Shining Lights Preschool
Director’s Newsletter

January 2017

Welcome Back    We hope everyone had a wonderful time with friends and family over break.  We are excited to be back in school!

Thank You!    Thank you so much for donating winter items for boys and girls in need. The Baby Fold is always appreciative of your donations.  Thank you!  We’re grateful so many guests were able to join us for the Christmas Party!  We are so blessed to have Patty Downey leading the children in music as well as the gracious volunteers who serve at these events.

2016-2017 Preschool Registration   Registration will begin on January 11th, 2016 at 8:30 for students who are currently enrolled, their siblings, alumni families and Christ Lutheran Church members. On January 18th at 8:30 registration will open to the public. There is an $85.00 registration fee. The 4/5’s Pre-K will be a four-day Monday thru Thursday schedule. The 3/4’s three-day schedule will remain Tuesday thru Thursday. Classes meet from 8:15-10:30 or 12:45-2:00. Tuition for the  four-day Pre-K will be $1,360 for the entire year or Eight installments of $170. Tuition for the morning three-day three year old program will be $1,120 for the year or Eight installments of $140. Registration forms are available on our website and in the church or preschool office. For more information or to register your child, please contact Dona Weddle at 309-452-5609 X 3 or

Weather Related School Closing Information   When school is closed due to inclement weather, it will be announced on WJBC (1230 AM), WBNQ (101.5) FM), and B-104 (104.1 FM).  You can also find school closings on these websites:, , Whenever Unit 5 Schools are closed, Shining Lights Preschool is closed too.

Help Us Stay Healthy     Please keep in mind that frequent hand washing reduces the spread of germs.  Also, if your child is ill, he or she must stay home until he or she is well again. Please refer to preschool handbook for more specific information. To report an absence, please call 452-5609 X 3 or send an email to us at

Help Wanted   We welcome all volunteers!  We are specifically in need of someone to help put together portfolios for the preschoolers. We would love to get to know you!

Eco Recycling Fundraiser     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, iPad and tablets, portable GPS devices, radar detectors, E-Book readers, and graphing calculators.

Office Depot 5% Back to Schools Program   If you shop at Office Depot and would like to support the preschool, please cut out this card copy and use it when you make future purchases. It may not seem like much, but on average we are receiving $20-$30 a year. Every little bit helps!!

Lutheran Schools Week  Lutheran Schools Week will be celebrated the week of January 23.  More information about this special week will be coming home soon. One event has changed during this special week. We will not be meeting at church service on Saturday night to sing. We will be enjoying a pizza party here at the school at 11:00 pick up time. Please plan to stay late or come early and have a fun lunch with us in the fellowship hall.

Looking Ahead

 January 11thRegistration at 8:30    Current and alumni families, Christ Lutheran Church members

January 18th-Registration at 8:30      Open to the public

Jan. 23rd- Jan 26th –Lutheran Schools Week

February 1st  –Avanti’s Fundraiser

February 14th–Valentine Parties at 10:15

December 2016

December will be full of many fun Christmas activities.  We are excited about sharing the Christmas story with the preschoolers and celebrating the Birth of Jesus!


Tuition payments are due on or before Tuesday, December 6th .  Please place your tuition in the box on the cart in the hallway by the director’s office.  We appreciate your prompt payments!  Please make checks payable to Shining Lights Preschool.  If you are unable to bring your check in, you may mail it to:  Shining Lights Preschool, 311 N Hershey Rd, Normal, IL 61761.

Thank You!

We are thankful for the grandparents and special guests that attended our program on November 17th!  It was a blessing to share this special day with them.

Sharing Joys

The morning classes will have the opportunity to sing for the Sharing Joys Senior Citizen group at church during preschool on December 12th.

Giving Tree

Please feel free to place hats, scarves, gloves and mittens on the Christmas tree located in the preschool hallway from November 28- December 15. We will donate these items to The Baby Fold.  The Baby Fold will distribute these items to boys and girls in need.  The Baby Fold serves children ages infant to 18 so every size can be used.

Journey to the Manger

Christ Lutheran Church would like to invite you to “Journey to the Manger” on Sunday, December 11th.  You can take a FREE guided 20-minute walking tour and experience “The Journey” Mary and Joseph took so many years ago.  This tour features live drama, animals and singing.  “Journeys” begin inside every 15 minutes between 5:00-7:30.  This event is for all ages to enjoy.  Free cookies and hot chocolate will be available.  Meals are also available for purchase.

 Preschool Christmas Parties

Christmas parties will take place on Thursday, December 22nd.   We will have regular class time at the beginning of the day.  Parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome to attend the Christmas Program and Parties. The program begins at 10:00 for all the classes in the church sanctuary.  The children will sing for you and we will present the Christmas story.  After the Christmas Program in the sanctuary, please join us in the fellowship hall for cookies and lemonade.  If you would like to donate cookies, plates, or napkins, please sign up on the sheet in the classroom beginning December 13th.  The children do not exchange gifts with each other at the party.

Inclement Weather/School Closing Information

When school is closed due to inclement weather it will be announced on WJBC (1230 AM), WBNQ (101.5 FM), and  B-104 (104.1 FM) .   You can also find school closings on these websites:,, and Whenever Unit 5 Schools are closed, Shining Lights Preschool is closed too. I will also try to send out an email to everyone as soon as I know about the closures.

State Farm Volunteers

We welcome volunteers! If you would like to volunteer for more than 40 hours during the year, and you are a State Farm employee, you can raise $500.00 for the preschool through the State Farm Good Neighbor Grant Program.  Some jobs we have available include sorting lessons, stapling books together, organizing our library and helping out at special events.  Please let me know if you would be interested in helping out.

Tuition Reminder

  A reminder that the 6th tuition installment will be due on the day preschool resumes, January 11th, 2017.

Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year

Registration will begin on Wednesday, January 11 at 8:30 a.m. for students who are currently enrolled, their siblings, alumni families, and Christ Lutheran Church members.   On Wednesday, January 18th at 8:30, registration is open to the public.  There is an $85.00 registration fee.  Tuition for both classes will be listed soon.  Three year old classes will meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from September through May. Four year old classes will meet Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The morning class will meet from 8:15-10:30 (New Time) and the afternoon class will meet from 11:45-2:00.  Please feel free to visit us at  Registration packets will be available at school soon!

Merry Christmas!

Our last day of school in 2016 will be Thursday, December 22th.  Then we will see you back at school on Tuesday, January 11th .  Enjoy this time with your children and family.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!            Dona







Questions, Concerns, or to Report an Absence:  Please call 452-5609 X 3, or  my cell at 309-212-5404. You can also send an email to Dona at