Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Blessing of the Backpacks and Preschool Open House

Preschool Families:  Please RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/645341415865336/ or email christina@agreatstartpreschool.com the number planning to attend.

Blessing of the Backpack Service begins at 10am in the Church Sanctuary (Front of building, door 1).  Students are welcome to bring their backpacks.  Immediately following the service (approx 11am), the CFC (also known as preschool gym) will be open for Food and Games (while supplies last) and the Preschool will be Open for self-guided tours.  Feel free to come to the Service (10am) and/or Cookout/Open House (11am) as your schedule allows.  This event is optional.

A message from Southminster: 

"Fall Fling & Blessing of the Backpacks - August 26, 2018 - 10:00am - 
Southminster’s annual Blessing of the Backpacks & Fall Fling Picnic will be held in the Southminster Sanctuary, CFC, Pavilion,  &  “A Great Start Preschool” facility

Join us as we honor and bless students and teachers at this important time of year.

As students young and old start journeys in search of knowledge and wisdom, may God’s Blessings help them find new beginnings and fresh starts.

The day will start with Worship and the children’s Blessings in the Sanctuary at 10:00am, followed by a Picnic Lunch in the CFC/Pavilion, Games on the lawn next to the pavilion and an opportunity to tour “A Great Start Preschool”.  Not all of the preschool staff will be in attendance, but the rooms will be open for families to visit for a self-guided tour. 

WORSHIP, FOOD, FUN, FELLOWSHIP are all provided.  Don’t miss this event. "

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Aug
30
11:00 AM11:00

Meet and Greet for Tues/Thurs Students and 5 day KinderStart

August 30 (Thurs) (11am-1pm) -“Meet and Greet” for all TR Students, and 5 day KinderStart Classes.  Optional Open House event, great opportunity to meet the teacher prior to the first day of school. Come and go anytime between 11-1, you do not have to stay the entire time.  Family friendly.  Feel free to drop off completed paperwork/supplies during this event.  

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Aug
31
11:00 AM11:00

Meet and Greet for MWF Classes

August 31 (Fri) (11am-1pm)- “Meet and Greet” for all MWF Students (incl. MWF Classes, 5 day Preschool Plus & MW or F Little Learners) Optional Open House event, great opportunity to meet the teacher prior to the first day of school. Come and go anytime between 11-1, you do not have to stay the entire time.  Family friendly.  Feel free to drop off completed paperwork/supplies during this event.  

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Sep
4
9:00 AM09:00

First Day Family Orientation for Tues/Thurs Classes

September 4 (Tues) “First Day Family Orientation” for all Tues/Thurs Classes (9-10am for AM Classes & 12-1 for PM Classes) Parents, or another adult, must attend with the child. Siblings welcome.  For about 20-30 minutes, parents will be in the homeroom with their child.  Then, I will call all of the families to the Sanctuary for a brief parent meeting to go over some policies and procedures, and answer questions.  Students will stay in their classroom with the teacher. We will dismiss at 10am/1pm. This is an introduction to your child about preschool without their parent, and leaves them excited to return for their next school day to do all the things we don't have time to do on the Orientation Day. If your child will be absent, please let me know.  All completed paperwork needed for your child's file should be dropped off on or before this day.  Feel free to bring supplies with you as well.  

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Sep
5
9:00 AM09:00

First Day Family Orientation for MWF and 5 Day Classes

September 5 (Wed) “First Day Family Orientation” for all MWF Classes: MW Little Learners, F Little Learners, 5 day Preschool Plus, ALL KinderStart (2, 3, and 5 day KinderStart) sessions, and Kindergarten. (9-10am for AM Classes & 12-1 for PM Classes) For about 20-30 minutes, parents will be in the homeroom with their child.  Then, I will call all of the families to the Sanctuary for a brief parent meeting to go over some policies and procedures, and answer questions.  Students will stay in their classroom with the teacher. We will dismiss at 10am/1pm. This is an introduction to your child about preschool without their parent, and leaves them excited to return for their next school day to do all the things we don't have time to do on the Orientation Day. If your child will be absent, please let me know.  All completed paperwork needed for your child's file should be dropped off on or before this day.  Feel free to bring supplies with you as well.  

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Sep
26
to Sep 28

Fall Pictures by Beth Phillips Photography

Beth Phillips Photography will be here Wed-Fri September 26, 27, & 28 to take individual student and class photos during preschool hours.  No need to pre-order; every student in attendance will be photographed (attempted to be photographed, depending on child's cooperation, of course).  About 2 weeks or so after picture day, you will receive a link to view your proofs online, and instructions to place an order online if you choose.  Photos will be mailed to your home a few weeks later.  Sorry, we do not have any make-up dates, but plan to offer Spring Pictures in April (TBA).  More details will be sent home closer to Picture Day!

Wed, Sept 26: Mon/Wed Little Learners, Ms. Beth, Ms. Sharon, Ms. Katie, Ms. Tracey's Classes

Thursday, Sept 27: All Tues/Thurs Only Classes

Friday, Sept 28:  Friday only Little Learners, Ms. Cindy, Ms. Peggy, Ms. Chris's Classes

Check out Beth Phillips amazing photography online:  http://www.bethphillipsphotography.com/

 

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Oct
30
9:00 AM09:00

Fall Harvest Parties Tues/Thurs Classes

Watch for more information to be posted in October regarding our Fall Harvest Parties!  Children can come to school in costume, and we will spend their normal preschool day with a parade around the building, playing special games, visiting a "not so haunted" haunted classroom, and eating special treats.  Watch for more details, including treat donations and volunteer sign up info. Sorry, siblings cannot attend the party (but may be able to help pass out parade treats!) 

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Oct
31
9:00 AM09:00

Fall Harvest Parties MWF Classes

Watch for more information to be posted in October regarding our Fall Harvest Parties!  Children can come to school in costume, and we will spend their normal preschool day with a parade around the building, playing special games, visiting a "not so haunted" haunted classroom, and eating special treats.  Watch for more details, including treat donations and volunteer sign up info. Sorry, siblings cannot attend the party (but may be able to help pass out parade treats!) 

**The Friday Only Little Learners will have a small class party on Friday, October 26, during their regular preschool class. 

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Nov
6
12:00 PM12:00

Kindergarten Staff Inservice Day

In preparation for Kindergarten Conferences, Kindergarten will not have class on Tuesday, November 6, or Wednesday, November 7.  Kindergarten conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 7 between 12pm-5pm.  Sign up sheets will be posted closer to the date.  All other classes, including Extra-Curricular Classes, will meet as scheduled. 

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Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

Preschool Prom FUNdraiser!

A Great Start Preschool's Preschool Prom FUNdraiser will be held on the evening of Friday, November 16.  This is a family friendly event. Come dressed to the 9s, or come dressed as you are.  Prom Pictures, Dancing, DJ, Desserts, Raffle Prizes, and fun to be had by all!  If you are interested in volunteering on the "Prom Committee", please let Christina know. If you are interested in donating a raffle or auction prize, please email christina@agreatstartpreschool.com.  More details will be sent home closer to the date.

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Nov
21
to Nov 23

AGSP CLOSED

A Great Start Preschool will be CLOSED Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23, 2018 for Thanksgiving Break.  There will be no classes, or extra-curricular classes, on these dates. 

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Dec
6
9:30 AM09:30

Winter Program Recital for Tues/Thurs Little Learners and Smart Start Classes

Winter Program Recital for Tues/Thurs Little Learners and Tuesday/Thursday Smart Start Classes.  Children will come to school at their regular times, and families will join us in the Sanctuary at 9:30 (morning classes) and 12:30 (afternoon classes) for our students to perform!  There will be a brief reception with cookies immediately following.  All other classes, including Extra-Curricular Classes, will meet as scheduled.

MWF Classes (including Mon/Wed and Friday Little Learners), MWF Smart Start, all KinderStart, Kindergarten, and all Preschool Plus Classes (including Ms. Sally's Tues/Thurs Preschool Plus Classes) will perform in an End of the Year Program and Graduation on Wednesday, May 22 (9:30am/12:30pm).

More details about each of these programs will be sent home closer to the dates. 

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Dec
10
9:00 AM09:00

Tuition Payment Due *

For those who made their first tuition payment in August, 4 of 9 payments have already been received and a December payment is not needed.  For those who enrolled in July or later, December 10th is the 4th tuition payment.  *Please see Christina if you have any questions about payments. 

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Dec
24
to Jan 4

AGSP Closed

A Great Start Preschool will be CLOSED Monday, December 24 through Friday, January 4 for Winter Break.  Classes and extra-curricular classes will resume as scheduled beginning Monday, January 7, 2019.

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Mar
6
4:00 PM16:00

Family Outing @ Skateworld of Kettering

Family Outing at Skateworld of Kettering!  Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 4-6pm.  $4.00 per skater, including admission, skate rental, and soft play. A limited number of "skatemates" will be available. Watch for more details, including an RSVP form, to be sent home a few weeks before the event.  Skateworld of Kettering is located at 1601 East David Road Kettering, Ohio 45429 SkateworldofKettering.com

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Mar
11
8:00 AM08:00

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, March 11 or Tuesday, March 12 (depending on your teacher's schedule).  Watch for sign ups to be posted closer to the date. We hope every parent will sign up to meet with their child's teacher for a 15 minute conference.  Phone conferences can be scheduled if it is not feasible to meet in person. 

There will be no Preschool or Kindergarten Classes in session on March 11 or March 12.  Watch closer to the date regarding any changes in the Extra-Curricular Class schedule. 

*Kindergarten Conferences March 11, Kindergarten In-service date March 12*

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Mar
12
8:30 AM08:30

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, March 11 or Tuesday, March 12 (depending on your teacher's schedule).  Watch for sign ups to be posted closer to the date. We hope every parent will sign up to meet with their child's teacher for a 15 minute conference.  Phone conferences can be scheduled if it is not feasible to meet in person. 

There will be no Preschool or Kindergarten Classes in session on March 11 or March 12.  Watch closer to the date regarding any changes in the Extra-Curricular Class schedule. 

*Kindergarten Conferences March 11, Kindergarten In-service date March 12*

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Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Annual Consignment Sale Fundraiser

A Great Start Preschool's 15th Annual Consignment Sale Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 13, from 9am-2pm. This event is open to the public!  Infant, Children's, Maternity Items, toys, children's games, some household items will be sold.  AGSP will receive 30% of the selling price of items sold!  For more information about selling, donating, or volunteering, please email aGreatStart@aol.com.  More information will be sent home with students in January. 

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May
20
9:00 AM09:00

Last "Regular Session Days" for MWF (see details)

The last "Regular Session Day" for Mon/Wed/Fri Classes will be on Monday, May 20th (9-11:20, 12:00-2:20).  The last "Regular Session Day" for Tues/Thurs and 5 Day Classes will be on Tuesday, May 21st (9-11:20, 12:00-2:20, 12:00-3:00 Kindergarten).  Don't say goodbye yet- there are still 2 more special events this week!

On Wednesday, May 22, we have our End of Year Program and Graduation for all MW & F Little Learners, MWF Smart Start, All Preschool Plus, All KinderStart, and Kindergarten Classes (more details to come).

On Thursday, May 23, we will have our End of Year Celebration Carnival for all students from 11am-2pm (more details to come).

There are no classes on Friday, May 24, 2019. 

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May
21
9:00 AM09:00

Last "Regular Session Day" for TR and 5 Day Classes (see details)

The last "Regular Session Day" for Mon/Wed/Fri Classes will be on Monday, May 20th (9-11:20, 12:00-2:20).  The last "Regular Session Day" for Tues/Thurs and 5 Day Classes will be on Tuesday, May 21st (9-11:20, 12:00-2:20, 12:00-3:00 Kindergarten).  Don't say goodbye yet- there are still 2 more special events this week!

On Wednesday, May 22, we have our End of Year Program and Graduation for all MW & F Little Learners, MWF Smart Start, All Preschool Plus, All KinderStart, and Kindergarten Classes (more details to come).

On Thursday, May 23, we will have our End of Year Celebration Carnival for all students from 11am-2pm (more details to come).

There are no classes on Friday, May 24, 2019. 

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May
22
9:30 AM09:30

End of Year Program and Graduation

MWF Classes (including Mon/Wed and Friday Little Learners), MWF Smart Start, all KinderStart, Kindergarten, and all Preschool Plus Classes (including Ms. Sally's Tues/Thurs Preschool Plus Classes) will perform in an End of the Year Program and Graduation on Wednesday, May 22 (9:30am/12:30pm).

** The Tues/Thurs Little Learners and Smart Start Classes perform in the Winter Program Recital in December.**

More details about each of these programs will be sent home closer to the dates. 

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May
23
11:00 AM11:00

End of Year Celebration Carnival!

Join us for our End of Year Celebration Carnival- rain or shine!  This event will be held on Thursday, May 23 from 11am-2pm (come and go anytime during those times!).  We will have special games, vendors, food, and prizes.  Parents (or another adult) must attend with your child.  This is a family friendly event- siblings, family, and friends welcome!  More details will be sent home closer to the date.  There will be no regular classes, as our teachers will be working the carnival.  This is our offical last day before Summer Break, as there are no classes on Friday, May 24. 

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May
18
9:30 AM09:30

End of Year Program Recital and Graduation

End of Year Program Recital and Graduation for Kindergarten, all KinderStart, all Preschool Plus (including Tues/Thurs Preschool Plus 4s), MWF Smart Start, MW Little Learners, and Fri Little Learners).  Families should plan to come and watch their student perform in the Sanctuary, followed by a reception after.  

**Please note: This program does not include the Tues/Thurs Little Learners 2's or Tues/Thurs Smart Start 3's-- they were in a Winter Program on December 14th, 2017)**

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Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

Consignment Sale

A Great Start Preschool's 14th Annual Consignment Sale Fundraiser Event. This event is open to the public, and we need your help!  Seller sign up will begin in January. Volunteer sign up will be posted in March.  We appreciate your support!

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Mar
26
to Mar 30

CLOSED

AGSP will be CLOSED for Spring Break March 26-Mary 30. AGSP will also be closed on Monday, April 2.  No classes or extra-curricular classes will be in session on these days.  

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Dec
14
9:30 AM09:30

Winter Program Recital

Winter Program Recital for Tues/Thurs Little Learners and Tues/Thurs Smart Classes only. Tentative Times 9:30am (morning classes) and 12:30pm (afternoon classes).  Families should plan to attend to watch their child perform in the Sanctuary, followed by a brief cookie reception after.  (**This is only for Tues/Thurs Little Learners 2's and Smart Start 3's.  All other students will perform in our End of Year Recital on May 18th)

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Nov
25
11:00 AM11:00

Gustafer Yellowgold is coming to Southminster!

Celebrate the release of Gustafer's NEW CD - Brighter Side!

Saturday, November 25th at 11:00am.  Cost- Free (Please bring non-perishable food items to donate to the FISH Food Pantry at Southminster!)

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“The show is a cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss.” - The New York Times

Taylor's funny and touching multimedia presentation about a little guy from the Sun who landed in the Minnesota woods has loads of adult crossover appeal, making Gustafer Yellowgold’s show a truly all-ages experience.

Fresh from his appearance at WILCO’s revered Solid Sound festival, Taylor will be featuring material from his new album “Brighter Side” alongside classic fan favorites.  

Gustafer’s latest video is ‘Baconstein’. Here are links to the video and to a fun commercial for the new Baconstein action figure:

https://youtu.be/xAlyQ4_0F4s
https://youtu.be/xgftMyddOUo

Here’s a link to short "Good To Know” videos about Gus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2xcg_H5Mpw&list=PLo6XR5d7jakhRDiR_O1tSkjdASGAX2l1S

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