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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 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 we will go on a Family Field Trip. Wow!! It's a busy month!! 

I hope that you are planning to join us for a Family Field Trip on October 15th. We will meet at Hall Family Farm for some fall fun...pumpkin picking, hay rides, outdoor games, and more. More information is included later in the newsletter. Buy your tickets TODAY!!!

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. 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 Children's Ministries


Oct 3 & 4 - Music

Oct 4 - Amazing Athletes begins

Oct 6 - Chapel

Oct 11 & 12 - Picture Day

Oct 13 - Chapel

Oct 15 - Family Field Trip

Oct 17 & 18 - Music

Oct 20 - Chapel

Oct 24 & 25 - Music

Oct 27 - Drama

Oct 27 - Pumpkin Day Parade

Oct 31 - Preschool Closed / Teacher Worday
We need YOU to help us with Parent Council this year! If you are interested, contact Amy Donovan ( and let her know.

We will be meeting soon to plan for the November Barnes and Noble Book Fair. Kristin Hodgson is leading that event, but could use some help. Contact Kristin ( if you can help.

Are you interested in recycling? We need help with emptying the preschool recycle bins on regular basis. Let us know if you can help.

Amy Donovan
Parent Council President

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

Fall Schedule:
9:30am: Sunday School for all ages
11:00am: worship
First Wednesdays:
6:00pm: covered dish
family supper

Fall Pictures

Joanna DeHart Photography will be here on October 11th and 12th to take individual pictures of the children. If your child attends school on Tuesday, their picture will be on Tuesday. If they are not at school, we will take their picture on Wednesday. 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 is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12th from 3:30-5:30pm. The Family Shoot sign-up sheet will be posted on the preschool office window.

Pumpkin Day Parade

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 27th 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 October 4th! Coach 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 9 different sports over the year. They learn basic skills for each sport in an environment that is fun and appropriate for young children. Stop by and check it out!


Don't forget to link your Harris Teeter VIC card to our school. You can do it here - or at the register when you are shopping. Our school code is 4409.

Also if you shop online with Amazon, link to our school through Amazon Smile and give back a portion to your school. Start your shopping at and then link to "Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church." All proceeds come to the preschool.

Feel free to share this information with friends, family, neighbors, anyone who wants to support a good cause for young children with little effort.

Family Field Trip

Join us at Hall Family Farm on Saturday, October 15th from 9-11am for some family fun. There will be hay rides, games, activities, pumpkin picking, snacks, and much more. Tickets are $5 per child/adult ($20 max per family). Your ticket covers a hay ride and snacks at our preschool family tent. Purchase tickets in the Preschool Office any time over the next two weeks.

Book Fair Coming in November!

Look for more details coming later this month. If you would like to help with this fundraiser or if you have any questions, please contact Kristin Hodgson at
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.
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 6th - Noah and the Ark
October 13th - Baby Moses
October 20th - Moses Leads the People
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