United Christian Parish Preschool
March 2018 Newsletter 

Thursday March 8

Friday, March 9

Teachers are attending  the annual conference of the Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children.

Dear Parents,
   Thanks again for sending so many of your friends to register for next year at Preschool.  We appreciate your confidence.
    Serving as Director of our Preschool for the past 15 years has been a joyful experience for me.  I have grown and learned along with children and teachers. It is time for me to move on now, and I am announcing my retirement as of July 31.  I will continue to hold our School Family in my heart and in my prayers in coming years.
    You will be hearing more later about the process of hiring a new director.  Parents will be asked for input about the values and strength of the Preschool as the Search committee does its work.
Wishing you well,      .                Jane
3/1 Wheat Thins & soy butter
3/2 School closed
3/5 Cheese & Ritz
3/6 Carrots & hummus
3/7 Repeats
3/12 Irish Soda Bread or Granola bars/milk
3/13 Irish Soda Bread or Granola bars/milk
3/14 Irish Soda Bread or Cheerios/Raisins
3/15 Potato wedges, ketchup
3/16 Repeats
3/19 Clementines & graham crackers
3/20 Applesauce & Ritz
3/21 Fruit or Wheat Thins/soy butter
3/22 Hot Cross Buns
3/23 Hot Cross Buns or repeats

Fresh fruit and vegetable days may be earlier or later due to delivery times.

Irish Soda Bread will be this month's cooking activity.
Contact Information  
Administrative Staff 
Jane Plum, Director
Tracie Lambakis & Stephanie Sturgell , Administrative Assistants
pumpkin patch

The Preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  The Preschool is licensed as a Child Day Program by the VA Department of Social Services.  The Preschool participates in Virginia Quality.
8:30 and 11 am - Worship services with child care.  Godly Play for children ages 3 to 7 is held during the 11 am service. 
9:50 am. - Sunday School for all ages
For more information  
See ucpreston.org or call the church office at 703-620-3065.
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Come join the fun! 
Preschool families are invited for an evening of music, crafts, and the ever exciting egg hunt on Monday, March 19th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Rain dates are Tu, 3/20 and Th 3/22.

Event Details:
All preschool children and their siblings are welcome to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt! Children will be grouped by age, but siblings may hunt together in the same session.
No need to bring your own baskets for eggs - bags will be provided.
A light snack will be served and we will have a fun craft activity.
Parents are responsible for the supervision and safety of their own children as the plastic eggs may contain small parts.

Preschool Summer Camp June 4-8 & 11-15  
Registration forms will be sent home in school bags in the next week.  Be sure to return forms by March 23.  There will be a lottery if there are more registrants than spaces, but we anticipate that there will be space for everyone.  After March 23, registrants are taken in order received to fill open spaces.

Vacation Bible School  July 9-13
Register now

Children 4 years old through rising 4th graders explore what life was like for Daniel and his friends, captives in a strange land. At VBS, children have the opportunity to craft cool projects in the Marketplace, laugh while playing Bible games, visit with Daniel, eat interesting food and make new friends along the way.  VBS is from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm daily. The registration fee is $10 per child with a maximum of $25 per family.
For rising 5th and 6th graders there is a special program VACATION BIBLE ADVENTURE which includes all the components of the morning program with additional mission and service opportunities. It goes from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm each day.  The registration fee is $25 per child with a maximum of $50 per family.
Register and pay online: vbspro.events/p/ucp.


Th/Fr 3/8-9  Preschool Closed, Professional Development Day 
Mo/Tu 3/12, 13  Gathering (includes June birthdays)
Fr 3/16  Parents Day for Frogs, Chipmunks, Panda, Ducks
Mo 3/19   Easter Egg Hunt (rain dates 3/20, 3/22)
Tu/Th 3/20, 22  Chapel
Tu 3/20 Conscious Discipline 9:15 am 
Th 3/22 Conscious Discipline 7:30 pm
Mo 3/26-Mo 4/2 Preschool closed, Easter Vacation

See Calendar for Gathering
Since we are not in school to celebrate June, July and August birthdays in those months, we include them during the school year.  Notice below that the March Gathering includes celebration of June birthdays.  Parents of the children with other summer birthdays should notice the calendars for future Gatherings.
Friday March 16
The Ducks, Frogs, Pandas and Chipmunks missed having their parents visit last Friday.  We are re-scheduling for Friday, March 16 at 8:30 am.  Please come; it's a relaxed time to enjoy the play and learning in the classroom along with your child.
Even if you have not been to earlier sessions, join the group for this one!

Building Cooperation & Preventing Power Struggles 

Tuesday Morning, Mar 20, 9:15-10:45 am
Thursday Evening, Mar 22, 7:30-9:00 pm

$10 voluntary contribution accepted, but not required.
Children Coming to Preschool 
  • New families need to come in with a birth certificate or passport and pick up the packet with forms and Parent Handbook.
  • Returning children will bring home their packets in their school bags next week; please put the packet in a safe place. 

Going to Kindergarten? 

  • Go sign up at your neighborhood elementary school NOW so that you get all the necessary information about orientation sessions.
  • Sign up at your neighborhood school even if you are applying for a magnet school or possibly moving.
  • Please reply to the this e-mail and tell us which school your child will attend if you have not done so already.  We like to let you know other families going to the same school. 
  • For those of you who give us magnet school forms, they will be mailed to FCPS promptly.
  • Some of you will be given Transition forms by your elementary school.  These will be completed and given to you along with progress reports at the end of May.  The elementary schools do not need those until summer. All families will be given an extra copy of the spring progress report to share with your elementary school.
Please replace the backpacks 

The children's teachers like to help them learn independence.  The children can easily put away all their artwork and papers when they can reach into the top of a bag hanging on a hook. The bag with one big opening holds lots of artwork. Unzipping a backpack makes the task much more difficult.  Also those multiple pockets make it easy for papers to get lost going between teacher and parents. 


Tuition Credit Voucher
If you do work for the preschool and wish to get credit for tuition, complete this form and attach it to your next tuition invoice and payment.
Child's Name ___________________________________________
Work done _____________________________________________
Hours __________ X $12/hour = ___________________________