St. Michael Preschool News

Growing with God

Dear St. Michael Preschool Families,

"You are rewarded not according to your work or your time but according to the measure of your love." St. Catherine of Siena


It is hard to believe that May is already here! Time sure does fly when you are having fun! And our loving and dedicated teachers have been filling each school day with meaningful and joyful learning.


Next week, May 3 – 7 is Teacher Appreciation Week. This yearly tradition at our parish schools is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate our amazing teachers for the important work they do; especially the extra effort and care they have put into providing a happy, healthy, and rewarding environment to learn and grow during this unusual year!


Please consider having your child bring in small tokens of appreciation for their teachers… hand-made cards, a flower, small treats, etc, or even a recorded special message from your child posted to our preschool social media.


I thank you in advance for your support. These thoughtful gestures will mean so much to our teachers and show them just how special they are and how much we love and appreciate them!


In Christ,

Lisa Ciesla, Director

lciesla@stmcary.org

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FR. MICHAEL!

Happy Birthday, Fr. Michael, from St. Michael Preschool!

ST. MICHAEL PRESCHOOL PARENTS ARE THE BEST!

Happy Parent Appreciation Day!

HAPPY PARENT APPRECIATION DAY!

We hope you enjoyed the gift of a little extra time along with the sunflower seeds that you can plant and watch grow with your preschooler. We are so grateful for your support this year!
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SUMMARY OF UPCOMING EVENTS

Scholastic Book Orders - Due on May 2

Teacher Appreciation - Week of May 3

May Crowning of our Blessed Mother - May 4 & 5 - Please send your child to school with a flower from your garden on their assigned day. Thank you!

Mother's Day - May 9

Field Day - May 11 & 12

Last Week of Lunch Program - May 10

Last Week of School - Week of May 17 - video of music programs and end-of-year celebrations emailed home

Fr. Michael Visit to Bless St. Michael Medals for Rabbit & Clifford Class - May 20

CONGRATULATIONS TO MISS ANH & FAMILY!

We are overjoyed to announce that Miss Anh, Roo Teaching Assistant, and her husband Tho, welcomed their second daughter, baby Ava on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Big Sister Ana is so proud! We wish them every blessing and look forward to meeting their future St. Michael Preschool angel!

ROO CLASS

May Crowning

A very special and sweet tradition is our May Crowning to honor our Blessed Mother. It is a beautiful moment when the children present flowers to Mary and sing, "O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May." This year, to maintain our "bubbles," each class will visit Mary in our courtyard during their music time with Miss Karen.


Please plan to send your child to school with a flower from your garden on their assigned day below. Thank you!


Assigned Class Dates:

Tuesday, May 4 - Roo & Pooh

Wednesday, May 5 - Kanga, Rabbit, Clifford

Field Day

Since health department protocols prohibit us from having our annual Water Day, we will switch up the fun and hold a Field Day! The children will remain in their class bubbles and participate in fun activities and games during their individual playground time. This fun event will help our students continue to build their fine and gross motor skills. It is going to be a terrific way to celebrate all our preschoolers' hard work and accomplishments this year!


Please dress your child in comfortable play clothes with sneakers and apply sunscreen at home. Also, please send in a water bottle labeled with your child's name that we will refill as needed.


Assigned Class Dates:

Tuesday, May 11 - Roo & Pooh

Wednesday, May 12 - Kanga, Rabbit, Clifford

LIFE CYCLE OF THE BUTTERFLY

"Then God said: Let the earth bring forth every kind of living creature." Genesis 1:24


God's creatures are amazing! Our preschoolers are observing the miracle of metamorphosis with butterflies. We will keep you updated on their progress, especially when the teachers create a fun kid-sized butterfly house so the children can experience them up close.

KANGA CLASS

IMPORTANT HEALTH & SAFETY REMINDERS

Dressing For the Weather

Outdoor play is a regular part of our day and your child must be dressed properly for the weather to go outdoors with the other children. With the sunny and warmer temperatures ahead, please remember to put sunscreen on your child before coming to school.


Please Note: Children 5 years and older are required to wear masks, however, while outside and socially distanced, they will be permitted to take brief mask breaks.

A Note About Asthma & Allergies:

If your child has asthma and/or chronic allergies, which typically include a frequent cough or runny nose, you will need to work with your pediatrician to find a way to best manage the symptoms. If symptoms continue, the preschool will require a written note from the doctor.


Reminder: a child must be able to independently manage their runny nose. If they are unable to do so, we will need to send the child home. We thank you for your continued support in adhering to our health protocols to keep our community safe.

PLEASE READ IMPORTANT UPDATES & REMINDERS:

April 1, 2021, Updated NCDHHS Childcare Strong Toolkit

There has been an update to the COVID testing requirements for returning a child to preschool. The following options are:

  • get a negative PCR COVID test (not the rapid)
  • or an alternate diagnosis from a doctor

If you cannot do either of those things, your child will need to stay home for 10 days and then return when symptoms are gone.


The health and safety of all our preschool families are very important to us. We ask for your continued partnership as we work together to keep our community safe. Please continue to keep us apprised of any health issues or concerns in your home that may be COVID-related. Closely monitor your family for any COVID-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new cough, or new loss of taste or smell.


If anyone in your family develops symptoms or feels unwell, please err on the side of caution by keeping your preschooler home, and notify your pediatrician and the preschool as soon as possible.


Please remember, that if any family member is experiencing COVID-like symptoms, getting COVID tested, or awaiting COVID results, your child should not attend school until the family member has been cleared by a healthcare provider.


If a child develops ANY of the COVID-19 exclusionary symptoms families have three options:

  1. stay home for 10 days from when symptoms first began, or
  2. get a negative COVID test, or
  3. get a note of alternate diagnosis from the pediatrician


If a child is sick with any NON-COVID symptoms, like a fever under 100.4, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea, our normal illness policy applies (24 hours free of diarrhea, vomiting, and fever without fever-reducing medication before returning to school). Your child must feel well before returning to school.


It is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver to understand and follow all health and safety protocols.


IMPORTANT REMINDER: ALL ADULTS AND CHILDREN 5 YEARS AND OLDER on St. Michael Campus must wear a face mask at arrival and dismissal.

POOH CLASS

MUSIC & MOVEMENT WITH MISS KAREN

Hello families!

Music class is all abuzz at this time of the year! We are beginning to practice our end-of-year programs (which will be recorded and sent out in May). The children are really excited about singing for all of you! You just might hear about some of the songs, but we are doing our best to keep them a surprise!


We are also singing about spring, flowers, frogs, farms, and Humpty Dumpty! We will be using our egg shakers and having fun with scarves and the parachute. Our Clifford Class will have a rodeo unit and we just might be square dancing and galloping with our pool noodle horses!


Here are a few selections that we will be enjoying this month:

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

It's Gonna Rain using egg shakers

Humpty Rap

Rhythm in the Scarves

Wiggle Til' the Cows Come Home


God Bless you and your families and thank you for sharing your children with us!

Ms. Karen

RABBIT CLASS

PARENT Information & Resources

2021-2022 REGISTRATION

A limited number of seats remain in our 3's program. We will continue to take applications throughout this school year. If you have any friends, neighbors, or know of any new families to the area, please tell them to contact us! Thank you for spreading the word!

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

St. Michael the Archangel Church Bulletin

Stay up-to-date and informed on what's happening in our parish!

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Our next PopUp starts this Friday, 4/30 at Carpenter Park in Morrisville featuring, The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds, and will be up until Sunday, 5/23. Come out & enjoy a great read on a beautiful 0.5 mi. loop path! More information can be found here: https://fb.me/e/2b12vLnqU


This meaningful family experience was organized by two of our very own St. Michael Preschool moms, Caroline Laski and Katie Richards. Thank you, ladies, for all your enthusiastic efforts to bring this wonderful activity to our community!


“The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.”

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TAX RECEIPTS

Need Payment History Receipts for your taxes?

No Problem! See our website for links and details.

St. Michael Preschool has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status

Federal ID: 56-1053379 State Tax ID: 09-2012282

(any receipt for dates before the 2020/2021 school year must be requested via the preschool office at preschool@stmcary.org )

EXTENDED DAY PROGRAMS

Early Arrival & Lunch Program

Need some extra time to run errands or get to an appointment? We can help! We still have openings in our early arrival and lunch programs. Your child will enjoy the extra time to socialize and play!


Early Arrival - available daily; drop off begins at 8:15 am

Lunch Program - available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday; pick up is at 1:30 pm


Extended Day Programs for January – May are now available. Extended Day offers flexible programming to lengthen your child's school day, grow stamina, and practice mealtime independence. Choose from the discounted "Monthly Enrollment" option or the more flexible "Drop-In Enrollment" option. Click here for Extended Day Program Registration

CLIFFORD CLASS

Social Media - Please follow us on…

Twitter: @stmpreschoolnc

Instagram: @stmpreschoolnc

Facebook: StMichael Cary - please friend this account and find a link to the Closed Group there to view videos of your child’s class and other fun events. Please Tweet and Post with #stmichaelpreschool and #stmichaelcary

About Us

St. Michael Preschool is an important mission of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. We provide a safe and loving environment where the development of the whole child and the joy of learning is nurtured through socialization and play as we grow in our love of Jesus and discover how God is a part of our everyday lives.