And we're off!

Hi CCP Family,

      We did it!  All classes have now experienced their first day of preschool for 2019-20!  There were a few tears, but nothing major and everyone ended their days successfully.  Adults, you handled the "good-byes" very well - positive, short, and sweet!  Thank you for the trust you place in us! You have precious children and we feel very fortunate to have you as part of our school family.  Each day will get easier!

      We are only missing a few forms.  (We are required to collect new forms each year.) Melissa has notified the families who may be missing one of the following: health form, emergency contact form, or a photo permission form.  We MUST have current forms to keep everyone safe.  Also, please make sure you have a weather-appropriate change of clothes at preschool.  And thanks for bringing a water bottle each day! Just be sure your child’s name is on the bottle.

Thanks for your flexibility today with the approaching storm. Hopefully you saw my email last night explaining our plan for today. Please become familiar with our policies in the Parent Handbook that was emailed to you. When there is inclement weather, I will do my best to communicate by email. However, in most cases, you will know that we follow the Chapel Hill - Carrboro City Schools. You can relax in the knowledge that we have a weather plan to keep your children safe!

We are locking our doors for safety each day at 9:15. They will be unlocked just before dismissal. If you need to get in during the day, just ring the bell to the right of the front or the back door. There is not a bell on the side door into Ascension Hall. Thanks.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to order a CCP school shirt yet, please click here. You can order shirts and make your “fundraising donation” using your credit or debit card. I think the shirt orders will close late next week, so you may want to go ahead and make your purchase now. Thanks for showing your school spirit!

       If you have a grandparent or nanny that you would like to receive preschool communications, please provide the password & direct them to the website ( the parent portal, and then the class pages - they can sign up for the email notifications at the bottom right of each blog page.  This will ensure that they receive the emails.  Please note that they need to do this for EACH email notification they want to receive. So if they want to receive notifications from the director and a teacher, they would need to sign up on Debbie's blog page AND the class blog page.

       I hope each of you had the chance to meet our lead pastor, Ben Williams, and perhaps you also met our associate pastor, Kristen Hanna.  Pastor Ben is easily recognized because he wears a bowtie! Pastor Kristen & Pastor Ben were greeting families in the hallway this week. Thanks to Pastor Ben and Pastor Kristen for their support and for helping us welcome everyone on the first days of preschool!

      Thank you for coming to the Parent Orientation meeting.  I hope you learned a lot about our school and especially about your child's class.  As I mentioned, one thing that makes us unique is using Dr. Becky Bailey's Conscious Discipline as our method of building resilient classrooms and teaching children the skills of self-regulation.  I will share more about this each week in my Thursday evening blog post. You can learn to expect preschool news in your e-mailbox from Debbie on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm

      Christ Church has their Sunday School Kick-Off for 2019-20 this Sunday, Sept. 8 at 9:45.  The preschoolers attend Sunday school in the Ladybug room. Sunday school lasts an hour.  Parents can attend the worship service during the same hour in the Sanctuary. If you don't have a home church, please come visit Christ Church! You can contact Pastor Kristen for more information about Sunday school.

Duck and Whale classes, your first lunch bunch is this coming Monday, Sept. 9! On Mondays and Wednesdays our 4’s classes stay until 1:00 and enjoy lunch together. This is a great chance for more socializing and a great opportunity to practice eating a packed lunch!

Safekeepers, we have a staff meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 12:30.

      I leave you with this quote from Amy Speidel (Loving Guidance Associate), "Our job is to be the mirror for children, reflecting their worth; what we reflect becomes what they believe about themselves."

Happy Grandparents' Day this Sunday!  I WISH YOU WELL!