October 2016 Parent Page

​It’s a Busy Month!
October 11                             Early Release
October 5 and 6                   School Photos
October 19                            Box Top’s Deadline for Fall
October 5                              Flu Shots on site at St. Andrew 10 – 12:00 for adults
October 7 and 8                   “Fall into Crafts” Marketplace
October 30                            Trunk or Treat/Chili Cook Off
October 17 - 21                    Classes visit the Pumpkin Patch
    Check your classroom calendars for other school and class events especially for your Halloween Party Day and photo day!
Next Early Release                   October 11                     
We appreciate all our parents!  You remembered to pick up your children at 12:00 for our September early release.  These days enable us to have staff meetings and stay up-to-date on early childhood issues.  We hold them on Tuesdays because there are more T/Th days in the calendar than M/W days and it helps to even-up the hours we provide our students.  We hope to have Jennifer Hankey from Healthy Green Schools here on the October date.  Any parent who would like to hear her, please email the office.
Thank you for learning our procedures and following them.  Most all our parents are doing their best to be careful and mindful of what other parents are doing.  Keep in mind that occasionally we will have a driver who does something unpredictable so stay off your cell phones and pay attention!  A few drivers have gotten calls or carline visits from Ms. Helen - stay off her list!
Pumpkin Patch Starting October 5                         Truck or Treat October 30
The first batch of pumpkins arrives October 4!!   There 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. See your class calendar for the date of your child’s visit.  Don’t forget about the Truck or Treat/Chili Cook Off on Saturday, October 30, from 4 – 6 PM with inflatables and prizes for kids.     Don’t miss the fun!  
Classes Update      /        Health Alerts
Our students have settled into the routine and seem to be enjoying each day at preschool. We have one additional 3’s class this year that added to our population.  We have a few opening for 3’s left if you hear of anyone still looking for preschool.  Note that a few health issues are in the general environment.  We have seen one case of lice (that was contained and did not spread!) and a few cases of Strep or Hand-Foot & Mouth have been reported.  Wash hands before and after school!!

Parent Welcome Breakfast
We hope everyone who attended had fun getting acquainted and visiting with other St. Andrew parents.  Other parents can be a great resource and we want to provide opportunities for you to get to know other parents.  We appreciate our Preschool Board planning and arranging this fun morning!
Annual ‘Fall into Crafts’ Marketplace   October 7 (11 – 6:00) – October 8 (10 – 4:00)
The church is hosting over 40 crafters who will display quality, handmade crafts.  See the Silent Auction and visit the kitchen for snacks and meals while you are there.  You are invited to shop while your child is at school or anytime that is convenient for you! Be especially careful during carpool on Friday the 7th.  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’.
Chapel this Month
We will finish up our lessons about Creation and hear stories about Samuel and David.  These are stories that children can relate to!  Everyone likes to hear about the boy David defeating Goliath. We will talk about characters who were obedient and trusted God. 
Kroger, Box Tops and Publix                    “Free Money” for our school! 
Please help us with this!!  If you have been saving up box-tops, remember to send them in soon for the fall submission.Remember to scan your St Andrew Publix card when you shop for an easy way to support us.Have you visited Kroger.com to attach our school to your card?  Every purchase including pharmacy and gas counts!  Remember that these sources of free money are important to keeping our tuition prices reasonable. 
Flu Shots
St. Andrew UMC will be hosting Walgreens on Wednesday morning, October 5, as they give flu shots to adults.  There is a cost for the shot; however they will take insurance cards from most carriers.    If this opportunity is convenient to you, come by the Keleley Center upstairs to receive a shot.  Most of the Preschool teachers will be participating.   Getting the flu is no fun!
Scholastic Orders
The books from our September order have been distributed.  We hope everyone enjoys the new books.  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.
 Red-White-and Blue Day
Your children looked so cute in their patriotic outfits.  We use this occasion to teach the colors of our flag and instill pride in our country. Our flag is one of the symbols of America that our students can easily relate to.  They had fun making flags, painting 'fireworks', and giving thanks for our country.
Tuition Questions
Call (770-924-4900) or email (baileys@mylink.net) Kayce Bailey, our treasurer, if you have questions regarding tuition. 
Sightwords.com               Build your child’s Phonemic Awareness!
Check out this website for fun pre-reading activities for your preschooler.  The activities are research-based, effective, and free!  Phonemic Awareness is a predictor of a child’s success in learning to ready.
preschool@standrewunitedmethodist  email
standrewumcpreschool.com  website
st. andrew preschool facebook page

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