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A Note from the Director

2017 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 26th (23rd for Toddler class) 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!

At the end of the month you will begin to see sign-ups 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 2017-2018 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 or give me a call. 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 2017 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.

On a personal note...thanks so much for all the Christmas goodies and treasures that kept appearing on my desk before Christmas break. They were wonderful!!!

Melissa Lancaster
Director of Good Shepherd Preschool


Jan 2 - Preschool Closed

Jan 3 - NO SCHOOL: Teacher Workday

Jan 5 - Chapel

Jan 10 - Drama

Jan 12 - Chapel

Jan 16 - Preschool Closed

Jan 17 - Music

Jan 19 - Science with Kathy Shonts

Jan 23 & 24 - Music

Jan 23 - Donuts with Dad (Toddlers)

Jan 26 - Donuts with Dads (2s-4s)

Jan 26 - Chapel

Jan 30 & 31 - Music
Parent Council will meet early in January right after drop-off. Date coming soon!! We will be working on plans for Teacher Appreciation that is coming up in February. Come and join us if you are interested in helping.

Amy Donovan
Parent Council Chairperson

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
First Wednesdays:
6:00pm: covered dish
family supper
One of the most special events of the year…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 later this month. The Toddler class will celebrate with dads on Monday, January 23 at drop-off. All other classes will celebrate on Thursday, January 26th at drop-off. We hope that you can join us!!
Preschool will be closed on Tuesday, January 3 for a Teacher Workday and Monday, January 16th 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 be closed. If they are delayed (which is rare), then the preschool will open at the usual time. I will also send an email and a notice through Please note that we do not make up any snow days unless we are closed more than a full week of preschool.
Registration for 2017-2018 is just around the corner! We have started tours for prospective families on Tuesday mornings at 10:00am 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 Melissa in the preschool office.
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 10th! There will be sign-ups for you to meet with your child's teacher during preschool hours this day. For those of you who attend school on Friday, it will still be open! We look forward to meeting with you soon!

Barnes & Noble Book Fair Results!

Thanks again to all of you who supported our annual Book Fair. We earned $115.19 for the preschool and MANY MANY books for our classrooms. Thank you!!
SAVE THE DATE for a very special event...
4-year-old graduation!!! We will have a special ceremony on Friday, May 26th at 10:00am! Invite your friends and family now so that they will join us for this special occasion.
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: 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29
July Weeks: 11-13, 18-20
August Weeks: 1-3, 8-10
Peyton Lynn was born December 8th to the Sullivan Family. Her big sister is Kennedy in the Toddlers.

We hope that all of you are doing well and we look forward to seeing you in our classrooms in a few years.
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 church participates in the Souperbowl of Caring which is a food drive for a local food pantry. This year we will be replenishing our own food pantry here at Good Shepherd 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 30-February 5th.
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