Unity Preschool News

October 2023-24 Newsletter

Ms. Linda's Letter

Dear Preschool Families,

This month we have the opportunity to teach our children about loving our neighbors and sharing with them. Unity Presbyterian Church is currently collecting non-perishable food items for the Fort Mill Care Center to provide a Thanksgiving meal for Fort Mill families who find themselves in need of food. We would love the children to bring some items to Preschool during October. We will help the children place the items in our church display when we have Chapel later this month.

The items specifically requested by the Care Center for the month of October include the following: cereal, oatmeal, grits, soup, canned meat, canned fruit, pie crust mix, evaporated milk, cranberry sauce, and boxed instant potatoes. If you are overdue in cleaning out your pantry - those items (as long as not expired and not opened) are welcome too. Please send your items during the month of October. Preschool staff will accept them during the car line.

Thanks in advance for your participation and for sharing with others the wondrous gifts that God has given us.


Ms. Linda

Director - Unity Preschool

Meet Ms. Jane - Our Storyteller and *NEW* Science Coordinator (Fours)

Below are some pictures from our first visit last week with Ms. Jane, our Storyteller. We are blessed to have Ms. Jane visit us once a month to share her fantastic stories with us. Ms. Jane was a former Preschool Director in New Jersey. She moved to Fort Mill to be closer to her two daughters and grandchildren. She LOVES to read (for herself and to young children), travel, and work in her garden.

This year Ms. Jane is also visiting our Four's class once a month to share a science lesson with our students. They studied apples in September and are studying leaves in October. She has lessons planned on measurement, trees, magnets, seeds/plants, insects, and birds for the remainder of the year. We are so grateful that Ms. Jane shares her wonderful stories and wealth of knowledge with our students.

Color Days

This month we have two Color Days:

Orange Day: Wear ORANGE on Thursday, October 12

Black Day: Wear BLACK on Thursday, October 26

Spirit Day - Halloween Celebration - October 31

Our next Spirit Day is Tuesday, October 31. We will celebrate Halloween in our classrooms. Your child's teacher will send party requests through SeeSaw later this month. Children are welcome to wear Halloween-themed shirts, but please do not send them in costumes. The novelty wears off quickly and we do not want to misplace costume pieces.

Our November Spirit Day will be Thursday, November 16. We will have a Thanksgiving Feast prepared by some special friends of the preschool. A sign-up for items will be sent in the November newsletter.

Christmas Program - Wednesday, December 20

This year we have four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas so we thought we would revive one of our former Unity Preschool traditions, a Christmas program. We will be doing "Christmas in the Barn" so please mark your calendar for Wednesday, December 20 at 11:30 in the Sanctuary. More details to follow, but everyone is welcome to enjoy some Christmas spirit with us. The children will return to school the next day (December 21) which is pajama day - a fun and exciting way to end the school year before our long Christmas break.

Thank You!

Picnic Thank You: Thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to enjoy a picnic lunch with your child this week. We so enjoyed meeting and chatting with you. The children were so excited all week to share this time with you and we are grateful for the beautiful sunshine that we had. We will host picnics again in late April/early May.

Planter Thank You: You may have noticed the beautiful flowers and plants in the pots at our school entrance. Many thanks to GeGe (Ms. Maureen's mom) for helping us with this project. Our Four's classes will be adding a "plant watering" job to their job boards and will be helping the preschool take care of these throughout the winter.

Garden Thank You: During the picnics, you may have noticed two small gardens in our Park. As part of earning his Eagle Scout rank, a local Boy Scout partnered with Unity Preschool to build our two garden boxes and plant them with a variety of plants. GeGe and Ms. Jane will be helping us plant and care for them throughout the year. The Preschool is excited to use these “mini gardens” as part of their STEM curriculum to teach children how plants work, basic plant biology, and plant life cycles.

Scholastic Book Order Thank You

Thank you so very much for your generous Scholastic Book Orders. We earned maximum rewards this month. Orders should arrive and be sent home next week. We used our Book Fairy donations to purchase a non-fiction book titled "See, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie" for our students in the Threes and Fours classes and a preschool favorite "The Little Red Barn" by Margaret Wise Brown for our Twos. You will find these in your child's folder later this month. Several of our wish list items were also purchased so we increased our preschool library with several current titles. On behalf of our budding readers, we THANK YOU!

Our next school order will be sent home before Thanksgiving so that you can purchase Christmas gifts. You are, however, welcome to order any time of the year on the Scholastic website. If you use our Class Code (GXCK8) I will be notified and can finalize the order and have it sent to school.

Teacher Feature - Ms. Elizabeth and Ms. Sarah

This week we feature Ms. Elizabeth and Ms. Sarah from our Fours (Owl) class.

Ms. Elizabeth: Ms. Elizabeth is the Lead Teacher for the Owls Class. This is her third year teaching the Fours class at Unity. She was a kindergarten teacher in Charlotte and in Fort Mill before taking time off to take care of her daughter, Katherine, who is now in the Fish Class (Fours) at Unity. Ms. Elizabeth moved back to Fort Mill in 2015. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, her husband, Simon, and her dog, Janson.

A few of Ms. Elizabeth’s favorites:

Food: Spicy; lives on chips and salsa

Music: likes it all

Books: Prince of Tides, A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon(a story about being yourself), The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein, Matilda - Roald Dahl

Activity: Painting; reading; running/walking outside and preferably at the beach.

Ms. Sarah: Our family of four moved to the Carolinas from Michigan 12 years ago. The warm weather suits me just fine. In fact, summer is my absolute favorite season. My husband and I have two girls: Katherine (18) is a Freshman at Clemson and Elizabeth Grace (9) is a fourth grade student at River Trails Elementary. Our family loves taking trips to the beach and to the mountains. Another warm weather favorite of mine is gardening. Planting flowers gives me great joy and pleasure. l enjoy nothing more than filling up the back of my vehicle in the spring with beautiful annuals.

I cherish spending time with my family. Especially with how rushed we all are nowadays. To me, time is one of the most important things you can give your loved ones. Both of my girls love to play golf, so I spend lots of time on the course! I also enjoy cooking and being in the kitchen with my husband. We make a great team when it comes to food.

I love “Oldies” music...60’s and 70’s. Anything from the Beatles, The Stones, to CCR, Bob Seger and Rod Stewart...I could go on and on! Being from Detroit, Motown music has a special place in my heart too.

I really enjoy reading when time lends itself and I have read many good books. One that stands out in particular is The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I thoroughly enjoy reading or watching period pieces. My favorite series though, is Harry Potter. J. K. Rowling has an amazing imagination!

That pretty much sums it up for me, other than being a part of such a special community and playing such a tremendous role in the lives of our precious children. There’s no doubt in my mind that God led me to Unity Presbyterian for a reason when I enrolled my youngest daughter in the program seven years ago.

Illness - Do I Send My Child to School?

We have received questions about whether you should send your child to school with runny noses, coughs, and other symptoms.

The rule of thumb that we like to use is "If another child had similar symptoms, would you want your child playing with them?" If you find you are wiping your child's nose often and/or you are reminding them to cough in their sleeve all day long, please keep them home. Your child will enjoy the extra loving time and it will help prevent spread in the classroom. If your child has a persistent cough or runny nose due to allergies or a rash from an allergic reaction, please let us know that they are not contagious.

Please remember that if your child has a temperature above 99 degrees, they should not return to school until they have been fever-free WITHOUT medication for 24 hours. Missing a day or two of preschool will not set them back on their educational journey as we strive to keep our classrooms healthy for all. We welcome questions if you are not sure what to do.


*No School (Fours) - Monday, October 9: This is a teacher work day for the FMSD.

*Tuition: Our next tuition withdrawal date will be Wednesday, November 1st.

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

*Label Clothes/Backpacks/Water Bottles: Please remember to label all items that you send to school so that we can make sure they go home with the correct child.

Unity Preschool Staff 2023-24

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Front Row - Left to Right by teaching pairs:

Ms. Maureen and Ms. Kellie (Fours - Fish)

Ms. Elizabeth and Ms. Sarah (Fours - Owls)

Back Row - Left to Right by teaching pairs:

Ms. Carolyn (Librarian/Thursday Helper/First Call Sub)

Ms. Danielle and Ms. Kristen (Twos - Bees)

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

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

Ms. Linda (Director)

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