United Christian Parish Preschool
November 2017 Newsletter 
Articles in this issue
School Pictures
Sanctuary Church
Flu Shots
Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater
Food for Thanksgiving Baskets
Conscious Discipline
It is Snow Season
Rise Against Hunger
Family Compass

Nov 7

Parent Conference Day at Preschool

Please be on time for your meeting.  If something happens that you are late, call the office. Please make arrangements for care of your children.

      November is that time when retailers of decor and food and greeting card manufacturers remind us of giving thanks .  Even then we are never grateful enough.  In Chapel this month the children will give thanks to God for homes,clothing, 
families, friends and school. 
    I also give thanks for the shining faces of our children as they walk in the door each morning.   Thank you for trusting us to share in their growth and development.
    I am very grateful for parents who gave time and effort to hold the annual yard sale which benefits our Scholarship Fund.  I am in awe of the skill shown in putting on this sale so effectively.      
    I am also thankful for parents who came to learn the Conscious Discipline language we speak and the skills we are practicing to help your chldren grow emotionally and socially.  This is an amazing gift you can give your children.  Please continue to journey with us.
PICTURES FOR 3's & 4's
Picture Days are Nov 13 & 14
Order envelopes have come home in children's school bags.  Please return them by Thursday Nov 9.

School pictures for the 2's will be taken in April.
Thanks to Parent Help
The Parents Group did a great job of arranging volunteers so that the event was a fun time for all. Volunteers came early in the morning and set up. They ran all the events and then did an amazing job of cleaning up.
Parent  Support for Our Scholarship Fund
Final accounting after expenses shows yard sale proceeds at just about  $3900.  Your hard work in promoting, managing and follow-up after the sale were amazing. Thanks to Jessica Campbell, the chair and every parent who volunteered their time and brought goods to be sold.  

Letters in bags on 10/30 & 31
Members of the United Christian Parish congregation have decided they are called to become a "Sanctuary church" if needed.  If you have questions, call the office or attend the information meeting on Sunday, November 12 at 6 pm.
Has your child been vaccinated? 
      CDC, Center for Disease Control recommends that all children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday get a flu vaccine.  Make arrangements with your pediatrician today.  Also parents of young children are considered at high risk for flu, so check with your physician as well.
      In addition to the flu shots, your next line of defense is always HANDWASHING.  Never skimp on the soap or the sudsing time!
Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater          
Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater                      
Kneel or sit facing the child and smile          
Had a friend he loved to greet              
Shake child's hand
Treated her (him) with kind respect
Kindly touch the child's shoulder
And in the morning hugged her neck
Give the child a hug.
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.  Preschool participates in Virginia Quality.         
8:30 and 11 am - Worship services with child care (birth to 2) at both services and Godly Play for children ages 3 to 7 during the 11 am service. 
9:50 am. - Sunday School for all ages

An interfaith community Thanksgiving service will be held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 22.  

For more information 
Call the church office at 703-620-3065.
Join Our List
Meeting Mon. Nov. 13 
Meet after morning drop-off in room 205 (Upstairs).  We will be planning the Thanksgiving Parade and catching up on other preschool happenings!  The room is child-friendly, and children are always welcome. 
Family Night Out at Chipotle: Wed. Nov. 15
Please join us for a fun Family Night Out fundraiser at Chipotle on 12152 Sunset Hills Road, Reston.  Preschool receives 50% of the proceeds, so take a night off of cooking and enjoy a delicious dinner at Chipotle!  Print your  flyer by clicking here.
Coffee and Kids: Mon. Nov. 20 
You're invited to Coffee & Kids on Mon. Nov. 20!  Bring your little ones and hang out with other Preschool parents after morning drop-off in room 205 (Upstairs).  Bring some toys for a fun morning together!
Thanksgiving Food Baskets
Each child is invited to bring canned and other non-perishable foods into school on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of this week.  These items will be added to the baskets that Herndon-Reston FISH (Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help) gives to needy families. 

Anytime during the year that you would like to contribute to the Cornerstones Food Pantry, you may leave donations in the basket in the Narthex coat closet.  These collections are taken to the pantry on the 1st Sunday of each month.
Join Us
Great News! United Christian Parish Preschool  has been selected to participate in the 2017 Reston Holiday Parade  on Friday, November 24, 2017  stepping off  at 11 a.m.  at Reston Town Center in Reston, VA 20190.

This years theme is "Home Is Where the Heart  Is" - celebrating various cultures and traditions, from the global to the local. 

Please stay tuned for more info on how our preschool will be incorporating this years theme. Small children ride in strollers and wagons. The parade will go on-rain, shine or freezing.
PLEASE NOTE:  Parade line up will take place on Freedom Drive at 10 a.m. 

Rake or blow leaves
Reply to this e-mail about when you can help.  Work can be done any time except Sundays before 1 pm.
Nov 6 & 7         School is closed, FCPS is closed
Nov 7                Parent Conferences
Nov 13 & 14     School Pictures, 3's & 4's
Nov 14 & 16     Chapel
Nov 15              PAC Meeting, 7:30 pm
Nov 20 & 21     School Gathering
Nov 22, 23, 24  Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov 28               Conscious Discipline for parents, 9:15 am
Nov 30               Conscious Discipline for parents, 7:30 pm

Dec 18-Jan 1     Christmas Vacation
Mark your calendars
The popular Santa Christmas Shoppe at United Christian Parish will be held on Sunday, Dec 10. On Christmas Eve there is a Family Christmas Eve Service at 5 pm.
Setting Limits Respectfully - 
Join us on November 28 or 30
Tuesday, 11/28, 9:15-10:45 am, Room 117
Thursday, 11/30, 7:30-9 pm, Room 113/114

How many times have you told your child to do something and find that they don't listen?  This scenario often doesn't end well.  Come learn some skills for effectively and respectfully giving direction to your little ones. Avoid power struggles that can get ugly.

Do some thinking about the most challenging parts of the day for you and your children.  Bring the list with you to the session, so that we can answer questions.  We are going to be making some visual routine cards in the workshop, so come prepared with your issues.

Many of your children have brought home a Shubert or Sophie Sleepover Bag.  If not, you will get it soon.  We will be getting more bags so that they can rotate more quickly.  We hope you have enjoyed reading the books with your child, and we hope you are curious about the skills that Shubert and Sophie are learning and that you will want to learn more.

The workshop sessions will be led by Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor Jane Plum.  Both sessions are the same; come on whichever day works best for you.  Sorry, no child care.  It's okay to bring quiet infants with you. Don't worry if you can't come to every session; each one begins with a review of the previous lesson. We welcome your participation in learning the language and skills that we use at school. 
  November Menu 
11/1    Peaches, gr cracker
11/2    Wheat Thins & soy butter
11/3    Repeats
11/8    Pumpkin Pie* or Raisin/Cheerio
11/9    Pumpkin Pie* or Raisin/Cheerio
11/10   Pumpkin Pie* or Raisin/Cheerio
11/13   Clementines, gr. Cracker
11/14   Potato wedges, ketchup
11/15   Celery sticks, soy butter
11/16   Bagels, cream cheese
11/17   Repeats
11/20   Applesauce, Ritz & Water
11/21   Raisin-cheerio mix
11/27   Cornbread* or Ritz & soy butter
11/28    Cornbread* or Ritz & soy butter
11/29   Cornbread* or/Bagels, cream cheese
11/30   Carrots & hummus
12/1    Repeats

* Cooking activities 
For those who might want to further the cooking experiences at home, the pumpkin pie is the one on the can of Libby pumpkin. The cornbread is a mix.  The children with egg allergies make a recipe with cornstarch and an egg-free, dairy-free corn muffin.  Send an e-mail if you need more information on the allergy adaptations.
Read Here and in Your Parent Handbook 
  • If Fairfax County Public Schools are closed due to bad weather, the preschool will also be closed.
  • If Fairfax County Public Schools are to observe a late opening, preschool classes will begin 2 hours late and close 1 hour later than usual. Lunch Bunch will end at 2:15.
  • In the event of an early closing by Fairfax County Public Schools, Add-on Lunch Bunch will be canceled.
Listen to the news, look at Chanel 21, or check www.fcps.edu to see if Fairfax County Public Schools are changing their schedule.   Go to www.fcps.edu and sign up for News You Choose in order to receive e-mails or text messages about school closures and schedule changes.

Do's and Don'ts 
  • Do keep this information handy. There may not be anyone in the Preschool office to answer the phone.
  • Do remember that this information is on the school website if you forget. See www.ucpreston.org.
  • Do sign up for News You Choose with FCPS.  That way you know when schools are closed or opening late.
  • Don't pay attention to what Fairfax County announces about preschool classes.  Those announcements refer to the preschools inside Fairfax County elementary schools, not our Preschool.
Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event for Young Adults
Connect with other Young Adults in assembling 10,152 meals to be distributed through Rise Against Hunger, a non-profit organization that distributes food and life-changing aid globally. If you are between the ages 19-39, and looking to make a difference in the world join us on November 19, 2-4 PM. Register online:   http://events.stophungernow.org/UCPNov2017 .  Child care will be available for those who register before November 14.

A Service to Our Parents
Family Compass is pleased to announce our Fall 2017 Parents' Coffee Series. Join us as our clinicians lead discussions around topics such as Building Social Skills, Neurofeedback & ADHD, Addressing Feeding Challenges, Supporting Communication in Young Children with Autism, and more!  
Each session begins with a short (10-15 minute) introductory presentation by a clinician, followed by a conversation with parents and clinician(s). The goal of our series is to provide a forum for families to access our clinicians' expertise in an informal environment, while also allowing families to connect with one another to share their successes, struggles and acquired knowledge and wisdom.
The Parents' Coffee Series is provided at no charge. As the number of attendees we can accommodate for each session is limited, registration through Eventbrite is required. For more information and to register, please visit our website at  www.FamilyCompass.com.
Thursday November 9 at 10 AM
Addressing Fears and Anxieties of Young Children
  This Coffee will be an opportunity to converse with Na'ama Malkesman, LCSW, about young children's common worries, fears, and anxieties. We will review typical fears young children experience, healthy ways to respond and promote children's confidence, as well as ways parents can support their children when fears or anxieties persist.  
Tuesday November 14 at 10 AM
Parenting Your Child with Autism: Tips for Calmer Child and Home
 A Conversation with Family Compass' Development Team:
This coffee will be an opportunity to converse with Family Compass' Early Intervention Team,  Moshe Shtuhl, Ph.D., Billie Harber, BCBA, Edu.MA, & Rebecca O'Neill, MSW, about creative ways to develop emotional regulation skills in young children with autism through environmental and interpersonal supports that promote a sense of calm in the child and in the home.
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 = ___________________________