Parent Page October 2012

Upcoming dates to note:
October 1 and 26                 T-shirt days this month
October 1                              All health and 3231 forms are past due
October 3 & 4                       School Photos
October 23 & 24                  Child Portraits (new, see below)
October 15                            Box Tops deadline for fall
November 2                           Barnyard Friends visit
November 6                           Election Day!  School Holiday – Cobb Co. Calendar
    Check your classroom calendars for other school and class events especially for your Halloween Party Day!
New Staff Person
We are happy to announce that Monica White is joining our staff as an assistant in the T,Th,F 3’s class.    In October, Susan Gonzales will go on maternity leave for the rest of the year, Suzy Jacobs will take over as lead teacher, and Monica will assist.  Monica has been a frequent substitute during the past two years in various classes and one of her daughter is in our 4’s program.  She is an FSU graduate and enjoys biking and traveling.  For the past three years she has been one of the children’s choir teachers at St. Andrew.  While we are sorry to see Susan leave, we are happy to welcome Monica to our staff!
GA Natural Gas, Box Tops and Publix                “Free Money” for our school!
Keep in mind that the deadline for sending in box tops for a fall check is in October.  If you have been saving up box-tops, remember to send them in.  Our box-tops mom, Kristine Peeler will appreciate it if they are trimmed on the dotted lines.  We are looking for a NEW Box Top’s mom since Kristine’s child has graduated.  She is willing to help the next person get started.
Remember to scan your St Andrew Publix card when you shop for an easy way to support us. 
Go to TODAY if you are a GA Natural Gas customer. Follow the prompts to list our school.  (St. Andrew United Methodist Church Preschool on Canton Road – if you type St. with a period it usually comes up)   Remember that these sources of free money are important to keeping our tuition prices reasonable.  Please help us with this!!
Science Camp
We’ve held our first Science Camp for the year.  All our 3’s and 4’s classes had a great time investigating colors.  We hope they shared their new knowledge with you.  Many thanks to Ms. Tamara and Ms. Meg for the planning and inspiration that they bring to this program.  We need some large clear plastic containers – like the ones animal crackers come in -  for the October camp.
Pumpkin Patch Starting October 5                                   Truck or Treat October 20There are lots of fun activities going on in the patch during the next few weeks.  You are always welcome to visit the pumpkins - we are looking forward to class visits to the storyteller in the patch once the pumpkins arrive at 5:00 on Oct. 4th. See you class calendar for the date of your child’s visit.  Don’t forget about the Truck or Treat/Chili Cook Off on Saturday, October 20, from 4 – 6 PM.     Don’t miss the fun!  
School Photos                                        October 3 & 4
Pictures are taken downstairs in the Keheley Center.  You will be offered proofs and the opportunity to order packages of several sizes from McCurry Photographs, our usual photographer.  Class pictures are taken in the spring.  We need a note if you want siblings taken together.  
Child Portraits                                                       October 23 & 24
We are checking out a new vendor this fall who comes highly recommended.  He will send home one photo-shopped, great quality 11 X 14 black and white photo ‘portrait’ of your child.  Usually the pictures are taken outdoors by this photographer if the weather cooperates.  The samples we have seen are really special.  You can pay and keep it or return it.  It will be in the $30 range for 1 copy.  If parents love it, we may offer this service again next fall.  It will also be possible to order additional copies.  He will also offer sibling combination portraits if you send in a written request. 
Scholastic OrdersThe books from our first order have been distributed.  We hope everyone enjoys the new books.  Ms. Julie handles this program for us – please check your math carefully when you submit the order and remember to write the check to ‘Julie Craddock’ so that she can avoid calling you for a new check.  Please write your child’s name and your child’s teacher’s name on the order blank.  Use this opportunity to order inexpensive, quality books for your child’s collection.
Chapel this Month
We are finishing our stories about Creation, starting stories about Moses, and then using pumpkins to illustrate some faith & values.  Please remember that you are the best teacher of faith lessons.  Make sure your children see you practice your faith habits like attending church, reading God’s word, and praying together.  
Afternoon Fun - Bible Stories, Games and Crafts for 4’s and up           October 9 & 25
October’s theme is Pumpkin Prayers & Scarecrows. Email to reserve your spot.  There is no charge for this fun activity.
Annual ‘Fall into Crafts’ Marketplace             October 12 (11 – 7:00) – October 13 (10 – 4)
The church is hosting over 40 crafters who will display quality, handmade crafts.  You are invited to shop! Be especially careful during carpool on Friday the 12th.  The crafters know to be careful of our children but other church visitors may not know the routine.   Please be considerate and careful during carpool and be sure to visit the ‘Marketplace’.

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