The Wheels on the bus..........

Hello Ladybug Families,

It was so lovely to meet you all for parent conferences last week. I hope that you are as proud as I am of your little Ladybugs and the wonderful start they have made to this school year. Good communication with parents is so important to me. You are the experts of your own children, and there is much that I can learn from you. Your insights into your child help inform our classroom practice, and aids us in best meeting the needs of all the children in our care. Please don't hesitate to share your concerns or ideas with me. Thank you!

This week in Ladybug class we will be exploring the theme of Transport. We will be talking about vehicles that move on land, sea and air. We will be making a fire truck, looking at the scientific concepts of speed and gravity with cars and ramps, and singing, dancing and playing together. We will continue to develop caring relationships with each other, work on expressing emotion and communicating our needs. We will reflect on the changing seasons as beautiful Fall emerges around us.

This week is a short week, Mon- Wed, as we have Fall break on Th/Fri, while the teachers attend a conference. Wear your class color or school shirt to school for spirit week and join us at Chick-fil-A on Monday evening 5-7pm.

Some reminders for this week:

  • This week snack is kindly provided Mackenzie's Family (MW), and Elis's family, (Tues).

  • Please bring any cardboard dozen egg boxes and toilet roll tubes you have at home to school for a craft project

  • Please check the class photo button on the Ladybug Class page of the website regularly for a sneaky peek into our classroom fun!

Thank you for sharing your fantastic children with me every week!

We wish peace, love and happiness to all the children all over the world



Celebrating Family

Hello Ladybug Families,

This week in class we will continue to learn about our home and school families. We will be working on making loving connections with each other. Ask your child about our feelings bears and safe place. Can they explain how we use these important tools in our classroom?

This week we are also very excited to be meeting with Chapel Hill Fire Department on Thursday 10th October at around 9 30, to look around a real fire truck, and talk about fire safety. If you are a m/w/f Ladybug, you are very welcome to accompany your child to explore the fire truck this Thursday.

I am very much looking forward to meeting with all my Ladybug parents on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th October for Fall conferences. Ms Amber will be taking very good care of the children in class. I will be in the disciple room, just off Ascension Hall on Monday, and in the church offices across the street in Building 103 on Tuesday. I am excited to share what a lovely start to the year we have had together.

Please click here to sign up for a chat!

  • Snack this week is kindly provided by: Jack’s Family, (mwf), and Eleanor's family,(t/th).

We wish peace, love and happiness to all the children all over the world,




Creating a School Family

Hello Friends,

This week the Ladybugs will continue to explore the Brown Bear story through art, math and storytelling. We will also begin learning all about each other, and our homes and families. We would love you to bring in a family photo for your child to share at circle time. We will be creating a family tree to celebrate our amazing Ladybug families. Talking to each other about our homes and family helps each child to feel safe and secure in our classroom as we build strong, trusting relationships with each other. This week we will continue to build our own unique class family. We will be working on learning our friend’s names, and how to show love and kindness to each other every day. We will be exploring how each of our Ladybug friends are unique, with their own skills and talents. We will be making our own Ladybug friendship books to take home too!

Some reminders:

  • Snack this week is kindly provided by Isabelle's Family, (MWF), and Charlotte's Family, (T/TH).

  • Check out the Conference sign up form here and make a date for a chat!

  • Smile! This Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd October are picture days. We will keep messy play to a minimum!

I am looking forward to a new week with my Ladybug friends!

We wish peace, love and happiness to all the children all over the world,




Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?

Hello Ladybug Families,

This week in Ladybug class we will enjoy reading the Brown Bear, Brown Bear book together. This book is fantastic for developing color recognition, sequencing, and rhyming skills while fostering a love of reading. We will link the Brown Bear story to our art, math and literacy learning. We will also continue to work on strengthening our school family connections. We will be using our 'wish well' board to send love to our absent friends. We will be looking at our helpers chart, and we will each take responsibility for a job in our classroom. We will also be practicing using breathe to feel calm and happy!

Some reminders:

  • This week snack is kindly provided by Greyson's family, (M/W/F), and Bryson's family,(T/Th).

  • We are excited to begin our first music class with Ms Melissa this week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Chapel also begins with Ms Debbie on Mondays and Thursdays at 9:30 am.

  • Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Ladybug blog page.( password: CCP2019-20. You will find photo albums for each class, a calendar with class events and snack reminders, and a play dough sign up button.

  • Fall parent /teacher conferences are scheduled for October 7th/8th. This is a great opportunity to chat about how your child has settled into Ladybug class and a chance to share any information that may help us ensure your child has the happiest of years with us. You can sign up for conferences here.

    We wish peace, love and happiness to all the children, all over the world.


Ladybug News!

Hello Ladybug Families,

The Ladybugs have been having so much fun in class this week. But most importantly, we have been getting to know each other and our classroom routines. Can your little one’s sing you our good morning song, or the Ladybug song? We have also been practicing deep breathing by smelling the flower, and blowing out the candle! Try it, it works wonders! I am so grateful to have two happy classes who are already smiling, playing and learning together by the end of this first full week. What an achievement!

Looking ahead to next week, I wanted to let you know that I have had to arrange a last minute trip to the UK to attend my dear Uncle’s funeral, and I will therefore be out of class on September 16/17/18. I am so sorry to be absent at the start of a new school year, but I know my Ladybug friends will be well looked after by the amazing Ms Amber who is already much loved by the Ladybug’s. Our wonderful music teacher Ms. Melissa will be assisting Ms. Amber in my absence. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be with my family at this time, and I will return, if not a little bleary eyed, on Thursday.

Some reminders:

  • Snack next week is kindly provided by Emma's family (MWF), and Ava's family, (T/TH).

  • The CCP website is available at: Use the Password: CCP2019-20 to access the Ladybug blog page and see up to date information, the class calendar, and to access sign up sheets.

  • Click on the class photo album buttons to see photos of our Ladybug fun, I will add to this each week!

Sending Ladybug Love,



So proud of my Ladybugs!

Hello Ladybug Families,

I am so proud of all my lovely Ladybugs! They have all managed a full day of preschool! (despite storm interruptions!) It is a big step for your little ones to say goodbye and begin to function autonomously in a classroom environment. We will be working hard to introduce a predictable structure into our daily preschool sessions, so that your children gain confidence and feel safe and secure with us. If your child is unsure, remind them that Miss Amber and Ms Sarah will love them and keep them safe until you return. Talk about the play materials and routines such as playground time, story-time and snack. We are excited to continue our Ladybug adventures with them!

This week in class we will continue to focus on building our class family. We will begin learning each others names, and we will practice our good morning song. We will also begin learning breathing techniques. We will talk about our safe place in class and how to use it. We will be thinking about how to use different centers in our classroom, and will discuss how to look after our classroom, our toys and each other. So a very busy week ahead!

Some reminders:

  • Snack this week is kindly provided by Alexander’s Family (MWF), and Andrew's Family (T/Th). Please bring in enough snack for 12 children each day. Thanks so much for your support. We don't need any plates/cups or napkins at this time.

  • Please ensure your child has a spare change of clothes in a ziploc bag in their cubby.

  • Please sign up to make a batch of play dough for our classroom. You can sign up on the ladybug page on the CCP website.

  • Please ensure your child wears clothes that are easy for them to remove when using the bathroom. It is also easier and safer to wear closed toe shoes like sneakers, with socks for outside play rather than sandels/crocs that fill with sand and mulch and are slippery on the climbing equipment.

  • Please save paper towel/toilet roll tubes, egg carton's, boxes, lids and any interesting recycled materials, and bring them to class for us to use for model making and crafts.

  • Please bring a picture of your child for their cubby if you have not already done so.

    Thank you so much!

We are looking forward to a wonderful week,

Ms Sarah

Reminders for this week!

Hello Ladybug Families,

I hope you are enjoying your long weekend.

It was great to meet our new Ladybug families this week. Ms Amber and I are really excited to get started!

Here is how the week ahead looks for the Ladybugs.......

T/Th Ladybug Class:

Tuesday 3rd September: Half day visit to Ladybug Class (parents can stay and play or go for a coffee!):

9:00- 10:15

Poppy, Charlotte, Jonathan, Evelina, Eleanor, Lillian, Henry


Bryson, Ella, Elise, Andrew, Ava

Thursday 5th September: your first full day of preschool begins: 9:00- 12:00.


M/W/F Ladybug Class:

Wednesday 4th September: Half day visit to Ladybug Class (parents can stay and play or go for a coffee!):

9:00- 10:15

Jack, Reese, Mackenzie, Sarah, Emma, Rosalia,


Greyson, Zenobia, Aleksander, Isabelle, Michael, Toby

Friday 6th September: your first full day of preschool begins: 9:00- 12:00.

 The teachers will be providing snack for this first week of school.

If you didn't get a parent packet or the snack schedule make sure to pick one up in class this week.

Sending Ladybug love,

Sarah and Amber



Welcome Ladybug Friends!

Dear Parents,

I would like to warmly welcome you to Christ Church Preschool, and to the lovely Ladybug Class.

My name is Sarah VanOlinda, and I will be your child's teacher. Amber Boyer is my teaching partner in our classroom, and we are both eager to get to know and love your children as we enjoy playing and learning together.

This blog is an essential tool for you to keep up to date on lots of news and events from the classroom. I will update the blog posts weekly to keep you informed of new events. The calendar on the ladybug page will inform you of snack schedules, birthdays, and important dates to remember. It will also show you the themes that we are exploring each week in our classroom. You will also be able to access photos from our classroom in the Ladybug class photo albums on the Ladybug blog page.. Please sign up to make some play dough on the sign up link on the Ladybug page.

In the first weeks of school we will be spending time getting to know each other, and the routines of the classroom. We will be learning how to play with each other, how to take care of our friends and our classroom, and we will begin building a happy, caring classroom community.

We are so looking forward to getting started!

I look forward to meeting you this Thursday, 29th August, for our playground Fun day, 9:30-11am, and at our parent orientation from 7-9 pm.

Sending Ladybug Love,

Ms Sarah and Ms Amber