United Christian Parish Preschool

January 2018 Newsletter 

In this newsletter
Lunch Bunch Openings
Label Lunch Boxes
Conscious Discipline Series
Emergency closings
Being Healthy & Earth Friendly
Dear Parents, 
We have been having some really cold days lately.  Thanks to you parents who made sure the warm clothes were sent to school.  In spite of the cold, outdoor play is beneficial. Most of the time the temperature is above 25 when it's time for playground.

There is no school on Monday, January 15 as we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Take a minute to reflect on Dr. King's messages about service during the holiday and resolve to take part in some community service that your child can watch.  That's how we share with them what is important.

I certainly appreciate you sending your friends and neighbors to tour our school at Open House next month.  If you have questions about signing up your children, please call or e-mail me, or set a time to sit and chat about what is best for your child and your family.
Monday and Tuesday
Email or visit the office if you are interested.
1/2        Applesauce & Ritz
1/3        Oatmeal or Wheat Thins & Soy butter
1/4        SNOW DAY
1/5        SNOW DAY
1/8        SNOW DAY
1/9        Oatmeal or Cheerios/raisins
1/10      Ritz & cheese slice
1/11      Oatmeal or Cheerios/raisins
1/12      Pineapple & gr. Cracker
1/15      NO SCHOOL  
1/16      Ritz & soy butter
1/17      Potato wedges & ketchup
1/18      Clementines & gr. cracker
1/19      Repeats
1/22      Carrot chips & hummus
1/23      Bananas & graham cracker
1/24      Granola bars & milk
1/25      Repeats
1/26      NO SCHOOL  
1/29      NO SCHOOL    
1/30      Peaches & graham cracker
1/31      Bananas & graham cracker
2/1        Cheese & Ritz
2/2        Repeats

Oatmeal was our cooking activity in January.  Some classes chose to add a dash of cinnamon, a little someting not on the package directions.
Label with your child's name
One of the requirements of licensing is that "food brought from home" aka Lunch boxes must be labeled with name of child and date.  We are asking parents to make sure that all lunch boxes and bags have children's names.  We will handle the date.
An Excellent Resource 
FAAN, the Food Allergy and Anaphalaxis Netwoork has a website, foodallergy.org with a wealth of information.  Another valuable service is e-mail alerts when undeclared ingredients are discovered in food products on the market.
Join Our List
Connect with Us Please
Join us on Facebook!  Click here for the Parents Group page. Ask to join and you will be added to group that day.
Also LIKE the Preschool page.  SHARE the Open House announcements please.
Responding to Upsets and Tantrums--What Can I Do? 
Tuesday Morning, Jan 16, 9:15-10:45 am
Thursday Evening, Jan 18, 7:30-9:00 pm

Whatever the reason you have not been to the earlier sessions, please try to attend one of these sessions.  Join with a friendly group of Preschool parents.  Share your experiences and practice solutions together.
Mark your calendar for: 
Conflicts and Disagreements- What's the Solution?
Tuesday Morning, Feb 20, 9:15-10:45 am
Thursday Evening, Feb 22, 7:30-9:00 pm
Any experienced teachers among our parents?
We are looking  for one or two additional substitutes, who are called 2-3 times a month when teachers are absent.  Reply by email to this newsletter if you are interested.  At this time, we are considering only those who have some experience  
Preschool Policy 
  • When Fairfax County Public Schools close for the day, United Christian Parish Preschool is closed.
  • When Fairfax County Public Schools open two hours late, United Christian Parish Preschool opens 2 hours late and classes end 1 hour later than usual.  Lunch Bunch ends at 2:15. 

Listen to the news, watch Channel 21 or check FCPS.edu.   Ignore what FCPS announces about "Preschool", because that refers to the preschool programs housed in FCPS buildings, not our school.


Keep Up with Fairfax County changes 

Please visit FCPS.edu and learn about email alerts through  News You Choose or Twitter  notifications.  This page of the FCPS website explains about how to get the information in the best way possible for you, when the county school system makes weather related changes. 
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018/2019 FOR 2's, 3's & 4's
Open House
Invite your friends to come visit the school on January 31 or February 1.  Interested parents may drop-in between 9:30 and 11:30.  Explain that parents who come without children may observe in the classrooms and get a better look at what's happening, but children are welcome if they need to come with parents. 

Priority Registration
Registration forms will be sent home beginning Tuesday, January 23 in school bags and will be available in the office. These forms from families of currently enrolled children should be turned in by Wednesday, Feb 7 at noon.  Please get them in earlier if you can.  Every year we are so sad when families forget to turn in their forms and find themselves lower on a wait list for a first choice class than where they would like to be. 

Get help choosing classes
Come by the office if you are have questions about the class offerings or the forms.  Please let us help with the questions.  
Sign up for Kindergarten 
Call or visit the elementary school your child will attend next year to register them for kindergarten.  It is important to do this early so that you are invited to all the events held at the school related to kindergarten.  The schools usually begin the process in February or March.  If you do not know which is your neighborhood school, check the Boundary Locator at FCPS.edu. Even if you plan to enroll your child in a magnet school or request pupil placement, registering at the base school is required. For all the details about starting Kindergarten, visit the Welcome to Kindergarten page on the Fairfax Public Schools website.
Tu/Th Jan 9, 11   Chapel
Mo, Jan 15           No school, Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
We, Jan 17            PAC Meeting 7:30 pm
Tu, Jan 16            Conscious Discipline at 9:15 am
Th, Jan 18            Conscious Discipline at 7:30 pm
Th/Fr, Jan 18/19  Gatherings
Tu/Th, Jan 23, 25 Chapel
Fr/Mo Jan 26, 29 School closed, FCPS closed
We Jan 31             Open House for new families
Th, Feb 1              Open House for new families
We, Feb 7              Priority Registration Lottery
Fr, Feb 9                Community Registration Lottery
Mo, Feb 19            Presidents Day Holiday

Th/Fr Mar 8-9        School closed, Professional Development
                                    Days for teachers

Wondering About How Your Child is Doing?

Parents and teachers had a chance to meet face-to-face in November.  However we know that questions come up all the time.  Preschool children see events at school with their young child perspective and often lack the language to describe in the detail we would like to hear.  If you are ever left wondering what really was happening, please email or call the teacher or the Preschool Office.

Please remember that your child's teacher is the first place to go to express concerns about his class or what he is learning.  Call or email, and we will find a time to talk with the teacher in person when your child is at the playground or in Lunch Bunch. Your Director is also willing to chat with you about questions and concerns; just call or email to set a time.
You will be receiving a written Progress Report with information about your child's growth and development in early February.  If you have questions then, please call and schedule a meeting.
Ducks Activities
The Duck class under Ms. Hughes' leadership have been cutting down on waste in their classroom.  The Ducks are the caretakers of our school worms who are composting some of the snack leftovers.

Do Your Part at Home 
Click here to read more about recycling and waste reduction.  We will also be sending this paper home in school bags. 

Next Month's Earth Friendly Topic - Safe & Unsafe Plastics