St. Michael Preschool News

Growing with God... January 7, 2022

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Dear St. Michael Preschool Families,

Jesus said, Let the little children come to me... Matthew 19:14


We are excited to share that the 2022/2023 SCHOOL YEAR REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN for all RETURNING FAMILIES. Returning student registration will run through January 21. Confirmation of placement will be communicated by February 1, 2022. Please note that siblings of current students may also register at this time.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Please review the 2022-2023 Registration Newsletter including information about tuition rate changes and updated Stewardship guidelines. Also, please forward this newsletter along to family, friends, and neighbors. You are the best advertisement we could ask for! Thank you, for your continued support and prayers. We look forward to another fun year of "Growing with God!"


Lisa Ciesla, Director

lciesla@stmcary.org

Snow Much Fun!

IMPORTANT PRESCHOOL HEALTH & SAFETY REMINDERS ***URGENT - PLEASE READ***

Dear St. Michael Preschool Families,

Unfortunately, the number of COVID cases in our area and across the state continue to skyrocket. Keeping our classrooms COVID-free and in-person is our focus!


We continue to remain vigilant with our COVID protocols including daily student symptom screenings upon arrival, monitoring of student health throughout the school day, and daily cleaning and disinfecting of our classrooms and preschool.


Before bringing your child to school, we urge you to do the same with daily monitoring of your family's health and symptom checks. Your child should not be at the preschool if they are unwell or experiencing any symptoms.


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


It is very important to remember that if your child or ANYONE in your household is not feeling well, experiencing any COVID symptoms, or awaiting COVID test results, your child MUST stay home.


Although the CDC has released updated guidance on quarantine and isolation time, St. Michael Preschool must follow the Wake County Health Department’s requirements for preschool and childcare settings (different protocols than K-12 schools). Currently, for young children in childcare, including preschools and daycares, the isolation time remains 10 days for a positive case. The quarantine time for exposure ranges from 14 days to 24 days (the longer time is for a positive case within the household).


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.


In the event your child's class has to close due to quarantine or an inability to staff the class, you will be provided suggestions for at-home learning activities. In addition, a Zoom Circle Time will be scheduled, 1-2 days per week, depending on the preschool program your child is in. Please understand that virtual learning for preschoolers has its limitations and is not age-appropriate for an extended timeframe. However, we remain committed to supporting the children's social and emotional well-being and recognize that staying connected with their class through some face-to-face time holds great value. A Zoom invitation will be sent through Realm and/or email, if it becomes necessary.


Thank you for maintaining open and timely communication regarding the health of your household so that we may keep our entire St. Michael community safe! The teachers and I appreciate your understanding, support, and prayers.


In Christ,

Lisa Ciesla, Director

lciesla@stmcary.org

HEALTH POLICY - To protect the health and safety of our community

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


  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


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


IMPORTANT REMINDER: ALL ADULTS on St. Michael Campus must wear a face mask when dropping off or picking up their child.

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-19 test results or exhibiting any COVID symptoms, even if the person with symptoms is fully vaccinated!


If your child exhibits any symptoms of COVID- 19, we strongly recommend you have your child tested for the coronavirus at a COVID-19 testing site or at school. To schedule a school test, please contact nursegroup@stmcary.org.

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

ROO PALS

IMPORTANT DATES

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Week of January 10th. Conferences will be held via Zoom. Please look for a Sign-up Genius from your child's teacher for your specific date and available times. Thank you!

PRESCHOOL CLOSED

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Monday, January 17

Catholic Schools Week Jan. 31 - Feb. 4

Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. St. Michael Preschool will observe this week with fun activities that celebrate our school and our faith. Thank you for providing the gift of Catholic education to your child!

KANGA, POOH, & PIGLET PALS

PARENT RESOURCES

St. Michael the Archangel Church Bulletin

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

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TUITION PAYMENT REMINDER - 5TH OF EACH MONTH

Your next tuition payment is due by the 5th of the month. Details regarding payment methods can be found on our Online Payment Webpage.

Tuition can be paid using the following methods:

  • Monthly Auto draft: If you would like to utilize monthly auto-draft services for the 2021/2022 school year, enrollment is available using our Vanco Payment Solution Portal.
  • Personal Check or Cashier's Check: Tuition payments are also accepted via personal check payable to St. Michael Preschool. Payment can be mailed to 804 High House Road, Cary NC 27513. Cashier's checks are accepted in place of cash payments.

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 )

ADVENTURE CAMP

Limited seats remain for our super popular Adventure Camp with Miss Tracey and Miss Lynn! These camps are offered to preschoolers 3 years and older. Camps will occur one Wednesday and Thursday per month. If your child would love extra time playing and learning with friends, Register Here


PLEASE NOTE: With the current COVID climate, until further notice, Adventure Camp will only run outdoors. If the weather will not permit this, parents will be informed of the cancelation one day prior and be credited accordingly. Thank you for your understanding as we work to maintain the health and safety of all.

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

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

Please watch the weather and dress your child accordingly. Students will play outside daily when the temperature is above freezing with no precipitation.


As the seasons are changing, please remember to send in a cold-weather change of clothes for your child. Thank you!

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

Closings and Delays: Our policy is to assess conditions on St. Michael Campus and the local area to determine closings or delays at the preschool. We understand this may not always reflect weather conditions in your area or follow the Wake County School closings or delays, so please use your discretion when bringing your child to school.


Parents will be informed of school closings and delays via our all call communication system through the primary phone, text message, and email provided. If this information needs to be updated at this time, please let the preschool office know.


On delayed openings, Early Arrival and Lunch Programs are canceled and children bring a lunch and attend from 11:00-1:00 pm. This later dismissal time may interfere with younger children’s nap schedules, so again, please use your best judgment in sending your preschooler on these days.

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.

OWL, RABBIT, & TIGGER PALS

FAMILY FUN

MUSIC & MOVEMENT W/MISS KAREN

Hello Families!

Happy January! This month we will be sharing songs about all things winter! Songs will include dressing for winter, penguins, hibernating bears, snow, and snowmen! We will also sing a song about Lent as we approach this special liturgical season. Here are a few songs to try at home!

God Bless your families!

Ms. Karen

*Please email me: kallen@stmcary.org if you ever have a question or want me to send you a song!


5 Little Snowmen & Where is the Bear?


Hat, scarf, mittens, and boots (Sung to the tune of Head, shoulders, knees, and toes song)

Hat, scarf, mittens and boots, mittens, and boots

Hat, scarf, mittens and boots, mittens, and boots

Hat and scarf and mittens, and boots

Hat, scarf, mittens and boots, mittens, and boots!

(Touch the part of the body that you wear the article of clothing, do it faster each time for added fun!


Lenten song (Sung to the tune of Frere Jacques)

Prayer, fasting, and giving (prayer hands, rub tummy, and outstretch arms)

We are meant to repent (strike chest)

40 days in all (no hand motion)

Kindness big and small (arms wide open then goes to small)

This is Lent, this is Lent (one arm out at a time)

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THE POWER OF PLAYDOUGH

Playdough is perfect for strengthening the muscles in little hands. Children will use these fine-motor skills later for handwriting, cutting, coloring, and much more. Simply playing with dough is soothing and calming, even for adults! It's a fun way of easing tension, releasing extra energy, improving focus and concentration. Our teachers encourage you to offer your child opportunities with playdough on a regular basis. Check out more fun playdough ideas and a recipe to make your own.
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Our next StoryWalk will begin Friday, 1/14 - 2/7 at Sears Farm Road Park in Cary, featuring the book, “The Bear and the Piano” by David Litchfield.


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.”

PARISH ATHLETICS

ParishAthleticsNC.org has opened registration for the Spring 2022 Soccer and Baseball Season.

Register Here

Spring Soccer (Apex-Cary)

Grades: Coed; Pre-K (3-year-olds) to 8th.

Dates: March to May.

Practice Locations: Apex or Cary, you pick.

Game Locations: Apex & Cary.

Cost: Pre-K $60; K – 8th Grade $65; (includes a medal, shirt, and picnic).

Note: Pre-k players have a combined practice/game on Saturdays. Kindergarteners to 8th graders have one-weekday practice per week.


Spring T-ball & Machine-pitch (Apex)

Grades: Coed. Pre-K (4-year-olds) to 4th grade.

Dates: April to May.

Cost: $65 (includes a medal, shirt, hat, and picnic).

Practice & Game Location: Apex

Note: Pre-k players have a combined practice/game on Saturdays. Kindergarteners to 4th grade have one-weekday practice per week.

Format: Pre-k & Kindergarteners play T-ball and 1st to 4th graders play Machine-pitch.

CLIFFORD PALS

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.