October 2018 Director's 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!

We have our first Dine-N-Donate fundraiser coming up on October 4th at Blaze Pizza.  Please bring in the flyer or show the flyer on your phone when you pay! 20% of the food sales will be returned to Northminster!  

Picture days are Tuesday, October 23rd and Wednesday, October 24th.  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

Open House is Friday, October 26, 2018 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 $2.00. Don’t forget to bring cash! We will also have a book fair!

The classrooms are transforming as we speak, getting ready for that special day at the end of October.  We have a Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 30th, and Wednesday, October 31st around 9:15-9:20 a.m. Please, no masks or weapons 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

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 a Magic show performed by Dana the Magician. Those shows will be in the Hall on Tuesday, October 9th and Wednesday, October 10th at 10:30 a.m.  Parents are welcome to attend all enrichment shows!

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+ time sheets.  Please make sure the times are legible and correct. We can only go by what we can decipher on the sheet for billing purposes.  Also, please do not allow your child to sign in or out on their sheet. This is a legal document required by State Licensing with your signature.  Thank you.

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!

The parent group meeting this month is Friday, October 12, 2018.  Lunch will be provided to the parents attending the meeting. Remember, lunch bunch is free for your child if you attend the meeting.  Lunch bunch is for registered children in the preschool only. Please bring your child a lunch to eat with their friends!

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 drive slowly in the parking lot. We have 95 children a day at drop off.  It is also against the California State Vehicle code to leave your child unattended in the car during drop-off or pick-up.

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.  It is because of parents like you that we are able to look at our school both inside and out and be proud of both the physical plant and the teachers and staff who make it special. 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.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please stop by the office.

Shelli Harder