A Note from the Director

It is hard to believe that the first month of school is already behind us. The cool fall breezes are blowing in (hopefully) and the leaves are beginning to think about turning colors.

We have lots of fun planned this month – the fire truck will visit to talk about fire safety, Joanna DeHart will be here to take our pictures, Pumpkin Day Parade to share our costumes, and much more classroom fun. Wow!! It's a busy month!!

There is a lot of important information in this newsletter because October is such a busy month so take time to read it now. Mark your calendar for all of these important events.

There is a special event coming up this month that I want to be sure that you get onto your calendar. We are hosting the South County Library for an Active Reading Workshop. All parents and children are invited to attend and learn about reading WITH children to build early literacy skills. Check out the details in this newsletter. Let me know if you plan on joining us. I hope to see you there!

Thank you so much for helping us with such a smooth start to the school year. The children have settled into the routines of the classroom and are learning and growing every day. The teachers are working hard to keep them challenged and engaged each day.

When October rolls around here in Charlotte, the temperatures can vary greatly. If the temperatures turn a little chilly, please be sure to send a light jacket for your child to go on the playground. It also may be time to think about the change of clothes in your child’s book bag. Are they warm enough?

Happy Fall!!

Melissa Lancaster
Director of Good Shepherd Preschool


Oct 1 - Drama
Oct 1 - Amazing Athletes Starts
Oct 3 - Chapel
Oct 7/8 - Music
Oct 9 - Speech Screenings
Oct 9 - Active Reading Workshop
Oct 10 - Chapel
Oct 14/15 - Music
Oct 16 - Active Reading Workshop
Oct 17 - Chapel
Oct 21/22 - Picture Day
Oct 22 - Drama
Oct 23 - Science
Oct 24 - Story Time
Oct 28 - Preschool Closed/Teacher Workday
Oct 29 - Music
Oct 30 - Pumpkin Day Parade
Oct 31 - Chapel


From Pastor Robert

I've had the opportunity to sing with your children in preschool chapel several times now. One of the songs we often sing is "My God is So Big!" - it is a simple and great reminder for kids (and their grown-ups) that God is bigger than our seemingly huge struggles, obstacles, and setbacks. Between the busy-ness of Fall schedules and the storms swirling around (natural and man-made), I find encouragement in knowing that God is indeed "so big, so strong, and so mighty... there's nothing our God cannot do!" May you be encouraged by God's strength, love, and peace this week!

Pumpkin Day Parade - October 30th

The children will have the opportunity to parade through the school and smile for the camera as they show off their costume for all to see. The Pumpkin Day Parade will be held on October 30th at 9:15am. Please bring your child (2-4 year old classes) to school in costume if they choose to wear one. We ask that children do not wear costumes depicting witches, warlocks, or other scary creatures. Please be sure to send a change of clothes for your child to wear the rest of the day at school. Don’t forget shoes for school and the parade! Look for further information on the Pumpkin Day Parade from your child’s teacher. It promises to be a fun day for everyone!

Amazing Athletes Starts Oct 1st

Coach Lorenzo will be here each Tuesday at 1:00pm to meet with those children who choose to be in the program. Parents arrive at 1:45 to pick-up. There are still spaces remaining for the class. This program is a sports program that introduces children to 10 different sports over the year. This year they have added track and field to their line-up. They learn basic skills for each sport in an environment that is fun and appropriate for young children. Stop by and check it out!
Check it out online!

Good Shepherd Movie Night - October 27

Good Shepherd Church is planning a Kid's Movie Night for the community on Sunday, October 27th. Details are still in the works, but save the date on your calendar. There will be a preschool appropriate movie shown earlier in the evening, followed by a full length movie for school age children. I'll get more details to you as soon as I have them.

Active Reading Workshop - October 9 & 16

The children's librarian from South County Library will be here on Thursday October 9 & 16 from 1-2pm to host an Active Reading Workshop for parents and children. This is a program to help us learn about reading WITH children, as opposed to TO children. Everyone is invited to join us. Please sign-up in the preschool office. It is a two part workshop so plan to attend both days.

Picture Day - October 21 & 22

Joanna DeHart Photography will be here on October 21st and 22nd to take individual pictures of the children. Joanna uses the beauty of the outdoors to capture the children's smiles and personalities. You will be able to purchase prints from proofs after the shoot. A family shoot has been scheduled for 3:30-5:30 on October 21st. Please sign-up in the preschool office for the family photo shoot.

Fire Safety Month

October is fire prevention month and we want everyone to be safe at home in case of a fire. It is important for families to discuss the dangers of fire, how to prevent them, and how to react to them. Visit the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) website at, and let Sparky the Fire Dog help kids learn about fire safety in an interactive way. The site offers fun and learning for nonreaders as well as readers.
1. Take time to talk about fire hazards in your home.
2. Plan an escape route in case a fire was to occur in your home.
3. Check your smoke detectors. Let your child hear what it sounds like.
4. Talk about stop-drop-roll to get out of a burning house.
5. Learn how to dial 911 in an emergency.

Local fire station #39 will be at our school during October to do a fire prevention program for the 3 and 4-year-olds. They will have the opportunity to meet the firemen and climb on the fire truck.

Chapel Time

You may be wondering what we do at Chapel time each week. The children meet Pastor Robert and I in the sanctuary for a time of singing, a Bible story, and prayer. It is a wonderful time where we hope they are learning that God made them and loves them more than they can imagine.
Our themes for October are...
October 3rd - Noah
October 10th - Joseph
October 17th - Baby Moses
October 31st - Moses and the Burning Bush

Give Us a Call/Email/Text Please

If you are not at school, please let us know where you are. We miss you and care about you bunches. We try to stay on top of illness and sharing information about contagious viruses in a timely fashion. Call the Preschool Office, send an email to the office or your child's teacher, or a text through Remind. If you are planning to be out ahead of time, please let your child's teacher know so that she can plan accordingly for the week. Thank you in advance for keeping us up-to-date.

Welcome to the Preschool Family!

Willlam Hayes was born September 13th to the Hartsfield family. His big sister is Nora and big brother is Mac in the Twos.

Charley Hayden was born September 15th to the Parker family. Her big brother is Holden in the Twos.

We hope that all of you are doing well and we look forward to seeing you in our classrooms in a few years.

Good Shepherd Church

You are invited and welcome to join us any Sunday morning for Sunday school (9:30am, all ages children and adults) and Worship (11am)! We would love to have you participate in any church event at any time. For more information about Good Shepherd, visit our website at or stop by the church office (M-Th, 9a-4p).

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