St. Michael Preschool News

Growing with God...

Dear St. Michael Preschool Families,

It is hard to believe that November is just around the corner! Time sure flies when you're having fun, and we are definitely having loads of it! Even with the required changes to our Fall Festival, the children were filled with joy participating in the many wonderful activities their teachers planned like costume parade, crafts, games, and sing-along with Miss Karen. Please see a few pictures below and enjoy the photos and videos from your child's teachers.


Just a friendly reminder to please read the daily communication from the teachers for important updates as well as a way to prompt your child to talk about the highlights of their school day. Thank you for your continued partnership during these very special years in your child's life. Enjoy the long weekend ahead. May it be filled with much love and joy! God bless!


Fall blessings,

Lisa Ciesla

Preschool Director

lciesla@stmcary.org

IMPORTANT DATES

NO SCHOOL - Oct. 29 & 30

The Preschool will be closed on 10/29 and 10/30. Enjoy the long weekend with some family fun!

NO SCHOOL - NOV. 25 - 30

Thanksgiving Break

Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart. Thessalonians 5:18

UPCOMING EVENTS

Free Vision Screening

Dear Parent:

Good vision is important to your child's education. That's why a special vision screening program, sponsored by Prevent Blindness, is being held at your child's preschool on November 9th and 10th, 2020. The screening device takes a photograph of the children’s eyes while they simply watch flashing lights on the camera. This process takes only a few seconds per child.


We have adapted our screening process to meet state and center guidelines related to COVID-19. Our vision screening process is non-invasive and requires no physical contact with the child. Screeners will utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and will maintain the required 6’ distance between themselves and the child.


Vision screening is a preventative service that meets the critical needs of children and is an essential service to eliminate poor vision and eye problems as a barrier to academic success and overall development. This screening allows for early intervention and treatment of many conditions before they cause permanent vision loss, thereby giving a child the opportunity to develop good vision and a lifetime of normal sight.


A report on the results will be sent back to your preschool approximately one week after your child’s eye test. You will receive a copy of your child’s results from your preschool. If any possible problems were found, your child should then see an eye doctor for a complete eye exam. We want your child to be healthy and have the best vision possible, and we are proud to sponsor these vision screenings in your preschool.


If you do not want your child to participate in the screening, please let your director know prior to the screening date above lciesla@stmcary.org. If you have any questions about this terrific program please call us at (919) 755-5044 or 1(800)543-7839, or visit nc.preventblindness.org.

Wishing You the Best,

Prevent Blindness North Carolina

Thanksgiving Basket Donations... Thank you for helping those in need this holiday!

St. Michael Preschool will be participating in the Parish Thanksgiving Basket Ministry. Please enter your name and click "next" to select one or two items to contribute to the classroom basket. Thank you in advance for your generosity in helping to make this a Happy Thanksgiving for those families in need.

*Optional monetary donations to assist in the cost of a Turkey are accepted as well.

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NOVEMBER SCHOLASTIC ORDERS DUE 11/6

Our November Scholastic Book Club flyers have been sent home with your preschooler and are ready for you to explore with your child. Children read more when they choose their own books, so we encourage you to look at the flyers together. Ordering online is fast and easy. Please be sure to use the Class Code below.

REGISTER at https://clubs.scholastic.com/ or sign in if already registered.

ENTER the Class Activation Code V2K2D. This ensures your order is linked and sent to the preschool.

CHOOSE from thousands of print titles, value packs, and seasonal selections.

SUBMIT the order online on or before the due date with a credit card on Scholastic's secure server.

Book orders will be due 11/06. Orders can be delivered directly to your home or to the preschool for distribution. Your order will be delivered to your child at the preschool within 7-10 days. Thank you for instilling a love of reading in your child and for supporting the preschool. Through your purchase, we are able to earn points towards purchasing books for our classroom libraries. Happy reading!

PICTURE DAY PROOF COMING IN NOVEMBER

In mid-November, Christina Rose Photography will email you a link to view your child's proof. Orders will be placed online and retakes will be by request.

PRESCHOOL HAPPENINGS

Noah's Ark with Deacon Mark
Thank you, Deacon Mark Westrick, for sharing the Noah's Ark Bible story with our preschoolers. They enjoyed helping to tell the story with their feltboard pieces and learning about God's gift of the first rainbow.

Fire Prevention Month

During the month of October, the children learned about fire safety through various books, songs, and activities. The Cary Fire Department may not have been able to visit us like in years past, but they still sent us our very own fire hats! Firefighters are one of our community heroes! Continue the learning at home by counting your smoke detectors (and make sure they are working), practice, stop, drop, and roll, or visit Sparky, the Fire Dog for more family-friendly activities.

WHAT'S NEW?

Thank You for Your Help...

As the seasons are changing, please remember to send in a cold-weather change of clothes for your child. As you prepare your closets for fall and winter, the preschool would gladly accept donations of the following items for our “extras” box:

  • 2 packs Boys underpants Size 2T-4T
  • 2 packs Girls underpants Size 2T-4T
  • 2 Girls outerwear (sweatshirt/fleece) 2T
  • 2 Girls outerwear (sweatshirt/fleece) 4T
  • 2 Girls winter hats
Thank you so much for your generosity and support!

Coming Soon... The Virtual Scholastic Book Fair! (November 23 – December 4)

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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 Program Registration is now available online. It is offered in two payment options, the discounted monthly payment schedule or for ultimate flexibility a daily payment schedule. Details regarding our Extended Day Programs can be found on our website. Please note COVID procedures apply.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY HEALTHY!

If a child develops ANY of the COVID-19 exclusionary symptoms (fever of 100.4 or higher, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new cough, or new loss of taste or smell), 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.

Snack Allergy Policy

  • Children will bring their own snack to school. We ask that it be just one or two items that can be easily enjoyed by your child.
  • Snacks may NOT contain peanuts/nuts or peanut/nut products. This includes foods that have been produced/processed in a plant with nut products.
  • Avoid potential choking hazards - all grapes, cherries, and mini tomatoes need to be cut in half. Popcorn and hard candy are not permitted.

CLICK HERE for Healthy Snack Ideas

PARENT RESOURCES

St. Michael the Archangel Church Bulletin

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

Project Enlightenment

Project Enlightenment offers support to parents of young children birth through kindergarten with topics such as discipline techniques, communication, child development, and more. Visit their website www.projectenlightenment.wcpss.net for more information.

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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.