Monthly Newsletter



December 2017





The Holiday’s Are Coming!


The Toddler, Preschool, and Older Preschool rooms will have Holiday Parties Wednesday and Thursday, December 13 and 14.   Sign-up sheets for snacks, drinks, paper goods, and party favors are posted on the classroom doors. Crib Room parents are also welcomed to bring treats to share, but this is optional! Please check with Crib Room teachers first. Thanks to all the children and parents in advance who help with our parties!



Christmas Traditions and Advent Celebrations at St. John’s


Information containing all of St. John’s Advent and Christmas activities may be found on the PDO table in the hallway. Happy Birthday Jesus is Saturday, December 2, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 for ages 3 (and potty trained) through 5th grade. At this time, it is full. You are invited to attend any of the other special holiday events!



Book Club Orders

December book brochures have been sent home. Extra brochures can be found in the pocket on the PDO bulletin board and on the table in the hallway. Deadline for turning orders in or for ordering online has been extended to Monday, December 4, toassure delivery by Winter Break. To order online, go to and enter the activation code of GQRQK. We encourage you to order online, but you may turn in your order form in to me or call your orders in or email me and you may pay later. Orders can always be turned in after the deadline, but your books may not come in by our Winter Break.


Enrollment for Next Summer and Fall 

Fall School Year 2018-2019 Enrollment is planned for the week of February 5 for church members, Monday, February 12 for our currently enrolled families and alumni, and Thursday, February 15 for new families. Summer 2017 Enrollment is planned for February 12 for church members, February 26 for our currently enrolled families and our alumni, and Thursday, March 1, for new families. Enrollment forms for both Summer and Fall will be sent home in mid-January. There will be an Open House on Wednesday and Thursday, January 24 and 25, for new families interested in enrolling.  More enrollment information will be in January’s newsletter.


Preschool and Older Preschool Program

The Preschool and Older Preschool will have a Christmas Program on Wednesday and Thursday, December 6 and 7, at 2:10 p.m. in St. John’s sanctuary. All parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends are invited.  Invitations have been sent home. We look forward to seeing you then!


Thank You for Your Donations

Thank you to those of you who have donated children’s clothing, toys, and diapers to St. John’s Baby Grace Ministry.   Your help is greatly appreciated by the poverty stricken families this ministry serves. We will continue to collect any donated items. Please place in the playpen at the top of the entrance stairs. A donation receipt for tax purposes may be found in the picket attached to this playpen.  Many thanks for your generosity, thoughtfulness and support!


A Reminder of Our Snow Policy:

If both the Kansas City Missouri School District AND the Shawnee Mission School District are closed because of inclement weather, we will also be closed. If one remains open, we will be open.   Please check your local TV station, radio, or these districts’ websites for closings, as we do not list St. John’s PDO separately and do not call you. This information also applies to both districts dismissing early because of bad weather.


For Your Safety

Please do not  leave the entrance/exit door open, prop the door open, or let anyone in who does not have a code. We want to continue to keep our church a safe and secure environment for your children.  Thank you.


School Pictures

Your child’s finished pictures have arrived!




Classroom News


Crib Room:

We have made so much progress. No more crying is being heard! We now enjoy playing with our friends and are even learning their names! We love our big play room downstairs, the courtyard, and our strollers!  We are enjoying finger plays, dancing, and singing. Some of our favorite songs are “A,B,C”, and “Wheels on the Bus“. We have some new toys and have been excited to play with them. Please remember to send a crib sheet and a “sippy” cup (for morning drinks) with your child each week and continue labeling your child‘s belongings. We also need your child’s picture for our door if you have not sent one. The children love looking at each other’s pictures! Thank you.


Toddler Room:

We enjoyed learning about fall and Thanksgiving through our art projects, stories, songs and activities.   We were so proud of our “handprint” turkeys and our Thanksgiving cornucopia. We have learned many new songs and finger plays since the beginning of the school year.  Some of our favorites are “A,B,C“, “Wheels on the Bus”, “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, “Five Little Monkeys,” “Hokey Pokey” and now, ”Jingle Bells“!  We have loved going outside on warmer fall days and playing in our big playroom downstairs on these colder days. Please remember to send a a “sippy” cup (for morning drinks) with your child each week and continue labeling your child‘s belongings. Please send a picture for our bulletin board if you have not.


Preschool Room:

We had fun with all our Thanksgiving projects and learned about sharing and working together. Some of our projects we enjoyed were taking nature walks, yarn painting leaves,  learning about different shapes, making pumpkin pie slices,  feathered turkeys and an “I am Thankful for…” collage. We learned some funny turkey songs, as well as facts about the first Thanksgiving. Some of our favorite songs are “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, “Turkey Dinner“, and now songs for our Christmas Program! We continue working on shapes, colors, size, and number concepts through activities, stories, and projects. Our letters for this month were J and K.  We also continue stressing the importance of being kind to one another, cooperating, listening, and following directions.  Please send a picture for our bulletin board if you have not. 


Older Preschool Room:

We had fun decorating our room with our popcorn Indian corn craft and making our turkey for our bulletin board in the hallway. We learned about the letters I and J, the number 4, triangle shapes, and the color yellow. We talked about the different types of leaves and the changing of seasons, along with facts about Indians, Pilgrims, and Thanksgiving. We learned about different parts of our body and had fun making our two “Body People” on display in the hallway. We had fun talking about different pets and making our deer food and gingerbread houses. We also continue stressing the importance of being kind to one another, cooperating, listening, and following directions. Please send a picture for our bulletin board if you have not.

Our Chapel theme for the Preschool and Older Preschool rooms this past month was “Thank You, God, for Food and Family”.

 Our December theme is “Happy Birthday, Jesus!” 





♥ December Tuition is the same as the other months, even though we are in session fewer days. Our monthly tuition is based on 36 weeks for the nine month school year, including starting in August. Monthly tuition is $122 ($128 for Crib Room) to attend one day a week and $244 ($256 for Crib Room) for attending two days a week. Please see Nancy if you have any questions.


♥ If someone other than the person authorized by you on your emergency form to take your child (car pool driver, nanny, or relative) is to pick up your child, please call Nancy or give the teachers the name in writing of the person who is picking up your child.


♥ Please inform Nancy in writing of any immunizations your child has had since your medical form was turned in. The Missouri Department will be checking your child’s records in January.      Please inform Nancy of any updated information such as emergency contacts change of addresses, phone numbers.   


♥ Please send a change of clothing each time your child attends and continue to label all your child’s belongings.


♥ Please be considerate of our pick up time. Habitually picking up late is not fair to your child, his/her teachers, and   the other parents who make the effort to pick up on time.   Your cooperation is appreciated. Extended day late pick up is offered on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday until 3:30 p.m. for an additional fee of $6.75.





Winter Break


Our last day before Winter Break is Monday, December 18


There will be no classes:


Tuesday, December 19

Monday, January 1

Classes will resume:

Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!


The staff of St. John’s PDO would like to wish each family a wonderful holiday season, filled with peace, joy, good health, and love. We look forward to seeing all your bright faces again the week of January 2, 2018! A very blessed new year to all of you from all of us!     


Brenda   Deena   Hannah   Jill   Lisa   Karen   Mary Beth   Nancy   Stacy   Valla   Nancy