October News

Field Trip!
We will experience lots of fun things about the fall season on our field trip to Rader Family Farms on Thursday, September 27th.  The AM class field trip begins at 9:00 and the PM class field trip begins at 12:15.  Please come and be ready to start at these times.  The field trip will be finished at 11:00 in the morning and 2:15 in the afternoon.

Third installment tuition payments of $110.00 are due on or before Tuesday, October 2nd.  Please place your tuition payment in the box on the cart in the hallway.  We appreciate your prompt payments.  If you are unable to bring your check in, you may mail it to: Shining Lights Preschool, 311 N Hershey Rd, Normal, IL 61761.

Emails and Updated Information
Frequently I send out email updates to all the preschool families.  If you have not received any emails from me, please make sure I have your current email address on file.  If you move or change phone numbers during the school year please inform us as soon as possible so we know how to contact you.

Website and Facebook

Please visit our website

www.shininglightspreschool.com and our facebook page.  Like us on Facebook!

Birthday Treats
If you would like to bring treats for your child’s birthday, feel free to contact me about a month before your child’s birthday.  All treats brought to school must arrive unopened and packaged by the store or bakery.  If you would like to bring juice, it needs to be 100% juice.  Due to food allergies in our school, all treats may not contain any type of nuts or bananas.

 Hand-washing Activity
Heidi German, a nurse consultant from the Child Care Resource and Referral Network, is coming to our preschool on October 24th, to discuss proper hand-washing techniques with the children.

Fire Safety
On October 3rd, Matt Swaney, a firefighter from a Normal fire station will be visiting our preschool to help us learn about fire safety.

Fall Parties

Fall Parties will take place on Wednesday, October 31st.  Please have your child arrive at preschool in his or her costume for the day.  We will have regular class on this day until the parade begins at 10:15 for the morning class and 1:45 for the afternoon class.
The children will parade around the inside of the church building in their costumes.  You are welcome to watch from the lobby areas as the preschoolers parade through the church collecting candy from the church staff.   After the parade, the children will have a class party.  The teachers will provide more information about the parties soon.


Monical’s Pizza Fundraiser

On Tuesday, October 23rd we will be participating in a Monical’s Community Day Fundraiser.  If you eat at Monical’s or order carry out on this day, Monical’s will contribute 20% of the bill to Shining Lights preschool.  Please invite your friends, family and neighbors to join you for pizza.  Fliers must be presented when ordering.


Trunk or Treat

All families are welcome to attend the “Trunk or Treat Celebration” at the church from 3-5 on Sunday, October 28th.  Children will go between decorated car trunks in the parking lot “treating” for candy, prizes and playing games.  Children please wear your costume and bring your own bag to collect candy and prizes.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Labels for Education

We collect Labels for Education and in return we will receive items for the students to use at our school.  Please save your labels and place them in the mesh container in my office.  Please include the UPC code with the label.


If you have items to be recycled, we collect the following items as part of the Eco Recycling Fundraiser:  cell phones (please no chargers or accessories), inkjet cartridges (ones that contained liquid, not powder), MP3 Players, digital cameras, handheld game systems, laptop computers, ipads and tablets, portable GPS devices, radar detectors, E-Book readers, and graphing calculators.

Looking Ahead

Oct 23rd —–Monical’s Community Day

 Oct 28th—Trunk or treat in the church parking lot from 3-5pm

Oct 31st—Fall Parade and Parties  10:15 and 1:45 PM

Nov. 1st—–Progress Reports will be sent home.  Parent teacher conferences will be held on February 19 and 20.

Nov. 13th —-Grandparent or Special Person Day

Nov. 21st-22nd—No Preschool-Happy Thanksgiving!

Contact Information
Questions, Concerns, or to Report an absence:  Please call 452-5609 X 3 or send an email to Joan at ashiningstart@frontier.com.

Sometimes I am in the classrooms or at a meeting so if you need to give us an urgent message during school hours, and you are unable to reach us at 452-5609 X 3,

Please call:   452-5609 X 2.  The church secretary will get the message to us.