Preschool Newsletter                                          
Last updated 1/07/2019

Helen Spillan, Director
3003 Silverside Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
(302) 478-3876

Concordia Preschool

January 2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to school and Happy New Year.  We hope you enjoyed the holidays and sincerely thank you for all the Christmas gifts and well wishes.  January is typically a very busy month, and this year is no exception.  Please read below so you are informed about the many happenings.  Also remember to notify the preschool office if any of your emergency numbers or medical insurance information have recently changed.

Registration- No Tuition increase for next year!

Registration forms were sent home last week via backpacks.  In-house (current fami-lies) registration begins on Wednesday, Jan. 9th at drop off. There is a non-refundable $50 registration fee per child.  Class choices for next year are the same as this year and are listed below. 
  • 2 year olds will come 2 days (Tues/Thurs).  Tuition for next school year is $215/month.
  • 3 year olds can choose 3 or 5 days.  The days for the 3 day 3's are Mon/Wed/Fri. We will have 1 class of 5 day 3's.  Tuition is $294/month for the 3 day and $363/month for the 5 day.
  • 4 year olds can choose 3 or 5 days.  The days for the 3 day class are Mon/Wed/Fri.  Tuition for 3 day is $294/month.  5 day classes will choose either 5 day 4's or Readiness.  The tuition is the same for both classes ($363/month).  The difference between the classes is an age cut off.  Those children who have birthdays before Feb. 15th are eligible for Readiness, and those who are younger should be enrolled in the 5 day 4's.  All of the 4 year old classes have a very similar curriculum and goal- to have the children prepared for a successful Kindergarten experience.
If you have any questions about Registration or class offerings, please do not hesitate to ask. If you know of new families looking for a preschool, please recommend us!  I am happy to give tours and information. 

Art Fair Social
Back by popular demand, this year's Art Fair will be on Friday, Feb. 1st from 6 to 7:30 pm.  Please come to see beautiful art projects made by the students and socialize with each other and your teachers.  Admission is free.  There will be a bake sale with nut-free goodies made by the teachers to benefit our financial aid fund.  You won't want to miss this fun family event!!

Thank you
Thanks to the many families who presented our staff with such wonderful gifts and cards at Christmas.  We appreciate your generosity and thoughtfulness.

Thanks to the families who donated hats and mittens last month.  The Centers we de-livered them to were very appreciative.  Many children will be warm and dry this winter because of your efforts to help those in need!

Thanks to all families who attended the Christmas Chapel with Parents.  We invite you once again to be with us on April 15th for Easter Chapel with Parents. 

Brownies Needed
January and February do not have a class assigned to adopt the preschool for the month, however,  the church will still be serving the monthly lunch at the Emmanuel Dining Room (EDR).  We are in need of several volunteers to bake brownies for the meal.  Please let me know if you are able to bring some in by the 25th of the month.

Bad Weather Closings
I make the decision to close our school based on weather reports and recommenda-tions from State Officials.  For the past few years, we have been using the School Mes-senger system to inform you of weather related closings and important messages.  The earliest the system would call you is 6:15 am.  If it is an early morning call, we will only send the message to your home phone.  If we have an emergency and need to cancel close to or during school hours, we will call all of your emergency numbers.  We do also list our closing on the WSTW Snow watch website.  On that site, we are listed under childcare centers not schools.  If you have any questions or need to make changes to any of your listed emergency numbers, please see me or email Julie Moore at

The weather is colder, but we will still be playing outside as much as possible.  Please dress your child appropriately. They must have a coat, hat and gloves or mittens.

Friday Specials
Friday Specials begin this week.  The total cost is $180 for the 12 week session.  A $50 deposit was paid in mid Dec. for those who registered then.  The balance of $130 is due on the first class Friday, Jan. 11th.
**  We will not have specials on 2/1 due to the Art Fair, 2/15 due to the Teacher In-Service Day or 4/19 and 4/26 due to Easter Break.  There is still room in Dance and Soccer for those who would like to participate.

Valentine's Day celebrations will be happening in a few weeks.  The children look for-ward to giving and receiving cards of love and friendship.  Your child's teacher will pro-vide you with class specific information soon.  We are asking that you do not attach any candy to the actual cards to ensure that all children can participate.  Most chocolate treats are not safe for nut allergies.  When choosing a nut free candy treat for Valentine's Day or Easter, we suggest: plain milk chocolate Hershey Kisses, York Peppermint Patties, Twizzlers, Tootsie Rolls, Dum Dum Lollipops and Skittles.

New Year, New You
Please feel free to join us for a night of sipping, shopping and socializing this Friday, January 11th from 6-8 pm.  A flyer was sent home describing the many vendors that will be set up in the Big Room.  They will have products you can order/purchase all focused on your beauty and well being.  Hope to see you there!!

Upcoming dates:
1/9 In-House Registration begins
1/11 Friday After School Specials begin
1/11 Vendor Fair 6-8 pm in the Big Room
1/14 Advisory Board Meeting
1/21 No School- MLK Holiday
2/1 Art Fair Social 6-7:30

Have a wonderful rest of the month.  Stay Warm!
Yours in mittens and paper snowflakes,

Helen Spillan

Helen Spillan, Director
3003 Silverside Road
Wilmington, DE  19810
(302) 478-3876
Concordia Preschool