Looking Ahead to Fall 2019

Families of students enrolled for this fall will receive a letter in July describing the opening days of school. If you do not receive this letter by August 1, please contact the preschool office. If your address changes during the summer, please email the preschool with your updated contact information so that we can send the letter to the correct address.

Your summer letter will include an invitation to attend a gathering with your child’s teachers and classmates at the GSLP playground. These gatherings are an opportunity for parents and children to meet one another and begin building relationships that will continue throughout the year. Gatherings will happen the week of September 2.

The next big event to kick off the school year will be classroom visits on September 11. Parents and students visit classrooms together to introduce the kids to where they will spend the year. Your child’s first school day will be a mini-day, an hour-long session during which parents will stick around for GSLP’s yearly parent orientation. Next, Early Pre-K students will have shortened sessions to gradually start the year, while Pre-K students will start full sessions.

A preliminary yearly calendar and a detailed September 2019 calendar are available on the GSLP website. Just go to gslp-gaithersburg.org and choose “School Calendar” under the “Current Families” menu.

A second tuition payment is due August 1. If you will be away during that time, please send in the tuition ahead of time. If tuition is not received by August 1, the office staff will assume that you wish to withdraw your child from school. The preschool office will be open on August 1 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM for parents who wish to drop-off their tuition and paper forms.

Posted on May 22, 2019 and filed under 2019-2020, Announcements.

Order Class Photo Discs by Tuesday for Best Price!

Throughout the school year, staff members take pictures of class activities, special events, birthday or growing day celebrations, chapels, and more. At the end of the year, all of these special moments are used to create a slideshow of the year for our closing program. However, the photos you see on the last day are only a small selection of the moments captured by teachers.

GSLP is offering discs with photos from your child’s class and the closing program slideshow. The cost is $10 for orders received by Tuesday, May 21, and $15 for discs purchased later. Proceeds from the sales benefit the GSLP Scholarship Fund. Discs ordered in advance will be ready to take home the last week of school.

Need an order form? Pick one up outside the Preschool Office or print your own.

Posted on May 20, 2019 .

May Book Recommendations Bring on the Giggles

By Lori Forcey, GSLP Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

For our final Book Nook this year, we’re celebrating the end of school with a focus on books that make reading fun and provide lots and lots of giggles. 

The Book With No Pictures, by BJ Novak: Yes that’s right, this story has no pictures. But for what it lacks in illustrations, it more than makes up for in hilarious prose that will leave kids howling. Read this one out loud, as the book stipulates that the narrator of the story has to say everything printed on the pages. What follows is a gobbledygook-laden parade of words that poke fun at the narrator over and over again. Just try to keep a straight face as you read this gem, which can be found at your local library.

When A Dragon Moves In, by Jodi Moore: When a dragon moves into the sandcastle a little boy has built on the beach, it causes A LOT of trouble. But mom, dad and sister don’t see the dragon, so the blame falls on the boy. It’s up to the reader to decide if the dragon is really there... Find this fun one at your local library.

Monster’s New Undies, by Samantha Berger: Monster needs new undies, and oh, the drama! He can’t find just the right pair. What will he do? Heavy on silly rhymes and preschool-level humor, this one is particularly popular with new potty trainers. Find this silly title (with audio available!) in our Family Lending Library.

Bonus Books! For families looking for a story to help with the transition to kindergarten (or just between classrooms): Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes (Litwin; available in our Lending Library), Countdown to Kindergarten (McGhee), i carry your heart with me (Cummings), What If…? (Browne), Annabelle Swift, Kindergartener (Schwartz), Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Park; a chapter book!), It’s Back to School We Go! (Jackson), and The Twelve Days of Kindergarten (Rose).

Posted on May 20, 2019 and filed under Family Lending Library, Book Nook.

Children's Book Drive

Don’t forget to bring in your gently used picture books this week for our Teacher Appreciation Week Book Drive! We are collecting books to distribute to the children served by the Gaithersburg Judy Center. Drop donations off in the box in the hallway. Thank you!

Posted on May 7, 2019 .