Preschool Press

September 2019

DiSC Training for our Staff during Pre-Planning

Our preschool staff recently took part in the DiSC assessment and training to discover more about ourselves and our co-workers. The DiSC profile, published by Wiley, is a non-judgmental tool used for discussion of people's behavioral differences. Dr. Phil Schroeder, a retired United Methodist minister, delivered a fun and informative morning of training! Through our training we not only learned how we react to certain personality types but also how we can increase our effectiveness with styles that are different from our own. In the pictures below you will see us doing a great teamwork activity at the conclusion of our training!


We are all excited about how this training will improve the quality of our preschool team and build more effective workplace relationships. Also, in addition to communicating with each other, we know how crucial it is to communicate effectively with our students and parents. With our new understanding of ourselves and others through the lens of DiSC, we know this will help us build relationships and better communicate with everyone!


Just for your information, below is a very brief synopsis of the DiSC personality/behavioral traits:



D– type individuals are outgoing and task-oriented. They tend to be Dominant and Decisive. They usually focus on results and the bottom-line.


I– type individuals are outgoing and people-oriented. They tend to be Inspiring and Influencing. They usually focus on talking and having fun.


S– type individuals are reserved and people-oriented. They tend to be Supportive and Steady. They usually focus on peace and harmony.


C– type individuals are reserved and task-oriented. They tend to be Cautious and Conscientious. They usually focus on facts and rules.

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 16-20, 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. 17 and 18. 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!

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 Due of $50/child


No School-Labor Day- Monday, September 2


Fall Book Fair - September 16-20


Memories with Mom - September 17 and 18


No School - Columbus Day - October 14


Fall Picture Days - October 1 and 2 (Individual Pictures)


Day with Dad - October 22 and 23

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 2019-2020 school year was due by May 1, 2019 to keep your placement. The remaining eight tuition installments are due on the first of each month starting with September 1, 2019 and concluding with the April 1, 2020 installment.


SUPPLY FEES: There is a once a year supply fee of $50 per student due September 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: $190

3 days per week: $226

4 days per week: $284

5 days per week: $295


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 $50 Supply Fee

Oct 1-- Tuition Payment #3

Nov 1--Tuition Payment #4

Dec 1--Tuition Payment #5

Jan 1-- Tuition Payment #6

Feb 1-- Tuition Payment #7

Mar 1--Tuition Payment #8

Apr 1--Tuition Payment #9, last payment for 2019-20

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Athens, GA 30606

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