October 2017 Newsletter

Happy October everyone!  We are getting into our routine of preschool with your children and hope that they are enjoying school as much as we are enjoying having them here!

Picture days are Thursday, October 26th and Friday, October 27th.  We have an amazing photographer who takes his time to make sure he gets a good picture of every student.  We sometimes run late on picture day.  Please bring your pink envelope in with payment to your child’s teacher or the office.  Satisfaction guaranteed.  Pictures will be back before Christmas break.

Open House is Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m..  All are welcome, including grandparents!  We will be having an ice cream social put on by our parent group, depending on the weather!  Ice cream will be $1.00.  Don’t forget to bring that dollar!

The classrooms are transforming as we speak, getting ready for that special day at the end of October.  We have a Halloween Parade on Monday, October 30th, and Tuesday, October 31st around 9:20 a.m.  Please, no masks if you choose to have your child dress up. Ask your child’s teacher about their procedure for this event.  You are invited to stay and take pictures!  This is one of my favorite events and you don’t want to miss it!  Please be mindful of only posting your child's picture on social media.

Thank you to parents who have signed up to bring snack on either Thursday or Friday.  This is a great way to take your children shopping and have them pick out two healthy food groups to share with their friends.  Just a reminder if you bring grapes, please cut them up.  The grapes are extremely large right now and pose a choking hazard if not cut up.  Thank you!

Our enrichment programs start this month.  Our parent group fundraising allows us to have a special enrichment program each month.  This month we will have an Owl show from the Living Coast on October 17th and 18th at 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room.  You are welcome to come and watch the show!

I would also like to remind parents that you need to please keep your children home if they are sick.  The only way to keep your children healthy here is if you help us by keeping your children home when they are sick.  If they have a persistent cough and runny nose and are not feeling well, they need to stay home or see a doctor.  If they have a fever, vomit, or have had diarrhea, they must be symptom free for 24 hours without medication before they are allowed back at preschool.  Please help us keep the children and staff at Northminster Preschool healthy!

Parents, a safety reminder about our gates, please make sure you are only opening the gate for you and your child.  I understand wanting to be courteous to the other parents, but our number one priority at this preschool is safety.  We rely on our parents to keep a watchful eye when they are opening and closing the 4 gates we have entering our preschool.  Thank you for your understanding.  Please do not let your child run in the parking lot.  This is a very busy parking lot and it is extremely unsafe to allow your child to run around the parking lot.

Reminder, please sign-in and out every day.  This is a state requirement as well as how we do our billing system.  Please also remember at the end of the month, the office reads 100+ timesheets.  Please make sure the times are legible and correct.  We can only go by what we can decipher on the sheet for billing purposes.  If you stay for the parent group meeting, please indicate PG on the side of the timesheet for that day so we do not charge your child for staying for lunch.

As I walk around the school each day, I am reminded of all the efforts past and present that the parents have done to help make Northminster Preschool one of the best in this area.  I am extremely grateful to be the Director of Northminster Preschool.  We have an amazing group of parents, children and staff here.  We are so blessed! Thank you for all you do as parents to make it a pleasure to do my job.

Shelli Harder