Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool

Good Shepherd
Lutheran Preschool
February 2014
February Highlights
Thank you to all who took part in “Dad
and Me” Day. What great Dad’s we
have! Thank you for braving the weather
and attending this special day. It was so
fun to see laughter and smiles as children
shared this day with their Dad’s (or
someone special).
A special thank you to Miss Helen who
did a presentation for our 3,4,and 5-yearold classes about Chinese New Year.
Gung Hay Fat Choy is how we say
“Wishing you a prosperous new year.” in
Our Valentine’s Day parties will be
Thursday, February 13th (Young 3s class)
and Friday, February 14h (for all other
classes). SignUp Genius will be posted
online for parents to bring in special
snacks, paper products and juice.
Please note: No School on Monday,
February 18th; it is President’s Day, as
well as Friday, February. 28th; it’s County
Institute Day.
We have a lot of things planned for
February and we are looking forward to
an exciting month!
Inside this issue:
Bible Verse ............. 6
College Seminar ..... 3
Happenings ............ 5
Colonial Café Family Fundraising Event
Save the Date!
Join us at Colonial Café in Naperville (Gartner Road at Washington) on
Cold Weather
Drop Off ................. 3
Lunch Bunch +
Enrichment ........... 4
Parent Points ......... 2
Parent Team
Update ................... 4
Wednesday, February 26th, 4:00 to 10:00pm
for a day of food, fun and fellowship.
Everyone is invited!
Please bring your flyer and 15% of all preschool sales will go back to the preschool.
1310 Shepherd Drive • Naperville, IL 60565 • Phone: 630.961.9055
Website: Preschool -
Church -
Parent Points
Did you know that
area schools are now
registering for
kindergarten? Please
check with your
school district for
more information.
Fitness for
Childhood obesity has
tripled in just 20
years. Preschool
children who are
inactive risk becoming
overweight as they
grow up.
Provide at least 60
minutes a day for
active free play.
As educators in the
field of early
childhood, we know
the value and
importance of
children having many
opportunities for
physical activity. In
education, we refer to
this as large motor
activity. This provides
children with activities
that will develop their
large muscles.
Generally large
muscles are
developed first
(hopping, walking,
running) and then
small muscles are
refined later (these
muscles are used to
cut, hold a pencil,
What can we do as
parents to encourage
our children to be
physically fit while
they are developing
their large muscles?
Listed below are some
ideas from the Illinois
Early Learning Project.
1. Encourage them to
get moving. Make
positive comments
that focus on effort:
“You almost made a
2. Provide at least 60
minutes a day for
active free play. Let
them run, climb,
march, pedal, throw,
roll, skip, dig and
jump. Offer riding
toys, balls, beanbags,
climbers, balance
beams and obstacle
3. Think about safety.
What ever the
weather, avoid
overexposure to sun.
Remember hats and
mittens in cold. In hot
weather, see that
they cool off in the
shade and drink
plenty of water.
4. Plan an hour or
more of structured
physical activity each
week. Families can
teach creative
movement, dance and
game playing skills.
Some park districts
offer swimming,
tumbling and ballet
for young children. In
most cases, organized
sports are more
appropriate for older
5. Turn off the TV
and computer.
Limiting “screen time”
provides more
opportunities for
active play. Experts
say preschoolers
should not sit in one
place or lie down for
more than an hour at
a time unless they are
6. Set a good
example. Let children
see you eating healthy
foods and being
7. Exercise together.
Try sledding, hiking,
gardening. Stress
cooperation and fun
rather than winning.
8. Share books that
show the importance
of fitness.
Phone: 630.961.9055
Thank You to our Parent Volunteers!
… to Carolyn McCambridge for ordering MANNA gift cards.
… to Erin Falbo for ordering our Scholastic books.
… to Kat Clark for being our snack shopper.
… to Deb Long for helping with our kitchen prep work.
… Jessica Struyf for decorating the Parent Bulletin Board.
… to Sarah and Delia Whaley for sorting and distributing our book orders.
… to Kim Peterson, Sarah and Delia Whaley for re-shelving our school
library books.
… to Emily McBroom, Jelma Varghese and Sarah Whaley for refilling our soap
… to Claire Dee, Jessica Dieterle, Barb Kleczka, Kim Peterson, Jennifer Travis, Delia and Sarah Whaley
and Karen Wright for keeping our Literacy Boxes in order and ready for weekly check-out.
… to Mylene Dial, Becky Lynch and Wendy Zelazny for covering our library books; to Wendy Zelazny
for the wonderful training session!
College Planning Parent Seminar
ABCs to College Degrees Parent
Seminar will be on Friday,
February 21st. Be prepared.
Funding your child’s education
can be easier than you may
think - if you start today. Join us
for a free one-hour, education
workshop. Learn abut
important strategies that can
help you prepare financially for
your child’s post-secondary
education, including: current
costs of a college education,
college funding options and tax
advantages, pros and cons of
other funding options, such as
loans and financial aid. Join us
on Friday, February 21st , in the
Seminar Room, at 9:15am or
12:30pm. Please let us know if
you will need child care. Please
RSVP with your complimentary
special drink order from our
Cornerstone Café. Look for Sign
-up sheets in front of your
child’s classroom’s bulletin
Cold Weather/Curbside Drop Off: Thank You!
We have used our Curbside Drop Off a lot this season. Many special
thanks goes to all our parent volunteers: Nicole Jarrell, Kristen Munsen
and Jen Schrieber, who assisted our staff in bringing the children to their
Please note: When the wind chill is below zero degrees, we offer
Curbside Drop Off for families that have younger siblings.
Parent Team Update
Did you know that our preschool
has a group of parent volunteers
that meet monthly? Each
month we meet and work on
fundraisers as well as parent
educational opportunities.
Parents are always welcome our next meeting is Monday,
February 11th at 7:00pm.
The big fundraising event being
planned is the golf outing which
the Golf Outing will go towards
the Scholarship Fund and
classroom needs.
will be held in June at Tamarack
Golf Course. Last year, we
surpassed our goal of raising
$10,000. All monies raised from
Following the golf outing, there
is a dinner with a silent auction
and a raffle. Our Parent Team is
seeking donations at this time.
If you or your company is able to
make a donation, please let a
staff member know.
Lunch Bunch +(plus) Enrichment Classes: Update
We are overwhelmed by your positive feedback
of our Lunch Bunch + Enrichment program. Our
Fun with Fitness and Cooking with
Books classes are both full. Thank
Our Around the World Adventure
class has available openings. The
class meets every Wednesday,
from 10:45am - 12:15pm, during
the month of February. Our first
session starts on Wednesday, February 5th and
they are planning a visit to India. Hope you can
join us on our “trip.”
With the success of our Lunch
Bunch + Enrichment program
and if we have enough interest,
we will repeat the classes. If
interested OR if you have a class
title that you would be interested in
seeing in the future, please email
the Director at
[email protected].
Manna Gift Cards
rdering can now be done online! Paper forms are still available at the
Parent Table near Door A. If you have not ordered and would like to, please
email us at [email protected] and information will be emailed to you. Gift cards orders are due by Friday, February 7th, March 14th, April
11th and May 9th. Please stop by the preschool office; select cash-and-carry cards
are available.
Registration Update for 2014-2015
hank you for helping us spread the word. The interest in our preschool
continues to grow. At the present time, for next fall, we have limited openings
in our morning and afternoon classrooms.
If you know of anyone looking for a preschool, thank you for telling them about our
school. Parents telling other parents is our best advertising. Please call 630-961-9055,
email us at [email protected] or visit our website at
Phone: 630.961.9055
Good Shepherd Church Happenings
Please join Good Shepherd Church at any of these events. For more information, please go to, call the church office at 630-961-9220 or e-mail at
[email protected].
Feed My Starving Children - MobilePack
Friday, February 14th through Sunday, February 16th
Volunteers Needed!
On February 14th, 15th, and 16th (Presidents Day weekend), Good Shepherd Church will host a multichurch Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) mobile food packing event in our Activity Center!
The room will buzz with excitement as volunteers from Good Shepherd and eleven other Naperville
area congregations team up to pack 500,000 meals for children in need around the world.
As host to this event, we need over 500 Good Shepherd volunteers to help set up the Activity Center
on Friday, greet and register participants Friday through Sunday,
and clean up/tear down the Activity Center Sunday evening!
To help with Set-Up, Registration, Greeters, or Clean-up, click on:
To Pack Food during one of Good Shepherd’s assigned shifts, click on:
To Donate Food for MobilePack staff’s snacks, lunches and dinners: Sign up at Connect Center.
To learn more, visit or contact
Mary Miller at [email protected] or Heather Kistner at [email protected].
February Bible Memory Verse