Unity Preschool News

March 2023

Ms. Linda's Letter

Dear Preschool Families,

We are looking forward to celebrating St. Patrick's Day and Easter with your children this month. The Easter story, while beautiful, can be confusing to young children. At Unity Preschool, we try to keep things simple and focus on the positive and joyful parts of the Easter story. Remind your children that we celebrate Easter to remember what God does for us, and how much he loves each one of us. Easter is bigger than we can understand, so we do not have to know all the answers to talk with our children about Easter. May you find much joy and love in celebrating Easter.

Much love,

Ms. Linda

Director - Unity Preschool

P.S. Remember to SPRING FORWARD this weekend. Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 am

on Sunday, March 12.

Kindness Day - Thank You

I wanted to share some pictures from our Kindness Day in February. The Twos class made a kindness chain. Anytime someone was kind to a friend in class, a loop was added to the chain and they also made cards for each other. The Threes class put together a snack basket for our grateful Church Staff and delivered it to them. Our Fours class made a kindness quilt and also created Easter cards that we will send to some of our homebound church members in March. Thank you so much for treating our Staff with breakfast and a $25 gift card to some great local places! We appreciate your support - it was a beautiful day.

Green Day and Easter Celebration

Our next Color Day is Thursday, March 16 and it will be GREEN DAY! For many years, a leprechaun has visited Unity Preschool causing mischief in our classrooms, but also leaving some treats. We look forward to following clues to see if we can catch him this year.

Our Next Spirit Day is Thursday, March 30. We will celebrate Easter in our classrooms. Your teachers will send party requests later this month.

Teacher Feature - Coach Shannon

Coach Shannon Myatt has been Unity's Playball coach for the past two years. Playball is a sport and movement program for children of all athletic abilities. It provides a broad introduction to physical activity as well as developing and refining skills used in a variety of sports. Coach Shannon brings new and exciting lesson plans to our children each week on Wednesday.

Coach Shannon and her husband, Chris, have three busy boys in middle and high school. Coach Shannon is originally from Chicago and her family moved to Fort Mill 3.5 years ago.

Here are a few of Coach Shannon's favorites:

Favorite Foods: Pizza - preferably Chicago Deep Dish

Favorite Band: U-2

Favorite Movie: Goodfellas

Favorite Activities: Running, hiking, working out, and spending time with her busy family.

VIP - Ms. Leah

Ms. Leah Martin has been a VIP in our Four's Owl class since January. She is the mother of Ms. Elizabeth (Lead Teacher - Owl Class) and grandmother of Katherine (Three's - Monkey class). Ms. Leah is married to Fort Mill native, Chip Martin, and they live behind the church in Whiteville Park. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family. We are so lucky to have her help us during Center Time on Wednesdays.

Scholastic Book Order

We sent home scholastic flyers with your children today. You can choose to have your books shipped to your home or delivered to the preschool with our school order. With a $25 order, you can pick a FREE $5 Book (use code: READS).

Your orders help us purchase more books for our Preschool Library as well as Birthday, Christmas, and End-of-Year books for your children. We also included a Preschool Wish List with some books that we would appreciate for our preschool library.

We will be finalizing our order on Thursday, March 16 so that we receive the books before Spring Break. 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/GXCK8

Please place your online orders by Thursday, March 16!

Unity Preschool Needs

We checked our supply closet and we are running low on disinfectant wipes (e.g., Clorox) and baby wipes. We use a lot of baby wipes when we do painting projects. We would appreciate any donations to help us through the end of the year.

We are also looking for gently used Little Tikes vehicles for our "parking lot." The children have so much fun with these cars and some of ours are showing some wear. If you have outgrown yours or see them for sale on neighborhood postings, please let Ms. Linda know.

Upcoming Events

*Preschool Closed

Spring Break: April 3 - 6.

*Spring Pictures

Jenn Cattarin will be doing our pictures AFTER SPRING BREAK. We plan to do all classes on Tuesday, April 18 with a weather back-up day on Wednesday, April 19. We will take individual pictures, sibling pictures (Unity students), and class pictures. The pictures are taken outside in our pretty courtyard. http://www.kelleysmallman.com/#welcome

*Spring Family Picnics

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, May 3 - Three's classes and Thursday, May 4 - Two's and Four's classes will enjoy a picnic in the park with families. If it is a rainy week we will postpone until the following week. Plan to bring a blanket and lunch and enjoy a picnic with your child and classmates.

*Graduation - Four's

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, May 17 at 11:00 in the Sanctuary for immediate family members!

Miscellaneous Reminders

*Tuition Withdrawal: Our next tuition withdrawal date will be Monday, April 3. This will be the last tuition withdrawal for those of you who made an August payment. I will send you an e-mail in April if you are on our shortlist of families who can expect a May tuition withdrawal.

*Bug Spray/Sunscreen: As it warms up, please apply sunscreen and/or bug spray in the morning before you drop off your child.

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

Vacation Bible School - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Unity Presbyterian Church is thrilled to bring back in-person Vacation Bible School this summer. VBS will be held Monday, June 12 - Thursday, June 15 from 9 am - 12 pm for children in rising 4K-4th grade. Mission Camp will be held concurrently for children currently in rising 5th and 6th grade. This year's theme is Food Truck Party! Get ready to cook up some fun and get on a roll with God!

Registration is NOW open for Unity families, grandchildren of Unity members, and Unity Preschool families (current Three's and Four's students). Registration opens to the public on March 21 and will likely be full. We are currently looking for committee leaders to assist with planning of: Music, Crafts & Science, Recreation, Decorations, and Bible Storytelling, as well as additional volunteers for snacks, nursery, sound, and photography. If you are interested in registering or volunteering, please click on this link: https://unityfortmill.org/vbs/

Holy Week Opportunities at Unity

As we enter the Season of Lent, we are reminded that the destination of our Lenten Journey is the cross and empty tomb. We wanted to share Unity Presbyterian's plans for Holy Week with you so that you can begin your own planning. We invite you to join us for:

Palm Sunday, April 2: Worship with communion in the Sanctuary @ 8:45 am and 11:00 am with palm procession. Both services will be livestreamed.

Maundy Thursday, April 6: Worship with communion in the Sanctuary @ 6:30 PM. Will be livestreamed.

Good Friday, April 7: Good Friday joint worship service with Grace, Doby's Bridge, Riverview, and Community Presbyterian Churches in the Unity Sanctuary @ noon.

Easter Sunday, April 9: Live on the Lawn Worship @ 7:00 am and Worship in the Sanctuary at 8:45 am and 11:00 am with butterfly release following each service. The Sanctuary services will be livestreamed.

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/Tuesday-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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