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October 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 Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, October 6th.  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 21, 2016 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 Thursday, October 27th, and Monday, 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!

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 18th and 19th at 10:30 a.m. in Congdon Hall.  You are welcome to come and watch the show!

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.

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 14, 2016.  Please consider coming and signing up for a carnival job.  We are asking each family to volunteer 2 hours during the year.  We need your help!  Remember, lunch bunch is free for your child if you attend the meeting.  Lunch bunch is for registered children in the preschool only.

The Northminster Wild West Carnival is 1 month away!  Our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Get ready for a rootin’-

tootin’ good time!  We have plenty of games and prizes, pony rides, face painting, bounce house, silent auction, and a raffle.   Lunch items and yummy treats will also be for sale.

We need all the preschool parents to assist in making this a wonderful day!  An email will be sent home soon listing all the ways you can help.  We are looking for sponsorships for our game booths, volunteers, auction items and donations.  Please help us make this year’s Wild West Carnival our most successful yet!

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.

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