Director’s Letters

August 25, 2020

From Holly Davis, MSP Director:
Please watch this video of Ms. Holly and Ms. Sarah sharing helpful parent information for the upcoming school year. We recommend you watch the video before attending Open House. There are several changes to our procedures this year. Please watch the video, even if you have previously participated in multiple Mustard Seed Parent Nights.

August 5, 2020

From the 2020-2021 MSP Advisory Board:

Dear Mustard Seed Families,
The Mustard Seed Advisory Board is looking forward to this upcoming school year. Mustard Seed is set to open and welcome children on September 1st. Due to the presence of the COVID-19 virus in our community, things will look a little different at Mustard Seed at the start of this school year. New protocols are being put into place to protect our staff and families from the virus and keep our doors open as much as possible. These new protocols follow recommendations from the CDC and were developed with guidance from parents, staff, members of the medical community, the Williamson County Health department, and Christ Community Church leadership.
As we began researching what protocols needed to be put into place, two key elements became apparent in helping us not only mitigate the risk of spreading the virus, but also keep our doors open this school year: 1) Limiting the number of adults on our hallways and in our classrooms. 2) Keeping our small classes as contained as possible. As you read through the attached plan to understand what changes will be put in place for the upcoming year, please keep in mind that if directives from state, local, or church leadership should change, our procedures would change accordingly. Please read the attached plan in its entirety, but here are some of the key operational changes you will see this year:

New Wellness Policy

  • Parents will be asked to daily monitor for COVID symptoms among members of their household and check their child’s temperature at home each morning. If your child has a fever or exhibits any symptoms of illness, please keep them home. When in doubt, stay home.
  • Parents will be asked a series of health screening questions each morning at drop off.

Parent Night and Open House

  • Parent Night will be virtual. Information from MSP administration will be sent via video. Your classroom teacher will email parents specific classroom information.
  • Open House will be by appointment. Each family will have a designated 15 minute time slot to see their classroom, meet with their teacher, and pick up their folder.

Morning Drop Off

  • Drop off will now take place outside under the long brown awning at the back of the church. Only one parent should attend drop off.  After signing your child in, please quickly exit the drop off area.

Devotions

  • Devotions will be held in classrooms this year.

Scheduling

  • Classroom schedules will be arranged to eliminate the intermingling of classes. A new outdoor play area will be utilized this year so only one class will be on the playground or at the outdoor play area at a time.

Face Coverings

  • Children will not be required to wear face coverings.
  • Staff will not be required to wear face coverings inside their classrooms.
  • Parents and staff should wear a cloth face covering or disposable protective mask at drop off, pick up, or anytime they are around Mustard Seed staff.Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we prayerfully work together to keep our Mustard Seed community safe and healthy.   Although changes are necessary this year, our focus and mission will not change.  We remain dedicated to providing your children a grace-based education that is biblical and committed to the content of the covenant life in the church.  We are moving forward in faith, trusting the Lord to reveal Himself and His glory to our Mustard Seed community this year.

Sincerely,

The Mustard Seed Advisory Board

Holly Davis, Director
Teresa Hardy, Chairperson
Wally Knox, Interim Chairperson 
Becky Clark, CCC Director of Children’s Ministry
Leslie McCaskey
Hillary McClung 
Janice Minucci 
Mandy Parsons
Lauren Rupley
Ashley Spann
Reese Smith 

April 25, 2019

From Kristin Henke, MSP Director:

We’ve got great news! After a comprehensive and prayerful search process, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Holly Davis as the next Director of Mustard Seed Preschool. Holly began working at MSP two years ago and has led a 4’s classroom this year. In addition to a B.A. in Music and an Early Childhood Teaching certificate from Agnes Scott College, she has many years of experience teaching preschoolers and elementary students in a variety of public and private settings.

Holly enthusiastically states “What an honor and privilege it is to be the next Director of Mustard Seed Preschool! I am excited to work alongside Mustard Seed teachers and families to provide a quality education where children learn of God’s love and grace through the truths of scripture. I look forward to getting to know all of our precious seedlings and their families over the next months.”

Holly, her husband Shawn, and their two teenage sons have been members of Christ Community Church since 2016. During that time, Holly has been active in both the Children’s and Worship ministries. Her love for music will continue to shape the way she leads devotions at MSP. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, and she has been active in PTA leadership at several schools.Throughout the selection process, Holly demonstrated a passion for the MSP community, curriculum, and mission.

Holly will begin her new role on May 13, allowing adequate time for a smooth transition.

March 5, 2019

From Kristin Henke, MSP Director:

It is with a heavy heart but also confidence in the Lord’s plan that I have decided to make this semester, Spring 2019, my last as Director of Mustard Seed Preschool.  It has been a joy and a privilege to lead our school and serve alongside teachers, shepherding children to taste, see and feel the love of Jesus. After taking the summer off, I will likely move onto a position in Social Work or Human Resources.

Christ Community Church’s Ministry Director is spearheading a search team for a new Director, who will in turn hire a Curriculum Coordinator to work in the office alongside Sarah Hathaway, our veteran Assistant Director.

The link to the job descriptions for Director and Curriculum Coordinator is at https://christcommunity.org/mspjobs/

Interested applicants for the Director position can email Becky.Clark@christcommunity.org for more information.

January 7, 2019

Dear MSP Families,
We are looking forward to seeing you and your students back on our hallways starting this week on Tues/Wed Jan. 8/9.   We will be welcoming some new students in our 3s and 5s classes as well.

Childcare Licensing Safety Rule: For Morning Sign in Sheets,  New policy: You will notice there is now a place for you to print the name of the person who is picking up your child. Parents can write “Mom” or “Dad” but if it is another person, such as a friend or babysitter, please write in that person’s name (or have them write it if they are the ones dropping off.) Then at dismissal, that pick-up person will need to sign their first and last name, rather than just initials.

 After Care will resume on Tues. January 8th on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1:30 – 2:45 pm. If you need another After Care form, please email Sarah.hathaway@christcommunity.org and she can send one to you. Extras will also be on the table outside our office.

Hangers for Car Line Placards have been successful in helping car line move faster. Please be sure to arrive on time (and avoid late minutes!) as the car line will likely end sooner due to the efficiency of using the hangers to hold the placard on the rearview mirrors.

In Devotions, we will be talking about how Adam and Eve were our first parents, and how God promises that in Christ, our souls last forever. We will compare things that wear out and do not last, with things that are forever, like God’s love.

MSP Tour & Preview Days for interested families for 2019-2020 will be held Th/Fr Jan 24/25. If you have been pleased with our program, please share this with your friends! Promotion will also be on our website www.mustardseedpreschool.com and on our Facebook and Instagram pages. (@mustard_seed_preschool) Folks can RSVP to Sarah.Hathaway@christcommunity.org or visit www.mustardseedpreschool.com for more information about Tour & Preview Days.

~We are thankful for each of you as we begin this new year together.