GUMC Preschool

January Newsletter 2023

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Happy New Year!

To our GUMC Families,

All of us on staff at the Preschool would like to thank you for the wonderfully thoughtful and generous Christmas cards and gifts. We are so blessed to work in such a supportive community! Your kindness is always greatly appreciated and brings a feeling of warmth and pride to our very dedicated teachers and staff.

As 2023 approaches, we continue to be blessed by the warm memories and the love of families and friends which are ours to treasure forever. We pray God's Blessings for a Happy New Year and thank Him for sending His son Jesus who allows us to carry Christmas in our hearts all year long!

Welcome back GUMC Families! Below you will find specifics about what's happening in January to include information on registration for the 2023-24 school year!

A Joyous and Blessed New Year to all!

Ms Kim

What's Happening?

January Calendar

1/4 CLASSES RESUME, Music with Miss Amy

1/5 Music with Miss Amy

1/10 Christian Kids with Ms Denise

1/11 Registration Forms for currently enrolled families go home in weekly folders. Christian Kids with Ms Denise.

1/12 Registration Forms for currently enrolled families go home in weekly folders.

1/11 through 1/20 Registration Forms and Deposit Payments DUE for currently enrolled families. See information below.

1/16 GUMC CLOSED, HCPSS Closed. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday.

1/18 Music with Miss Amy

1/19 Music with Miss Amy, Parent Connection Group Meeting, 9:30am in Quilter's Area

1/23 GUMC OPEN classes as usual, HCPSS Closed. Community registration begins.

Great Kindness Challenge begins! (See information about this special week below.)

1/25 Music with Miss Amy

1/26 Music with Miss Amy

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2023-24 Registration for:

Currently Enrolled Families Begins January 11th

Currently enrolled families will register beginning January 11th through January 20th. Registration forms will go home on January 11th and 12th.

Forms should be completed and given to your child's teacher, emailed, or you can drop them in the mailbox in the church circle out front. You will be invoiced via Procare and can either pay through the app or with a check made payable to "GUMC Preschool" for the amount due. Please write your child's name and class selection in the memo line if you choose to pay by check, and return it with your child's Registration Form.

Should your currently enrolled child need a larger T-shirt, pay by check for $9.00 making sure to note the size needed.

Please email or call the preschool office if you have any questions, or 410-489-7702.

Waitlist and New Families Begins January 23rd

Families on the Waitlist will begin registering January 23rd. Registration forms will be emailed. Forms should be completed and mailed, emailed, or put in the mailbox in the church circle out front. Please note the size T-shirt that you would like to order for your child upon starting in the fall on your registration form. Totes and T-shirts will be distributed when school starts. You will be invoiced via GUMC's Procare app, which you will be invited to download once we have received your Registration Form. If you would rather pay by check, you can place it in an envelope with the completed Registration Form, made payable to "GUMC Preschool" for the total amount due. Write your child's name and class selection in the memo line of the check. Again, you can either mail the registration form and check to the school at: GUMC Preschool, 13900 Burntwoods Rd. Glenelg, MD 21737; or you can drop in the mailbox in the church circle out front.

The Great Kindness Challenge! Be the Light!

Our Bible verse this year is from Matthew 5:16, and it says, "Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." GUMC Preschool wants to Be the Light by creating a culture of kindness within our school walls, that will be taken out into our homes, and spread to our surrounding community. We will celebrate this month by participating in the Great Kindness Challenge. Please see the calendar below for how your child can participate in shining God's light for others to see during the week of January 23rd.
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Winter is Here!

GUMC Preschool will be closed when Howard County Schools are closed for inclement weather.

If Howard County Schools open 2 hours late, classes will be held from 10:00am-1:15pm.

Should Howard County Schools close early, GUMC will dismiss at 11:45am and any after-school Discovery Clubs will be cancelled.

Please check your email, Procare and Facebook, as well as the local news concerning Howard County Schools to remain informed. Decisions regarding closings due to inclement weather will be made by 7:30 a.m.

Extenuating circumstances and closing due to dangerous conditions at the school will also be at the Director’s discretion and parents will be notified accordingly.

Education Station

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Toys as Tools: Everyday Science

Every child is born with a sense of discovery and wonder. Simple toys and tools can engage children as they explore natural phenomena in ways that will support their later science learning. Adults who allow children to play and work through small difficulties by themselves support children as they build an understanding of how the world works. The following naeyc article lists some ways that simple toys can be used in exploration of everyday science: