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A Note from the Director

2019 is here! It seems to me that the year is flying by so quickly. So here we are, embarking on the second half of the year. I hope that each of you had a wonderful Christmas break with family and friends. I’m glad that you are back safely with us!!

Here at preschool, January is a month filled with fun activities about winter. One of our favorite activities all year is coming this month – Donuts with Dads!! We hope that all dads (or someone else special!) will be able to join us for a doughnut on January 24th at drop off. It’s a special time to show them everything that we have been doing at preschool. We hope that you can join us!

January brings with it the weather of winter so be sure that your child comes to school with appropriate winter clothing to play on the playground. The children will go out each day as wet weather permits. We are hoping for some snow too!

Look for a sign-up at your classroom for a conference with your child’s teacher. This is a time to sit down with your child’s teacher and talk about their progress in the classroom. Please make this a priority to attend as we think that it is important to talk about each child’s growth and development as you plan for next year.

Registration for 2019-2020 is just around the corner too. Look for more information in the coming weeks in your child’s folder. Invite any friends or neighbors who may be looking for a preschool for next year to stop by and take a tour on Tuesdays at 10:30am or by appointment. Email ( or call (704-362-2319) the Preschool Office to schedule. There will be a Preschool Open House on Thursday, January 17th from 10-12noon for prospective families. Personal referrals are the best way to fill up our classrooms and we thank you for sharing with others your experience at Good Shepherd.

We are truly excited to start this New Year with all of you. We hope that 2019 brings joy and excitement to your family. We are looking forward to all that will happen here at Good Shepherd this year and we are glad that you are a part of it.

Melissa Lancaster
Director of Children's Ministries


Jan 1 - Happy New Year
Jan 2 - Teacher Workday
Jan 8 - Music
Jan 10 - Chapel
Jan 15 - Music
Jan 16 - Chapel
Jan 17 - Science with Kathy Shonts
Jan 17 - OPEN HOUSE 10-12noon
Jan 21 - Preschool Closed
Jan 22 - Music
Jan 23 - Chapel
Jan 24 - Donuts with Dad
Jan 24  - Story Time
Jan 28-Feb 1 - Souperbowl of Caring
Jan 29 - Drama
Jan 31 - Chapel



Good Shepherd Church

invites you to join us anytime!  You are welcome to join us any Sunday morning for worship and Sunday School for all ages.  We have Children’s Church at our 11:00 worship service for children ages 4—1st grade. We would love to have you join us any Sunday, Wednesday night or at ANY church event anytime!  For more information about our church visit our website at

Winter Schedule:
9:30am: Sunday School for all ages
11:00am: worship
I know some people do not like New Year's resolutions. (I can relate.) But I also appreciate the reminder it provides that life includes "new starts." That's one of the things I most appreciate about God, who I sometimes refer to as "the God of second chances." As you and your family look ahead to 2018, I hope you experience some second chances and new starts. ~Robert
One of the most special events of the year is here!!!…Doughnuts with Dad!! We love to have our dads (and grandpas and uncles, etc.) come and share a special breakfast with us. Be sure to mark your calendar now and we look forward to seeing you in January. The date for this year’s event is January 24th during drop-off (from 9:00-930). We hope that you can join us!!
Preschool will be closed on Tuesday, January 2 for a Teacher Workday and Monday, January 21st in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Please plan accordingly.
We never know what winter in Charlotte is going to be like. I wanted to update you on weather closing procedures here at preschool. In case of inclement weather, please watch your television or listen to the radio. If Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are closed, then the preschool will most likely be closed. If for some reason the CMS closing is due to heavy snow/ice in the north part of the county, we can most likely open school. There are church staff in charge of making that decision and you will be notified through Remind (text message). If we are open, please use your best judgement in joining us for the day. Every neighborhood is different. If CMS is delayed (which is rare), then the preschool will open at the usual time. A notice will be sent through Remind. Please note that we do not make up any snow days unless we are closed more than a full week of preschool.
SAVE THE DATE for a very special event...4-year-old graduation!!! We will have a special ceremony on Friday, May 24th at 10:00am! Invite your friends and family now so that they will join us for this special occasion.
Good Shepherd will have Kids Club for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade on January 6 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM. Like youth group for kids, there will be games, snacks, and an interactive lesson! Invite your friends! If you want to know more, reach out to our Director of Youth and Children's Ministry, Zach Drummond (
Registration for 2019-2020 is just around the corner! We have started tours for prospective families on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am or by appointment. If you know someone who is looking for a preschool, please send them our way. Your enrollment packet will come to you through your child’s teacher later this month. If you have questions about classes or would like to visit any classrooms, please let me know.
Amazing Athletes is on hiatus for the months of January and February. You will be invited to register for the spring semester to begin in March. Forms will be coming home with all 3 and 4-year-olds in February. If you have questions, see your child's teacher.
Take a moment to consider all of the food that is consumed in the month of January at football games and parties throughout the playoffs. Now think about the hundreds of people that will go without a hot meal every day this month. There is a way that you can help!! Each year, our preschool participates in the Souperbowl of Caring which is a food drive for a local food pantry. This year we will be donating our food to a nearby pantry that serves the people of our neighborhood and close-by community. Will you help us restock basic staple items that can be stored easily? Look for more information about this later in the month as the collection nears - the week of January 28-February 1.
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 January are...
January 10 - The Three Kings
January 16 - Jesus as a Boy in the Temple
January 23 - Jesus Calls the Disciples
January 31 - Good Samaritan
Communication with our parents is very important to us here at Preschool. At this point in the year, we are hoping to meet with each of you to share a little bit about what we see in your child. It's a joy to share their accomplishments with you. Please save the date...Friday, February 1st! There will be sign-ups for you to meet with your child's teacher during preschool hours this day. There will NOT be child care during conferences. Please make arrangements for child care before arrival. For those of you who attend school on Friday, it will still be open! We look forward to meeting with you soon!
It’s time to start thinking about next summer. Mark your calendars now and save the dates for the following camp weeks here at Good Shepherd. As usual we will hold all weeks based on enrollment for each week. Weeks may be cancelled due to lack of enrollment. Look for registration details and specifics coming in the spring. The dates to save are…
June Weeks: 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27
July Weeks: 9-11, 23-25, 30-Aug 1
August Weeks: 6-8
***Dates are subject to change based on Church events***
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