by Helen on May 25th, 2016

St. Andrew UMC Preschool
Supplies List for the School Year 2016 

Our Preschool Children use a lot of consumable supplies during the school year!! 
It would be helpful if you can donate the following materials.
We prefer the brands that are listed. 
It is easier for us if all the children have the same brand and the brands listed work well for us. 
Young 2’s and 2’s classes: 
1 roll of paper towels plus another when it is your week to bring snack
2 packages of baby wipes – tubs or refills are OK
2 – 4 oz. bottle of Elmer’s white glue-all
1 box of tissues                       
1 box of Jumbo washable Crayola markers or crayons
Gallon Baggies
3’s classes:

1 roll of paper towels plus another when it is your week to bring snack
1 - 4oz bottle of Elmer’s white glue-all and 2 fat Elmer’s glue sticks     
2 packages of baby wipes – tubs or refills are OK   
1 package of Play-doh     (Play-doh brand is best - 4 cans)
1 box of tissues                       
1 box of regular size washable Crayola markers or crayons
1 package white or colored copy paper
4’s and young 5’s classes:
1 roll of paper towels plus another when it is your week to bring snack
1 box of fat Crayola washable markers
1 package of baby wipes and 1 box of tissues
2 – 4 oz. bottle of Elmer’s white glue-all and 4 Elmer's glue sticks
1 package of Playdoh  (Play-doh brand is best-4 cans)
1 package white or colored copy paper
 Open House for Parents is planned for August 15 at 7PM.  Open House for Parents and Students is planned for August 16 in the AM.  The first day of class is August 17.  Teachers will be contacting all parents before August 5 with additional information.

by Helen on May 13th, 2016

​Picnic Update                  JJ Biello Park
Our end of year picnic is planned for JJ Biello Park.    May 19                10:00 – 12:00
Facility Address - 250 Brooke Blvd., Woodstock GA (GPS does not always work on this address.)
Turn left from the church driveway onto Canton Road.  Continue through Woodstock and stay on Main Street.  You will pass a complex of county buildings on the right.  Just past the complex, look for Brooke Blvd on the right and turn in.   (The sign is small.)  See the park ahead.
Families and teachers will meet about 10:00. All families are welcome.  This will be the last day of school for everyone.  If it is convenient, meet a friend at the school and carpool to the park.  
We have the large pavilion reserved.  We are not allowed to reserve the outlying tables but if you are the first there, it is OK to claim one.  The playground is awesome but big – keep your eye on your child at all times.  Check with your Room Mom for additional information!  Remember your sack lunch!
Your teacher will contact you if we need to switch to an indoor location.
Registration  Update
Our classes are filling up!  We have a few openings and hope you will continue to send families our way. 
We are continuing to have requests for tours and enjoy meeting new potential students and parents. 
Progress Reports  
Teachers are sending home end-of-year Progress Report forms.  If you have any questions or concerns that you want to discuss, email your child’s teacher.
August Dates - Please note that these dates in August.
8/15    Parent Open House  7 PM            8/16    Student Open House            9 or 10:30 AM
8/17    First Day of Class!!
You child’s teacher will contact you around the first of August and remind you of these dates.
Check the school website for a material’s list and for other updates.
If you are returning next year, don’t throw away your carpool number! 
Parent Survey
Thanks to all the parents who turned in responses.  Our board has reviewed your ratings and comments.  If you would like to see a compiled survey, please email us ( and we will send you one.  We were proud of the overwhelmingly positive responses.  Thank you for the many kind and enthusiastic remarks about our program and staff.
“Free-Money” Fundraisers mean lower tuition rates!!
Have you signed up at  Our NPO number is 80292.
Don’t forget to use your Publix Card and to collect your Box Tops this summer.
Preschool Sunday and 50th Anniversary
Our students were the stars of the Preschool Sunday service.  I hope you were there to hear them and to enjoy the bar-be-que lunch.  We are thankful for Ms. Cindy who organized the performance and to Sally Gibson, our previous director and long-time friend for working with the board to have such a great anniversary celebration. 
Ms. Helen is looking for an Assistant!
Great office skills and expertise in Word and Excel are needed.  The position is from 8:30 – 1:30 at least 2 days per week but the person must be flexible enough to work additional days on short notice and sometimes attend afternoon or evening meetings.  A degree in Early Childhood or a similar field is a plus.  The Assistant must be able to communicate well verbally, write well, and handle multiple projects while being alert to classroom emergencies.  Please contact Helen for additional information.
Vacation Bible is planned for June 13 - 16.  
Registration is open for on-line registration. 
May Tuition               August Registration Fees                End of School
We expect all fees for the current school year to be turned in by May 15.   Registration and August pre-paid tuition is also due unless you have made special arrangements with us to hold a check.  Call Kayce Bailey, our treasurer, at (770) 934-4900 for bill questions. 
If you left an epi-pen or other type of medication with us, please pick it up before school is out.  If necessary, we will take it back in the fall.  Note expiration dates on the epi-pens. 
Graduation Ceremony           May 19            7 PM
If you have a graduate, please look for a notice later this week with information about the process.
Congratulations to our Graduates!  We will miss you!!  Let us know about your adventures in Kindergarten!
Come see us next year on Election Day – we will be open while the elementary schools are closed.

by Helen on March 2nd, 2016

We will celebrate the 50th year anniversary of our preschool on April 17.  Our board members are planning a fun day for all our current and former staff and families.  We hope many of our graduates will join us!  Obviously many are grown up and some have brought their children here to become students.  

We have been contacting former staff and families and would like your help in spreading the word.  

The 10:45 service at church will be part of the celebration with a time for our current students to sing.  We will offer lunch after the service and a time to see pictures from the past.  Please join us!

by Helen on March 2nd, 2016

Easter comes early this year on March 27.  Your class will be scheduling parties and Easter Egg hunts!  Check your class calendars.  The church has scheduled “Breakfast with the Bunny” on Saturday, March 26.  See the blue flyer that is going home to make your reservations.  You are also welcome at any of the Easter activities listed on the back.  Note that we will NOT have school on Good Friday, March 25.
Calendar for 2016-17
Our start date next Fall will be Wednesday, August 17.  The Parent Open House will be Monday night, August 15 and the Student Open House will be Tuesday morning, August 16.  We hope everyone will be back from vacations and ready to learn and have fun in Preschool!  Please mark your calendars.
Registration Update
Our classes are filling up!  Thanks for all your recruiting help.  We will be continuing new parent tours this spring; it is always rewarding to see the response of new parents to happy students engaging in fun activities.  Some classes are full!  We have limited spots for additional children at all ages.  I am pleased that we have enough 4’s to continue the new class we started last year. 
Barnyard Friends
We are planning a visit with the Barnyard Friends on Friday, April 1.  If your child does not attend that day, you are still welcome to come and let your child pet the animals.
Strengthening Families
One of the many topics we learned about at the Georgia Preschool Conference was strategies to help and protect our families.  One important strategy is helping parents make social connections with other preschool parents.  I hope you will take advantage of the school and church activities that will help you build friendships with other preschool families and access the support they can offer you!   Those friendships will help you with the other protective factors which include support in times of need, and knowledge of how children develop.   Plus, making new friends is fun!

by Helen on January 27th, 2016

​Next year all our students will have class until 1:00 each day.

          The tuition for classes includes a 4 hour day, One day a month, we will schedule an early release day for staff meetings.  All other days classes will dismiss at 1:00.

          For our 2-year-olds, note that we have a 12:00 dismissal option.  Parents may choose the 12:00 dismissal time and use extended day occasionally.  Parents whose 2-year-olds are ready for a longer day may register for the 1:00 dismissal time.  Parents may also choose to start with the 12:00 option and change to the 1:00 option during the year.

          If you have questions about classes or if you need an option that is not offered on the registration form, please come by the office or give me a call.  As much as we can, we will accommodate your needs.

          Current student parents may register in person at 9:00 on Tuesday, February 2 or  may return registration forms in your child’s bag.  We would like to receive all current student registrations by February 5 before we start Public Registration.

     Public Registration opens Tuesday, February 9. 


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