprinkled in once in a while.
Favorite Activities: Clemson football games, playing cards (Wipeout and Seven), traveling, and riding rollercoasters.
*Toys Stay Home: We have had some issues with toys being brought to school for "Show and Tell." Please keep toys at home. Our teachers will let you know if they are asking for items from home.
*Label Clothes, Bookbags and Water Bottles: Please remember to label any item that you send to school with your child so that we can make sure they go home with the correct child.
*Directory Update: Thank you for returning your Directory Information forms. Ms. Linda hopes to send home the Directory by the first week of October.
*Tuition: Our next tuition withdrawal date will be Monday, October 3rd.
Unity Preschool Staff 2022-23
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 (Twos - Bees)
Ms. Brandi and Ms. Becca (Threes - Monkeys)
Ms. Beth and Ms. Laura (Threes- Frogs)
Ms. Linda (Director)