AFUMC Weekday Preschool Press

Back to School Edition August 2019

Meet the Teacher, Friday, August 9

We hope everyone has had a wonderful summer!! We are so excited about the new school year, and we can't wait to see you! Please join us to visit with your teachers and classmates using the schedule below. The staggered times help ease congestion in the hallways. If you cannot join us at the scheduled time, please let us know so we can put you in touch in with your teacher prior to the first day of school.


10:30 - 11:00

Caterpillars

Honeybees

5 day 2s

3 day 2s


11:30 - 12:00

Butterflies

Young 2s

3 day 3s

5 day 3s

Pre-K


"Who is my child's teacher?" You will hear directly from your child's teacher via email on Thursday, August 8. Be sure to check your junk folder in case your teacher's email address is not recognized. If you have not heard by that Thursday afternoon, please contact our assistant director, Susan Brodrick, at preschool@athensfirstumc.org.

A Note from Linsey about Class Placement

Dear Preschool Parents,

Thank you for entrusting the nurture and education of your children to us. We are really looking forward to a wonderful 2019-2020 school year.

Many parents have made special requests related to placement of their children for next year. In response, I would like to explain the method used to determine the community in each class.

  • Prayer for each child and for each teacher
  • Prayer for our school and church
  • Individual needs of each child
  • Personalities of children and teachers
  • Balance of boys and girls in each class
  • Sensitivity to relationships with others (teachers and friends)


It is my goal for all the children to thrive in their classrooms and our community at large. I try to make sure that every child has at least one friend if not more in their class. In addition, my goal is for each class to have balance and good chemistry. Our teachers are wonderful and all want to be the best for your children. I regret that it is not possible to honor specific parent requests for classroom placement.

Please know that I pray for months for guidance on how to divide these classes. I am confident in the Lord’s direction and well-being for each child. Please pray with me for our school year, the placement of each child and the new friends that will be made. Thank you for trusting me to do my best for our preschool!

Health Forms Due August 9

Every child must have an up-to-date certificate of immunization from your child's doctor or the health department on file with Weekday Preschool to attend. This document is called a "3231" form and is generated by your child's doctor who records your child's immunizations with the State Health Department. Please have your child's doctor fax your child's 3231 by August 9 to Emily Logan's attention. If you send an expired form, we will notify you so that you may follow up with your doctor.

You only need to send us this form if your child is new to our school or if your child is a returning student and his/her form has expired. We will contact you directly if the form we have on file is expired.

These forms often have an expiration date noted on them. Your child's form must be current/not expired to be valid. Your child cannot attend preschool on August 12 without this health form on file with Weekday Preschool.


Forms may be faxed by your doctor's office to 706-546-4797. Scanned forms may be emailed to emily@athensfirstumc.org.

Tips for the First Day of School!

The first day of school is one that we hope will be a positive experience for you and your child. To help your child start his/her preschool year off on a positive note, please make every effort to:


  • Plan your schedule so your child will be well rested, unhurried, well fed and relaxed for the first morning and every morning.


  • Expect that your child will go to school happily and will have a good time. Use encouraging and uplifting words with your child about his/her first day. Your child will sense your own insecurity or anxiousness quickly.


  • Talk about preschool in a positive way and name specific activities that your child will enjoy during the day. “You will have so much fun making art with your friends” or “I can’t wait to hear about your day and see what you have made” or “Your teacher (use name) will be so excited to see you today”.


  • For children in the Y2’s and older classes we ask that you keep all personal items such as: blankets, pacifiers, lovies, etc. at home. These items are “germ catchers” and can easily speed them around when other children try to enjoy them.


If tears at drop off continue to be a problem, we encourage you to go through the carpool line, especially if you feel there may be some separation issues or anxieties. Be assured that your child’s teachers will comfort and calm your child’s fears and/or anxieties. Many times it is more difficult for the parents to leave a child who is struggling with going to school than it is for the child.

Lunch Bunch to Begin August 26

Lunch Bunch provides an additional hour of care after school for $6 per day during which time children eat a lunch from home and then have free play outside or in the gym. It is available most days and open to children who are 2 or older and are completely potty trained. More information will be coming soon about how to sign up! Stay tuned!

Children's Consignment Sale

Each year Athens First United Methodist Church hosts a children's consignment sale in our gym. This year the sale proceeds will go to support foster care in the Athens and surrounding area. Through this sale, our neighbors will be able to purchase affordable children's clothing, school uniforms, bedding, toys, and much more.



The dates and times for this year's sale are:

Friday, August 9 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 10 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


If you would like more information about the sale, please see the AFUMC website.

Parenting With Purpose Opportunity

All are invited to join with other parents at Athens First United Methodist Church in a few weeks for a special guest speaker. Mary Flo Ridley will lead parents in learning how to have healthy, productive conversations with our children around the often-awkward topics of the human body and reproduction. Ms. Ridley will be coming to our church ready to equip parents of preschool and elementary-aged children with tools to approach conversations about birth, conception, and reproduction.


The cost is $10 to attend, and registration is required.

Below are the dates, times and location:

August 20 at 6:00 p.m.

August 21 at 9:30 a.m.

Hancock Hall at AFUMC


Learn more and register at athensfirstumc.org/pwp or contact Katie Ryan, our Director of Children's Ministry, at katieryan@athensfirstumc.org.

2019-2020 Calendar

Preplanning for Teachers- August 5 - 9


“Meet the Teacher”- Friday, Aug. 9


First Day of School- Monday, August 12 and Tuesday, August 13


No School-Labor Day- Monday, September 2


Fall Book Fair - September 16-20


Memories with Mom - September 17 and 18


Picture Day - October 1 and 2


No School - Columbus Day - October 14


Day with Dad - October 22 and 23


No School-Fall Break- Friday, November 1


No School-Thanksgiving Break- November 25-29


Christmas Program - December 4 and 5 at 11:30 in the Sanctuary


No School-Christmas Break- December 16 - January 3


School Resumes: Monday, January 6


No School-MLK Day- Monday, January 20


No School-President’s Day- Monday, February 17


No School- Spring Break #1 (Clarke Co.)- March 9-13


No School-Spring Break #2 (Oconee Co.)- April 6-10


Spring Picture Days - April 14 and 15


End of the Year Program - April 28 and 29


Pre-K Graduation - May 7


Last Day of School - May 8

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Friday, August 9: 3231 Health Forms Due to Weekday Preschool

Friday, August 9: "Meet the Teacher" Event; staggered times by class

Monday, August 12: First Day of School for M/W/F and M-F Classes

Tuesday, August 13: First Day of School For T/Th Classes

TUITION and FEES

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.

Payments may be made online at www.athensfirstumc.org/weekdaypreschool.

You may also set up a reoccurring withdrawal from your checking account or credit card if this is helpful to you or send in a check payable to AFUMC Weekday Preschool.


SUPPLY FEES: There is a $50 supply fee per student due September 1, 2019. You can combine this payment with your September tuition payment if you would like.


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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"A friend loves at all times." Proverbs 17:17

327 N. Lumpkin Street

Athens, GA 30606

706-543-2427

preschool@athensfirstumc.org

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