February 2024 Newsletter
“We love because he first loved us” ~1 John 4:19
It is February at GUMC, and we continue to enjoy the love, laughter and learning in our school community! This month, we will be showing God's love by emphasizing our school's mission to extend kindness, caring and respect towards others. When we begin to understand God’s love for us, we also begin to understand how we can love those people who can be harder to love. Why? Because we learn that even though none of us are perfect, God loves each of us anyway. When we realize this, we want to return that love and can begin to love people God has placed in our classroom, in our neighborhood, and in our family.
Together, we are the spirit of GUMC Preschool, a true reflection of God's love!
2/5 Discovery Club: Curious George STEM Class #1 of 5
2/6 Christian Kids with Ms. Denise, Discovery Club: Creative Cubs Art Class #1 of 6
2/7 Christian Kids with Ms. Denise, Scholastic Books Online Orders DUE by noon: https://orders.scholastic.com/H426K
2/8 Discovery Club: Aventuras en Espanol Spanish Class #1 of 6
2/9 GUMC CLOSED Teacher Professional Day, HCPSS Closed
2/12 Discovery Club: Curious George STEM Class #2 of 5
2/13 Valentine's Day parties for TuTh Older 2's and 3's Classes,
Cards for a Cause Fundraiser begins, Discovery Club: Creative Cubs Art Class #2 of 6
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 6-7:30 in Eyre Hall (Rainy Day Room - All are invited to attend.)
2/14 Valentine's Day parties for MWF 3's and all Pre-K Classes, Music with Ms. Amy
Discovery Club: Miss Amy's Music Academy #1 of 5
Ash Wednesday - 7pm In-person Church service at GUMC (All are invited to attend.)
2/15 Music with Miss Amy, Discovery Club: Aventuras en Espanol #2 of 6
2/17 The Columbia Orchestra Presents: Musical Menagerie Featuring Carnival of the Animals, 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theatre
2/19 GUMC CLOSED, HCPSS Closed. President's Day
2/20 Discovery Club: Creative Cubs Art Class #3 of 6
2/21 Music with Miss Amy, Discovery Club: Miss Amy's Music Academy #2 of 5
2/22 Music with Ms. Amy, Discovery Club: Aventuras en Espanol #3 of 6
2/26 Eric Energy Science Show "Spark Attack" for Pre-K Classes,
Discovery Club: Curious George STEM Class #3 of 5
2/27 Christian Kids with Ms. Denise, Discovery Club: Creative Cubs Art Class #4 of 6
Parent Connection Meeting at 12:15 upstairs in Quilter's Area outside of Rainy Day Room
2/28 Christian Kids with Ms. Denise, Discovery Club: Miss Amy's Music Academy #3 of 5
2/29 Discovery Club: Aventuras en Espanol #4 of 6
Back by popular demand, our Cards for a Cause fundraiser will be open for orders 2/13-2/27! At $1 or less per card, they’re great to have on hand for kid’s birthday parties or any Occassion. And 43% goes straight to GUMC Preschool. Keep an eye out for order info in your email!
Valentine's Day Parties
Planning for Classroom Valentine's Day Parties has begun! Following are the days for each:
Ms Angie's TuTh 3's Class
Ms Emily's TuTh Older 2's Class
Ms Maureen's TuTh Older 2's/3's Class
Ms Colleen's M-Th/F Pre-K Class
Ms Angie's MWF Pre-K Class
Ms Emily's MWF 3's ClassMiss Cindy's M-Th Pre-K Class
Ms Maureen's MWF 3's Class
Your child's classroom teacher or Room Coordinator will be sharing information and sign-ups regarding Valentine's Day cards, party needs and volunteer opportunities.
Columbia Orchestra Presents a Musical Menagerie
Musical Menagerie Featuring Carnival of the Animals
Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Jim Rouse Theatre
You don’t want to miss this enchanting concert celebrating the wonders of the orchestra and the magic of music. Perfect for music lovers of all ages. The Orchestra, under the direction of our guest conductor, Vicki Gau, along with our friends from Dance Connections and, ever popular narrator, Greg Jukes, will take us to the Carnival of the Animals for an experience of swan swims, royal marches, and dinosaur bones. Greg will introduce us to the instruments in the orchestra in The Thrill of the Orchestra and more! Share this fun adventure with your whole family!
Eric Energy Science Show
On Monday, February 26th Eric Energy will bring his science show spectacular " Spark Attack" to GUMC! This event is for the three Pre-K classes and will be held in the Rainy Day Room at 10am.
Wanted: Director of Youth and Families
Glenelg United Methodist Church (GUMC) is seeking an engaging and enthusiastic Director of Youth and Families to develop, support and implement programming and activities for GUMC’s youth and families. Depending on the candidate’s interests, experience and qualifications, the position has the potential of being full time. Learn more HERE. To apply, email a cover letter and your resume to Emery McRill, SPRC Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-489-7260 for more information.
Scissors may be a practical tool for people of all ages, but there’s more that goes into using them than one might think. A skill that adults sometimes take for granted, scissor use requires some foundational components that children need to develop such as:
- postural stability: you need to hold your body upright and your shoulders stable to free up your hands to cut an object. It is important for children to have this stable base of support to use scissors.
- fine motor skills: you need to be able to isolate and open/close your fingers.
- hand strength – the hand muscles need to be able to hold the scissors and move along the paper without dropping them
- hand coordination/dexterity: you need to be able to smoothly open and close the scissor blades
- eye hand coordination: your eyes need to be able to follow and direct your hands where to move.
- sensory processing: your brain needs to tell you where your joints are in space in order to determine where to move them as you cut. You need to be able to touch and feel where to put the scissors on your hands.
- rhythm: cutting objects requires a certain rhythm to make smooth snips and cuts.
- bilateral coordination: your one hand needs to use the scissors while your other hands hold the paper.
Wow! It takes a lot more than you ever thought, right?!
If you want to teach your child how to use scissors correctly from the very beginning, this article by an OT (Occupational Therapist) is a great resource. You can check out this link and many other online resourcesto find out how to help your toddler or preschooler learn to cut with scissors.
AND, here is a link to TINKERLAB if your child is ready to practice on some easy Valentine hearts!