St. Michael Preschool News

Growing with God... May 8, 2022

Dear St. Michael Preschool Families,

“Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from Him.” Psalm 127:3


Our teachers, Miss Michele, and I, sincerely thank you for the many expressions of love and gratitude shared with us during Teacher Appreciation Week. Your thoughtful and generous gifts made our hearts smile. But truly, the greatest gift this year has been your beautiful children. They have brought us so much joy, and for that, we are extremely grateful!


It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is fast approaching. To celebrate the children and their growing faith, our wonderful preschool teachers have planned meaningful and fun activities during our remaining weeks together.


Look What's Ahead:

  • Field Day
  • St. Michael Medals blessed by Fr. Michael for our graduating preschoolers
  • End-of-Year Music & Graduation Programs (*You are Invited! See below for your assigned date and time)


For more details, please see this newsletter and look for communication from your child’s teachers. As always, we thank you for entrusting your children to our loving care and for all your continued support and prayers.


In Christ,

Lisa Ciesla, Director

lciesla@stmcary.org

WE LOVE OUR PRESCHOOL TEACHERS!

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THANK YOU, KELLY DUBOIS, FOR THE SWEET ARTWORK FOR OUR TEACHERS!

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BIRTHDAY WISHES TO FR. MICHAEL FROM OUR PRESCHOOLERS!

May Crowning

Thank you, preschool moms, for sharing in the sweet joy of honoring our Blessed Mother with flowers and singing, “O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the angels and queen of the May.”
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May 17 & 18 - Field Day - *see below for more info.

May 16 - Last Week of Lunch Program

May 25 - 27 - End of Year Programs - *see below for more info.

Limited Preschool Seats Remain for Next School Year! *Register Today*

A limited number of seats remain in our 2's and 3's classes. 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

PREPARING FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR!

We are looking forward to the 2022-23 school year and all the new learning adventures ahead!


Please be sure to read the May Update Newsletter from Miss Michele to ensure you have completed the required documentation for your child to attend in August.


Also, please look for the Tuition Payment Reminder email that will arrive at the end of May. In order to hold your child’s seat, the first tuition payment will be due by June 5. Thank you for choosing St. Michael Preschool for your child!

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT DISCOVERY DAY?

SUPER FUN ADD-ON PROGRAM ON FRIDAYS

If your child just can’t get enough preschool fun, and loves to learn, explore, and experience all preschool has to offer, Discovery Day is the program for them!


Discovery Days are thematic-based units designed to reinforce your child’s love of learning. We encourage students to wonder, explore, problem-solve, and most of all, have fun! The thematic activities will focus on literacy, art, religion, music, math, and science. Teachers will provide an outline of each class including concepts, vocabulary, and discussion questions so there can be a carryover from school to home.


The program runs from October through May and is open to children ages 3-5. If seats still remain in January, children in the 2's program may enroll.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

ROO PALS

PRESCHOOL HAPPENINGS

FIELD DAY

Field Day will be a terrific way to celebrate all our preschoolers' hard work and accomplishments this year while building their gross motor skills during playground time.


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 17 - T/TH Roo, Pooh, Piglet, & Owl

Wednesday, May 18 - M/W Roo, Kanga, Rabbit, Tigger, & Clifford

END-OF-YEAR-PROGRAMS

Please join us on your assigned date and time to celebrate your child's accomplishments with a fun music program led by Miss Karen!

Location: Parish Center

Wednesday, 5/25

11:00 - 11:30 am - Kanga Class

11:45 -12:15 pm - Owl & Rabbit Classes


Thursday, 5/26

9:45 - 10:15 am - Pooh & Piglet Classes

10:30 -11:00 am - Tigger & Clifford Classes

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.

WATCHING SEEDS GROW!

EARTH DAY IS EVERYDAY!

Miss Patty from Toward Zero Waste visited to explain how we can reduce, reuse, and recycle to help our planet. Miss Patty showed our preschoolers different pieces of trash and discussed whether they could be recycled or must be placed in the garbage. She discussed keeping our water sources and animals safe by recycling the goods we use. Thank you for helping your child recycle at home.

KANGA, POOH, & PIGLET PALS

IMPORTANT PRESCHOOL HEALTH & SAFETY REMINDERS

POLICY ON ALLERGIES:

A note about asthma or allergies: If your child has asthma 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. The preschool may request a written note from the doctor if symptoms continue.

NC DHHS COVID Guidelines for Preschools

If your CHILD or ANYONE in your household is not feeling well, experiencing any symptoms, or awaiting COVID test results, your child MUST stay home.

Exclusionary symptoms now include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

PLEASE REMEMBER OUR GENERAL ILLNESS POLICY -
IF A CHILD IS EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS THAT IMPACT THEIR LEARNING AS WELL AS THEIR CLASSMATES, THEY NEEED TO STAY HOME UNTIL THEIR SYMPTOMS HAVE IMPROVED REGARDLESS OF TESTING NEGATIVE FOR COVID.

RETURN TO SCHOOL POLICY UPDATE

Families have options if their child develops ANY of the COVID exclusionary symptoms:

  1. stay home for 5 days from when symptoms first began, AND RETURN TO SCHOOL WEARING A MASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL 5 DAYS, or
  2. stay home for 10 days
  3. get a negative COVID test, or
  4. get a note of alternate diagnosis from the pediatrician

It is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver to understand and follow all health and safety protocols. For additional information on exposure and return to school protocols, visit https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/media/220/download.

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.

OWL, RABBIT, & TIGGER PALS

PARENT RESOURCES

St. Michael the Archangel Church Bulletin

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

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)

COVID-19 TESTING IS AVAILABLE ON ST. MICHAEL CAMPUS

Please do not send your child(ren) to school if anyone in your household is awaiting COVID test results or exhibiting any COVID symptoms, even if the person with symptoms is vaccinated!


If your child is sick, and you would like for the St. Michael School nurses to conduct a COVID test, they would be happy to coordinate a time for you to bring your child to campus. Simply contact them at nursegroup@stmcary.org or call 919-468-6156.


Registering your child is quick and simple:
- Click the Registration link below
- Choose the Minor/Guardianship option
- Check “not experiencing symptoms,” then continue
- Check “No” for close contact, then continue
- Complete your child’s demographic information, followed by your information and electronic signature.
- Finish by clicking submit and a confirmation text will be sent to your phone.

StMS Student COVID-19 Testing Registration

Early Arrival & Lunch Program

Need some extra time to run errands or get to an appointment? We can help! We still have some 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 at the front preschool door

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

Please note that registrations after 9/3 are not guaranteed as we must be able to maintain adequate staffing while ensuring cohort groups.


Ready to register for Extended Day?

Log Into Realm (Realm Log In required), then while logged in click the following Extended Day Registration Link

PROJECT ENLIGHTENMENT

Project Enlightenment offers support to parents of young children from birth through kindergarten with topics such as discipline techniques, communication, child development, and more.

CLIFFORD PALS

FAMILY FUN

MUSIC & MOVEMENT W/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 we will perform in person 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 the parachute with spring flowers and egg shakers for Easter! Our Clifford Class will begin a space unit and we will be going for a Rocketship Run!


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

Rocketship Run

I look forward to seeing all of you in person for our end-of-year performances next Month!

God bless you and your families,

Ms. Karen


Our next StoryWalk will run 5/20 - 6/6 at Carpenter Park, featuring the book, "All Along the River" by Magnus Weightman.


This meaningful family experience was organized by our very own St. Michael Preschool mom, Caroline Laski. Thank you, Caroline, 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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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.