Unity Preschool News

November 12, 2002 - Week 6

Director's Dispatch

Dear Preschool Families,


Are you struggling with how to celebrate the holidays this year considering the pandemic and ever-changing COVID protocols? We have had to make difficult decisions at Unity Preschool. Unity Preschool's annual Thanksgiving Feast has been a Unity Preschool tradition since the first year we opened and our Staff's favorite event. We invite families and extended families to gather in our Fellowship Hall and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal together. We just could not let this beloved tradition end, so we decided to continue our Feast but in a mini-version with the children in their classrooms. More details are included in the Newsletter.


Between planning for the Preschool Feast and my family's Thanksgiving traditions, this time of year is usually very busy and stressful for me. This year, however, instead of focusing on what's missing, I am focusing on gratitude. I am grateful that the stress and anxiety I usually feel right now will not be invading my heart this year. I am grateful that my older daughter who lives in Seattle had only a mild case of COVID and that we will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving with her via Facetime. I am grateful for all of our veterans and active service members who serve our country so faithfully including my brother who is currently stationed in Qatar with the Air Force National Guard. We are grateful that you share your delightful children with us and we look forward to enjoying many Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions with them in the coming weeks. From our Unity Preschool family to yours, we wish you a safe and blessed Thanksgiving holiday.


Blessings,

Ms. Linda

Director - Unity Preschool

Spirit Day - Thanksgiving Feast - Tuesday, November 24 (NEW DATE)!

Our Spirit day for November will be Tuesday, November 24! We will be celebrating with a delicious Thanksgiving Feast in our classrooms. Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Dunn, two of our Preschool VIPs ("Volunteers Impacting Preschool"), will be helping us in the kitchen. If you are interested in providing either an item or a donation to cover our costs, please use the sign-up genius link below.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49AEAB28A02-unity3


Next Spirit Day is December 17: PJ Day - We will all wear our pajamas and enjoy some Christmas fun.

Color Day - Go BROWN

We had fun during BROWN day today! The picture on the left is from our Three's Frog class.


Our December color day is RED DAY on Thursday, December 9.

Scholastic Book Order

Books are great Christmas gifts! Please check your child's folder for our Scholastic flyer that we sent home this week. You can choose where to have your books shipped: to your home or delivered to the preschool with our preschool order. With a $25 order, you will get FREE shipping and a FREE 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 Monday, November 23 so that we receive our Christmas books before Christmas break. We have 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, November 23.

Introducing Ms. Heather

We featured our newest Preschool Staff in our first Newsletter. For the next few issues, we will feature our "veterans."


Ms. Heather is the Lead Teacher of our Four's (Fish) class. This is her fourth year working with our Four's class. She is a Texas native and a former third-grade teacher. Ms. Heather and her husband, Clay, are the proud parents of two busy boys: Zeke (Fourth grade at Tega Cay Elementary) and Cameron (Kindergarten at Tega Cay Elementary). Ms. Heather and her family currently attend Forest Hills Church - Fort Mill. She is also actively involved with NothingPink, a local nonprofit founded by a dear friend of hers. NothingPink brings awareness to the importance of genetic testing for hereditary cancers and support to women and families walking that journey. Ms. Heather has a personal family history of breast cancer so it has been an honor for her to witness families blessed by the support that NothingPink brings to our community.


Here are a few of Ms. Heather's favorites:

Favorite Foods: Mexican (Zapata's)

Favorite Music: Christmas Music - She confesses that she is the "start listening after Halloween kind of person".

Favorite Book: Ms. Heather LOVES to read. Nicholas Sparks, Elin Hilderbrandt, and Kristin Hannah are a few of her favorites.

Favorite Activities: Ms. Heather loves weekend trips with her family to the beach or mountains, watching her boys play sports, watching movies, and playing board games and cards.

Thank you for sharing some LOVE with our Fort Mill Neighbors

Thank you so much for donating food items for the Fort Mill Care Center to provide a Thanksgiving meal for Fort Mill families.

Favorite Things Lists

Some of you have asked about for gift ideas for your child's teachers. We have "Favorite Things" lists available for you. Simply send us an e-mail (preschoolatunity@gmail.com) and we will include a list in your child's folder. Holiday gifts are very much appreciated by our hard-working Staff but are certainly not expected.

COVID-19 Update

We are thrilled to report that both Ms. Lauren and one of our preschool families remained COVID-free and all have returned to the preschool following their quarantine periods. We pray that we continue to remain COVID-free. Thank you for faithfulness in keeping your child home if they are not feeling well.


COVID-19 Update:

Quarantine Students: 0

Positive Test Students: 0

Quarantine Staff:0

Positive Test Staff: 0

No School November 25 and 26

Just a reminder that we do not have school on Wednesday, November 25 and Thursday, November 26 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Miscellaneous

*Preschool Opening: We have an opening in our Three's class. If you have friends or new neighbors who may be looking for a preschool, we would appreciate your referral to Unity.


*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.


*Tuition: Our next tuition withdrawal date will be Tuesday, December 2.


*Newsletter Update: Our next and final Newsletter for 2020 will be Thursday, December 9.

Unity Preschool Staff 2020-21

Big picture

Left to Right by teaching pairs:

Ms. Heather and Ms. Danielle: Fours (Fish)

Ms. Brandi and Ms. Kellie: Fours (Owls)

Ms. Sarah and Ms. Becca: Threes (Monkeys)

Ms. Lauren and Ms. Sonia: Threes (Frogs)

Ms. Linda: Director (on the slide)

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