Director's corner

November, 2018

Dear Parents;

As I walked out my entry porch this morning; a chipmunk was sitting next to my fall arrangement of Indian corn, flowers, and corn stalks.  His cheeks full of corn kernels and it made me think of fall preparations at school.  The little chipmunk was storing up good things to eat for the winter.  At school it seems that we schedule several activities in the beautiful fall season to “store up for the winter”.  It is the time of year to pick the pumpkins, gather the seeds, paint beautiful murals of the leaves and pack in the fall activities.  The chipmunk(s) ate all six ears of corn kernels.

Thank you for visiting our Bittersweet farm this fall; I enjoyed the parent’s interest in gardening and all aspects of caring for the animals and the land of a small farm.  I know the children have fun, but it is great for parents to have fun as well.  I am sure that families have added many more outdoor activities because the American Academy of Pediatricians suggest children are outdoors as much as possible.  Outdoor time increases the child’s fitness and in turn their ability to relate to the natural world.  I believe time outdoors provides the balance for attention and self-direction for indoor activities.

The Ourday Parent Organization has already been generously collecting food items for WARM up until Thanksgiving for Westerville families.  The Ourday staff appreciates the way OPO adds to the mission of the church and we appreciate how we all care for Westerville families.  Indeed we are representing how it “takes a village to raise a child.”  We will all be out of school from November 21st until November 26th  for Thanksgiving holiday.  Give thanks for all the blessings you have every day with your beautiful children and families.            

 Charity Monroe, Director

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What's happening

  • Nov. 7th & 8th: Cosi for 4’s & 5’s

  • Nov. 7th & 8th: Turtle Lady for 3’s

  • Nov. 20th: OPO Chipotle fundraiser 4pm-8pm

  • Nov. 21st-23rd: Thanksgiving break. NO SCHOOL

  • Dec. 18th & 19th: Christmas Program

  • Dec. 20th - Jan. 2nd: Christmas Break NO SCHOOL

  • Jan. 3rd: Classes resume



Please follow the outlined traffic pattern for pick-up. We are following the same route as last year. The only fair way to do this is for EVERYONE to use Cochran Alley and the outlined traffic pattern. See the map below for directions.

Pick-up will be at the WEST NARTHEX door of the church which is just past the main entrance doors to the lower level. Parents will be given ONE rear view mirror tag for their child to be displayed in their vehicle. We will collect these at the end of the year. Additional tags will be available for $3 CASH each. Children will be with a teacher at all times until the adult picking up arrives.

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Welcome new 2018-2019 families!

Ourday offers preschool classes for children 2.5 to 5 years of age.  Most children come two or three mornings per week.  We have two teachers in every classroom of 10-14 children.  One of the special things about Ourday Preschool is our four hour morning program.  In addition to their classroom experiences, the children have music, gym, and art classes. 


Ourday Preschool, established in 1979, is dedicated to providing a quality preschool program in a Christian environment and supporting families in the important years of early childhood.

Christian Faith

Ourday Preschool is owned by the Church of the Messiah United Methodist Church and is open to all children in the community. The staff creates a Christian environment. The children say a prayer or blessing before lunch. The children celebrate Christmas and Christian holidays. The Ourday Christmas program includes the story of the birth of the Baby Jesus and Christmas carols. The Ourday staff represents the church in transforming Christian love into action by caring for and teaching children.

Program Information

  • Smaller ratios: Two teachers with only 12 -14 children in each class

  • Education: Teachers with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, participating in continuing education classes.

  • Specialists: Degreed teachers in physical education, music, and art

  • More time to learn, more time for fun.

  • Serving preschoolers ages 2.5 through 5 years old from 9am to 1pm.


The Ourday Board is pleased to announce that Debbie Nofziger has been appointed as Assistant Director.  Mrs. Nofziger teaches a Monday, Wednesday, Friday four year old class.  She has also been working administratively on Tuesdays and Thursdays for several years on registration, parent communication, and scheduling.  Many of you know her from your enrollment tours.  Debbie has a Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University in elementary education and a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University in early and middle childhood education.  She taught elementary school in Worthington, and has been at Ourday for fifteen years.

The Ourday Board and Director, Charity Monroe, want to provide a professional plan for Ourday leadership.  As the founder of our preschool, Charity will celebrate her 40th year at Ourday next year!  Charity plans to remain as Director for the 2018-2019 school year, with Debbie as her assistant.  Charity and Debbie, together, will continue to plan for the future of Ourday and for Charity’s eventual retirement.

Resources and Forms

email:           phone: 614.882.4416          fax: 614.882.2161