United Christian Parish Preschool
December 2017 Newsletter 
Articles in this issue
UCP Christmas Shop
Advent Quiet Day
Christmas Parade
Advent Event
Twinkle Twinkle LIttle Star
Church Services
Dear Families,    
   I wish you all the peace and joy of the holiday season.
  This past week we celebrated the story of Jesus' birth at Chapel--what a joyous story to tell again and again.  Our children dress up, but the Chapel service is not a  pageant.  Everyone is a part of the story.  
   I would like to extend a special invitation to attend the UCP Family Christmas Eve services at 4:00 pm on December 24. 
Please claim in the office

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 Center by the VA Department of Social Services.  The school participates in VA Quality.
For December
12/4      Wheat Thins,Soy butter 
12/5      Bagels and cream cheese
12/6      Clementines, gr. cracker
12/7      Pineapple & gr. Cracker
12/8      Repeats
12/11    Potato wedges, ketchup
12/12    Bananas & gr. cracker
12/13    Granola bars & Milk
12/14    Cheese & crackers
12/15    Repeats
Please note: There will be holiday parties in lieu of snack on one day during the last week of school, and most classes will do a cookie baking day sometime during the month.
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tshirts Purchase in the Preschool Office          
T-shirts can be purchased in the Preschool office.  The cost is $8 for short-sleeve and $12 for long-sleeve.
Cedar Wood Shavings
The children had a wonderful sensory experience with the cedar shavings in the media table in September and October.  Now there is a huge package left over.  If you can use it, pick it up in the office.
Tuesday, December 12
Please join us for informal conversation and play time on  Tues. Dec. 12 after morning drop off.  Watch for a sign with the room number where we will meet.  Children are always welcome.  Bring some toys and enjoy a fun morning together!
CHRISTMAS SHOP--An Annual Favorite at UCP
Sunday, December 10, 2-5 pm 
The children are invited to come shop at the UCP Children's Christmas Shoppe on December 11th. It is a fun way for children of all ages to shop for their parents, grandparents, etc. Come anytime between 2:00 and 5:00. Youth "elves" will assist the children as they shop, wrap gifts, and decorate cookies. 
Advent Quiet Day
Wednesday, December 13, 9 am - 9 pm
Sometimes it's easy to forget our real reason for the holiday season.  Come any time throughout the day and stay for as little or as much time as you would like. There will be prayer stations set up in the sanctuary. A simple lunch and dinner will be available.
 Preschool looked Great on Nov 24!  
Saturday, December 16, 4 pm          
UCP will be celebrating Advent with a special event on Saturday, December 16, from 4:00-6:00 pm in which you are invited to sing-a-long and share in the music of the UCP ensembles and watch a live "radio show" of the Nativity Story, followed by a reception of holiday treats. This will be a fun event for all ages.
Dec 5 & 7           Christmas Chapel
Dec 10                Santa's Christmas Shop, 2-5 pm.
Dec 12 & 13       School Gatherings
Dec 12                Coffee & Kids
Dec 13                Advent Quiet Day in the Sanctuary
Dec 15                Last school day before Christmas
Dec 24                UCP Christmas Eve Service 4:00 pm
Jan 2                   School resumes
Jan 15                 No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
December I Love You Ritual
 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (hold hands above child's head, wiggle fingers together)
What a wonderful friend you are. (shake hands)
With bright eyes and nice round cheeks (touch next to eyes and on cheek)
A talented person from head to feet (swing child's hand high and low)
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (hold hands above child's head, wiggle fingers together)
What a wonderful friend you are! (shake hands)

from Becky Bailey, I Love You Rituals. 
8:30 and 11 am - Worship services with child care at both services and at 11am there is Godly Play for children ages 3-7. 
9:50 am. - Sunday School for all ages
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
The service at 4:00 pm is designed especially for families.
There is also a service at 8 pm..  
For more information 
Call the church office at 703-620-3065 for more information.
Answering Questions
Thanks to the parents who attended the information meeting and thanks to those who have asked questions and met with one of the pastors.

One of the questions is about who would ask for sanctuary in a church.  The most likely person is someone who has been working with a lawyer, and a legal appeal to prevent deportation is in process or possible.  It is a temporary step which may prevent a parent and young children from being separated.  The church is acting out of compassion for such a person, not as a political statement.  And background checks will always be part of the process of deciding if someone is accepted for sanctuary.

Most of the questions parents ask are the same issues that the Preschool staff members work on as our first priority every day--keeping children safe. Describing the door locking and access to various parts of the building is a little hard to visualize, so please ask for a tour if you would like to see how it works.  In regards to safety,  it is important to note that a member of UCP or one of our partner churches will always be in the building, 24/7, day and night.

Please contact Rev. Beth Williams at Beth@ucpreston.org or Rosemary Welch noharmdogood@gmail.com if you would like to talk further or take a tour of the building.  .
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 = ___________________________