A New Normal

I wanted to apologize for taking so long to create my next blog. Like you, my world has changed drastically, and I have had to take some time to wrap my head around our “New Normal”. This last month I have been dealing with the fact my preschool had to close, and all my tasks that involve shutting down the preschool program for this school year. I am so sad that I will not get to see most of my preschoolers until next school year, and some I will not get to see at all since they are rising kindergarteners. There is also the fact that both of my girls are at home full-time because public schools had to close. No dances, no spring sports, no dance recitals or competitions, no exams, no prom, no graduations…it is a lot. I am hurting for all our students because they have been robbed of the important things that are considered rites of passage of being a kid.

As an adult we have to worry about our job hours being reduced, or not having a job at all, but continuing to pay for our expenses and trying to find toilet paper! The reality of not being able to go anywhere freely, or see the people you love has been terrifying, stressful, and exhausting all at the same time. Well folks, I finally broke on Monday…I cried for about 30 minutes. I needed to mourn for all the losses in my life, in everyone’s lives.

But that break down brought me some clarity. We, as a society, have lost so much…people we love, security, jobs, and the way life used to be. But then I started seeing things from a different light. Instead of focusing on all the losses, I started to look at all of my gains. The world with all of these changes has given me time…time to slow down, time to be with my family, time to do the things I love but haven’t been able to do because I never stood still long enough.  I know that doesn’t seem like much, but I am loving the fact that I am getting to spend time with my husband instead of being two ships passing in the night because we are tag-teaming to get kids where they need to go. I am able to spend quality time with my girls and I learn new things about them that I never knew before. It is a gift, a gift that I am cherishing right now. It has been a long time since we all sat at our kitchen table (with no electronics), ate a meal I made, and talk as a family without having to rush to dance, a meeting or to practice. It is so nice to be able to go outside and play frisbee with my family and laugh about the fact that mom got the frisbee stuck in the tree….twice! I love that I have been able to sit, put a puzzle together or to play “Trivial Pursuit” and finally beat my husband! Time…it is a gift, and I plan to cherish it for as long as we have it.

I still will be dealing with my work, as my husband will be too and all the challenges that COVID -19 has brought, but we are doing it together. ALL OF US. So my advice to you in these crazy times is to step back, close your eyes, take a deep breath and take another look at your life. See all the good things that are in front of you and take a step back from all the negative things. YOU’VE GOT THIS!


The Monthly Bethel Buzz – September 2019

Welcome parents to the Bethel Preschool Monthly Newsletter. This newsletter will be sent out every month to inform you of all of the events within the preschool as a whole. For individual classroom information, please check your child’s folders for their teacher’s newsletters and or calendars.


Fundraising is an important part of the preschool to raise money for fun events for the children and specific needs of the preschool. We have several easy ways to help out our program.

Scholastic Book Club.

By ordering books for your child not only are you encouraging learning and reading but you are earning free books for your teachers and their classrooms to be shared by all. Reading is one of the most rewarding gifts to a child. Each month a new Scholastic form will be sent home. Please take a look and begin that love of reading with your family.

Chick-Fil-A Night.

On the third Wednesday of every month, the Preschool will host a fundraiser night at Chick-Fil-A at Westchester Commons from 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. When you place your order just say it is for Spirit Night. The preschool will receive a percentage of the food sales from our night. When you finish eating, come and visit me to take a spin on the wheel to win prizes. Each spin is a dollar. Every dollar made from the wheel goes directly to the preschool!


The preschool will be holding a Wheel – A-Thon to benefit the preschool’s Scholarship Fund. This is an exciting event for the children. On Tuesday, November 12th
, your child will get to bring their decorated bike, scooter, or big wheel and helmet to ride during their outside time in a special designated area in the paved parking lot. The purpose of this event is to help raise money for the Preschool Scholarship Fund which helps families in need of financial aid. More information will be sent home in October so please be on the lookout for it.

Special Events

Please join me in the People of Hope Center on Thursday, September 19th from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. for our annual Welcome Back Parent Coffee. I would love to have the opportunity to talk to you one on one and answer any questions you might have about our program, your children, the teachers and to get to know you better.

Field Trip

The Preschool will have its first field trip of the year on October 8th at Lloyd Family Farms in Rockville, VA. We will be going to the pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins and then have a chance to explore all the fun sights of an actual working farm. Please be on the lookout for more information to follow soon. We can’t wait to see you there.

School Pictures

Let’s not forget the best part of October. Our Preschool Picture Day will be held on Tuesday, October 15th. Dress up your child in their finest to have pictures taken by Jennifer Gavin of Jennifer Gavin Photography. We will be taking individual and class pictures at this time. Jennifer even offers specialty items that would be perfect for the holidays. An order form will be sent home the week before pictures.
Thank you so much for sharing your children with Bethel. It is a privilege and an honor to teach your child and to get them ready for their next milestone in life.
Carter Cosgrove
Bethel Preschool Director

Important Dates at a Glance

9/18 – Chick-Fil-A Night at Westchester Commons 5:00 p.m.-8:00p.m.
9/19 – Welcome Back Parent Coffee 9:45a.m. – 10:15 a.m. in POH Center
9/19 – Visit from Co. 5 Fire Station with Fire Truck
10/1– Chapel 9:45 a.m.; Fire Drill
10/3 – Library; Tornado Drill
10/8- Field Trip to Lloyd Family Farms 9:45a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
10/15 – Preschool Picture Day
10/16 – Chick-Fil-A Night at Westchester Commons 5:00 p.m.-8:00p.m.
Lunch Bunches: 10/3; 10/10; 10/17; 10/24.