Shining Lights Preschool
Director’s Newsletter


Back to school information


I’m very excited to get to know each family this year!!  Please feel free to contact me at school if you have any questions or if your child will be absent by calling 452-5609 X 3 or email me at

First Day Success    The first day of school is Tuesday September 4th.   We want your child’s first day of preschool to be stress-free. The following tips are great ways to ensure a successful transition.

First day of preschool tips:    Be confident. Children mirror feelings. If parents seem anxious or unsure, children can model the same behavior.  Let your child know preschool will be a fun experience.  Kisses and hugs, then please leave. Give your child a good bye hug and kiss, wish him a great day and then leave.  The longer a parent stays in the classroom; the more reluctant children can be to start interacting in the classroom.

     I can assure you the teachers and assistants are very nurturing! We will ease your child into the classroom and help them feel safe. If your child has significant difficulties once you leave, I will contact you.

Dismissal Time

  • Be on time for dismissal.
  • Please do not come to the classroom to pick up your child. For your child’s dismissal, please meet the teacher at the designated door, sign the attendance page, then your child will be dismissed to you. You may park in the circle drive. 

    The 3’s class dismiss out the southwest door nearest the playground. These doors are locked for security reasons. Parents have the option to either walk up or use the circle drive to pick up their child outside the southwest door. If you use the circle drive option,  please be aware of the children crossing to the parking lot.

      The 4’s class will dismiss out the main office doors used for arrival. Parents from the 4’s class may wait inside the lobby or use the circle drive to pick up their child outside the main office door. If you use the circle drive option, please be aware of the children crossing to the parking lot.

Teachers walk the classes to the dismissal areas. We need to make sure everyone is properly picked up and signed out by an authorized person. Please use the yellow cards with this letter to pick up your child the first few weeks of school. 

Handbooks and Paperwork     Please read through the preschool handbook.  The handbook signature page (the last page) is required to have on file. In addition, all paperwork must be turned in before your child enters the classroom on the first day of school.

Tuition      Tuition for the entire school year is dependent on which class your child attends.  This information is provided at our open house. Tuition may be paid in one lump sum or 8 installments.  If you chose to pay by installments, the first installment is due at open house. The second installment will be due October 2nd.   There is not an installment due in May.  Please make checks payable to Shining Lights Preschool.  Payments are due the first Tuesday of the month.  The tuition box will be placed in the hallway for your monthly payment convenience. If you’re gone the week of an installment, checks can be mailed to:

Shining Lights Preschool  311 Hershey Rd.   Normal, IL 61761

Tuition payment schedule:

1st Installment August 27th (open house)

2nd Installment October 2nd

3rd Installment November 6th

4th Installment December 4th

5th Installment January 9th

6th Installment February 5th

7th Installment March 5th

8th Installment April 2nd

T-shirts     If you would like to order a t-shirt, please let me know by Thursday September 6th.  The price of a T-shirt is $8.00.  Shirt orders will arrive prior to our first field trip to Rader’s Family Farm.

Snack Calendars/Birthday     The monthly snack calendar will be posted on the school news bulletin board located outside the 3’s classroom. In addition, a monthly copy will be sent home with the  classroom newsletter.   If you would like to bring treats for your child’s birthday, we would be happy to schedule it on the snack calendar. Please let us know in advance what snack you will  bring in order to plan accordingly for children with food allergies or other medical conditions. All treats must be store bought, pre-packaged and arrive unopened.  If you bring a drink, it needs to be 100% juice.

Ice Cream Social   The Ice Cream Social at the preschool is scheduled for Thursday, September 13th from 6:00-7:00pm.  This is a great time to get to know other preschool families and enjoy some ice cream.  We will meet by the playground. If it rains, we will meet inside the church.

Field Trip to Rader Farms     The 3’s and 4’s first class field trip will be to Radar Family Farms on ? . A note with more details, directions, and a permission slip will be sent home soon. Watch for the papers in your child’s bag. Parents and siblings are welcome to attend.

Volunteers     Volunteers are always appreciated!  If you would like to volunteer at Shining Lights Preschool, please let me know. 

Most Sincerely,

     Dona Weddle 




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